Brief Sabbatical


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My dear readers.

Just a brief note.

I will be on a brief sabbatical this week won’t do any blogging. The busiest time of my calendar is upon me. This week I’ll be a ghost. Between it being the Holiest Week of the Church Calendar, my personal life has gotten a little busier…I’m slowly not becoming a homebody, I guess ya’ll have noticed that.  Tomorrow afternoon and Tuesday I will be away from the computer and internet.

Know that my prayers are with you all and after this week I may clue people in on what is going on in the humble but great personal changes going on with me.   

I pray you have a reflective Holy Week, and find Easter full of great rejoicing for you.

I leave you with this song by Bob Marley as well as Remember This Above All Things: God Loves You And So Do I!

In the Name…


Day 18

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Racking what’s left my brain here…I guess that is why they call it a Challenge!

A song that I love but rarely listen to.  I love all types of music and songs as we have seen through this challenge.  However I really need to listen to this song and group more.  This song sums me up I think but I will leave that for you my dear readers to deiced!

I hope I do everything I do not only in the name of God, but also in the Name of Love (but aren’t they one in the same?).

Please stop by and see what my friends are listening to!

Transformed Through Suffering


A Lenten Devotion…

God Transforms Us Through Suffering
by Kenneth D. Boa from Once-a-Day 40 Days to Easter Devotional

Scripture
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but You do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; You are the one Israel praises. In You our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and You delivered them. To You they cried out and were saved; in You they trusted and were not put to shame. - Psalm 22:1-5

Meditation
God never promised that we would be exempt from affliction; rather, suffering is part of our lot in a fallen world.

However, there is hope because, though He does not always deliver us from suffering, He promises to deliver and transform us through it if we rely on His resources instead of our own. In such times of suffering, we can know for sure that we are not alone.

In the midst of our pain, God promises to never leave us or abandon us.

Therefore, when we grieve, we do not grieve like the world does; we grieve with hope, knowing that God is often revealed most clearly in the midst of our trials. God will never despise us or hide his face from us. When we cry for help, He will hear and will enable us to endure. The certainty of His companionship in the midst of our afflictions allows us to view them as a means to a greater end. Our suffering is accomplishing something in us, forging within us the character of the One in whose image we are made. Because of Christ, even our catastrophes have purpose. God is preparing our character for the time when we will see Him face to face.

Prayer
Lord of all creation, You have shown me that I will have tribulation in this world. But You have counseled me to take courage because You have overcome the world and have promised to never leave or forsake me. Grant me the grace to hold fast to the truths of the gospel, to the Person and work of Christ, and to the power of the Spirit. May I hope in Your promises, confessing that I am but a stranger and exile in this world, reveling in the love you have shown me and extending that love to others. Teach me to exult in my tribulations, knowing that difficulties bring about perseverance, character, and a hope that does not disappoint. And may I always remember that I am headed for a glorious and eternal future with You that cannot be compared to the temporary struggles of this world. In Your steadfast name I pray. Amen.

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Your Turn
Jesus knows about suffering. He empathizes with you and will never, ever leave or forsake you. He is with you. He is strengthening and preparing you in the middle of our trials and hardships. Pour your heart out to Him today!

Wisdom from a Southern-Gentleman & Bishop

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