Happy New Year!! I hope your January is off to a great start so far. I’ve been feeling super excited and determined to get things done lately. The beginning of the year always feels like a fresh start, don’t you think? I’ve always been one to try to live by the words, “You can start over at any time.” Especially if I’m having a bad day 😉 But there’s something about stepping into a new year that fills me with more excitement and determination than ever.Read more
We all make mistakes, but lately I’ve been feeling like I’m making too many.
I’m saying the wrong thing, I’m hurting people, I’m doing something wrong… Even sleeping past my alarm has made me feel pretty terrible lately.
I’ve never considered myself a perfectionist, but maybe I am.
Laziness has been the chain around my feet for years.
I don’t know why or when it started. Maybe I was always like this. But I do know it only got worse and worse and worse.
As with any other sin, we are always aware of it. We know it’s there. We hate it and crave it at the same time. Only thing is the craving for it seems to almost always win out.
Now, I haven’t done a whole lot of research on whether laziness is actually a sin or not, but I can honestly say that at the extent I have lived in it – laziness is definitely my biggest sin.
Forgiveness is hard sometimes, isn’t it? I know I can hold anger toward people for a long time if they have wronged me – or even if they wronged someone close to me. I may say I forgive them, but my heart is still harboring bitterness. Is that really forgiveness? No, it’s not.
I recently was inspired by Paul when reading 2 Timothy Chapter 4. In verse 16 he says,
I’m scared to write this article. I don’t want to admit all this. I don’t want to examine my heart in this way. But I know that being vulnerable and sharing our struggles with others is a way that helps us connect. It helps us not feel so alone.
With that said, let’s dive right in to today’s topic – insecurity.
This is something every person deals with in one way or another. For some it’s very minimal and they may not even realize it’s there, while for others it is crippling. I’m not happy to say that I am the latter.
Bullying is a real problem in this world. Whether it’s happening at school, by your own family, or your best friend — bullying is happening everywhere.
Yet with all those bullies in the world, throwing stones at our hearts or shooting arrows behind our backs, I think something we fail to recognize is that we can be our biggest bully.Read more
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says,
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
How can I rejoice always?
What does it mean to pray without ceasing?
How do I give thanks in everything?
It can often feel like we’re told to do something pertaining to our walk with God, but never given a clear way to go about it.
How do we follow Paul’s exhortation in 1 Thessalonians 5 in a practical way?