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Lent Devotionals: Wednesday, March 29

Just do it


“I just can’t do it.” Have you ever spoken those words when faced with something that seems too great? I have! Perhaps you’ve been offered a job opportunity, but are afraid you’re not skilled enough. You may have been asked to teach a Sunday School class, but fear you don’t know the Bible well enough. God may have put it on your heart to write a book, but the voice that clamors for your attention says that you’ll fail. Often the thing that God lays out for us to do is bigger than we are.

The good thing is, it isn’t at all about our goodness, strength, or wisdom. In fact, the opposite is true. God chooses those who are insecure about themselves so that the ultimate credit goes to him. You see, when we do something out of our weakness and God’s strength, it is obvious to everyone that God’s power and not the strength or wisdom of man has accomplished those things.

Each day as you go about your business, acknowledge that you can’t do it, but God can. Put your dependence completely on God for his strength, wisdom and goodness – not your own. Just do it, throw yourself into the arms of Jesus and ask him to help carry you as you do the work he has called you to do. It isn’t about you, but about the God who deserves all the honor and glory. Trust that he will be there and provide for you.
Josh Leblo
Youth Ministry Director

Lent Devotionals: Tuesday, March 28

In Dependence There is Strength

For more than a decade of my growing up years, my sister and I were blessed to have the opportunity to take trips with our grandparents.  Every summer we would spend time with our grandparents on the beaches of Padre Island National Seashore.  It was always an amazing time exploring the beach for seashells, fishing off of Bob Hall Pier with the excitement of the unknown catch to be had, and wading out into the great world of the Gulf of Mexico.
The greatest thing that I think we learned in those trips was that there was something to our lives that was greater and bigger than either one of us.  We couldn’t stand on the beach, look around, and not see that there was something bigger working around us. 
 During those trips we were dependent on our grandparents to provide for us and keep us safe.  This even included the time that our grandmother scared everyone on the beach and in the surf when she announced in a larger than life voice that there were sharks in the water.  Of course, she did this as she was running back toward shore with me and my sister being pulled along by the backs of our bathing suits.  We didn’t think it was very funny at the time, but when we discovered that they were actually dolphins, you couldn’t stop any of us from laughing.
Those were carefree days and there are many times that I think back on them and smile.  I also look on them with great amounts of thankfulness and gratitude.  You see during those trips we learned to be dependent.  Our grandparents have long since passed, but our need for the dependence hasn’t.  That faith that our grandparents and families worked to cultivate in us has turned into a dependence on our God that loves us and watches over us. 
The carefree days of childhood may be gone, but the carefree day’s of being a child of God continues.  We can rely on Him for everything.  He doesn’t want us to worry or get hung up in the waves.  There will even be times when we get pulled back to the shoreline, but trusting Him will always prepare us for what ever adventures may lie before us.
May you enjoy your dependence days and experience the wonderful adventure with the eyes of a child! 
Karen Cooper
Children’s Ministry Director