"keep a cool head. stay alert. the devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. keep your guard up. you're not the only one plunged into these hard times. it's the same with christians all over the world. so keep a firm grip on the faith. the suffering won't last forever. it won't be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ- eternal and glorious plans they are!- will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does." 1peter5:8-11
this is Christ's body, broken for you.
this is Christ's blood, shed for the forgiveness of your sins.
"'O SOVERIEGN LORD,
I CAN'T SPEAK FOR YOU!
I'M TOO YOUNG!'
'you must go wherever i send you
and say what i tell you.
don't be afraid of people,
for i will be with you
and i will protect you.'"
There's more to living for God than happy moments and feel-good encouragement. Through scripture, through Jeremiah-like friends, and through tough circumstances, God can pursue us and stretch us. But it's never random. It's never pointless. God always has a plan and we are always in His hands.