As I Sat

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I’ll be honest … for years I struggled during difficult times with what to say when I prayed.

I finally found exactly what I needed. If I’m going through something hard, I can pray prayers where I don’t speak at all.

I can just sit with Jesus making no suggestions, offering no solutions. Sometimes, I have nothing but quiet tears and a heavy heart. The beautiful thing is the Bible promises when we sit with Jesus like this, the Holy Spirit lifts up the exact right prayers for me. And eventually, I sense God and there is peace.

What are you going through today?  Whether it’s a difficult issue with one of your kids or financial stress or just feeling overwhelmed by life, I encourage you to sit with Jesus without feeling the need to offer up any words at all. Just sit.

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The Surprise of Possibility

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Recently a friend asked, “If the Bible were being written today would our names be in it?”

My first inclination was to draw back and think, “Um, no. How dare I even think that? Seriously? The Bible? No, I don’t think my name would be in there.”

This question has continued to rattle around in my heart where I’ve committed to living an all out life for God. Somewhere deep inside, I’ve started to DARE to think maybe, not because of me, not because I deserve an ounce of recognition, and not because I’ve accomplished anything worthy of mention.

But, because God loves to take rag tag people from broken backgrounds and surprise the daylights out of them with possibilities.

God wants to invite us even today to live a great story with Him.

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Relational Rifts

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We all have broken relationships.

Genesis 42 describes family drama of biblical proportions! Joseph’s brothers had wanted to kill him and had succeeded in getting him sold into slavery.

Twenty years later, he stands as the second most powerful man in Egypt holding the fate of his brothers in his hands. This isn’t your garden variety family drama!

Joseph is a man who has faithfully trusted the Lord at each unimaginable turn in his life.

Joseph’s plan isn’t revenge; it’s reconciliation. So remember no matter how bad things seem, our God is a God of restoration.

His process may be long and painful, but His plans are perfect.

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Praying Fills in the Gaps

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Prayer isn’t crucial because it changes God, but because it changes me!

Simple, heartfelt prayers where I ask God to be with me have an amazing way of filling in some really big gaps in my life.

When I pray, I see things more clearly, realize perspectives otherwise beyond me, and gain wisdom that can override my frail humanity. Sometimes when I pray, I feel confident that I’m right or convicted that I’m wrong.

It’s interesting that in order for God’s peace to rule in my heart, as mentioned in the Bible, I have to spend time with God! Praying helps me do just that.

The really beautiful thing about praying for God to be a part of our day is that it can start at any time. Even right now!

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The Final Say

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Do you have an area of your life that feels impossibly dead?

It’s so hard when we find ourselves walking through devastating circumstances that appear like they’ll never get any better.

But I believe God wants us to embrace powerful truth today:

Divorce doesn’t have the final say.

Disease doesn’t have the final say.

Heartbreak doesn’t have the final say.

Even death doesn’t have the final say.

The only one who gets the final say in our lives is Jesus. He is the Resurrection and the Life.

For some of us, we will see Him move miraculously in our circumstances today. But for all who trust in Him as Savior, whether our circumstances change or not, there is eternal hope.

In eternity, Jesus wins.

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Why We Pray

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God doesn’t need my suggestions.

I confess that sometimes my prayer life is all about figuring out what I think is best and then asking God to bless my plans. “Lord, bless this. Don’t mess with it. Just bless all that I’ve arranged.”

But our plans are sometimes not the best plans. God already knows what we need before we ask Him. Not what we think we need. He knows what we really need.

So, why pray?

We pray, because we don’t truly know what is best. We pray because He sees everything while we see only a sliver of the bigger picture. We pray because we need so much more than quick fixes and help for our troubles. We pray because we need God.

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Tetelestai

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I really struggle with guilt. So everyday I wear a bracelet to remind me to lay down the weight of shame.

On my bracelet is the word Tetelestai. In Greek it means: It is finished.  Jesus makes this proclamation as He gives up His life and dies on the cross.

This phrase was also used in Old Testament times on official documents to indicate that an account or debt was settled. Does that give you chills?

When Jesus died on the cross, He settled our debt before God. Our account is closed. It is finished.

I wear my bracelet as a reminder that there is nothing I can do that adds to my account, and there is nothing I can do that voids it. Because of Jesus, my account is settled.

Tetelestai – It is Finished.

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Our Promise-Keeping God

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Do difficult circumstances ever tempt you to doubt God?

We’ve all walked through seasons where our circumstances don’t seem to line up with God’s promises. But just because they don’t line up doesn’t mean God isn’t going to show up.

Our God is a God of completion. He makes promises and then He fulfills them. They may take longer than we’d like and the journey may be harder than we expected, but we can rest assured that our God will always be found faithful.

I don’t know what difficulties you’re facing. But I do know that we can’t let the difficulty of our circumstances define the faithfulness of our God.

We can trust Him. Even when the road gets hard. Even when life takes unexpected twists and turns. Our God is a promise-keeping God.

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The God of the Impossible

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Are you facing an impossible situation?

I love the Old Testament story of the Israelites taking possession of the land of Jericho. God commanded Joshua and his army to march around the seemingly insurmountable walls surrounding Jericho for seven days straight. And it wasn’t until the seventh day that God brought the walls down.

Now let me ask you a question. What if they’d stopped after day two? Or day three? Or even day six? They would have cheated themselves out of victory.

I know it’s hard to keep obeying God when our situation looks hopeless. But let’s not stop short of our victory with God. He is working things out even if we can’t see how the walls in front of us will fall.

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Our Handbook for Living

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Do you have a decision you are facing where you need some guidance?

We must be sure we find guidance for our decisions using Scripture. The world tells us that we don’t need God’s Word, that the Bible is out-of-date and hard to understand. So, the tendency is to just go with what we feel is right.

That kind of thinking is dangerous because our feelings can lead us to do things we later regret.

Psalm 119:105 tells us God’s Word is a lamp for our feet and a light on our path. It is our handbook for living and we need to use it everyday. A great book of the Bible to look at for your decisions today is Proverbs.

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