Why do I cry out to God in the bad times more than praising Him in the good times? Why do I cling to my [...]
Do you need a reminder of how much God loves you and is working all things for your good? Marina from our Outreach team shares a helpful way to tangibly mark how God relentlessly pursues us and shows His goodness, provision, and faithfulness in our present or past seasons.
The Christmas season is a busy season for most and it's so easy to get caught up in all that we have to do, that we forget to appreciate the season for what it is. The Season of Advent is a time to prepare our hearts and minds for what we're actually celebrating during Christmas: the birth of our Savior and the anticipation of His second coming. Join Mercy staff, Katie, as she elaborates on the importance of being fully present during this season.
I pray that, ultimately, you prepare your hearts to remember this season of thankfulness. Give thanks for what God has given you, and give thanks that God sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Whenever those negative thoughts and feelings creep in, remind yourself that your identity isn't found or based upon what you've done or how you feel about yourself, but who you are and who you were created to be.
We’re too focused on getting ahead at work or making sure our social calendar is completely full that we often just go through the motions rather than become completely engaged and present.
And here’s the thing about God: We also will not be able to put together the puzzle of the Master-Creator on this side of heaven. God refuses to fit in our “box,” and so will not fit together like one of my clear-cut puzzles.
By questioning my path, I was putting limits on myself and ultimately putting limits on God’s ability to use me. Once I got past the doubting voice in my head, I said “yes” to ministry.
Yes, it is very important to take good care of the one body God has blessed you with here in the present, but it is even more important to be all that God has called you to be. Our spiritual life is not about trying to do good in our own strength to earn God’s love, acceptance, and plans for our lives.
Often in our lives we allow similar perspective to rule and consume us, thinking our struggles are bigger than they are. We allow tough seasons, stressful days, or tedious tasks to fully block our light.
I have a choice in how I act and how I handle my emotions. I decided I would refuse to let the enemy try to convince me it’s okay to go through an entire day in a funk, not acting like myself. Don’t get me wrong, I understand we all have those days. But, I’ve decided not to let those funks control me. I have the freedom to break free from those emotions, and I will choose to.
When we are quiet and slow down, we make space for the Lord. I am so guilty of crowding the Lord out because of my busyness (even if the busy things are good things). So, I invited the Lord to meet me. I prayed “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).