Monthly Archives January 2017

Resolved

My New Year’s resolution is the same one I have every year. No, not to lose those last stubborn pounds, but so much more meaningful. It comes from Paul’s admonition to “go in grace” and the implication is to keep growing in grace, as well.

Grace is one of those abstract concepts that can be witnessed more easily than explained. It’s when we take the more difficult path in a power that doesn’t come from ourselves, such as forgiving something unforgivable. Grace means we live in unconditional love for others, especially those close to us. (more…)

By : Beth Weikel /January 29, 2017 /By His Design Blog /Comments Off on Resolved Read More

By Faith, Not By Sight

“By faith we see the hand of God…A place where peace and justice reign.

We will stand as children of the promise;

We will fix our eyes on Him, our soul’s reward.

Till the race is finished and the work is done,

We’ll walk by faith and not by sight.”

“Comfort, comfort My people, says your God…A voice cries: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God’” (Isaiah 40:1,3).

As we evaluate where we are at the beginning of a new year, attitude adjustments and course corrections may be necessary. I’ve become aware that waiting is personally wearing me down. Seeking the Lord for things according to His own desires are still awaiting fulfillment. Others are involved, and I have no power over them.

What seems urgent to me requires patient, persistent trust. Sustained belief in One greater than myself can feel like work. To not demand, but ask for grace, is a delicate balance. It’s a growing discipline of knowing where to look and what to receive. My expectations aren’t the point. (more…)

By : Beth Weikel /January 25, 2017 /By His Design Blog /Comments Off on By Faith, Not By Sight Read More

New Year’s Plans?

After the shouts of “Happy New Year!” many begin January anticipating a new year of opportunity and blessing. While only natural, some still bear the weight of last year’s burdens. Just because the calendar flipped a page doesn’t mean all our problems and concerns vanish.

When daily routines are overshadowed by tragic or traumatic events, where can we expect optimism, caring, and attention for our needs? And, how do we make room for others’ feelings when we are struggling ourselves?

 Finally, is it possible to prepare for life’s most daunting circumstances before they occur? Because some parts of life are inevitable no matter how we may try to deny it, there must be ways of restoring our sense of stability and well-being. Merely waiting for joy to return is unrealistic. (more…)

By : Beth Weikel /January 23, 2017 /By His Design Blog /Comments Off on New Year’s Plans? Read More
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    Dave and Beth Weikel have worked in full-time ministry, business, and public education for over 30 years. God is using their season of loss to provide hope and healing for others.
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