A Better Way
I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. - Malachi 3:6
Let me be honest. Too many of you travel through life basing every decision you make upon how you feel and what you experience. You don’t study God’s Word, and you spend very little time talking and listening to the Lord. Consequently, you don’t know much about the Good Shepherd who is expecting you to follow Him, no matter how you feel and regardless of your circumstances.
Now let me give you some encouragement. If you place your focus squarely upon Christ and you try to see things around you as He would, it will become second nature to look to Him and depend upon Him rather than yourself. And you won’t get lost when you walk through dark seasons of life. Jesus will be your unshakable strength. And your focused gaze upon Him will keep you from altering your direction due to momentary discomfort–and from drifting off into spiritual shipwreck!
In a world that is endlessly fickle and fleeting, God is an immovable Rock.
Our faith, when focused on the true God, will not be shaken by adversity or unexpected turbulence. As long as we hold tightly to Him by faith—trusting in His goodness and love—we can come through pain and struggle with a deeper and richer relationship with Jesus, rather than a strained faith resulting from a prolonged failure to seek the one true God.
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” -J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Whether he was there or not during your youth, your father has shaped and continues to shape who you are and how you function in every aspect of your life. And while our culture devalues the contribution that a father makes to a family, it is clear that those of us with an absent or detached father have an empty, undefinable longing–for Dad. Making Peace with Your Father offers you a comprehensive look at the role of the father. It celebrates the positive influence a dad can have and uncovers the consequences that absent or abusive fathers have on their children. Most importantly, it takes you through eleven steps that will move you toward forgiveness so that you can make peace with your earthly father for the pain or difficulties he has brought to your life–allowing you to develop a closer relationship with your heavenly Father.