THE STORY OF JESUS IN YOU IS POWERFUL AND IMPORTANT

THE STORY OF JESUS IN YOU IS POWERFUL AND IMPORTANT

The body of Christ is made up of all kinds of people from varying walks of life. The same God who made the color spectrum made each of us. With all the shades and expressions of colors, there are even more dimensions to our individual life stories. Each person’s life experiences differs drastically from the next.

Part of the beauty of the Bride of Christ is her individual uniqueness within the collective. Our individual journey adds vibrancy to both the whole of our communion with God and our connection to each other. Our personal history stirs and inspires others because our story is really God’s story. In addition, since we are all one in Him, your story also becomes mine.

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YOU ALREADY HAVE WHAT YOU WANT FROM GOD

YOU ALREADY HAVE WHAT YOU WANT FROM GOD

Have you ever caught yourself trying really hard to get to God? Has your relationship with Jesus felt like a long trek up a steep hill? I’ve been there. I wanted to be so near to God in middle school, I gave myself migraines stressing over it. Seriously.

If anyone knows the struggle to try really hard at spiritual things, it’s me. But God doesn’t want us to stress about Him or anything really. So what if I told you that you already have what you want from God? What if I told you as a believer and follower of Jesus you can’t get any closer to God? Would you believe it?

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IS KINDNESS ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION?

IS KINDNESS ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION?

Is kindness about to be added to the endangered species list? Has love exited the building like Elvis at a Vegas show? The whole entire world is reeling and desperately trying to get some semblance of a grip on the hot topics of discussion today. But my good gravy, the negativity abounds in off the chart extremes, leaving most of us sick to our stomachs.

What is the deal? Why are we so worked up? Why are people turning on each other faster than mold on bread? Good, gracious, Lord, why are Christians attacking fellow Christians in the name of truth and righteousness? Have we all gone out of our minds?

Before you jump ship and abandon social media altogether, as many of my friends have, please allow me to encourage you. Engage with me. I promise to not yell, condemn, or judge you. Who knows, you might walk away from this quick read feeling uplifted and renewed with hope. At the very least you can forward this to your pig-headed uncle who could remember a few things the bible says…I’m just kidding.

Do we need to kiss Facebook goodbye?

Seriously though, most of us want to keep interacting with people on Facebook. We enjoy seeing friends no longer near, but still very dear. We want to laugh at one more puppy barking at his reflection or one more kid falling asleep with food in their mouth. Laughter is good medicine, right? Even the bible says that.

What really has us all bound up and stuck on the internet web like a black widow’s dinner treat is our lack of kindness and love towards each other. I’m sure if I am pointing fingers, some would be pointing back at me. None of us want to get sucked up in another blaming game either, so the real question is, what do we do about it? What can you and I do to turn things around?

Instead of deleting your Instagram account, and swearing to never scroll through another social feed again, let’s talk about how to navigate the internet in these volatile times. Because seriously, what would life be without one more great coffee meme or foodie pic? Barbaric at best. Here are some practical tips and thoughts to remember while using social media.

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A BOLD BLESSING FOR THE OVERWHELMING SEASONS OF LIFE

A BOLD BLESSING FOR THE OVERWHELMING SEASONS OF LIFE

Today, God’s word for you is rest. Rest in the faith He gives you. Rest in the faith Jesus provides. So often the busyness and stresses of life squeeze out our ability to simply be with God and trust Him to work things out for our good. His heart is for us to rest, and not only rest, but rest in Him. 

Hebrews Chapter 4 is God’s gift to us in the faith-wearied moments. I often read the words and promises in that chapter over myself, family, or friends as a blessing and prayer. I’m sharing the prayer with you, so you too can partner with the truth heaven already is proclaiming over us all.

Take the following blessing inspired by the the scriptures in Hebrews Chapter 4 and speak the life-giving truth out loud. Speak it out loud so your heart can hear and agree. Speak it out loud so God can put His amen to His own words and ideas. Speak it out loud so the atmosphere around you changes from hopeless to hope and from overwhelmed to calmed assurance.

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MY HOPE FOR YOU IN ALL THE MADNESS

MY HOPE FOR YOU IN ALL THE MADNESS

If you’re like me you’ve probably grown tired of the swirl of activity overwhelming social media today. At Waking To Glory I will not tell you what protests to march in, who to vote for, place value on which lives matter, or make judgement calls on how you’re parenting, handling your finances, the food you choose to eat, or the way you dress. In fact, I am not here to make any judgment calls at all.

I have two goals with wakingtoglory.com. Number one, I aim to encourage you to remember and know more fully who God is; His character and His works. Number two, I purpose to help you see and understand more deeply who God has made you to be because of His son, Jesus. And by encourage, I do not mean I will beat you down with guilt in order to build you back up again.

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IF GOD IS FAITHFUL, WHAT THEN ARE WE?

IF GOD IS FAITHFUL, WHAT THEN ARE WE?

If God is faithful, what are we then? Every attribute of God is transposed on us through Jesus. Psalm 145:13 tells us that God is faithful in all He does. If we believe God’s word, then how does God’s faithfulness translate into who we are? What does God’s faithfulness say about us?

The answer is beautiful.

We are a living, breathing, promise fulfilled.

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