All posts tagged: stress

Is Your Anchor Attached to the Almighty?

Have you ever heard a speaker address a large crowd, but knew God was using the person to speak directly to you? I’ve attended many conferences and have heard many speakers deliver top of the line messages but for some reason, there has been one message rolling around in my head more than any other. At this year’s Belonging Conference Robert Madu said, “You don’t have a faith problem, you have an awareness of God’s authority issue.” As he spoke these words, they hit my heart deep and helped me see things about myself I’ve been missing for years. If faith is the anchor to your life, I’ve always had a strong anchor. I hope for the things of God and see the evidence of Him lived out in my life, but an anchor needs to be attached to the boat. Robert Madu explained how the chain is your awareness of God’s authority in your life. You see, for me, I believe God has the whole world in His hands, but I fail to trust …

Are You Waiting on the Lord Patiently?

When I was fairly young, I remember learning a song for a program at church. The chorus has always stuck with me, and both of my boys have heard it several times. Have patience, have patience. Don’t be in such a hurry. When you get impatient, You only start to worry. Remember, remember, That God is patient too. And think of all the times when others have to wait for you. Patience is not something natural for humans. Especially as we move toward adulthood, we become more time-aware, seeking to accomplish everything we can in our lives. Our culture pushes us toward greater efficiency, even at the cost of our peace. We don’t want to wait to accomplish our goal; we want to have the next “viral video” to gain notoriety. We want to take a pill and lose all the fat on our body. We want to jump in the car and arrive at our destination faster than we ever have before. In Matthew 4, Satan offered Jesus efficient opportunities to “accomplish” His goals …

Where is God in the Mess?

Do you ever feel like everything around you is falling apart? Like everywhere you turn there is a mess? I live with 4 kids so this is pretty much my everyday life. Not only are my house and van a physical mess, but one scroll through my social media newsfeed or a few minutes of the evening news confirm the world around me is in a mess too… a moral and ethical mess very similar to the one the prophet Micah dealt with. Micah was responding to a social and cultural climate that had chosen to place its affections on objects that provided wealth, versus having true affection for the Lord. This created a devastating decline of social justice and morality–the people of God were living in a manner out of alignment with their status as the covenant people of God. – Nicki Koziarz, Prone to Wander Wow, sounds familiar doesn’t it? Whenever I read or hear a particular current event, I’m tempted to think “Where is God in this mess?” But as I read …

The Purpose of Our Suffering

Joseph’s story in the Bible seems odd (see Genesis 37-50). If Joseph was one of God’s chosen instruments, why would God let his brothers sell him into slavery? Why would God let Joseph be wrongfully imprisoned? We usually like to blame this type of suffering on sin. The Bible paints Joseph as a righteous man, and we are not given reason to believe that his sufferings resulted from personal sin. So, what are we to make of Joseph’s story?  Through Joseph’s suffering, at the hand of his murderous brothers, the line of Judah was preserved. In Genesis 45:8, Joseph says to his brothers, “So it was God who sent me here, not you!” God’s plan for Joseph included many trials. However, these trials were neither tests nor punishments. The trials were designed by God to fulfill prophecy and ultimately bring Jesus Christ into the world through Judah’s lineage, one of Joseph’s brothers. In Genesis 50:20, Joseph says to his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this …

This Week For Sunday

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You Every hour I need You My one defense, my righteousness Oh God, how I need You If I’m honest, I don’t feel like I need Christ hour to hour.  I know I need Him for salvation, but from day to day, moment to moment it doesn’t always feel like I need Him.  I can go to meetings and check items off my to-do-list with little thought about my need for Christ. But then I get stressed and overwhelmed.  Tasks become daunting.  My “organized piles” become chaotic mounds and my office turns into a storage closet (and not one from a fancy home magazine).  My eyes act like magnets to my phone screen.  My marriage is strained under the pressure I put on myself.  I’m rude to my teammates.  I expect much and give little grace.  My body aches, my mind wanders, and my soul is heavy. And my Savior whispers, “Be still.  Find rest in me.” (Psalm 46:10, Matthew 11:30) Lord, I come, I confess Bowing here I find my rest Without …

Would You Like To Get Well? Old Problems vs. New Solutions

Sometimes people are more satisfied with old problems than new solutions. – Jim Wideman Ever feel like life is overwhelming and the pressure continues to build? You’re not alone. If you were to walk downtown, enter your local coffee shop, and strike up conversations with a few strangers, I guarantee you’ll eventually hear words like busy, tired, overworked, and stressed out. But if you were to turn the conversation and offer solutions, you will hear excuses and reasons why your advice will not work for them. The truth is we are often more comfortable sitting in our usual problems than running after new answers.  Jesus encountered a man in Jerusalem, by the sheep gate pool, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. Knowing Jesus, you might think that he would immediately reach down to heal the man, but instead Jesus asked him a question: “Would you like to get well?” The man replied with excuses as many of us do, “I can’t, sir, for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead …

Be Strong

Have you ever had one of those “I’m totally overwhelmed and not sure I can do this!” kind of days? Weeks? Maybe even months?!? It’s been one of those seasons for me. When city council said “yes” to City Station, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and began to make plans for the future. Signing contracts. Approving promotional materials. Fundraising in the community. Meeting with staff. Reviewing blue prints. Reviewing altered blue prints. Writing messages. Writing blogs. Meeting with the press. I felt like I carried the future of City Station and our church family on my back. I know… you’re shocked that I felt overwhelmed. Thankfully God is good, He is patient, and His Spirit is persistent. He would not allow me to rest in my stubbornness and He has been faithful to guide me back to His truth. God guided me back to a passage that He first directed me to almost 20 years ago. His Word was true then and it remains tried today. Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead …