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A Nugget From My Spiritual Journey...January 2017

A Nugget From My Spiritual Journey...

  What a year we have all come through! Individually, we have all had moments of joy, seasons of personal trials, and maybe even life-changing events where nothing will ever be the same again. We may have experienced great gain or loss. As a nation, we have felt much unrest, uncertainty, tension and even fear. We have done a lot of heart-searching and made challenging decisions in this land we call home!

  Here we sit…upon the precipice of the unknown, the year 2017. But, is that really different than when we wake up every morning, facing an unknown day? Each day we must trust the Lord…and He trusts US with each day! Each day is a gift, yet we never know what it will hold before bedtime. As I am writing this (for printing purposes) in not quite mid-December of 2016, we have just returned home from the funeral of a former Pastor’s wife (65), who went home to Jesus in her sleep. Later, I noticed as I was scrolling through the morning’s social media posts that three friends or family members of friends had died this morning. We just don’t know, do we?

  Yet, we often find ourselves worrying about what we are going to do next Tuesday or next Saturday or next month or next year! Why do we have trouble with trusting God for those supposedly tangible days, weeks, months or years, when we have already trusted Him completely for the unending eons of eternity??? If we can trust Him for our eternal lives, why do we sometimes struggle with trusting Him with our daily lives, hour by hour? Does that really do us any good? Jesus said in Matthew 6:25-34, “…do not worry about your life…for the pagans run after all of these things…seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

  Perhaps that would be the best “New Year’s Resolution” for us all…to trust Him fully, without worry, AND to be obedient, trustworthy servants to Him!!! Only His resounding question(s) to us will matter above all else in eternity: “What did you do with My gift of My Son to you? Did you accept Him or did you reject Him? Did you serve Him?”

Marsha Cook, Director


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