Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It's Not Easy

I, and some of my friends, have been through a lot of challenges, lately.

You, too?

Maybe it's just me, but I often get to thinking since I love and serve God as best I can life should treat me kindly. You know, perhaps I could get a free pass and have everything go smoothly.

Sigh. Not gonna happen.

I find many times when I'm going through something, God speaks to me when I'm doing my daily scripture writing.

Yesterday, I was feeling pretty down. I had had a slight fender-bender with a deer (!) and also was kind of smarting over a dressing-down I received over a mistake I'd made. I try so hard, yet somehow instead of moving forward, I find I slipped back a couple steps.

Can you relate?

Lunch hour came and I retreated to my "secret place." Every day, I eat my lunch in the church library. It's a great secret place. No one is in the building and I can shut the doors and breathe a sigh of relief. Nobody but me and God for the next hour. This is when I will do my scripture writing, pray, read - why I even will get some steps in walking round the library table. (Oh yeah, there is eating involved as well ...) 

On this day, my portion of scripture to copy was Matthew 7:13-20 ESV. This passage is about the path of life and choosing the broad gate or the narrow one. Verse 14 jumped out at me. 

"... the way is hard that leads to life ..."

Of course, I already knew God's children are not promised a rosy path. What we are promised is a traveling companion, a Savior who will never leave us or forsake us. He is more than enough to help us through each obstacle we come across.

Sometimes, I just need to be reminded. Yes, the way is hard, but I'm on the path that leads to an everlasting life filled with all manner of good things.

Yeah, the easy path is filled with lots of people. Because we all love easy.

When hard things come, I need to always come back to what I know. Romans 8:28. God only allows hard things to come to work out something better in my life.

It's all good.


I'm linking this post to the community at The Loft. Today is Pot Luck, the day we share whatever is on our hearts ...

October is fast upon us. Every October, I join in the 31 Day Challenge. This challenge is open to all bloggers and encourages us to post something daily for 31 days.

Write something. Every. Day.

Because I like to stretch myself, I will also do a challenge within a challenge - 31 days of 5 minute free writes. I will take a topic and run with it, writing furiously for 5 minutes.

Just to make it more interesting, I will take the topic list and relate everything to one of my favorite topics... the Journey.

The Journey is our way Home. There is nothing more important than making that final destination. Jesus paid my ticket there, but I have to walk it out. In October, I will be observing the things that happen while traveling the Journey.

Won't you join me? It all starts October 1 at 7 a.m. CST. 


sue donaldson said...

you're so right - i much PREFER easy. sigh. working through computer hacks and tech issues these last two weeks. but speaking 9x in october so I need to leave it all in God's capable hands!!

Christine Malkemes said...

hard times are harder without Him. You've made that clear. Love how you moved us through this post. You Secret Place in the Church Library surrounded by His Story! How many ways can I say "Awesome!". I don't know about those 31 days. How does it work? Do I check in with someone or something? Thanks again for your encouragement.

betty said...

Sounds like a fun October challenge :) Life is a bit full and complicated at the moment, otherwise I might take the plunge :) Looking forward to reading what you share here.

Oh my with the deer! I hope both of you were okay!

I am thankful God is always for us and not against us, especially in times when we are stretched where we think we can't be stretched any further, and then we are, and then we realize he is always there with us.


Leah Adams said...

Oh Jerralea, your post makes me want to slip into that library and savor the quiet. We are not promised ease in this life, yet so often we expect it. Thank you for such a wonderful post that re-focuses our hearts and minds upon truth. The truth that Jesus is with us, no matter the circumstances of life. Bless you, my friend.

Michele Morin said...

Yeah, Jerralea, I'm also a closet prosperity gospel adherent!
And I keep coming back to the truth that God walks with me through all of life's ups and downs.

I admire your brave 31 day challenge! Cheering you on!