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I am resolved

4 Jan

It’s a long story.

Maybe it’s my life story or maybe this story just seems long because I’m not quite sure how to express myself and if we were siting in front of each other over coffee, I would ramble on but you would understand…

Maybe.

For the past several years, I’ve joined friends and family in praying through our year in December and January and putting a name to it. It’s not always serious, hence my year named Biscuits (ironically enough, that was the year my health nose-dived, then re-energized when I cut out grains and sugar and we discovered Grace had a gluten intolerance). But it is about accountability and clarity.

Sometimes the Holy Spirit moves so clearly and distinctly in your life you can point a finger and say, “Aha! I know this is what I should do. This is the direction I need to go and here is what I need to do in the meantime to get there.” I love that.  Clarity and vision are usually where I do well. I know what He requires of me (Micah 6:8and everything else should fall under that heading. There have been times I’ve had my new year named by Thanksgiving. Oh but this year…

2015 finished hard, started hard and was hard in the middle. Life, family, ministry, self, marriage, children… not one thing that I hold dear was untouched.

But can I tell you something?  Jesus was (and is still, and always will be) so good to me. He sets my feet on the rock and gives me a firm place to stand.

For a week now I’ve been humming a song:

I am resolved to go to the Savior;  Leaving my sin and strife; He is the True One, He is the Just One, He has the words of life.

I am resolved to follow the Savior, Faithful and true each day; Heed what He says, do what He wills, He is the living way.

I know it’s not the flashiest hymn or really the one with the best tune, but those words… They jump out to me and I just can’t shake them.

So I am resolved.

And this morning in my time alone with the Lord He spoke to me from His word:

“But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1Corinthians 15:57-58

Steadfast. This year, steadfast. – Thanking Him for the victory of the last 12 months.

I am resolved, and who will go with me? Come, friends, without delay, Taught by the bible, led by the Spirit, We’ll walk the heavenly way.

 

 

 

Be Faith Brave

8 Feb

Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.      Joshua 1:9

This weekend I’m watching IF:Gathering via live stream. There are so many things lately that the Lord is confirming to me and in me, but really, that’s a longer blog post for another day.  Right now I want to leave you with something that spoke to my heart.  Ann Voskamp and Amena Brown spoke of an Esther generation and in that poem was this:

“Let us redefine comfort zone because wherever He takes you, you are with the comforter.  Wherever He calls you – you are always in your comfort zone.” 

Amen. Let us be faith brave.

Carrying His Message

18 Jan

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” 2Corinthians 5:17-19 ((ESV)

He has given us instruction through His word:

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.  We implore you on the behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5: 20 (ESV)

So what does that look like, being an ambassador?

Is it using the street corner as a pulpit declaring the day of the Lord is near?  Maybe.

Or maybe it’s seeing a neighbor struggling to carry a burden and you sharing about the One who wants to carry those for us.

It could look like forgiveness given to a spouse, or a child, who needs to see grace in action.

 

God is making His appeal through us.

“For our sake he made him to be sin, who knew no sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

It’s a little overwhelming. To think that He, the Maker of the Heavens, wants to use us to spread His message when so often we stumble around acting as though we don’t even know what His message says.

 

But then, who better to share with those who are drowning in sin than one who used to be…

Teach us, Lord, how to be ambassadors for you.  You alone can save and make new.  Show us what it looks like to carry your ministry of reconciliation to a broken world.

All glory and honor belong to You.

 

 

 

 


 

Are You Thirsty?

4 Nov

I’ve started placing my bible on top of my computer. It’s a little thing, I know, but:

For a season my routine had changed and instead of reading the Word with my coffee I was scrolling through my Google Reader and checking up on email.  I meant to get to my bible but by the time I reached for it, the little people were ready to start school.  We study Him together in the mornings and I teach of Him and His sweet promises but I just wasn’t feeling them.  My spirit was dry, and tired, and…

So, I grew sad, and melancholy, and for the first time in my life felt the chains of a depressed spirit. I cried to my husband. I cried to my sister. I cried to everyone but Him, you know, the One who breaks the chains. 

Wouldn’t life be simpler if we always ran to Him first?

My girl’s scripture for memorization is : “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. ” John 7:37b (ESV)    And as I read with her and repeated the verse over and over, I realized that I had forgotten some things:

He meets me where I am.  His is enough. He is sufficient. His water never runs dry.  Though my spirit fails me, He will not.

Come, drink, believe Him, and “Out of his heart will flow streams of living water.” John 7:38 (ESV)


Fear Not

26 Oct

“Look unto Christ; fear not.  There is no stumbling when a man walks with his eyes up to Jesus.  He that looked at the stars fell into the ditch; but he that looks at Christ walks safely.” Charles Spurgeon

For so long I carried fear.  The yoke was heavy around my neck.  It became the friend who wouldn’t leave, outstaying it’s welcome for years…

Little things, really…They seemed so innocent at first: Why wouldn’t I be worried about my children getting hurt?  It’s what a good mother would do. Make sure and say all of the right things.  You want everyone to like you. You had better go on another diet.  Your husband may stop loving you. Don’t get in that car.  You know you’re not a great driver, just think what could happen…

It kept going and going until I couldn’t see the light of Truth anymore and for a while I let the deceiver win, because when you aren’t fully trusting in the One who holds you in the palm of His hand,  your heart gets tired.

But He is faithful when we are not and once again He draws me back to His side with the gentle wooing of His word.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

With a repentant heart, I asked and forgiveness was granted, washing me clean with precious grace and mercy.

What freedom there is in being yoked to Jesus! All my sins and grief to bear…

Now friend, what about you? He wants you; he’s wooing you. Will you listen?


The Bread

5 Oct

This was in the girl’s lesson plan today:

“Read Luke 22:7-20

Read verse 19 again:

Then Jesus took the bread.  He gave thanks and broke it.  He handed it to them and said, “This is my body.  It is given for you.  Every time you eat it, do it in memory of me.”  Luke 22:19 NIrV

Jesus took the bread without yeast (which was like Jesus with out sin) and broke it.  The bread in New Testament times wasn’t like our bread, which comes already sliced.  It was all one piece, and had to be broken so that it could be shared with Jesus’ disciples. Jesus said that His body was given for us, and that when we eat the bread, we are to remember Him.  Next time we have Communion at church, it can remind us what we have learned-that Jesus is the Bread of Life.”   -taken from Adventures in MFW Week 7

…”I am the Bread of Life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”  John 6:35 NIrV

He was beaten,

broken,

and poured out for me…and for you.

Are you sharing Him?

Thank you, sweet Jesus.

Thank you for being the Bread and Wine.

My Favorite

29 Sep

Today in school our verse for memorization (for the boy) is this:

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (ESV)

A while ago my son asked me what my favorite verse was.  I always have a hard time answering that question.  I’m not good at making on the fly decisions.

But this verse…it’s the one.

Because even though I’m:

a liar

fearful

angry

impatient

unloving

ungrateful

disobediant

…and so many other things…

He loves me.

He’s redeemed me.

I’m forgiven.

And He has shown me through the work of His Son.

I’m declared righteous because of Jesus. The Father looks at me and sees Him.

That’s why Romans 5:8 is my favorite.

What’s yours?