We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Lindsey Strickler.


Bible Reading:

17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” 18 And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work. 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they jeered at us and despised us and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” 20 Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.”

Nehemiah 2:17-20


Sometimes the world will look at us like we’re crazy, and we have a choice. We have a choice to listen to them, or we have a choice to do what Nehemiah did, testify to the goodness of God, tell them “the hand of my God that had been upon me for good,” and keep doing what he’s called you to do. With joy and determination. 


In today’s podcast, we hear the story of a man who was faced with a similar life situation. JCruz was paralyzed and he had a choice over whether he would succumb to the negativity, or would he embrace the situation he was in and live it fully, with joy and conviction, for the Lord.


Are you faced with a similar situation? What is your choice? Do you need to change the choices you’ve been making in response to it?


Jesus, I want to live with boldness and conviction and joy. I want to testify to your goodness. Raise up a story in me to share when the world pushes back or asks, “Why?” In Your name I pray, amen.




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