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Unfailing Hope

Unfailing Hope

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Ever asked someone so many questions that they asked if they’re being interrogated? Or get the glassed over eye look? Yeah, I get that a lot from my kids. Usually includes several eye rolls! I like to ask questions, with an occasional, here we go again, mumbled in the background. It’s okay. One day they will appreciate it! 

When something strikes my interest, the questions begin. When meeting someone new, the basic questions are asked. What do you do? How big is your family? What do you do for fun? Etc. At times, I keep questions to myself, observe and come up with a conclusion that can be confirmed in additional conversations at a later time. 

Searching out answers to our questions enhances knowledge and wisdom. You can Google just about anything and have an answer within seconds. Gone are the days of sifting through reference books and microfiche at the library. (I just dated myself!!)

Several times, while teaching, my students would ask me a question that I did not know the answer to. Instead of making something up, I told them, “I don’t know. But I’ll find out and get back to you.” 

At times, for whatever reason, an answer can not be found. Rationality, common sense and personal experience forms an opinion that best answers the unknown. Sometimes spot on, sometimes out in left field!

My sweet, intelligent friends, we don’t have to have the answers all the time. It’s okay to say, “I don’t know.” You don’t have to have an answer for everything. It’s impossible anyway! There are a few, “Why?” questions I’ll never have the answers to. 

How do you handle questions that you don’t have the answers to? Well, let’s start with a few you can answer. (Please take a moment and give some thought and answer these questions.)

What’s your name?

How old are you? JUST KIDDING!!

Anything exciting happened today?

(entire teenage eye roll!)

What is your disposition at this moment? Happy, joyful, anxious, nervous, easy going?

What life circumstance is occupying most of your thoughts and emotions? 

Is it a glass half empty or glass half full kind of day?

Where is your hope on a scale of 1-10? 1 being the lowest, 10 being the highest.

Frustration has a tendency to kick in when I don’t know the answers or life circumstances aren’t what I’d thought they would be. Frustration ignites giving up. Giving up fuels hopelessness. Hopelessness is a dangerous place to be. 

A 6 six year old girl was having a no good, very bad day. As I walked up to her it was evident she was upset. I asked why she was so sad. She went into a dramatic explanation of such sadness. Trying to reason with a rather dramatic six year old was futile. Encouragement, rephrasing from a different point of view or numerous hugs, the response was still “Whoa is me, I’m so mistreated.” At this point, only the precious six year could work her way out of hopelessness. 

A variety of life circumstances and unanswered questions could leave me hopeless; if I chose to be. The thing is, life circumstances and unanswered questions don’t have that much power over me. It’s my decision to choose hopelessness or hope, no matter the circumstance. 

“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” John 1:14

Who is the Word that became human? (Jesus)

Where did He make His home? (Among us. In us. All around us.)

What overflowed from Him? Unfailing love and faithfulness

Let’s pause and look at unfailing love and faithfulness for a moment. Can you name one thing that has never failed? I can’t think of a thing. My pen exploded after using it a few times. I snagged one of my favorite tops after having it for over a year. Something may fail instantly or may last for a long time before it starts breaking down. Everything has failed at one point in time. God’s love is UNfailing. His love never breaks down, never stops working, always loves no matter what. Never ceasing. 

His faithfulness is relentless. If I were Him, I would have given up on me a long time ago. His faithfulness to me, to who He created me to be, gives a hope that is unfailing. What if we lived in His unfailing hope every day of our life? Instead of Whoa is me? Try; Okay Lord, my hope is in knowing and believing you’ve got this. You see something I don’t see. Let me lean into the hope of knowing Your greatness, peace and comfort. This may hurt right now, but I have Your unfailing hope that You will bring me through this and I will live in the hope You have for me. 

“….Love always hopes.” I Corinthians 13:7 God’s hope is unfailing. May I live in His unfailing hope every moment, every day. No matter the circumstances. No matter the life delay, may I rest in His unfailing hope. May I rest assured that my everyday hope is leading to my eternal hope in Him. 

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this, relying on His unfailing hope together, in HIm. 

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Winter Chub

Winter Chub

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Recently, I was wondering why my jeans were feeling a little tighter. I was hoping it was because I had been doing different exercises and my legs were stronger and getting a little bigger. That might be part of it, but I’m pretty sure it’s my winter chub settling in!

Spring, Summer and Fall are my favorite times to be outside, especially to ride my bike or walk. I’m one of the weird ones that like to work up a good sweat! Sweat out all of the nasty poisons in my body and breathe in the fresh air. Life is good!!

The stationary bike gets a break in the summer but is put to good use during the winter months. I was doing pretty well getting in a few rides a  week. Unfortunately, I began to slack in my exercise routine and now the chub is catching up with me. 

I think we all can agree that life is busy. Too many times this winter I’ve pushed working out aside to do other things. Bad idea!! Over the last couple of days, I’ve told myself, “Enough is enough! Step away from the cookies and go for a ride or walk!” I’m a slow learner and lack self-discipline with sweets. They are my weakness! But seriously, I’ve gained too much and it’s time to do something about it! Time to clean out the snack drawer and empty my chocolate secret hiding places!! Time to head to the bike instead of the refrigerator! It’s time!

Several times in the Gospel, people approached Christ asking what they needed to do to follow Him. One young ruler couldn’t handle His answer and walked away defeated and disappointed. You see, he did all the right things, said all the right things, kept all the commandments. Looking from the outside in, the young ruler was a good man and did many good things. But the one thing Christ asked him to do was incomprehensible. Jesus said, sell all our possessions, give your fortune to the poor and come follow me. But Lord, I can not, replied the young ruler. 

I’ve often wondered what was rolling around in his head at that moment. He may be thinking he’s done all the right things, why are you punishing me by telling me to sell everything I own, everything I’ve worked so hard for? I’ve said and done all the right things. Should I be allowed to keep my possessions? 

There lies the problem. The heart of the young ruler was still wrapped up in his possessions and not surrendered completely to Christ. He was doing all the right things for the wrong reason. In all you say and do, do for the glory of God. If you do anything for any other reason or purpose, it’s the wrong reason. 

My older brother was once a hot head teenage boy, and at times, got himself into scuffles. Being 6 years older than me, I learned what not to do to get grounded or have mom and dad upset with me.  Many of my life lessons are learned by seeing what not to do. Here, I’ve learned not to put my heart into worldly possessions or actions. I don’t want to walk away from Jesus with my heart in the wrong place. I want to walk towards and with Jesus. What does that look like for me? What, in my heart, do I cherish more than Him? What distraction chub do I need to get rid of?

At some point in our spiritual walk with Christ, we need to tell our distraction chub enough is enough. It’s time to do something different. It’s time to have a heart check and take a step closer to Jesus. In all I do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of Jesus. 

Truth be told, I didn’t make exercise a priority and now my winter chub is saying enough is enough. My distraction chub is saying enough is enough, I need me some Jesus!

“Whether you eat or drink, live your life in a way that glorifies and honors God.” 1 Cor. 10:31

Tonight, a very sweet, wise, follower of Christ friend, shared words of encouragement with me. She probably has no idea how powerful her words of encouragement were, but she helped shed some distraction chub and nudged me a step closer to Jesus. 

My friend, the winter and distraction chub have no power over you. The Jesus that lives in you, defeated Satan to return to this earth and send the Holy Spirit. That same Jesus power is within us to defeat our winter and distraction chub. Encourage one another and build each other up. 

Whether you eat or turn and make a beeline for the bike, live your life in such a way it glorifies God. From the littlest, non-noticed actions to the everyday routine of life, do it in such a way that encourages someone else and brings a bigger smile to Jesus’ face. He delights in you already. Join Him in His delight over you.

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are shedding chub together, in Him. 

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When No One’s Looking

When No One’s Looking

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A couple of years ago, I had gotten to the place where I was open to starting a relationship with someone to share my life with. I was not ready for the dating world, but ready to consider a new relationship.  I was a hot mess and was pretty confident few and far between would be interested. 

This past June, towards the end of the month, someone asked me if I’d be interested in getting to know him better and maybe even date. I knew this man and he already had three strikes against him. He was older, a pastor and had a pacemaker. My first husband was older, a pastor and died of a sudden heart attack. Jesus and I had a few heart to heart conversations before I agreed to get to know this man better to determine if dating was the next step or not. Over the next two months we talked and texted often. We had some candid, open, honest conversations about each other as individuals, who we are in Christ and the hot mess we were both bringing to the relationship. 

I had only dated and been with one man, my late husband. I was not looking forward to the dating world. I’m not one to date for fun just to have someone to hang out with. To me, that was a waste of emotional energy that I did not have a surplus of. By mid-September I took a leap of faith and we went on our first date. We both agreed that dating was a huge step and knew it had potential to lead to a long term commitment. 

Spoiler alert! Dating worked and we were married  January 1st! Once we both realized that we were going to make this a life long commitment and get married, some tension released as other tension intensified. 

Today’s society has relationships backwards. Too many couples are living and being together intimately before marriage. They are planning, looking forward to and can’t wait to be married and share a life together. They rationalize that since they are going to live together, why not be with one another now? 

Because of my integrity, values and belief in Christ, that was not an option. During one of our candid conversations we discussed, agreed and felt strongly to hold onto our integrity and trust in Christ.

C.S. Lewis said it well. “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.” We could have done what we wanted when no one was watching. No one else would know. We chose Christ and to do what was right even when no one was watching.

The struggle is real. You can decide to not do what’s right when no one is looking. In return, you lose value in yourself. Maybe you chose to do something wrong because no one is looking. No one will know. No one will care. 

Integrity comes from within. It’s knowing the difference between right and wrong and choosing to do what is right. 

The real power is doing good when no one is looking. The real power is being the anonymous blesser in someone’s life. The real power is choosing Christ above all else. 

Jesus captured the true essence of character, when He said be a secret blesser. Identity in Christ is not about what we don’t do, it’s what we do. One of my greatest joys is blessing people in such a way they don’t know where it came from, and must give God the credit. It’s a true delight to be the surprising encouragement in a world of discouragement, when no one is looking. 

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together, living out His integrity, in Him. 

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