Tag Archives: God

Equipped to Love

“With the power of the Spirit, we are equipped to love our neighbor as ourselves today.”
–Mark Shields

I read this quote the other day and it stuck with me.

With all the fighting in the world that goes on, the disagreements, the hurt feelings…this is so important to internalize.

We have the power to love people. We have the power to love people as we would like to be loved. It’s there. We just need to tap into it.

Thanks, Mark – for the reminder, the motivation and the encouragement.

Have a great day. Go show some love to someone, while you’re at it. 🙂

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The New Year

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So, here we are. 2018. Wow.

Another year we get to live, to start over, to continue something good, to finish strong, to go for it, to make the best of what’s available, to dream, to cherish, to try new things, to work on old things, to praise God for all we have…and so much more.

Just wanted to encourage you today to take advantage of the opportunities abound with the coming of a new year. I hope it’s a great one for you!

Whose Agenda?

“What if we started praying according to God’s agenda, and not ours?”
-Kevin Beachy

Wow. Those words hit me when I heard them this morning.

What a concept! Asking God to help us fit into His plans, instead of asking Him to fit into ours.

Man, I’ve been really good at making that second request in the previous sentence. “God, just help me do what I want to do. Help make these things that I want to happen, happen.”

This was a good reminder for me today to spend more time praying for what He would like to see come to fruition in my life, instead of just all the things I’m looking for.

Thanks, God. 🙂

God Is Who He Is

“Obedience is the key to real faith – the unshakable kind of faith so powerfully illustrated by Job’s life. Job lost his home, his family, his health. But though it appeared God had abandoned him, Job clung to the assurance that God is who He is.”
-Charles Colson

Isn’t it funny how quickly we forget that God is who He is?

  • Stuck in traffic. What am I going to do? I’m running late!
  • Tough day at work. How am I ever going to get this done? Why do I have to deal with this situation?
  • Family issues. Why can’t this child see the right way to do things?
  • Financial problems. How are we going to afford this? We’ll never get out of this hole.

Where’s God in all of these questions? We all (myself absolutely included) tend to forget that He is in control…that God is who He is.

So much stress, so much worry. 

As the author goes on to say, real faith is believing and acting obediently regardless of circumstances or contrary evidence.

A reminder to myself today, and anyone else who needs it, to keep that in mind. If we truly believe in God, incorporating that belief into our daily routine and applying it to difficulties that come up will keep us in a place of peace.

Simply remembering that God is who He is can be a real game-changer.

Have a great day.

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When God Shows Up

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“When God shows up, He usually shows up through you!”
-Phil Schneider

Hearing these words made an impact on me the other day.

It makes total sense, when you think about it. We all have the ability to love like Jesus, to make an impact on others’ lives like Jesus, to be world changers like Jesus.

It requires us to be willing to do it, of course. 🙂

Ah, but when that happens, God shows up…and He can show up in a big way, even bigger than you could imagine.

As Mr. Schneider also pointed out, “There are God moments waiting for you today.”

So, what are you waiting for? Go find yours! Have a great day.