Learn Self Care & Foster Gratitude
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to emulate the servant leadership he modeled during his earthly ministry, and Scripture is filled with many amazing examples of what leading with humility and selflessness looks like.
Today, we take more selfies than ever before, but how often do we pause to self-examine our lives? How often do we take the time to become aware of our calling toward a transformed, kingdom-oriented life? How often do we take a moment to ask God for help and reflect on his ever-presence?
I started to pray for gratitude. I put a sticker on my vanity mirror, and for one year, every morning and evening, I asked God to give me a grateful heart. God is kind to answer such a prayer. Since then, not only have I grown in gratitude (Thank you, Jesus!!), but also learned the importance of cultivating gratitude.
In our search for productivity, we often rush. An undercurrent of hurry sweeps through our days, and we feel pressured to get more done than ever before.
The Bible is not silent on the importance of confession. Through Jesus, God offers complete pardon for every sin we commit (2 Corinthians 5:21, Titus 3:5), provided we confess our recognized sin to him. Of course, God already knows our sins, but it is important that we also see and agree with God about these destructive behaviors, thoughts, and ideas.
It is clear in Scripture that we as humans were created by God for community. We were not meant to do life alone, without any help or influence from others. Forming authentic, personal relationships with others does not often happen by accident.
We tend to ignore the question of identity, because it can feel uncomfortable or overwhelming, but I think that’s a mistake. I think our identity through Jesus Christ is a great gift and in fact, the Bible tells us we should become what we already are in Christ.
God calls us, His precious children, to fully surrender to Him. Not because He is interested in controlling our lives or ruining our fun. Quite the opposite. Jesus came so that we could have life to the full (John 10:10).
Throughout Scripture, we are called to surrender our hearts and minds to God. This daily act of obedience isn’t rooted in outward performance to gain the Father’s favor. It is an inward heart change that can give us peace in our circumstances and hope for the future.
Picture this: it’s Thanksgiving and everyone seated around the table is digging into the turkey and mashed potatoes.
Today, as I walked into the local craft store, I was immediately assaulted by the aroma of cinnamon pinecones while I tripped over a display of wreaths set up by the door. This can only mean one thing—the holidays are upon us! Food, friends, and family abound during...
Our greatest example of a peacemaker is Jesus. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Jesus comes and gives everything, just like my mom did for my aunt.
The world is desperate for peace. Peace is something we've been seeking forever, really, and we have tried all kinds of things. People have devoted their entire lives to seeking peace, beautiful people who we celebrate because they gave their lives for peace. We know...