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Running the Race with JOY

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“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:1-2

This week in reading Journeys of Faithfulness, the above passage was one that really resonated with me. In our day to day life, in the midst of the struggles and pain that we have, we are called to run the race before us – looking to Jesus. Did you catch this line “who for the joy that was set before him”?

Joy before him. He knew the suffering he would and MUST endure, the shame that would result, and yet he looked at is a JOY.

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A Circle of Glory ~ Journeys of Faithfulness Week 2

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Tears. Sorrow. Grief. All turned to laughter and joy with the three words, “Lazarus! Come forth!”

Where there had been disbelief and the grief that accompanied not understanding the ‘why’ behind the death of their brother, Jesus replaced it all in a moment’s time. Two sisters watched their brother emerge from his tomb full of life and the glory of God.

A Circle of Glory

Pain, sorrow, hurt and more are things that we all experience in the course of our lives. Nine years ago, my husband and I walked through a time of intense grief and sorrow. At a routine doctor’s visit, I found out that our 18 week old son had died in-utero. Alone in the office, I watched the ultrasound machine for any sign of movement and realized there was nothing.

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Learning to See ~ Journeys of Faithfulness Week 1

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This week in reading Journeys of Faithfulness, we caught a glimpse into the lives of Mary and Martha, two sisters whose story we know well. Mary was the sister who loved deeply and chose to sit at the feet of Jesus, soaking in all that she could. Martha was the busy sister who was so caught up in the business of doing that she missed the ‘being’.

In my life, I admit that I most relate to Martha – checking off my ‘to do’ lists and always feeling that I must prove myself to others {and God}. What I love most about this passage though is how Jesus responds to Martha’s clamor for attention and her need to be right.

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