Hope for Today

I don’t know how many of you know who Jefferson Bethke is. But he’s a Christian author that I follow, and he’s written some really great books. He sent out an email to his mailing list this morning that I really needed. It encouraged me, and I hope it will encourage you tonight as well.

I’m not sure where you are reading this. Maybe on your phone, at work, on the subway, or on your laptop at a coffee shop. Wherever you are reading it though, I wanted to remind you of one of the most basic but life transforming truths made known to us in the scriptures.

And that is that you are loved.

Let that sink in.

In fact, you are even called the Beloved. That means, according to scripture, your very identity is shaped and molded by the fact you are loved. So many of us though don’t realize it. It’s like we have a huge feast on the table, but we keep starving right outside the home.
But today, this morning, will we choose to go inside? We are invited over and over and over again. Jesus is relentless in His pursuit of us. Will we sit with Him? Will we eat with Him? It’s only when we do that we can hear the true voice. The one before all the others. The one more powerful than all the others. The one more true than all the others.
Known. That’s what we are when we rest and wait on the voice of God. He sees us. He knows us. And He wants us. That’s good news.

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Lamentations 3:22-26

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ saith my soul; therefore I will hope in Him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”

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Even If

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How Can It Be?

Alright, friends. Here’s the deal. I’m going to (try to) post a song a day this week, songs that have encouraged my heart and that I hope will encourage yours. Enjoy!

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Make a Choice

“I used to be a Jew by birth, and now I’m a Jew by choice.” -Ginnifer Goodwin

It’s becoming an epidemic. Christian kids, growing up in the church, hearing the Bible every day, and then turning their backs the second they turn eighteen. Good kids, church kids, walking away from everything they’ve ever known as soon as they’re old enough to decide for themselves. Why? Because they never made their parents’ faith their own.

It seems like such a small thing, whether it’s your faith or not, but in reality, it’s everything. Your parents can’t save you. Your church can’t save you. Your friends can’t save you. Only Jesus can do that. He has to be your Savior, and nothing else really matters.

I used to call myself a Christian because my parents are. Because I’ve gone to church all my life. Because I own five Bibles and I’ve read them all. But it wasn’t real. It wasn’t from the heart; it was from a sense of duty. It was from a desire to please my parents and to do the “right thing.” But then I realized that that wasn’t what I wanted. I didn’t want to dedicate my whole life to faking my parents’ faith. I wanted to dedicate my life to a faith of my own.

Did it fix me? No. Did it solve all my problems? No. Is my life all sunshine and roses now? Heck no. But faith changed everything for me. It didn’t fix my problems, but it gave me a Rock to run to. It didn’t take the darkness, but it gave me a light to hold on to. It didn’t make life easy, but it gave me grace to make it through one day at a time.

I used to be a Christian by birth, and now I’m a Christian by choice. Are you?

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Just a quick sketch of how I’ve been feeling lately. If you’re fighting, friend, you’re not alone. Find someone to talk to. Find someone to make you fight when you feel you can’t go on. The darkness closes in, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. You just need to find someone to show it to you.

Broken, haunted, tortured,
And I don’t know where to turn;
Wasted, tired, ruined,
But I never seem to learn.

I keep making all the same mistakes
And falling into black,
Landing in the ruts that are
Too eager to take me back.

I learn nothing from my errors,
And I make them all again:
A constant circle pattern
Taking over all I am.

But still the Master calls me,
And He tells me I’m His own.
I am loved, though I’ve messed up,
And I still have a home.

So I’m pressing ever onward
And fighting hard to stay alive.
Every day’s a struggle,
But I’m learning to survive.

I have armor for my battle
And a peace to guide me through.
I do not fight alone,
And my Rock is always true.

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