A Curious but Confident Faith

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Have you ever wished that you could ask God a question or two or maybe 20?

In the first chapter of Luke, two different individuals questioned God. Both of them received an angelic promise they would have a child.

Zechariah asked if he could be sure of the promise. Later, Mary asks the angel how all of this will happen since she is a virgin. Two people, two vastly different responses. Why?

Is it possible there is a difference between asking for certainty and asking for clarity? Zechariah wanted proof. Mary was simply asking God for understanding.

When faced with life’s hard stuff, let’s have a faith that’s curious but hopeful.

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You Are Worthy

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Broken-down relationships can really break us down.

Whether it’s a best friend or a family member, I know the heart-ripping hopelessness of a relationship unraveling.

But might I give you a piece of encouragement? Decide today that you are worthy.

Because you are worthy. You may not feel like it. But a quick glimpse at Scripture assures me, you are.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made by a loving God who cares for you. Who loves you. And I’d rather depend on the solid truth of God than the rollercoaster of fickle feelings.

And in the hard moments, remember: Jesus is the best source of help.

Honest cries for help, lifted up to Jesus, will not go unheard. He sees. He knows. He loves. And Jesus will help you as long as you stick with Him.

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Evidence of Life

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Messes don’t usually make me feel thankful.

I remember a day when my children were younger and I counted more than 14 pairs of shoes spread carelessly around the room I was in. I was not a happy mama!

But as I mentally chided my children for not being grateful enough to put their shoes away, I felt God gently reprimand me. Was I modeling thankfulness?

Those shoes were evidence of life. A life full of people I love. I realized I could look at their shoes and feel drained and frustrated or filled up and thankful.

Every day we have a choice. We can look at the messes in our lives — piles of shoes, dirty dishes, laundry that needs to be done — and frown. Or we can see all of these things as rich evidence of life and smile.

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Honestly

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I think we all get to a place sometime in our lives where we have to honestly ask, “How am I doing?”

There are certain things about me I need to change, but making excuses can be so appealing. I’m good in most areas. I make so many sacrifices already. And on and on.

But excuses get me nowhere fast. This is especially true with my eating habits.

I suspect this same script of rationalization has played out in your mind too. I have to remind myself daily that I was made for more than compromise. We were made for God’s promises in all areas of our lives.

I’ve come to learn the hard way that nothing will change until I make the choice to change. Do you want to change something in your life? Take it from someone who finally laid down my excuses for God’s sure promises … it is possible.

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Clarity Before Conclusions

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Have you ever felt unwanted?

Unwanted is exactly how I felt when a friend excused me from a meeting. She said, “Actually we really don’t need you there.”

As I processed what felt like rejection with a family member, they challenged me to make sure I wasn’t holding my friend accountable for words she never said.

I wish I could tell you my attitude turned around immediately upon hearing that wisdom. It didn’t. I continued to stew the rest of that night.

But the next morning, I called that friend. In the end, there was absolutely no agenda behind her statement at all.

In fact, she was trying to do me a favor.

Lesson learned. I think we’d all do well to seek clarity before jumping to conclusions!

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Self Control

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Have you ever been in a discussion when suddenly your blood pressure skyrockets, and the worst version of you begs to come out?

It’s hard when someone else does things out of our control, yanking our emotions into a bad place.

Yet I can decide whether or not to give them the power to control these emotions. When I react by yelling or making a snappy comeback, I basically transfer my power to that other person. When I’m void of power, I’m void of self-control.

Now, when I say “my power,” I really mean God’s power working in me. When I react according to God’s truths, I feel that power. When I react in a way that’s contrary to His truths, I’m powerless.

When God’s truth seeps into my mind, my heart accomplishes good things that help me display self-control.

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The Woman I Want to Be

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I’ve spent my life trying to keep my raw emotions in check.

You know what I mean by raw emotions, right? Those irrational feelings we hide from most of the world but spew on those we love the most.

I love Jesus, and I love my family … passionately! But sometimes I get thrown for a loop emotionally, and it’s the people I love most that pay the price.

Learning to navigate those raw emotions is kind of like peeling back the layers of an onion. If I find something ugly, I have to ask myself a crucial question. Am I going to let this define me or refine me? If this raw emotion defines me, I’ll feel defeated. If I let it refine me, I’ll be motivated to make positive changes.

God doesn’t want me to give into my raw emotions. He wants me to be refined into the hope-filled woman I’m meant to be.

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Let Love Lead

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No one’s life is burden-free.

Every one of us has something heavy we’re carrying as we walk through our day.

Maybe it’s a prayer we’re desperate for God to answer or a relationship that’s not where it should be. It could be a hurt from the past that feels very present or a situation we don’t know how to solve. It may be a question for which we have no answer or an uncertainty that feels unending.

Whatever our struggle is, remembering that others have burdens of their own will help us choose to be a little kinder to one another today. It will help us be a little more aware that what we see on the outside of someone isn’t all that there is.

Today, we can choose to let compassion rise, grace soften and love lead.

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The First Step

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Have you ever wanted to do something but weren’t sure of the first step to take?

Sometimes I find myself afraid to do many of the things God has called me to do. Doing something new can sometimes bring out all kinds of insecurities, doubts, and questions. What if other people don’t believe in me? If this is something God is calling me to do, will He really help me? What if I fail?

I have found the key to countering these questions is to fill my mind with truth from the pages of God’s Word. The more we know the truth, the less likely we are to fall for Satan’s discouraging lies. Well, if you want to know a great place to get started, try the book of Proverbs in the Bible.

Today I want to focus on one thing God is asking me to do. Will you join me? Whatever it is you feel God is asking you to do today, why not take the first step?

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The Power of Self-Control

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Have you ever been in conflict with someone when your blood pressure skyrockets and the worst version of you screams to come out?

Oh, this happens to me. One snarky comment from someone, and I am ready to come unglued.

This is bound to happen to all of us. Through much soul-searching and prayer, I have realized one thing about the subject of coming unglued. When I react by yelling or making a snappy comeback, I am basically communicating to this other person you have the power to make me react in an unglued way. I don’t want that.

I must remember my feelings are indicators not dictators. My feelings can indicate we have got to address these problems, but not dictate that I yell or make the snappy comeback.

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