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Journey – Following Jesus Day by Day

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Most of us are very familiar with the poem above.  If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you have certain experienced times when Jesus carried you.

Sometimes folks think that salvation will be giddy happiness for the rest of their lives. Or they think that since they are “saved” no problems will ever come their way again. Or maybe they think that God would never ask them to step out in faith to do something so beyond their capabilities and comfort.

Not so.  Instead of giddy happiness (we do have that at times), we have the joy of the Lord that cannot be taken away or explained. Life’s problems still come.  After all, the Bible tells us that “it rains on the just and the unjust”, but we are never alone in life’s problems. And sooner or later we realize that our loving Father did not save us so we can be ever comfortable or so He could use us in whatever ways we are capable. We understand that salvation is our gift, but it’s all about Him. We learn that He has all POWER and He covers all ZONES so He can stretch us well beyond our capabilities and well outside our comfort zones. He is not limited.

In this faith journey with Jesus, we have some assurances:

  • We are never alone
  • We are loved
  • We belong
  • We are called to a purpose
  • We are forgiven
  • We are not our own
  • We are to tell others about our great Savior

I’m so glad that Jesus is holding my hand on this journey of faith.  I’m so glad I am never alone.  I’m so glad the He gives PEACE that passes all understanding, even in the midst of this world’s chaos.  Aren’t you?

I came that they may have
life,
and have it
abundantly.  
John 10:10
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Life on a Farm with Purpose

Kojack

Meet Kojack.  Yep, this dates you if you remember a TV show about Kojack.  The white face is known as a “bald” face; hence, the name.

Kojack is a little bull (now steer) born to our family of cattle.  For folks that have not grown up on a farm, you would never want to name your little ones.  And if you have a large herd, you just resort to numbers rather than names.

Kojack’s purpose is to be sold at auction to cover the cost of raising all the cattle.  We only have a few so one should do it. We have another calf named T-bone.  I’m sure you can guess his life’s purpose.  Already, my adult children ask, “Is this…?” when we eat steak.  Our answer…”Not yet.”

The point I want to make is that of purpose. Jesus was born with a purpose.  He, too, was born to cover the cost of a sinful world – all mankind.  He gave the ultimate sacrifice – separation from His Holy Father.  Oh, we think dying was the ultimate and it would be for a mere mortal, but Jesus IS God.  And until that fateful day on the cross, He had never known anything but perfect union with His Father.  No, I can’t explain it.  But for God, who knew no sin to become sin on our behalf to pay our debt is mind-boggling. Yet, that was the purpose of our manger baby Jesus that angels and shepherds worshiped.

Jesus had a purpose.  I have a purpose. And you have a purpose.

As believers, we may not be called on to die a martyr’s death, but we are all called for the purpose of dying to our self, taking up our cross and following Jesus in life. We are called with a purpose to live obediently.

Are you fulfilling your purpose?  Are you seeking to live life on purpose? If not, it’s not too late.  Give your life to Jesus Christ.  As you surrender to Him, He brings purpose to you!

 

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Look for the Good

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Is your glass half full or is it half empty?  Do you look for the good in a situation and in people? Or do you see what’s bad?

Funny thing  is that often the “bad” that we see was just a WRONG perception.  That’s right!  We may have been in a foul mood so we saw what we perceived to be bad – when that wasn’t the case at all.

You know the idea of “looking through rose colored glasses”, right?  It’s that we naively see all as bliss.  Well I, for one, would rather be “blissfully”  happy than sour and unhappy because I choose a negative perception.

Most situations and people have some good in them!  Sometimes we see it right off and other times we have to dig a little. But, trust me…you can find the good if you want to find the good.

Today, let’s look for the good.  It will let the joy of the Lord shine through you.  And that’s what life is about – letting other see Jesus in us!

He who diligently seeks good seeks favor…  Proverbs 11:27 NASB

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The Battle is Real

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We see her at church or work or down our street and she is nicely dressed, clean and smiling as we talk.  But let us not forget that the battle is real.

What we don’t know is that she’s been under attack.  Maybe it was a terminal diagnosis of her loved one or maybe she just found out that her child was hurt by someone she trusted or she lost her job this week.  What we don’t know is that it’s not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.

We see her at the market and she hurls painful words at those around her.  She is mean and hateful.  We, too, want to lash out at her, or someone, when she said spiteful things to us! But let us not forget that the battle is real.

What we don’t know is that she’s been under attack.  Maybe everyday she’s told by her husband that she is not good enough and never will be, or she found herself in a compromising position and she compromised or she was betrayed by someone she never thought would betray her.  What we don’t know is that it’s not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.

The battle is real – but the battle is not with them.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

Therefore, let us take up the whole armor of God:

  • the belt of truth
  • the breastplate of righteousness
  • the gospel of peace
  • the shield of faith 
  • the helmet of salvation
  • the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Let us pray at all times in the Spirit, to keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.   (Ephesians 6:13-18 paraphrased)

Don’t leave her to stand alone.  The Battle is Real.

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Your Story His Glory

yourstory

We all have a story to tell.

When we look at ourselves, we don’t always see a “story”.  But Jesus is the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).  I am so thankful for that!

Have you ever been struggling with something and then be talking to someone about something else and the conversation turn?  In that conversation, you find that the person you are talking to has struggled with the very thing you are and they tell their story.  You attentively take it in.  Suddenly, they stop talking, look directly at you and say, “I don’t know why I just told you all that.”

But you know why.  God had sent them your way because you needed to hear their story. You needed to be reminded that you are not alone.  You are reminded that God is with you, just as He was is with them – just like He said He would be.

I remember when our ladies class started at my Church.  There were new wives and moms to women with great grandchildren in that class.  Every week one of the “wiser” “godly” women would invariably tell something about their home life and I would think, “Thank You God, there is hope for me.”

People need hope today more than ever.  Your story may be the very thing that gives someone a glimmer of that Hope.  So don’t be silent.  Tell people how Jesus has brought you through. Let God use your story for His glory!

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Right All Along

MomRight

The older I get, the more I agree with this clip I saw on Facebook.  For the record, “OMG” in my book means “Oh My Goodness”.  Just needed to clear that up.

Isn’t it ironic how, even though our parents lived in a different era, they were right about most everything? Our pastor recently said that his mother told him growing up that people don’t change.  So true.  Even Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, said there is nothing new under the sun.

When my Mom would say, “Birds of a feather flock together.” She was right.  When she would say, “No, not everyone is doing it – because you’re not.”  She was right. God always has a remnant and I want to be counted in that, don’t you?  When she said someone was being mean because they were jealous, she was right.  We know the list could go on from here but I’ll not bore you with more. We get the point.

I can’t count the times I wish I could tell my parents, “Oh My Goodness, you were right!” I can recall many times that my parents would let me make my own mistakes.  Sometimes I would come to them and say, “Why didn’t you tell me?”  One time in particular my Mom just shook her head and said, “You wouldn’t have listened…”  I’m the last of seven children.  I got the impression she knew from experience that I probably wouldn’t have listened.

My Dad’s famous answer to “Why didn’t you tell me?” was “There’s no experience like bought experience.”  Oh, if I had a dime for all the ‘bought’ lessons…

While I would have to say that my parents were right about most everything, I must tell you that Jesus IS right about EVERYTHING.  So when He says not to do something, it’s for our good that we DON’T do it.  When He says to DO something, it’s for our good that we DO it.

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. I John 5:3

Do you ever feel like His commandments are burdensome?  I have.  But when I understand that His commands are for my good and His glory, the burden is lifted. When I am obedient to His will, His commands are not heavy.  When I trust that Jesus is ALWAYS RIGHT and I adjust to His Will, I don’t have to ask, “Why didn’t You tell me?” After all, He did tell us…

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Choose Life

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Life, as we know it, is fleeting.  The Bible tells us that – “life is but a vapor”- and the older I get the more I understand that truth.  We only have a certain number of days and none of us know how long that is.  So while you are here CHOOSE LIFE.

This past week, my husband and I looked at a piece of property.  Hence the waterfall above.  That waterfall is on the property in which we are looking.  Hearing the constant loud sound of the water rushing by was, well, soothing.

It reminded me of life.  There are some constant things about life, there are some loud things about life and there are some soothing things about life. But just like that waterfall is vibrant and flowing right now, it does die out in mid-summer.  It dries up for about two months out of the year.

Today, we are vibrant and flowing with life, so choose life.  Use this time to live to the fullest.  Jesus said He came to bring life and life to the full.  Don’t waste it!

Just as there are seasons in our world, there are seasons in life.  Some are hard, some are easy, some are sweet, some are bitter – a time for everything. In Christ we are overcomers.  We are victors!

Our family is entering a new season of life.  It’s hard to let go of the past, watch the present as it changes and know that the future will be vastly different than what I had thought it would be.  But I am choosing life!

I am choosing to forgive, to let go of hurts, to embrace a new season, to live vibrantly in the full life that Jesus has already paid for and given to us. Whatever the circumstances – whatever our perceptions – whatever…, we have a choice to make.  This day – choose.

Choose LIFE!

‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.’  Deuteronomy 30:19

Blessings! Wendy