My greatest fear used to be that somehow I would reach the end of my life and not fulfill God’s purpose for me–that I would miss too many opportunities to serve Him, or that I would fail to reach His potential for my life. But the promise in Philippians 1:6 settled that for me.
Our convictions will be tested, and our faith will be sifted in times of difficulty. But God wants to give us courage and help us reach beyond ourselves to a strength that is greater than our own–moving from fear to faith.
A mother’s hands tell a story. The picture above shows my mother’s hands on her 90th birthday. She was a skilled musician, and her amazing hands filled her home with music even in the last years of her life. Six words that described her hands: Youthful, Busy, Talented, Serving, Caring, Generous.
We often hear the requirements for God’s healing in the first Scripture reference below, especially on the National Day of Prayer. The second reference is quoted less. We know the result of turning back to God. But do we understand the alternative? We desperately need God’s healing.
The empty tomb was a promise in itself. But none of Jesus’ disciples understood. When Jesus died, their hearts were empty. Their world collapsed. For three years, day and night, they ate, slept, and breathed Jesus. He was Life to them. What would they do without Jesus?