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  • He Gives Strength

    At times, it can be hard to find our inner strength. When we feel discouraged, defeated, or caught up in the chaos of our life, we tend to doubt our capabilities. We get so tangled in our circumstances that we forget who is sovereign over it all. Psalms 29:11 states, “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. On those tough days, do you pray for strength? Do you allow God to give you that strength? If we are still trying to control our circumstances, even while praying, we are limiting the possibility of how God can work into our lives. If life were to be perfect and easy, then we would have no need for a God. It’s okay to be honest with Him and ask for strength. Allow Him to work in you and through you. With Easter approaching, we should remind ourselves of the one that took our burdens first. The one who sacrificially gave his life so we could live ours. The one who conquered the grave with strength and forgiveness, so that we can live our lives seeking to know God more and more. This type of strength and grace that Jesus portrayed on the cross is the reason why we are living today. Let this symbolic act of courage inspire you to show some grace to yourself as well. God knows we are not perfect and just wants us to make ourselves available to Him. It’s okay to ask Him for strength. Through prayer, seeking His face, and giving Him control, that strength may come easier to you than you think.

  • Jesus Wept Too

    Written By: Meredith Wilson My heart has been extremely heavy these past few weeks due to the devastation happening around us. It is extremely easy to become burdened by the world and the hurt it faces. It is especially difficult to process any burden when we live in a society that is conditioned to fear authenticity, especially in the Christian community. Many of us were taught that authenticity and vulnerability were not the way to witness to others. However, we are proven wrong by scripture itself where emotion is shown by someone we would not expect. One of the simplest, yet most powerful verses in the Bible is John 11:35, which states: “Jesus Wept.” Did you know that Jesus wept too? Sometimes, I still find that surprising. As the Son of God, shouldn’t He be obligated to hide that emotion, empathy and leave this impression He is content with the reality of sinners? Absolutely not. Jesus knew what would happen. He knew He would be the sacrifice to save us from our sins. He knew other people would die and not be saved. This caused tears to pour down His face. People turned (and still turn) away from our Savior and He knew that they would. Jesus still remained faithful. Just because He hurt in different circumstances that were out of His bodily control, does not mean that He stopped trusting God’s will. When I think of the statement, “Be a Light of Jesus,” I imagine His time of prayer in the garden. This was right before He was arrested to be crucified and had been overcome with an unbelievable sadness for the pain He was about to experience. However, these emotions did not stop Jesus from trusting in the good works of the Lord. He recognized the sovereignty of God and still hoped in the love of the Father. He still loved His enemies. Even when we are overcome by grief, our circumstances, and pain from this broken world, we should not let it make you question the goodness of our God. Our trials will not last forever for Jesus already claimed victory over them when He conquered the grave. We can still be a light in this darkened world too. Go before God with your feelings because hiding them will do no good. God already knows. He wants you to come to Him in prayer and strength to give Him your burdens. Just like Jesus did because He wept, too.

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