Devotion: Good Out of Bad

Life is hard.

How often do we allow ourselves to grieve with God about the difficulties of our lives?

We need to be able to weep with our Mighty God about our difficulties, so we can begin to see how He is working, with fresh eyes as we grieve with the reminded that our Savior Jesus is grieving too.

Confession: I don’t like being sick, but there is something very beautiful about how our Mighty God who raised Jesus Christ from the dead – can indeed bring good out of bad.

This is probably why I love hearing Genesis Joseph’s testimony!

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

Genesis 50:20, ESV

“My Verse” toward chronic illness has been Genesis 50:20.

When, like Joseph, we experience difficulties in our lives, we have to remind ourselves of the good things that can happen – even though we went (or are currently going) through a terrible thing

[This is not to advocate abuse. If you are being abused, call 9-1-1 and get out of that situation. If you are suicidal, call 9-1-1 and find support to find hope again as well as accountability if/when you need it or meds/therapy, because in both circumstances whether someone else is harming you or self harm is happening, you are worth getting out of that kind of situation or mindset. You are worthy of living and thriving. No judgment here. I am both on meds and see behavioral help, so that I don’t self-harm. I don’t want to even get to that point again in my mental health. ]

Jesus Christ cares for you so much, that He died on the cross to carry your sorrows and griefs as well as sins. And He rose on the third day to give you new life. New life, that you can begin living now!

Maybe for you, it is a trauma you wish never happened. Maybe, it’s a chronic illness that you have experienced for years and it hasn’t gone away. Maybe, it is the loss of your marriage. Or something completely different, but equally devastating.

I love the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and He is the Reason I can get up in the morning.

Even in a sea of depressive thoughts and chronic illness, He remains my hope. And our God never changes, regardless of how horrible our circumstances become.

My goal today is simply begin sitting with you. I don’t know if it is your first time here or hundredth. Either way, welcome to Gracefully Overcoming!

You are very loved and treasured first and foremost by God, but by me as well – so if I can pray for you or offer emotional support…

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In Christ,
Stace

Journey of Jesus

Journey to Jesus curriculumWe all probably know someone of the Muslim faith. We are more aware that others have a different faith than the one we have: our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. What if we built these relationships, to glorify God and help others know more about Jesus the Christ? I received a free copy of this DVD curriculum by Tyndale, and I want to share it with all of you.

Journey to Jesus is a DVD curriculum that is geared toward equipping the Church to minister to nonbelievers—specifically Muslims. This resource’s purpose is to help us. It helps us to know how to better interact with our Muslim classmates, coworkers, and neighbors. It helps us to understand how we can reach a place of interacting with them, in an impactful way. In this DVD set, we can experience how others have interacted with Muslims in their specific situations and we can learn from them.

In this resource, there are 6 sessions of growing and learning. In each session, there is a video clip and teaching slide show. Both are used to equip us as believers, to know how to “give an answer to all who ask the reason for our hope” (1 Peter 3:15). I like the format that the curriculum offers. There is first a video clip, followed by the lesson of being taught. We are taken through our attitudes toward those of different faiths, understanding Muslim beliefs and culture, and  understanding how we can share our faith with devout Muslims.

What if we set witnessing and relationship building to a higher level of priority? God has placed us right where we are, for a reason. We can be a light for Jesus right where we are, and use our relationships to help others come to know the Lord Jesus. Evaneglizing may be a bit out of our comfort zones, but most things are out of our comfort zones. Those things, generally, are the most worthwhile. Aren’t they? We can take a step or two of faith, build relationships, and be His witnesses that impact those who come from different faiths.

I think Journey to Jesus has arrived at the appropriate hour. We need to know how to witness to our Muslim neighbors. We need to have resources such as these, to equip us. This teaching will aid us in our efforts to try and shine our light for the Lord, in our communities as we interact with those who we see as different from us. God will be glorified in each aspect of it from being taught to go out to build relationships. I hope this curriculum will touch lives, and change others. I hope it will impact the world, so that many will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.