Today is your day to get back up again.

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I woke up this morning with a line from a Toby Mac song  stuck in my head: “We lose our way, we get back up again. It’s never too late to get back up again”

I was thinking that verse sums up what I want to see men and women do in their life each and every day. We will never be perfect with our thoughts, relationships, finances, career, and health. It’s good to improve because growth leads to maturity in Christ. No matter how much we improve, we will never reach a place of perfection.

That’s never the goal.

James 3:2 says:  We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

Everyone get’s knocked down. It’s what you do next that matters. In every area of our life, we lose our way, but with the power of the Holy Spirit working in our live, we get back up again. This is what the Christian life is about. We have a God that is ALWAYS reaching out, reaching down and helping us back up again when we stumble.

Lamentations 3:22-24 in the Message paraphrase says:
22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.

God’s mercy is new every morning. His love for you never runs out. When we are unfaithful, He is faithful. So if you have fallen, i encourage you today to get back up again. It’s never too late to get back up again. God is there to dust you off, hug you and continue to walk with you  on your journey of following Christ.

What’s steps are you going to take to get back up again today? Leave a comment below.

What to do when Life Unravels…

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This week my close friends lost their beautiful baby boy. My other dear friends lost their close friend to a homicide. They also lost one of their jobs and this Saturday I am officiating a funeral for a friend of mine that passed away. Multiple stories of life unraveling…

Sometimes life comes unraveled. We think things are headed in a certain direction then the plan falls to pieces in our hands. The unexpected job loss. The death of a loved one or the news that you thought you were going to hear from the doctor turns out to be something much much worse. What do you do when your life seems confusing and twisted up like a ball of yarn?

We wonder where is God is at in these moments and why didn’t He do something?

Is the goal to make sense of where God is in the unraveling?  Is it our job to question where He is?

Why do we think God went somewhere when everything is falling apart but when things are going good, we “feel” him near?

What if He is always near. Near in the unraveling. Near when the test results aren’t what we expected. Near when it all falls apart.

God is always near. He never leaves us. He never forsakes us. We live in a world cursed by sin. We live in a world where life is not smooth and perfect.

Life unravels quite often.

Sometimes God unravels our life to get our attention. Sometimes natural circumstances unravel our life. Sometimes demonic influences attack and unravel our lives and sometimes our own choices cause our life to unravel.

I love this quote from AW Tozer: “God often hides His blessing in trouble or trial, which makes it all the sweeter when it comes our way.”

In the midst of any of the unraveling…God is always near…guiding, leading, healing, comforting, and speaking to our hearts.

Life is not easy but God is always with you in the midst of the good, bad and ugly days.

Here are three ways to stay strong when life unravels:

1. Surround yourself with people that love you.

Scripture says in Ecclesiastes 4:12 that a a cord of three strands is not quickly broken. So when you are unraveling, you have two more around you to help hold you together.

2. Read the promises of God from the bible.

It’s easy to lose sight of the promises of God when life unravels. All the more reason to remind ourselves again and again about who God says He is.

3. Grieve

It’s OK to be angry, sad, and confused when life comes unraveled. It’s natural to go through a huge cycle of emotions. You don’t have to pretend that everything is OK when it’s not. The key though is while you are grieving, you are practicing numbers one and two listed above.

Remember, when life starts to come unraveled, God is always there to take your life and weave it in to something that He can use for His glory.

How do you see God in the midst of the unraveling? Leave a message below.