As the Christmas season begins, our hearts always turn to the Hope of Christmas: Immanuel, God with Us. How we need His hope today! As we think about what those words mean again–Immanuel, God with Us–maybe you can imagine this prayer conversation with God. Listen to the truths, and then pray your own prayer to Him.
Have you ever experienced a hard place: times of confusion, fear, sorrow, loneliness? Relationships may fail; precious dreams die. Summers are scorching; winters appear bleak. Questions are asked; answers won’t come. Our circumstances vary, but we all go through them. If you find yourself between a rock and a hard place, here are 12 things to remember that can encourage you.
The “stuff” of life consumes us, confuses us, and clouds our perspective daily. We try to write the pages of our lives our way, but we end up with volumes of unnecessary rewrites. When we add the most important story ingredient daily, not legalistically, but with a dry, thirsty spirit, God enters, and changes us–and our story. We all need a divine appointment.
Everyone has an opinion today on what will help their country heal–especially when division, disaster, or election time rolls around. There are many things you can do to help. However, the most important thing you can do to bring healing, not just on the National Day of Prayer, but every day, is to pray for your country:
In what ways did your mom show you extravagant love? How have you demonstrated that to your own children? In this story, my mother-in-law’s extravagant love taught my husband a powerful lesson.