From 2008:I don’t know about you, but as a writer, I have found that my character’s spiritual journey often mirrors things that are happening in my own life.
In Blood Covenant, the main character, Paige, feels far to small for the task God is calling her to do—something I can certainly relate to at times. Throughout the course of the book, she comes to the realization that if she is going to survive, she will have to admit her weaknesses and fears and rely completely on God’s strength.
Paul has some powerful words in II Corinthians 12:9-10 that have to do with our weaknesses.
“…he said to me. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me…For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (NIV)
Paul is telling us that it is through our weaknesses that we are made strong because of Christ’s power. I don’t know about you, but those words sound pretty incredible to me. And there’s more. At the greatest moment of weakness, according to the world’s point of view, Christ’s death on the cross brought victory, allowing God to enter into a relationship with us through that sacrifice. He loves us that much.
Still thinking you’re too small? Think again.
Today, we're facing things we've never had to think about before. Our world looks different than it did just a few short months ago. And in the middle of the crisis, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, weak, and lost.
There are numerous examples in the Bible of men and women who God called to serve Him in an extraordinary way through His power. Gideon was victorious with only three hundred men, a handful of trumpets, jars, and torches. Esther became queen in order to save her people from the threat of death, David was a shepherd boy who became king of a nation, and the list goes on and on.
So what does that have to do with you?
God calls us in the middle of our ordinary, run-of-the-mill, take-out-the-trash-and drive-the-kids-to-school routine. So stop and ask yourself this one question. How do you see God calling you to make a difference in your world?
You might feel inadequate to follow God’s call as a writer, a parent, student, or whatever your situation might be, but never forget that the God who created the universe loves you and wants to be your strength. He’s the one who will give you the strength to do what He has called you to do.
Be blessed today!
Lynne and I recently took some time to chat about Port of Origin and what's it's been like to write a book about a pandemic and then experience one in real life!
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One of the things the ECHO Project has been doing over the past few years is identifying those who are struggling physically. Often this means a grandmother who is raising her children, or a young mother with twins who can't provide enough milk.
We've also seen the sacrifice a number of women in particular who have taken on additional mouths to feed even out of their own poverty. They bring in the orphaned, those sick with HIV/AID, and the homeless and care for them in their homes.
This is the beauty in sacrifice.
They are not giving not out of their excess, but in spite of their own needs. And in that they show Christ's love.
It reminds me when Jesus was watching people give to the treasury. The rich threw in large amounts, but it was a poor widow who caught Jesus' attention. She put in two very small copper coins that were only worth a few cents. And yet Jesus said she put in more than all the others. They had given out of their wealth. It didn't hurt them to give, or make them uncomfortable financially.
But the poor widow put in everything she had to live on.
Today we are faced with a worldwide pandemic and Jesus is calling us to be different.
Not just to say we were following him, but to truly live each day as a beautiful sacrifice.
That is why these are the women who challenge me everyday. They challenge me to get out of my comfort zone and not to just give of myself when it's easy. But when it's uncomfortable, which it hurts, and when I have to sacrifice my own needs to minister to those around me.
Because that is how He calls us to live.
If you’ve ever thought that God doesn’t know you, or doesn't have a plan for your life, think again. Even in the midst of the chaos around us
He has a plan for you.
Learning to open our hearts to God’s will can be difficult, but as we learn to persevere through life and let trials strengthen our faith, we will be able to find intimacy with God.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
~II Corinthians 12:9-10
Be encouraged today, for He is faithful!
From July 27, 2012
How often are expectations are the source of our discontentedness?
We expect things from our family, spouse, children, employers, employees, and friends. When they fall short of our expectations, we react.
We get upset at our children because of unreached expectations.
We divorce over unmet expectations.
Employees are fired over unmet expectations.
Relationships are strained or broken through expectations not met.
Expectations can be realistic, unreasonable, or even false.
Sometimes we fail without even knowing we’re not meeting expectations.
And now, we are facing even more loss. Graduations and trips are cancelled. We're stuck inside, worried and anxious about tomorrow.
Sometimes we have to raise our expectations.
Sometimes we have to be patient with our expectations.
Sometimes we have to change our expectations.
David, in the book of Psalms, tells us to 'Wait and hope and expect the Lord.' (Ps 27:14)
When all else fails and expectations around us are not met, He will never fail us.
When disappointment reigns, He is still there.
When we are afraid, He is there.
Wait and hope and expect the Lord.
Be encouraged today.
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