Friday, January 4, 2013

He is the One-- RJD January 2013


Taken from 1/01/1997

God is the One who holds all the answers to our questions about the complex issues of life and yet He is the One who responds to these questions with simplicity. He responds to my questions I have with “Trust Me;” with “My grace is sufficient for you;” with “I AM God.”

Two days ago, I bought five napkin rings to go with my Christmas table cloth and napkins. I purchased five because last week we had Christmas Eve dinner at my dad and stepmother’s home, as we usually do. (I chose five because of my husband, our son, myself and the two of them.) 
This past year has been one of serious illness for both of them. I can only trust God to allow them both to surmount their respective illnesses and be here for us to have another Christmas. At the same time, I know that all this is in God’s hands. And for that I am very thankful.


Update: At the time of this journal entry my dad was receiving radiation treatments for Colon Cancer. The previous May, my stepmother had been diagnosed with a second round of Breast Cancer. I had to take her to treatment four days a week. Her sister took her the fifth day.
 I had September, October and most of November ‘to myself’ (getting things back to ‘normal’). During this time I also had to see about a first cousin of my dad who experienced seizures from childhood. In the first three months of 1997, each of them had a stay in the hospital.     
We had one more Christmas together. God did answer my prayer as I had asked. I just realized that fact as I reread this old journal entry.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

All I Need

“’ My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
 Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
 so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

               The Apostle Paul had a chronic problem-which he referred to as a thorn in his side. He asked God to take it away. When Paul prayed about it, God gave him a peculiar answer.

“‘My grace is sufficient’” God chose not to honor Paul’s request. Instead He worked through the condition. God spoke of grace—His unmerited love. He told Paul His love was enough to see Him through.

 “‘. . . my power is made perfect in weakness.’” God says something here that seems to be a paradox. His power is perfected in weakness. What does He mean? When we can’t do something because we aren't strong enough to handle the issue, He, at our request, takes over and works through the circumstances and turns it into something that glorifies Him.

”‘. . . I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses.’” THE MESSAGE translation of Bible has an interesting interpretation of these words. “I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.”
”‘ . . . so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’” Paul wanted God to be seen instead of him. Paul, who previously persecuted Christians, wanted the LORD to be seen, not him. He didn’t want to stand in the way.
               Do we let things get in the way of the LORD-between Him and us? Yes, sometimes we do. It happens because we are human and we have shortcomings. This happens when take our eyes off of Jesus and put them on other people.
               Because of God’s grace we are privileged to walk with Him each day. As we walk with God we represent Him to those we meet. This happens in the market place, in the doctor’s office, at the park, and just outside our front door.

                  It is my goal in 2013 to lean more on God’s grace
                A rendition of a hymn I love by a group I have seen. One of the singers is from my area.   Wonderful Grace of Jesus


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