What to Lose: My List of Failures

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 2 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Micah 7:8 The Dreaded Feeling of Failure Although I know God can redeem my life from any sin or mistake I have made, there is something about failure that makes me want to crawl into a hole and hide. I have a hard time getting past the self-inflicted shame I feel when I’ve messed up in a pretty big way. Perhaps it’s the uncomfortable feeling of humiliation or the countless eyes of scrutiny that I perceive to be upon me. Maybe it’s the quiet, underlying feeling that somehow in relation to others, Read More

I Am Life

Jesus is Life Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” John 14:6 Jesus Christ is life. He is our whole life and apart from Him we have nothing. He is the beating of our hearts, the breath in our lungs, and the blood pulsing through our veins. His name is a constant chorus in our hearts, stirring within us during the most ordinary moments of life and rising up like fire in our souls in our most exhilarating moments with Him. How we long to shout His name for the whole world to hear! He alone is worthy of the awe and praise of every single soul on this earth, for He holds the key to truth, life, and every Read More

The Race

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 Maybe by now you’ve heard I ran up a hill. That’s right…all the way up a hill! When I set my sights on Jesus, he makes me want to start running and never back down. He sets my mind on a course of victory for the glory of his name, and I want to give Him everything I’ve got. I may be in a heap when I cross the finish line, but I will know I have run with purpose; I will know that nothing Read More

Freedom

This is where true freedom begins: realizing that this life is but a shadow of what is to come. Before I trusted in Christ, I saw the minutes, hours, and days of my life as the only time I had. That was it. Eternity did not register in my mind. And honestly, since this life was all I had, it was pretty depressing because I felt so inconsequential and ordinary. I felt somewhat random, like a dandelion seed blowing in the wind. Who knew where I would land? And if I did land, would I grow into something wonderful or not? I wondered what it would take to make my life great and full of purpose. I wondered what I could do to soar above Read More

A Life like His

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25 As Jesus spoke these words to his disciples, how deeply they must have resounded in his own heart. For as they poured forth from his lips, a portrait of his own life came alive, a picture of his own complete sacrifice. Although these words were aimed as his disciples, they were words that were written all over his life story. From the moment his feet touched this earth, Jesus’ purpose would not be to save his life, but to lose Read More