Lessons in Gratitude: Even in Struggle, We are Thankful
Paul does not say, “Give thanks FOR all circumstances”. He says “Give thanks IN all circumstances”. Obviously, there is a big difference between the two, but gratitude is God’s practical antidote to unhappiness. In this post, Amy uses the examples of Corrie Ten Boom and the Apostle Paul to challenge us to be both honest and grateful in our daily spiritual walk.
The Idol of Money
Idols and idolatry are not words we use very often today, unless perhaps we are discussing the popular reality TV series, American Idol. However, the pursuit of wealth has become a form of modern-day idolatry. In this post, Amy shares ways that we can begin to see money and materialism in proper perspective, and give it its proper place, beneath our trust in God.
Stewards vs Owners
As an American, Amy shares that she was raised to be self-sufficient. Like her, we often believe that our money is ours, our talents are ours and so on. However, the Bible does not teach ownership, but rather stewardship. If we see ourselves as stewards, we begin to understand that all that we have is not actually ours and we can use what we have to God’s glory.
What Exodus Teaches Us About Navigating Change
God didn’t just reassure his people, he also declared a new thing in Isaiah 43 and through the story of Exodus. A new thing is needed because things have changed – Israel is in exile. When God is doing a new thing, we must not get in the way. God calls us to adapt to the changes we face, and in doing so, we keep his message of hope fresh and our trust in him secure.
Thinking Honestly About the Lord’s Prayer
If we have been in church for more than a few years, we know the Lord’s Prayer by heart and often recite it by rote. It is one prayer that transcends all of Christendom from Catholics, to Protestants to the Orthodox church and everything in between.
Releasing control to God; gaining life by letting go
Humans have been seeking to understand and control every aspect of our lives, from atoms to black holes, from our health to our relationships and everything in between. Our need to control is deeply ingrained in who we are as human beings. To release control is not only counter-cultural, it feels like we're losing ourselves. But in Matthew 10:39, Jesus calls...