Moving forward in 2020! There is so much to share. I realize I can’t share it all in one post but will begin the year back at home writing. There was quite a bit going on in 2019. I have three grandchildren now and that is a true blessing. Loving this phase of my life. Seeing these children grow and being able to really watch them and see them develop, seeing their personalities -who they are even from infancy – is amazing. As a single parent, there was a lot of enjoyment I missed just being busy with the roles of mother and father.
Another part of my journey I will share this year is my recovery. The onion is being peeled and there are layers that were hidden for many years. As I continue my walk with God, He is faithful to me with love, revelation and growth. This will certainly be an interesting chapter. I was somewhat invisible in 2019. However, it is all good. I do believe that sometimes we need to step back and gather ourselves.
Revamping my site is a writing project on the list and I am looking forward to this part. I accept that everything cannot be done in one felt swoop but takes time and I am hoping that many of you will continue on this journey with me. I had a totally different post to put here today but this is what landed. Looking forward to re-uniting with my favorite writers and seeing the wondrous adventures you’ve experienced.
More than anything, I am glad to be back in the forum that allows me to bless and encourage others on this journey!
As I return to my writing, I thought it would be encouraging to speak about the magnitude of what Jesus has done for us. January started with reading the Bible in a year. There are several reading plans available that include the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs, etc. I just like to start at the beginning in Genesis and read through Revelation. I could read it like this all the time. What I most like is the story of Israel and God’s relationship as it unfolds. Most important and why I deemed the name of this post “grasp the magnitude” is the struggle we as humans have in giving it all to God, truly not fully appreciating and understanding the true depth of His love for us.
The Israelites really did struggle and Judges shows the return of evil again and again in the sight of God. The evil is truly turning your back on Him and choosing other “gods”, whatever they may be. Only you know what you have given your heart to. As I read, I reflect on what Jesus truly did for us. Between the burnt offerings, sin offerings, and feasts as well as the cleanliness protocols, I tend to flinch. I am not sure that I would have been okay. But what Jesus did when He died for us and rose again is give us the option to choose Him and let Him do the rest. Can you imagine giving your child everything he may want for Christmas and then act like you did nothing? The attitude of insignificance and no big deal would drive us nuts.
Grasping the resurrection and us receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit in us as a real deposit for eternal life is magnificent. All God wants us to do is worship Him and He promised to provide all of our needs. That includes physical, emotional and spiritual. How awesome is that! Simple, but not easy. We are so easily distracted by the world and things that we forget that He created the world and things through us. We make the thing created more important than the Creator.
Each time I start reading the Bible from the beginning, it moves my heart more towards God. Not saying I am always diligent in keeping it that way, but I do love God and desire to worship Him only. I have experienced God changing my heart on things I was holding to and found difficult letting go. Grasping the wrong things instead of His heart about those things. Intangible objects can do nothing. It is our heart towards those things that make us move to do what we do not desire to do. Paul really did have a clue. Grasping that we have the power within us, the Holy Spirit, to change that is just the tip of the iceberg. Is it so impossible to fathom that we have a God that loves us so much that He cared for us and loved us in and through our mess to give us not just a more abundant life here on earth but eternal life as well?
One addiction has been conquered and another rises to the service. When things begin to drop off – when you start dropping the baggage in your walk with Christ – what remains rises to the service. The pinching begins as God calls us to raise our standard to the way of life he has ordained for us as believers. It is a call to draw you even closer to Him and to walk worthy of the calling.
Ephesians 4 – “I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Things become more challenging as He calls us back to making Him the center and the first priority again. It is amazing to me how many layers are uncovered as I strive to give everything to God. The flesh will always rise to contend with your spirit to glorify God. This is a very real and true aspect of the spiritual battle that we face every day. You have to resolve in your heart and mind to put God first. I haven’t always been successful in this area, however, I will never give up but continue to strive to fight the good fight of faith.
Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Eternity, eternal life with Jesus and our heavenly Father, is certainly worth it. He has already given us everything we need. The victory was won on the Day of Pentecost after Jesus died on the cross.
Going from glory to glory in the Lord is our life on earth, though definitely not our permanent home.
2nd Corinthians 3:11 – “For if what was brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.”
As I write, I find that the focus needs to change from self to the Lord. Not our circumstances or what is going on around us, but what the will of the Father is for us. Jesus came to do the will of His Father, God the creator of heaven and earth. Can we not strive to be obedient to Christ because He was obedient unto death?
First and foremost, God bless and “Happy New Year!” God has been very busy with me; had to keep my eyes on Him. With all the things that were experienced last year, I have become even more rooted and grounded keeping my eyes on Him. There is a new level of peace that came with the challenges and growth of last year. A new beginning that is certainly welcome with a better understanding of living with the peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7) No matter what the circumstances are, God will bring you through.
Philippians 4:7 – “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I have re-focused and am back to writing. God has sincerely blessed. As a grandmother of another baby girl, I am very excited about being able to be hands-on with her; already seeing God move as I was lifting her in prayer before she arrived on the scene and she did come with pomp and circumstance. It has been a blessing to see the smile from the angels on her face. With a new place to live, a full-time job, a new car and becoming roommates with my sister, God has truly blessed. He is also bringing me to another place to serve Him. Becoming part of the leadership team at my church, I am moving forward in God’s purpose for my life. I did learn quite a bit more about patience, for myself and others. And that peace is so sweet! We get so much negativity from the world, we don’t realize how ingrained it becomes.
His peace is bringing forth my creativity again and that makes my heart glad. Truly rejoicing in what He desires for my life. Of course, my time has changed quite a bit and exercising time management is key to staying focused on Him. Not allowing distractions to make me lose sight of what’s important. I will say that I have missed the sharing and connection that I experienced on the WordPress blogs. Once again, I put my pen to paper to share my journey with you. Looking forward to excitement, growth and new things for us all. Be encouraged and stay the path with the Lord. He is worthy to be trusted and praised.
What’s in my heart at this point is to encourage you in your journey. Do not allow distractions to take your focus off of God and what He has for you. We all know the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. This is even when he knows you cannot be separated from the love of God. He will still try to distract you to keep you from ministering to those God has called you to. Remember, it’s not just you the enemy is after, but those God has given you to influence and draw into the Kingdom.
God is faithful. We must be as well. The more we lean on and seek His face, the more we will trust. The more we trust Him with our lives, direction, and path, the more triumphs we experience. There is nothing more important than your relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I looked up grace and there were so many definitions. The focus of this grace though is the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. It is defined as “the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.” It is a virtue or excellence of divine origin. It is also defined as moral strength. Now, I can truly say that God’s grace was with me as I endured the many challenges of the past year. But, more than anything, God’s grace has truly drawn me closer to Him. By His grace, I am here today.
I know that His mercy is the foundation of me still being here. I am saved because God had mercy on me. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. How much more though is the grace that carries us forward. I see quite a few people challenged by life events. Some are pushing forward and others seem to be drowning. But for the grace of God, there go I. Not sure I can quite put into words the wonder of God’s grace. His favor on our lives, to give blessings and yet to deter destruction.
The true love of God is shown to us in the nature of grace. He loves us and desires to give us not only an abundant life through His Son Jesus Christ, a powerful life through the Holy Spirit thanks to the resurrection of Jesus, but eternal life because of Jesus. If I may say so, the grace of God encompasses all that I am because I am nothing without Him.
What are you avid about? What do you have enthusiasm for? What are you zealous for? Keen about and devoted to or dedicated to? The antonym is indifferent. Today I speak on faith. I am zealous about my faith. I am not indifferent to what pertains to eternal life. I am an avid reader of the Word and zealous for the things of God. Sunday’s message was rather sobering. The pastor spoke about the lack of care for Jesus. He died on the cross and yet the time taken to worship and praise Him is minimal. Let me do that in between this or that. Life gets in the way of our devotion to our Savior.
2 Peter 1:3 – “…as His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him…”
There is such a sweetness in my spirit today for God’s faithfulness. I have become employed full-time and as I adjust to the time requirements for this, I have to adjust my writing time. I will be posting three times a week. My first priority is to God, of course. Then, attention to the job. However, my call to write and be an encouragement to others is still also a priority. As He continues to move in my life, I adjust accordingly. That said, I would like to say that God keeps His promises. Sometimes we don’t know the difference between “no” and “wait” because waiting does look like a “no” on the surface. However, when we trust Him, we see things play out. Waiting is hard because of this. Not sure, keep trusting. Can’t see, keep trusting. When He then begins to show His moves, you see things happen.
There are other changes coming. There is something to be said for His grace. His grace is sufficient. Always has been, but when you come to know that you know that, it is such a sweet place to be. I have been changed through all the things that I have gone experienced. Strength in Him is the anchor to my soul. I have found a church home and am excited about that as well. I must say that the time I did not have that church home, I was still focused on God. We must have that solid personal relationship with Him so that when He shows us our direction, we obey. Obedience is necessary if we want all that God has for us. Fulfilling His purpose and call for our lives is the goal. Eternity with Him is the destination.
This wasn’t her. Walking through the park looking at the faceless souls, aliases lost in the chaos of life. “Hi, how are you doing today?” The greeting was done in an effort to feel again. “Fine,” the stranger solemnly said. The stranger’s face never looked up. The response seemed to be contrived from the deep feelings of the stranger who would rather keep them to herself. She could relate. Sometimes you needed to say something to make sure you were alive and breathing. But exposing the alias was not an option. Facelessness was in control today.
“Where is she?” Allia thought to herself, almost speaking aloud. Although it would not have been strange since most in the park did the same. She had not seen Christine for quite a while. She looked around the group in the park. Allia did not even see Dane, Christine’s significant other. The faces were familiar but the faces she had become familiar with showed the aliases covering the details of these circumstances. Or, did the circumstances bring the aliases?
Allia knew there were a few in the park here by choice. They had given up on trying to make sense of the events they had been thrown in life. Kinda like the baseball game when the last ball is thrown. Bottom of the ninth, two outs, two strikes and three balls and a runner on third. The score is 3-2. The crowd is silent but excited with grand expectation awaiting the move from the pitcher and the batter. The batter is focused on hitting the ball out of the park so his team can win the game. The runner on third anticipating the base hit or home run that would bring him home. The pitcher winds up to throw the ball. Here it comes. Fast and swift. Right over the plate and the swing is a second too late. Strike three, you’re out!
The batter is visibly upset. Throws the bat. Half the crowd cheers, half the crowd oohs and aahs. Feeling the disappointment of the batter and the runner on third, the crowd has intensified the moment. Coming back from the nostalgia of enjoying her favorite sport, she scans the park one more time in order to make sure she didn’t miss Christine. Allia never thought she would truly understand the plight of the homeless, the faceless-aliases of people who were either thrown into or chose to be in this situation of living on the street. Sleeping where they could. Eating where and when they could. Every once in a while the good Samaritan would show up making a big difference for that day, but only that day. The next day, the apparent facelessness would continue. Today she understood this plight.
Allia was one of the faceless-aliases in the park today. Her search for Christina was futile at this point. She didn’t imagine any dire circumstances. She would just return tomorrow to see if her search would be fruitful. She only wanted to enjoy a moment with someone who could understand. Someone who would be able to see her, and not the alias of circumstances now out of her control? Allia’s alias moved forward through the park being one of the faceless in the group today.
Jesus’ sacrifice was necessary so I could call on His name today!
Ephesians 6:14-17 – “14) So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), 15) and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 16) Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” (Amplified) Continue reading Jesus’ Sacrifice
He’s chasing me. The pursuit is relentless. Haven’t been able to rest for the energy to keep running. He’s been chasing me for years. Why won’t He stop? Relentless. What’s the word? Neverending. Where can I run to? Left? Right? Straight ahead? Closer and closer He gets. I cannot outrun Him. What can I do? Where can I go? Where can I run?
Straight into the arms of His everlasting love. I could have walked into His arms many years ago instead of being chased. He pursues us with an everlasting love to give us His love everlasting.