- “All my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began” (Ps. 139:16, CSB). Those are words printed on one of the opening pages of You Can Trust God to Write Your Story, words which brought me to tears earlier this week as I was sitting in my classroom, praying for some of my students’ situations. Those words change everything: they point to a Storyteller who is powerful and wise and good, a God who can be trusted. “Happy endings are His forte”—pick up a copy, “trust Him, and discover it for yourself!”
- Authentic. It’s a vocabulary word for my students this week, and it’s an adjective describing the kind of friendships Kelly Needham is helping Christian women experience! “The world says real friendship alleviates loneliness and offers a place of belonging and security. What’s wrong with that? And isn’t it right to avoid conflict at all cost?” This week, Kelly is on the Daily Grace podcast walking us through these different ideas and helping us understand God’s good design for our friendships.
- As I’ve been watching the coverage of Hurricane Dorian, it has seemed as if every update coming out of the Bahamas is even more heart-wrenching than the last. On The Briefing this week, Albert Mohler discussed how deeply humbling it is to watch a hurricane make landfall and realize that we have no power over nature; it reminded him of how God addressed Job in the closing chapters: Job was shown that although he could observe nature, he was not in charge of it, and the Creator was not answerable to him. “In that sense,” Mohler says, “looking at a hurricane after creation and the fall is like looking into the face of a tiger, so beautiful and yet simultaneously so deadly.” If you are in Dorian’s path—oh, friend, know that we are praying for you.
- I’ve been loving the Becoming Something podcast with Jonathan Pokluda, and as much as it surprises me to say so, one of my favorite episodes recently was the one about discipline! When J.P. started talking about how we should read the Bible regardless of how we feel, I had to rewind to take notes. J.P. says that “feelings are real, but they’re not always reliable. . . . Sometimes we need to do something whether we feel like it or not, and disciplining ourselves for godliness is one of those things.” He says that when he goes home and is exhausted, he doesn’t always feel like answering his wife’s questions—but he does because he loves her. “In the same way,” he says, “I may not feel like praying in the morning, but I do because I love God, and I know He loves me and He asks me to.”
- This is about to get personal: are you someone who is unable to finish a journal? Do you open up an old Moleskine and notice that after you wrote in the first few pages, you left the rest of them blank? Taylor Cage has some great advice for those of us who tend to leave journals half-full (or, let’s be real: half-empty). “Finishing a journal is fun and rewarding, but making it to the last page of your journal isn’t what really matters,” Taylor says. “What matters is that you made Jesus your motivation, you practiced steadfastness, and you opened His Word alongside every page you turned in your journal.”
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