Posts in Ryan-Midday
Slow Down and Rest

I loved that last part - It’s not my job or your job to run the world! As a parent of young kids it sure does feel that way sometimes, doesn’t it?!? However, Max is spot-on - even us parents need to be reminded that God is in control. Want to do something bold and courageous in your faith this week? Stop - and rest in Jesus!

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Keep On Going

When staring down the impossible Moses looked to the one person who could provide the strength he needed - God - and found the courage to press on. We are offered that same gift as well. Do you feel like giving up today? Follow the example of Moses and fix your eyes on Jesus - he’ll provide the strength and courage you need.

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The Prison of Want (and how to escape)

We can never obtain something better than God. If you’re in Christ, you already have more than the richest person without Christ could ever hope to gain. If you’re feeling trapped by the things of this world, open your Bible to Psalm 23 and grab hold of the key to open the door of that prison - “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

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Great News! (or as MercyMe says, it's the Best News Ever!)

On our second night in the wilderness, we slept in the open on a sandy beach next to the river. In the middle of the night I woke up, put on my glasses, and stared up at the countless brilliant stars twinkling above in the heavens. I stopped for a moment to ponder the fact God knew each and every one of those stars - and he knew me. Tears filled my eyes as I wept for joy; God knew me, loved me, had forgiven me and set me free from bonds I thought could never be broken. I still tear up every time I think about it.

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Quiet My Pain (Finding Rest in Jesus)

I did not have a good night last night; a discussion about current events triggered some powerful emotions around an area of my deepest pain, which triggered not only overwhelming anxiety but also caused my chronic pain to flare up as well. My mind raced as I struggled to fall asleep; over and over again I threw myself before the mercy seat of Christ, asking him to replace anxiety with peace and fill my mind with the truth that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

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Magnify Your Maker

My life is by no means perfect (whose is right?), and I recognize many areas where I have lots of work to do, but most of the time these days I have a smile on my face, if not on my heart. The gifts God has given me are no longer locked up at home, hidden away in a dark place filled with fear, anxiety, and foreboding.

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Listening to the Word

I’m flying with my wife and kids to Las Vegas in a few weeks; I know my first instinct will be to ignore the safety presentation and read a book - but I know from my favorite show “Air Disasters” in an emergency it may cost my own life and the lives of my wife and kids. So it is with Jesus - we need to be men and women who truly hear the Word!

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An Unlikely Prospect (You never know who might be interested in Jesus...)

…Jesus himself said he came to “seek and save the lost,” and that it’s not the healthy who need a physician, but the sick. Take a moment and think about your church - is it a place someone like the biker dude above would feel welcome and wanted? How about your own home? Are we more interested in our own comfort and maintaining the status quo, or do we really love the lost like Jesus?

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Skewed View or True Love? A Valentine's Day reflection on love

I think so many of us (men included) go into marriage thinking we have this “love” thing down; I mean everything feels so exciting and awesome - how could that ever change? Then comes work, kids, toilet seats left up at night, sleep interrupted by snoring and wet beds, poopy diapers, piles of laundry, missed calls, mixed messages… I think this is where my friend Emily’s comment about the mirror comes in; I think marriage can often reveal just how selfish our motives can be; love can easily become about fulfilling my needs and making me feel accepted, wanted, and desired.

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Seen by God

God saw Hagar; he sees you and I as well. Sometimes that’s all we need - a gentle reminder that God sees, cares, loves, and has a plan and purpose for our lives. May he open the eyes of our hearts today to know that yes, we are seen.

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