TRAIN FOR YOUR DESTINY

WHEN A NEW YEAR DAWNS…

“New year, new me.

Sounds great on the surface.

But sometimes the weight of past disappointments can offset the hopeful impact built on the thin foundation of a single calendar date. Especially those of us who had our hopes up in New Year 2020.

But what if you had a hope built on the firmest foundation imaginable?”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2023/01/02/train-for-your-destiny

A SPIRIT OF GIVING

WHEN YOU’RE STRETCHED THIN…

“The holidays come with a special set of pressures.

Demands, obligations, and expectations swirl around us like no other time of year. Not to mention the potential for hurt feelings and conflict lurking around the corner of every close relationship.

And when our nerves inevitably get frayed, it’s easy to get down on ourselves for not having the kind of spirit we are supposed to.

But the key to navigating this hectic time of year is forged from the same source of every other guideline for life’s many challenges: the firm foundation of faith that the only Christmas gift who matters has already given us…”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2023/01/02/a-spirit-of-giving

DELIVER US FROM EVIL

WHEN THE BATTLE FINDS US…

“Halloween is a holiday that evokes mixed reactions from Christians.

Some welcome it with open arms as a harmless celebration for the young and young-at-heart. Others are repulsed by the darker supernatural elements associated with it.

While it may not be productive to debate the correct approach to Halloween, the holiday can present Christians an opportunity to contemplate the best way to confront the darkness we face in life, so we can understand how God is calling us to combat it.

Like Halloween, topics relating to the forces of evil draw a great deal of debate among Christians. In the introduction to one of his most popular and controversial works, THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, C.S. Lewis puts it this way:

‘There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.’…”
Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2022/10/30/deliver-us-from-evil

LIFT YOUR LAMPSTAND

WHEN THE BUSHEL FEELS SAFER…

“Some of us don’t love the spotlight. And we’ve all been through seasons we don’t want displayed before the world.
 
Seasons that send you reeling as the hits just keep coming. Seasons that make you look “less than” in the eyes of the world. Seasons that raise more questions than answers.

These are the seasons when the glare of light can sting our eyes and leave us ducking for cover. These are the seasons when we want to run from the lampstand straight into the nearest bushel we can find.
 
But that is exactly what the enemy wants us to do…”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2022/10/08/lift-your-lampstand

REST. REENGAGE. REPEAT.

WHEN YOU’RE RUNNING OUT OF STEAM…

“To more than a few of us, the Labor Day holiday can’t come soon enough.  
 
More than a few of us are all too familiar with the feeling that—instead of running our own lives—our lives are running us. A never-ending cycle of demands we can never quite stay on top of, leaving us out of breath and out of solutions. 

But whether life’s pressures keep us on the front lines, or relegate us to the sidelines, it is important to understand where our true source of direction, guidance, and ultimate victory will come from…”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2022/09/01/rest-reengage-repeat

INTO 2022

WHEN IT LOOKS LIKE THE SAME WILDERNESS…

“We’ve all seen the memes by now: 2020 was a trilogy.

And after a difficult duo, it’s hard to have much hope for another pandemic year.

At this stage, the only truly positive outcome would involve a magical way out. But, rapture beliefs aside, magic is one of the last things anyone is counting on this year.

Yet those in the family of Christ believe in a power much stronger than magic, and that is where our true hope for 2022 lies…”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2022/01/21/into-2022

THE GIFT OF YOU

WHEN THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH…

“It’s the Christmas season again. Time for tinsel and tales of Tiny Tim. Family and festivities. Giving.
 
But as much as we’d like to be as generous as we’re expected, sometimes it can all feel overwhelming, excessive, and a bit frustrating.
 
So how can we remember the true reason for this season when the world pulls our focus onto everything else?
 
Things that too often sap our spirits and shrink our hearts a few sizes too small.
 
But the reason that the world is so good at draining us, the reason it is never enough, is what Christmas is all about…”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2021/12/08/the-gift-of-you

YOUR SPIRITUAL SALT

WITH NO FOOD IN SIGHT…

“November. A month of cool nights and brisk days. Of athletic and political contests. Gathering and celebrations. The harvest month. The month of Thanksgiving.

But what do we do when our festivities are hampered by hardships, and the joy that feeds our hearts has been drained without a morsel of relief?

How can we learn to give thanks in all circumstances, as Paul urges in 1 Thessalonians, when circumstances are disappointing at best or at worst, too painful to bear?”

Continue reading: https://cainspirations.blog/2021/11/06/your-spiritual-salt