Interlude

FaithfulnessDeuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (NIV)


Talk about faithfulness. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Wow. That verse leaves me simply in awe, especially considering the sinful state of humanity. There are so many people in this world who not only leave us, but also forsake us. The heart wrenching thing too is it’s not just necessarily our enemies who do that, most often it’s close friends or family members. Those people we thought would never do that to us, did. They do. I am so thankful that our Lord and savior will NEVER do that to us though. No matter what happens in this life, no matter who leaves us or forsakes us, our Abba Father never will forsake us or leave us. When we so often very much deserve him to do so. That right there is what I call total and complete faithfulness.

Blessings ๐Ÿ’› Sarah

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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 ๐Ÿ’› Sarah

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:ย 26 Books) Iย thought I’d give it a shot. Why not! Maybe it’ll make me enjoy reading more. Not likely, but you just never know! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I just recently finished the Divergent Trilogy. If you look at my Aboutย 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. ๐Ÿ’œ ย 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, โ€œI 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.ย 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 ๐Ÿ’› 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 ๐Ÿ’› Sarah

Interlude

1 John1 John 4:10 This is real loveโ€”not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (NLT)


What a beautiful scripture and truth. God is love. โค๏ธ Another week over (basically over) and another interlude for you to enjoy. Happy Thursday, and a very Happy Birthday to my momma! ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰

Blessings ๐Ÿ’› Sarah

Silence The Cell Phone

It’s Tuesday. What in the world happened to Monday?! Before I knew it the day was over. At any rate, I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and long weekend. ๐Ÿ˜Š Now, time to get back into the swing of things.

We’ve all seen the advertisement at the movies. Whoever sponsors it, we are always so kindly reminded to “silence our cell phones now”. I have yet to hear a phone go off in a theater. Maybe that loud vibration – that’s supposed to be silent, right? – buzzing away, but I’ve never heard an audible ring or beep or some random rap song that no one has ever heard of but the person who owns the phone…. ๐Ÿ˜œ So it always baffles me when we are in church and I hear a phone ring! Full on ring. In church. Come on people! I think church is just a tad more important than a movie. Why can’t we just power-down? Unless you’re on-call or someone who is extremely important, why can’t we just turn off our phones? Yes. I said it. Turn off our phones. For an hour? Or even two? Forget the silencing, just shut it off.

I like to think back to the era before cell phones. No, not that long ago, but around the late 90’s. I grew up when cell phones weren’t all that big of a deal. I even had a pager. Yes, a pager. (Do they still make those?!) And let me tell you, I thought I was so cool! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Then I remember when I was around 16, I wanted to get a cell phone (time to upgrade, right?! ๐Ÿ˜‰) so my parents had me get a job to pay for it all by myself. I now owned my very own flip phone. I could call whoever I wanted! AND if I waited until after 9pm, the minutes were free! Gosh, that makes me chuckle. Do you remember that? Now we have so many minutes we don’t even know what to do with them! Remember texting back then?! What in the world was texting?! I don’t even know if my super rad flip phone had texting capability? ๐Ÿ˜† I cringe just a bit when I see little kids these days with a fancy phone, most often fancier than mine. The hubs and I joke that when we have kids the only phone they’ll have is the one that calls 911 and home! Hah! Maybe things will change if and when that day ever comes, but for now we are sticking to our guns. ๐Ÿ˜‰

When did our society become so dependent on cell phones? Even to the point where we can’t use the bathroom without it! Have you ever heard someone answer their phone in the bathroom stall at a store? ๐Ÿ™ˆ I have. Ew. That my friend, quite frankly, grosses me out. When they answer it’s never anything urgent either, like “Oh no! I’ll be right there!” Or “Timmy did what?!” It’s always just a simple conversation like nothing is even happening. Um. You’re on the john. Can’t the conversation just wait a minute? Besides that being totally awkward and weird, it’s pretty dirty too. Public bathrooms are almost always disgusting and you’re going to pick up the phone and place it on your face (up to your ear (whatever)) and talk into it?! ๐Ÿ˜ท Ok, ok, so maybe I’m being slightly germaphobic, and maybe I’m the only one who feels that way, but the point I’m trying to drive home is shut it off. Silence it, ignore it, just call them back (or text) after you’re finished. Why are we so dependent on these devices?! If this cell phone era is here to stay, (and I’m pretty sure it is) the least we can do is be polite. Put down the phone once in a while, have a conversation in person with a treasured friend or family member. I’m very thankful for cell phones to be able to talk to those near and far. I have many friends and family that don’t live just a drive away, but don’t forget about the special times together – in person, when possible. ๐Ÿ’œ

The Word tells us over and over to “Be still”. One of the more known verses (make that chapters) in the Bible on being still would have to be Psalm 23 – The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his nameโ€™s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NIV) I just love that. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Take a minute, close your eyes and just and think about that. How beautiful is that picture? Look at those action words too. Wow! God wants us to have peace, to relax (Not to be lazy though. Please don’t think I’m condoning laziness, I’m not!) and he wants us to be refreshed! Here’s the best part. Look at what the Lord requires from us to attain this peace and rest and relaxation. Nothing. The Lord has done it all, he is our shepherd, we lack nothing in him. Resting in the Lord, taking time to pray, meditating on his word, and voilร  we reap all those benefits, the best benefits! Such a simple thing to do and how often we blow it off. In this world of go, go, go, we need to slow, slow, slow, down! Be still. Take a break from not only your phones, but the business of life. Let the Lord lead you besides quiet waters, let him quiet your soul. Boy how I need this reminder everyday.

Blessings ๐Ÿ’› Sarah

Interlude

RomansRomans 3:21-31 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of Godโ€™s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law. After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isnโ€™t he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is. There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law. (NLT)


It’s supposed to snow today and I really hope it does. โ„๏ธโ„๏ธ I love snow and cold weather. Bundling up and drinking your favorite hot beverage, doesn’t get much more relaxing than that.

This weeks interlude is from the book of Romans. One of my absolute favorites. So many amazing promises and truths; just simply incredible! I was only going to post a verse from chapter 3, but as I finished up reading the rest of the chapter I just couldn’t help but post this whole section! I don’t know what you have planned in your day today or what the weather is like where you live, but take a moment to relax and reflect on this glorious truth from the book of Romans!

Blessings ๐Ÿ’› Sarah