When I unexpectedly found myself completely overwhelmed this Christmas season, this advent prayer reminded me of God’s peace that passes understanding.
In Matthew 16, Jesus turns to Peter and cries, “Get behind me, Satan!” What elicited such a sharp response? What can we learn from Peter’s mistake and Jesus’ response?
The good…and the bad. But the good! …But the bad!
The good and the bad go together this side of Heaven. The puppies and the poop. The friendship and the exhaustion.
So I had a choice to make. Was I going to let the stink get me down? How could I rise above it when I was exhausted and had nothing left to give?
I never wanted to think about God’s holiness. It was difficult for me to square that quality with his compassion. But this week a look at Hosea 11 opened my eyes to how God’s holiness and compassion go together.
Our spiritual journey is a wilderness hike over easy and difficult terrain, with periods of high energy and periods of desperate tiredness. But he is with us the whole way!