Do you ever take detours, or "scenic routes"? We're still headed generally toward our destination, but perhaps not on the most direct route. More than once, Tom and I have laughed that we were lost, but making good time.
Dear Reader, I think I've been taking some detours lately, and I'm not even sure I was making good time. It's not that I've gone off in a ditch. I've just slowed down to take in all the sights. Unfortunately not all the sights are helping to get me to my destination.
Once again, I find myself streamlining, forcing myself to let go of some things. Choosing, hoping, trying, praying that I can "let go what's good, and find what's best".
Here's the thing, Dear Reader, as much as I love sharing with you, I've got to re-center. Here's my revised posting schedule, starting next week:
31 Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 All the people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things. And your Father in heaven knows that you need them.33 The thing you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things you need will be given to you.
Besides cutting back on posts, I'm also cutting back on platform building. I'm looking forward to a couple of committments already lined up for the spring, and if God sends more, that's terrific! For right now, it's time for me to wait.
Dear Reader, would you please join me in prayer that I would stay focused on what I believe God has called me to do? Would you pray with me as I write the stories for kids I believe God has called me to write?
How can people invoke His name when they do not believe? How can they believe in Him when they have not heard? How can they hear if there is no one proclaiming Him?
What is God calling you to do, Dear Reader? Do you hear His "still, small voice" urging you in a new direction? or to go further on the course you're on? If it's God, it's got to be wonderful, right?
Dear Reader, welcome to reflections on Paul's letter to the church at Ephesus. Please know, that I do not claim to be a Bible scholar. I do revere God's Word, and praise Him for the enduring words of challenge, chastisement, and comfort. Thank you for joining me on the journey to Ephesus via Paul's writing.
The letter to Ephesus opens with encouragement. Even when I mess things up big time I can take comfort in knowing God chose me before the beginning of the world.
He knew me before I was. He knew me and still He chose me. Not because of anything I had or could possibly do, but because of His great grace.
3 Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One, who grants us every spiritual blessing in these heavenly realms where we live in the Anointed--not because of anything we have done, but because of what He has done for us. 4 God chose us to be in a relationship with Him even before He laid out plans for this world; He wanted us to live holy lives characterized by love, free from sin, and blameless before Him.
Choosing me wasn't enough for God. He's given me "every spiritual blessings in these heavenly realms". I'm not quite sure what exactly those are, yet, but they've got to be amazing, right? More and more of Him, less and less of me.
And it just keeps getting better! God loved me so much before I ever was that He already had a plan to keep me holy and blameless in His sight.
Before, before, before. God chose and loved and blessed and made a plan to save me, before. Before I could praise and thank Him, God was already at work on my behalf.
Lord, I can't begin to imagine what great love you have for me, and yet I'm greedy for all it encompasses. I'm greedy for your grace. How can I praise and live for and serve enough to thank you?
Hi, my name is Alice. A Way with Words is about sharing faith,
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