Oh, how lovely it feels to be writing again! To have a desk set up – the desk built by Anthony’s great uncles for his father and uncle – where I can “craft with words”, study my Bible, and enjoy the companionship of my faithful assistant, Allie Cat. That fancy little fabric bin will never be used for organizing, but it makes for a purrfect cat nap.
We are on the other side of a long and arduous move, and I am so thankful for our faithful friends and family who sacrificially helped us. Most of all, I am praising God for His faithfulness. He set us on this journey several years ago, and though it has been a slow and painful path, we have seen glimpses (and sometimes “WOW, GOD!” moments) of Him working each and every step of the way. I am excited to see what is next, and I am learning to trust God and cling to Him in ways I never expected.
There were mornings during the past weeks where I simply read through the Psalms, finding needed comfort and encouragement in the familiar words. In my regular study I am in 1 Corinthians, reading of rewards and crowns, temples and the Holy Spirit, and being fools for Christ.
This particular passage resonates with me, as our family starts this new chapter of our lives:
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God–and righteousness and sanctification and redemption–that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the LORD’.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Any good thing you see in me is from God. On my own I am foolish, weak, base, despised, nothing. But in Christ, I have wisdom, strength, worth, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Hallelujah!
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14 God leads us in triumph and diffuses His knowledge through us like a fragrance (I love that!).
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 We are made new.
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” ~ Galatians 3:26 We become sons of God.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” ~ Ephesians 2:10 God created us and prepared us to walk in good works.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” ~ Philippians 2:5 We become likeminded with Jesus Himself.
Have you put your faith in Christ? Today, right now, is the perfect time to choose Jesus! 🙂