Idolatry isn’t just wrong—it fails miserably in bringing the lasting happiness it promises.
Excerpted from Soul Care: Prayers, Scriptures, and Spiritual Practices for When You Need Hope the Most by Gregory L. Jantz Ph.D
Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up.
Every act, every decision, every thought will move you either a little closer to being that kind of person [you want to become]—or push you a little further away.
God invites us to stand courageously facing the future, acknowledging the truth—then open our hands and hearts and dreams to him . . . and release.
Turning your Bible reading from an “every now and then” activity into a daily practice doesn’t usually happen overnight.
The first basic element for living in God’s family is to grow in your acquaintance with our heavenly Father. You accomplish this through conversation with him.
Do these kinds of uncertainties and longings occasionally mingle in your heart? If so, you have reason to hope and to be encouraged.
Adapted from How Can I Be Sure I’m a Christian? by Donald S.
“Empathy is a choice,” says research professor Brené Brown, “and it’s a vulnerable choice. In order to connect with you, I have to connect with something in myself that knows that feeling.
We’ll know that the Artist fashioned us just as he desired and that we’ll never lose the health and beauty he’s graciously given us.
by Randy Alcorn, excerpted from Heaven.