Building people up & speaking life through God given confidence
Life is complicated. Trying to balance relationships, family, school and work can feel like we’re being pulled in every direction but up. More often than not the pressure to keep it all together can leave us feeling like failures. In my own life I not only want to do it all, I strive to do it all perfectly. But I am only human so that almost always backfires.. You and I may be in different seasons, cities, and states but I think we can all use a little extra encouragement to help us journey through this life with sustained hope.
When life gets too real it is easy to forget who God is and who we are in Him. I know that He is always good and faithful; He has been my whole life. I know that He has a great plan for my life; I have seen it in hindsight. I know that He desires better for me than I could even want on my own; He has saved me from what I thought I wanted so many times. But sometimes I don’t feel that. On my own, I tend to forget and doubt His goodness, especially when I am overwhelmed and emotionally invested. Can you think of areas where God has set you free? Can you look back on a specific night and realize that His hand of protection was over you? Maybe He is currently leading you along a path of redemption. Wherever you are and whatever you may be going through, God is with you and He is for you. But there is a difference between knowing that and connecting with that knowledge enough to feel it. That is where vulnerable community and scripture become not only encouraging but essential.
We all have some form of a raw testimony. These point to God’s power, provision, and presence. The practicality behind connecting our experiences with current and past testimonies is where the ideas of redemption, hope and purpose can actually connect with our everyday reality.
God uses average people to do incredible things for His Kingdom. We can see that in the Bible time and time again and I have seen that in some of my friends and family. God isn’t hindered by our insecurities, failures, and shortcomings. In fact, He specializes in using our greatest weaknesses. If we will hand them over to Him, He (ironically) will delight in making them our greatest strengths. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it myself – to be honest I still doubt on my down days. But that is
exactly why this excites me. We have the opportunity to remember and revisit His faithfulness together, as a community. He is the same yesterday, today and forever so if He did it before, we can remind each other that he can and will do it again. He breathes life into deadest dreams and brings beauty from our darkest ashes.