Good morning all-
I took a peak at the stats counter and saw women from all over the world are beginning to hit this blog and all I could say is praise Jesus! If you just started reading then you may not know that this blog began out of the pain of losing my mom. I talked to her every morning at 6 am central standard for my entire adult life. She filled 7 days a week with her warm voice and her great advice and then on December 20th she left me with such grief I wasn't sure I would go on and then, two years later he took my dad. I felt like I was drowning so I turned to my best friend, whose name is Jesus. He came to me and took my passion of writing and my need to do something bigger than myself and showed me that I could write a blog. So here I am writing and wondering how I got so lucky to be in a place where women all over the world are praising Jesus together. I am truly blessed.
Yesterday, I talked about faithfulness and I would like to stay on that topic today. We so struggle with being faithful, don't we? Some might think it's just men but I can guarantee there are women that give up when the road is too difficult. I did once and yet, amazingly, Jesus waited and when I was ready He opened His arms and let me back in. I think it's part of finding faithfulness and even then we still struggle to stay the course.
Often when I'm thinking about faithfulness, I wonder why God is so faithful. The Israelites started making a golden calf at the bottom of the mountain Moses was watching God carve the 10 commandments. The Israelites doubted so much that they had to wander in the desert and the generation that started never got to see Israel. David who struck down a giant when no adult could eventually had an affair that had many consequences and then there was Abraham, who let Sarah convince him to take their maid and make a son. How amazingly unfaithful we are, wouldn't you agree? And yet, beyond the stupidity of humanity lies a God that loves His people. He waits for us and shows us love no matter how dumb we truly get. His faithfulness began from the beginning and His greatest gift was Jesus.
I often think about the gift He gave me. I wasn't worthy and still can't proclaim that I am and yet, the Savior loves me anyway. I can flounder, sin, walk away and still have Jesus sitting on His throne waiting for me to say two words, "Forgive me." Wow! Have you thought about that lately. We hold people far more accountable than that. How many times have you walked away from a close friend because they did you wrong? You don't have to answer that out loud but really think about it.
We are harsher here on earth than our Father is. He welcomes us in even when we are despicable. What did we do to deserve that kind of faithfulness? Nothing. That's the clue to salvation. We don't have to do anything except come to Him when He calls. It's the best easy button ever invented and yet, many of us choose not to go there. I can't imagine why but then, I'm one not to question love and devotion. I believe in it and I thank Jesus every day for dying on that cross.
My word of encouragement stands today around the Lord's act of faithfulness. We have the rainbow as a sign of everlasting faithfulness, we have the cross as the greatest sign of all. In order to be faithful we must be in prayer, walk with Jesus and repent. Our faithfulness depends on our dedication to our friendship with Jesus. He knows we can't do it in our own strength so depend on Him today and see how faithful He is. May you all be well today and thank you for taking the time to hit this blog. I hope it blesses you as much as it blesses me.
Matthew 24:35 NIV:
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Acts 14:22 NIV:
strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God, " they said.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, come before Your children today and help us be faithful. We see the stars, the moon and the sky. We watch for storms and look for rainbows but at the end of every day all we want is to know You are near. I am a sinner, lost and often unfaithful. I come before You today, crying out and asking You to bring the Holy Spirit into us to help guide us and to give us courage for the day. We are no different then the men and women that came before, be with us and remind us that You have been faithful from the beginning. Thank You Jesus for pouring Your spirit into the souls of the lost. In Jesus Name, AMEN