Walk on Water Faith {Day 31}

Thank you for walking with me on this journey. These last 31 days have reminded me that I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses committed to walk by faith on blue sky days and stormy ones. As I look around and see you holding fast to Truth and Promise I am encouraged and strengthened.

Today we end these 31 days together with a celebration.

We were in San Diego recently and spent a day on Coronado Island. As we arrived at the beach we saw the beautiful, old Hotel del Coronado. We noticed a marriage celebration taking place and the beautiful bride and groom on the beach.

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We weren’t invited to the celebration that day but there is an invitation with our name on it.

Do have yours?

The Revelation of Jesus Christ is a message of hope for believers in the 1st century and the 21st century. Blessed are those who are invited to the feast.

And from the throne came a voice saying,

“Praise our God,
    all you his servants,
you who fear him,
    small and great.”

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters

and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
    and his Bride has made herself ready;
 it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:5-9

31 - RevelationDon’t you just love happy endings?

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 30}

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Jude 1:24

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 29}

If you could crawl inside my mind for just a minute you might see thoughts about:

ACT scores—College admissions—Braces—Marriage proposal—Driver’s Licenses—Empty Nest—Puppy Love—Messy rooms—Hormones—Graduation—Loud people—What’s for supper?—Mounds of laundry—Shopping trips—What’s for supper?—Cell phones—Nail polish on carpet—High School Chemistry/Anatomy/Calculus—What’s for supper?—Wedding dates—Gray hair—Lose 10lbs—What’s for supper?

When I became a mother I wasn’t thinking about any of those things. Maybe I was too sleep deprived to have a complete thought.

As kids grow up, each stage of life has the potential to send parents careening into the fear and worry ditch. The Liar loves to see us there.

Walk on Water Faith believes this:

 I have no greater joy than to hear

that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:4

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We are surrounded by storms and rough seas. Life is hard and The Liar won’t let up.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion,looking for someone to devour. I Peter 5:8

Praise the Lord for Truth. Cling to Truth.

How’s your walk?

How’s your Walk on Water Faith?

I hope you’re holding fast to these Truths. Seems I’ve needed them more than ever the last few weeks.

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If your children are walking in truth, thank God for that and allow this verse to help you maintain your perspective as a parent when The Liar tries to get you sidetracked. If your children are not walking in truth, pray this verse for them and trust the One who loves them even more than you, to redeem and transform them.

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 28}

My momma used to say I walk like I’m going to a fire. She was right.

I still walk that way. Except when I’m with him.

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He walks slow. S—L—O—W—.

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(He swears he walks fast at work. Must be all the coffee.)

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Whatever.

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During the three decades we’ve been together I’ve tried to change how he walks. I’ve started out beside him holding his hand, quickening the pace thinking he would speed up. I’ve started out in front, shouting “Come on” over my shoulder. Sometimes I just leave him and go on my way.

Two things I’ve learned:

  1. He ain’t gonna walk fast. Ain’t. Gonna. Happen. Unless there’s a real fire and then he would run to it and into it and through it if need be ’cause that’s how he is.
  2. Walking slow is good. Dare I say sometimes better than walking fast? I’m learning to like it.
  3. You can identify someone a mile away by how they walk.

You can, can’t you? Way before you can see their face, you know their walk. You can identify a child on a playing field, or a uniformed soldier, or a loved one in a crowd just by their walk.

A walk is a funny thing, too. A bench in the mall provides hours of observation and entertainment.  You’ll see gliding, bouncing, shuffling, striding, galloping, tottering, limping—all kinds of walking.

We have a spiritual walk, too. Our spiritual walk refers to our everyday conduct as believers in Jesus Christ.

John commended his readers’ walk (or at least some of them). He rejoiced to find them walking in truth. They were living in a manner, in their everyday ordinary life, pleasing to God.

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.
 2 John 1:4

I wonder what John would think of my walk? More importantly, what does God think of my walk? Is he rejoicing as He looks on? Am I shuffling along in unbelief? Am I galloping along in my sinful habits? Am I limping along in unforgiveness?

Walk on Water Faith means walking in truth—living in a way that bears witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His redeeming work. This Gospel will transform all who believe and perfect our walk toward Christ-likeness.

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So how’s your walk?

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 27}

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

I John 1:5

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 25}

He came four weeks early.

We were expecting him or her in March. My busy life with my careful plans were in control—or so I thought. At 11:30 p.m. on February 26, he arrived quickly, with very little warning.

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Bags weren’t  packed. Pantry wasn’t stocked. House wasn’t clean.

I hadn’t even bought diapers yet. Just one of the many things on the list. . .undone.

I wasn’t ready.

But the One who numbers our days and hairs on our head had chosen the time.

He was ready. He had prepared the moment (and me) in ways I couldn’t foresee.

There’s another arrival to prepare for and I want to be ready this time.

 Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.

2 Peter 3:12

No need to pack bags or stock pantry; but the house is getting cleaned. This earthly temple we’ve been given is being overhauled from top to bottom by Him. He knows the time and day and His plan will be perfectly executed. Until that day we must make good use of our time with holy, godly living.

Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Jude 1:21

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Are you ready?

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 24}

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

I Peter 2:24

Sometimes all I can see are the wounds. The pain racks my body and heart and days. I re-live the injuries, the altercations, the beatings—words spoken, trust betrayed, heart broken.

All of my sin.

All of my sin.

All of my sin.

And then Walk on Water Faith calls me out. I see Him there saying, “Come.” The closer I get to Him the clearer I see.

There they are.

His scars.

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Christ’s death was designed not only for an example of patience under sufferings,

Christ was bruised and crucified as a sacrifice for our sins, and by his stripes the diseases of our souls are cured. –Henry

Suffer no more from the sickness of sin.

Yours and another’s.

Celebrate in the health of righteousness.

You have been healed.

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 23}

 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

James 1:5

What is wisdom?

Charles Stanley defines wisdom clearly and precisely:

Godly wisdom can be defined as the capacity to see things the way the Lord sees them and to respond according to His principles.

Wisdom is more than simply acting based on my experience, or cultural tradition, or knowledge based on a set of rules. While wisdom does include knowledge it is also knowing when and how to apply that knowledge. Wisdom requires a proper perspective and I often lose mine. During a recent trip, I stood on this pier and looked out across the bay for over an hour.

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When I came home and looked at the photos I saw the view from a completely different perspective.

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There were mountains on the other side of that bridge! But from where I stood my focus was on what was right in front me. I didn’t have eyes to see all that was there.

Oftentimes we just need a different perspective.

There are at least One Hundred Bible Verses About Wisdom. The Word of Truth urges us to seek wisdom from the Lord. In the difficult circumstances of life we may lose our way and react and respond unwisely. Walk on Water Faith keeps eyes fixed on the Lord so that we can view all of life from His perspectivewe need to see it encompassed by the boundaries of His character and attributes.

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Here’s A Prayer for Wisdom:

Dear heavenly Father, you number our hairs and determine our days; you hang the stars and feed the sparrows; you open doors no one can shut and shut doors no one can open. Surely, we can trust you when the time comes for making big decisions, or for that matter, any decisions. I’m in just such a season again, Father, and I know I’m not alone. We will trust you for generous wisdom, straight paths and peaceful hearts, all for your glory.
     How we praise you for being the decision-making-God. It’s not our decisions, but yours that make all the difference. We will plan, but we trust you to order our steps. We will pray, but ask you to fix our prayers en route to heaven. We will seek counsel, but count on you to overrule faulty or incomplete input from our most trusted friends and mentors. We will search the Scriptures, but not looking for proof texts but for you, Father. All we want and need is you.
     Free us from the paralysis of analysis—wanting make the right decision, more than we want to be righteous people; wanting to be known as wise people, more than we want to know you. Free us from the idolatry of assuming there’s only one “perfect” choice in any given situation. Free us from making decisions primary for our comfort and other’s approval, or fear their disapproval. Free us to know that good choices don’t always lead to the easiest outcomes, especially at first. Free us from second and twenty-second guessing our decisions.
     Father, no matter if it’s wisdom about buying or selling, vocation or vacation, this place or that place, this person or that person, we know that in ALL things, your will is our sanctification—our becoming more and more like Jesus. Give us this passion; make it our delight.
     So, Father, make us more and more like Jesus, even as we trust you for the opening and closing of doors that are in front of us. All for your glory—in our eating and drinking; and in our whatever’s, whenever’s and wherever’s. So very Amen we pray, in the name of our reigning King, Jesus. —written by Scotty Smith, Founding Pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN.

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 22}

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Faith pleases God.

I know that yet oftentimes I find that I’m having a hard time seeing.dirty window

Sometimes I feel so small.

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Sometimes it seems I’ve lost my way. My perspective reminds me of the ones who cried out in the wilderness, “Where am I?” (Ex. 14:10)

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Faith pleases God.

But not just faith in faith. Or faith in me.

The faith that pleases God is faith in Him. The belief that He exists and cares enough to respond to those who seek Him.

When I can’t see I must seek Him.

When I feel small I must seek Him.

When I feel lost I must seek Him.

To see God I must seek Him.

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Walk on Water Faith pleases God. He desires to be the focus of our attention and affection. Faith in Him means knowing that He is near and my life is in His hands.

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 21}

Experts say it takes 21 days to establish a new habit. I think they’re right. Despite some craziness in my life and schedule over the last 21 days I find myself unable to go a day without writing or thinking about #write31Days and the Truth that is shaping and growing my Walk on Water Faith.

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I hope the words I’ve written here have refreshed your heart. Life can be  is hard. People and circumstances, wearisome. We need refreshing and nothing refreshes like the love and encouragement of a friend.

We are friends, you and I, with different pasts and present circumstances; but the faith in Christ and love to Him that united the hearts of Paul and Philemon unites our hearts today.

My heart has been refreshed by you:

  • “likes” and comments
  • hallway prayer
  • handwritten note
  • text or phone call
  • words of encouragement

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people. Philemon 1:7

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The Nester’s 31 Day Challenge includes a whole community of writers and bloggers who write about one topic for 31 days. You can find lots of refreshment here on topics such as House and Home, Organizing, Fashion and Beauty, and Inspiration and Faith (my category). Go check it out!

Thanks for stopping by today. I probably don’t say that enough. But I really do value your time and attention. My prayer is that you always leave refreshed in the Lord.

I will fully satisfy the needs of those who are weary and fully refresh the souls of those who are faint.

Jeremiah 31:25

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