Wow, Day 20. That is a lot of days of blogging for this gal. If you've been with me since October 1, thank you. I do pray that you're being encouraged and spurred on in the Gospel. It has been a delight and challenge to me to think through many things that have been on my heart and mind over the last long while.
For many days we've been "talking sin" around here. How much there is about our hearts that needs to be changed and how able and faithful God is to work in our hearts as we seek Him through repentance and faith. As we study the Scriptures, pray, listen to the word preached, etc., the Spirit works in our hearts convicting us of sin, helping us to root it out, and planting His fruit there: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Another way that God works in our lives to mold us more into His likeness, shaping our faith and character into something more beautiful to Him, is through this business of living life in a broken world. Walking through difficult circumstances often forces us to "abandon the clamor of self-will" and "become more ourselves than ever" - we find more freedom from sin and a deeper, richer faith in our God, that propel us into greater service to God and the church using the gifts we've been given.
That's what I want to talk about over the next few days. To do so, I will have to talk about what I know. My experience will not be the same as yours, but there may be some overlap. There are many incredibly challenging or painful circumstances in which you find yourself that I have not and may never endure. But I do want to and need to testify about how God has worked in some areas of my life to cause me to pursue Him with greater faith than I had before. Specifically, I plan/hope to talk marriage, child bearing, child rearing, and times of transition (in no particular order.)
None of these are fully fleshed out just yet, but I trust God will take us where He wants us to go!
To close today, let me just say that the Good Lord knows exactly where you are right now - what's making you tick and what's got you at your breaking point. I'm so thankful that when I write, I don't need to worry about making something happen in my readers' lives - that's God's work! - but I do want to help you remember and practice fixing your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of your faith, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, scorning it's shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
the LORD bless and keep you;
the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace.