From Our Hearts to Yours
Everyone is busy taking care of responsibilities, family, and work commitments, and no one was ever busier than Jesus who went about doing good. And yet Jesus shows us the way to help others when it’s not on your to-do list or on your packed calendar! What can we learn from our Lord?
Jesus never seemed to allow what was urgent to get in the way of what was important. On one occasion while Jesus was preaching to a packed house, four friends went so far as remove the tiles off the roof of the house where Jesus was teaching and let their friend’s bed down through the hole they created.
Jesus could have exclaimed, “Can’t you see I’m busy?” But instead, Jesus “saw their faith, [and] He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you’” (verse 5). Then Jesus miraculously healed the man. Ministering to this one man was what was important.
From this story Jesus teaches us to…
… Be careful not to allow crowds, packed schedules, and busyness to get in the way of people who truly need help.
…You will always have something that needs immediate, urgent attention. But ask God to give you discernment so you don’t ignore sincere cries for help. Ask Him, “How would You want me to treat this person?”
In Small Changes for a Better Life by Elizabeth George, you will find dozens of highly practical tips for every area of daily life, including your marriage, family, home, place of work, friendships, health, finances, and personal growth in this wonderful resource!
Anyone can become more confident. But the confidence that comes from Christ and points to Him as its source is based on trust—trust in Him.
Check your responses to these questions:
—Are you placing your full trust in Jesus?
—Is your confidence at full strength, or have you lost sight of your identity with Christ?
—Are you confidently serving your family, raising your children, ministering your spiritual gifts, and being a bold witness for Christ?
If you are struggling with self-doubt or timidity, follow these steps that will strengthen your confidence:
—Redirect your focus to Jesus and trust Him completely.
—Meditate on Christ and recall what He has accomplished for you as your Savior.
—Do your best to be the best parent, worker, and servant you can be.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You protect, sustain, and empower me for my many roles and responsibilities. Thank You that I can live and serve with confidence, knowing You are with me. Great are You, Lord, and greatly to be praised! Amen.
Draw from Quiet Confidence for a Woman’s Heart by Elizabeth George. You’ll find this book to be a great companion for your season of trials and challenges. This resource will help you live a life filled with faith, hope, and trust built on the unshakable foundation of Jesus Christ.
As you look at the world and its sin and evil, don’t conclude or think God doesn’t care about what’s going on. Or that He isn’t capable of dealing with it or in control. God does care, and He is capable of doing whatever He wants—but in His timing. Hear what God told Moses with regard to the Israelites when they were held captive in Egypt. God proclaimed:
- I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt…
- I am concerned about their suffering.
- So I have come down to rescue them…
- I am sending you to Pharaoh (Exodus 3:7-10).
God sees. God cares. And God acts.
Even when it may not seem like it, God is always in control. Your response should be to willingly submit to His authority. Trust God…and rest in His care.
Breaking the Worry Habit goes beyond the simple “just pray and give your troubles to the Lord,” and it offers practical step-by-step advice to help you develop trust in the Lord and take steps to keep worry and runaway fear in check.
Life indeed is rich and full—and trying! There is so much to do as Christians to contribute to the people in our lives. And doing so requires us to be “steady as she goes.” Two practices will help you make it through each day–even the really bad days!
- Focus on the end.Take your eyes off yourself and fix them on the goals you have to serve the Lord, serve your loved ones, and serve the people in your life. Those purposes are the reason for all you do and dream of accomplishing.
- Recall at the end of each day all that was done and achieved. Instead of focusing on what was not done, give thanks to God for what was Keep your eyes on the day’s blessings instead of its failures. Give thanks to God for His grace. Appreciate the enablement and wisdom He gave you along the way.
Finding God’s Path Through Your Trials discusses the hard times we all face and reveals how you can “count it all joy.” Elizabeth George reminds you that God won’t give you trials you cannot bear without including a way of escape. By turning to Jesus, you will find hope, joy, and meaning in your journey, no matter how bumpy it seems.