My heart was absolutely torn to pieces. I heard my daughter screaming and there was nothing I could do. In that moment God whispered to my heart, “I loved her before you, and I love her more than you.”
That is a truth I have to keep coming back to over and over again!
Charisse just finished the second grade. She has dreams and ambitions and is such a joy to be around. As a parent, I am seeing more and more that my role will move from control to influence as she gets older … and I must trust that the One who has been with me every step of the way will be with her as well.
If you are in a marriage that is struggling right now then I know you are having a serious bout with doubt in regards to whether or not you can trust God. As we said yesterday, nothing will cause doubt like a drought.
However, one of the things you can rest assured on is Jesus loves your marriage and will equip and empower you to do what is right and best if you will make the conscious decision to place Him as a priority and not just a passing thought.
If you are single, there is a different type of doubt. Yesterday I said …
If you are 20-25 and are single, you are in the “Uh-Oh Zone.” This is where a single person looks at others dating and getting married, realizes they are alone and begins to say, “Uh-oh, what’s wrong with me?”
If you are 25-30 and are single, you are in the “Oh Crap Zone.” This is where you fight with God because you feel as if you’ve done everything right and nothing is going right. You believe that in order to date someone and get married, you are going to have to compromise.
If you are 30 or over and are single, you are in the “Freak Out Zone.” This is where there is a nuclear meltdown in your soul because you are convinced that your devotion to Jesus has been nothing but a waste because if He loved you so much you would be married by now.
I know it’s tough … but when there is doubt you must view it as an opportunity to trust Him more. When we make the tough (sometimes painful) decision to put Him first, He ALWAYS leads us to a place way greater than we could have ever imagined.
#2—My “Other Life”
For far too often (especially in the southeastern part of the U.S.) becoming a Christian has been nothing more than accepting an invitation from God to come to heaven.
Heaven is going to be awesome, and Christians do go there when they die; however, being a Christian isn’t about going to heaven– it’s about you and I becoming more like Jesus.
The idea of “I am going to heaven Christianity” has caused our society to buy into the lie of compartmentalization … where we take Christianity and put it in a compartment, not allowing it to touch any other area of our lives.
However, when we become a Christian, according to Romans 10:9.)
Stepping into this and trusting Jesus with EVERY area of our lives allows us to live in freedom as we can confess when we are weak, ask for help, deal with temptation out loud and allow others to come alongside of us in our journey to walk with us (instead of fearing them walking over us).