“Why is this happening?”

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No matter what you’re facing, know this: God has a purpose for your life, even when you don’t see it.

In Ecclesiastes 3, the author tells us there is a season for everything—dancing, grieving, and laughing.

This passage describes the beauty of life but also the hardships that come with it. It shows us that even during difficult times, we can trust that God is working.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time … yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11

God works outside of our ideal timeline to create something greater than we could ever imagine.

Scripture tells us that our experiences—good or bad—are in God’s hands, and His timing is perfect.

It may not feel that way right now, but God is moving in your life whether you can see it yet or not.

Today, reflect on Ecclesiastes 3, and ask God to help you trust Him and His timing.

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“Does what I do really matter?”


Have you ever felt like your hard work went unnoticed or didn’t make a difference?

King David is the only person in the Bible who God calls a man after His own heart. But even David felt overlooked.

When God told Samuel to anoint the next king of Israel, Samuel met with Jesse and his sons. Each of Jesse’s sons appeared to have the qualities of a good king, but God didn’t choose any of them.

“… the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’”

1 SAMUEL 16:7

Jesse said that there was one son left, David, who was watching the sheep. At that time, shepherds were considered unclean and dirty, which is probably why David wasn’t originally invited. But although others overlooked him, God chose David to lead Israel.

Even when David was unseen, God saw him—just like He sees you now.

If God can use David, an ordinary shepherd, to do amazing things, then He can use you, too.

What you do when no one is looking is shaping you into who God made you to be and preparing you for the plans He has for you.

Just like David, continue to diligently put your faith in God. Today, spend some time connecting with the God who sees you, loves you, and values you through Guided Prayer.

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“I thought the Bible was boring and hard to understand.”


Have you ever found it hard to really connect with God’s Word?

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“How do I know if I’m enough?”

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In a world searching for identity and purpose, we often look for reassurance that what we do and who we are is enough.

But we’re never really sure if it is.

With all the noise around us, we can get distracted from God and forget what He says about us.

No matter what distractions you face, when you know God’s Word, you can trust that it is true—even when you don’t always feel like it’s true. And here’s what God’s Word says about you:

So, how do we know if we are enough?

We aren’t—not on our own at least. But that’s the beauty of the good news of Jesus.

God loves and values you so much that He sent Jesus so you could be saved. On our own, we aren’t enough, but through Jesus, we are.

When you doubt your worth, remember this: God knows you better than anyone because He created you. And who He says you are is enough.

Today, ask God to help you trust His Word and that what He says about you is true.

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