We genuinely want to help others. But it hurts when there’s no response or, worse, a bad response to our good efforts. So why keep trying?
“Everything happens for a reason” suggests there can be a good twist. Even terror, murder & abuse? No! Not everything is good or from God.
Eye of the storm: Place of peace where truth & courage meet. No matter what storm we’re in, we can survive & be stronger on the other side.
We will all face obstacles we can’t overcome alone. So let’s run the race of life together and strengthen each other.
We genuinely want to help others without expecting anything in return. But it’s hurtful when there’s no response or, worse yet, a bad response to our good efforts. So why keep trying?
Saying everything has reason suggests everything has a good twist. Even terror, murder and abuse. Everything is NOT good and everything is NOT from God.
The eye of the storm. The place of peace where truth and courage meet. No matter what storm we’re in, we can survive and be stronger on the other side.
In the happy moments, praise God. In the difficult moments, seek God. In the quiet moments, trust God. In every moment, thank God. God is part of our real life.
Many of us are called to be gardeners. Our children and friends are the pumpkins in our patch of real life. Here are 4 ways to nurture our pumpkin patch kids.
It may seem odd to pray for things as trivial as parking, but why not? God can part the seas and raise the dead back to life. Certainly He can provide parking.
We all face obstacles we can’t overcome alone. We’re always stronger running the race of life with others than trying to persevere on our own.
What is better––to give or to forgive? We’re taught at a young age to give to others. We’re taught how to say we’re sorry. But we’re not taught how to forgive.
We help others by equipping and teaching them to fish in their pond of life. We hinder others by buying a fish and expecting that they won’t go hungry again.
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