I know it’s oversimplified to say you shouldn’t let your emotional and spiritual state be determined by what’s going on around you, or by what others say and do. You already know that. You’ve posted memes about it. But when life gets difficult, it’s still so easy to forget.

Even if it hasn’t seemed like it lately, Jesus is still where he’s always been, right there with you. Give him the freedom to speak into every part of your life, renewing your thoughts, and healing your heart. Hear what he’s saying about who you are in him, and who he wants to be for you right now. The peace, wholeness, and love only he can give will empower you to see your life and your relationships as he does again.

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you” (Isaiah 41:10a).

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