Faith is Holding On

closing thought“Faith is holding on even if you can’t see the solution.”

The thing that challenges our faith the most is not reasoned arguments against faith.  Rather, it is our emotions and our heart.  We struggle with our faith when we are disappointed or hurt or grieved.  Faith is continuing to believe, despite what our emotions are telling us.

Where we get into trouble is when we listen to our hearts.  Jeremiah says that the heart is deceitfully wicked and sick (Jeremiah 17:9).  Our heart and emotions are what generally get us in trouble, cause us to start doubting what we know to be true.  As we are disappointed or hurt, we begin to doubt God’s love for us.  As we become anxious and worried, we begin to doubt God’s faithfulness, or the promises in His word.  No, emotions cannot be trusted.  On the other hand, it is not that we should bury our emotions and ignore them.  We should never bury them, but we also should not listen to them.

When we are disappointed, or angry, or hurt, or anxious, we cannot rely on our moods, but must constantly remind our heart what we know in our head to be true. God is Faithful.

Texas tax-free weekend announced

tax free weekendTexas tax-free weekend announced (KTRE)

It seems like summer just began, but Texas officials are already reminding consumers about the Texas sales tax holiday coming up in August.

“Texas families can take advantage of the sales tax holiday when doing their back-to-school shopping. The tax holiday applies to a variety of items ranging from pens to jeans to help shoppers around Texas save some of their hard earned money,” says Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.

Most clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks priced under $100 are exempt from sales tax during the annual weekend holiday. According to Combs, shoppers will save an estimated $74.1 million in state and local sales tax.

This year’s tax-free weekend is August 9-11.

For a full list of apparel and supplies that can be purchased tax-free, visit the Sales Tax Holiday website.

Chin Up Buttercup

chin up buttercup“Chin Up Buttercup! Everything is going to be okay!”

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

Although this verse is so commonly used it can become a cliché try stepping back and give it a fresh look. Paul is reminding us that we serve a God who is sovereign – who is always prepared for any apparent contingency and who specializes in making something good from our worst nightmares. Our part? To love Him and be committed to seeing His plans carried out. His part? To make everything work out according to his purpose.