Well, can I just say that the marathon was quite a high. It was…. ahh. But, I’ve got news — there ain’t no high like the Most High, so there’s no where but up from here! So, back to the task at hand. Life.
Ironically, this morning started a new journal for me. How fun! A new journal and a new pair of running shoes. How parallel. A new journey. Oh, the possibilities.
I LOVE looking back at an old journal. The first day in my last journal was Good Friday. Full circle. So much happens in a year. Page after page of joys, trials, growth, failures, strongholds, illnesses, healings, hardships, etc. Just this past year alone holds three semesters of ministry, two deaths in our family, a new kindergartner, a home school journey, Luke’s first steps, major surgeries, etc. What in the world will this journal hold? Only God knows. What I DO know is that it will be good. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you, ‘ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.'”
One thing that struck me about this past journal was that the Lord gave me some key verses for my life. Verses for our family, our children, my testimony, our ministry. So, Lord willing I can figure it out, I want to add a link up at the top for these verses.
Let’s call the life verse link a “quick fix” of the Word. A place to go for a bullet point. Can we just all admit that some days we don’t have time (or some days energy) to dive in and study the Bible. We just need a taste to get through. We can’t live like this. But some days its all we’ve got – and that’s OK.
This past year, it was as if scales fell from my eyes. I saw the Word of God in new light. Hard to explain. The Word is alive. It really is. The Word speaks. It is active. It pierces the heart. It will expose our stuff. (read Hebrew 4:12-13) I’ll tell you this, if you don’t want your stuff exposed, “x” out of this blog and go elsewhere. If you want healing, stay. The word kills our sin and heals our wounds. Amazing.
I don’t know where you are on your journey. Some reading this far exceed any knowledge or experiences that the Lord has given me. Your years walking with the Lord are long and your wisdom far greater. I am honored (and a bit nervous) that you are here. Some are college students in our ministry that are growing and eager. Some are new Christians trying to figure this whole this out. Some of you think I’m crazy. That Christianity is crazy. And you know what, you’re right. I am a bit crazy about Jesus. So be it.
Wherever you are, I challenge you to “taste and see that the Lord is good” -Psalm 34:8.
I pray that the Word falls on you afresh today. Like the newness of Spring, I pray it revives you, energizes you, yet convicts you, heals you… and gives you life.