Jesus had nowhere to lay his head. His church must be mobile as he was. His church needs to move forward, through whatever, over land and over water. An unstoppable force that not even hell can slow down.
He is so faithful. He is so wonderful. He makes everything right.
when i lost my grip
love held on tight
even my worst
didn’t change Your mind
Lifeline (We Are Young & Free) by Hillsong Young & Free
I make promises and then I break them. When my heart hurts, it’s hard for me to see and hear and love. I carry more than I can bare. I judge. I fear. I’m unsure. Of a lot of things.
And even with this messy, unclean heart of mine, He sits beside me every night and smiles. And tells me He’s proud. Every time. And I want to cry because He is, and was, and always will be and I’m not worthy. He is the most beautiful story ever told, and He chose me. And you. To take part. To breathe and move and simply be. With Him. And this wrecks me.
He is the “I love you.”, the “I need you.”, the “I am for you.”
I love HIm.
…I haven’t answered something like this in a while.
This brought tears to my eyes.
wiping the tears from my eyes, this is beautiful
You’re an inspiration. Never lose hope. Pretty sure God’s not the only person who’s proud of you. Always write from your heart, even if it’s hurt and healing.
A CONVERSATION THAT COULD CHANGE A LIFE… R U OK?
Sometimes conversations can be the most important thing that we do in our day. Each year we, as a church and community, get behind this national awareness campaign which is all about making sure that the people around us, the people we do life with, are OK.
The saying goes that you can’t judge a book by its cover and that is so true with the people in our lives. Social media can sometimes just be a ‘highlights reel’ of people’s lives and sometimes we don’t slow down enough to check whether what is really going on underneath.
So this week as we rush through our week, try to take time to pick up the phone, stop and make eye contact and ask the question R U OK? It might just be the most important thing we do this week. If you are unsure where to start here are some simple ways to start the conversation, from the R U OK? website.
1. ASK R U OK?
Start a general conversation; preferably somewhere private.
Build trust through good eye contact, open and relaxed body language.
Ask open–ended questions.
"What’s been happening? How are you going?"
"I’ve noticed that… What’s going on for you at the moment?"
2. LISTEN without judgement.
Guide the conversation with caring questions and give them time to reply.
Don’t rush to solve problems for them. Help them understand that solutions are available when they’re ready to start exploring these.
"How has that made you feel?"
"How long have you felt this way?"
"What do you think caused this reaction?"
3. ENCOURAGE action.
Summarise the issues and ask them what they plan to do.
Encourage them to take one step, such as see their doctor.
If they’re unsure about where to go to for help, help them to contact a local doctor or other health professional.
"What do you think might help your situation?"
"Have you considered making an appointment with your doctor?"
"Would you like me to make an appointment or come with you?"
4. FOLLOW UP.
Put a note in your diary to call them in one week. If they’re desperate, follow up sooner.
Ask if they’ve managed to take that first step and see someone.
If they didn’t find this experience helpful, urge them to try a different professional because there’s someone out there who can help them.
"How are things going? Did you speak with your doctor?"
"What did they suggest? What did you think of their advice?"
"You’ve had a busy time. Would you like me to make an appointment?"
So let’s all make sure we take the time this week to ask the people in our world R U OK? It might just change their life.
And if you yourself are struggling at the moment please talk to someone, a friend, a family member, a pastor, someone that can help you through this period because we need you strong for the journey.