by Joelle Jensen My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Psalm 22:1-2 ESV It was 4 am as I […]

Several years ago I was telling a family member how terrible I felt about my past and all of the terrible decisions I had made. Even though I had grown up in the church, I didn’t embrace a relationship with Jesus for myself until later in my teens. In the meantime, my actions had done a lot of damage – damage to relationships primarily. It was a burden I couldn’t seem to let go of.

I can still clearly remember the four years of sacrifice it took me to complete my nursing degree. While friends were getting together and having a blast, I would find myself alone in a library staring at lecture notes. I wanted to become a nurse. It was important to me. And unfortunately, a nursing degree wasn’t something I could just coast through college and get. I’d have to stay focused on what really mattered most to me and prioritize it.

Even more than reaching a goal or a dream, we must remember to fix our eyes on the One who is the giver of life itself.