Encouraging U

A friend of mine also writes a Christian blog and I thought some of you might enjoy her latest poem. Just click on the blue link above.

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Romans 3:23-24

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

Any reader of the Bible will see that I have picked only one small part of Romans 3 but to me, right now, it’s a critical section. It gives me hope as I struggle to live as I am instructed to live that when I make a normal human mistake, I am not condemned, I am merely correct and instructed.

Like many of you I struggle with accepting that I am not saved through any action of my own, but rather as a gift from God. For some reason I keep asking: “Yes, I believe in grace but what do I do?”

I have to relearn every day (and sometimes more than once a day!) that my connection with God is not is not something that I have or can earn by how well I follow His direction. It is a gift that I can either accept or reject.

It is such a powerful gift that I can make a mistake and step away from God’s plan, yet when I recognize what I have done and correct my actions there sits God’s gift of grace waiting for me to acknowledge and accept it. With no further effort, I am back into God’s peace and presence

All of this in Jesus name.

Thank you God.

A simple prayer

When I pray, God does not answer me through the burning bush as he did the real prophets of the bible. I hear Him in the quite certainty in my heart that a particular course of action is the right one. 

When I pray for guidance, I find the 11th step, from the 12 step programs, voices my need better than all the long-winded or flowery prayers. 

“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” 

My simple prayer is “God, show me what you want me to do and I will do that”. 

Followed by “Please make it obvious so even I can see your will for me.”