I'm afraid that if I loosen my grip on Maddy, she'll become less close with me and become closer to her other friends. Ultimately, if I don't grasp the reigns of our relationship, I'm scared it will become shallow...and perhaps even nonexistent. I'm not saying that I'm going to let go of my relationship with Maddy. But grasping this relationship so tightly is making me exhausted. So who should I grasp instead?
I hope this post won’t sound like a lecture. Rather, I hope it will give you the encouragement you need to start the new year with peace. Because you don’t need to start 2020 feeling discouraged, hopeless, or ashamed.
I definitely don’t have a problem with being hopeful for the future. Rather, I have a problem with being patient in the present. But the present is where we are.
It’s not sinful for you to feel un-Christmassy. It’s okay if you believe you’ve lost your Christmas spirit. You can’t force yourself to feel a certain way, but you can force yourself to focus on the truth about Christmas. And if you’ve lost your Christmas spirit, maybe you’ve been looking for it in the wrong place
It really doesn’t make sense that we worry about Christmas. After all, the angel told Joseph, Mary, and the shepherds not to be afraid (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:30, Luke 2:10). Christmas only becomes fear-full when we begin to focus on ourselves and what we can get out of it. Can you relate to any of the 3 greatest fears we have about Christmas?
It was the week after I’d taken a very challenging history exam. I waited impatiently for my professor to grade my test, and he finally did. After a torturous period of waiting, I discovered my grade. And I instantly felt disgusted, dissatisfied, and disappointed. You see, after studying for ten hours with the hope of... Continue Reading →
The obsessive thoughts. The consuming lies. The ever-present ache in my heart. I felt weary and distant from God. I felt weak and helpless to change my situation. I felt apathetic about my circumstances. I was struggling with difficult emotions and craving constant happiness in my life. But my craving was impossible to attain. Would... Continue Reading →
It seems like every possible aspect of Christmas has been discussed in books, sermons, and music. It feels like musicians, pastors, teachers, speakers, and authors have viewed every single angle of this special day. Is there anything left to say about Christmas? You may despise my bluntness, but to be honest, I’m tired of hearing... Continue Reading →
At the end of a journey, you’re weary. At the end of a party, you’re weary. (Or is that just me?) At the end of the school year, you’re weary. Not that I’m complaining… But I so want school to be over, and it’s not yet! I can see the end of this lengthy tunnel,... Continue Reading →