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You Endure Nothing That He Didn’t Endure

“‘Father, what then am I to do when I feel terrible, when emptiness fills me, when loneliness suffocates my hope, when severe fatigue immobilizes both my body and mind?’

‘Gaze on My incarnate Son. Watch Him live. Watch Him die. Watch Him live again. You endure nothing that He didn’t endure. He remained faithful to My truth that is alive in you.'”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 349

Questions for Reflection:
• What burdens your heart today?
• Pour out that heartache to the Lord, and then spend some time focusing on the Gospel accounts of Jesus.
• In what ways are you being offered the opportunity to share in His sufferings?

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Faithful Messengers Of God

“Spiritual friends listen to God, they listen to what He is stirring in their own hearts as they engage with us. With a freedom only broken people know, they simply give that to us, whatever it is, as faithful messengers of God and lovers of our soul.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Safest Place on Earth, Page 173

Questions for Reflection:
• How often in conversations are you consciously being present and attentive, both to those with whom you’re talking, as well as to God?
• Seek to be aware today of what God is stirring in you as you talk with others and what He desires to offer them through you.

Miraculously Displaced By Love

“In the center of your soul and mine, in the exact center, the Shekinah glory resides – the literal, real, overwhelming presence of God. And when we live out of that center, all the self-seeking, self-serving energy that guides so much of what we think and feel and do, often without even knowing it, is miraculously displaced by love.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Papa Prayer, Page 123

Questions for Reflection:
• Take some time to consider the truth that those of us who have trusted Jesus have His life within us.
• What distracts you from living with that awareness?
• How might your relationships – with God as well as others – be impacted if you spent time daily this next week focusing on the reality of the risen Christ present with and within you?
• How does that awareness reshape your response to suffering? To injustice? To success?

The Joy Of Anticipation

“The hope I provide anchors a weary, empty, troubled soul in My plan. Beneath difficult feelings, hope encourages by giving you reason to persevere with the joy of anticipation. Happiness depends on present blessing, which I do not guarantee. Joy depends on future hope, which I do guarantee.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 183

Questions for Reflection:
• What troubles you today?
• What promises of God are offering you hope’s anchor amid those troubles?

The Divine Life

“Family and friends can hurt us deeply but they can never destroy us. Family and friends can meaningfully love us but they can never provide the life we need to love like Jesus. At their best, they stir up the love God’s Spirit has already provided. The divine life lodged in the center of our souls is indestructible and is sufficient to move us along the narrow road to becoming more Christlike.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 113

Questions for Reflection:
• Whose approval feels necessary for you to be at peace? Why?
• Whose rejection or criticism feels unbearable to you? Why?
• Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what you’re losing by making your life dependent on others instead of on what Jesus has provided.

You Will Suffer, At Times Unfairly, But…

“No matter how great your pain or how confusing and intense your suffering, live in the mystery of My love. Struggle to trust Me. Do not live with the priority of making your life in this world as good as you can make it. You will suffer, at times unfairly, but you will be given what you need to enter strongly and wisely with supernatural love into every circumstance you face….”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 65

Questions for Reflection:
• If you are being given the strength, wisdom and supernatural love that you need, what unexpected joys can you offer both to God and to others around you?
• Who needs your forgiveness today?

Doubt, Terror, Rage Against God

“To the fallen mind, it makes sense to be mad at God….

The foundation of the fallen structure is our doubt of God’s goodness, which creates the terror of aloneness in the unreliable world, which leads to rage against God for doing so little to protect us from suffering.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Finding God, Page 87

Questions for Reflection:
• In what areas currently have questions about God’s goodness stirred fear and anger in your heart?
• If God has not intervened with protection from things that currently ignite fear and anger in your heart, ask Him to help you move from questioning His goodness to resting in His character.
• Spend some time today looking at what His Word says that He is working out in the midst of our suffering.