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Choose Jesus

Good morning friends, The following is an excerpt from “Becoming Myself” a book by Staci Eldridge. I was going through a challenging time over the weekend, the difficulty intensified unnecessarily because I got stuck in trying to figure out ”Why”. I needed this sweet reminder to turn to Jesus. I encourage  you to read aloud today Psalm 16, especial verse 8 , “I have put the Lord constantly before me, I will not be shaken”.

 “I learned long ago that in cases of suffering, you can have understanding or you can have Jesus. If you insist on understanding, you usually lose both. When suffering enters into your life, take a deep breath. The very first thing to do is to invite Jesus into it. Pray, ‘Jesus, catch my heart’. When painful trials come your way, by all means ask God what’s up—ask him to interpret it for you. But whether he provides understanding or not, invite Jesus in. Keep inviting Jesus into the pain. Invite Jesus into the places in your heart that are rising to the surface through the suffering, be those painful memories, unbelief, or self-contempt. Pray, ‘Please come meet me here Jesus. I need you’.

Let suffering be the door you walk through that draws you to deeper intimacy with Jesus. Suffering can do that, if we let it. And though it would never be the doorway we would choose, it is one we will never regret walking through. 

 

 

 
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Not Enough?

I recently received this letter from a young mama friend of mine, she had been reflecting on the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. As I imagined the scene I saw this child with very little to offer, certainly nothing near enough for the need at hand, but he was undaunted. Did he know that Jesus would do a miracle with his little offering? Or did he just know Jesus? As my friend wrote the following letter I heard in her heart the cry of so many mamas…”Is what I have to offer enough?”  I thought her heart represented many of us and wanted to share it with you.

“My heart is for moms, myself being one :)… for all moms who are doing their best to raise their children and yet in a battle with themselves: not good enough, not disciplined enough, not advancing in school fast enough, not feeding them the right food, not dressing them in matching socks/shoes, ad nauseum as the list of “not enough” is different for everyone.  Anyway, I have started a few mom groups where we can come together and connect, encourage, and enjoy a hot cup of coffee over funny stories about the daily trials.  And it doesn’t matter how many show up, or if any show up at all, it’s about Jesus and hearing his direction.   And so, I am glad to be in this journey..  of knowing that I have nothing but a few barley loaves and fish to offer but that God can do mighty things with willing and responsive hands.”  
I am praying 2 Corinthians 12:9 over us right now.

” But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Oh yes, may the power of Christ rest upon  you. In Jesus name, Amen.

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This excerpt was adapted from this morning’s online devotion by Ransomed Heart Ministries, a ministry of John and Staci Eldrige, (They wrote “Wild At Heart” and “Captivating”). I am constantly brought back to the heart of God through these dear people. I HIGHLY recommend signing up for their online daily devotion…

As you get to know a person, you want to know their story, the things that have shaped them, because you want to know who they really are. Where did they experience shame, and for what? Where did they experience being prizedand for what? Because everything you say and do is being filtered through their way of seeing the world. “

Sisters, one of my most treasured personal exhortations is Philippians 1:9 …                                                                                  “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,…”

It is my prayer today over us all that as we relate to husbands, children, parents, siblings, friends, and anyone with whom we hope to have relationship, that we will not lean on “our own understanding” of them, but that we will seek the Lord Who loves to give true understanding into the hearts of others, so that they may be deeply loved. This learning to love, I am convinced, will be a lifelong journey, a journey which will require daily, hourly turning to the Lord of love. What else better have we to do?

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Hello my dear friends. This morning I read a quote by William Yeats:

“Living through the pressures of life can be compared to walking through fire. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah believed that if you have faith in God, you can walk through fire and not be burned. He didn’t promise that you wouldn’t feel the heat, just that you won’t be burned by it. Keep on walking. A surefire way to get burned is to stop walking. When you are afraid, or under extreme stress, or hurting — keep going. You will get through if you keep dealing with the everyday tasks at hand to the best of your ability. Persevere.

As I pray for you today, I am impressed that your trials may be financial, or relational, or physical. They may come into your thought life or be spoken to you by those around you. My friends, our Lord told us long ago that we would most certainly encounter trials; it is inescapable. Remembering this can be half the battle, for allowing thoughts of “Why is this happening” can weaken us or “It shouldn’t be this hard to (fill in the blank)…”

In 1 Peter 4:12 we read: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, (to prove who or what you are standing upon) as though something strange were happening to you…” and in      1 Peter 1:6   “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials…”

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were in the fire…remember Who stood with them? I pray you will remember dear friends, that you are not alone in this. Jesus is so very near and has promised to stay.                                                                     He’s not going anywhere.

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