It's very easy to complain. It's easy to imagine that our suffering, our struggles, are unlike any that others have experienced.
It's harder to see, especially in the tough times, that God's blessings are still around, that God remains faithful.
Look now to see what blessings God has in store for you today, especially if you are finding that hard to do.next >
Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
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Have you heard today's verses before? You belong to Christ. You are beloved. You can leave the past behind and go forward into the future. Your prize is not only heaven, it is God’s calling to you. This is why these verses are so useful for every single goal God calls you to throughout your life.
God cares about the whole journey of your life – not just the grace of your eternal nature, but the act of straining forward and pressing on towards your goals. This call pulling you into your own life is the Lord’s plan and hope for you. When you listen, follow, and choose how to express your unique life, you are pleasing God. Forgetting, pressing, and straining – it may not always be easy, but following your path will bless you and those around you. What is your goal now? Can you hear God’s call?
Denise Nickerson-Caudérannext >
God, you will lead me to the prize. Let me hear your calling. Give me the focus and perseverance to forge ahead. Through Christ I am yours. I give you the glory of my aspirations. Amen.next >
God's blessings are raining down.
Walk with your face lifted up;
Lift your hands also to receive
The gift of God's presence,
The embrace of the One who is near.
Denise Nickerson-Caudéran is a writer and mom living on the French-Swiss border near Geneva. She's American, her husband is French, and their two daughters are both nationalities. Denise also enjoys working with international people like Third Culture Kids.
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