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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.

Dear Friend

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Dear Lydia,(fictional name)

I’ve thought a lot about you since our coffee day last week. Not in a ‘creepy’ way , but in how can I direct your steps to follow and love God, because I know that is your heart’s desire.

After seeing you I read an interview by Jen Wilkin, the author of Women of the Word. The interview was about books on her shelf, what she is reading and the authors that have influenced her life. Here is her brief list.

  • The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer… I have read this since college and read it almost every year.
  • The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink

She has also been influenced by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, G.K. Chesterson and Augustine. She also read R.C. Sproul, Wayne Grudem, James Boice and John Stott.

I like Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem and was encouraged as I read the scriptures pointing me to Jesus.

…keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.,,…therefore, strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees… Hebrews 12:2, 12

Let us strive to know the Lord. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land.” Hosea 6:3

So, dear friend, shall we start together in knowing God and looking to Him every second of everyday. I am making Colossians 1:10 my new life verse because I want to walk worthy of the Lord. I want to be fully pleasing to Him and bear fruit in every good work and grow in the knowledge of our Great God.

Love, Jody

This letter is not fiction, but the name is. I wrote it earlier this year to a friend who asked for some reading material to help her focus on the Lord. This letter is a result of that request. 

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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