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A Thought to Consider 10-26-10

I returned on Monday from a cruise that I took with some of my girlfriends. A "cruise for chics" to be exact. We left Thursday evening and enjoyed time with each other, meeting new friends, laughing, relaxing and eating(more than I care to discuss). It was a much needed time of rest for me personally, but I found myself by Sunday anxious to be home. I missed my family and the comfort of what is most dear to me.
As I spent time with the Lord yesterday I sensed His Spirit asking me if I long for Him like that? Am I so comfortable and enjoy this life so much that I don't look forward with anxious anticipation for my heavenly home? I should be "homesick" for heaven. After all, this place is not our home. O Lord, forgive me for setting my eyes on what is earthly and temporary, finding value and placing priority on the things of this world. Thank you Jesus for your Word that says, "Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6: 19-21
Help me Holy Spirit to set my heart on things above and to be obedient to this command. For He tells us in Revelation 22:20, "Yes, I am coming soon." May my heart be filled with an honest yearning and may I respond like John, "Come, Lord Jesus."
Looking forward to His Coming, Joanne

A Thought to Consider 10-18-10

As I prepare for this week's lesson on Hebrews 6, my mind is still full and constantly considering the truth of Hebrews 5:8 "Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered,"
I keep asking myself.....If Christ learned obedience through his suffering, how much more can I learn obedience through my suffering?
The Holy Spirit completely opened my perspective of "suffering" over the past couple of weeks. I always associated suffering with pain, crisis, tragedy, something big and it is all of those things. But I believe that God showed me that simply in my human sin nature, I suffer everyday. I need to stop waiting for the BIG crisis and realize that He is giving me opportunity everyday to learn obedience. If I learn how to embrace those "daily sufferings," how much more I would resemble Jesus! Life isn't easy. Suffering is hard. But I rejoice in the fact that I have a great high priest, Jesus the Son of God, who has gone through the heavens and sits upon His Throne of Grace. An ever-present help in time of need. A great high priest that is able to sympathize with my every weakness. THEREFORE, I will cling tenaciously to the faith I profess and I will purpose to learn obedience in all my suffering.
So Grateful to Be His, Joanne

A Thought to Consider 10-4-10

Do you ever just long for the day when your calendar is free? There is no where you need to be or nothing you need to do. Those days seem to be available to me less and less. As I studied Hebrews 4 this week, my eyes and heart were opened to the rest that God offers. Not necessarily a time of inactivity, but a spiritual rest, a peace that surpasses understanding. Instead of waiting for that day when I have nothing on my calendar, God is offering me a rest today in my daily routine. As I read a John MacArthur commentary he described God's rest as spiritual, not physical. God's basic promise is to give us spiritual rest, spiritual blessing. He goes on to say that some of God's most faithful, rest-filled believers are the busiest, the hardest working, and sometimes even the most afflicted people imaginable. Yet they are in God's rest. A rest found through salvation and a rest found through faithful submission.
So I have been challenged to diligently seek God's rest this week on a daily, moment by moment basis and I have found Him and the rest He provides even in the midst of an absolutely crazy schedule. I challenge you to do the same. Then let me know what you find.......His grace is sufficient for you!!
Love, Joanne