There should be no assumption that people who follow Jesus and have a relationship with him understand all there is to be known about God. He has revealed himself to us in that we can know him and trust him, but there will always be more to discover. After all, if we could understand and know everything about him, he wouldn’t be God.
Your child's value is not based on their performance. Your child is made in the image of God and that is where their value is found. Please remind your child that they are valuable and that their performance - good or bad - will never change your love for them. Please remind them that you accept them and that you are committed to them no matter what happens.
As the group chatted about this and the conversation moved along I decided to flip open my bible and read the entire passage. Sometimes I forget the importance of putting in the little bit of extra effort to grasp the entire circumstance within which the verse was originally said. I'm glad I did go and look, because what I found astounded me.
We might find a clue by considering Ephesians 2.10 which says, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared for us before hand, that we should walk in them." Again we are met with this concept of "beforehand."
I love sharing the encouragement and truths that are found in the Holy Bible. Here I've shared some verses which have been helpful for me and highlight the love of Jesus and remind us of what Easter is all about. All you need to do is hover your mouse over each reference, or tap your screen with your finger (on mobile devices) and the verses will pop up. Obviously, this list is not exhaustive. If you have a verse you'd like to share, please do so in the comments!
Those of you who know me well have likely received a yes from me when providing me with two or more options. For example, "Would you like a slice of pumpkin pie or rhubarb pie?" Yes. "Do you want to have pizza or pasta for dinner?" Yes. Very much yes.
Prayer that works has nothing to do with being somebody special. There aren't any tricks, or magic words, or anything of that sort which increases the likelihood of our prayers being heard. What matters is that we actually pray and do so with faith that the One we are praying to can do something about it.
For a long time I found myself sitting somewhere between finding it difficult to set apart time to pray and feeling as if I couldn't be holy enough to be heard.