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Colossians 3:12-14 NIV

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."

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How is God guiding your future?

Author: Bernadette Saddik

“Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it.” Psalm 90:16-17 KJV

Hello everyone!

You know those moments when you don’t know what the next step is — what God wants for you — but you know you have all the information you need to figure it out?

Yet the answer still eludes you, and the problem grows bigger.

I know how frustrating it is.

We pray, we struggle, we cry out to God, we wrestle some more…
Then beautiful inspiration strikes.

Notice how that inspiration, that gifted moment, tastes a lot like grace?

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 KJV

Megan Freeman has those struggles and those moments too. The link leads to her illustrative contemplation about what it means to embrace the adventure of growing in grace:

Puzzles by Megan Freeman at Life in Metaphors
“The puzzle of life is a beautiful thing. Sitting next to the Father, I scour the jumbled pile of pieces looking…”

We grow in these moments when we take off our blinders and let God show us that next step onto a firm foundation.
Those outlines of vibrant bluebells and fragrant daphne.
Those ever-filling pictures of vibrant purpose and fragrant joy.

How beautiful and empowering it is to open ourselves to the grace of God’s plans in our lives!

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 KJV

So, fellow explorers in faith, I ask you:

How can our lives, in the mundane, in the spectacular, reveal grace’s beauty?
How do you let God put together the puzzle pieces in your life?
What is your foundation?
How is God guiding your future?

Comment below, or you can contact me with your insight!

May your day be brighter and your dreams sweeter. God bless

“Whosoever cometh to Me, and heareth My sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: he is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” Luke 6:47-48 KJV

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What is choosing joy?

Author: Bernadette Saddik

Hello everyone!

Question for you: What does “choosing joy” look like to you in a situation that does not seem joyful?

Paul and Silas seemed to have interpreted choosing joy as choosing to continue God’s ministry. You can read about this event here: Paul and Silas: Ministry in Prison.

Mocked, beaten up, imprisoned — yet these two still sang praises! And, they sang with such vigor that the whole prison heard them.

Big example to follow.

On some of my harder days, the only sound I want the world to hear is “AAARRGH!” Transitioning that to “God is GOOD!” takes effort.

It’s a decision.
It’s a choice.

It’s a choice to view that ‘bad’ day in light of a greater plan instead of isolated in the moment.

Is that not what Paul and Silas did? They took the opportunity of the prison to continue their calling: spreading the gospel.

And, as Paul later explains, fulfilling God’s purpose for him brings him great joy:

What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” Philippians 1:18 KJV

Still, when it feels like God is not there to be chosen,
when we feel so lost that even imagining what joy tastes like seems a challenge,
when we wonder why God seems silent,
when we wonder when, or if, the sounds of gladness will ring…

it can be hard to open our eyes and see and choose Christ’s ever-present love for us.

I get it. It is a vicious cycle.

But then we look beyond the moment. Beyond that moment imprisoned.
For Paul and Silas, it was a literal prison.
But our fears, our sorrows, our frustrations can become our prisons.
We imprison ourselves in them when we get caught up in their moment.

Good news for you — gospel news!
Those demons do not — in Christ’s victory, cannot — outlast God.
Peace reigns. Purpose reigns.
Joy reigns. Love Himself reigns.
Because God is greater than the obstacles which so easily entangle.

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4 KJV

As such, to me, finding joy is not necessarily looking in the moment, but in what God is making of that moment.
And independent of whatever is going on in your life, God has a joy-filled plan for all who trust Him.

When I hear, “Choose joy,” I remember to choose God.
Because God offers joy and far, far more.

So, fellow adventurers in faith, I ask you:

What does choosing joy look like to you?
Why do you think choosing joy is helpful?
How do you remember God’s presence in your life during particularly painful struggles?

Comment below, or you can contact me with your insight!

May your day be brighter and your dreams sweeter

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…

Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:4, 8-9 KJV

 

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How do you understand your God-given purpose?

Author: Bernadette Saddik

Hello everyone!

Lately I have been asking myself about my calling.
How do I understand my God-given purpose?
What are His directions for my life?

The passages describing how Christ called several of His disciples are encouraging for me. You can read them here: Jesus Calls the Disciples.

Four of the disciples, including Peter, were failing miserably as fishermen the day Christ came to them. Upon listening to His guidance, they stepped into a far greater purpose than catching fish because they followed Christ.

…..So my own failures in life do not determine where God leads me.

Then we see Matthew’s calling. The Pharisees deemed tax collectors horrible sinners supposedly not worthy to dine with a King. Yet Christ not only sat at his table, He asked Matthew to follow Him.

…..So my God is greater than my sin.

Christ saw Bartholomew sitting under a fig tree — hardly a glorious way to be remembered by God! But Bartholomew’s contemplation under that tree show his desire to know God better. And God did answer him with a resounding, “Follow Me.”

…..So my desire to know God better opens my heart to His voice.

I have much to understand about the path set before me. It’s overwhelming.

However, I can strive to simply do what the apostles did.

They followed.

They followed with passion to be closer to Christ, no matter their station in life, and Christ certainly answered.

Still I continue to struggle with these questions. But I will follow Him with the knowledge that He always answers.

For God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 KJV)

And so, fellow explorers of faith, I ask you the same questions:

How do you understand your God-given purpose?

What is God’s direction for your life?

Feel free to comment below (or contact me) with your reflections. I’ll keep an eye out to respond. Looking forward to learning from you!

May your day be brighter and your dreams sweeter. God bless

 

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How do you surrender your will?

Author: Bernadette Saddik

Hello everyone!

When life throws things at you from every which direction, what are your thoughts and motivations that get you, in your heart, to say, “God, this one’s on You, as everything should be,”? How do you surrender your own doubts, fears, worries, and will to let Him do what He knows is best for us?

Comments?

God bless

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9 NIV

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What motivates you?

Author: Bernadette Saddik

Hi everyone!

When hard things happen, what phrase, or promise, or hope stirs within you the will to move forward? When life goes ‘your way’, what makes you keep up a real effort?

Comments?

Blessings to you all

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 KJV

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What can you handle?

Author: Bernadette Saddik

Hello everyone! I want to pose a question for you. How do you know how much you can take? What is the threshold of your limit before things just get out of control? Feel free to chime in by commenting!

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Why do bad things happen?

Author: Bernadette Saddik

This is a question that runs through my mind a lot. You turn on the news, and all you hear is how life went wrong. In our own lives, nothing runs perfectly all the time.

I’ll post my own ideas next time.

What do YOU think? Comments are welcome.

Blessings to you all

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 KJV

 

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