Monday, 15 April 2013

Here we go again....

Here comes Jeremiah 29:11 again - at the end of a long post on marriage.

In the interim, we have had 'ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened...' (Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9; John 15:7) several times. In mine and Richard's daily readings; in meditating on our church's 'verse for the year'. In a sermon.
New International Version (NIV)
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
The Voice (VOICE)
If you abide in Me and My voice abides in you, anything you ask will come to pass for you.
The Message
Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. 

Seek. Sheila Walsh says:
Seek Jesus First
What mother could bear to see her son nailed to a cross, mocked and tortured, executed in such a barbaric way? What had Mary’s trust in God gained her? The next time we hear Mary’s name, she is one of the crowd in the Upper Room, just before the Holy Spirit fell on them all (Acts 1:14).

We see her as a disciple and follower of Christ the Messiah and Savior. Yes, Mary has lost her husband and watched men torture and kill her firstborn son; she knows pain and loss. Yet we see her acting in trust as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

What an encouragement Mary’s example is! Her experience means that wherever you are in your life right now, the joy and purpose that Mary knew are within your grasp. You see, Mary discovered a calling on her life that was far greater than her calling as a wife or a mother.

It was the calling to be a follower of her son, Jesus, the Christ. She let go of what she cherished more than her own life to embrace that higher calling.

I do not for one moment want to minimize the pain of what your life has brought you or what might come. But I want to remind you that there is a Rock we have been invited to build our lives on, and this Rock cannot be shaken.

Bottom line, we are loved by the One who is love. We are loved by the One who has overcome the enemy. We are loved by the One who says, Trust me.

Almighty God, I simply want to follow Jesus. You know the things that interfere—my sin, my wandering heart, my easily distracted mind as well as responsibilities as wife, mother, church work, and career. And just living—the housework, the laundry, the shopping, the cooking—takes so much time and energy. Teach me to follow Jesus despite and in the midst of all this.

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. — Jesus in Matthew 6:33

By Sheila Walsh, from her book Good Morning, the blog.~ Devotionals Daily

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