As we celebrated Mother’s Day this weekend I could not help but be filled with such love for all of the Mother’s that I have the privilege to know: My wife, my daughter-in-law, and many of my dear friends. I praise God for them everyday! But I also was filled with sadness, as I could not celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day with my own mother, a true gift from God who went to be with the Lord just a few short years ago.
Mother’s Day is a wonderful day to celebrate the amazing women around the world. But for many, Mother’s Day is painful as they miss a mother who is no longer with them in this world.
To everyone who may be missing a mother this year, my heart goes out to you. But even more so, take joy in knowing that for those who believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they never truly die. We as children of God will all be reunited once again!
God does not want us to mourn those we have lost, but rather to rejoice for the great lives they have lived and the great many blessings they have left for us.
I miss my mother everyday, but I take joy in knowing that I will see her again! I encourage you today to find comfort in the Lord, and give Him your burdons of sadness or loss today. He cares for you, and desires to comfort you through His Word and by His Holy Spirit.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble.” ~ 2 Corinthains 1: 3-4
As soon as you accept Christ into your heart, He never leaves.
God is always with you.
In every moment of every day, you are never alone.
No matter how tough situations get, or alone you feel, you have a Heavenly Father right beside you wanting to help you with every area of your life.
If you are moving to a new state, or starting a new job God is with you!
If you have lost someone dear to you, and can’t find the will to get out of bed God is with you!
If you are tired, and have no strength to continue your routine God is with you!
Don’t be afraid to trust God!
Don’t be afraid to rely completely on Him.
Be strong in your faith, and don’t ever doubt God’s eternal love for you.
Embrace the reality of His contant presence, and fall in love with perfect love.
God is with you.
“…As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~ Joshua 1:5
The world loves labels: Democrat. Republican. Rich. Poor. Stupid. Smart. Ugly. Beautiful.
Every person you meet, every conversation you have, you walk away with a label in your mind.
The enemy loves labels as well, and a lot of times these labels will come to our minds and trigger emotional responses to make us feel less than what God intended for ourselves:
Weird. Annoying. Unimportant. Boring. Stupid. Ugly. Nerd. Poor. Weak. Failure. Sinner. Liar. Unlovable. Unloving. Trash. Outcast. Alone. Afraid.
The enemy loves getting our attention on these thoughts about ourselves because if he can get unfocussed on his labels it will take our focus off of what God says we are.
When the world and the enemy tell us that we are not enough, we are too messed up, or damaged God tells us that we have been MISLABLED.
We are never not enough, or too much. We are never too messed up, or too far away from God. We are never too damaged, or a mistake, or a failure, or a disappointment.
In the eyes of God we are cherished and loved above all things. We are unique. We are victors in Christ.
The next time a thought of a label comes to your mind, compare it to what the word of God says you are. If they don’t line up, throw it from your mind. You are nothing less than what God created you to be: loved.
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” ~ John 11:25
In five days Christians all around the world will celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ! This is always my favorite time of the year, because Easter is all about God’s love for us, and our ability to love Him!
Because Jesus went to the cross and died for us so that we may live forever with Him, we are able to love God and have an intimate relationship with Him! The best way to love God I believe is to show His love to others.
This Easter I encourage you to show God’s love to others. Take a step away from all of the egg decorations, parties, and dinners and find an opportunity to love some one else this holiday! Find an opportunity to share Christ with someone in need!
Showing God’s love doesn’t need to be hard or a burden! It can be as easy as bringing someone a meal to eat, or taking five minutes to pray with a hurting heart and encourage them.
Because Christ died, rose again, and now lives forever in us we have the awesome opportunity to love others just how Christ loves us! Let’s not miss the opportunities that will come to share God’s love with the lost, dying, and hurting this Easter!