When You Need Tender Love and Care

(in)courage | 7/23/2019 | Staff
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Sometimes you run out of words. You don’t know what to say, and God feels far away. Even though you know you ought to, praying feels like another thing to check off that leaves you feeling guilty.

Life is complicated. In an age of information a Google search away, with friends on Instagram posting photos and updates, we can forget real life is an unfolding journey without easy answers.

Lives - Dilemmas - Desires - Needs - Ourselves

We look at our everyday lives, overwhelmed with dilemmas, conflicting desires and needs, and we feel discouraged. Ironically, when we’re most stressed, we often deprive ourselves of what we need most: God’s goodness.

We can burn ourselves out trying to serve God, rather than taking care of ourselves — the way God would want, if He were here in person today. Somehow, we’ve learned we deserve rest only after we’ve solved our problems or we’re no longer struggling. It’s the opposite.

God - TLC - Tender - Care - TLC

What we need is God’s TLC (His tender, loving care). TLC is what God gave Elijah to resuscitate his soul after his spirit was broken. Although Elijah had done everything he knew to do — even defeating the prophets of Baal, his problems did not go away. Stress broke Elijah’s spirit.

“I have had enough, Lord. Take my life, for I am not better than my ancestors.”

Place - Despair - Elijah - Bread - Stones

In that place of despair, Elijah woke up to find fresh bread baking on hot stones and water left just for him.

Warm bread, water poured into a jar — it was beautiful care, expressed through handmade touches. Not only that, God sent an angel to touch him. Elijah was so exhausted, God sent the angel a second time to touch him again.

Time - TLC - God - Chance - Heart

When we take time out to receive TLC, we give God the chance to touch our heart. We give ourselves the chance to eat...
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