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Calming Anxious Minds

Title: Calming Anxious Minds
Artwork by: Emilia Ting (@emiliating_96)
Description: 
Like a sailor on stormy, unchartered waters, life’s storms can make us fearful and worried. However, with Christ in our vessel we can smile at the storm, safe in the knowledge that He will see us safely through to shore. So take a deep breath and hang on to that hope–you can cast your cares on Him!

 

The journey of our lives is often filled with uncertainty. Sometimes, we worry and panic when we think about what lies before us.

 

When storms threaten to rage against us, fear arise in our hearts and we begin to sink under the wave of our anxieties.

 

During times like these, it helps to keep our minds fixed on what matters most–and just keep going.

 

Instead of focusing on the waves, anchor our hope in God. He is like a steady lighthouse that will help us find our way.

 

Be still and trust in Him, and He will lead us safely away from the waves of this life, and onto the shore.

 

 

 

Finding Comfort On The Trail of Life

Title: Finding Comfort On The Trail of Life
Artwork by: McKenna McIntyre (@mckennacreates)
Description: Our journey to self-discovery isn’t always a clear path. We may face challenges or uncertainties about the future, but we must remember there is a plan for our lives, and that in this, we can find encouragement and hope to keep moving.

 

 

Sometimes in our life’s adventures we face obstacles

 

Or unclear directions

 

We might feel lost or uncertain about what lies ahead

 

But we must remember there is a plan mapped out for our lives, full of purpose and love

 

“Trust in the Lord and do good” and you will find fulfillment and joy in your journey. Psalm 37:3

 

The Great Unknown

Title: The Great Unknown
Materials: Illustration
Artwork by: Veronica Corre
Description: What comes to mind when you think of “the great unknown”? Do you picture something adventurous and exciting or something scary and uncomfortable? Oftentimes the phrase “the great unknown” is used to describe a place between the start and the end of a journey. It is the middle ground, the open space between destinations, and often, the home of obstacles and challenges.

It is not uncommon to feel slightly uneasy when thinking about “the great unknown”. It is undefined and unsettled. It is an arena where we have the choice of turning back to where we came from or leaning forward in the understanding that we are never traveling this space alone. From first to last step, God is walking right there beside us — guiding us and leading us — to move through “the great unknown” to a place where He makes all things known.

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

 

 

 

 

Help! I Can’t Find A Job

When I first started college, I happily charted out four years’ worth of classes. I was excited about what life would bring. Sure, I had to tweak my plans every semester or so, but I always had a plan, and things always worked out.

Then I graduated, and suddenly, I had no plan. Studying history was a wonderful experience, but the fact remains that there isn’t much of a market for history majors who do not want to teach. Week after week, I sent out job applications to organizations which had little to do with my field of study. And week after week, I received letters politely informing me that another candidate had been found. It was a tiring process.

After receiving one too many polite rejection letters, I finally realized that finding a job was simply beyond my ability. If it was not in line with God’s will, all my qualifications and charismatic personality (or so I would like to think) were not going to do the trick. As James 4:15 advises, “you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (NIV). Ultimately, I realized, God is in control, and He works for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Some days, it was hard to hold on to this promise. After all, I didn’t have a plan, and it wasn’t easy to rely fully on God. “If only I could get a job,” I thought, “then life would surely be settled!”

As the days turned into weeks and then months, however, I realized that I was putting life on hold until I got a job. Of course, I needed to keep sending out the applications, but I also had to recognize that there was more to life than waiting for the replies. I had this time in between school and job which I could learn to make use of. I needed to learn to live—now. After all, life does not start with a job.

I gradually learned to see every day as a gift from God (Psalm 118:24). I needed to trust that God had the best in store for me, job or no job. And in the meantime, I would learn to make full use of each day He blesses me with. To wake up each morning and draw my first breath, is a testimony to God’s goodness.

I have slowly woken up to the fact that I now have time to sit down and read, write, or just delve into the Bible. It is a luxury few people can afford. I have no classes to rush to. No job to be late for. No children demanding my attention. I am in a unique position of being able to lead life with few distractions. It is a gift that I have finally learned to recognize.

Perhaps it will be another six months before I land a job, or perhaps it will be a mere six days. I don’t know. What I do know is that I am alive today, and can experience the laughter or tears this day might bring. It is God’s gift to me, for which I am thankful.

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