Y Pulse conducted a survey about what Gen Z and Millenials want in their home, and the results reflect their priorities. Some of the feedback that the survey uncovered was that they wanted their house to be a place where they can relax, but they also want their house to be "social media worthy." These people clearly want their space to be where they can chill and let their hair down, but it also shows that they care about what others think regarding their house (and therefore finances, family dynamic, etc.). If people can't even let their facade down in their home, where can they let it down? Even if people look like they have it all together, no one truly does.
Belonging Co. released a new song called "Jesus Over Everything." The song serves as a reminder that Jesus has power over everything. Whether it's fear, shame, sickness, or even Hell, He's already won the battle for us. He's still in control and reigning on His throne, even when it doesn't feel like it.
Grog - "Among Us in Real Life"; This is a very active game that works best in the dark. One person who is not playing splits a flashlight into three pieces and hides them in the play area. They then secretly choose one person to be the Grog. Everyone else is a Seeker, trying to find the three pieces of the flashlight and shine it on the Grog. Meanwhile, the Grog is going around and tagging Seekers, freezing them in place until another Seeker unfreezes them. When the Grog tags a seeker, they must whisper to them that they are the Grog. The Grog wins if s/he is able to freeze all the seekers at the same time. This is a game that can last ten minutes or up to an hour depending on the group, so choose your Grog wisely!
In your mind, imagine a place, a physical location that you feel especially safe in. It's where you go when you're stressed or scared. For some people, this might be their room or a special chair in an office. For others, it might be out in nature or at a church. That feeling that you get in those safe places - Christ can provide us with those same feelings. God isn't confined to a specific space either. Sometimes, you can't physically be in your safe space, but you can always be with God because He is always with you.
Psalm 91:1-2 - Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
One of the key components of a castle or a fortress is the watchtower, which requires an alert watchman/watchwoman. This is where the analogy fails though because guards will fall asleep or simply not spot trouble soon enough. However, God is never sleeping or slumbering. He never misses a thing. He knows what's happening and what is going to happen. Rest in the knowledge this week that the eyes of the Almighty God are always on you.