Too tired to read your Bible? Too tired not to.

Too tired to read your Bible? Too tired not to.  God’s very Word sits on those pages, ready to unkink our tangled minds and water our dry souls.  You may be confident in your ability to wall off misleading emotions and thoughts. But even our best reasoning and thinking is risky without Jesus.  What’s more—…

Every realization of grace.

When the still, small voice of the Spirit convicts, you can be certain there will always be rich grace that accompanies it.  You can also be certain the enemy will try to rail against it.  How will he do this?  Self-condemnation, of course. He lost a battle when you fell on your face before Jesus….

Call a trusted friend.

The enemy will make you feel alone unless you sin and even more alone if you give into that sin.  Want to dismantle his schemes? Confess your weaknesses and sins to a trusted friend.  Of course, confess your sins to the Lord Jesus. He is our Savior who forgives and transforms us.  We are forgiven,…

Everything I need.

You’re looking high and low to fill a hole in your heart.  You need only look one place.   Jesus Christ.  Anything found outside of Him will be a fraud; a counterfeit solution that feels helpful and satisfying. One that’s temporary and leaves you thirsty.  Do you need a reason to keep living? You’re straining…

You have work to do.

Is there breath in your lungs? Than you ought to use it to keep praying.  Your prayers may feel like they’re bouncing off the ceiling. They’re not. Trust in the transformative grace of our Lord Jesus.  He transformed your heart; He can surely transform your facts.  He is in it for the long game. He…

Sing louder.

If you’re drowning in pain today— If you’re having trouble giving God the benefit of the doubt— Start listing the ways He’s been faithful.  Keep your list close.  Speak it aloud.  Return to it daily.  It may feel dry and mechanical at first, but the Lord has an uncanny way of meeting you in your…

Will He not carry this too?

Whatever this is.  Whatever kept you up last night.  Whatever made you dread today.  Whatever is threatening to swallow you whole.  Whatever pain pings you all day long.  His hands are mighty and trustworthy, waiting to hold it.  If He went to the cross for you, will He not also go through this with you?…

Come home.

Pain will try to twist you into something you’re not.  War against it. War against it with everything in you.  You feel unloved.  He is greater. His Word says He, Himself, is Love. (1 John 14:6). You feel abandoned.  He is greater. He says He‘ll never forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5). You feel unseen.  He is…

On Him, we have set our Hope.

If you feel the sentence of death today, you’re in good company.  Paul did too.  I don’t know what pain and brokenness—emotionally, physically, spiritually—you’re walking through, but I know you’re not alone.  In 2 Corinthians 1, Paul hammers out his grief. Do you despair life right now? “We were under great pressure, far beyond our…