My Hope is in the Person Jesus Christ!
Like this neon sign I want to reflect the hope I have in Jesus Christ. I've questioned, moved ahead of, forgotten, lost sight of, and simply refused to surrender to this Christ I serve. Growing up in church has made Him common place, when He is anything but. I want to quake at the very thought of the Savior of the world being born as a baby, I want to tremble at the thought of Him walking on water, I want to praise Him for healing and rescuing so many, I want to see the beauty in the bloodiness and majesty of the cross. I want to breathe Him in.
I thought this journey of leaving work and moving to North Carolina would be totally different. I was trying to do things my way, but I would never have come to a place in my walk with Christ when I was tired of living for me and the world and really ready to serve Him if I wasn't able to get into the Word and fall on my face for Him in the time I've had. He is just giving me so much and I'm not used to absorbing all of this, my brain is always ten steps ahead of me, and I wish someone would sometimes turn off the noise, but every sermon, every talk, everything has been about surrender to His will. It is incredible.
I have so often tried to conform His will to my life, when what I really need to do is conform my life to His will.
I ran across this wonderful quote by Sue Richards:
I began to seek the Lord with all my heart, asking Him what He had in mind for my life. I found peace quickly as I sought the Lord's plan for my life. I asked the Lord to place me where I would fit in and where I was needed. Right now the only career goal I have is to be living the plans God has for me, to be seeking Him with all my heart. Are you?
My Grandmother said that my 26th birthday would be the turning point. I turned 26 on Sunday and Monday I was called for two job interviews. One, is part time, but I think I'm going to be able to help them with some ideas. The second one is with an in-home patient facility. I have no idea how I will fit, but I'm heading back to Asheville for an interview on September 14th at 11am. Pray that the only career goal I have is to be living the plans God has for me concerning this.
I will live in Ephesians 2: 7-10:
Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust Him enough to let Him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.