Two Little Pink Lines

Written by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

Who knew two little pink lines could bring one so much happiness?! As I watched those two little pink lines grow clearer and clearer I was filled with an unforgettable happiness. Just a few years before that doctors were telling me I would never be able to have children of my own and yet, here I was, watching confirmation of a third pregnancy appear right before my eyes.

Nathan and I shared in the happiness as this was an answer to our prayers! After blood tests confirmed what those little pink lines already told us we visited the doctor and learned we were about ten weeks along! What a wonderful miracle!

The afternoon after our doctors appointment we baked a cake together and decorated it with fondant creations that resembled a pregnant belly, a bowl of ice cream, and a dill pickle along with the words “we’re expecting” written across its top. When our friends came for dinner that evening, we showed them the cake and they too shared in our happiness! Baby Hill number three would soon join our precious little tribe.

Just one week later experiencing the high of happiness this new pregnancy brought with it, we were experiencing the opposite— complete and absolute devastation. At eleven weeks gestation our precious little one was no more. Until these circumstances, I had no idea it was even possible to feel so many emotions at one time.

My husband and I came home from spending the night at the hospital and grieved. As I laid my head on my pillow I cried tears of sadness like I never had before.

A friend sent me a message that morning, not knowing anything of our situation, that included these verses from scripture: “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” —Job 1:21; “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper, not to harm, plans to give you a bright hope for the future.” —Jeremiah 29:11

I couldn’t believe it as I read these words. Knowing the story of Job and all he endured, I knew the Lord was showing me that even through these unimaginable circumstances, He was the Hope I needed to put my complete trust in. He knew all the details, and my job was simply to continue lifting up and blessing His holy name!

I don’t know what circumstances you are facing today, but I do know that God knows all things and holds the knowledge of every detail of your future in His hands. Trust Him. Bless Him. And know your only hope comes from Him and Him alone.

The Fishbowl Syndrome

Written by: Conny Varga

We are creatures of habit. Of comfort. Of mindless routine. We love the security of a predictable life. We are happy hanging out with people who are just like us, who think and feel and live like us. We find satisfaction in following to-do lists and placing checkmarks beside the “good deed for the day”.

When Jesus lived among humanity, He was anything but all that. In fact, He had some pretty critical comments reserved for people whose lives were marked by outward, mindless routine. And with good reason: The Gospel does not fit into that mold. The Gospel is radical, unconventional, even scary. There is no predictability in how God will choose to act in a person’s life, how He will choose to open our eyes to His truth, and how He will choose to involve us in His Kingdom work. The only constant factor in it all is God Himself, and His redemptive work of salvation on the cross.

Maybe you are like me. I love serving God, as long as it’s on my terms and I feel fairly comfortable about the task set before me. I like staying in my own little box, and I expect God to fit into that box as well. I like calling this box a fishbowl. Have you ever watched a fish – or group of fish – in a fishbowl? It’s kind of boring, isn’t it? We shake our heads at how mindlessly they just swim in circles, over and over.

But aren’t we the same? We love the comforts of our little sandcastle, the fake plant, the other fish that are forever around us. And we are busy, oh so busy, swimming in circles, doing the same things day after day and never changing.

Jesus called us to change radically! He urges us to leave our old, boring, meaningless life behind, and He offers freedom and purpose in return! In a way, He made a pathway out of our little fishbowl into the great sea, and all we have to do is to swim through that pathway to get to it. But the sea is scary, it’s big, and it’s unpredictable. Do we keep swimming back to the safety of our little bowl? I know I do!

I believe we can even view church that way. We love the comfort of our fishbowl called church. We love the other fish in the bowl with us, we love how we do church, and we are happy and content within the four walls of our church. If a stray fish or two from the great sea happen to come really close to our little fishbowl, we even go as far as inviting them into our circle of fish, telling them how great life inside the bowl is.

So then why did Jesus command us to “go and tell”, to “go to the ends of the earth and make disciples of all nations”? Because He knew that the Gospel could never be contained within the walls of a structure, within the security of routine and rules. God’s work on this earth is vast and varied, and Jesus knew that the only way we can truly be effective disciples is if we venture out of our little world into His big wide world, see the world around us the way He sees it, and follow Him everywhere He goes.

Let’s encourage each other to break out of our detrimental habits and routine, to “be” the church, not just go to church, and to go out there and get involved in God’s redemptive work on this earth. There is so much to learn, so much to do, so much to pray for, so much to grow. Be a fish who is not afraid to swim against the current, who is not afraid to follow Jesus out into the great sea and become a “fisher of men” instead of just a fishbowl maintenance guy. Then encourage your friends to do the same! We can be a “school of fish” who can accomplish much for our Lord if we only venture out!

When Someone Offends Us

Written by: D’Anne Mullin

Scrolling through Facebook the other day, I came across a picture of a great “devotional note” a friend of mine had posted as an encouragement.  The note dealt with two possible reactions we can give when someone offends us.  Daughters, I found it to be profound in its wisdom and simply wanted to share it with you this week.

As women we tend to take offence much deeper and react to it much more strongly than men, due to our relational natures.  In turn, we tend to share our offences with others in an attempt to “feel better” about ourselves, our situations, our choices, etc. or to simply vent the frustrations and hurts we’ve endured from our offenders.  We often entice others to “take our side” and give us the sympathy vote we so desire.

Sound familiar?  I know I have been guilty of this a “million” times throughout my life.  How many times have I gone for coffee with a dear confidant only to unleash my tongue in a barrage of accusations against those who have offended me?  I would like to think with age and spiritual maturity I am getting better at turning to God first, but sometimes the temptation to blurt overtakes me.

Let the following “devotional note” spurn you on to a more God-honouring reaction, just as it did me:

I CAN…

Have Negative Reaction Have a Positive Reaction
Tell people about the offence

Then…

Tell God directly through prayer

Then…

The listener begins to think less of my offender

Then…

See His outlook as He comforts me with His Spirit

Then…

The listener begins gossiping about my offender

Then…

Feel His peace and the need to vent vanish

Then…

I have succeeded in causing:

·       The listener to sin

·       Division in relationships

·       Stress in the lives of myself and others

·       A negative outlook of my offender

I have succeeded in creating:

·       Pure relationships

·       Unity amongst friends

·       Peaceful interactions with others

·       A respectful outlook of my offender

I have directly, knowingly, willfully disobeyed God’s word by reacting according to my flesh rather than submitting to the Spirit of God I have honoured God by valuing unity over the temporary pleasure of vengeance against my offender and receiving sympathy from others

 

It is much easier said than done, Daughters, to turn to God first when offended than to a human being, but absolutely necessary to our spiritual health and that of others.  Keep in mind as well, that the offended tend to get over the offence quicker than the ones in close relationship with the offended.  They often carry what is called a second-hand offence on your behalf.  That second-hand offence is even harder to shake and when we place that on someone for the sake of our ego we are doing them a great disservice.

I leave you with the following scriptures as encouragement to turn to God first when offended and to strive for peace, love and forgiveness in your tough moments with others.

Psalm 55:22 reminds us to, “Give (our) burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of (us).  He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

1 Peter 5:6-7 commands us to, “Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honour.  Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”

Luke 6:31 says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Ephesians 4:2-3 encourages us to, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”  “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Colossians 3:12-14 challenges us to, “clothe (ourselves) with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of (us) has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

Blessed Is The Man

Written by: Jody Mugford

“Blessed is the man 

who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, 

nor stands in the path of sinners, 

nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, 

and in His law he meditates day and night.  

He shall be like a tree 

planted by the rivers of water, 

that brings forth its fruit in its season, 

whose leaf also shall not wither; 

and whatever he does shall prosper.”

Psalm 1:1-3

Last time we looked at verses 2-3 of the beautiful passage.  We discovered how, when we spend time in God’s Word, it gives us renewal and refreshing.  We grow strong like a tree near water and we are able to withstand the storms of life, even bringing forth fruit and prospering during the hard times.

I don’t feel we can move on without spending some time focusing on the first verse of this scripture.  It’s important to note that, even though its emphasis is correction and guidance, it is also part of the promise of being nourished and steadfast.  We are to avoid ungodly counsel, refrain from sinful activities and not to join in with the scornful.  Essentially, this is saying that not only are we to spend time meditating on God’s Word but we are also to put it into practice.  This process is called sanctification and it means that, over time, the Holy Spirit helps us to become more like Christ and His character.  Let’s look at these three pieces of guidance from the Holy Spirit.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…”

Ungodly counsel can be from anyone, even a fellow Christian.  Advice can sound appropriate, seem logical, and come with good intentions but that doesn’t mean it lines up with God’s Word.  If it goes against God’s will for you, either through His Word or specific leading of the Holy Spirit, don’t follow it, even if that appears odd to others.  Look for His guidance and obey it over everything else.  He will honour and bless you for it.

“nor stands in the path of sinners…”

Let’s be honest, sin can often look like harmless fun.  We wouldn’t do it if there wasn’t some pleasure gained!  But sin is a slippery slope.  It often costs us more than we ever expected to pay…potentially leading to broken relationships, financial crisis, sickness and more.  Even if it is an isolated event that doesn’t appear to have serious consequences, it is still displeasing to God.  It may not harm us in the physical sense but it will harm us spiritually by pulling us farther from our loving Father.  God’s grace is so astounding that, if we truly think about it, should take our breath away.  But it is not a license to sin freely and we are to not take lightly the great debt Jesus paid on the cross for our salvation.  Stay away from sin and things that are against God’s Word.  Listen to the Holy Spirit’s convictions and direction.  God will honour and bless you for it.

“nor sits in the seat of the scornful…”

The scornful will often mock and scoff, condemn others and make themselves out to be superior.  This is such an easy state to fall into, even as Christians!  We often feel it is appropriate conversation to criticize our leaders or the decisions of fellow brothers or sisters in Christ.  I’m heartbroken to admit that I’ve spoken those words myself.  Oh Lord, forgive us!  Let these comments never cross our lips again!  We are to guard our tongue and not join in with those that criticize or tear others down, even casually or light-heartedly.  We must speak encouragement and love into others.  We are to deal with conflict under guidance of the Holy Spirit and scripture.  We need to radiate the character of Jesus to all we come in contact with.  Guard your tongue and use it to speak life.  God will honour and bless you for it.

“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”  Proverbs 18:21

To summarize, this verse reminds me that Jesus is our standard, nobody else.  We are to compare our attitude, our goals, our daily life to what He would do and say.  Would He follow that piece of advice?  Does it line up with the will of The Father?  Would He make that “harmless” sinful choice?  Would He say those words about another individual?

Please hear my heart, friends.  You may be feeling a tugging in your heart to reevaluate your perspectives.  Even as I write this, so am I.  It is the Holy Spirit speaking to us and we should listen.  We must remember that He does not condemn us when we fall short but He does convict and guide to bring us back to the path God has for us.  I have found in my life that when I’ve been courageous enough to deal with sin the Holy Spirit has brought to my mind, it has left me feeling so free!  The process can be difficult but the rewards are incredible.  When we are living our lives in obedience to His Word, we wake each day as clean vessels.  We hear God more easily, we see His Hand more clearly, and we worship without restraint!  There is an overflowing peace as the Holy Spirit is able to work unhindered in our hearts and lives.  God gives us direction in scripture to bring us closer to Him.  He knows that as we lay down selfish tendencies, He can come in and fill us with more of His amazing presence.

God’s plans are so good and He has great things purposed for us.  He values our obedience and wants us to obey out of love.  A true love for God will cultivate a desire to read His Word, pray and follow Him.  This leads to a life of blessing and close relationship with God Almighty, the Creator of all, and the Lover of our souls.  What an awesome gift!

“This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.  This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”  2 John 1:6

“But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”  James 1:25

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.”  Deuteronomy 7:9

Love and blessings,

Jody

Party Of One

Written By: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. (Matthew 6:19-21)

Have you ever met someone that is just truly never satisfied?! They throw ‘pity parties’ for themselves because this or that did not go the way they wanted it to….They wallow in self-pity when they don’t own the newest trend; act jealously if someone else has something that they’d like to have; and or withdraws when something really good happens to someone else?

Maybe this person is you?

Two important biblical truths come to mind when I meet or know a person like I’ve described above:

1) “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35

If you are always on the receiving end of things….you are not doing what The Lord asks of you. You do not have to have everything or have bags of money laying around to be able to help someone else. Helping someone else could be as simple as sending an encouraging word, making a meal and bringing it to their home during a difficult time, or, just lending a listening ear when someone needs a friend.

2) Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I get it, friends, sometimes you just want to wallow. May I make a suggestion….? Don’t. It’s not healthy. No matter HOW bad your circumstances are, there are still SO many reasons to give thanks. The Lord is so good to us. It’s time to praise Him in all things, for His goodness to us.

Self pity is the act of dwelling on the misfortune of your own circumstances, rather than depending on God to meet your needs and desires His way.

If you occupy yourself with self-pity; such will be your reward.

Altar Hesitation—It’s Me, Not You

Written by: Cindy Morrone

I know when the time is coming in service.  The pianist steps out of the pew and starts to play quietly as the Pastor speaks invitation.

I start to feel warm and flush and my stomach is in a flutter.

I hesitate.

I need to meet at the altar.  I want to meet at the altar.

But that would mean you would know that I have a want; a need.

That would mean you would see that I am not all-together.  That would mean that although I am dressed in my Sunday best, you would see that my interior is messy.

That would mean that I need you to help me; to come alongside me.

An inner battle ensues and I am so thankful that I now submit to the call.

The gifts I would have missed out on had I not gone to the altar when I needed to.

My needs have been spiritual, emotional, physical, relational, and financial.  I have been prayed for and I have asked for prayers for others.

My forehead has been anointed with oil.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14

At the altar the Word and Truth have been spoken over me.

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19 & 20

I have made confessions of sin.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  James 5:16

Thank you to those who have met me there at the altar.  Thank you for meeting me in such a place.  For helping me carry my burdens. For praying for me and my loved ones. Thank you for speaking the Truth in Love.  Thank you for approaching the throne of Grace on my behalf.  Thank you to our Pastors and leadership for giving such an opportunity.  Thank you.

 

 

 

Idols

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

Romans  1:25  They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things that God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise. Amen!

What are some things that bring us fulfillment in this life? Perhaps it is a job. Friends.  Family.  A big house.  A successful career… to name a few.

I know for me personally, if I have had a particularly stressful week or if I am feeling down, I like to head to the mall and buy a new outfit or piece of clothing. Retail therapy.  And it does bring satisfaction…for a moment.  But the novelty of that new item quickly wears off and before long that “something new” ends up in a pile of things to donate. I am so guilty of buying something because it’s on sale and cute and trendy…then I get it home and I think “what was I thinking!?” Because stuff doesn’t satisfy.  Things don’t bring us lasting joy.  Sometimes we hold so tightly to things thinking they will bring us the peace and joy we crave, but they never do and before long we move on to something else to fill that need.

Perhaps it is putting our trust in a relationship or financial status.

Isaiah 44:20 The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts in something that can’t help him at all. Yet, he cannot bring himself to ask. “Is this idol that I am holding on to a lie?”

I think we all have had idols in our lives at one time or another.  An idol is something that we put before our relationship with God and something that replaces God in our hearts.  It’s something that distracts us when only he can bring true meaning and joy to our lives.

I am reminded of the hymn written in 1863 by Edward Mote:

My hope is built on nothing else

Than Jesus blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest frame

But wholly lean on Jesus name

On Christ the solid rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand.

 

What idols do we have in our lives? What things are we putting our trust in? What things are we looking to bring us joy, contentment and meaning to our lives? Are we holding onto and believing in a lie to bring us those things? Let’s put our Hope in Him. In Jesus. He is eternal.  Unchanging.  Everything else that we might look to, to find meaning and fulfillment will soon fade and once again leave us feeling empty.  But he will never, ever fail us.

He Holds Our Tomorrows

Written by: Conny Varga

Life has its way of throwing curve balls at us. Sometimes things happen, seemingly out of nowhere, that completely turn all our best plans upside down. Change and unexpected circumstances happen – that’s part of life. The question is: how do we react when they do happen?

To some degree, our personality and upbringing shape our thinking and reactions. Some of us thrive on schedules and well laid-out plans, others are more laid back and go with the flow.

However, I believe that we all struggle with fears, worries, insecurities, and doubt. We can all have the tendency to gripe or complain. There are some surprises that we’d just rather not deal with. We wish we could avoid certain changes.

That is why Jesus instructed all of us not to worry, not to doubt, not to fear. He assured all of us that He will be with us always, to the very end of time. And the Apostle Paul went on to say that God is our strength, His grace is sufficient, and His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

What an amazing God we serve! He has provided all things we could ever need for a godly life, and He is never taken by surprise or stumped by any of our life’s circumstances. He is going before us, as our Good Shepherd, and He is already in our future.

So where does that leave us? We can become overwhelmed, flustered, stressed, or even depressed by the things that happen, or we can choose to trust in Him who holds the entire universe and our futures in His hand. We can choose to have an attitude of thankfulness and contentedness and see God’s blessings through it all.

With that choice, we can feel secure, confident and at peace in the midst of the wildest storm because of Him who is with us and in us. We can count on His strength, rest in His arms, and find courage through His Spirit. We can step forward with joy, since our Source of Joy is God Himself, no matter our circumstances. The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 are just one example of that. And we can be free to take our eyes off ourselves – knowing that God will take care of us – and instead learn to humbly and lovingly serve others. Jesus left us the perfect example when He chose to wash His disciples’ feet – including Judas’ – even though He knew what was waiting for Him just a short while later. He trusted His fate into the hands of His Father and did what He came here to do.

There is a quote I stumbled upon. I don’t know who wrote it, but it summarizes things beautifully: “And yet, after all that life brings me, I know of only one thing that is for certain and it is that God is still faithful”.

God is still faithful – what assurance and courage we can gain from that truth! May we learn, day by day, to hold tightly to our Father’s hand, to trust in His care for us, and to find joy in our day-to-day surprises and circumstances. This is how we will glorify our Lord and be a light to those around us.

The Waters of Baptism

Written by: D’Anne Mullin

This past Sunday we had a beautiful Water Baptism Service with five wonderful candidates.  Watching each one, new in their faith, lay down their old ways of living for a brighter future and publically declaring their desire to follow Christ was so encouraging to this old gal.  It rekindled my own walk with the Lord and gave me a check in my Spirit to never take for granted all He has done for me.  And what an incredible day to be baptised, on Resurrection Sunday!

As I listened to each testimony and heard each exuberant cheer as they emerged, the scripture from 2 Corinthians 5:17 kept circling in my mind.  “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (NLT). Left in those waters Sunday morning were addictions, suicidal tendencies, mental torment, unfaithfulness, gossip, selfishness, greed, independence and worthlessness.  What arose were completely new creations of beauty and utter dependence on Jesus and His power in them.  Clean slates ready for a new and glorious history to be written.

A common thread woven through each declaration was that of an individual who showed them the love of Christ and spoke words of life to them.  Time was taken to invest in their spiritual wellbeing and assist in life’s trials.  There was a willingness to get messy and become emotionally vulnerable in order to win a soul for Jesus.  Deep friendships were forged and mentorships built from which a multiplication of salvations will result.

Daughters, this impacted me greatly and caused me to reflect on my own interactions with those who do not yet know our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Am I willing to invest, assist and forge such relationships?  Am I driven to share my faith and pray for and with others?  Am I okay with getting messy and vulnerable and real with people outside my comfort zone?  Am I courageous enough to speak words of truth when necessary and love silently when needed?  Am I committed to walking with others from a life of sin to a life of freedom?

Many times, I have heard my husband challenge his parishioners from the pulpit to intentionally have “unsaved” friends.  We cannot afford to live in a “bubble” of Christianity whereby everything we do and everyone we know is of the Christian persuasion.  Time is fleeting and people are dying without having experienced salvation.

Christ Himself associated with the worst of sinners in order to win them with His love.  He communed with the lowly, the sick, the amoral, the outcast, the downtrodden, the destitute, because He simply loved them and longed to rescue them.  The whole purpose for His humanity on earth was to save us all from our sinful flesh and restore our Spirits to Father God.  Jesus was, and still is, wholly committed to our spiritual renewal and will “leave the 99” to find the “one” that has gone astray (Luke 15:4).

I am thankful for this past Sunday, not only for those who have been rejuvenated, but for the sharp reminder to heighten my efforts of impacting lives who are yet to meet Christ.  To lead them to the saving knowledge of His death, burial and resurrection.  To show them that a close relationship with Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is revolutionary and life changing.  I want to be a spiritual big sister who has the privilege of seeing her younger spiritual sibling wash away their old life in the waters of baptism and emerge a new being, for the glory of God.

How do I do this?  Just as Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 9:22, “When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ.  Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.”

RE-JE-CT-ED Rejected!

Written by: Rylie Wistuba

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I remember in elementary school we would song this to boys who were rejected by girls who didn’t like them. We really thought it was funny, but truthfully, isn’t rejection one of the biggest fears most people have? Not being accepted by a potential love interest, friend, family, co-worker or boss can lead to some major turmoil. We all want to be accepted: AC-CE-PT-ED! 😉

I think I’ve always struggled with the feeling of rejection. If I was the last one picked for a sport, I would always take it personally: no one wanted me. My friends would go out without me, and I would assume they were trying to ditch me. People would cancel plans, and I thought “They probably didn’t want to meet up with me.” These feelings would go back and forth, dependent on circumstances: my friends would hangout with me, so I was accepted. I wasn’t picked last, so I was accepted. Then something would come up to make me re-evaluate eveything. Stories from friends about what they did the weekend before made my heart sink. “They habe more fun when I’m not around” I would think. My life has been hindered by basing my feelings of acceptance off of daily situations. I’ve been in spots where I don’t even try to do the things I want to because I think I will be turned away. I miss out on opportunities because l fear people won’t like what I’ve done. Why live life like this?

Then I think about Jesus. He had people throwing palm leaves at His feet, praising Him and shouting “Messiah”, and then a friend denied he even knew him- 3 times! He went from having 1000s of people following & listening to Him, to being betrayed, and murdered by the same people a week later! Jesus knows rejection.

“He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.”
Isaiah 53:3 NLT

He suffered the pain of the cross, and rejection by the people He loved, but he overcame! I know that whatever I’m going through, Jesus has gone it through before me. He gives us hope that even if the whole world rejects us, He will always be right next to us, guiding, comforting and teaching.

“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
2 Corinthians 4:17‭-‬18 NLT

“The Lord will not reject his people; he will not abandon his special possession… I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord , supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
Psalms 94: 14, 18‭-‬19

Just remember: whether it be feelings of rejection, or true rejection from people, the only acceptance you need is from God, and He’s not going anywhere! He is the greatest counselor & comforter, and He knows exactly what you’re going through.