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20 Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Today

When we look around at all the need that exists in this world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We think that making an impact is impossible. How can I possibly help? How can God possibly use me for His good and glory? And so we do nothing. But what if we’re thinking about this all wrong? What if instead trying to create large-scale, elaborate change, we start with small, simple acts of kindness to those around us? What if we just start by reaching out a hand to someone in need? Letting someone know they’re on our minds and that we care? What if we start giving our time, energy, and love more freely? A simple word. A small gesture. A loving action. God will use, bless, and multiply these beyond our wildest dreams. All we have to do is act. Here are 20 small and simple random acts of…

Why God Gives Us More Than We Can Handle

I recently went through one of the toughest times in my life. The sadness was overwhelming. Each day felt like a struggle. I was drowning. And then I’d hear the words: “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” In fact, I hear this pretty often in Christian circles. Someone starts talking about a problem in their life and someone else (maybe even you or I) pats them on their shoulder and says, “Don’t worry, God won’t give you more than you can handle.” It sounds nice, doesn’t it? I mean, we serve a loving God who knows all of our weaknesses. He created us. He loves us. He loves us too much to give us more than we can handle, right? So why wasn’t I able to pull myself out of the pit of my sadness? Why couldn’t I handle what was given to me? Because the statement “God…

The Greatest Love Story Ever Written: The Life Of Jesus

Like many young girls, when I was growing up I’d dream of being a beautiful princess waiting for my handsome prince to rescue me. He’d slay all the dragons without fear. He’d love me enough to be willing to die for me. He’d save me from those who wished me harm. And then real life began creeping in. The princes were really frogs. The dragons were too strong. I wasn’t safe from harm. I lost hope in romance. I lost hope in love. Until I found the greatest love story ever written. This is an incredible story of love, intrigue, betrayal, and the ultimate sacrifice. This is a story with a Prince who is more powerful than any dragon yet more humble than any servant. He is strong and fierce yet kind and merciful. He loves tenderly. Even His rebukes are loving and gentle. His touch is healing. His words are…

Living an Authentic Faith: Becoming More like Jesus

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ” (Mahatma Gandhi). I’ve seen this quote from time to time, maybe you’ve seen it too. If I’m being honest, it annoyed me at first. My (sinful) knee-jerk reaction was defensiveness: Really? I mean, we’re just humans. Of course we’re not like Christ all the time. The problem with that defense is that we, as Christians, are called to be like Christ (1 John 2:6, 1 Peter 2:21, Ephesians 5:1-2, John 13:13-17). But lately I’ve been thinking that many of us, as Christians, may not be acting very Christ-like. Maybe we’ve lost our way. Maybe Gandhi has a point. Maybe others can see what we can’t. Maybe we’re so busy following our “rules” about what to do and what not to do (wear this, read that, don’t say that, don’t drink that), too busy…

10 Things To Do Instead of Just Saying the Words “I’ll Pray For You”

Think about the last time you were going through a tough time in your life. What were the most helpful things that people said or did? For me, it was after I had my daughter. We had just moved to Hawaii, far away from family and friends. I was a newly minted stay-at-home mom of a newborn. And I was isolated, lonely, and depressed. When I finally started opening up to my closest friends about how I was feeling, the response was incredible. Yes, of course they said they’d pray for me (and without a doubt they did, and their prayers made a difference), but they also took action. It wasn’t a dismissive: “I’ll pray for you, but I’m too busy to actually help.” Or a scared: “I’ll pray for you, but your problem is too big for me to deal with.” Or a harsh: “I’ll pray for you, but…

Scripture Saturdays: Finding Joy in Suffering

It’s hard to find time in our busy schedules to spend time with the Lord, but it is so very crucial to our spiritual well-being that we make this time. My challenge to you (and to myself) is to come together each Saturday morning and study a passage from the Bible. Let’s talk about what it means to us and how we can apply it in our daily lives. So look for new verses every Saturday morning, grab a cup of coffee and your prayer journal, and let’s grow together in the Lord!

So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold- and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world (1 Peter 1:6-7).

These words, written by Peter to persecuted Christians, offer us hope and comfort during times of trial and struggle.

Maybe you’re walking through a difficult time or a major life change. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed and exhausted from your current troubles. Let these verses serve as a reminder that our trials are not in vain. God doesn’t waste anything. Whatever you are going through, He will use it for your good and for His glory.