Monthly Archives: January 2012

God’s Purposes

Have you ever wanted to retaliate for a wrong done against you or toward another? Whether it is lashing out in anger, quietly plotting revenge, or sulking in our feelings, I am sure all of us have experienced this tendency to one degree or another.

The story of Joseph stands as the antithesis of our human tendency to retaliate. Joseph faced a multitude of pressures and trials: betrayal by his brothers, false accusations, and empty promises. All these could have caused Joseph to give up hope, give into the pressure, and turn away from God. Joseph could have accused God of being powerless to handle his problems, or not caring enough to come and rescue him. But Joseph didn’t do any of that. Instead, he knew some things about God. He trusted God, and he leaned into what he had been taught about him.

The pressures you and I face every day may not be like Joseph’s; however, no matter the situation, I believe God never wastes an experience. In Genesis 50:20, Joseph makes a declaration to his brothers. “You intended to harm me,”Joseph says, “but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” In other words, Joseph was able to see how God allowed the circumstances of his life to bring about the preservation of his family and the growth of a nation.

In spite of the circumstances, Joseph discovered the rich treasure of walking in God’s presence and in turn left this legacy for God’s people. Sometimes God’s purposes, in our pressures, may be far beyond anything we will see in this life, but whether we see clearly or not, he always has a purpose

When Things Fall Apart

Sparrow Records’ critically acclaimed artist Josh Wilson has a history of penning riveting songs that tug at the heartstrings of listeners, especially me. And now his latest single “Fall Apart” (See You, 2011) has testimonials from fans pouring from all over, explaining how the song has touched their lives and how God has pulled them through when they too had “fallen apart.”

Due to the influx of responses, Wilson has launched www.whenifallapart.com, where listeners can watch a touching video from Wilson and hear personal accounts of how their faith pulled them through tough times. Wilson’s hope is that the website can serve as an outlet and resource for those who want to share their story or be encouraged. Check out the website and the video below.

I Believe God Will Guide Me

In Your unfailing love You will lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength You will guide them to Your holy dwelling. Exodus 15:13 NIV

I believe my life is in God’s hands and keeping. I believe He has a plan and purpose for my life and that He is leading me in a path that will fulfill that plan and purpose. I believe it is a good plan, a right plan, and the best plan. I believe there is not a better, higher, or wiser way for me to live or way for me to follow. I believe God knows exactly what He is doing and that He will bring things into my life at the exact time they are needed. I believe He wants me to follow Him with praise on my lips for who He is, with thanks in my heart for what He does, and with obedience in my steps for what He asks me to do.

-Roy Lessin, DaySpring co-founder and writer

I Believe

  • I believe today will be a good day because God made it. – Psalm 118:24
  • I believe I have all I need to accomplish His purpose in my life. – 2 Peter 1:3
  • I believe nothing is too difficult for me because nothing is impossible for the God who lives in me. – Philippians 4:13
  • I believe even the biggest challenges in my life can be redeemed for my good and His glory. – Romans 8:28
  • I believe I am loved just as I am and called to become even more like Jesus every day. – Hebrews 10:14
  • I believe that He isn’t finished with me yet and is able to complete the good work begun in me. – Philippians 1:6
  • I believe I am an overcomer, more than a conqueror, and nothing will keep God from carrying out His plans! – Romans 8:32-39

–Holley Gerth, DaySpring Cards

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