The identity of God is shown through the people. Men and women were created in the image of God, which means that when we look at each other there is something about us that will teach us more about who God is. A saving knowledge of God cannot be found by looking within, but God did design men and women to exhibit traces of his character.
In the Western world, Christianity sometimes elevates the image of God shown through males forgetting that a powerful image of God is seen in women as well. At Life’s Journey, we seek to follow the word of God and the Spirit of God to lift each other up and help both men and women play their part in the Kingdom of God on earth. Women play a vital part in the mission of Jesus Christ and the team is incomplete if we sideline women in favor of the false image of God we create if we think that God only wants to work through men.
Listen as Casey reminds us that gospel work needs both halves of God’s image on earth.
You wouldn’t be alive today (or ever) without your mom. Mom’s are not always perfect and they make mistakes just like anyone else; but your mom is a gift from God. God decided to bring you to life through the woman you know as mom. Long ago, God commanded his people to always honor their mother. He wants people to not only honor their own mother, but to honor mothers anywhere. This Mother’s Day, remember of all the good that your mom has done for you. Forgive her for the worst, cherish her for the best, honor her always in whatever she does. God said it, you do it, she receives it.
Be encouraged (and let the tears flow) as you listen to the song “Becoming Me”, by Matthew West
Is it easier for you to think of what you are worried about or what you are thankful about? If your list of things you are worried about is larger than what you are thankful about, it’s time to renew your thankfulness and focus on God’s goodness.
Listen as Sherry points you to joy instead of fear.
Fear drives people to the rock bottom of despair. When you hit the bottom you’ll think it is a secret, isolated place; but many Christians can tell you that they met Jesus at the bottom. The lie Satan tells the world is that you must be perfect before God will accept you. You must solve you’re own problems before Jesus will call you friend. The truth is that Jesus left the perfection of Heaven to meet sinners where they were…in their sin. Fear of judgement or fear of shame brings you to the pit of despair, but if you pause and listen you will find Jesus standing beside you with arms wide open.
It’s difficult to be humble when life is going they way you expect it to go. Yet, when your plans are falling apart and hope seems lost you can better understand your need for God and, if you’re willing, you can receive his love for you.
Fear is a liar. Jesus is true. Grace, mercy, forgiveness, and wholeness are yours through Him.