Drained: For Those Who Feel Alone

Drained: For Those Who Feel Alone

In some ways, being physically alone is easier.  It feels almost like a retreat.  There are extended times of being by yourself and refreshing times of figuring some things out.  This is not the draining I am referring to.  The draining comes when you interact with the world around you and still feel alone.  For the Christian, follow Christ can feel lonely.  With the struggle to remain in purity and follow Christ wherever he leads, often times there will be parts it will feel you are alone.

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Drained: For Those Who Feel Sick

Drained: For Those Who Feel Sick

Imagine for a moment, you are the men who lowered their friend through the roof or that you are the man himself. The stories have circulated regarding this man who had healed people in each town he went. As he sees the faith of the men, he looks at the paralytic and says, “You’re sins are forgiven.” The expectations were probably different, but Jesus understood the greater needs of the people. We all, are at the point of the paralytic where we are unable to move on our own, spiritually speaking. Yet, Jesus, our Great Physician, welcomed us to come closer in our sickness and receive healing, the true healing that restores our soul.

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Drained: For Those Who Feel Weak

Drained: For Those Who Feel Weak

While there is debate as to what the thorn in Paul’s flesh was referring to, it is undeniable that he indeed had a pronounced weakness.  Paul is not alone in this either. Every person has their limits as to how far they are able to achieve.  Our muscles get fatigued, our emotions run dry, and our spirit grows weak from time to time.  We all have times where we feel empty.  Yet, even beyond that, we all endure times when we feel weak and unable to accomplish the task ahead of us.  These weaknesses are reminders that we should, first and foremost, run to God.

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Masks: Fitting In

Honestly speaking, I was terrified to let people in high school know I was a Christian.  Mostly, I was afraid that they judge me or push me away.  There was a deeply seeded fear of not fitting in.  Doing anything that would affect my ability to “fit in” was not a thing I was interested in since I never really felt like I fit in anyway.  So, when I was around my friends, I changed my behavior to reflect theirs all for the sake of being accepted and included. Then along came Liz.  She was different.  I never heard her swear or do the things that everyone …

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Masks: Strongman

Body building competitions are always somewhat fascinating to me.  You have people who have dedicated years of their life to developing and toning all the parts of their body.  They strive to ensure that every ripple is seen and then spend an inordinate amount of time bronzing and oiling for the competition.  The result: something that just appears unnatural.  What is even better, sometimes you have the man who has dedicated to show muscles arm wrestle the man who had dedicated to true strength beyond show.  The show muscles man confidently walks up to the table, having been fawned with …

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