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Choose Wisely

Deuteronomy 30:19

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!

God told the Israelites that He had a command for them.

This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach. – Deuteronomy 30:11

It wasn’t difficult, it wasn’t out of reach; it was the ability to choose Him, to choose a better life. He said if you choose me, you choose prosperity.

Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. – Deuteronomy 30:15

It’s pretty plain and simple.

Everyday, most of us choose to believe that we have no say in what happens to us. While some of that may be true, we do have a say in how we handle what happens. The world would have us believe there is no right or wrong choice for our life. Newsflash, there is. And we get to pick one or the other.

There’s no need to roll the dice. No Magic 8 Ball necessary. No tarot cards or horoscopes are needed. You pick.

God has given us the ability to choose. Right or wrong? Life or death? Heaven or Hell? It’s your pick. So what’s it going to be?

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Silently Divine

Sketch16012045As I read all that Christ endured, for me, I’m brought to tears. I’m nearly brought to shame in the behavior of mankind, mostly because that behavior is still alive today. And I just love Jesus. I think about how much I am not like Him, and I want to be. I really do. But he was so wonderful. He set such a great example for our ordinary lives, by enduring His extreme trials.

Let’s check this out:

Matthew 27:12-14

12 But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. 13 “Don’t you hear all these charges they are bringing against you?” Pilate demanded. 14 But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor’s surprise.

When I’m right, it takes all that I have not to acknowledge how right I am. When I’m wrong, I still want to explain my perspective. But here we have Jesus, God, refusing to gloat. He’s refusing to state His case, although He has every right to if He wants to.

How divine is that? To know there is no need to prove your innocence or divinity, because you are God. What an example.

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.

Isaiah 53:7

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Crucifixion Biography

027441-glossy-black-icon-culture-religion-cross-simpleI really want to approach the story of Christ’s crucifixion from a different perspective. I’ve been in prayer and asking God, that I not approach it as a story I’ve read many times, but as a part of my own biography. It may not be an event that I saw, but it was for me that He was there. It’s not just for the history books, it’s for my present and future.

The day that Christ was crucified is a pinnacle day in my own life story. Although it is a Bible story from many years ago, its purpose was and is for me. His crucifixion and resurrection are the events that make His life as a perfect sacrifice the final piece. Therefore, these events are what make my salvation the final piece.

To separate this story from my own personal biography would be in a sense, to separate salvation from my own narrative. And without salvation, without forgiveness, without God’s love, I am nothing.

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“FullFilled”

Full – containing or holding as much or as many as possible; having no empty space.

Fulfilled – bring to completion or reality

John 6:31-40 (NLT)

31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.”

35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. 37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”

We talk about having a full life often. But having a “full” life isn’t necessarily having a complete life, is it? It’s really just having a life that is occupied. A life that has no more space in it for anything else.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I think our lives should be full. I mean who wants an empty life, right? However, the question at hand is what exactly are we filling our lives with?

Jesus said He is the Bread of Life and Living Water, and that those who believe in Him will never hunger and never thirst. As complex as it sounds, your hunger for the Bread of Life and thirst for Living Water is in fact the fulfillment you need in life.

In John 6:31, there almost seems to be an envy present amongst the FULLfilled-Recoveredpeople. “After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” And all along Jesus is present, the true Bread of Heaven (v. 32 ). A desire to be full physically, blinded the people from being fulfilled in all of their life (v. 33).

Yet, Jesus in His patience tries to explain it to them in John 6:35, 40.

In other words, the bread you seek, is me. That thing you seek to make you complete, is Me. I’m it. In Me, you can be full and fulfilled.

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Love Does

Love does. It’s just that simple. It does.

Jesus set the perfect example of what love does, because to tell us wasn’t enough. He had to do love. And what He did in love was gave His life for me to show that He loved me. Love does.

I can tell my husband all day, every day that I love him. I can say it all I want to, but at the end of the day, at some point, he’s going to expect me to do love. At some point, saying I love him, isn’t going to be enough. At some point, I’m going to have to sacrifice something to do love.

Love does. My husband does. He does love. He doesn’t tell me he loves me, he does love. He makes the 6-hour trip. He goes to the grocery store to get me soup and medicine. He runs out to get me breakfast and rushes back home so he’s not late for work. He does love.

Love is what you do. Not what you say. And if those things above are considered sacrifices for me, how much greater was what Christ did?

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 (NLT)

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Deity for Me

How could it be

That You would give it up Your deity for me?

Even when sin is all I can see

Still You gave up Your deity for me.

 

A King on His Throne

Then it was gone.

You chose humility

All for me.

 

I really don’t understand

But it was Your master plan.

And although to me it doesn’t make sense

Your love is just that intense.

 

No more life of sin

I win!

Because of what You did

When on the cross, Your love was not hid.

 

And as undeserving as I may be

I’ve accepted You as my Savior, You see.

After all, what would life be

Without accepting the One who gave up deity for me?

 

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Creative Journal

Describe a year from your life in a series of 52 tweets (140 characters each).

I got engaged, and married this year, 2016!

It’s such an overwhelming event, it’s best to use as little detail as possible to not overwhelm the reader.

My life had to change.

My name changed. My address changed. Importantly, I changed.

It’s not so easy, but it’s certainly not so bad.

Married life is different, a good different.

I don’t get everything I want, and I have to share what I have.

But you grow and you learn so much.

Much more than you could as a single person I think.

Let’s face it, it has some great benefits.

A close friend, someone to wake up to and grow old with come with the deal.

And, you have a spiritual companion for life.

It’s really a good thing.

It was new relocating and starting a new job.

I spent 9 months of engaged life processing those changes that were coming.

And we didn’t end up where we thought we would.

Oh, and how could I forget. All of the wedding preparation took place in the middle of knee surgery.

A torn ACL, meniscus, and fractured kneecap.

Now, I’ve got 3 screws in my knee. That’s life changing.

But, you know what?

Having him by my side made it easier.

Surgery reminded me all the more of why I was marrying him…

 

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