We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge.

Extra Strength for Rush Hour: Red Light. (click to listen to the message)

In a world that is go-go-go, it’s sort of weird to have down-time.

Even if it’s just for a moment, it seems out of place. It can even become irritating if life isn’t constantly keeping us on our feet. At least, that’s how it is for me. And I’m sure I’m not alone here!

Pastor Josh used red lights as an example this week, and it really resonated with me. He said that every day, we stop at red lights and we see stopping as a nuisance.

blog9.17.14I know I get annoyed when I am going 40 miles per hour and all the sudden I have to pause at a red light. I want to keep moving and get to my destination as quickly as possible. But in reality, red lights are actually a blessing! It’s two to three minutes where we can just calmly sit and not be judged for it, either.

We can be still.

How often can we rest and not be deemed lazy? I know that I hardly get the opportunity. On the average day, I am up and going at 7:00 a.m. and once homework is done and I’ve done all I wanted/needed to do for the day, I go to bed anywhere between 10:30 p.m. and midnight. I drive more than seven hours a week yet I have been missing out on the value of the red light!

We can’t actually avoid red lights. So why not take the opportunity to pray or think or not think.

Why not take the opportunity to turn off the radio and relish in the quiet. It’s so rare now that we get to be alone with our thoughts and our God.

I have begun to challenge myself not to take little moments in my day that force me to pause for granted. I challenge all of us: don’t be afraid to pause; don’t be afraid to stop at that red light and really mean it.

Snapshot_20121212Gracie Adamek is a college student. She enjoys singing, acting and spending time with friends! Gracie is so grateful for this opportunity and hopes to glorify God 100 percent through this!



Be Challenged:

  • Take some time to work through the Conversation Starter based off of the message and honestly answer the questions. This guide can be worked through during the week to take you deeper into application and God’s word.
  • During the actual red lights in your week, take time to take a deep breath and simply rest in God’s love.
  • Spend time in quiet and in prayer and ask God to help you identify your priorities in life; ask yourself if how you’re living actually supports you in keeping your priorities at the forefront.
  • Spend time in quiet and in prayer and ask God to help you identify what activities in your life are keeping you from Him and your other priorities.


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