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New shop, new products launch in one week!

The shop launch is just one week away!

Boy oh boy, has this transition been a labor of love! I am working on this website all on my own, so it has been a huge learning experience. Thankfully my husband is a software developer, so he has been a huge help when I’ve run into hiccups that I can’t find an answer for on the internet – so grateful for him!

I’ve been thinking back on late October/early November when I thought about getting this shop up and running before Thanksgiving… that would have been a disaster! I’m grateful God gave me patience to wait until I had more time, because even with several weeks to work with, there have been a lot of long afternoons of taking and editing new photos, late nights uploading and updating products, designing the website, and troubleshooting the many problems that pop up and need to be fixed… all on top of my regular work responsibilities with other companies and clients.

It’s been busy around here, a lot of hard work, but I’ve done several big projects over the years and know it’s the ones that cause you to grind, persevere, and rely on the Lord to give you the abilities to accomplish them that are the most rewarding in the end. Holding onto that hope!

I’ve been asked if opening this new shop means I will close my Etsy shop. For now, I will be leaving it open since about 30% of my sales still come directly from Etsy searches. However, this new shop will be the home base from now on. All new products will be uploaded here first. In fact, I will not have time to get all the new products loaded to Etsy until days or weeks after this launch. I’ll be focused on updating my wholesale shop next, Etsy will come last.

I know Etsy is so convenient, but I invite you to shop here for several reasons. By shopping directly on my website:

  1. You will be supporting my efforts to create a shopping experience centered on Christ.
    • I’ve been working hard to create an online space that feels cozy, calm, and peaceful – a comfortable place to browse and convenient way to shop, centered on God and His Word.
  2. More of your money will be going directly to me, a Jesus-loving small business owner, and less to giant companies.
    • There are so many hidden expenses on my end with Etsy: transaction fees, listing fees, shipping fees… the list goes on and on. There are significantly less fees on my end when orders are placed right here on my website, so your dollar goes a lot further.
  3. You’ll be able to shop without the distractions of ads and unwanted product suggestions.
    • When you come here, you’ll know what to expect: Jesus-centered, quality, well-designed products.
  4. You’ll be able to create an account for quick and easy transactions in the future!
    • It’s super easy and safe! I don’t see your payment info, and the personal info I do see (name, address, email, phone), I never give away or sell. (See my privacy policy.)

A more mindful way to shop, not just here

If you shop a lot on Etsy, I recommend searching a shop or asking the owner if they have a website you can shop from first. I know it’s slightly inconvenient. But until recently, even I (who has been doing this online shop thing for a few years now) didn’t realize how much more you can support shop owners by shopping directly on their website. I’ve started doing this instead of shopping Amazon when I can too! Some will be like the old me and only be on Etsy, Amazon, or wherever, I get it! It’s a great way to start! But, those who have independent shops on their websites will be so grateful for the extra effort you took to support their small business.

See you next week!

It’s crunch time, so unfortunately, I will not be back this week with my usual art and scripture meditation post. But stick around! There’s plenty more of that to come, as well as a brand new, beautiful shop with tons of new items to choose from (including a super exciting one that I’m still waiting for from a new manufacturer in New York)!

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Launch day is March 8th! See you then!

Xo Lauren

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James 1:2-3

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” -James 1:2-3

God says through the Apostle James to count it all joy when we meet trials, because this tests our faith and that testing of our faith produces steadfastness. In a recent post, I talked about the word steadfast. It means to be unwavering – fixed or firm in a direction or purpose. In the context of this verse, it means the testing that happens through our trials produces unwavering faith within us.

As Christians, our ultimate desire should be to know and love God more deeply and grow to be more grounded in Him and His Word, whatever the cost. So, from a purely logical standpoint, if trials produce a more grounded, fixed and firm faith, we absolutely can be joyful in trials. But of course, that’s easier said than done.

This kind of joy does not mean we ignore, deny, and avoid our circumstances or suppress emotions of grief and sadness. It means that in the midst of our pain and suffering, we are able to see God’s presence. We are able to trust that God will bring good from our suffering (as He promises in Romans 8:28), that He empathizes with us through His Son, and is actively engaged in the midst of our trials. This type of trust strengthens our foundation in Christ and it’s oftentimes in the most challenging circumstances that we are able to see God do His greatest works.

A woman in my small group shared an amazing story recently, which she gave me permission to share. Her mom was a strong believer and my friend was right there with her as she breathed her last breaths. In those moments, she experienced God’s grace in the most profound way. The reality of the Gospel hit her: Though we are completely unworthy sinners, out of His great love for us, God the Father sent His Son to die the death we deserved and rose from the dead so that we could be forgiven, declared blameless in the eyes of God, promising all who put their faith in Jesus will receive eternal life in His presence. As my friend watched her mom pass away, she was overcome with the reality that we are all deserving of hell, but by grace, through faith, her mom would get to leave her suffering and be with Jesus forever. This realization grounded my friend’s faith in such a significant way. There was and still is deep sadness over her loss, but she said she has not experienced God’s peace and grace like that since – she wishes she could, but she also would never want to go through that suffering again.

This is such a beautiful example of this verse lived out. We do not rejoice in the loss of loved ones, a terminal diagnosis, an unfaithful spouse, a home foreclosure, a wayward child, crippling mental illness, or whatever your trials may be. But as we mourn, we can still have hope, knowing that by grace through faith, we are not only promised eternal life and forgiveness of sin (though that in itself would be enough), we can cling to God’s promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us, that Jesus empathizes with our pain, that He will bring good from the darkest circumstances, and that He will use this testing of our faith to produce unwavering faith within us.

So, dear sister (or brother) in Christ, whatever you are going through right now, no matter how dark and numerous the trials in your life may be, God sees you. He is right here with you, actively at work in your circumstances and the deepest places of your heart to produce steadfast faith within you. Cling to Him in prayer and His Word, worship Him, and trust He is good, His character unchanging, and that He is faithful to every one of His promises.

If you are still wrestling with a past trial, struggling to see where God was in the midst of it, tell Him. Ask Him to reveal where He was, to show you His goodness and faithfulness through it, and to bring you peace that surpasses all understanding. It may take time, but keep seeking Him and worshipping Him as you wrestle. He hears you. 🖤

HEBREWS 10:23 | Remain grounded in Christ. He is faithful to His promises.

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Sneak peek at new products coming in two weeks!

The new shop is opening two weeks from today and I’m so excited to share some sneak peeks at what I’ve been working on (and these are just a few of the new items)!

My main motivation behind launching this new shop is to create a better shopping experience right here on my website. I want everyone that comes here to grow in their understanding and love for Jesus, to be creatively inspired, and shop for well-designed, well-made decor and gifts inspired by biblical truth.

I used to work at a Christian bookstore and gift shop, so I got very familiar with what types of products were on the market and readily available to the body of Christ. While there were definitely some beautifully designed and well-made products, many lacked both of those attributes. And, it was especially hard to find products that were more modern in design, which better fit my personal style and personality. At the time I didn’t have any plans of making my own products or opening an online shop, but I think my experience at the bookstore was like a seed planted which grew in me a desire to create unique, modern, well-made, well-designed artwork and products that boldly proclaimed biblical truth.

It started with a growing love for hand lettering and a few digital prints I listed on my Etsy shop over four years ago and it has grown into a shop with a variety of products, not just hand lettering, but books, digital resources, graphic design, typography, block printing, illustrations, and the list goes on. My shop has grown in more ways than one, so it felt like the perfect time to give it a new space right here on my website.

I have worked hard to provide a calming place on the internet for all to come and reflect on the goodness of God and I am excited for this new shop to be an extension of that, so you not only come here for my posts, but also come here to find those special daily reminders to display in your home, wear on your jacket, read during your quiet time, and give as gifts to encourage loved ones.

Just two more weeks and the brand new shop will be launched! I hope you will be there to celebrate this new chapter with me and find some special items that remind you of the hope we have in Christ. 🖤

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Jesus Block Print Process / New Shop Update

Hi everybody!

A couple weeks ago, I announced I will be opening a new shop on March 8, 2021 right here on my website. So many of you reached out to share your excitement and encouragements, which truly blessed me – thank you! I actually was super hesitant to make the announcement, because at the time, I was really struggling to figure out how to get my shop built on here and was seriously doubting if I’d be able to make it happen. It took three days of learning before I made any visible progress, but I’m happy to say nearly all my existing products are loaded to the new shop! Praise God!!

Now that I’ve started figuring out the technical side of things, the website building part of it has gotten a bit more fun. But, the funnest part has been creating new products! Above is a video of my new Jesus block print, which will be available in black or blue ink as an 8×10″ print. I already have this one hanging in my office and I love the modern touch it adds to my space. A handful of my new products were inspired by mid-century modern graphic design and I’m so excited to add this type of work to my collection. It’s been super fun experimenting with different ways to create pieces that point us back to God and His Word.

Stay tuned for more updates and previews of what’s to come! I’m grateful for a community of people who are excited right along with me. 🖤 Your enthusiasm is great motivation, so thank you so much for your love and support!

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John 14:6

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6 ESV

Jesus Himself clearly tells us that He is the way – the way of truth, the way to eternal life, and the way we come to God the Father. Without faith in Christ, we are separated from God.

This verse takes me back to a time when I was a senior in high school, before I put my faith in Christ, I was attending a Q&A session where students could ask faith leaders tough questions. One of the questions asked was, “As Christians, what do we say to our friends of other faiths?” A woman I really looked up to at the time responded, “We encourage them to be the best follower of whatever religion they belong to.” I don’t remember her exact words as she expanded on her answer, but the clear idea was that no matter what we believe in, if we follow that faith wholeheartedly, it honors the one true God the same and all leads to heaven.

I remember sitting in the group feeling conflicted. On one hand, this would make my life a whole lot easier. If faith ever came up with friends and there were conflicting beliefs, I didn’t have to have an awkward conversation or evangelize. But on the other hand, I wondered, then what was the point of Jesus dying for our sins if all faiths lead to heaven?

This idea that all roads lead to the same God and/or heaven is called universalism. It’s a super common belief in our culture and, sadly, even in many churches. On the surface, it may seem like the most loving belief. If all faiths lead to the same god, then we don’t have to have tough conversations, hurt anyone’s feelings, or make anyone uncomfortable. It’s the “you do you” mentality and the idea that one faith doesn’t suit all people for all time.

But, if we dive deeper into this belief, we start to see it crumble. If God doesn’t care if you worship Jesus, then why would He send Him? Out of His great love, God the Father sent His only Son to die on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins and be raised from the dead so we could be declared righteous in His sight and promised eternal life. God sent His perfect Son to die the most gruesome, torturous, completely undeserved death for utterly unworthy sinners. Why would God go through all that if He was indifferent to what we believed in?

If universalism were true, it would make Christ’s sacrifice meaningless. It wouldn’t have been necessary at all, but we read throughout Scripture that it was necessary from the very beginning. The human connection to God was broken in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve took the bite of the forbidden fruit. It was Adam’s sin that led to condemnation for us all, but it was also through one Man’s righteous act that many will be made righteous.

“Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.” -Romans 5:18-19 ESV (emphasis added)

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, […] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” -Ephesians 2:4-6 & 8-9 ESV (emphasis added)

God clearly states, many times in His Word, that there is only one way to Himself – one way to salvation, one way to forgiveness of sin, one way to eternal life in heaven, one way that is true. Universalism contradicts what God Himself has said for thousands of years. He does not change, nor does He contradict Himself. Universalism is a works-based mentality that is also contrary to Scripture. It’s the idea that if we just live as good people, doing good works, faithful to whatever god we believe in, that will be enough. It is by the grace of Jesus Christ alone, through faith in Jesus Christ alone that we are saved, not by works. It’s entirely a gift from God! And while universalism seems like the most open-minded belief, it is actually completely closed-minded to the almighty power of God – that He truly came to save people of all walks of life (Galatians 3:28) and has complete power to do so through one man – Jesus Christ!

Almost two years after that Q&A session, I came to faith in Christ and quickly learned that universalism and Christianity cannot coexist. Universalism embraces the world and its ever-changing ideologies and religions, true Christian faith embraces the one true God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We can either choose to believe in Him or not, but what is true will always remain: Faith in Jesus is the only way. Jesus + nothing = salvation. 🖤


Response

If you have already placed your faith in Christ, reflect on God’s goodness today and praise Him for all He has done for you!

If you have not put your faith in Christ, you can do so right now! Make this prayer your own today and continue praying to Jesus and studying the Bible each day. He loves you and wants a relationship with you!

Jesus, I believe You are God. You are the only way, the truth and the life. I confess that I am a sinner and that there are no works I can do to become right with you. I believe you died on the cross in my place and rose from the dead so that my sins would be forgiven in full – so that I could experience new life in You. Thank You for loving me and for this undeserved gift of grace! I am ready to turn from my old beliefs and sinful ways of living to follow you with my whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. Continue to grow my trust in You and show me how to walk in Your ways for the rest of my life. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, please reach out to me! I would love to hear from you, and as your sister in Christ, welcome you into God’s family and offer guidance in any way you might need. 🖤 Whether it’s me or someone else… tell someone about your new faith in Christ!

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My feelings are not God.

“My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God’s Word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes – many times – my feelings are out of sync with the truth. When that happens – and it happens every day in some measure – I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth.” -John Piper

I came across this quote recently on Pinterest and it spoke to me personally, but I also believe it’s such an important word for the times we’re living in.

In the second half of Isaiah 45:19, God says, “I the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right.” We can trust God’s complete written Word. He speaks through His Word with intent, which means His Word was not made for us to read our own interpretation into based on our feelings. He had specific purposes in all He said and wants to communicate with us and it’s through the power of the Spirit and diligent study of the Bible with a reliable translation that we learn God’s original intent. (I mention reliable translation, because sadly not all translations are reliable. Stick to word-for-word translations like the ESV and NASB.) It also can be helpful to invest in a good study Bible. My favorites are the ESV Study Bible and The ESV Keyword Study Bible, which gives you the ability to reference key words in the original Hebrew and Greek.

A good Bible is our foundation in learning to interpret God’s Word accurately, and of course, it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to understand what His Word says. But, we are also called to learn about Him in community. Belonging to a church that preaches directly from the Bible and studying the Bible with other women has been huge in my personal growth and I know it is because that is God’s design for the church!

I mention all of this, because it’s in knowing God and what He has spoken through the Bible that we are able to see when our feelings are out of sync with the truth. Without the Word of God grounding us, we are much more easily tempted to bend the truth to align with our feelings, instead of comparing our feelings to what is true. It’s in understanding what God says in His Word and trusting what He says is true that we are able to tell if our feelings are accurate perceptions of the world around us.

We hear phrases like, “Your feelings are valid,” and “Do what makes you happy,” or “Speak your truth,” all the time in our culture. Our feelings are very real, but are they always valid? I think about when I was a young girl and would I’d get mad at my sisters for stealing something of mine, but I’d later find I just misplaced it. Were those feelings really valid? What if what makes us happy is actually harming us? Even good things can become idols and unhealthy obsessions. And what if our perceptions of truth are merely things we learned from life’s experiences, but aren’t grounded in anything beyond our own understanding? God says in Proverbs 3:5 ESV, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Emphasis added).

We must be grounded in God’s Word to be able to perceive our feelings and what’s happening in the world around us accurately. When was the last time you prayed for godly wisdom? For God to transform your feelings to align them to what He says is true? These can be hard questions, but they are essential to our growth. It is typically so much easier to see these pitfalls in others, so ask God to reveal your own blindspots.

Here’s a prayer to you can make your own today:

Heavenly Father, You are good and Your Word is true. I confess (insert your sins, shortcomings, struggles, etc). I am grateful for Your patience with me when I mess up. Thank You for (insert what He taught you or reminded you of today). Father, I pray You will give me wisdom and align my thoughts to what You say is true. Give me discernment to understand the difference between worldly “wisdom” and true wisdom that comes from You. Reveal my blindspots. Give me a greater hunger for Your Word and fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I may accurately understand what’s true. (Add any additional requests you have.) In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

TRUST GOD | Be reminded continually that Jesus can be trusted. Always. 🖤

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Psalm 63:3

“Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” -Psalm 63:3 ESV

That word steadfast has been one of my favorite words lately. I’ve reflected on it so many times over the past year during my quiet time meditation. According to dictionary.com, steadfast means to be fixed or firm in a direction or purpose – unwavering. The the word for steadfast in the original Hebrew word is chesed (pronounced kheh’-sed) and it refers to God’s devout loving-kindness, mercy, and faithfulness at the very core of His character and actions.

God is steadfast. Therefore, His love is steadfast – unwavering, faithful, and kind.

Pause for a moment. Can you think of a moment in your life where you experienced God’s loving-kindness and mercy? I can think of several off the top of my head, but ultimately, I think back to the Gospel.

The ultimate display of God’s steadfast love for humanity was the Father, sending His perfect Son to die on behalf of undeserving sinners and be raised from the dead to promise new, eternal life to all who put their faith in Him alone. I think of the kindness displayed through the Holy Spirit who, by His grace, softens our hearts to the Gospel message so we are able to put our faith in Christ. Then, He goes even further in His loving-kindness by making our hearts His dwelling place, sealing us with the promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

To fully understand the Gospel, we have to be willing to acknowledge the seriousness of our sin. According to God’s perfect and complete written Word, the righteous and just punishment for sin is hell. Acknowledging this truth can make us very uncomfortable – so uncomfortable, we tend to skip this part when thinking of our own sin or in proclaiming the Gospel to others. But, taking this step is what leads to repentance. In fact, it is the crucial step we must take in order to fully appreciate the magnitude of this beautiful gift of salvation and new life in Christ. When we accept the reality of hell and agree with God that we are sinners in need of a Savior, we are able to understand the Gospel with the proper perspective. He didn’t have to make a way, yet He made a way. He didn’t do it because we deserved it, He did it because His steadfast love is at the very core of His character.

In Christ, we are given new life. All other roads lead to hell. His steadfast love is truly better than anything life apart from Him can offer. And wherever you are in our faith journey, whether you are a new Christian, or you have been following Him for decades, the good news of the Gospel will forever be at the center of our praise and worship.

We never outgrow the power of the Gospel.

REJOICE ALWAYS | Remember to praise God for His steadfast love wherever you go.

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More exciting news to share with you…

I have been dying to share some exciting news with you, but life keeps happening and this announcement just keeps getting pushed out. You ready? How about a little back story first?

About three weeks before Thanksgiving, I decided it was finally time for me to open my own, independent online shop. I started researching e-commerce platforms, even started building a shop. But, then I realized I was way in over my head if I was going to get it all done well before the holiday shopping rush. And, you definitely don’t want to work through new shop hiccups during that time. So, I put it on hold, determining it would be my top priority for 2021.

Then, I got back from my Christmas break and decided, social media just wasn’t for me anymore. I just had to get off for my own sanity and to be obedient to what I felt the Lord was leading me to do. So, getting this website updated and getting my social media followers over here and to a new and improved mailing list became my top priority.

We’re a few weeks into this new change and I’m still figuring out how to continue reaching people outside this community, but I determined I was finally ready to move forward, get to work, get a date on the calendar, and get this new and improved shop launched! So, mark your calendars for March 8th!

I am so excited for this fresh start! As I’ve thought about what I want this new shop to include and convey to my community, it’s these four main changes that come to mind:

  • More handmade and original artwork
    • I have collected quite a few original pieces from my favorite artists and I appreciate their unique details, vibrant colors, value, and what emotions they bring to my heart. I wanted to provide that for my community as well – and the block print in the video above is just one of a handful of original pieces I’ve been working on behind the scenes!
  • More American-made products
    • I don’t have the capacity or resources to create every physical product by hand, so when I need to work with another company to bring a product to life, I am making a commitment to being more intentional about working with other small shops and businesses that manufacture in America. Why? Because I am grateful for this country and there are so many amazing, hardworking people right here to be discovered and supported.
  • More earth-friendly packaging
    • We are called by God to be good stewards of the earth and it just doesn’t sit right with me that running an online shop = a lot of waste. I’ve chosen to invest in better packaging and shipping materials that can be recycled or composted. So please help me by recycling your packages after receiving your orders! 😉
  • A better shopping experience for this community
    • I am so grateful for Etsy and would not be where I am today without that platform, but over the past few years, there have been a lot of changes I haven’t loved, from both a shop owner and customer perspective. I wanted to create a space away from all that so we all can have a better, more peaceful and enjoyable shopping experience centered on, you guessed it, JESUS!

Anyway, stay tuned for more updates as this launch date approaches! Along with this launch will be LOTS of new products I hope to reveal as March 8th approaches!

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Isaiah 26:3

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” -Isaiah 26:3 ESV

My husband encouraged me to meditate on this verse, because lately, I’ve been feeling pretty anxious and fearful about the future.

Meditation is biblical, but there is a way to meditate that’s in line with God’s Word and a way that’s not. No where in the Bible does God command us to empty our minds or repeat mantras in a way that many understand meditation today. What God does say about meditation is found in Psalm 1:2 ESV which says, “but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” In other words, proper, biblical meditation is actively thoughtful. It involves deep reflection on the Word and ways of God and how to apply the truth to our lives. Knowing what the Bible says is one thing, but applying the teachings is where transformation happens.

As I meditate on this verse in that way, the truth that comes to mind is this:

When we put all our trust in Jesus, He will keep us in perfect peace.

Easier said than done! The Lord has been convicting me through recent experiences and a message at church that I have been applying this truth circumstantially (and not very well, I might add) and forgetting that when our eyes are fixed on Jesus, when all of our trust is truly in Him, we experience this perfect peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

This is not a one-time thing. It’s a constant decision and I’ve been getting that wrong in this area of my walk with the Lord. The best way I can describe it is like how I have been treating some shoulder pain I’ve been having recently. When they hurt, I take a Tylenol or rest on the couch, which provides relief, but I’m not getting to the root of the issue. Why do my shoulders hurt? What could I be doing to adjust my posture or strengthen and loosen my muscles? A lot! It’s the same with this scripture passage. When I’m fearful and anxious, I focus on my breathing, I lie down, I vent (complain), I’ll even say a quick prayer or remember scripture passages like Philippians 4:6 (sadly, oftentimes an afterthought). I’ll find some peace in the moment, but when anxiety hits again, I fumble through this same process. Does that sound like perfect peace?

I’ve been treating this truth like Tylenol. I remember helpful verses in the moment and it provides temporary relief. But what if I take it a step further and make prayer and meditation my first response? And even when the fears and anxiousness subside, what if I continued meditating on the truth that we do not need to fear because God is with us and promises to strengthen us (Isaiah 41:10)? What if I incorporated that into more of my praise and worship and regularly confessed where my trust is weak? Wouldn’t that be a better, wiser approach?

Again, easier said than done. But, I wanted to share these thoughts with you today, because many close to me, including myself, are wrestling with anxiety and fears of all kinds, so I think it’s safe to assume many of you are with us in these struggles. You’re not alone! And I know God intends to grow us through it.

How are you coping with fear and anxiety? Are you trusting God fully? Are you trusting He is faithful to keep His promises? That He will care for you when you bring your anxieties to Him (1 Peter 5:7)? That He will keep you in perfect peace when you submit your thoughts to Him and trust Him fully with everything?

Keep your thoughts fixed on Him. I’ll leave you with one more verse so we can all learn to better apply these truths to our lives at all times and experience His promise of perfect peace:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” -Philippians 4:8-9 ESV

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Ephesians 2:4-5

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved” -Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV

Without faith in Christ, we are all dead in our sins. Each and every one of us are children of wrath. BUT GOD, in His great and rich mercy, deeply loves us, because He alone is good. Out of His great love for us, God the Father sent His perfect and only Son to die the death we deserved and be raised from the dead so that we too could be raised to new, eternal life in Christ!

It is by grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ alone that we become children of God and receive the Holy Spirit, who is the seal and guarantee of our inheritance of eternal life in Christ. When we repent of our sins and accept Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf – His amazing gift of grace – though we still sin, we are declared “not guilty” in the eyes of our Creator and perfect Judge.

Friends, we will either be children of God or children of wrath. We will either receive mercy or judgment. God is just in both His mercy and judgment. If you have not put your faith in Christ, accept Jesus’ gift of grace. It’s because of His great love that you are offered this gift. It is not based on your perception of how good you are or have been throughout your life. None of us are enough. But, Jesus loves anyway. Run to Him. He is enough.


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