Again and Again

By Linda Tancs

Pop star Britney Spears recorded the hit song “Oops I Did It Again.” Among other things, it’s a sort of self-admonishment for playing with someone else’s heart again and again. We can all sing our own version of “Oops I Did It Again.” Oops, I gossiped again at the office. Oops, I used foul language again. Oops, I missed another school play. How many versions could you sing? The apostle Paul could sing it as well. He famously recorded his own frustration over doing the very thing he didn’t want to do (Romans 7:15-20). Sometimes, temptation gets the better of us; we all fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). But as another, much older song reminds us, just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.

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More Than Loaves

By Linda Tancs

The Bible relates two instances when Jesus fed multitudes with just a few loaves of bread (see, e.g., Mark 6:31-44; Mark 8:1-9). These stories about multiplying bread to feed thousands are more than just miracles, though. There’s something deeper going on than Jesus’s desire to feed throngs of followers and his ability to do it on meager rations. Indeed, these stories represent Jesus’s desire to feed us with joy, hope and strength to face the challenges that prevent us from growing—mentally, emotionally or spiritually.

What are your challenges? Do you have undeveloped skills, stalled projects or strained relationships? Don’t despair. Jesus is waiting to feed you.

Then and Now

By Linda Tancs

You’ve no doubt heard the expression, “That was then. This is now.” We use it to describe changes in people or circumstances as time progresses. Biblically speaking, it relates to the concept of changing from glory to glory—that is, being transformed bit by bit into Christ’s image (2 Corinthians 3:18). We grow as our relationship with Christ grows.

What does your “then” look like? How about “now”? You’re not done, though. We’re like children, graduating from baby’s milk to solid food (Hebrews 5:12-14), all the while perfecting our faith (Ephesians 4:13-16).

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The Power of Seven

By Linda Tancs

The prophet Elisha’s healing of the Syrian commander Naaman from leprosy is a familiar story for many (2 Kings 5:1-15). In short, Elisha commanded Naaman to dip his body into the Jordan River seven times to be healed. It’s important to recognize that seven is not an arbitrary number selected by Elisha; biblically, it’s the number of completeness and perfection. We all need healing in some respect. Maybe it’s a physical malady or a vexing problem. It may not miraculously disappear. Like Naaman, you may need to exercise persistence until the issue resolves to completion. Practice makes perfect.

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The Proving Ground

By Linda Tancs

In baking, proofing (also called proving) is a step in the preparation of yeast bread and other baked goods where the dough is allowed to rest and rise a final time before baking, usually in a “proving drawer.” Sometimes your life might feel like a proving drawer. Maybe things haven’t come to fruition; your activities are not yielding the results you want. That’s when it’s most important to keep your mind set on Christ (Colossians 3:1-2). You’ve reached the proving ground. Stay the course, and keep your mind set for victory.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

 

The Promised Land

By Linda Tancs

At the Mount Nebo Memorial in Jordan there’s a view of the Promised Land as Moses would’ve seen it. Of course, Moses never reached that land. He died on Mount Nebo (Deuteronomy 34:1-5). His successor, Joshua, ultimately led the Israelites into the Promised Land.

We all have a promised land, some purpose that God has designed us to fulfill. Maybe you’ve reached your “promised land.” Maybe you’re still in the process of doing so, or maybe you don’t know your promised land. Whatever your case, there’s a road ahead of you waiting to be navigated. Ask God for directions.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

 

Good as Gold

By Linda Tancs

We often ascribe the expression “as good as gold” to someone exhibiting good behavior. It takes on an interesting twist in Japan, where the art of kintsugi is the practice of using gold lacquer to repair broken pottery. In a real sense, the broken object becomes as good as gold.

Life is like kintsugi. There are lots of broken places—physical, mental and emotional—that, when mixed with brighter things, ultimately yield something good. Out of the ash, the broken places, comes beauty (Isaiah 61:1-3) if you’ll let the Lord fill in the cracks.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

Take the Wheel

By Linda Tancs

Singer Carrie Underwood recorded a song entitled “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” It’s about letting go, letting God handle the situation. During hard times we cry out to Jesus to take the wheel, steer us where He wants us to go. And sometimes, that request may be greeted with silence. Does that mean God doesn’t care? Of course not. Maybe you’re asking God to do something you could easily do yourself (Proverbs 13:4). Perhaps He wants you to take the wheel. In other words, step out and find out. Get in the driver’s seat.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

Paper Tigers

By Linda Tancs

The term “paper tiger” refers to something or someone that claims or appears to be powerful or threatening but is actually ineffectual and unable to withstand challenge. The world is a paper tiger because its temptations, troubles, opportunities and circumstances are no match for God’s influence and power. It offers no stronger foundation than a sand castle because Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33). Don’t let it become like the proverbial tail wagging the dog. You are the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13). You’ve been given all the power in the world to overcome paper tigers (Luke 10:19).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

A Rock and a Hard Place

By Linda Tancs

The expression “between a rock and hard place” refers to a dilemma, a situation offering at least two possibilities, neither of which is acceptable. The ancient Israelites knew all about being between a rock and a hard place. Once they were freed from slavery in Egypt, Pharaoh decided to recapture them. That’s when the Israelites found themselves between a rock (Pharaoh) and a hard place (the Red Sea) before God separated the waters and led them through (Exodus 14:10-31). God was the Rock delivering them through a hard place.

So it is with us. We’re not “betwixt and between.” He brings us through.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.