Interlude

1 Thessalonians 1 Thessalonians 5:24 – The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. (NIV)


I came across this verse yesterday in my through the bible reading plan and I’ve been thinking about it pretty much all night and even into today. It’s so short and simple and yet so powerful at the same time. He is faithful and he will do it. Do what you say? I’m not sure exactly, but the verse prior to this one (vs 23) does say at the end, …at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, at the minimum, I believe it’s expressing to us that He is faithful about coming back. Ah. That just fills me with such joy! I’m sure there is so much more to this verse because that’s just like the Bible. It’s like a huge onion where you just keep peeling back layer upon layer. If God is only faithful in this one thing (which I know he is faithful in SO much more) I am certainly thankful for it. He is coming back! He is faithful! And I am forever thankful that he is faithful.

Blessings 💛 Sarah

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I Want A Good Ending

GoodnessI love me a happy ending. That warm fuzzy feeling you get or that ‘feel good’ feeling after a great movie or book. Maybe it’s just me though. Living in a strange make believe world where I want it to all work out and for everything to be happy and simply wonderful! I want a good ending!

One of my New Year resolutions was to read more. I’m not a reader. I never have been and if we’re being honest here, I really don’t enjoy it. So when I heard about this challenge of reading 26 books in 2015 (You can check out the challenge here: 26 Books) I thought I’d give it a shot. Why not! Maybe it’ll make me enjoy reading more. Not likely, but you just never know! 😉

I just recently finished the Divergent Trilogy. If you look at my About section, you’ll see it was listed as one of my current favorites. I wrote that before I had finished the last book and quite frankly I want to take it back! *Spoiler alert* that was an awful ending! My heart was crushed and I never thought I would have got into a book as much as I did those three. Like I said, I’m no reader and I’m certainly not a writer but in my nice little fuzzy bunny, rainbowy, sunshiny world, that ending stunk. Sorry but it did. I felt awful inside like something died and I was frantically finishing up the last chapters to see if what I just read wasn’t true, maybe there was some twist – where is the happy ending?! My husband on the other hand, had a totally different perspective on the ending. He thought it was heroic that she “sacrificed herself” – when quite frankly, it should have been her brother. Tris and Tobias should have peaced out, leaving the city to start their new lives together! Come on now! – Alas to my dismay that wasn’t the case. The ending was what it was and I thought it was terrible. Terribly sad.

Now if you ask me, the Bible doesn’t have a much better ending. It’s filled with disaster and sadness, weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Total and utter darkness. That’s even worse than the Divergent ending! Man oh man, I thought I was writing about goodness today and after all this, I just feel so….not good. Sad. So yah, um, let’s get on to the goodness, and a good ending – that’s where I was originally heading.

The beautiful thing about the ending in the Bible is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Your ending doesn’t have to be filled with weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. Total and utter darkness. Jesus paid the price, he bore the shame and endured the cross so that WE (every single one of us) could get our happy ending – heaven. 💜  The only way we won’t end up in heaven and end up in hell, is if we reject the work of the cross. If we reject Jesus. Step over his dead, bruised, beaten up, torn apart body and say “I don’t need your sacrifice I’ll get to heaven on my own.” My dear friends no. It doesn’t work that way. There is only one way to heaven and that’s through Jesus and his work on the cross. (John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.)

Now that’s my kind of happy ending! The work is done! It is finished! We don’t have to work our way into heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9) we just have to accept the work Jesus did for us and believe on him (Romans 10:9-10). That’s it. That’s really how easy it is. What Jesus did for us and his sacrifice was not easy by any means. He died the most brutal and painful, awful, wretched death there ever was or ever will be, but praises be to God because of what was done and the ease of what we have to do. Believe. Confess. Accept. Accept God’s goodness. Accept the free gift of salvation. Get your happy ending today. I can guarantee you, you won’t regret it.

Blessings 💛 Sarah

Interlude

WaitPsalm 38:15 – Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. (NIV)


Are you currently waiting for something? Ever feel like you’re waiting for something? Boy oh boy do I know the feeling, especially in our current jobless situation. In our current time of waiting, I was looking for some verses on that topic and I happened to come across this Psalm. I love the Psalms, I really do. They are packed with so many emotions – good, bad, and everything in between. They are so real and so relatable.

I chose this verse for today’s interlude because I just love the simplicity of it. “You will answer, Lord my God”. It doesn’t say, I “hope” you’ll answer or I “think” you’ll answer. Nope. You WILL answer. So in the meantime of whatever you’re going through or waiting on, just rest on the Lord. Wait patiently. God will answer you. Whatever that answer may be, remember he will answer.

Blessings 💛 Sarah