Weekly Grace and Links
“Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.” (Joshua 21:45)
I read these words one morning in my devotions and I have kept thinking about this, how easily my heart starts failing when God takes His time with something He has spoken to me about. Doubts immediately rise when my timing is not met — and I forget that God sees it all, that His timing is always perfect. He is the God of the people of Israel back then, and He remains the same now. Not a word of any good thing, which the Lord has spoken, will fail. It will all come to pass, in His good timing.
Going back to University after a holiday has been hard, though. As in, incredibly hard. Whereas last month was full of exams, this month seems to be full of group projects — and, well, those are not my favorite. Still there have been so many good moments throughout the week: meeting up with my best friend, having good and encouraging conversations with other friends, seeing God move in people’s hearts, seeing God use me. So many good things, so many blessings.
Good reads for your soul:
Friendship is Messy Beautiful by Christine Hoover. Because, yes — friendship can be messy but friendship can also be absolutely beautiful. Oh, that we would all have it in our hearts to take the hard step and start encouraging each other freely, to create friendships in this way. So good.
How Shame Can Be Quietly Destroying Your Life by Susie Larson. Shame is something I know I so easily carry with me. The thing is, shame truly can be slowly and quietly destroying our lives as it drives us away from God and keeps us from the life that God intended for us. This is a very good read for all of us.
How to Fight for Faith in the Dark: Three Lessons for Depression. When we are depressed, it can be very difficult to have hope and to believe the promises given to us in the Scriptures. But what is important, is to see that faith is not a feeling and feelings are not necessarily facts. These are some very good words to read if you struggle with depression.
Trust God Through Your Tears. “The great thing about being broken is that if God is the Maker, he always puts us back together in a way that looks more like Christ than before.”
Disability Makes a Church Strong. My heart is saying yes so many times. This is so important.