Intersecting Life and Faith

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Rose Petals

Friends are like rose petals, some fall to the ground fading with time or distance, some petals  are vibrant, full of life, full of color and fragrance. The thing about rose petals, like friends, new or old, they are never forgotten.

I began this blog for you, my friends and family, and whomever else might find their way here. The intention was to communicate to the women of my Church and beyond to family and friends across the country. That still is my purpose over nine years later. The writing is at times sporadic, but for whatever reason, I have not been able to close down Jody Lynne. (my middle name for those new to my site.)

Rarely are roses personally purchased, but given to a loved one on an anniversary, Valentine’s Day or other special occasions. The memories remain of flowers given in love, much like each friend I have made over many years.

With all this in mind, I want to say this Thanksgiving season, how filled with joy and thanksgiving for the gift of all you in my life. Some I know well, others I want to know better, I hope you like coffee or tea! I am reminded daily to not take life for granted, not take people for granted. 2017 has been a year of trying to live each moment intentionally, not forgetting all those rose petals God has put in my life. Whether new or a beautiful vintage shade, I am thankful for each one of you.
Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

No Gaps

I want to live in the moment. Living in the moment has kept me from writing here on a regular basis. Honestly, inspiration and passions have not seen fit to visit over that past few months. Does that make me less of a writer I ask myself often? In my bio which you can find on my side bar, I am a wife, pastor’s wife, mother and writer. The first three will not change with the seasons, but the writing I’m finding I will need to make time and allow the Holy Spirit to move in my heart and mind. For now I thought the following post written almost a year ago was a good reminder of how I want to live. Stay tuned for a head spinning post…my head has been spinning lately.

Too often I find myself

  • waiting for the weekend
  • looking forward to a day off
  • anticipating a vacation.

And while there is nothing wrong with planning for tomorrow and looking forward to gifts of time off, I find myself living for those days rather than living for this moment. I’m reminded on a regular basis God does not promise me tomorrow. (James 4:13-16)

Glorifying God in whatever I do (1 Corinthians 10:31) is not so hard when I take life moment by moment.

The meaning of each moment is rooted in the purposes of God and those purposes sanctify the moment. His plan for me and you is for His purposes to be accomplished. Paul David Tripp

Scripture is full of what God’s purpose is…

His glory to be known among His people and His nations. God sent His Son because all have sinned and fallen short of the GLORY OF GOD. (Romans 3:23)

How do I live in the moment and glorify God? This morning I

  • Looked in the mirror telling myself I am made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27)
  • Surrendered my day to Him, it’s not about me, it’ s about God and what He is up to in my life today, moment by moment
  • Pray while I drive Lauren to school, sometimes praying before I pull out of the driveway
  • Think about Him in all my ways, knowing I can trust Him with whatever happens (Proverbs 3:6)
  • While chopping onions and mincing garlic I prayed for friends I know who are struggling/suffering today (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

I could go on and I certainly have not arrived. But I want to live so close to the foot of the cross with no gaps between how I live and who I am in Christ.

Today may you live in the moment and know what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with God. (Ephesians 3:18-19)

And may all today’s gaps  be filled with pursuing God.

“The value of the Word is inestimable, as our means of walking with God in the hurry, business, and temptation of the day.” Charles Bridges

Joy

We all seek happiness, but do we realize misery is the offspring of sin? Charles Bridges

It was the summer of 2010 when I put my summer reading aside and began an in-depth study of Psalm 119. I studied to know God…love God more. 

Out of that study came twenty or so devotions I wrote. 

Psalm 119:1-8

I have never doubted the Word of God. I’ve had my doubts about other things as I follow Jesus, but from the very beginning when God found and rescued me, He gave me the gift of believing that His Word is not only True, but Truth. With the privilege of attending Bible college for four years, and many years of Bible studies and hearing it preached this week in and week out, I have come to have a joy I cannot explain. Joy that is always present regardless of my circumstances, which has not always been the case.

If friends, family, and comforts are removed will I still be joyful because of Jesus? A question I ask myself on a daily basis.

Continuing my posts of Psalm 119 and Delighting in God’s Word I asked the following questions as I studied this section.

  1. What is the Psalmist praying for in verses 1-8?
  2. What are things that keep us from spending time in God’s Word?
  3. Am I convinced it is all I need for life and godliness? (2 Peter 1:3)

Several words convict me as I read through these verses.

  • All=my entire being, my whole heart–verse 2
  • Diligent=constant effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything(www.dictionary.com) –verse 4
  • Committed–verses 5-7

There is joy in keeping the law of the Lord.

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