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Mind boggling!! Faithful in Relationships (Part 3)

God is committed to us.  We’ve been studying it, and it is rock solid true.

I can’t stop talking of it, and finding examples.  Chris Lucy did communion on Sunday and talked about Hosea.  What a fantastic illustration of God’s commitment to his people!  God told Hosea to marry an adulterous woman as a symbol of how God will be faithful to the adulterous nation, Israel.

The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

That is just amazing.  Anyone would think that Hosea should dump his wife for good, and yet he takes her back after she has been unfaithful over and over again.  The Israelites sinned against God time and time again, yet He was faithful to His relationship with them.

This is how He was faithful:  He PROVIDED a way for the relationship to endure.

As it says in Isaiah 59:16 about God,  “…he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him.

Through Jesus, God himself rescued Israel when she was mired in squalid unfaithfulness.

And at the same time He made available a rescue for all of us.  “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

Because that is who God is.  Look at Ps 40:1-3  I waited patiently for the LORD. He turned to me and heard my cry for help. He pulled me out of a horrible pit, out of the mud and clay. He set my feet on a rock and made my steps secure. He placed a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.

God hears.  He is moved to the depths of his heart.  He cannot but act.

“I called on the LORD in my distress. I cried to my God for help. He heard my voice from his temple, and my cry for help reached his ears.  Then the earth shook and quaked. Even the foundations of the mountains trembled. They shook violently because he was angry. . . He reached down from high above and took hold of me. He pulled me out of the raging water.” (Ps 18)

You know, everyone loves Jeremiah 29 because of the passage, I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.”

But do we see this passage as a picture of God’s faithfulness in relationships?  Even though He would allow Israel to go into captivity, He would bring his people out again and shower them with abundant prosperity. “This is what the LORD says: When Babylon’s 70 years are over, I will come to you. I will keep my promise to you and bring you back to this place.”  Jer 29:10

And then it would be as Zephaniah prophesied: The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zeph  3:17)

Like the father of the prodigal son, God can’t wait to CELEBRATE his relationship with us. That relationship means everything to Him.

God is RIGHTEOUS. He won’t let us down.  He sticks to us like glue.  He will rescue us, even when we don’t deserve it.  He will answer our prayers.

Just let the immensity of that, and what it means for you, sink in for a moment.

And let it change your outlook, and your day.

 

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Created to Be Given to by God

It comes to me over and over again, with greater appreciation, that God TOTALLY loves us with ALL HIS HEART.   Even if we haven’t seen it, the love has been this huge force in our lives, taking care of us, holding us together.

In  sense, God gave everything to reach out to us.

In love, He GIVES and continues to give.

I went through the gospel of Mark and wrote down the ways God gave to us through the coming of Jesus.  He GAVE:

  • Purpose and meaning for our lives — to be fishers of men
  • New teachings so we would know how to live effective lives
  • Healing
  • Repentance
  • Forgiveness of sins
  • Assurance that He would take care of us (consider the lilies...)
  • Eternal life
  • HOPE and power — “Everything is possible for him who believes.” 

One great picture of God giving is in the parable of the tenants:  “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.

Like landowner in the parable, God gives us a fruitful life — a job, friends and family, things we enjoy.   It’s not something we would have apart from His beneficence.   All things are His, and he allows us to use them.  Most of us reading this are RICH.

Another great picture of God giving is in the parable of the tenants in Matthew 18 —

Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.  At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

This servant was forgiven of a debt of 10,000 bags of gold.  An incredible amount he would NEVER be able to pay back.  That is absolution on a VAST scale.

And that is the way God gives forgiveness to us.

I love this excerpt from “Healing for Damaged Emotions” by David Seamonds, “The world is made for forgiveness; it is made for grace; it is made for love in all of life.  The need for these has been built into the structure of nature, of persons.  It is in every cell of our bodies, in every interpersonal relationship.  We are made for grace and love and acceptance.”

We are MADE to receive grace and forgiveness, to be GIVEN TO BY GOD.

As the very reflection of God, Jesus came to give, to SERVE.  He came teaching, healing, pouring out his life.

“For the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for all.”

And here is the cool thing.  The serving and saving didn’t stop with the death of Jesus, or even at the point we were saved.  God gives to us by CONTINUING the salvation process.  He still loves us actively, with full intensity.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.  Romans 8:28-29a

God is WORKING good for us by orchestrating our lives to shape us to be like Christ.

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?  Romans 8:32

God WANTS to graciously give to us in abundant ways.

But what  is our response?  Do we even recognize that He has given to us?

I read this passage from Mark 6 about the time when Jesus had gone up on a mountainside to pray after he had fed the 5,000, and then walked on water.  His disciples saw him in the dark and thought he was a ghost.  They were afraid.  Jesus got in the boat and calmed the wind.  Mark says, “They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.”

How much do we not understand about the loaves, about the miracles that have been performed in our lives, about the multiplying of something from nothing?  Do we attribute everything we have from our own efforts?  Do we disregard our mistakes, and all the times things could have gone wrong, but didn’t?

Are we like the tenants, who didn’t appreciate the vineyard they’d been given to work?  Do we think that we don’t need to GIVE BACK?

At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed.  Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully.  He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.  “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’  “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.  Mark 12:2-8

Are we like the unmerciful servant, who didn’t pass on the forgiveness he’d been given to others?

But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

No!  We must give thanks unceasingly!  We must give out of the overflow of our hearts.

You know, I don’t think we are supposed to obey just because we recognize the awesome God of the universe.  I think we obey because our heart is MOVED to respond when we see how much we’ve been given. 

How hard it must be for God to give and give to a people who take him for granted, whose hearts are hard to His overtures of love.  I know I react imperfectly, but may I at least warm God’s heart by seeking every day to LOVE Him with all my heart, mind, strength and soul as I give to others, love them, forgive them, all the while giving HIM thanks and praise.

 

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Pressure Relief

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Pressure!  Oh what pressure I usually place on myself.

After I was sick for a week and didn’t have to do anything, I was clear to me how much I motivate myself with a stick.

The stick of fear of failure.

The stick of “should.”

It seems like my life has been a pattern of pressuring myself and finding relief from the pressure.

For a few days of illness, I had perspective.  I was feverish, so I didn’t HAVE to do anything.  If I did read the Bible, I did it because I wanted to.

And now I want to go forward doing things because I want to, not always pressuring myself.  It’s not like I haven’t made advances in this before.  But being sick showed me that I still have a ways to go.

So I’ve written down some magical ANTI-PRESSURE verses I’ve found —

I run in the path of your commandments, for you have set my heart free.  Ps 119:32

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Gal 5:6

 The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17

But to the one who does not labor, but believes only in The One who justifies sinners, is his faith accounted for righteousness.  Romans 4:5

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.  Romans 8:1-2

My other ANTI-PRESSURE is to keep meditating on the incredible, unending GOODNESS of God.

And along that line, I’ve been sampling this book, “Prayer, Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God.” by Timothy Keller.  Do you do that — download the sample 0f a book on Amazon and read it, because you don’t want to pay the $10 for the whole thing?

I do that a lot.  And sometimes I find some good stuff.  Like this book on prayer.  Keller quotes I Peter 1:8 —

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.

And Keller makes the point that Peter, “assumed that an experience of sometimes overwhelming joy in prayer was normal.”  In explaining this Keller said, “people have a potential for a personal knowledge and experience of God that beggars the imagination.”

Our relationship with God has the potential to be larger than life, more beautiful and enthralling than any piece of art.   There is no limit to the joy we can have as we get to know God.

And all of this can eclipse the “shoulds” and the pressure.

You know, I find that gratitude is like breathing.  There is always something new to take in with thanks.

And this reflects what Keller’s citing  of Scottish theologian John Murray, who wrote —

“It is necessary for us to recognize that there is an intelligent mysticism in the life of faith. . . (God) communes with his people and his people commune with him in conscious reciprocal love. . . communion with God is the crown and apex of true religion.”

It’s all about communion.  It’s about taking in God’s goodness, and giving him, in turn, thanks and praise.

I want to make it about doing.  I want to find a formula and follow that every day.  I want to tell myself that I’m successful.

I pressure myself.

But God makes it about his mercy and his overflowing goodness.  He makes it about a relationship that gives, and gives, and gives some more, so that we don’t have to pressure ourselves with need upon need, and thus “should.”

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. . . If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  John 15:5, 7

 

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A Friend A Day #8 — Stumbling upon Treasure

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I’ve been reading “Atlas Girl:  Finding Home in the Last Place I thought to Look” by Emily T. Wierenga.  It’s one of my favorite discoveries lately.  I love this book about a woman who loses and finds her faith.

And this is one of my favorite passages from the book —

“But what I needed was love, to wrap me up in its arms and tell me how beautiful I was and to make me laugh. . . .There are those nights when your dad reads an extra story or sings one more song. . . There are fresh homemade carrot cakes baked for your birthday and home-sewn dressed out of red velvet. . . But when you’re young, you see the gaps more than you do the glimpses.  You see the hole more than the donut.”

I’ve been blogging so much about being thankful more and subsequently seeing God’s love more.   But the reality is that it’s sometimes not enough.   Sometimes my insecurity is like a huge chasm.  Sometimes my emotions strike up and whirl out of control inside of me like a sudden storm. And then all I can see is the gaps, not the glimpses.

So a good goal is to make the glimpses more frequent.   A good goal is to make the glimpses bigger.

And then sometimes God Himself stitches the glimpses together and I see a pattern that’s so right, so overarching, so magnificent, that I am awed to the depth of my soul and I am at peace again, knowing that everything is okay.

Church is great for that.  We sang, “Praise the Lord, O my soul, all my inmost being praise His name,”  and I remembered my study on that very psalm (Ps 103) this week and how it exemplifies God’s compassion.  I wanted even more to praise the Lord with all my soul.

The head of a service organization got up and expressed her deep gratitude for our group’s workday to help them on MLK Day.  I remembered how the day almost didn’t happen, and then how so many of us were there having a great time helping out, and I felt like everything was coming together just as it should be.

One of the campus girls shared a written word at communion and I was in tears at how beautiful it was, seeing how much her faith meant to her, knowing I had a small part in where she was.

Last Friday I made a new friend.  One of the women in my choral group invited me to drop by her house some time.  So I set up a time and went over.

It was wonderful.  She showed me her quilting room, where she puts together beautiful stitched projects and helps underprivileged women in the community to do the same.

I saw her indoor aviary.  It was so amazing — larger than a china cabinet, with all kinds of nests and colorful birds hopping around.

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She made me a smoothie with homemade kefir she kept in a mason jar on the kitchen counter.  It was great.

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The time was an adventure.  A treasure in a week of stumbling around trying to find my way.

It reminds me of part of one of my favorite poems my mom wrote:

“We have stumbled over trunks of treasure

In the darkness, and have laughed

Down the velvety corridors of night.”  (Marguerite Tillinghast Roberts)

We travel down the velvety corridors of night, through the wailing winds of  insecurity, the pain of feeling unloved, where the gaps are more than the glimpses, and the real challenge, the hardest thing of all, is to TRUST that we are loved, to know that we will stumble upon treasure, to know that He is the God who makes beauty out of ashes, who  just at the right time pulls back the fabric of the universe and allows us to see the myriad connections.

That is why we keep going on, keep holding on, keep reaching out, keep praying to have the heart of Jesus.

To provide for them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.  And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.  Isa 61:3-4

 

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Amazing Kindness

Rather, love your enemies, help them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then you will have a great reward. You will be the children of the Most High God. After all, he is kind to unthankful and evil people. Be merciful as your Father is merciful.  Luke 6:35

God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

That is amazing.

When we treat “undeserving” people with kindness, THAT defines us as children of the Most High God.

The word for kind is chrestos — meaning kind AND useful.  There is no parallel in our language — no word that means you are kind and you are good at the same time.

So God isn’t just kind, his kindness is GOODNESS.  And when we are nice to those who aren’t going to be nice back — who are secretly thinking ugly things, who sneer, who are shallow, who only care about themselves or worldly pursuits — then we exemplify the goodness of God.

And more than this, the word for ungrateful is acharistos, meaning the exact opposite of charis, which is grace.  A person who displays charis extends favor to others, and freely forgives them.  The word denotes thankfulness.  So the person who is acharistos is the person who can’t give grace or favor to others, who is so caught up in bitterness that they cannot forgive, they cannot be thankful.

Such a person isn’t just ungrateful, they can’t see a way to be grateful, they can’t see a way to extend kindness.  Really, they can’t UNDERSTAND goodness, they have no point of reference.

It reminds me of a question I saw that someone posed to John Oakes: “How do we know God loves us when we don’t see that love, in fact we see our loved ones dying, and doors being closed?”

My answer to this question would be that God IS showing His love to them in numerous ways, every day, but they are missing it.  He gives us family and friends.  He takes care of our needs.  He surrounds us with beauty.  He allows us to know and worship Him.  All these things are evidence of His tender constant love.

So in being kind to the ungrateful and the wicked, God is giving to those who, in a sense, spit in the face of His love and attention.   It’s like this passage in Ezekiel 16 —

On the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths.  No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do any of these things for you. Rather, you were thrown out into the open field, for on the day you were born you were despised.  “But I came by and saw you there, helplessly kicking about in your own blood. As you lay there, I said, ‘Live!’

I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put sandals of fine leather on you. . . . So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth. Your food was honey, olive oil and the finest flour.

But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by and your beauty became his.

We have nice things.  We have good food.  For those of us who are disciples, God reached out and made us His children.

Really, we are the ungrateful and the wicked as well.  Do we really see?  Are we really appreciative for all the God does for us?  Do we love Him with all our heart, or other things as well?

Jesus goes on to say in Luke 6, “Be merciful as your Father is merciful.  Stop judging, and you will never be judged.”

When we realize God’s kind and good nature, how can we not be merciful to those around us?  Why would we point a finger at them and say they are wicked, when we realize how blind we can be, and how undeserving we are of His ministrations?

This morning, I am struggling because my feelings are very hurt.  Doing this study is like balm to my wounds.  How can I be so upset with this person and their supposed fault in what they did?  How can I not remember God’s gracious goodness to me?

It is as Ezekiel 16 concludes:

Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed and never again open your mouth because of your humiliation, declares the Sovereign Lord.

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Great is His Compassion

My sweet kitty -- out of suffering

My sweet kitty — out of suffering

So much has happened lately.

I had my cat put to sleep last week. It was really hard. I stroked her head as she went through the final indignity of being held down and getting the injections in her shaved leg.  The house seems empty without her.

We had two wonderful encouraging baptisms yesterday.  One of our good friends got married, and we watched the wedding over the Internet.

And there have been tragedies.  Close family members have a family member in the hospital.  One of those in our house church is out of town with her grandmother who had a mild heart attack.  I got the news last night that a brother who led a nearby sister church passed away unexpectedly.  I saw on Facebook this morning that the grandchild of someone who is loved by many of us is not doing well in the hospital.

It is so fitting that I have been studying out compassion.

Here is some of what I’ve read –

Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!”  And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  Ex 33:17-19

 And he (the Lord) passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.   Ex 34:6

Part of the unapproachable holy glory of God is His compassion. It is one of the factors that make Him so awesome.

Look at how Ps 103 describes this —

Praise the Lord, my soul;

all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the Lord, my soul,

and forget not all his benefits—

who forgives all your sins

and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit

and crowns you with love and compassion,

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,

slow to anger, abounding in love.

All of these things listed that we should praise the Lord for – forgiveness, healing, redemption, blessings — stem from His compassion. We should magnify the Lord with EVERYTHING IN US because His nature is divinely gracious, caring and merciful.

I see great examples of compassion all around me . I saw a post on the “People of New York” about one woman who got hooked on heroin, and can’t kick the habit. Hundreds of random people cared enough to comment and tell her to hang in there, that she could do it.

Our friend Jack wrote to the man who is going through the acute illness of his grandchild: “Our hearts are with you as you and your family endure trials and sickness. . . I have not walked in the challenges that are upon you, and you have lots of close friends; we all with one heart are on our knees thanking God for you and your family and asking Him to care for you. You are precious to God. We pray and we weep with you in your sorrows & trials . . .”

This is compassion – a heart that is deeply moved by the challenges of another, that is WITH THEM in grief and sorrow.  God created us to be a people who would resonate with one another.  We were never made to be a people unto our self.

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end.  Lam 3:22

By His mercies I have every benefit of my life — the breaths I take, my health, my redemption, a bounty of good things.  Out of His perpetual mercy He gives, and gives.

And as that wells up in me, I slow down, take a deep breath, and take time to feel what others are feeling.  I try to continue to the chain God started.

Life is to be shared.

Our new sister and brother

Our new sister and brother

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No Scarcity!!

Sharon's baptism

Sharon’s baptism

As I am learning to be more thankful, daily writing down the gifts God is giving me, I am undergoing a huge paradigm shift.  Whereas before I always saw myself in a place of scarcity, I now see that I am actually standing in a place of abundance.

I used to feel like I was surrounded by things that were going wrong.  I would pray about all these things, feeling a great neediness, a great lack, like I was standing on a barren plain, shouting into the wind, begging for a little something to change.  And the prayer would be answered, but it was never enough, because the neediness around me was so great.

Now as I thank God and identify all the things He is giving, all the ways He is working, I see myself instead standing in a fruitful place, a soul pleasing garden.  I’ve done this day after day for so long that it’s becoming my reality.  I see that God is good, and He is giving to us all the time.

Is this what God has been trying to get man to see through the ages?

After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”  Gen 15:1

I love this verse.  God is telling Abram that He is WITH him, and as long as He is with him, there will be no lack.  In fact, God will protect Abram, take care of him, and give him great blessings.

God said it wasn’t just a reward he was providing for Abram, it was an exceedingly great reward.  And although part of this reward would be that Abram would have numerous descendents, and that all nations would be blessed through him, the most exceedingly great part of the reward was that God would be with him.  No matter what he did, in having God, he would have abundance at his fingertips.

This theme is carried through all of the stories of the Bible.  Surely in the story of Moses and the journey  of the Israelites to the Promised Land, the lesson they learned was that there was always an abundance, even when there seemed to be scarcity.  They thought there was no food, and God provided manna.  They thought they had no water, and God made it spring up from a rock.  They thought they couldn’t defeat the people of the land, and God (once they learned to trust Him) gave them the victory.

And then look at what God said to Joshua: ‘No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Joshua 1:5

See how God was with the Hebrew kings,  “And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”  II Kings 6:17

Could David have said it any better?  “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.”   Ps 23:5,6

There are so many ways Jesus tried to get people to see this.  I’ll list only two:

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!  Matt 7:11

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  Matt 28:20

This weekend Ken and I were determined to keep trying to share our faith.  We felt like we missed opportunities.  We felt like we didn’t open our mouths.  But we did go out to Walmart specifically to try and meet people.  It turned out that we only talked to a couple of the employees who were helping us, and invited them to church.

It would have been easy to be discouraged, but I see so much abundance in the weekend.  There were three people I followed up with who wanted to come to church.  One of them made it to a sister congregation, and had a great time!  We counted the cost with a young professional single mom, and she got baptized yesterday!  We crashed the singles supper and there was such an excitement and energy.  We went to lunch, and it was the first time the nonChristian husband of one of our sisters came out and socialized!

I could go on and on.  I will continue to share my faith.  I pray I can find more effective ways to do so.  But it is much better to do so feeling that I am sharing from a place of abundance, than just shouting in the wind.

God is working.  God is blessing.  Even when things seem bleak, we are enveloped and sustained by a solid force for good.  There’s always “much more” to draw on.  And when we know this, we get stronger all the time.

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.  As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.  They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.  Ps 84:5-7

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?  Romans 8:32

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