To the Point // Close

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”‭‭// Psalms‬ ‭34:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬ For those who need reminding, whether in this moment or every single day of 2020, the Lord is close. He is near to you in your hard days, dark days, can’t-see-past-this-moment days, heart-ripped-out days, just-trying-to-get-by days… He is…

To the Point // Keep hoping

I will stand my groundwhere hope can be found. – Lauren Daigle Keep dreaming.Keep laughing.Keep engaging.Keep going.Keep improving.Keep pursuing.Keep standing.Keep hoping. In our keeping, God will give us patience for the waiting, strength of character for the undertaking, and glimpses of His glory to sustain us. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems…

How are you

How are you today? Take a 5-minute break to check in with your well-being. First, say these four lines out loud. Slowly breathe in and out between each line. Repeat until you feel calm and focused. “May I be happy. May I be well. May I be safe. May I be at peace.”1 After a…

To the Point // Take responsibility

Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others.  Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. // Galatians 6:4-5 MSG Not much more…

The kindness of God

God loves us in the midst of our every day; in our hero days and our split-open vulnerable “I can’t take anymore” days. Honestly, there is no difference to Him. We have a win, He loves. We fail, He loves. We don’t get off the couch, He loves. We sin, He loves. God loves not…

Conqueror

Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. // Romans 8:35,37 CSB Say allowed, “I am more than a conqueror.” Now say it three more…

To the point // Distance yourself

“Growing closer to God requires distancing ourselves from whatever distracts us. We must lay aside whatever we delight in more than Him.” – Lysa Terkeurst This is the best kind of distancing in the midst of a time when we are craving connection. Heed these words, investigate your heart and mind for distractions keeping you…

I need you

“I need you.” Have you ever prayed this simple, honest, vulnerable prayer? Just as in your relationships with family and friends, speaking your need out loud can help others know how you are truly doing, know when to reach out, and will break down the wall so many of us construct to maintain independence and…

Fresh strength

God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk…

True help

“I look up to the mountains and hills, longing for God’s help. But then I realize that our true help and protection come only from the Lord, our Creator who made the heavens and the earth. He will guard and guide me, never letting me stumble or fall. God is my keeper; he will never…