When we truly, deeply love someone, we’re easily pleased with their gifts. They could give us a rock and we’d treasure it—because it’s from them. If their heart’s in it, our heart responds. I wondered: How pleased am I with what God gives me? What does that say about our relationship? And how does He respond to what I offer Him?
What do you do with the stuff that can't and won't stay buried, yet is still undeniably not what you wanted in your life?
God is our ultimate Source of faith. But often He provides it through other people.
Have you ever questioned whether you're redeemable? Have you nourished hope for an abundant, meaningful life, only to see it decimated by your own sin or failure? Have you looked at the remains and felt sure that, even if something new were to sprout, nothing could ever bloom?
Prodigals – human as well as animal – don’t always look the way we expect. They might not strike us as bitter, rebellious, or unstable. Their inner struggles don’t always show in their attitude or actions.
Yet they still wander. They still need restoration.
And, whatever their driftings, God is more than willing to give it.
Jesus owed His life to no one.
Yet He chose to give it up. Because it was the only way to truly bring us and the entire creation "home".
We don’t know just how long and wide and high and deep God’s love for us is until we’ve seen it go with us through suffering – and then conquer pain and death.
It's vital for us to understand how to both receive and extend forgiveness. Just as a business' financial survival depends on managing its accounts, so our spiritual lives depend on addressing ours in a God-honoring way.
How do we know what God’s will is? Sometimes the only way to find out is to pray and see. But there are some things we can know for sure are always His will – things we can confidently expect Him to give when we ask for them.
I get tired of fighting the God who controls everything. And I think He loves me, which makes it worse.