disappointments

Disappointments come in all kinds of shapes and forms. They can be with people, failed plans, or even covid19 disruptions. It is what we do when they come that is a true test of character.

Christ told us we would have troubles not if or when but that we would.

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16.33

The answer to disappointment is in that verse. Read it again.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

So, what are we to do when trouble comes? Know we can still have peace because of Christ!

What comfort and hope to lean in to our Savior!

And the best part is knowing this old world with all its trouble is not the end. Problems as fear of failure, fear of viruses, racism, selfishness, self preservation or success at the cost of another, and the list can go on, we must contend with on a daily basis. What would you add?

A glorious day we can look forward to is coming when we meet our Saviour face to face in glory.

Not only did He promise to give us peace, He promised He would return: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14.1-3

Here’s some other powerful passages to be encouraged about Christ’s return:

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” I Thessalonians 4.16-17

And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21.25-28

Until then don’t let disappointment reign. A heart divided can not breed contentment. Harboring hurts of today only ruins tomorrow.

be.the.light to the world around you!

#bethelight, #bethehope, #bethechurch, #covid19, #disappointment,#bebetter

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his name is Tom

As I pulled into the lot to order some chicken for a friend’s family whose spouse is dying, I saw him standing by the light on the opposite side of the drive in entrance way. He had a cardboard handwritten sign that said:

HOMELESS not HELPLESS.”

It was atypical.

It was unusual.

It made my heart sing.

Here he was just trying to survive and those words were life bringing and I pray life changing for all who read them including you.

Some may get offended that he is there asking for help, but the mere fact he is asking should pull on our heart strings to bleed compassion.

I got in the socially distancing only option of the day, aka the drive through and ordered extra chicken so I could park the car to bring some to him.

The intersection was a busy one and would be difficult to hand off some food to him driving out. Thus the reason I parked. Plus, I wanted more than a quick drive by hand off. He needed connection and I needed it too. Don’t we all during these trying times.

It is a time in life where many are afraid of others because of what germs they may be carrying. Still…

No excuse not to be kind.

No excuse to not reach out to our fellow man.

No excuse to not connect.

I asked his name as each nameless face has one. Please don’t forget that.

His name is Tom.

Behind every sign there is a name.

A story.

A baby born that a mother loved.

A child made perfectly by God above.

No one would will hard times on another, but we live in a sin-sick, fallen world and don’t know the full story behind the sign.

I wanted to pray with him. I wanted to talk more and hear his story. I wanted him to truly feel God’s love and understand His promises like this one👇🏼

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1.9

I wanted to truly live out the gospel when Jesus said:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13.34

Because of the coronavirus, our interaction was short. With gloved hands, he took the food and said: “God bless you.”

And He does. I know this. Do you?

For anytime we do something to the least of these (Matthew 25.40), we walk away more blessed.

That is the whole plan of serving. We give yet we get so much more. So serve your fellow man with gusto and without seeking anything in return except the happiness that is brought on by giving.

How can you make the world a better place today? Now go do it and..

be.the.light

So many like Tom deserve our time, attention, care, and kindness, but most importantly our prayers.

His name is Tom. Won’t you please pray for him by name today?

©2020 be.the.church aclearberry

ideas for restructuring your life *

Some ideas for how to restructure your life during shutdown:

1. Accept that this is affecting you

2. Realize it affects our connection with others

3. Realize and accept it disrupts the structure and routines of our lives

4. Create a new structure

5. Include spiritual time daily – for example: read the Bible, listen to online services or devotions, talk to God or pray with or for others

6. Make time daily to connect with others

7. Do some type of physical exercise daily

8. Be careful with food choices (we have all heard of freshman15 – we don’t need covid19!)

9. Find a new routine and tell others about it

10. Stay informed but no more than an hour of news a day (15 minutes is good enough or less is best). Try some news free days in the new routine too!

We will get through this. We may have a new normal. But, remember this: God is on the throne, He is in control, and we can take solace in the fact that we have the hope of heaven.

If you are unsure of this, the Bible says to simply call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved.

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10.13

Let me know if any of the above helps or which one you will start applying today.

During these uncertain times, go…

be.the.light

Let others know of the hope you have within and how God will return:

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2020/05/01/return/

*I don’t know who first said these things as they were forwarded on from a friend and then I tweaked them. I always try to give credit where credit is do so if you are the originator, well done, thank you, and do identify yourself so your name can be attached.

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life goes on

Week seven with shut down and life goes on

We are somewhat getting use to changes we thought we would never see in our lifetime like social distancing, mask wearing, and raw or dry hands from continually washing. We are doing life different from meeting friends outside sitting 6 or more feet apart to using technology more to connect to those we work with or love. Many are completing projects set on a shelf for years. Puzzles are being displayed. Games are being enjoyed. More walks and talks with those you share home with.

How’s it going for you? What have you been doing to stay sane and pass some time. I would love to hear what you have done to make life more bearable.

Here’s a few tips to keep sane and embrace life as we now see it:

Start a thankful list and add to it daily.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5.18

Start a list with the names of God to comfort you in lonely moments.

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1.8

Don’t stress about the happenings in this world. Remember: God is in control, still sits on His throne, and in the end all who call upon His name to be saved will live in glory with Him forever.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” I John 2.15-17

Move a little each day.

“… your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I Corinthians 6.19+20

If you can’t get outside to move because of the represent restrictions then, I highly recommend joining the Facebook ‘view from my window’ group.

It is over 2 million people strong and many have posted amazing pictures of the view out their window during this worldwide shutdown.

It avails you to go ‘traveling’ without leaving your quarantined quarters.

In the meantime, try to…

Renew your mind.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12.2

Be productive.

Be kind.

and…

be.the.hope, be.the.church, be.the.light

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” I Peter 2.9

© 2020 be.the.church aclearberry all rights reserved

return

So not sure anyone out in cyberland noticed that I have been gone a minute. It was not intentional as even when I am traveling I have posts scheduled. Perhaps I needed a break from the 13 plus months of daily blogging or more likely God knew what was coming in our lives.

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16.33

Crazy times we are walking through but here’s the thing: if you call yourself a Christian then you know the back of The Book says we win!

Fantasy, Light, Mood, Sky, Beautiful, Fairytale, Dream

God is in control. Christ is on throne, but the most important thing is this: He will return and take us with Him.

Shout a hallelujah.

Be safe and adhere to the guidelines and protocols wherever you live. We will get through this. Things will return to “normal.” But, I dare say we will never be the same nor should we be. Whenever we go through trials, coming out the other side we should be changed and not return to who we were before.

Yes, we will get through this, but the question to ask is how will I be better because of covid19? What will I do different? How can I be a better citizen and neighbor?

So many stories of kindness and love shining through these tough times. Be the church by being the hope as you go…

be.the.light

If you have a story of kindness or have heard one, please comment and share. Thank you!

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