You’ve heard the saying that it is better to give than to receive, but today I want to challenge you that the opposite may actually be true.
Not because the saying isn’t biblical (it is) but rather to reveal if your “gift of giving” may hinder your ability to receive.
Our culture loves to pride itself on how capable we are, how much we give to others and how good we can be. But, if we take in account Scripture and especially the teachings of Jesus, then we are faced with the reality that it may not about what we give, but instead what we receive.
You may have awakened today in a hard place. Where down seems up, right seems wrong and easy seems so very hard.
Whether you are in a physical battle, financial struggle or even political fight, there are moments where each of us is given more than we can handle or comprehend, and the struggle wears us thin.
Friend, if that is where you find yourself today, then turn with me to (Luke 8) and see how Jesus handles us when our faith is painfully stretched.
Are there areas of your life where you seem to have less self-control than others? Tendencies that you know are not good for you, yet you can’t seem to gain victory over them?
Well, you are not alone.
All of us, this side of eternity, will continue to struggle with sin, even though we are born-again believers of Jesus Christ. Even the great apostle Paul struggled with the merry-go-round of sin:
Before we ever had kids, I mentioned to my husband that I would like to homeschool our children. Not for their entire career but just for middle school. I felt that would be best because middle school is hard and awkward. I thought it would be great to give my kids some extra love, wisdom, and educational adventures during what are typically pretty rough years.
What I did not realize was that my homeschool dream would be bumped up by six years and we would home-educate our oldest son starting in his second semester of kindergarten.
Now, as we prepare to start our fourth full year of home education, I must say, it has been worth the investment and sacrifice. Because, friends, if homeschool moms are honest, there is definitely some sacrificing happening. But it is worth it.
For many young Christ-followers, there is a question that is almost taboo to ask in certain Christian circles. Is it wrong to drink?
I think this is both a valid and a fair question, and it deserves a response. So today, we are going to dig into God’s Word and see what it has to say about this whole topic of drinking alcohol.
So, is it wrong to drink alcohol?
In a nutshell, Yes. And no. And maybe.
Yes, It is wrong when:
Whether it’s remodeling a house, starting a business or growing a garden, Praise abounds for those do-it-yourselfers out there. However, sometimes, I think we need more “I don’t know” moments and less “I got this” ones.
Tiny little smartphone squares and on-the-go hellos so often encourage us to believe that we need to have our lives together. No gaps. No stutters. No insufficiencies. Especially for others to see.
But, friend, that isn’t real life. Real life is messy. It is hard. And we aren’t equipped in our power to do it all by ourselves. Real life is not DIY.
And honestly, I think that it’s not even close to the life Christ would have us to live.
Some of us are struggling, carrying a burden that is often invisible to others.
It may be infertility, loneliness, depression or even chronic sickness. It is like a heavy pack on our back, loading down our shoulders as we go about the duties of life.
We work, we play, we learn, we teach. All the while, we carry this extra weight about us.
After a while, whether it’s months or years, it can start to feel like people no longer notice us. Doctors don’t have answers. Medicines provide no solutions. Friendships grow strained. Life keeps moving forward for everyone else, except us.
If this sounds like your story, then may I encourage you with the story of someone who also felt very unnoticed?
Three years ago this spring I found out I was pregnant. Instead of rejoicing over the little miracle that was growing inside my belly, I was angry and confused at the Lord.
Our marriage was struggling, I often felt like a single parent to our two older children plus I had no family support system nearby. Adding a baby to the mix seemed like the last thing we needed.
If I was the camel, then this was the last straw for me. I broke. I simply couldn’t understand what the Lord was doing.
I’m going to be gut-level honest with you. I have not always enjoyed Mother’s Day.
There were years where I dreaded walking down the card aisle. Row after row of sweet pink and fluffy cards that spouted words of maternal adoration were a little overwhelming for me.
You see, my mom and I didn’t exactly have a pink and fluffy relationship. It was black and white for the majority of my childhood. So Mother’s Day was hard because there were rarely cards that conveyed the genuine nature of our relationship with both truth and love.
It’s Monday morning. Your alarm has already been snoozed one too many times, so you flop your feet onto the floor and think to yourself, “I hate my life.”
In reality, though, you don’t hate your life. You hate your job.
The meaningless work. Your frustrating boss. The never-ending days. You find yourself wishing every week away, just trying to make it to the freedom of the weekend.
If this is you, then I want to share four simple strategies that can help transform the way you view your job so you can reap all the goodness God has for you in this season.