Friday, January 25, 2019

and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ- the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. Philippians 3:9 NIV

I read a testimony recently from an actress we may all know. Her name is Candace Cameron Bure. She played the oldest daughter, DJ in the sitcom Full House, and is back with the new series by Netflix. She also has stared in some recent Hallmark channel movies, and is not shy about her faith. 

At a college commencement she shared this: I was in my early twenties when someone told me that my good works pale in comparison to God's mighty goodness, and that I could never do enought to please Him on my own. At this time Candace decided to give her heart to Christ. 

When her first child was born she started reading the Bible and found out who Jesus is for herself. This fits perfectly with our verse today. None of us could ever be righteous and pleasing to God without God's help. Every human being needs to confess the Lord as God and Christ in order to have eternal life.

God knew our weakness couldn't bring us to him, so He sent the only one who could bridge the huge gap between us and Himself. This is why we have hope in a dark world. This is why we can sing praises to God even when things aren't going well. It's also why our future is bright, no matter what age you are.

Knowing Christ Jesus makes all the difference. The expectation of His plans for me far exceed any plan I could have. I'm stuck in what I can see, but He isn't!

" The ocean mirrors our lives in a lot of ways. Each day, we get to decide whether to live in fear of what might be washed away or in anticipation of what our losses makes possible. Our lives are filled with give and takes, but neither the waves nor the setbacks we experience are our enemy."Maria Goff The Magnolia Journal  9.

Maria wrote this after their family cabin in the woods of Canada was burned to the ground. She was discouraged when she went to see that only the foundation was left standing. Soon after that she decided to focus on what could be built in place of the older cabin. 

Although many family memories were made in the first home, the second could continue on as a better place for all the family to gather. It could incorporate new ideas and updates never imaginiable in the old one. Maria decided to think with "anticipation of what our losses make possible."

Our Heavenly Father is good. He's not just good as we think of good, He astoundingly surpasses our definition of what good is. He makes streams in the desert, and turns mountains into valleys. Can we trust a God who is like this?  Can we allow Him to turn our mourning into dancing? I think so.

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