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God’s Comfort Is Never Far Away

Some days are harder than others; in fact, some days, it is tough to just put one foot in front of the other. We might even feel as though no one understands our problem and that we have to go it alone. However, when we find ourselves struggling this way, we simply need to turn to God as He will guide us through. With His help, we can face tomorrow with renewed hope and happiness.

 

Here are 3 ways to find your way when things seem bleak:

  1. Know that with God, there is always a tomorrow. When Elijah visited a widow during the drought, he learned that she was planning to make one last meal for herself and her son, and then she was prepared to die. This mirrors society today as the celebrity suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have highlighted the fact that suicides in the United States have increased by nearly 30% in the last seventeen years. However, it is important to remember that with God, there is always a tomorrow. Simply recall what Elijah told the widow. He said that God desired her to be alive tomorrow and that God Himself would provide for that tomorrow. If you, a loved one, or a stranger is struggling, embrace tomorrow by reaching out to the vast network under God as we are called to: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (ESV)
  2. Believe in God’s word, not what you see before you. As humans, we have a limited scope and must rely on God’s word to tell us what lies ahead. For example, when suffering from a seemingly endless drought, God told Elijah that a rainstorm was on the way. Instead of dismissing His word since there was not a cloud in the sky, Elijah embraced the good news and proclaimed that the end of the drought was near. Not long after, a cloud appeared, and they were blessed with a miraculous rainstorm. If you are burdened by struggles that seem to be unending, trust God when He tells you that they too will come to an end. Don’t give up hope that you will experience a rainstorm when you least expect it. Until then, cling to these words to remain hopeful: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
  3. Turn to God when your hope shifts to doubt. Even when you have maintained a hopeful attitude one day, you may awake to find it gone and replaced with doubt the next day. Although Elijah remained hopeful for a long time, even giving newfound hope to others, he found himself consumed by doubt when he wandered through the desert. Once he had told a widow that God Himself would provide for her tomorrow, but Elijah discovered that he couldn’t give himself that same comfort when the time came. Instead, he dropped to the ground and told God that he was ready to die. Yet God responded by sending an angel to comfort and feed him. So, if you find yourself doubting, simply turn to God and remember these words: “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by turning to God in your time of need.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

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God Sees the Impact You Have

Sometimes, we may find ourselves in the spotlight, earning praise left and right and enjoying others’ respect and admiration. Yet the time we spend in the shadows is also important; we can make an unforgettable impact while remaining humble and behind the scenes.

 

Here are 3 ways to embrace your role:

  1. Put less value on public admiration. Although it can be exciting to be well known and widely spoken of, we don’t always need to be in the spotlight to effect change. For example, while we are all familiar with the heavy hitters in the Bible, including Moses, Noah, and Mary, there are others who did just as much to spread God’s word that we don’t readily know. This was definitely the case for Tychicus, a man who traveled with Paul to carry God’s message to new lands. Despite his minor role as Paul’s opening act, Tychicus was able to open the hearts of those in the crowd, ensuring they were ready to accept the word of the Lord. Today, place the emphasis on your spirit and not your ego, and know that public recognition does not equate to serious change. To inspire yourself, remember these words: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (ESV)
  2. Know that your worth shines in the shadows. When you do a huge amount of work and fail to get the credit, it can be disheartening and frustrating. However, it is important to remember that your worth shines just as clearly in the shadows. One example of a person whose diligent and powerful work for the Lord in the shadows led to real goodness is Andrew. As Peter’s brother, Andrew was able to introduce him to Jesus, ensuring Jesus’ inner circle was filled with people who could help him forward the word of the Lord. Although Andrew worked in the shadows, his incredible worth was clear. Therefore, if you’re struggling with being in the shadows, know that your assignment is no less important, and remember that God sees and appreciates it. Recall these words when you need to remember your work’s worth: “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
  3. Remember that your humility will be rewarded. Seeing others accomplish amazing feats and be given wonderful opportunities can be challenging. In fact, it may even awaken your ego and cause you to jump at any chance of proving yourself. However, when we turn to the Scriptures, we see that Gideon behaved the opposite way. When an angel came to him and told him he would lead the Israelites, Gideon reacted with humility and gave the angel an offering before asking how he could have been chosen for the assignment. It is precisely because Gideon acted with such selfless humility that God chose him for the task. His humble and sacrificial attitude brought him closer to the Lord and ensured he was poised for success. So the next time you are faced with an incredible feat, remain humble and remember these words: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by maintaining a humble outlook.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness…against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

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What Do I Do Next?

Whether you’re graduating from school, celebrating a hard-won career opportunity, or embracing a new blessing in your household, starting on a new path can be exhilarating—but it can also be frightening. Despite feeling like all your hard work is finally worth it, you may also wonder how you’ll be able to make the most of your new path that, as of yet, has no title.

Here are 3 ways to make the most of your new beginning:

  1. Invest in your future. When starting something new, it is often necessary to begin at an entry level with less compensation than is desired. However, turning your little into more isn’t as hard as it seems when you invest in your future. Take, for example, the two servants of a man who planned to go out of town. The man gave each servant gold to invest for him while he was away. One of the servants simply took the gold he was given and buried it for himself, losing the man’s trust and earning a demotion. Yet the other servant took the gold he was given, invested it wisely, and was able to double the initial investment, earning him praise and a promotion from the man when he returned. Today, make that investment in your future and remember these words: “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 (NLT)
  2. Rejoice in every season. Although our ardently achieved new beginnings are incredibly thrilling, we can sometimes get too caught up in our accomplishments and forget to savor our present. Just as we look forward to summer coming and neglect to appreciate all of the fantastic aspects of spring, we can fail to give thanks for the perfect moments we experience in the present. Similarly, if we spend all of our time feeling anxious and anticipating what’s to come, we continue to create more of that because each moment creates the next. So to truly make the most of your new beginning, make sure you’re taking the time necessary to enjoy it as much as possible, giving God thanks and appreciation instead of simply looking toward what you want to tackle next. Today, usher in positive energy and treasure your new beginning by remembering these words: “Rejoice always.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (ESV)
  3. Trust your path, even without a title. One thing that can be particularly terrifying about new beginnings is when the path you’re on seems to have no title. For example, graduates may struggle after leaving school because their new direction seems undefined. Other times, those taking a different direction in their career may find it difficult to adequately describe exactly where they are headed. In fact, this was even the case with David as he was named king thirteen years before he was officially crowned king. Yet even though his path lacked a title, David still managed to accomplish great things and fulfill God’s assignment. So today, embrace your path without a title by recalling these words: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by rejoicing in your present and investing in what is to come.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…and He shall direct thy paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

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The Before and After of Your Spiritual Walk

While watching HGTV, we often find inspiration in the before and after pictures of a remodeled house. In reality, a similarly impressive makeover can be seen in the evolution of our spiritual path. Continuously growing spiritually, we strive to ceaselessly deepen our connection with God, finding new ways to strengthen and transform our spiritual walk.

Here are 3 ways to evolve spiritually:

  1. Take the time to remodel your prayers. In Mark 11:24, we learn that “if you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.” This verse and our knowledge that God is all powerful and can bring any and all of our desires to fruition may lead us to treat our prayers like a Christmas wish list. Instead of delving into our relationship with the Lord, we may just rattle off what we want and call it a night. However, the Scriptures teach us that it is imperative we continuously mature in our spiritual walk, meaning we need to outgrow this self-centered form of prayer in favor of selfless worship. Today, put God first by truly worshiping Him and giving thanks for your blessings before praying for yourself and your family. As you think about that, reflect on these words: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 (ESV)
  2. Shift your priorities toward God. It is easy to put yourself and your own interests first in your day to day life; in fact, this was exactly how Peter behaved. Peter thought about fishing morning, noon, and night, going out on his boat when he was happy and retreating to fishing when he was defeated. Yet there came a time when his spiritual walk evolved and his priorities shifted. One night, he and some of the disciples went on an unsuccessful fishing trip. As they rowed back, they saw Jesus on the shore and heard him call out that there were more fish than they could imagine just beside their boat. However, instead of excitedly lowering the net, Peter jumped straight into the water and swam to shore: Jesus was now the most important thing in his life. Today, shift your own priorities toward God to transform your spiritual walk. As you do so, remember these words: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
  3. Let your heart come full circle. Not only can we transform our own spiritual walk by remodeling our prayers and shifting our priorities, but we can also open our hearts to allow others to change us for the better. Before Joshua conquered Jericho, he sent two spies ahead to stay in the house of Rahab, a former prostitute. During their time there, Rahab asked them question after question about their God, and her heart was touched by their answers. In fact, she began wishing that their Lord could become her God as well. The heart that had once guided her to prostitution had come full circle and now yearned to know God. Today, open your heart to God and allow it to come full circle. As you do so, remember these words: “I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by continually remodeling your spiritual path.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15 (ESV)

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Commit to Your Faith through Your Actions

Although your faith in God may never waver, you might find that you still struggle with putting your faith into action. Whether you aren’t quite sure where to begin, or have responsibilities and obligations that overshadow your heavenly concerns, the importance of acting out your faith in your day-to-day life may get put on the backburner. Today, reignite your faith’s flame through your actions.

 

Here are 3 ways you can act on your faith:

  1. Retain your thirst for justice. Sometimes, it may be difficult to soldier on for a just cause when you are told no or the door is slammed in your face time and time again. Yet in Matthew 5:6, we learn that God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for justice for they will have it in full. In fact, when Moses went to Pharaoh to request that the Israelites be released, he endured Pharaoh saying yes then going back on his word no less than ten times. Although this was disheartening and frustrating, Moses continued to act on his faith, knowing that God would deliver justice in the end—which, of course, He did. Therefore, when you are faced with an answer that seems to be a dead end, remember that you will have justice in full by recalling these words: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (ESV)
  2. Work to maintain the flavor of your faith. Just as salt may lose its flavor over time, your spiritual walk may lose its potency. The best way to maintain this flavor is by preserving God’s word in your mind and heart and demonstrating that commitment in your actions. For example, when Peter encountered a lame man outside the temple, he healed him, bringing that man happiness and peace and touching thousands of other souls during the healing process. Despite going through periods where his faith could have been considered flavorless, Peter managed to overcome those struggles and turn around his relationship with his faith. While you constantly work to maintain the flavor of your faith through your actions, hold these words in your heart: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15 (ESV)
  3. Be merciful at every opportunity. One of the best ways to act out your faith is by showing others the mercy you want to be shown by God. When the Lord asked Jonah to preach a revival to the town of Nineveh, he initially refused to do so because he believed that the people there did not deserve to be saved. However, God brought him to Nineveh just the same and Jonah’s passionate sermon turned 120,000 souls to God. The Lord then showed those sinners mercy, just as he showed Jonah mercy for initially abandoning the job he was told to do. Today, remember to act on your faith by extending a merciful hand toward others—just as you want the Lord to reach out to you—and remember these words: “Search me, O God, and know my heart…Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by living out your faith.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

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Your Blessings Are Coming. Are You Ready?

When it seems as though God has not fulfilled any of His promises to us and we are waiting for blessings that don’t seem to be coming, we can become discouraged. Instead of rejoicing, we may cry, complain, or even talk ourselves out of believing that His blessings are on their way. However, in these times it is important to take a step back, imagine ourselves exhaling in God’s arms, and recall that His promises are guaranteed to be fulfilled.

Here are 3 ways to ready yourself for the blessings to come:

  1. Give God your supernatural response. In times of struggle, it can be difficult to imagine how God will fulfill His promises to you, and you may begin to doubt that His blessings are coming. This is exactly how Jeremiah and the Israelites felt when they were exiled to Babylon. Yet instead of simply complaining that God had allowed him to fall into such a dire and chaotic situation, Jeremiah responded to his personal tragedy in a supernatural way. He purchased a piece of land that was sure to fall into the hands of the Babylonians to demonstrate how much he believed in and trusted God’s word—despite the mayhem he and the Israelites were living in. His supernatural response to the turmoil around him signaled to God that he was ready for his blessings when the time came. Ready yourself for your own blessings by reacting in a supernatural way and remembering these words: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)
  2. Anticipate God’s promises being fulfilled. Because you are not privy to God’s timeline, it can be frustrating when you experience another setback exactly when you believed you were due for a win. However, in the book of Acts, Paul and Silas demonstrated how shifting the focus from pain to hope will usher in God’s blessings. When they were stripped, beaten, chained, and jailed, they did not cry out to God, but instead rejoiced, worshiped, and sang. They celebrated the knowledge that God’s promises to them would be fulfilled despite their current situation. This supernatural response demonstrated their unwavering faith in God and trust in His word as they anticipated His blessings that were yet to come. Anticipate God’s promises to you being fulfilled by singing for what is to come and remembering these words: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
  3. Give thanks for the smaller victories and blessings God has given you. While you await your major blessings, it is easy to disregard or even forget the smaller blessings that God has provided for you. However, as it is made clear in the story of David, it is the day-to-day victories that you enjoy that bring you closer to God. David was immensely blessed by the Lord and made sure to give thanks for the major victories that God provided for him. Yet he also expressed his gratitude for God’s small, daily blessings, which brought him closer to God and created a raw relationship between the two. In fact, David’s constant appreciation for everything the Lord gave him prepared him for and ushered in the major victories with which he was blessed. Therefore, instead of simply waiting for God to bestow the next miracle upon you, usher in your big blessing by giving thanks for all your smaller ones. To keep gratitude in your heart, remember these words: “I will give thanks to you, Lord…I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1 (NIV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by exhaling in the arms of God.

“All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart.”

Mark 11:23 (NLT)

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A Heavenly Path Paved Just for You

When our lives begin to change and our future seems uncertain, it is understandable we begin to worry about whether we are on the path God set for us, or if we have strayed. However, instead of simply fretting about whether we are moving toward the destination God has planned for us, we can assess our journey and our path, then adjust accordingly. In other words, by keeping God and His ultimate plan in mind, we can ensure that we make the choices that will keep us on our heavenly path.

Here are 3 ways to ensure you are moving down your heavenly path:

  1. Understand that your actions—and your reactions—determine your destination. Many times, you will be in the driver’s seat, so to speak, when it comes to the major decisions of your life. However, on occasion, life will seem to simply happen to you. In both instances, it is important to recall that the way you behave dictates where you end up. For example, when Joseph’s brothers sold Joseph into slavery, and when he ended up in jail, Joseph didn’t despair. He didn’t even hold a grudge against his brothers. Instead, he found it in his heart to forgive them. In this way, he moved closer toward his destiny (and his eventual palace) by acting in an admirable way. His actions and his reaction to the unforeseen circumstance, led him to his heavenly destination. To ensure you stay on your heavenly path, recall the words: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those that enter by it are many.” Matthew 7:13 (ESV)
  2. Invest your little and trust that you will obtain more. In life, you may sometimes have to begin at an entry level, meaning you don’t have much in the way of compensation or responsibilities. While this may be a little disheartening, it is also a fabulous way to prove yourself. In the Scriptures, Jesus tells of a man who gave one of his servants five bags of gold to invest for him while the man was away. The servant took the amount he was given (not a terribly significant amount) and invested it, turning it into ten bags of gold by the time his employer had returned. As a reward, the man decided to give the servant more responsibilities. From this story, it is clear that even if you are in an entry-level position, you are able to turn what little you have into much more—especially if you keep your eye on your heavenly destiny. To remember this lesson, hold these words in your heart: “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 (NLT)
  3. Remember your purpose when you make tough decisions. Making difficult choices is never a pleasant or simple task as taking responsibility for the outcome is frightening. However, rather than shying away from the choices in front of you, try to recall the story of King Balak and the prophet Balaam. Balak tried his very best to induce Balaam to curse the Israelites, offering him riches beyond his wildest dreams. Yet Balaam did not evade this decision, but instead gave Balaak a resounding NO, saying that he would never act against the will of the Lord. In other words, Balaam strode toward his destiny by confidently choosing God over everything else. Bring to mind your heavenly purpose the next time you are faced with a tough choice by remembering the words: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by ensuring you are on your heavenly path.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

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Be Unafraid: Embrace God’s Call to Action

blog, callSometimes, when we hear the Lord call upon us to tackle an important task, we may ignore His voice. Instead of accepting that we were chosen to walk this path for a reason, we see all of our own shortcomings and flaws, and we decide that the call was meant for someone else. We turn our back on the duty our Father has called us to do because of our fear, doubts, and insecurities. Yet today, rather than turning our back or deferring to others, let’s own that call and take action.

How to answer God’s call to action:

  1. Trust that you were chosen for a reason. Even though you may feel as though you’re not the obvious choice for God’s mission, He has picked you because you are perfect for the job. For example, when the Israelites found themselves threatened by the Midianites, God chose Gideon to save them. Gideon was perhaps the last man one would consider when looking for a general to rally behind. He not only hid from the Midianites until the angel of the Lord came to find him, but he was also the weakest member of his family in the weakest clan of the Israelites. In other words, Gideon was not an obvious choice to save the Israelites, but God knew that he would be just the force they needed. So, although you may not seem to be the most connected, or influential, or strong, you were chosen for a reason. Simply have faith in yourself and in God’s choice, and find the courage to step out of your comfort and into your miracle. In your times of doubt recall these words: “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
  2. Rely on His strength and take a step forward. When we are given a task from God, the magnitude of the issue can sometimes be overwhelming. In Gideon’s case, he asked God if he was the right man for the job over and over again since he wasn’t strong and he didn’t come from a powerful family or clan. Gideon felt as though the challenge of fighting off 100,000 Midianites wasn’t anywhere near something he could accomplish, so he stalled for a long time. Just as was the case with Gideon, we may sometimes feel as though we couldn’t possibly achieve a goal since we can’t even begin to see the finish line. Yet, when the task has been assigned by God, no problem is insurmountable. Simply rely on God’s strength, and anything is possible. All you have to do is take the first step forward. Remember these words to inspire you to take action: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
  3. Maintain your humility now and down the road. One of the most important parts of Gideon’s story is that he showed an incredible amount of humility—not only when he was chosen, but all the way up until he completed his task. Gideon realized that his strength and cunning alone could not overpower the Midianites, but that with God by his side, anything was possible. So, he never stopped giving credit to the Lord, and he continued to stave off arrogance and embrace sacrifice. That humility is one of the reasons that he was picked for the task of freeing the Israelites in the first place. It allowed him to never forget where his true power lay. To remind yourself of the importance of maintaining your humility—even after being handpicked for a task by the Lord—cling to these words: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by acting on God’s words to you.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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In Tragic Times, Christ Will Heal You

blog, tragicWe’ve all seen the devastation Hurricane Harvey has wreaked. Whether or not we’ve been personally affected, the hurricane has left us thinking about what we can do in the wake of terrible tragedy. In truth, the best thing we can do in these tragic situations is to help others while worshiping Christ.

Here are 3 methods to cope with tragedy when it strikes:

  1. Trust that Jesus is the resurrection. In the gospel of John, Jesus taught an incredibly important lesson through one of his last miraculous acts. In the Scripture, he allowed Lazarus to die so that he could bring him back from the dead four days later. The purpose waiting was so that God’s glory could be showcased through Lazarus’ revival. It showed that Jesus is the resurrection and that his light can be seen in the darkest of circumstances. Therefore, during those difficult times, the times when it feels as though everything has been taken from you, recall that Jesus, the resurrection, will restore everything to you. So today, hold Jesus’ power of resurrection in your heart and remember these words: “And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.” 1 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV)
  2. Make time for real worship. In stressful times, it can be difficult to remember to worship in the way God intended. For example, after Lazarus was raised from the dead, his sisters threw a gigantic celebration to thank Jesus. During the party, one of the sisters spent all of her time running around, trying to make everything perfect for Jesus. Because of all the stress she was under, this first sister neglected to sit by Jesus and hear his stories. However, the other sister spent the entire time sitting at Jesus’ feet and clinging onto his every word. Although the first sister meant well, Jesus pointed out that while she was chasing perfection, her sister had already found it and, in doing so, had worshiped him in the truest way possible. In other words, in times of stress it might be hard to focus wholly on worshiping Jesus in the unfailing way he intended, but it is more important than anything else you could possibly do. Therefore, hold these words in your heart: “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” Psalm 145:3 (ESV)
  3. Show others endless mercy and compassion. Sometimes, it can be all too easy to ignore those in need. Take the story of the Good Samaritan. When a Jewish man was robbed, beaten, and left on the side of the road, several people passed him without helping before a Samaritan walked up to him, bandaged his wounds, and took him to an inn where he could further heal. In other words, the injured man was left for dead by numerous people before the Good Samaritan finally came to the rescue. So, in times of tragedy—and in your everyday life—make sure you treat others just as you would your neighbor since we are all brothers and sisters in God’s love. The next time you are debating whether or not to show compassion and mercy to another, keep these words in your heart:“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by remembering that Jesus will lead you through tragic times.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11 (ESV)

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God Is Guiding Your Steps

B Moments, blogWhen a situation arises that seems to completely throw us off the path we were on, it is sometimes difficult to accept. We may feel scared, anxious, or overwhelmed. We may even begin to question whether or not God is listening to our prayers. However, we need to remember that God is the one who guides our steps, and that He is leading us exactly where we need to go. So instead of worrying, trust that God is handling the situation and readying you for something great.

Here are 3 Ways to Confront Your Difficult Situation:

  1. Trust first, then seek understanding. When God teaches you, it is not always easy to understand His meaning. In fact, the disciples even had trouble discerning Jesus’ meaning when he used parables to instruct and guide them. So, don’t be anxious or upset when you don’t understand where God is leading you. Instead, set aside your desire for immediate understanding, and fill yourself with trust in the Lord. Just as the disciples found peace when they were able to let go of their overwhelming need to understand, you too will discover a new calm when you are able to simply trust that God’s hand in your life is leading you down the right path. Cling to these words to remember the importance of trusting the Lord: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
  2. Remember that God is handling it on all levels. There will be times when you pray for something significant, but it seems as though God is not answering. You may begin to believe that the Lord is not even listening. However, God is always near and is, in fact, guiding you according to His plan. To remember this, consider the fact that there are little things in your life that are lining up thanks to His hand. Although they might not seem incredibly significant, or may just be small details in your life that are coming together, know that God is the one orchestrating the success of the little things. If the Lord is able to perfectly align the tiniest circumstances in your life, it is easy to see how He controls the big picture, too. So, keep these words close to your heart to remember the way God controls the small and big picture of your life: “…casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (ESV)
  3. Keep in mind that God is grooming you for greater. When you find yourself going down a path that you believe takes you off course from where you believed you were going, it can be very frustrating. During these times, you may feel that you’re in the wrong place, and begin to do everything in your power to get back to what you thought was the purpose of your life. If you find yourself thinking this way, take a moment to reflect on the fact that God’s ways are not our ways, and He might simply be preparing you for greater. For example, before David began his 40-year reign as king, God had him working with sheep in the fields. Although it is difficult for us to make the connection between being a shepherd and ruling a nation, God knew that David needed to work in the fields before he would make an effective ruler. So today, know that wherever you are, you are right where God wants you to be. Before you can succeed, He needs to groom you for greater. Cling to these words: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by remembering that God is guiding your steps.

“The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

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