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It's Ok Not to Be Ok- Day 8

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Scripture: Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Devotional: It’s clear, as we begin this week’s devotions, that God never intended His creation to be alone.  If you take time to read the Genesis 2 account of God’s creation of Eve, you’ll see He took special care in creating her for Adam.  Because God has existed in community (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), we, as His image bearers, innately need that community. Whether that’s through family or friendships, we have a need to connect deeply with others.

When dealing with loneliness, recognizing this truth is a good place to start.  When you begin to understand God’s plan and intent for your life, you will begin to understand what will bring you fulfillment and contentment.

Reflect:

  • If God created you for community, what does that tell you about yourself?
  • What kind of community do you believe that God intends for you to experience? What are you doing to pursue that community?

It's Ok Not to Be Ok- Day 7

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Scripture: Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, through its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. 

Devotional: When you’re not OK, these words are a soothing balm. When you’re not OK, everything feels like a threat.  Fear abounds in the midst of the uncertainty that you face.      

How gracious of our all-knowing God to include so many words of encouragement in His Word for such a time as this.  When you are facing the worst scenarios you can imagine, run to His Word.  Let it be your comfort and healing.  Let it remind you of the strength, compassion and love of your heavenly Father.  And in His Sovereignty and ability to rescue you.    

Reflect:

  • Take time to meditate upon the words from Psalm 46. What is God speaking to you through His Word?

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