Those who confess their sins and repent (which means to turn away from them) will find mercy. Our God is not an angry judge in the sky waiting to watch you make a mistake - He is the very essence of love itself. His nature is the perfect balance of both justice and mercy. There is nothing that can separate you from His love - not life or death or your past mistakes or your present problems. His love is unconditional. You cannot earn it. You cannot lose it. Live in the reality of that mercy and love.

Are you ever overwhelmed with the commands of God? There are quite a few, and when taken out of context they can be incredibly overwhelming. Sometimes it helps to remember that God only commands us to do things He has already done Himself. For example, when the Lord reminds us to not be ashamed of the Gospel, remember that God is not ashamed of you. He does not look on you with disgust or condemnation when you sin. He convicts with love, and draws you even closer to His heart through grace and the power to be holy as He is holy. Praise God for His commandments!

Do you ever find yourself worried about the future, wrapped up in concern about what tomorrow might hold? Instead of scouring the internet for creative solutions and worrying about how you will overcome the fears you face, sometimes you just need to get back to basics: The simple Gospel. Jesus died for you: not just your soul, but he carried all your doubts, fears, illnesses, and burdens, nailing them to the cross on that holy day. When He rose again, He gave you the power to live in victory, trading every fear and doubt for faith and courage.

Do you ever feel unheard? Like your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling and back into your lap? Many people have felt this way in the Bible. David, who God called "the man after My own heart", constantly poured his complaints out to God, imploring why he did not see breakthrough when he had waited so very long. But in the Bible, we also find a truth that can soften even the coldest of doubts: "I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them" (Zechariah 13:9). Friends, being refined hurts.

"Trust in God." We hear it all the time and claim to believe it, but trusting in an unseen God is a lot harder than it sounds when the waters begin to rise and you feel like you are going under. The good news is even if we do not see Him physically, Jesus is always there to pull us up out of the waters and set our feet firmly planted in the knowledge of His goodness.

The word of the Lord is sharper than any double-edged sword. It is the guiding light in a dark and twisted world. Raising children to understand and appreciate the truth of God's word is critical to their future. The beauty of Scripture is that once it is imprinted on your heart, it never goes away. The lasting impression of God's word stays through the trials of teenage years and whispers truth in the tumult of adulthood. Whether your child is walking with God or not, we pray that God leads them into a deeper relationship with Him.

Do you want to hear some good news? The enemy has nothing to offer you that God does not have better. God is the Creator of all things, and the enemy cannot create. He can only copy, distort, and pervert the things God has called "good." Instead of focusing all your energy on resisting sin today, spend time asking God how good He is. As you taste of His goodness, you will eventually lose an appetite for all lesser things that try to pry your gaze from the One who calls you by name Jesus. He alone can satisfy your heart. He alone can bring you peace.