CRISIS VS. OPPORTUNITY?

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Of late, have you found yourself “lost” because of an unpredicted change in life or lacking something important?  Looking back these past 18 months gave my family this reality.  We got to decide which way to react to the situation.  In so doing with patient prayerfulness, we realized this reality to be an opportunity to view life in a better light.  The flames of fire grew our courage to grow beyond our comfort zone.  Now we are achieving at a higher peak, surmising we are where God desires us to be…on the top, fruitful side of life.

I wonder if you have experienced a similar situation and how it has made you come more alive?

THE EASY YOKE OF REST

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“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.”

Psalm 37:7

To enter into God’s rest takes a challenging effort.

We all experience dark seasons in life.  We don’t want to rest in the dark times.  We rather do anything to change our circumstances; we avoid the call to rest in God.  But it’s in darkness that He fashions deep works of salvation.

“But you are a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

–1 Peter 2:9

“Even in the dark times we must rest in the truth that our destiny is light.”

–Jamie Lash

If we rest as God rests, He will rescue us from the deepest dark trials.

WARRIOR SPIRIT

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My earliest experience of becoming a ‘warrior’ was when I learned to fence and romanticizing about the knights of the Middle Ages.  As I matured I learned of fencing for the Lord.

“To belong to God we have to experience the two-edge blade of joy — the blade of the cross.”

–Madeleine Delbrel, French spiritual writer

HAIKU

Anchor your passion

Focus, shuffle your feet

Thank God for everything

FINISH STRONG!

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Whatever you attempt doing, finish strong…that’s what my Papa kept telling me to do.  This idea sounds practical but sometimes it’s ever so difficult to accomplish.  I recall many times when my Papa’s advice got me through insurmountable challenges and prayers were answered. Whatever our age, Jesus is the one who gives us meaning.

“He promises to help us finish strong.”

–Sharon Hinck