Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Trust In God

There is nothing we struggle with more often as humans than trust.

It's hard to know who we can rely on. It's easy to become jaded by people breaking our trust over time. But there is one who will never leave us or forsake us, who will give us the help and guidance that we need to get through life.

God is someone who we can trust and depend on always.

And trust means letting go and letting him take control.

Trust means knowing that God knows what's best more than me and accepting that.

It means embracing God's strength and knowing that no matter what we are going to be okay.

Trust in God is what we need. Not trust in man.

God is never going to disappoint us or leave us. He will be with us through all of the hard times that we face.

God knows what is best for us. He knows it more than we do.

And we need to trust him to take care of us and all of our needs, all of the time.

When we can do that, we will feel better about the life we are living.

Giving up and trusting fully is often a struggle. But it is worth it in the end.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Perfection Is Unattainable

Perfection is unattainable. No matter how hard we try. Perfection is not a reality. That's a fact. And we will only wear ourselves down if we try for it.

We're not made to be perfect. Only God is perfect.

When we live our lives with the thought that we can be perfect we will wear ourselves out. Because, as many times as we turn the other cheek, as many times as we give all that we can to the poor, we will still mess up. We will still be imperfect.

And that's okay.

Jesus paid the price for us on the cross. He died for our sins and imperfections. He lived a holy, perfect life on earth. He gave us a great example to follow. But perfection for us won't come here on earth.

There are always going to be imperfections in our lives. There are going to be little things that we do wrong. There are going to be bad things that will happen to us. This earthly life is not made to be perfect. But one day we will be in a perfect place.

Heaven will be everything that we could hope for, more than we could dream of, more perfect than anything we could imagine.

Heaven is perfection.

Jesus is perfect.

We are not.

The sooner we let go and realize how imperfect we are, the sooner we will feel free. We will find it easy to follow Jesus's example only when we realize that we will never measure up to him. We will be better people, happier, more forgiving and loving and caring when we know that we all have imperfections and always will.

We will be at our best when we look to our savior for perfection. When we fully accept the grace that only he can provide. When we know that only he can cover our sins.

No good we do could ever erase the wrongs we have done. Striving for perfection would not lead us into heaven. Jesus is the only way. The only truth. The only life.

God's ways are perfect. God's love is perfect. We are his creation, and he wants us to follow him. He wants us to be good, but to know that we are flawed and are in need of a savior.

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
1 John 4:14

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:36

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Beautiful Nature

Last month, Emily and I and two of our brothers went on a short road trip to the Duluth, MN area.

From the gorgeous sunrise over Lake Superior to the ice and snow covered hills and rocks, there was so much beauty to take in.

I love traveling and seeing different areas of the country. God has created so much variety in nature for us to enjoy.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good...
Genesis 1:31

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

God Is Faithful In His Promises

God is faithful in all of his promises...

He promises that the earth will stay the same, as long as it endures...

And he promises comfort and joy in Heaven...

He loves us. And he promises to never leave us.

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

If Life Was Fair

How simple would life be if only it was fair?

Then we could stop asking questions like, why me? Why did this have to happen? Why do bad things happen to good people?

It’s easy to get caught up in these questions and to long for an answer to them. And it’s not always so simple to know the answer. There isn’t always going to be a reason that we see for why something bad happened.

But God is always in control.

We can always trust in him.

That is one thing that we can cling to through those “why” moments. Another beautiful thing to cling to is the fact that even though life is not fair, Heaven will be perfect. We have an eternal life to look forward to. God never promised us that this life was going to be easy or perfect, he, in fact, told us that it wouldn’t be, but something better is to come.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-4

It would be nice if life was fair and we didn’t have to ask the “why” questions, but it isn’t. And, when the pains and struggles of this world overwhelm us, we need to set our minds on what is to come. Because, this life may be filled with pain, but in Heaven God will wipe every tear from our eyes.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.” 
Revelation 21:4

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

God Has Plans For Each Of Us... Learning From The Bible

God gives us many instructions and commands in the Bible. When we read it we can see how to live our lives in the best way. The more we study it the more we realize how much he loves us, and that that is why he is giving us the commands that he is.

God wants what is best for us, his creation. He wants us to treat others kindly, and he wants ut to be successful. He wants us to prosper.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

It doesn't mean that things are going to turn out perfectly all of the time. We can see that by studying the Bible and those in it. We know that they faced struggles. Paul was persecuted for his faith and put in prison, John the Baptist was beheaded, and so on. But God will be with us.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
2 Peter 1:5-7

God's instructions are clear. He wants ut to be kind. To be good. To have self-control and to live the way that he wants us to. God has given us so much, and it is only right to give back to him.

There is so much to be grateful for in life. For our family. For our talents. For freedom. For health. For the food to eat and the clothes to wear. God has never gotten us, and he will never forget us. He knows our needs and he will look out for us and give us what is right. Does that mean that life will always be easy? No. But we can trust in him through everything we face.

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

We can be strong in him. Through everything that we face we can know that he is with us. We don't have to be afraid of our enemies. We don't have to worry about anything. We just need to be strong and to know that he is there for us.

God loves us so much and he wants us to see that. He wants to live our lives in a way that reflect him. He wants people to see that we are unafraid because we trust in him.

So, we should all realize how precious it is to read our Bibles. We should draw encouragement from what we read and try to live in a way that honors God. 

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Go To God For Rest... Embracing Peace In 2018

Go to God for rest...

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

Don't we all wish it was easier to fully embrace the comfort that God offers? He provides us with rest. He knows us and loves us and wants what is best for us. He doesn't want us to fear or worry. He wants us to know him and to trust that he is going to do what is best for us.

God wants to give us rest. And, as hard as it is to accept the help he is offering us, that is something that we all should try to do. To embrace the peace that he is offering. To know that he is going to take care of us.

I need to strive to accept the rest and comfort that God offers me because I know that he cares about me. And I know that the worries of this world will not last forever. This is a temporary life. As often as I get caught up in stress about what is going on now, it really doesn't matter.

What does matter is God. Doing the right thing. Living for him.

So, I should take the rest that God provides because I know that he wants what is best for me. He loves me and wants to make me at my best. When I feel rested in him I will be able to live out my life in a good way. I can share his love with others better when I am not worried or exhausted.

I need to learn to trust in God. To rest in him. To know that he wants what is best for me and that when I follow his lead I will never go wrong.

God wants to give each one of us rest, and I hope that is something that we can all learn to accept as we start out the year 2018.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken