January 26, 2019

Being Transformed

My scripture calendar deeply convicted me the day I read this powerful verse from 2 Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

I paused with the 365 daily scripture flip calendar still in my hand meditating on the words of this single verse and thought about the work God does to transform me to the image of His Son Jesus.

Oh, I want to be transformed, I want to be more like Jesus.

There are days I can attest to the fact this work is genuinely underway and I know God is working on me and progress is being made on my part.

But today when I read that verse, all I could think was I am so far from the mark of where I should be.

I continue to stumble in areas where I know better, or should know better by now. I am re-learning lessons long learned but I regress.

Will I ever keep my tongue under guard as I should? Why can’t my propensity to form quick and erroneous assumptions just stop?

When will my heart naturally overflow with unconditional love to everyone? Yes, even the ones we find especially hard to love.

I had to stop making this mental list of all my shortcomings and remind myself hope is not lost. God is working on me. That does not mean I will not have battles and struggles, but it does mean that if I offer myself to Him to actively work in my life, I will be changed. I will be transformed from glory to glory. 

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

January 20, 2019

Hold Tight to Faith

The faith we hold tight
…is the faith that carries us through all our days.
When every step you take looks like a dark, foggy path
And life feels like a constant uphill climb,

It's easy to grow discouraged
And think about giving up.

That's when you hold tight to your faith
And keep moving forward …

Placing one foot in front of the other
Trusting God will lead you all the way.

You may not know exactly where you are going,
But you know the One who makes a way for you.

Psalm 18:32-33 It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places.

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January 13, 2019

The Way Out Is Through

As much as we would like to bypass a difficult situation in our lives and be delivered from it altogether, most of the time, we have to go through to come out on the other side.

Eventually, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel and we will make it through. 

This picture was taken when Randy and I drove from Dallas to Phoenix to see his family for Christmas a few years ago. Our daughters would be flying out to join us, but the two of us, Randy and I, drove twelve hours on the first day and six hours of driving the second day which was Christmas Eve. Once we were in Arizona we turned off Interstate-10 and took a road less traveled and much more scenic.

In one of the small towns along the way we stopped at a diner for lunch and I remember how festive it felt on Christmas Eve as everyone called out greetings of Merry Christmas! Glittering tinsel, twinkling lights, and bright red and green ball ornaments adorned a small tree perched on the counter top and an oversized coffee mug filled with candy canes sat at its base.

Then, back on the road for the rest of our journey and soon I was drifting off, almost dozing when my eyes opened wide at the scene in front of me, this tunnel carved through the mountain suddenly before us. I grabbed my phone and took the picture above before we entered the tunnel. In just a short time—ahead of us was the bright light of daylight again.

What a visual reminder that the way out is through. And that you will get through. You won’t always be in this difficult place.

Is there a mountain looming in your life right now? A storm you wish would go away but won’t? A trial that is difficult and scary?

I hope you will find comfort and strength as you walk through a difficult season and I hope you know God is always with you each step of the way and He will never let you go. He will take you through and you will come out on the other side. 

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.