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Your Life Has Purpose

You Matter Here.pngA question I find myself asking is: How am I being an example for Christ? In other words, is my life showing others the love of God? Does my life even make a positive difference in the lives of others? Does any one else ever ponder questions like these in their own lives?

For me, sometimes I wonder how I can even make an impact on the world when hard things happen all the time and so many people are hurting. Then, here’s me in the midst of it all, and I am one of those people who are hurting. It hurts to hurt. How can wounded people help others who are wounded? The pain can make you want to find the quickest way out. The times in my life when I have felt this way are times when I am the most self-centered. I forget that I am not the only one who is hurting.

If I claim to have strength in Christ, then the same power that raised Him to life is in me now through the Holy Spirit. Despite that, why is it still so easy for me to just want to stop trying? Why is it so hard to motivate myself to get up and try again? Why is it so easy for me to just stay down and give up? Who else out there has questions like these running through their heads?

Here’s the truth, deep down I know that I don’t want to give up. I want to fight not only because I am called to be more like Christ and Christ doesn’t give up, but also because I want to fight for the cause and sake of others who are suffering and who need comfort, encouragement, and help. I believe there is such thing as wounded healers: people who have been hurt, but who let God use it for good by sharing their story and hopefully inspiring another to keep fighting. We all need God to help us to keep fighting. We can’t give up when others need Christ. For us to show Christ to others we need to stay in Christ, abiding in Him, the True Vine (John 15). And that is the only way we can ever be strong – is in Christ!

Without Christ we would all completely fall apart. I pray that in Christ we would realize our lives have value and a purpose. We were made to live for so much more than we could ever imagine. God’s got a plan, and He knows what He is doing. Let’s live to be examples for Christ despite the difficulties! We all have it in us to make a difference.

 


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A Lot Can Happen

Never-Alone-by-Holley-Gerth1A lot can happen in two years, that’s for sure. So much has changed since the last time I published a new post. Life is like that, isn’t it? Change is always constant. Sometimes change can be painful too.

Moving forward after difficult changes in life isn’t going to be easy. No one promised it would be. However, there is a promise out there for you, and for me, that can help us realize that even through the pain of life’s circumstances we are not alone. I think that may be the best part of moving forward – knowing that Someone walks those difficult times with us.

We don’t always feel the Presence of God. More often than not, life can be filled with so much hurt and loneliness and questioning. We won’t always know the way to go when we are trying to move forward. I know that when I am unsure and wondering what is going on in my life or what am I supposed to be doing, I let it discourage me to the point that I just feel like giving up. But deep down, giving up isn’t really what I want to do.

What if, in the questioning and uncertainties of our lives, God could enable us to become more dependent on Him? Are the questions we are left with in the midst of brokenness questions that God can use to help us grow deeper into His strength?

When we get to a point where we just can’t see the point, then we are left with nothing… BUT GOD. Whether we feel Him or not, no matter what, He never lets us go. When we can no longer keep going, when we cannot hang on a second longer, He will never let go of us.

That’s why, for me, I think the best part of moving forward is trusting that Jesus is there each step of the way. It’s been a difficult road, and I have lost my way more than once. I will not always go the right direction. That’s just me. I’m not perfect, yet when I fall apart I can trust the One who is Perfect.

Jesus is our Light, and He is the Light that I pray we will be able to see even when we feel surrounded by darkness on our journey towards moving forward. You are loved, and love is always with you.


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God is With You

God-Wants-to-Hold-You-Up-by-Holley-Gerth1As people living in a messed up world, we all know what struggle is, and it can be really hard sometimes.

Know that in the midst of sorrow you are being thought of. You are not alone, and you have friends, family, and an AWESOME God who will hold you up! That’s what love is all about, and our God is love, and it’s amazing!

It doesn’t end there though, our Father’s love is “agape” love – love that is unconditional. Unconditional love isn’t earned by the things you do, it is freely given to you just for you being you!

God does not demand perfection, He just wants us!

So, my prayer for you is that no matter what kind of  a mess you may be going through, you would know and realize that God is right there with you through it all. Whatever it is, I hope you know that even through all the hard work and stress, God is with you, and He is for you!