Kirstyn Mayden is a Christian blogger who writes devotionals that empower and equip believers in their everyday lives. She is a wife, Mom, and loves Jesus. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. For the last 20 years, Kirstyn has served in several ministry capacities. She has a passion to serve with women empowering them to grow and live out their God-given purpose. Currently, she serves alongside her husband in ministry in West Virginia. She is the author of Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal for Moving Forward with Grace Each Day. Connect with Kirstyn’s blog here.
While God has called each of us for a unique purpose, burnout is real and we want to make sure that we are being filled up. God wants us to live whole, abundant lives (John 10:10) and not to simply survive.
Whether you are currently dealing with seasonal depression or have done so in the past, there is good news! God is present with you and you are not alone. There are numerous opportunities, and resources to support you in moving forward and finding community.
God’s grace and mercy is available to us, but we often have a difficult time receiving it each day. No one is perfect and we all fall short daily. Mistakes happen, we try again and move forward. When we do fall short, God desires for us to grow, learn and draw closer to Him for guidance and direction.
But instead of clinging to God, we often are hard on ourselves for our shortcomings, and we can be our own harshest critics. We place unrealistic expectations on ourselves and others, trying to handle everything within our own strength. The good news is that God’s grace is a free gift for all believers and covers us, strengthening us to move forward.
If you have been overly critical and struggling to receive God’s amazing grace and mercy, here are five uplifting reasons to so today:
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Navigating unexpected circumstances can be challenging, but we don’t have to go through them alone. If you are facing an unexpected new move, illness, job loss, strained relationship, or change of course, don’t lose heart. God will cover you and provide you with peace when you don’t see the way forward.
We all worry and have daily anxieties that keep us up at night. However, there is good news today. God is with us when we worry.
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Life gets busy fast, and despite our best hopes and efforts, sometimes we get wrapped up in other things and begin to feel far from God. When you find yourself in this season, take heart! God is always ready to welcome you back as you seek Him! Try one of these five ways to reconnect with Him when you've been feeling distant.
November rings in the holidays and the season of thankfulness. But the Bible tells us that we should give thanks every day of the year! That can feel like a big ask sometimes, but whether it feels easy or difficult to be thankful, our Father in Heaven loves to hear our prayers of thanksgiving.
Grace is a free gift given to Christians at salvation. Despite our sinful nature, God’s grace and favor is available. Why is it important to receive God’s grace and view it as the amazing gift it is? It is important because it allows us to live and walk in a state of continual humility and repentance. God’s grace provides us hope that there is forgiveness and redemption for our sin, and that each day is another opportunity to extend that same grace to others.
Grace is not given to a select few, but to all who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Whatever season or situation you may currently be facing, God’s grace is available to you. Below are five comforting verses that encourage and remind us of the power of receiving God’s grace in our lives.
Like Hannah, we also face difficult challenges and difficult seasons in life, but being diligent in seeking God in prayer will guide, uplift, and encourage us to move forward in faith. Our circumstances may not always yield our desired outcome, but God wants us to continuously pray to Him with courage, boldness, and expectation.
Times are tough for so many of us right now. Whether it's financial trouble, health concerns, or anxiety over political issues and current events, there is plenty to worry about. 1 Peter 5:7 says to cast all our anxieties on Christ, but in the midst of so much stress, we could all use a little reminder. Here are five beautiful Psalms that offer comfort in chaotic times.