Dear Friends,

We know there is so much hurt and pain in this world and it is not only just out there somewhere, it can easily be found in our minds and hearts. Jesus promised that “in this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world” (John 16:33, The Message) It’s typical, when we encounter hurt, to want to blame, shame, or problem-solve. But as followers of Jesus Christ, we have to continually remember 1) the change He made in our lives, 2) who we belong to, 3) what kind of persons to be, and 4) what sort of work to do. Without keeping first things first, we’ll get spun around and lost.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the victory in Christ that overcomes the devil, the world, and our flesh. We thank you for your words of life that bring healing and light. We ask you today to show us your will in the midst of all that concerns us. We cast all of our cares upon you, knowing that you care for us. Have your way in us completely, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

It’s so easy to forget about where we truly belong. When I was my middle daughter’s age I visited my grandfather at his home in southern Texas. During that trip it seemed like every time I turned around I was breaking something or had my nose into something I shouldn’t. I broke his garage door by playing with the door open switch. For days after that I just couldn’t catch a break from his teasing. He just seemed so irritated or had some comment about everything I did. And I felt at the time like I just couldn’t understand him.

Now, as I’m turning forty in a few weeks, I think I’m finally coming to understand him a little bit better. There’s this thing called….

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