Broken arms will take you places!
Our son's broken arm required six weeks of hauling to the orthopedic's office for images to ensure the bones weren't shifting because we opted to not place temporary pins.
It was the hard path. The hard choice.
After a visit we decided to capitalize on our geography and head for a quick jaunt...
Nothing about the jaunt was "quick".
Like a mice caught in a maze trying to find the cheese we scuttled through back roads.
The shade that enters when the days is drawing to a close covered the treed area.
Short as the trail was a feeling shook me. I made wilderness mistakes in my younger year, I've been unprepared, without a source of light, without a map in an unfamiliar area....and here we were....sun setting with nothing but happiness to be out of the car and on a trail.
Sometimes we get caught in a moment and forget our vulnerabilities and limitations. This time, we decided, short as the hike was, to turn back.
The Christian life is often like this. We pursue God's calling, we strive to listen to His direction in our lives but we find we don't have all the right tools at our disposal.
Sometimes we find despite our best intentions fo follow God that we've wandered off the path.
I've seldom heard Christians admit that the path isn't always clearly marked and the source of Light and Life is sometimes dim.
I've been frustrated, wondering if I'm pursuing the call of God or just a passion. God is good to weave these small life experiences to teach me His purposes and plans.
Wrestling with God like Jacob and willing to draw the reigns in and place them in the Father's hands I'm confident God will complete what He began in my heart.
How about you? If you find you're confused or outright off the path, stop, about face and head back to the last place you found God.
The Psalms record King David's experiences with this. Check out
"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2 NIV) ☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲
'O problema de ser forte é que ninguém se incomoda em perguntar se você está ferido.'
"Levais as cargas pesadas uns dos outros e, assim, estareis cumprindo a Lei de Cristo." (Gálatas 6:2)
✨Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.✨- Deuteronomy 5:16 #21birthday#godisgood#blessed#loved#verseoftheday
Your biggest dreams, life goals, and aspirations are all within reach when you walk in faith. It doesn't matter how unrealistic or lofty your dreams seem, HE can make them happen if you are obedient. Remember, people will always tell you that your dreams are crazy when they are God sized.
Go for crazy, God can make it happen. .
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Are you comfortable with the Bible? Many people aren’t. Some are intimidated by its size. Others get lost in all the old traditions and strange stories. Still others have a hard time understanding the actual words — even in modern translations. Because the Bible is not like any other book ever written, some people have a hard time getting into it.
God understands the limits of our human minds. He should — he created them. And he really wants us to understand what is in his Word. So he sends his Holy Spirit to act as an interpreter for us. The Holy Spirit takes the words of the Bible and translates them in a personal way so that we understand not only what they mean but also how we can use them in our lives.
The secret to understanding Scripture is to pray before and after you read it. Before you start to read, ask the Holy Spirit to clear your mind of any distractions. Ask him to help you focus on the words in front of you. After you read, ask him to help you find ways to use what you read in your daily life.
Dear God, thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit to help us understand your Word. Give us the wisdom to understand Scripture and use it in our daily lives. Amen.
From NIV Once-A-Day At The Table Family Devotional
We live in a hostile world that is inspired by the evil one. It may seem intimidating but John reminds us in 1 John 4:4-6 “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” We are, therefore, encouraged to pray because it is the most effective thing a christian can do. It is a privilege and it is very powerful. Don’t take it for granted. Let us not treat prayer like a favor we do for God. Let us resolve to make it the foundation of our every day. Let us begin with it in the morning and end with it at night. And let us do it frequently for every decision and every task required of us. #verseoftheday#devotion#meditation#072018
Why is it so hard to be kind? If it were easy everybody would be doing it. Being rude is so easy, it’s almost second nature to many of us but this doesn’t justify it. Rudeness is a sign of weakness, it’s a way to express emotions for people that don’t have the strength to be kind. Being kind is especially challenging when someone else is being rude but even more needed in these situations. Rudeness is often a consequence of low self esteem so next time you deal with someone rude remember they need your kindness more than most other people. Choose to be kind over winning an argument because when you choose kindness you win every time, you might not win the battle but you win the war. God help us to be kind to one another.
The Signs of Drifting
Regularly gathering in the house of the Lord with brothers and sisters in Christ provides an "anchor" of support and accountability. But skipping church in order to pursue other interests is an obvious sign that a believer has begun to drift away from God. Less apparent are the men and women who mentally skip the worship service. The act of attending means nothing unless we make a deliberate decision to receive God's Word and apply it to our life. As the writer of Hebrews warned, if we do not pay attention to what we have heard, we will drift away from it (2:1).
However, Sunday morning is not the only time for receiving a steady diet of nourishing principles and encouragement from the Bible. We should be in its pages every day, reading and meditating for ourselves. When our interest in what God has to say decreases, we're already slipping out into troublesome waters. The only way to keep our way pure is by following His Word (Ps. 119:9).
If Bible reading is neglected, a prayer life has usually faded as well. Prayer is the way believers communicate with the Navigator. If we stop talking with Him, the God who once seemed so close soon feels far away. That chasm in our spirit is one more sign that we're far from shore and safety.
I've watched many a captain guide his cruise ship through a narrow channel. The crew members are intensely focused on their tasks because drifting means disaster. Life is full of narrow channels to navigate. We cannot afford to drift away from God and His Word. Only He can bring us safely through.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
Philippians 2:5-8 ❤️
You can count on the Lord to be Your Rock. He’s unmovable, all powerful. He’s your shield, your strong tower! Take refuge in Him. .
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalms 18:2
This day will always hold a special place in our hearts because 2 months after our marriage was restored, my husband baptized me. #restoredmarriage @couples.at.christ #couplesatchrist
A promise I made to my husband the day our marriage was restored:
“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16
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