Struggles are real and our questions about them are not easily answered. In the midst of our difficult times - times of confusion and loss of hope - our outlook can become skewed as we are consumed by our circumstances. However, Christ saves us and sustains us, even when times are tough. How have you experienced God’s faithfulness, even when life is hard?
What Brings Us Together? (Take Five)
This week, we’re focusing on relationships: with the disenfranchised, with ourselves, with God, with our political leaders and in our friendships. What relationship is God calling you into? As one blogger said: “Being 100% confident in Christ means being part of something bigger than us.” Even if a relationship seems difficult, remember that you aren’t in this alone.
Dandelions and Gratitude (Philippians 4)
While pulling dandelions in her yard, RJ felt miserable, but she also remembered her friend who struggles with muscular dystrophy and how important gratitude is. Philippians 4:11 says: “…I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.” How can you show gratitude today, even if you have an inconvenient or unpleasant task before you?
Is it really possible to not be anxious about anything? (Philippians 4:5-7)
Only when we remember “the Lord is near” can we avoid anxiety. We are anxious when we’re more focused on our current struggles than on the Lord who is near or when we forget God’s past faithfulness. Philippians 4:5-7 tells us “The Lord is near, do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”