Trials help us love and a powerful video – Day 17 of the Love Hopes! Challenge

“Trials and tragedies aren’t easy or desired, but they help us love.” Profound words spoken by a man who lost his wife and two of his children to a drunk driver…a young man he ultimately forgave and ministered to. Watch this powerful video as we continue our Love Hopes! Challenge. And please leave a comment below for your chance to win a copy of Thrive.     a Rafflecopter giveaway

Extending Mercy – Called to Love

Let’s face it…there are times we don’t want to show mercy. There are times I don’t want to give mercy. I don’t want to love without some kind of  return. Yet, I am called to love – to extend mercy without worrying about if love is bouncing back my way. Often we want the person who has sinned against us to pay – some kind of price – something, anything, so that we’ll feel better. “How dare they offend me,” is often our words of retaliation. “How dare they hurt me when I have offered them my love. I’ve sacrificed my emotions, I’ve invested into them, I’ve acted mature, I’ve been the good one…and they have blown it.” It’s so easy to fall into this trap....

May friendship, encouragement and grace abound!