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Ezekiel 21-23; Hebrews 12; Psalms 111

My children all participated in races as fundraisers for their schools this week.  I have been watching them do this every year since kindergarten, with such determination and persistence.  Reminds me of “running the good race” of our faith as a daily challenge.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, ,looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV)

When a person puts their trust in Christ, they become a new creation and begin their race in this life.  They begin to learn who He is and why they need Him.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who practice it have a good understanding.  His praise endures forever!” (Psalms 111:10 ESV)

Lord,

Help us all to run a good race with our focus on You.  We have a long way to go until the finish line when we see You face to face.  Until then, let us endure with persistence.

Amen,

Kellie

 

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Jeremiah 13-16; 2 Timothy 3

We are going to have trouble in this life.  That is a given.  Why do I automatically forget that when I am having a bad day?

“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” (2 Timothy 3:12 ESV)

Daily this world becomes more and more dark.  All that is good is called evil and all that is evil is called good.  Just watching the news makes me emotionally distraught.

“while evil people and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13 ESV)

But I need to fill my mind with what I know to be true and not let myself become filled with fear and anxiety.

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it” (2 Timothy 3:14 ESV)

I need to hold fast to what I know to be true from the Word and remember how He saved me.

“and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3: 15 ESV)

As a parent, I teach my children with scripture.  It is my job to train them up in the way they should go.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16)

Then the next generation will be prepared for even darker times that are sure to come.

“that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:17 ESV)

Yet still my prayer is, “Come Lord Jesus!”  Amen.

~Kellie

 

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2 Kings 17; 2 Chronicles 28; Ephesians 3; Psalms 46

In the Old Testament passages today we see mistakes.  A king rules, he chooses a form of idolatry over God and is taken off the throne.

In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, Hoshea the son of Elah began to reign in Samaria over Israel, and he reigned nine years.  And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, yet not as the kings of Israel who were before him.  Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria.  And Hoshea became his vassal and paid him tribute.  But the king of Assyria shut him up and bound him in prison.  Then the king of Assyria invaded all the land and came to Assyria, and for three years he besieged it.” (2 Kings 17;1-5 ESV)

Therefore the Lord his God gave him into the hand of the king of Syria, who defeated him and took captive a great number of his people and brought them to Damascus.  He was also given into the hand of the king of Israel, who struck him with great force. ” (2 Chronicles 28:5 ESV)

Paul reminds us in Ephesians that we can pray for spiritual strength and therefore not give into temptation.  I need that reminder daily.  When I look back on things I have done in the past I realize that if I had only prayed for spiritual strength, I might not have made the poor choices I did.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19 ESV)

This strength is repeated in today’s Psalm.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

though the mountains may be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” (Psalms 46:1-3 ESV)

 

Lord,

Help us to always remember and take advantage of the fact that “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalms 46:11 ESV)

Kellie

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Amos 4-6; 2 Thessalonians 2; Psalms 86

Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said.  Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.” (Amos 5:14-15 ESV)

The Israelites were turning away from God.  They were not remembering how good He had been to them.  Later on in the new testament, Paul is teaching the Thessalonians how important it is to hold onto the steadfastness of Christ.

But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.  To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 2:13-15 ESV)

The Psalmist echoes the sentiments of being steadfast in the Lord.

“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.  For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.” (Psalms 86:12-13 ESV)

This summer, after attending a women’s retreat this past spring, I have been inspired to remember and write down God’s faithfulness in my life.  My testimony is much more than the moment I came to know Christ.  It is a lifetime of personal examples of His perfect care for me.  The good times and bad times alike all reflect the walk with Him. I encourage all who read this to do the same.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16 ESV)

Amen,

Kellie

 

 

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Ecclesiates 6-7; Psalms 18; Matthew 16

June used to be my favorite month. But in recent years, June is when all the bad things seem to happen in our family. So now it kind of keeps me on edge.  Five years ago my husband had mayor surgery. It was a physical strain on him and an emotional strain on me and our children.  Then, four years ago my parents were in a head on collision. My dads truck was totaled and my mom broke a few fingers.  Finally, three years ago my grandfather passed away and my husband lost his job the very next day. We spent the rest of the summer daily trusting that another job was on its way.
I can look back at all of these June’s with bitterness or I can choose to realize that God was faithful through them all. I can look back and be grateful for the trials as they made me grow and lean on Him more. Today’s readings provide passages that reflect my sentiments.
  • “Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.” (Ecclesiastes 7:3 ESV)
  • “In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help.  From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears.” (Psalms 18;6 ESV)
  • This God- His way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.” (Psalms 18:30 ESV)
  • Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25 ESV)

Lord, we cry to You in our distress.  You are always right there.  Trials give us the closeness that we would never have if everything was perfect.  We give up our lives to follow You because its then that we truly DO have life.  Help us to always remember your faithfulness.

Amen,

Kellie

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1 Kings 1;1 Chronicles 26-28; 2 Corinthians 10; Psalms 91

In 1 Kings we read that King David is coming to the end of his life.  God has already chosen his son Solomon to replace him.

“And the king swore, saying ‘As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my soul out of every adversity, as I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel, saying, ‘Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place, even so I will do this day.  Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the ground and paid homage to the king and said ‘may my lord King David live forever,” (1 Kings 1:29-31 ESV)

David assembled all of the Jerusalem officials together and gives a charge to Solomon.

“Then David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and courageous and do it.  Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you.  He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” (1 Chronicles 28:20 ESV)

The Psalmist, perhaps David or Moses, reflects similar sentiments.  It’s a good passage to remember when going through trials in this life.  God is on our side.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust…..Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place- the Most High, who is my refuge- no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” (Psalms 91:1-2, 9-10 ESV)

But as Paul reminds us, any boasting that we do in this life for things we have done or trials we have made it through, the praise belong to God alone.

Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.  For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (Psalms 91:17-18 ESV)

Lord, help us remember that only in You can we find our refuge in times of trouble.

Kellie

 

 

 

 

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1 Samuel 27; 1 Chronicles 9; 1 Corinthians 10; Psalms 141

We just celebrated Easter.  Christ’s resurrection is the cornerstone event of the Christian faith.  Because He died for our sins and rose from the dead, we too can be resurrected.  Easter gives us that hope.

Several verses stood out to me this week in the light of Easter.

“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” (1 Corinthians 10:26 ESV)  Everything belongs to Him.

“So whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV).  Whatever we do in life, whether its changing diapers, driving a bus or running a company, we need to do all things like we’re doing them to God.  He gets the glory when we live our lives to the best of our ability no matter the task.

But my eyes are towards you, O Lord my God; in you I seek refuge, leave me not defenseless.” (Psalms 141:8)  Our job is to focus on the Lord, not our problems, and He will take care of the rest.

Dear Lord,

“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you and the lifting of my hands as an evening sacrifice.” (Psalms 141:2)

Amen,

Kellie

 

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