Stress Relief

So many of us live busy, hectic lives. Work piles up, or you are doing the work of others and yours as well. Our responsibilities seem endless, and we just don’t seem to catch up, and then stress piles up on top of that. It’s a recipe for a health disaster! But…. we have the cure for that – God’s word. Scripture is full of tools for resolving these issues. Psalm 3:8 reassures us in hard times: “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep, for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” Isn’t it good to know that in the chaos of our busy days, God is there for us? God bless you, and may you find peace and rest today.

Who Do You Count On?

Most people want to be self-sufficient; and even though we might be willing and happy to help others, sometimes we are the ones who need a hero, and we have one! Even though we don’t see him, we have the Holy Spirit! Romans 8:26a says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities..” The Spirit comes to our rescue when we need help. He guides, strengthens us, and sustains us. Let’s all give thanks and praise God for giving us a hero. God bless you!

Are You Out of Gas?

Once in my life, I played chicken with the gas gauge: I lost, and running out of gas is no fun. Many amateur runners, including me, get so far into a race and “run out of gas” and need to walk. We need to fill the tank. In the same way, when our soul feels spiritually empty, we need to go to God for a refill of wisdom and endurance. How? By spending time in prayer, bible study, praise, and worship. When we feel our faith starting to run out, He will fill our tank. Isaiah 40:31 says. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings of eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. The next time your spiritual tank is getting low, turn to God for a refill. Amen?

To Serve or Not to Serve

Recently, I was asked if I would participate in a “serve” day. My answer was. “Of course.” Serving God is one of the most important principles of our faith, as we are expected to help the church with a joyful spirit. Scripture is very clear to all of us about this. Each of us is given gifts that we should use to serve others. The Bible teaches that serving others is not about doing great things but about doing small things with great love. 1 Peter 4:10 says, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Let’s all be aware that others may need our support and be ready to help in Jesus’ name. God bless you!

The Benefits of Gratitude

There are studies that show people who express gratitude experience improved sleep, higher stress tolerance, and more meaningful relationships. Gratitude not only benefits us physically, it also draws us nearer to God. When our perspectives shift off of us and onto God, who gave up everything for us, that’s when we find fresh hope, joy, and purpose around us. Psalm 136:1 says, “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Today, let’s praise him and show him the gratitude He deserves! God bless you today.

Under Construction

Some people say, “I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.” I’m still saying that! Just like our careers, our spiritual life can be like that. We are all under construction and are constantly changing and growing. The truth is: God’s not finished with us yet! We have been given the Holy Spirit to help us in our growth, and one day, we will be finished. 1 John 3:2 says, “Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” Until then, let’s be part of the construction crew, growing in the Lord, starting with a firm foundation, our faith, until the day we are no longer “under construction.” God bless you!

Facing Our Mountains

Mountain climbing is hard; I know because I’ve done it in my military training. When you look at a rock formation from afar, it seems smooth, but when you get close, you can see the bumps, cracks, and ledges. Those are the very things that enable climbers to conquer a mountain. In life, we face many mountains filled with crags and bumps, and as we handle them, it trains us to conquer our mountains. Paul said in Romans 8:38, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” I know God will be there to help you whenever you face a mountain. God bless you!

In The Midst of the Chaos

In our everyday world, we are surrounded by noise, distracting us from what’s important. I am reminded of Elijah, who was distracted because of the threat on his life, was told by God in 1 Kings 19:11-12 “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” It doesn’t take big things to hear our God. We just need to listen for His voice. God bless you!

No Rejection

Rejection is the worst! Imagine being rejected by a parent or child; imagine being rejected after a job interview, or even worse, a marriage proposal. God promises that he will never reject us. Isaiah 41:9b-10a tells us: “Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and will not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God.” It’s wonderful to know that we will always have him on our side. God bless you today!

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