I am sending you visiting again today because what Ann Voskamp has to say is just what I need to hear and it is too good to keep to myself.
Please read the excerpt and click HERE for more:
“The Real Root of Brokenness that We Forget to Talk About [or When You Want to Turn Your Life Around]
It’s after I cut the squash right open.
The two halves split and quartered there on the cutting board.
After the paint brushes are washed out, after the pawns of chess game are all returned to their squares, after the potatoes are baked and served, the dinner plates are pushed back empty.
The Farmer splits the Word right open then and that’s when I’m cut to the quick.
“First, I thank my God…” That’s what it reads, right there in Romans 1.
The Farmer reads it slow — what should always come in the beginning.
And Paul, he writes more, peels back the hot holiness of God. I hold it there in my hands.
These are the holy words that hollow me out.”
Day 149 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.
12 Yeshua spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life.”
via John 8:11-13 KJV;CJB – She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said – Bible Gateway.
Day 147 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.
Do you recall that verse in I Peter 4 wherein we are commanded to rejoice in suffering?
13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
via 1 Peter 4:12-14 NASB;CJB – Share the Sufferings of Christ – Bible Gateway.
I read something today that is helping me with this. The Sweet Side of Suffering by M. Esther Lovejoy. She said on page 76 of her book: “He was reminding me that we had a common bond in suffering. He too had experienced betrayal and rejection. He too had been misunderstood and misrepresented. He too had suffered because of someone else’s sin. While my suffering could never come close to the injustice and agony Christ experienced, in those moments I felt the wonderful bond of shared suffering with Him.
Those moments changed me forever. Christ not only understood my pain, He was inviting me to share in His. I began to weep, not for myself, but for my Savior, for all He had willingly endured for me. Christ chose to suffer. I didn’t. I would never have chosen this! And suddenly the love that would prompt such a choice washed over my own pain and brought relief. My Savior and I were one in a new way. We shared the common bond of suffering.”
Is it just me or is that a tender and, yes, even inviting way to rejoice in suffering? Intimacy with Yeshua; sharing a common bond with Him – could anything be better?
Day 142 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.
Just a thought that has come – not sure where it will rest.
Aside the events that invade our lives, don’t we all have the lives we have chosen? Even when the not chosen events come, we get to choose how we will respond and how we will proceed from the event.
We choose the lives we live.
Well, that’s sobering!
14 “Therefore fear Adonai, and serve him truly and sincerely. Put away the gods your ancestors served beyond the [Euphrates]River and in Egypt, and serve Adonai! 15 If it seems bad to you to serve Adonai, then choose today whom you are going to serve! Will it be the gods your ancestors served beyond the River? or the gods of the Emori, in whose land you are living? As for me and my household, we will serve Adonai!”
via Joshua 24 KJV;CJB – And Joshua gathered all the tribes of – Bible Gateway.
Day 141 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.
A Tuesday afternoon hello before I tackle some ironing! Or not. 🙂
The Hydrangea by the front walk gave me a smile today. It’s beginning to flower!
Looks blue to me! The first blooms in three years! I am excited and giving thanks!
And for some really good reading by Ann Voskamp, click HERE. And here is a word clip from her post, hopefully enough to get you to click above: No one ever blows it so badly that the Spirit can’t still blow in.
Day 140 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.