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Chronicles of a Year~~2017 Part 3

2017 I began the practice of focusing on a word for the month, writing it on an index card, keeping it before me each day. Days turn to weeks, weeks to months and months to years, looking back and not remembering where those simple joys of the day went. What were the simple joys of the weeks and months that got me up each morning? I needed a guide, a way to remember. Although this is not an original idea, I made it my own. You can read about the general idea at  Ann Voscamp  or Lore Wilbert  at Sayable.

July…Do…pray more, listen more, speak more grace
  1. Pray the Scriptures for others. This is a practice I have done over the years. In order to pray the Scriptures I need to know them.
  2. Listen more, listen well, listen to understand, not listen to reply. Listening well is one of the hardest things to DO well. Listening well involves not rehearsing what your reply will be while the other person is talking.
  3. Pray without ceasing
  4. Speak healing words filled with grace, blessing and hope
August…LET GO: SURRENDER
  • of my way
  • of preconceived notions
  • of expectations of what life should be
September…LEARN TO
  1. …choose the good portion which will not be taken away from me (Luke 10:42) I want to be like Mary, choosing the good portion.

2. …carefully obey God’s voice( Exodus 23:22)

3. …make my fundamental aim in life to know Christ (John 17:3)

4. … trust God in the now, this season and what is in the forseeable       future.(Psalm 62: 5-6)

 

Chronicles of a Year~~2017 Part 2

2017 I began the practice of focusing on a word for the month, writing it on an index card, keeping it before me each day. Days turn to weeks, weeks to months and months to years, looking back and not remembering where those simple joys of the day went. What were the simple joys of the weeks and months that got me up each morning? I needed a guide, a way to remember. Although this is not an original idea, I made it my own. You can read about the general idea at  Ann Voscamp  or Lore Wilbert  at Sayable.

April…Believe= accept something as true, to have confidence in the truth

This month I spent time reminding myself to continue to believe and press on in this journey.

“…believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31

“The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15

“That you may fear this glorious and awesome name, the Lord your God.: Deut.. 28:58b

May…BREAK habits that do not bring honor to the Lord my God.

Break my heart Lord for what breaks yours.

Habit= a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give

Break- separate or cause to break into pieces as a result of a blow, shock or strain, shatter, smash, crack snap

What habits should I break? I didn’t make a lot of notes this month on the subject of breaking habits, but I remember there were/are habits God is working on.

June…Fruit= the sweet and fleshly product of a tree or other plant; the result or reward of work or activity

Galatians 5:22-25

“…live by the Spirit, keep in step with the Spirit

  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • faithfulness
  • gentleness
  • self-control

These speak for themselves and is a life long journey of keeping in step with the Spirit.

I Was Them

As we walk the way of the cross this week towards Good Friday, I have been reminded of a very simple truth.

We remember that Jesus was arrested for a crime he did not commit, questioned by the high priest then shuffled off to the office of the roman governor who would not make any decisions as to Jesus’ future but took the coward’s way out by letting the crowds decide.

Crucify him, crucify him was their demand and cry.

There’s much more to the story, I encourage you to read it in Luke 22-23. But the end of the story, Jesus is crucified, dead , buried and rose again on the third day…that’s why we celebrate Easter.

The simple thought I was led to Sunday morning was Luke 23:34

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

I have been gently reminded I was them. 

No, I wasn’t standing at the foot of the cross as Jesus was dying,

no I didn’t cast lots for the clothes that had been stripped off him

and no, I wasn’t there condemning him to death or yelling from the crowd to crucify.

And yet…

my sin put him on the cross, my rejection of what Jesus Christ came to do; reconcile me back to a loving Heavenly Father; was why he hung on the cross, bore the shame and agony of his Father turning away from him, yes…

I was them.

But it didn’t end there for me and it doesn’t for anyone who repents of their sin, asking forgiveness of their sin through Jesus Christ, and trusting in him for salvation, of being able to say I am now a friend of God.

It’s all right there, read for yourself in Luke 23. And no longer be among them.

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