"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." - Isaiah 26:3
There's nothing worse than knowingly walking into a hostile environment. Where you know your coworkers speak slanderous words behind your back, but deceptively smile in your presence as they ploy to oust you from your position. Where you come home from said job and know that you and your spouse are on the cusp of falling apart, but neither of you wants to say it out loud. Where you're in a constant state of depression because of your challenges, but can't tell anyone; and if you do, you'll be met with glances of condescending remorse or chaffing ridicule.
"And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask for you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?" -- Deuteronomy 10:12-13
"So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"-- 1 Kings 3:9
In an era where almost nothing stays the same for consecutive years, one of my favorite things about God is that he remains the same. Whatever wonders he was able to conjure up in our favorite Bible stories that persons in those narratives prayed for, he is still capable of doing today (1 Kings 3:3-15).
The idea to love yourself is not just a concept fraught with conflicted emotions or fear of conceit. It is a command from God that takes self-denial, reflection and input from others to achieve. Here are a few scriptures to meditate over in our journey.
Though tragedy struck here yesterday, inspiration abounds. I’m inspired by those who ran the marathon, I’m inspired by those who supported the runners and I’m inspired by those who ran to help.
One particular younger friend of mine inspired me, who...when her finish line was moved…just kept running.
I’m reminded how we painstakingly prepare for the course of life we know. We study, train, and try to equip ourselves to be successful. However, as the scriptures state:
In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
This is what the Lord says–
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you what is best for you,
who directs you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17
Rachel planned for this marathon all year long. Yet, because of someone’s senseless act of terrorism she was not able to cross the finish line for which she was headed.
What do you do, when in the middle of your race, everything changes and you don’t know where you are going?
Well, Rachel kept on running. Some of her friends ran beside her, and her husband with some friends marked out a new course….complete with a finish line and tape.
I realize how often life doesn’t go quite as we plan. Circumstances of life change, things around us and things within us change. As Solomon states:
I have seen something else under the sun:
The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all. Ecc. 9:11
However, for a disciple of Jesus we have something (someone) to hold on to and someone who has gone ahead and marked our course. It may be a different course than what we have planned. In fact, it likely will be. There is a course marked out for you and me… those who have gone before will help cheer us through to the finish line.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1
Thanks Rachel, for not being bummed out when your finish line changed. I’m so grateful, as I run the course marked out for me, that I’m surrounded by my spriritual family that cheers me on, and runs along beside me. It makes a difference.
I remember fondly, though with tears, standing by my Dad’s side as he crossed the final finish line. Knowing he had lived his life wholeheartedly following his Lord, and loving His Word….when he breathed his last my sisters and I were able to exclaim, “You did it Dad. You made it!!”
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. Acts 20:24
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Please help with the Boston Relief Fund of the Boston Church of Christ that will go directly to the victims.
Shared from Jeanie's blog, My Morning Cup--Refilled...
This weekend commemorates a special time on the Jewish Calendar known as Purim. Jews around the world will begin on Wednesday evening to celebrate several days of joyful activities and reminders of God's faithfulness in preserving their people. For several reasons, all disciples would do well to recognize and celebrate this popular Jewish holiday.