If you believe God’s called you to something but you don’t have the finances for it, He can help you get really creative. In 2005 we were debt free and beginning to dive into the amazing discovery that having extra money each month meant we could be radically generous. My husband and I both felt led to give a specific amount of money to a cause we care about. We committed on paper to do it and were ecstatic to be so close to making what was our family's largest donation to date.
A few years ago we visited my family at Christmastime. It was a beautiful day in the desert, and our family went to the park to soak up some December sun. While walking laps as my kids played basketball, I heard my daughter cry out. She ran toward me with tears streaming down her face: she'd injured her finger. Immediately the guilty thoughts began swimming around in my mind: What if I could've prevented her being hurt? How could I have kept this from happening? On the drive to get an X-ray, my daughter was already giggling about the incident in the backseat. But in the front seat, I was spiraling down into a pool of thoughts that I should've known she could've been hurt somehow on that sunny day at the park.
The antidote to loneliness is community. That's why we are honored to offer many different LifeGroups to our Church Online attendees. Few things are more exciting than knowing a person has found a LifeGroup he can call home!
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I don’t like to hold things twice. By that, I mean that when I pull one of the seven items out of my makeup bag in the morning, I apply it immediately then return it to the bag. I have a morning checklist routine with my supplements to get them sorted for the day—I’m sure this routine annoys my family. If I use something, I like for it to return to its home immediately instead of detouring to a random countertop before it arrives.
From a very young age, I thought a church was a building. “Church” always seemed to be a noun to me. It only happened when we walked into the building, correct? I no longer feel that way, and I’ve learned that church extends far beyond bricks and mortar. Church is people, and I’d even go so far as to say church is an action verb.
In this day and age, we celebrate independence. We like to think we will influence a culture and change things.
Recently I reached out to a Church Online attendee for an update on some things going on in his life we'd been praying about. His response is a beautiful example of what we're learning about at church this very week.
There’s a woman in my life who is full of enthusiasm. I first met her at the age of 20, and I still remember the way she made me feel. We shared a meal and she was genuinely happy. She giggled, smiled, and sincerely enjoyed asking questions to know me better. She was full of joy and couldn’t help but share it!
Over the years this friend has continued to enjoy her life and inject joy into the lives of others she meets. She sees the good in everything. She helps me know myself better with her insightful questions and is quick to point out the good things in every situation. I love that about her. She’s refreshing to be around!
You know what? Everyone needs a person like my authentically enthusiastic friend in their lives. You and I have the capacity to be that person – to positively impact our environments and the people in them. I challenge you to accept this opportunity and develop a contagious enthusiasm for others and their lives – it will infect them in the most wonderful of ways!
God, help us be more enthusiastic for your glory. We want people to see you in our words and in our lives. Amen
Last weekend’s message about cultivating God-confidence in areas of insecurity hit me right between the eyes. Who can’t relate to feeling inadequate to living out their calling in life like Pastor Craig shared? I’m raising two incredible kids, and sometimes I look at them and feel a sinking sense that they deserve much more than I could ever give them. I am passionate about my work and the team I work with, and during challenging seasons I sometimes doubt I have what it takes to fill the shoes of this role. My husband and I have been together for 18 years, and he’s so incredibly patient and full of grace that I still have moments where I feel he got the short end of the stick.
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