Just because God defeated all of evil when Christ died and rose again didn’t mean that the world suddenly became perfect. We will always have opposition, always have a continual battle, until the day we die or Christ comes back for the church.
Those that you choose to surround yourself with, your tribe, are the ones who most heavily influence you in every aspect. They influence your thoughts and speech; your actions and your desires.
We will become more than we ever thought we could. But unlike flowers and trees, whose seed breaks once to reach their potential, we likely will have to break many times.
He writes a new story in our hearts. He removes the storyline of pain and sorrow to a plot of joy and gratitude. He erases the anger and jealousy, and pens in love and connection.
He deems me worthy and loved, welcomed and wanted; saying I have much to offer. The opinions of others should stop mattering because in the end, their opinion has no weight. Only God’s does.
You can trust God in your present and future; with what your eyes can see and what is beyond your ability to gaze upon. We will see His goodness. We will see His hand at work in our lives.
I doubt that He would have me lose heart, have shattered dreams, a worn-out body, and a hopeless spirit. I doubt that He would give me dreams and passions and abilities without chances to use them and live them out.
You see the impossible, He sees opportunities. God can either showcase His authority or help you see your faith in action.
When you are in the waiting, unsure of where to go and what to do, unsure of what God is doing, take control of your time by doing what you know you can do and trust in Him.
Real love is not something we understand. As much as He is love, He is also righteous and just. He is holy and pure. He looks with disgrace upon sin, but still loves the sinner.