Here is an encouraging article for all of the grandparents (and the parents of the grandkids)! From Crosswalk.com…………
A great reminder here that a smooth, easy life is not usually a sign of God’s blessings, and difficulties and trials are not necessarily a sign that God has left you —- quite the opposite, in fact! From Fight of Faith blog………….
Benefits of Practicing Solitude
Solitude well practiced will break the power of busyness, haste, isolation, and loneliness. You will see that the world is not on your shoulders after all. You will find yourself, and God will find you in new ways. Joy and peace will begin to bubble up within you and arrive from things and events around you. Praise and prayer will come to you and from within you. With practice, the “soul anchor” established in solitude will remain solid when you return to your ordinary life with others.
From The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship. Copyright © 2006 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
All Are Blessed in the Kingdom of God
Jesus announced in the Beatitudes that even the most deprived and insignificant people on earth could be blessed by living in the kingdom: the poor, those who were grief-stricken, those without reputation or standing (the meek), and so forth. About them he said, “Blessed are they, for theirs is the kingdom of God” (Matt. 5:3–10; Luke 6:20–23). The blessedness was not in their condition of being poor, mournful, or disrespected. They were blessed because they could enter the kingdom, and to be in the kingdom means to be blessed no matter what else happens. They can rest in that. Their future in God is secured, and their present condition redeemed. Forever. No matter what.
From Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge. Copyright © 2009 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
The kind of bleesings available from God is so much more than just “health and wealth.” I invite you to read this short article from Crossway………………
Another in a series of sermons by Pastor Andrew Farley on lies some Christians believe. If the pandemic and the wrecking of our economy has not shaken this erroneous belief from some who hold to this belief, I don’t know what will! But maybe this sermon will help………………..