Yes, it is and it can be. After yesterday's amazing services at my church, I'm feeling ready to tackle whatever comes my way. I'm armed with the Word of God. I know it's probably not been the best of times this past weekend for all of us, but "But take heart", His Word says, "for I have overcome the world!" If He could overcome death on a cross, then surely we can overcome what we face.
The key is to invite Him in. Even in the mundane things that we think are not important enough. Trust me~He takes interest even in the tiniest detail. He even numbered the hairs on our head!
So, our little life lesson this morning came from the back of our bulletin from the kids' department yesterday. The verse is from 1 Corinthians 3:9. It says, "We work together as partners who belong to God." Family is what that screams to me...and I even had a little lesson to go with it this morning, as I watched Graham and Drew make bad choices on how they treated Jonah and Noah. I told them that as a family, we each have to pull our weight. And right now, the biggest weight they pull is their attitude. I was able to read this verse and a story that went along with it about an ant colony, and out the car they went. Hopefully this verse will come back to them today as they face whatever may come. I posted the verse and the family devotion on my fridge...hopefully we'll have that verse memorized as Friday draws near.
My personal quiet time this morning came from Deuteronomy. I love this book. This is what I read:
Deuteronomy 30:15~20 Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. 16 For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy. 17 But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, 18 then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. 19 Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
This is especially fitting because Graham and Drew were baptized in water last night. They died to their old self and came up out of the water their new self. I pray that they remember this as they live their lives. I know that right now they're young and pretty innocent, but I pray that this lasts their entire life. I pray that the Lord places His word deep into the crevices of their hearts and that they can recall what they have learned.
Well, I must go for now....I am doing a little bunny craft with Noah's class this morning and have to go take pictures. Love to all and I hope your day is blessed!