Good morning all-
I woke up today at the same time but it was an hour later than it should have been. That's right the US just sprang forward in time and we all know what that means. Soon brown will go to green, flowers will have life, birds will be singing and the temperatures will rise. As we watch things die in the fall we get to witness the power of spring unfold. This was one of my moms' very favorite times. She loved everything about spring. She said it was a renewing of her soul and just like her that's the first thing I thought about today. Now if only a red robin would fly and sing for me.
Seasons come and go and the older you get the faster they change. It just seems like yesterday that we were in the fall approaching the holiday seasons and now, we are just seconds from the earth sprouting new life, wow, how amazing is our God.
The beauty of the seasons and of other areas around the world are God given and while some of us can watch in wonder, others are suffering horribly. They are imprisoned for what they believe, they are beaten for loving Jesus and they are in silent churches underground. Then there are the others battling sexual addiction, homosexuality, alcohol, drugs, faithlessness and sorrow. These are the ones I worry about the most. Those that are faithful are hanging on to Jesus but the rest, they are drowning. Soon one of my dear friends and co-workers will have a complicated surgery, the outcome is yet to be known. Does he have cancer? Is it throughout his body? Will his journey back to health be fast or long? These are questions that I have no answers. So where do I go? I go to Jesus.
This morning I wanted a word for him and God brought me to 2 Timothy 2:1. When I was first saved, I would go to my Bible, pray and ask God to give me a word and just like that a Scripture would pop in my head. It happened today too. So I sent it with a word of encouragement and a prayer that this person will fully repent, accept Christ 100% and know that God is calling Him to His side. This person is often a skeptic and really doesn't want to believe but in these last months I know he has had to believe. I am praying that anyone that sees this blog will pray for him this week and ask God to fulfill his will on my friend. I don't know what's in store. The surgery will be tricky and already weird things have happened. I can draw conclusions but none of them would be right. I'm just praying that God will have his will and at whatever conclusion this disease comes to have that my friend know Jesus more, lean on Him and be in His presence.
I am going to share the word that came to me because it's relevent to you and me. We must remember that Christ is everything and there's no better time to remember than in the midst of our anguish. Be well my sisters and know that I am praying for you. This blog is my ministry and my purpose and with Jesus I can do all things.
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him.
If we disown him, he will also disown us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. (2 Timothy 2:1-13 NIV)
My prayer today:
O, Lord, I pray these words would penetrate the heart of every one struggling to understand where you are. I pray that we would look for you under the rock and in the highest tree. During this season, leading up to Easter my prayer is that women will come to You knowing You are God. Protect us from the evil that lurks around every corner. So much has happened to women in these last months and we need to be covered by the blood that saved the world. Please penetrate our hearts with this Scripture, make us strong and help us spread love to our families, friends and neighbors. Take us out of ourselves and into the world and give us the wisdom to follow You all our days. In Jesus Name, Ament