How do we live in the midst of a new beginning that we didn’t expect, or even want?
[Moses said] And the Lord said to me, 'Say to them, Do not go up or fight, for I am not in your midst, lest you be defeated before your enemies.' So I spoke to you, and you... - Deuteronomy 1:42-43
Maybe you’ve heard it said that when God closes a door, He will open a window. But most times this is not a simultaneous act, and for good reason. He may be preparing us or still arranging the circumstances. He is definitely teaching us patience and trust.
Many of us obsess about God’s calling on our lives. We may wonder what kind of career God is leading us to; we dream about making a difference, about falling into the exact and concrete will of God. And when things don't fall into place like we think they should, we may wonder whether or not we even have a calling.
Like in any relationship, developing a relationship with Jesus takes time and energy. Whether you've just decided to follow Jesus for the first time, or you've recommitted your life to Him, this series of four articles will lay a firm foundation to grow deeper in your relationship with Jesus.
We believe Jesus still speaks today. In fact, we're convinced that He loves to share His heart with you. Can you recall a time when God clearly spoke to you? If so, you may wonder why that doesn't happen more often. God's voice isn't always really obvious. It can seem distant and hidden, so we all need more practice.
Dating and courtship present such a different world for each single person; some thrive in it, and some just can't wait to get out. Most single people spend time on both sides.
Praying is simply having a conversation with God. It's asking Him for your needs, yes, but it's also a time when you can praise Him for who He is and learn to hear His voice.
When marriage is done right, it's one of the most beautiful experiences and relationships we can have. The commitment that marriage calls for is lifelong, and it's intense. And in Christian marriage, the vows we make at the altar aren't just to each other; we make them before God.