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Colossians 3:12-14 NKJV

“Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

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And Jesus Gave to Us | All Remains Praise

December 12, 2017 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, ‘Take, eat: this is My body.’
And He took the cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
And He said unto them, ‘This is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.'” Mark 14:22-24 KJV

I cut my hair
my heart
one day.
Bled tears of joy
more tears of pain.

What sorrow, Lord,
is this I taste?

“Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.” Psalm 90:8 KJV

Lord, cut the
bindings from my head.
Lord, bleed away
my dreams misled.

What spaces, Lord,
have You so graced?

“Return, O Lord! How long?…O, satisfy us early with Thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:13a, 14 NKJV

I cut into
much doubt
much rage.
Bled tears of youth
and tears of age.

What sweetness, Lord,
makes way, makes haste?

“Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us…” Psalm 90:17a, b KJV

Lord, cut the
shackles from my hands.
Lord, bleed away
my misplaced plans.

What sickness, Lord,
bides far from waste?

“Make us glad according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil…So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:15, 12 KJV

There will be nothing left, save
for myself now saved…
yet out of all the remains,
for this to remain…

Most Holy God,
my God,
is a gift. A gift I will
strive and race and run to lift
to You in praise
for the rest of my days in
forever as I
–Lord have mercy–
as I pray to proclaim:

Blessed be the name of the LORD
from this time forth,
and even forever more.

“O King of kings and Lord of lords,
how great is Thy goodness!
To the praise of the glory of His grace,
wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved,
blessed be the name of the LORD
from this time forth and even forever more.”
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God, Amen.

1 Timothy 6:15, Psalm 31:19, Ephesians 1:6, Psalm 113:2 KJV

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Living Words | Proclaiming Christ

April 23, 2017 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

The ever-presence of God’s Love in His Gift of Praise

If a picture is worth a thousand words
Then avert your two eyes from me when you demand silence
For countless words erupt with each shuddering gasp

Ergo miss the accompanying timbrel and dance.

If a picture is worth a thousand words
Then aim your soul’s eye beyond now when you demand answers
For countless strains roar from Saviour’s bleeding Gift

Elseways miss the revelatory mighty acts and Breath.

I see so much
I hear too much
I say enough…

Lord above all I pray
let me live these, the loudest Word amidst
the dying cacophony of the world and
the swelling harmonies of the angels…

Christ is risen.

“Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”
Psalm 150:6 KJV

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Breathe, Sing, Dance | Alive in Christ

April 22, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“…for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12b KJV

Heart sing, come dance, breathe again, vibrant and alive.
Heart dance, come breathe, sing again, vibrant and alive.
Heart breathe, come sing, dance again, vibrant and alive.

Lift your weary head.
Feel the weight release.
Stand up straight,
and pour out all the anguishing debris.

Let’s breathe soundly to salvation-hued freedom tunes.
Lord have mercy. Have mercy on us. Hear us and have mercy.

Breathe in
(Kyrie)
Breathe out
(Eleison)
Inhale and exhale, inhale and exhale
Have mercy.
Lord hear us.
Have mercy O Lord.

Look up at the sky.
Feel the glowing light.
Be still, soul,
and dance tenderly, anxious beating heart.

Let’s sing a deep-rising hymn of our faithful Friend.
Sing heartbeat — lub dub, lub dub, lub dub.

Softly
(Lub dub)
Tenderly
(Lub dub)
For Jesus calls earnestly
Lub dub,
Heartbeat
Sing.

Come dance in the rain.
Feel the raindrops cleanse.
Embrace the grace
and the bright hope falling into place.

Let’s dance in the circle of God’s unending love.
Rain on me, Lord. Rain in me, Lord. Reign in me, Lord.

Eastward
(Rain)
Westward
(Rain)
Throughout the spaces in between
Rain on,
Rain in,
Reign in me Lord.

Let Christ restore green pastures,
And so sing and dance and breathe in joy again.

Vibrant and Alive.

“I will sing unto the Lord, because He hath dealt bountifully with me.” Psalm 13:6 KJV

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How is God guiding your future?

February 22, 2016 - 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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Thought Castle | Home in Christ’s Love

February 1, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“But when [the son] was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him…the father said to his servants…’let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.'” Luke 15:20, 24 KJV

Ease your frantic scrambling in that
ever-expanding thought castle.
(your ideas, plans, and dreams are
its tiles, bricks, and beams)

Yes, you are a castle keeper,
though not its only one.
No more than a child is keeper
of her safety, of her growing.

Tend to your thought castle,
but release the in charge-control-alone-illusion.
A keeper is no good lost.
(and there is much you still don’t realize)

Because how easily otherwise it is to
fall from not-yet opportunity walls,
drown in contrived joy moats,
burn in misunderstood hope dungeons.

You know this, because you have,
in consuming panicked-purpose fear,
slammed the door in Father’s face.
(deadlines looming, no time for Word-breathing Love)

Then you crumble,
and everything caves in,
and you don’t know where or who you are,
and that frantic energy is ready to explode.

You’ve locked yourself inside,
stuck with heart-barred windows.
This wondrous thought castle of possibility,
distorted into an angry, lonely room.

Yet, He Who came in a stable, Luke 2:4-7
Who left hanging on a tree, Luke 23:20-49
Who came back from a tomb, Luke 24:1-30
Who is risen unto Paradise… Luke 24:49-53

He has the key,
You have the need (cry out to Him!),
He has His open arms (what grace!).
Finally, in your castle, you see Home.

You, an inheritor, learning from the King, explore…
Walls reveal doors.
Moats uncover treasure coves.
Dungeons turn to passage ways.

For now, though, you have tired yourself.
Today, let Shepherd carry you up top —
up steep faith-stairs —
and rest in a high safe tower.

Rest in awe of that glorious resurrection view,
In awe of Christ’s glory.
Child, rest in awe.
Rest in peace-filled awe.

“His work is honourable and glorious: and His righteousness endureth forever. He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.” Psalm 111:3-4 KJV

“The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and He helped me. Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.” Psalm 116:6-7 KJV

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Swirling Hope Spheres | Immersed in God’s Grace

December 22, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“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…” 1 Peter 1:3 KJV

“By Whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope…” Romans 5:2-4 KJV

I peer through the darkness.
Can’t see my hands in front of my face.
So frustrated.
So terrified.
Then I hear a whisper, calm, full of love,
nudging me, “My child, just open your eyes.”

There cupped in my hands,
bright swirls of hope, sphered.
(light beams create a path)
I cradle it.
Cradle it dear.
A perfect present from a perfect Father.

Too scared to let go or damage or destroy
this fragile-looking gift,
I stand perfectly still.
Cradling it.
Protecting it.
No harm shall I let come its way.

Then the earth shakes,
shakes a little more.
I can barely stand.
I have to take a step,
threaten my hope in the
unquantifiable movement of escape.

And worse, this hope threatens to fall,
and shatter.
I resist, I refuse to let go.
Why would God send this hope,
and let it shatter?
And so let me shatter?

Despite all the focus, the care
to keep that precious sphere
from falling, from breaking,
we shatter as the earth shakes.
It ruptures open.
Where am I now?

I close my eyes.
So frustrated.
So terrified.
I’m lost.
Hope’s gone.
And we’re broken.

The bright swirls change,
released from their sphere.
And they grow with plumes of smoke,
consuming the earth all around,
disappearing in the jaws of former dreams.
If only I had pursued them before we fell.

I run and trip and fall and crawl.
So frustrated.
So terrified of this…monster.
It was hope.
Why would hope devour my reality?
Why does it blind me?

When I open my eyes, I still cannot see.
Every time I cry out for Shepherd,
it grows bigger, chases closer to me.
I can’t go on anymore.
One last heave of my legs and I’m done.
It wins.

I’m on fire.
I’m on ice.
I’m too empty, yet too full of
frustration
and terror,
still grasping for hands more reliable than my own.

And then suddenly I see.

I see farther.
More colour.
Beauty seeping into scars.
Light fragmented from embracing broken places.
I, no longer scared of the darkness in blinks.
Breathing in freed hope’s sweet air.

Standing straighter.
The ground beneath me no longer shakes.
And I know when it does — and it will —
I’ll run stronger, and braver.
Knowledge burning through my veins.
Confidence refreshing my bones.

My hands, not imprisoned by any sphere,
stretch out and I notice a mist fading as it
marks the way, colours the world in miracles…
the signature of a Saviour.
His hands guide my all-encompassing awakening,
smoky and scary only by my unbelief.

That perfect present from my perfect Father.
Hope not still.
Not fragile.
Always dynamic.
The quantifiable movement of purpose.
My purpose immersed in grace.

I am immersed in God’s grace.

Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, Which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 KJV

“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

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Praying for a Dream | God’s Purpose for Your Life

August 31, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish“…For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Matthew 18:14, Luke 19:10 KJV).

Something I have been thinking about lately is knowing what direction God wants us to walk. I am no expert and find myself daily questioning if I am doing the right thing, if God wants me to follow the dreams I am pursuing.

Of course, He wants us to walk toward and with Him.

But what does that mean in application? What am I even looking for?

Because I want so many things that I am often lost. I want to explore a hidden coastline, stand beneath the unpolluted stars on a new moon night, leave a dust trail behind as I sprint to the finish line. I want to build a community of health and happiness and hope. I want to laugh and smile and walk and write without any pain. I want more, more, more.

And you know what? You know what this ugly expression of “I wants” simplifies to in its most satisfying, beautiful way? What we actually want and are created for, not this periphery laundry list?

I want what You want for me, Lord Jesus Christ.

I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.” John 17:23 KJV (John’s full account of Christ’s prayer here)

It’s so simple.

And it seems so hard.

But this singular want is our starting point, and it is descriptive of every want worth wanting as we grow into our God-given purpose.

Thus we keep asking about everything: “Is this what you want for me God?”

And He answers. He answers in the discomfort of your direction. In your confidence of it. He redirects challenges to proclaim His plan, or to steer you away from danger. In so many ways, He answers.

And I say unto you: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened…how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” Luke 11:9-10, 13b KJV

In Faith in Our Future | Hope in God’s Plan, I mentioned that our passions, gifts, and pains help reveal God’s plans for us.

What invokes deep love, fulfillment, expression of God-imaged self, and burning desire to fix a wrong — these are what point in the direction of your dreams — these are wanting what God wants.

To follow what is wholesome — that which satisfies our core as the children of our merciful mighty Creator — is to want what God wants.

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 KJV

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10 KJV

It is a slow process at first. “Lord, is this what you want for me?” we ask as we linger and wander until we hear the answer.

We miss the mark, especially at the beginning, more times than not.
We throw ourselves to a variety of paths, babies discovering ‘yes’ and ‘no.’

But with practice, you get quicker. “Lord, is this what You want for me?” you ask as you venture forward unhesitatingly because you already hear the answer. We move faster, faster, faster —

our crawls turn into stumbles,
our stumbles into steps,
steps to strides,
and suddenly we find ourselves running the race set before us,
Run, Run, Run with Purpose,
I want what You want, Lord!

That’s everything, that’s it, and that’s more than anyone can ever imagine.
I want what You want.

“So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:” 1 Corinthians 9:24-26 KJV

It’s so simple.

And it seems so hard.

But really, His guidance makes it so easy.

And the dreams He inspires in answer to our incessant questions are so worth the effort.

“…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14 KJV

Learn from those who are already running to their God-given purpose.
From them, how to persistently ask, “Is this what You want for me, God?”
Learn how to listen to His guidance.
How to humbly accept that guidance.
How to run faster, stronger, and better in Christ.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:1 KJV

Learn from them that, as flawed beings, we will still fall.

Because, in this growing process, what we want for ourselves does not always match what God wants for us, even though God’s desires for His beloved are more satisfying than the broken goals we conceive for ourselves.

Our misguided plans may seem more attractive at the time. They make sense to us in the limited context we function. How tempting it is to rationalize that God must want this for us, that we need not ask Him first or listen for His answer!

It is uncomfortable to shed the illusions in which we have invested.

But with practice, we develop an eye for the grace-woven pattern of God’s hand in our lives.

The illusions do not look pretty anymore.

How can they when they pale in light of God’s masterpiece unfolding? When He has given so much reason for Faith in Our Future, Hope in His Plans?

For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ!” Romans 5:17 NIV

In the sorrow, the mess, the nightmare of this passing moment, as we often require, cry out in frustration as we do not get what we think we want. Be lost, confused, uncertain of your true purpose.

But in sweet deep belief of One Who loves us sacrificially, don’t forget to cry out “Lord, I want what You want for me.”

Form my dreams, Lord, reveal them, nourish them and nourish me. Lord, in everything always, let me want what you want!

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: in Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.Colossians 1:10-14 KJV

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A Wondrous Life | Inspired by God’s Gifts

April 11, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

You are an inspiration.

I do not claim this lightly.

No matter where you are in life, what has happened to you, or what you’ve done, our Heavenly Father has worked so much for you, for you are precious.

You, who are made in the image of love. (Genesis 1:27)
You, whose hairs are counted by your Creator. (Luke 12:6-7)
You, who are saved by blood and victory. (Mark 14:24)

So let me repeat:

You. Are. An. Inspiration.

You can, or not, bumble around, bluster, and be befuddled.
Because you know what makes you inspiring?

Your laughter, lifting up a joyful noise unto the Lord.
Your tears, yes, Christ cried them for you and me too.
Your struggles, we are not alone.
Your victories, encouraging our faith.
Your doubts, let us lift each other up.
Your mistakes, thank you for the lessons.
Your wisdom, thank you for the guidance.

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us…” Romans 12:4-6a NIV

Your life is a light.
You matter.
You have a purpose.

“Ye are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14a, 16 KJV

It’s not always pretty. We may not acknowledge it.
But your life is always wondrous.

“I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14 KJV

So yes, you, a beautiful masterpiece,
even though sometimes broken,
You are an inspiration.

And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good…” Genesis 1:31a KJV

Please remember that.
Remember that Christ’s sacrifice and victory for you are not in vain.
That you, His child, are loved.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 KJV

Live like you are loved, because you are.
God loves you.
He lavishes you with gifts.
You, who are a gift.

As God has such blessed plans for you, so too do you inspire me.

“Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…” Philippians 1:2-3 KJV

And, when you recognize this power within you,
This power to inspire,

When you embrace the power of the Holy Spirit around, or in you…
This inspirational power that is rooted in Christ’s sacrificial love…
Life becomes fulfilling….
“Filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (from Ephesians 3:19).

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13 KJV

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Jesus, take these words… | A Life of Love

March 2, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.'” Galatians 5:13-14 KJV

Jesus, take my ears —
Comfort with them, make patience.
Help me hear better.

Jesus, take my eyes —
Understand with them, make light.
Guide me to see more.

Jesus, take my lips —
Encourage with them, make joy.
Let me minister.

Jesus, take my feet —
Outreach with them, make brothers.
Direct me forward.

Jesus, take my hands —
Heal with them, make melodies.
Shape me to do so.

Jesus, take my heart —
Inspire with it, make kindness.
Teach me compassion.

Jesus, take my mind —
Seek with it, make discernment.
Show me Your wonders.

Jesus, here’s my life —
Fulfill my purpose in You.
I give You my love.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 KJV

Jesus, take these words

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Faith in Our Future | Hope in God’s Plans

December 23, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6 KJV

We all face trials or disquieted spirits at some point in our lives.
Maybe you know what you want but can’t figure out how to get it, or are discouraged in realizing it.
Maybe you are frustrated because you don’t know what you want.
Or stuck in some combination of the aforementioned.

Right now, I want to run fast again. Play music again. Not hurt every time I blink, or smile, or breathe. I want to feel strong and capable again.

But it’s not about what I want.
It’s about God’s will for me. About what He knows I need.
So there is only one thing deserving of ever being wanted.

It should be yearned for, craved, sought after.

And that is God’s will.
That is powerful to want.

It means nothing is in vain. When you walk with God, you are never left alone to figure out the path for your life.
There is no aimlessness, there is no mistake.
There is a purpose.
There is a plan, and you will reach your dreams. Dreams He has placed in your heart, or will once He has prepared you (that is for another post — update 9/1/15: see Praying for a Dream | God’s Purpose for Your Life).

“But always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:17b-18 NIV

Time and time again we see how surely that hope is not cut off.

From the paralyzed man whose friends lowered him through a roof to bring him to the Healer:

When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, ‘Son, thy sins be forgiven thee’…But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (He saith to the sick of the palsy), ‘I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.’

And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all…” Mark 2: 5, 10-11 KJV

The man and his friends followed through with a risky idea, which could have failed in many ways, in pursuit of the hope for healing Christ brought.

The paralyzed man was completely immobile.

And he walked.

From the girl who was proclaimed dead:

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Be not afraid, only believe’…And He took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, ‘Talitha cumi’; which is, being interpreted, ‘Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.’

And straightway the damsel arose, and walked.” Mark 5:36, 41-42 KJV

Her parents spent the last living moments of their daughter’s life in pursuit of the hope for healing that Christ brought.

The girl had died.

And she walked again.

“Be not afraid, only believe.”

Be not afraid about where you are. Be sure of your future. To believe in God’s perfect will, to have faith in His evident mercies and plans for us, is powerful to want.

It means I want my Shepherd to wrap me in His arms as He walks me from my pain to the fulfilling of my calling.

It means I want my Comforter to whisper to me constant reminders of His love for me as He encourages me to step forward in faith.

It means I want my King to call me His daughter to join the inheritance of a whole and joy-filled life starting today.

Lord, may the only ‘I want’ in my life be a passionate desire for Your will, to know and trust you more and more!

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:10-14 NIV

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Cradled in Christ’s Arms | When the world is overwhelming

February 16, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

To close my eyes, never enough in the blinding light;
but shielded by God’s comforting arms.

To hear noise all around me;
but God’s voice is the only sound.

To take a deep breath in the stench;
and smell God’s sweet, sweet air.

To taste a taste so satisfying,
that I’m never hungry again.

To hit my hip against a corner;
and instead of a curse, comes praise.

To stretch out my arms, stiff and cracking;
and still grasp on what God has arranged.

The pain, it doesn’t hurt any less;
but God protects my soul.

From the maliciousness of these attacks;
from the overwhelming, caustic senses.

By His grace my spirit is not defeated,
I know that one day I’ll be healed.

For I am a child of the Almighty King.
For I am a sheep of the Good Shepherd.
For I am an infant in the arms of the Comforter.
For I am always His.

“Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” Psalm 91:3-7 KJV

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