How would you want God to greet when He comes back: with punishment or out of love?
Like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-24), it's not that my Father has changed, it's me who is experiencing Him differently.
Instead of asking another pastor in the community, I wanted to come a little closer. An uncle/aunt perhaps? No. Think closer. MY DAD!
It's not coincidental that a "second wind" comes when we decide to press on and continue.
If I could sum up my week in one word, it would be FRUSTRATION.
My grandmother would always say, "Go with expectation and watch what happens". So, I am applying that to this year. Whether it be growth spiritually, mentally, financially, etc., I expect growth in Jesus' Name
Have you felt fear or anxiety wash over you when led to speak to someone about God? Did you feel like the person wouldn't be receptive? Would others hear and make you an outcast? More often than not, this can be you (it's me) at some point in your walk of faith. However, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Tim. 1:7)
Every hour of the day you can find a reason to praise, to worship, to pray, to sing to God. You can spend some time with Him! There is never a time where we can't be in the presence of the Lord.
I was being cut down to the bone. I was being exposed to myself in the worst way. My sin looked like what I feared the most, yet I harbored it inside of me.