Saturday, October 21, 2017

Give



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In his Gospel, John covered so many of the stories of Jesus' life from a viewpoint of His amazing love for us. Jesus gave us not only His love, but His life. I am continually amazed that God would choose to love me, a sinner, and give His life for mine. 

Some days as a wife and mother I feel like I have given all I can give, and there are still hours left before bedtime and a never-ending to-do list. The only way I have found to continue on is in God's grace and strength. I am reminded over and over again of Jesus' words recorded in John 14:27 ~ "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."

When I am tired, or anxious, I remember these words, and I find comfort, I find strength. I am reminded that God knows my days, and He sees my every need. He is the one who has equipped me for these tasks - and He is able!


Christian living, 31 day writing challenge

Isaiah 12:5



Scripture Writing, Isaiah 12:5





Friday, October 20, 2017

Discover




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Discover might not be the first word we think of when talking about living life as a Christian. That might be a mistake. Can you think back to what you felt when you discovered that God loved you? When your faith first began to grow and you wished, hoped, that the Gospel story was true? The wonder you had when your faith was just as big as a mustard seed and you learned to trust that God did indeed love you, that He stood ready with open arms to forgive you and welcome you home? That the Gospel story of Jesus' death for our sins is indeed true and is available to everyone?!

As we discover new truths while reading our Bibles, as we find new friends with which to fellowship, may we remember that first glimpse of true hope in the One who loves us and died for us. May we be ready to discover the paths God has planned for us, may we greet with open arms each new day, knowing God is there right beside us. May we wonder anew at His goodness and mercy. And then, may we share that joy unspeakable with those around us who need it most!

Some discoveries in life can take a lifetime, some are quick to be found. Our discovery of God's great love and forgiveness occurs when we humble ourselves and understand our need of Him. Wherever you are on this journey of Christian living, may you discover anew God's great love for you each and every day.






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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Brave



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When we teach our children to be brave, do we remember to tell them why they can be brave? Do we remind them that God is ALWAYS beside them? Do we remind them that Jesus took away the sting of death so that we need no longer fear death?

We can be brave because we trust the outcome to God. We are not acting in spite of the evidence of God, but rather because of the evidence of God working all around us. Being brave means stepping out of our comfort zone and following God's directing of our path. Being brave means being humble, and knowing that your strength and talents are a gift from God. 

May we bravely trust God, who knows all, sees all, and is all we will even need in this life.

Be humble, be trusting, be brave!




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Joyful, Joyful




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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Share



Christian living, 31 day writing challenge, share


Learning how to share is one of those early lessons we teach our children. Why? Because as humans we normally are quite selfish (it's that sin nature of ours) and would not share with others if we were not taught to think of others first, or at least second. 

Sharing is an important lesson we must re-learn as adults. As followers of Christ we share in the community of believers. We share joys and sorrows, we share burdens and blessings. This is possible because we share in the sufferings and comfort of Christ. It is a blessing to be able to bear one another's burdens, to be the hands and feet of Christ and minister to the need of others. There are a lot of needs around us every day. May we ask God to open our eyes to where He wants us to share His blessings today.


For as we share abundantly in Christ's' sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
2 Corinthians 1:5 (ESV)








Christian living, 31 day writing challenge

Isaiah 12:2



Scripture Writing, Isaiah 12:2