Following Jesus Is Intense!

Excitement! Isn’t that what it’s all about? Living “The Dream!” Actually learning from our mistakes, never questioning our faith in God? Ummmmm, NOPE.

I wish I had a picture of an ox or a donkey on my camera roll. Either of those symbolically stubborn creatures would suffice as perfect depictions of myself these past few days.

Instead, I’ll share a verse:

 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

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Mr. Duck considers: Waddle in the mud, or stand firm on the rock…
Upon first glance, this verse made me cringe- I wondered how much more wallowing in my my troubles I could manage with this kind of divine encouragement! Lord, have Mercy on my soul!!! I don’t want to play in this muddy puddle of bitterness and sadness anymore… 

Caught in a web!
 
The answer to that verse is: God. Many people step into church imaging magical trumpets are going to play and angels will swoop down and carry away all the troubles life brings. Then it’s smooooooth sailing from there- halo and all.

Not to say this doesn’t ever happen…exactly, anyway. We accept Jesus into our hearts- we have been saved- but the trumpets aren’t meant for this earth. The journey has only begun and it’s intense.   It’s especially intense if you happen to be extraordinarily stubborn, dramatic and a dreamer, like me.

First-things-first: “the heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful…” This dark and deceitful heart needs to be an honest heart. This dark heart needs to talk with God and come to terms with these “chains” of the mind and allow God to take over.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

My prayer is for increased faith in my Father, who knows my stubborn heart. I know HE hears every thought in my mind. He knows my sadness and He knows my intense joy.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

God sent His Son, Jesus, to pave the perfect example for us to follow. We can’t follow in His example if we cling to our selfish and fearful ways. 

I am personally on a leg of my journey where my perceptions are shifting. My sights are becoming more focused and zeroed-in on God’s Truths. With this shift, I’ve realized a huge part of my soul to be more than stubborn.

Faith and Trust: without them, life gets rediculous. You know what you’re supposed to do, however, it takes practice and repetition to establish the true acceptance of Allowing God to “run the show.” It takes prayer to God so He will aid in the release of the chains of this world so our minds are free.

 Whoever said becoming a Christian was “the easy road”, anyway? Perhaps it was all in my head…

As the Pastor preached last Sunday, “Following Jesus Is Intense!” …and oh, it is!

I Thank God for His Intensity! I look forward to completing this journey and finally getting to experience those brilliant trumpets I was promised! TODAY, I need to live in His Grace and give Him my trust.

A Beautiful [Momuntary] Wreck,

Greta

 

 

 

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  1. I love the honesty behind your words. This walk with Christ is rough at times. But then look at His walk on this earth. He didn’t have it easy. I love that we don’t have to do it alone. He is with us and other Christians can walk along with us and give us encouragement, like you just did for me.

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  2. Feel free to call or email either myself of Teresa if you just need to talk. We care.

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    • You two are beautiful souls. I will take you up on that- I think I’m processing a lot that has happened in the past day and I haven’t posted much because of it. I’m not stuffing it, just processing and praying. So, with that I will be sending you guys an email within the next couple of days since it’s more of on off the web conversation. I’m very blessed to have strength from God and all is well because of that.

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  3. A great reminder that God has a plan for all.

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  4. Oh so very true! You are definitely not alone. The closer you try to be to God the larger the trials of life are. James says to count them all joy because they are ways God makes us more like Jesus. Hang in there and keep running the race.

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  5. Lots of us are stubborn. You know where to get help for stubbornness, so thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thank you, Greta! I find myself constantly faced with the problems of my own heart, especially in prayer! This is an area I’ve been working on and I suppose I’ll have to keep in check until the Lord comes or I die—whichever comes first! God be with you, my friend. Jesus is our rock; hold on tight!

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    • Thank you, and I will be in prayer for your prayer! Jesus is our ROCK, and that is the solid foundation to cling to through all the “intensity” of constant transition. Through this reminder, I do feel a lot more grounded. Yesterday was quite a day in the realm of my mind! I am so blessed by your’s and fellow likeminded bloggers who have stepped up with beautiful encouragement! This is truly God’s grace in action!

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  7. tabitha59reachingout August 6, 2015 — 2:16 PM

    True words. Following Jesus is also an adventure. If we purpose to grow and live as He calls us to, it will never be dull. Press on, my friend. You are not alone and you are better than you believe. I see so much of Christ in YOU. xo

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    • Debbie, Thank you for the encouragement! Your words are priceless and also very true- it is an adventure! HUGS! I see Christ in you, also!….you know that!❤️❤️❤️

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      • tabitha59reachingout August 7, 2015 — 5:27 PM

        Greta, you have a very soft spot in my heart. I love you, sister and friend. 🙂

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      • You have a very soft spot in mine, also! I’m sorry for the delay in responding to you! I read your response and teared up with joy, then ran off to tend to something! Yes, I’m kind of a cry baby…the joy tears are my favorite! HUGE HUGS!!!❤️Greta

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      • tabitha59reachingout August 9, 2015 — 5:37 PM

        It’s no problem. I am finding out that if I don’t check my WordPress sight AND look again at comments when I get a “like” that I could very easily miss a reply from a follower. I hope I never have, but I am still a bit green over here. As for your own reply, I am a “cry baby” too. I think it’s good, actually. It means we have a soft heart. My tears of joy are my favorite too. I am glad I can bless you in some way. Sending you a big hug too. If I could put in those cute little hearts you do, then I would too. Blessings on you always, Debbie.

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  8. Hang tight! Christ is the truth we need and as our perceptions and priorities shift we find we don’t want to be pulled from our comfort zone! Take it from a fellow bull-headed believer! 😊 I eventually reached a point where I tired of “milk” and wanted the “meat” of His word. It’s never an easy transition and sometimes I falter, but progression is necessary for growth, so I try to keep in mind that He’s there through every step!

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    • It’s extremely comforting to read your words. The transition is very uncomfortable- I can’t even seem to print out a simple shipping label correctly or remember all the things I wrote on my schedule book- which is right in front of me- I restocked my little e-store in anticipation of sales after school gets started (when I’ll have time to handle business)- and stuff already sold (blessing!) however not my anticipation! So I will just remember to hang tight! And I read “you might slip, but you won’t fall”…Proverbs, I think.

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