Uncover Your Unique Story
God’s amazing grace and power has changed my life, which is why I’m willing to be so transparent in this short film produced by the team at RUUT.co.
We all have a tendency to show favoritism, don't we? We have a tendency to treat some people better than we treat others. I am grateful that God is not like us. The issue of favoritism shows up in the Bible often. In James 2, he...
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.
Jesus is willing. He is willing to heal, to renew, to redeem and to make whole. He doesn’t always answer when or how we expect or want, but we must ask boldly and humbly. He will answer, and all along the way, he will love us through whatever challenge we might face.
As another coaching client left my office, I wrote a summary in her folder, then sat for a while in reflective thought. Five manila folders stacked like cardboard warnings of the two troubling phrases I heard that day. As I reviewed each client’s goals, progress and...
As I flipped through another page in my planner, I wondered how to accomplish all my tasks in a mere 24 hours? With three part-time jobs, I lived the proverbial juggling act. But, I took long walks and prayed for guidance. I fasted and confessed my sorrow for stealing time from the Lover of my soul. In the process, I discovered how many distractions of pace fed my lust for significance and applause.
Despite his pain, Job interceded on behalf of his foolish friends, just as Jesus, our Savior, intercedes for us. As Job went through great sufferings, he persevered when it did not make sense to him or to us. We can learn how to trust God through this epic story of the Bible.
God is also an authority, as well as a Father. How can I see him in love, while living with PTSD? It’s been hard for me to accept God as an authority. The way we see our earthly fathers is often the way we see God. Was God like my father, waiting to let me have it? Over time, God showed me he was nothing like my abusive Dad.
Joseph’s story is the great love of God on display, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. (Romans 5:8) God’s purpose for us is simple: he wants us to know him and be Christ-like. Joseph is a pre-Christian example of this, and he can be our inspiration: when family drama happens, when we feel unjustly treated or when we want to be vindictive. Our God is bigger than our sufferings, and his will prevails.
Most of the time, I enjoy my single woman status, but once in a while, the loneliness of my singleness creeps in like a black cloud that hovers over a previously sunny day. But, in prayer I’m reminded that God wants relationship with me, and that Jesus considers us his friends (John 15:14-15). How incredible that this utterly awesome and mysterious One waits for us to stop long enough to say, “I love you, too.”
If you are a peace-loving Christian, you may find truth-tellers hard to live with, because they are often so zealous for truth that they trample over others in their fervor. However, the peace-loving Christian needs to figure out how to stand for Biblical truth in the middle ground. Jesus is a good example of that.
Do you ever wonder if God is paying attention? If he really knows what he’s doing? This week, God reminded Keith that he absolutely knows what he’s doing. Even when it doesn’t look like it from the beginning. How has God shown you that he knows you deeply (Psalm 139) and cares about the details of your life?