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Love Believes | Five Years Later

On November 30, 2009, I received some devastating news. The kind of thing that knocks you off your feet and causes a lot of strong people to completely crumble.

There have been many difficult days, some torturous. Some where I honestly didn’t know if I’d make it through.

I’ve felt immense pain and heartache every single day.

I’ve watched those I love dearly hurt deeply, and felt worries and challenges I never imagined.

Yet God has sustained, provided and seen us through it all, one day at a time.

But don’t mistake strong faith and confidence in God for easy. It’s not. It’s also not supposed to be.

Tom Petty was right, the waiting is the hardest part. At least for me. I’m naturally impatient, maybe we all are to some extent.

We want answers and easy fixes RIGHT NOW. And it’s easy to be discouraged when we don’t get them.

But God grows us through trials and difficult circumstances.

And it only seems like nothing’s happening.

God is always at work on the other side of the mountain.

I don’t regret, for even a minute, making the decision to not give up in the face of seemingly hopeless circumstances. And I have found joy in perseverance, even on the worst days. (Romans 5:3-4).

Again, I’m not pretending it’s easy. If you want to give up, good. That means you’re normal.

What I’m saying is, just don’t.

Nobody’s walking around with massive stockpiles of faith, reserves they can just dip into on demand. That’s not how God works.

He says to renew our minds daily.

Even Jesus had to make time to be alone with God at the beginning and end of every day.

God really does give us the manna our soul needs today.

I’m convinced that the greatest place to be in life is totally dependent on God.

He’s got this.

And so do we, if we trust and obey and if, as Galatians 6:9 says, we do not quit.

Isaiah 40:31 promises strength for those who wait on God. And Psalm 40:1 reminds us that even the king had to wait.

I love what David Mathis says about waiting:

“When you feel the first resistance, let it be a reminder to go Godward. Recalibrate the focus of your faith. Move the weight of your trust off self, where it keeps gravitating back, and consciously reorient on God. Whether it’s simply spare moments or seemingly endless days, waiting is no waste in God’s economy. It is in the delays and the pauses, and in becoming aware of our lack of patience, that he works to save us from self-reliance and revitalize our faith and hope in him.”

I trust in God’s perfect timing and His ability, and desire, to do the impossible and to truly heal.

Don’t you dare tell me that my God can’t. He specializes in fixing what’s broken, breathing life into that which was dead and doing the impossible.

So, yeah, I believe God can. And I believe God will.

And although there isn’t a pretty little bow on this story yet, I can look you in the eye and tell you that I believe more today than ever. (Hebrews 11:1) The fact that I can say that is a testament to God’s grace and love. Nothing else…

For all those who’ve prayed, believed, encouraged or lent support throughout this time–emotionally, logistically, provisionally and/or spiritually–all I can say is, thanks. Especially you late night pep talkers. I am grateful beyond words.

Keep praying. Keep believing…

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Quick Thought | Go Ahead, Take The Easy Way Out!

We’ve all had someone try to dissuade us from giving up in a particular situation, by saying something like, “Quitting is the easy way out.”

I have to disagree.

Although it often feels like the easy way out in the moment, it’s anything but.

It’s easier today.

It’s easier right now.

But I promise you, that in the end, giving up proves to be the hard way. Every time.

Whether it’s the regret, hurt or consequences that we (and others) have to live with when we choose so-called shortcuts, or the time, energy and effort required to go back and fix things later, it’s never easier.

Doing the right thing, is always the right thing. But it’s also, it turns out, easier.

We’re tired and worn out. We’re drowning, hurting and just want our world to stop spinning. It’s then that we’re most vulnerable to the false hope that throwing in the towel promises to provide.

Quitting seems like the path to peace, comfort and happiness, but it never is.

The enemy of our souls knows that perseverance brings character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-5)

I suggest the opposite is also true. That giving up delays character and robs our hope.

That’s why he wants us to quit, walk away and lose hope. And precisely why we can’t.

In her song, Come Alive, Lauren Daigle nails it:
Through the eyes of men it seems there’s so much we have lost
As we walk down the road where all the prodigals have walked
And one by one, the enemy has whispered lies and led them off as slaves…

Let’s not believe those lies and empty promises. Let’s stop chasing easy. Let’s persevere, press on!

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
– Galatians 6:9

Thanks:
Lauren Daigle
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Side note: to be sure, there are things we should give up on. Like trying to earn out way to heaven, seeking perfection and a host of bad habits. But what God’s called us to do, what he’s told us to do through his word, the giants and “impassable” seas we find in front of us–may we never run from, be scared of, or quit on them. God’s got this.

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SOTD: Come Alive | Lauren Daigle

Ok, I haven’t been this excited about a new artist in a long, long time. This girl is really good! She doesn’t have an album out but she’s done some great covers (see below.) And check out this original song called Come Alive.  I think her writing is on par with Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Laura Story, etc. Seriously.

As we call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive
And we call out to dead hearts, come alive, come alive
Up out of the ashes, let us see an army rise
We call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive!

Introducing, Lauren Daigle

Pretty awesome!

I’m gonna try to talk our Worship Leader into breaking down the chords/tabs and playing this sometime soon at our church!

In the meantime, if Adele sang Big Daddy Weave‘s Redeemed, it wouldn’t sound better than this…