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Jesus said, “Take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)

Jesus said, “Take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)

“The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1) Lord Jesus Christ, you are the desire of my heart always.

“The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1) Lord Jesus Christ, you are the desire of my heart always.

In his secret journal Henri Nouwen records the way the divine whisper came across to him:  You have to trust the place that is solid, the place where you can say yes to God’s love even when you do not feel it. Right now you feel nothing except emptiness and the lack of strength to choose. But keep saying, “God loves me, and God’s love is enough.” You have to choose the solid place over and over again and return to it after every failure. (p 8)

In his secret journal Henri Nouwen records the way the divine whisper came across to him: You have to trust the place that is solid, the place where you can say yes to God’s love even when you do not feel it. Right now you feel nothing except emptiness and the lack of strength to choose. But keep saying, “God loves me, and God’s love is enough.” You have to choose the solid place over and over again and return to it after every failure. (p 8)

We can abide in Scripture to grow in our intimacy with the Lord, appreciating one of his names or an aspect of his character: “Be still and know that I am _______.” (Fill in the blank with the name or characteristic of God that you especially need to connect with now, e.g., Provider, Healer, Counselor, Wonderful, Father, etc.)

We can abide in Scripture to grow in our intimacy with the Lord, appreciating one of his names or an aspect of his character: “Be still and know that I am _______.” (Fill in the blank with the name or characteristic of God that you especially need to connect with now, e.g., Provider, Healer, Counselor, Wonderful, Father, etc.)

Offer in all difficult situations. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ 1 Thes

Jesus shows us that by relying on his grace we too can learn to have joy, peace, and power in our trials and to love our enemies. #Savior #pastors #ministry #soulshepherding

Jesus shows us that by relying on his grace we too can learn to have joy, peace, and power in our trials and to love our enemies. #Savior #pastors #ministry #soulshepherding

soul_shepherdingMaybe the longing of your heart is, “I need a friend.” I invite you to listen to #Jesus — our Lord and #Friend — with me. “Come to me,” he says. “Whoever believes in me, as the #Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-39).

soul_shepherdingMaybe the longing of your heart is, “I need a friend.” I invite you to listen to #Jesus — our Lord and #Friend — with me. “Come to me,” he says. “Whoever believes in me, as the #Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-39).

In his humanity #Jesus relied on #praying the #Psalms for comfort, wisdom, and worship in many different experiences. He needed the psalms because he felt all the same basic struggles and temptations that we do.

In his humanity #Jesus relied on #praying the #Psalms for comfort, wisdom, and worship in many different experiences. He needed the psalms because he felt all the same basic struggles and temptations that we do.

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