Weekly Challenge & Tools

It's so easy to get caught up in our messes. The voices and circumstances can be so LOUD.  We are not alone in this!   We can look back throughout the Bible, history, and our own lives and see examples of people getting lost in mess.  However, we love a God who longs to stay connected to us whether our life looks like a wreck or like magnificence.  That connection has the power to calm and help us move through the dark times.  

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Weekly Tools & Challenge

One attribute of Jesus that cannot be missed when encountering Him or learning about Him is His overwhelming compassion.  Even as He was dying on the cross, He was still practicing compassion for people who were crucifying Him, begging His father to forgive them because they didn't know what they were doing.  This week as we deal with mess in our lives, we are diving into the practice of compassion right along with Him. 

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Weekly Challenge & Tools

It is so simple to fall into the age-old patterns of blame, defensiveness, and shame when looking at the messes in our lives. Those patterns began long ago.  Just take a look at Adam and Eve.  But Jesus tells us of a different way.  In fact, He tells us how important it is when we find ourselves in those patterns to take a look at our own hearts and actions.  So this week, when you find yourself being critical, judgmental, or blaming...just stop.  

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Weekly Challenge & Tools

Many of our messes are created or made worse when we buy into the lie that we are better off going through our life alone.  God created us to be in relationship - first with Him and then with other people.  There is so much joy to be had when we live and love together.  Our challenge this week helps us to stop and take a look at where we might not be doing that.  Take a moment to look at each of your relationships, starting with God, moving to your spouse, your kids, your family, friends, church, state, country, etc., and ask God where you might be living separated.  

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Weekly Challenge & Tools

It is easy to look out into the world and see chaos, fear, hurt, and brokenness.  And what about in our own small world?  Where are the messes in our daily lives?  How do we deal with them?  Do we fight, get angry, lash out?  Do we retreat and hide?  Do we try to please and fix and make everyone happy? When dealing with the chaos in our lives or our world, power is found in first connecting to God and staying connected to Him. Around every mess there is also magnificence, but often we are too caught up in our own thoughts to see it.  

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