Beloved, when you’re in the middle of a test or unpleasant circumstance, don’t look for a quick exit. I know how difficult it is. I understand that sometimes it makes you want to run away and forget everything. But in the middle of the process, you are not alone. I’m with you every step of the way. Just as a pregnant woman must pass through the pains of labor, so you also must push through the birthing process of this trial. I promise, you will come out of this with new stores of favor and light.
I call for you to be content in the process, without needing an explanation that satisfies your impatience. If there is something you need to know, trust me to reveal it plainly—to pour out my wisdom and unveil the hidden secrets. Listen to my voice and follow its sound. I’ll take you to places of delicate pastures, where you can rest. Simply come closer, and my grace will give you the strength you need to get to the other side. I am with you. I will not leave you. Don’t give up!
The new normal. And prayerfully, a temporary new normal in regards to quarantining, business and school closures, shortage of supplies, stockpiling, job loss, travel restrictions, financial loss, and those likes. The ripple effect is heartbreaking, and the uncertainty and angst are real and valid. Undoubtedly, the recovery process and rebuilding will take time. Those are the facts. But as we are still in the middle of this fight, I'm reminded, again and again, we can get through this. We are not those who are without help or hope.
So how is our family navigating COVID-19? Honestly, the only way we know how, taking one day at a time and the same way we've lived and led our family over the years, digging deep to stay above the fray. Make no mistake, we are not elite, immune or unmoved by the images and reports we see and hear in the news. And by no means have we "perfected" any of this (if that is even possible), but we choose every d…
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8
Have you ever caught yourself saying, “where did that _____ (insert the thought, emotion, feeling) come from?!” Now more than ever do we find that we need to be all the more vigilant and mindful of our input. Because it impacts our output.
That’s why I’m so thankful for the wisdom God gives through his written word. Keys to success. God’s word truly is our compass and navigation for every season, crisis, situation of life. The apostle Paul and Timothy knew a thing or two about persevering with joy and thanksgiving during times of crisis, trouble, immense pressure. And they ran their race well. Effectively and faithfully til the very end.
The chapter title for the verses above is clear and straightforward, "Practical Counsel.” Paul proceeds to list …
Always behaving or happening in a similar, especiallypositive, way: Not changing.In agreement with other facts or with typical or previousbehavior, or having the same principles as something else: Agreeing. Always happening or behaving in a similar way: Not varying. (Cambridge Dictionary)
I recently read this:It's hard to be consistent because we tend to focus on the outcome more than the process. Put another way, we're more drawn to the positive feelings of outcomes rather than the struggle of the journey. Most of us quit during the struggle before we can experience the rewards of staying the course.And there is truth to those words. Perhaps that is why scripture teaches us to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) and encourages us not grow weary in doing good. (2 Thessalonians 3:13)
We see it so clearly in our current cultural and climate where greater value is placed on output, productivity. And the motivation is primarily to be "winning," #goals, perfecti…