Holy Month

April is just around the corner and our holy month begins; Palm Sunday, Passover, Good Friday and Easter.  The death, burial and resurrection — the miracle that saved our life.

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Do you believe?  That is all that is asked of us, to believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins.

People don’t like to see the image of Jesus nailed to the cross, or the crown of thorns on his head; but this is the reality.  Jesus was nailed to a cross, hands and feet, his sides were pierced and a crown of sharp thorns was not “placed” on his head, it was jammed into it.  Imagine the physical pain and anguish.  He made this awful sacrifice for us; to heal our wounds, forgive our sins and give us a life that is free and an end that is eternal. 

Image result for nails and a crossHe was despised, and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering; as one from whom men hide their face, and we despised him and we did not value him. Surely he has borne our sufferings, and carried our pains; yet we considered him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.  ~Isaiah 53:3-5 (NHEB)

 

 

Waiting Pieces

When we wait upon God, we can wait our entire lives, or weeks turn into months, as with Joseph, he waited 13 years without hearing from God!!  But Joseph never ceased to wait upon the Lord, to keep the faith, to keep praying and believing.  Would we be so patient?

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We will never know why life happens a certain way, but you can be sure – your heavenly Father has His hands all over it.  He is with you during your darkest days, pain, anguish, heartache.

The Lord’s Prayer is continually my go-to when I’m suffering; primarily because it’s the only one I can completely remember (thank you Sunday school!), because it hits all the points when we feel lonely, disappointed, hurt, frustrated.

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The lessons have been hard for me; many include countless questions about “why” and the infamous:  “when.”  When Lord, when will my pain let up?  Why do I continue to have pain?  I believe that God dislikes this kind of questioning; he is omnipresent after all, He is the ONE.  He is the way, the truth and the life.  We live for him,  not the other way around.  God isn’t a wishing machine.  We put a quarter in, make a wish and *bam*, it’s been taken care of.  Sometimes positively; it seems to work that way, but our faith is greatly tested when we are in a valley for many weeks, months or years.  Perhaps the years of waiting are a test — does our faith crumble and we shake our fists at God because we STILL HAVE THE PAIN?  Or do we endure and bear the pain, standing firm on our foundation of faith?

I pray the latter for me, and for you.

Keeping the faith is not a darling little quote, it’s real.  It’s how we get through the trials in our life.

To this end; God is faithful to us; it’s literally a two-way street.  As we heal from the difficult situation, hurt and pain, this becomes part of our testimony and our stronghold in  faith.  “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”  Joshua 24:15

“‘Good work,’ his master said. ‘You are a good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over this small amount, so now I will give you much more.’
“If I can?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if you have faith.”
So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us and will help us, for he cannot disown us who are part of himself, and he will always carry out his promises to us.