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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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Defeating Lies With Truth

Slieso many times what we believe about ourselves affects what we believe about God. When we believe lies of the devil we are not really trusting in God or His power. We forget that it is not about us and what we can do or about what we think we can’t do. It is about God and who He is and what He says we can do.

So why do I refuse the Truth? I feel like I live my life as if I don’t even believe in God’s Word because I am so full of doubt. I want to believe, but sometimes it is so hard to trust God’s goodness when everything around me seems to be falling apart.

I want to trust God, but when He says I will take care of you, I still worry. When He says I will protect you, I still fear. When He says I am working all things together for your good, I still doubt. Unfortunately my list doesn’t end there: He says I will bring you through; I still give up. He says I will bring you peace; I still live in constant frustration. He says I will make your paths straight; I still don’t see the way to go. He says I have plans that will give you a hope and a future, but all I seem to see is pain and disaster. You see, I believe lies; I am just not good enough. I do not like thinking thoughts like: What’s wrong with me? I shouldn’t be this way? Why is everything so hard? Why can’t I just have faith?

You see, God tells me I am good enough.
But Satan’s lies say I will never be good enough.

God tells me I have what it takes to make it through.
But Satan’s lies say just give up, you’ll never make it.

God tells me He loves me with everlasting and unconditional love.
But Satan’s lies say I can’t be loved.

God tells me He accepts me for who I am.
But Satan’s lies say no one could ever accept me.

I live like I believe the lies more than I believe the truth. I might not be the only one. I think that often times we beat ourselves up with thoughts like I hate who I am, I’m such a horrible person, I have no patience, my faith is weak, I am never good enough, I am constantly disappointing someone, I don’t know what I am doing, I want to quit, I give up, I can’t do this anymore. These thoughts are NEVER from God! He never says He hates the way you are. He never says you are worthless, hopeless, or unloved. He never says you are too weak. He doesn’t want us to quit. He never says give up.

Next time you feel negative thoughts, try to figure out where they are coming from, and seek God for peace and understanding. Let’s work together to avoid believing the devil’s lies and let’s embrace God’s TRUTH!