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Firm Foundation

Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  Matthew 7:24 NIV

firm foundationI lived on Russian Hill, and my sister lived in the Marina District during the 6.9 earthquake in San Francisco on October 17, 1989. The quake was unsettling, especially for my sister. Her neighborhood was closed for several weeks and went without running water or electricity. The most extensive damage happened to the Marina because it had no firm foundation. Instead, it was built on uncompacted, sandy ground. In contrast, Russian Hill was built on rock and suffered much less damage.

A firm foundation is critical for building integrity and withstanding life's inevitable storms. A strong foundation of faith enables us to have security and hope regardless of our circumstances.

Many build their lives on shaky foundations like popular opinion, wealth, career, and fame. These things are not bad but do not bring lasting satisfaction, can be taken away, and tend to lose importance. We were made for so much more than living self-centered lives.

Building a secure foundation on God's Word brings satisfaction and leads to a life of integrity. God's truth brings wholeness, equipping us with everything we need to live for His greater purpose. It explains how things work and is the basis for making good decisions. Christianity is a worldview that leads to endless hope. Christ alone can satisfy our deepest needs for only He can remove our sin and make us His child.

Christ provides the firm foundation to live lives of eternal purpose at the vital corners of our lives. Learn to live God's way so you will have a firm foundation of security and strength when things get shaky.

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Jennifer Townsend

Jennifer Townsend is an author, educator, photographer, and community philanthropist. Earning her MBA and accolades in advertising in her earlier career, Jennifer now focuses on sharing her faith. She has led a community Bible study for fourteen years that started in her home and has grown to over two hundred women. Jennifer has created mindfulness and anti-bullying curriculum for local organizations. She has won awards for her photography, been published in several anthologies and websites, and writes a weekly blog. To help more people find divine transformation, she is writing her first book, Disruptive Grace. Follow her weekly blog at www.disruptivegrace.com, Facebook, and Instagram @disruptivegrace.