In our day-to-day lives of deadlines and expectations, we are challenged to remember that we are saved, by the grace of God, through our faith. We are not saved by perfection or status or wealth; we are saved by a relationship with God. We cannot earn salvation through good works or right words. God’s love and our faith in God is what saves us.next >
“Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever!” That’s what those who are redeemed by the Lord say, the ones God redeemed from the power of their enemies, the ones God gathered from various countries, from east and west, north and south.
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Find a piece of scrap paper or open up a new note file on your phone. Spend a minute making a list of things for which you are thankful. Don’t write sentences. Just write down enough so that you remember what you were thinking of when you wrote the words. You are also welcome to draw images instead of using words.
Next, start another list below the first one, titled “I know God is good because…” Spend a minute completing that sentence with examples from your own life. Again, just jot ideas as they come to you.
Finally, start another list below the first two, titled “I trust that God’s faithful love lasts forever because…” This list may be harder to make, but try to think of examples from that past that help you have faith in God for the future.
After you’ve collected these memories of your thankfulness, of God’s goodness, and of God’s everlasting love, spend time talking to God about the lists.
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Generous God, whose faithful love lasts forever, help me to remember your goodness and share it with others so that together we can be more aware of you. Strengthen my faith today and in the days to come. Amen.next >
Go into your day-to-day life confidently, knowing that God has brought you to life with Christ. Remember God’s love for you; remember your faith in God. You cannot go where God is not!
Becky Ullom Naugle
Becky Ullom Naugle, director of youth/young adult ministry for the Church of the Brethren, lives with her husband Patrick in northern Illinois. They enjoy family time, pets, the family lake house, and the Rocky Mountains.
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