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The Great Influence
Our lives are the collective experiences largely characterized by the people who have influenced us one way or another….
Ezekiel 37:3 reads “[The Lord] asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ I said, ‘O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.’ “
…Ugh! Why do I feel like I have to juggle as much as humanly possible? Would my husband and children have survived if I had served cold cereal for dinner? What if I had said the orthodontist appointment had to wait one more day? Or decided it would be okay to arrive a little late (gasp!) for baseball practice?…
So what about us? When we accept Christ as our Savior, there is no sin his blood can’t cleanse. So…we can sit down. The work is already done because Jesus checked off everything on the list that mattered.
…When the doctor was finished getting all the information and about to tell me what she thought was the problem and what I would need to do to start to fix it, I got up and left.
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5
Abigail and Jesus
Jesus understood that and realized what He would have to go through for us before He did it. He took the price for us, and we are forgiven. He knew every stupid thing we were going to do and died for us.
Joseph, Moses, Abraham – all had to wait, not months but years, to see God’s promises unfold in their lives. It’s during these times of waiting that God can grow us in amazing ways.
God is My Superhero
…Do I pray this out of my own personal fears of the unknown? Don’t I trust my Father in Heaven hears my requests and will bless them? Or is it because I want to tell the world I believe what God can do for those who “love Him with all their heart, all their mind and all their strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5)…
Holy Week Hesitation
Hesitation is part of my spiritual journey. I often hesitate to go into difficult or painful places. Even as I am totally assured that God’s love and plan for me is perfect, I still hesitate.