Acknowledgement and lament led me into the healing process. In order to move from awareness to acknowledgement, we must first be brave enough to accept the historical truths and modern realities. Tasha Morrison (AN INVITATION TO EMPATHIZE) @latashamorrison@annvoskamp 📷Reneê Quental #photooftheday#visuals#godslove
Thank You Lord, You have shown me in million billion times that You are the beginning and the end. That nothing can come against what You have started and nothing can come in between Your END.
In honor of launching our new series, "Joy in the Body", one of our board members, Kali Smith, has shared some of her personal challenges with health and how she's been able to find hope and joy through the journey. You can find her complete article on our website (link in bio!).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here's a snippet... "I spoke with a friend about wanting to deepen my appreciation for my body – to find joy again. The impression came that I may have lost the ability to eat whatever I wanted, but that was NOT the only way I experience joy in my body. The smell of autumn air, the warmth of the sun on my skin, the sound of my nephews laughing, dancing with my husband, snuggling with my sisters, going for a drive on country back-roads…All these things are treasures I experience with my body. I felt guided to focus on and savor these moments – to BE fully present and relish these precious physical sensations. This practice has begun to rehabilitate my soul and inspire gratitude for my imperfect, precious body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"If you are struggling physically or mentally in any way, my heart weeps for you. I know how exhausting, discouraging, and dark the road can be. I also know how frustrating it can be when people tell you that someday it will get better – these expressions so often exacerbate our grief. In moments of agony and despair, it can be so difficult to see our body as a gift.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"My prayer is that you will find peace in the midst of pain – that you will know that God is providing the grace you need each day to keep going. I pray that you will feel the angels – those who love you, seen and unseen – lifting you up when you don’t think you can take another step." --Kali Smith ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Human love is limited, restricted, complicated, and conditional, that is why it will always be a mistake to expect human love to fill up and fulfill the part of us that only God’s love can.
Human love fluctuates as rapidly as Texas weather sometimes, cold like winter ❄️ in the morning, hot 🥵 like summer in the afternoon, and windy 🌬 at night like it’s fall. But the love of God fills all in all, it is consistent, dependable, and most importantly unconditional.
To expect what only God’s love can do from human love will be tantamount to continuous vexation of heart and spirit.
Tonight in Florida we will explore how it was intended from the beginning... _
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13
This week I had a brother and sister exhort me in a way that stung in a GOOD way. And it made me realize how hardened I’ve been to a particular sin. For a long time I’ve believed the lie that I can do it ‘myself.’ In my thinking I’ve thought I can be strong for other people and not share my deepest struggles. But Jesus Christ came so that I would walk in the light 💡 NOT in the darkness. So even though, no, I’m not going to reveal all my deepest struggles on Instagram, I’m so thankful for friends and family that God put in my path to be accountable to and grateful this week that even though I ‘try’ to do it alone I can’t, and for brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus that call us out when we need it. #bodyofChrist#dontdoitalone#walkinthelight
When trials enter our lives, be encouraged, that these moments are a temporary test. God promises that though we face hard times in this life, his loved ones will receive the crown of life. It is a blessing when God meets us in difficulty, he grows our character and let’s us know he is faithful in every situation.
“Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing:
The Lord's unfailing love and mercy still continue,
Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise.
The Lord is all I have, and so in him I put my hope.”
—Lamentations 3:21-24 GNT
Love this scripture. (Also love sunrises 😉). His love does indeed change everything 💛
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Who wouldn’t be tired if they walked days and days away from home?
God’s people disobeyed Him over and over again, but God loved His people too much to let them keep living this way, so He let their enemies attack them and make them walk far away from home. We disobey God over and over again too, but Jesus took our punishment for us. People who trust in Jesus will never be sent away but have a home with God forever.
Однажды к Богу пришла женщина. Ее спина была согнута под тяжестью большого мешка. – Ты устала, женщина? – обеспокоился Господь. – Сними свою ношу с плеч, присядь, отдохни. – Спасибо, я ненадолго, – отказалась женщина. – Только попрошу — и сразу назад! А то вдруг за это время уже что-нибудь случилось? Никогда себе этого не прощу! – Что ты не готова себе простить? – Если с моим ребенком что-нибудь стрясется. Я как раз и пришла, чтобы попросить Тебя: Господи, спаси и сохрани его! – Я только этим и занимаюсь, – серьезно сказал Господь. – Разве я дал тебе повод усомниться в моей заботе? – Нет, но… В этой жизни столько всяких опасностей, плохого влияния, крутых поворотов! А у него возраст такой – все хочется попробовать, повсюду влезть, во всем как-то самоутвердиться. Я очень боюсь, что его занесет на повороте, он ушибется, и ему будет больно. - Что ж, в следующий раз он будет осторожнее, потому что на своей шкуре узнает, что такое боль, – ответил Господь. – Это очень хороший опыт! Почему ты не хочешь дать ему научиться?
– Потому что хочу избавить его от боли! – горячо воскликнула мать. -Ты видишь – я всегда ношу с собой мешок соломы, чтобы подстелить ее там, где он может упасть. – И теперь хочешь, чтобы я обложил его соломой со всех сторон? Хорошо. Смотри же!
HAVE FAITH! I’d had the spot on my nose for the better part of a year when I went to the doctor. The biopsy results came back days later with words I didn’t want to hear: skin cancer. Though the cancer was operable and not life-threatening, it was a bitter pill to swallow.
God commanded Ezekiel to swallow a bitter pill—a scroll containing words of lament and woe (Ezekiel 2:10; 3:1–2). He was “to fill [his] stomach with it” and share the words with the people of Israel, whom God considered “obstinate and stubborn” (2:4). One would expect a scroll filled with correction to taste like a bitter pill. Yet Ezekiel describes it being “as sweet as honey” in his mouth (3:3). Ezekiel seems to have acquired a taste for God’s correction. Instead of viewing His rebuke as something to avoid, Ezekiel recognized that what is good for the soul is “sweet.” God instructs and corrects us with lovingkindness, helping us live in a way that honors and pleases Him.
Some truths are bitter pills to swallow while others taste sweet. If we remember how much God loves us, His truth will taste more like honey. His words are given to us for our good, providing wisdom and strength to forgive others, refrain from gossip, and bear up under mistreatment. Help us, God, to recognize Your wisdom as the sweet counsel it truly is! From odb.org
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
If we don’t build our foundation on who God says we are, we will eventually crumble.
Instead, we’ll form our identity from an endless list of lies like ugly, fat and dumb and then combine those with character traits that we think other people will approve of.
In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus says that those who build their lives on this type of sand will not be able to stand strong when the storms and pressures of life come at us.
So we need to get to the root of WHAT we believe about ourselves and WHY we think that, in order to begin the slow process of healing. It’s only when we do the hard work of self-discovery that Jesus can meet us and help give us a foundation that’s made of solid rock, not sand.
**See comment below for more context on this subject**
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*@lindseyberteau is the lead pastor at @thehousefw, one of our featured churches in Fort Worth, Texas on MightyPursuit.com