When you feel like your world is falling apart, God is…

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When you feel like your world is falling apart, God is…

Your refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

When you feel like you’ve got nothing left to give, God is…

Your refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

When you feel like you are alone, God is…

Your refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

When you feel like one more thing just might break you, God is…

Your refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

When you feel like your friends don’t have your back, God is…

Your refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

When you feel like your days are too full and there’s no end in sight, God is…

Your refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

When you feel afraid, God is…

Your refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

When you feel the burden of past mistakes and poor decisions, God is…

Your refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

When you feel like giving up and crawling into a hole, God is…

Your refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

When you just don’t feel right, God is…

Your refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

 

God is our refuge and strength,
    always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come
    and the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam.
    Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!

Psalm 46:1-3

What Adversity Teaches Us About Ourselves

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Life is full of moments of adversity.

Adversity is full of life-shaping moments.

(I call them “take it on the chin” moments).

It’s in these moments of adversity when we learn the most about ourselves…

We learn things like what we care about the most, who we trust, what we’ll fight for, and what we’re willing to let go.

Adversity comes from all kinds of people and places and in all kinds of shapes and sizes…

From family and close friends to the coworker who makes your life miserable.

From places like your kid’s sports’ teams to even your church.

Some adversity comes in the shape of simple everyday annoyances, like having someone steal your parking place at the mall or cutting you off on the freeway.

Some adversity comes in the size of big, life-changing challenges, like a broken friendship or getting bad news from the doctor.

Adversity is life.

It’s a reminder that life on this earth changed forever when sin entered into it.

So, the question we should be asking ourselves when it comes to adversity is not, how can I avoid it, but how can my faith help me grow in the midst of it?

What is this moment of adversity teaching me about what I value the most?  Is what I value the most the right thing?

What is this moment of adversity teaching me about who (or what) I put my trust in the most?  Am I trusting more in God or myself?

Is this moment of adversity worth fighting for…or do I need to let it go and trust God to handle it?  Do I want his will or my will?

Ultimately, it’s in these moments of adversity that we can choose to trust God or not.  We can choose to deal with these moments with his strength or our own.

Adversity will either make your faith in God stronger or it will make you question whether or not everything you’ve ever believed about him is true.

What will it be for you the next time you “take it on the chin”?

What will you learn the next time a moment of adversity happens to you?

 

When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.  1 Samuel 30:3-4, 6

 

 

 

The Truth About Belonging

We all want the same thing…

You, me, and the other 7 billion people on this planet.

We all want to belong.

We all want to be a part of something that’s bigger than ourselves.

We all want to fit in.

We all want connection.

We hear about it constantly in the songs we listen to on the radio or on whatever music app we use.

We see it played out in the TV shows and movies we watch.

We are reminded of it every time we check Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, our friends’ Snapchat stories, or whatever social media app we spend our time on.

We all know that we need each other.

We just have different ways and different places that we look for belonging.

The good news is that the One who created us knows that we need each other too.

He knows this because He created us to need that sense of belonging-no matter who we are or where we come from…all 7 billion of us.

Why do you think we all want to belong to things like clubs, or political movements, or sports teams, or Facebook groups?

We all want to belong to something.

But, most of the things we end up belonging to only feed our physical need to belong, and not our spiritual need to belong.

We are spiritual beings…it’s what separates us from the rest of God’s creation.

And, as spiritual beings, we need more than just physical connection and belonging.

True belonging doesn’t happen in clubs and sports teams and social media groups.

That kind of belonging comes and goes.  It’s a temporary kind of belonging that we create.

True belonging is different.

It’s different because it lasts forever and it meets our need for both physical and spiritual connection.

True belonging starts the moment God comes into your life and says, “You belong to me.”

He is the only One who can meet our spiritual and physical need for belonging.

If you are tired of looking for belonging that doesn’t last…

If you want to belong to something far bigger than yourself…

If you are looking for the kind of belonging that feeds your spirit and your soul…

There is Good News if you are willing to look to the One who created you to belong…the only One that makes true belonging possible.

You can belong to God.

You can belong to His family…to the millions of people who God has carefully put together to become what the Bible calls Christ’s body, the Church.

Do you belong to Him?

 

19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.  Ephesians 2:19-22