Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 (NIV)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Renewed

So since Tuesday, I've been going to biblegateway.com to look up Bible verses.  Biblegateway.com has daily Bible verses on its opening.  I feel for the last 3 days they have been for me.  Here is today's:

“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 NIV

This morning I do have renewed strength.  I will run and not grow weary.

Last night, I attended a Bible Study.  Bible Studies have played an important role in leading up to our adoption journey (long, personal story).  I revealed to my classmates that God has decided that I need to do one more Bible study before we pick up our daughter.  There are 8 weeks left in the Bible study and that should be about the time we receive the call to pick her up.   (Of course that is just an approximation.)

We are doing the Beth Moore study about Esther.   Here is the Bible verse that stuck out most to me last night:   1 Corinthians 1:26-31
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
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I will continue to boast in the Lord.   I will put my faith in the Lord. 

In our country we are good whiners.  The smallest setbacks start our rants.  We feel we have some sort of entitlement or right to something.  We forget that we rarely suffer as much as our Lord Jesus Christ did on that cross, for a wretched people like ourselves. 

Truly take a look at the suffering people in this world.  I'm pretty sure that anyone who was affected by a tornado this year could care less that I have at least one more month waiting for my daughter to come home, when they have lost everything.   It's just a small setback in the bigger picture.  

Be renewed today in the JOY of the Lord.  Be renewed by His strength.  Be renewed with His wisdom.  Stand in awe of Him.

Praise God who carries us in His hands. 
Love in Christ Jesus,
Christina

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful encouragement, Christina. :o)

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  2. Very true! I love your positive attitude.

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