I am so blessed to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you to Chrystal, who authors Learning to Be, for nominating me! Chrystal’s blog is so encouraging and uplifting. You can read her wonderful blog at this link: http://learningtobeblog.wordpress.com/
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Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart – so you will be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.
– A. Murray
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”
Well. It is summer. So I have taken the usual precautionary measures. Windows shut, blinds tight, air conditioner set, fans on- ready to be rotated to their various locations. I think I have everything in place. Ah… the joys of summer in Texas. I honestly can say I do not enjoy this. I feel trapped inside a box missing the cool air and being outside….. Sigh.
Our spiritual lives can sometimes turn this way. We can close ourselves off because of hurts and disappointments. Life is difficult. It is easy to shut ourselves from others. We try to reach out to people. But sometimes we get let down so the blinds get drawn and no light comes in.
But Jesus has not called us to this kind of life. He wants us to live outside the box! I think there is a new call to believers in Christ to come outside- regardless of the temperature or weather. We are needed in these days. We have been hiding our light for too long. The world has been in charge long enough. It is time for the faithful, who ARE called to come forward. We need to be the light, the voice, the example of Jesus.
We have all been given a measure of faith. Let us use it and no longer live in the box or stay in that boat. Peter was bold enough when Jesus called him to walk on the water, he did. We can do the same! God has placed inside of you a way to reach others- you have a unique message to share. It is message from Him that only YOU have.
It is time to share it.
Be Bold. Be Brave.
It is time for a Summer Break Out!
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matthew 14:29
Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”