Ben, my friend, is showing grace.
Being on the sound, as in the Port Royal Sound by the sea, makes me more appreciative of how life was meant to be lived. The sound makes the tides of the ocean more obvious to me. On the ocean side we see the tides change the water levels but because of the bigger waves coming and going constantly, the change in tides are less obvious.
Life cycles like the tides. Buddha didn’t conceive that first, God did.
The tide goes out. Life and it’s circumstances hands us difficulty, pain, trial, and more. Jesus followers have been given the gifts to handle the difficulty. We are more than conquerors through Christ. Every good and perfect gift comes down from above. The weapons of our warfare and not earthly. We put on our armor to fight and defend.
Water and the Christian life are closely linked. We are all baptized into Jesus. On top of that the imagery of walking into the water in faith to or with Jesus is a beautiful mental picture for me of what is walking with Jesus.
- Jesus, for me it’s Jesus (conversationinfaith.wordpress.com)
- Faith is a powerful thing. (cpkidd09.wordpress.com)
- John 1 – “I must become nothing…to obtain everything?” (inchristalonedevotions.wordpress.com)
Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight it’s already been won”I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed, I’m redeemed
All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember, oh God, You’re not done with me yet
Chris Beall makes some profound statements at the end of this video. Chris and Cindy have LEARNED what the love of God and His forgiveness really are. He says that his out of wedlock-born son is not a reminder to them of his past sin, rather of the redemption of God. The son personifies to the couple what Romans say…all things (including the sin and evil) work together to the good of those who are in Christ.
As I look at the desires placed in our hearts by Jesus, the desires most often expressed in my heart are the need to see impact and to have significance. However, I realize that Jesus has placed other desires in my heart.
The desire to express beauty and creativity is in the human heart. My marriage revived Beauty and Creativity.
in my soul, but the world beats down the desire to express creatively. In the past I expressed myself more creatively. However, in the past, I wanted to be a lone ranger. I desired acceptance and recognition of my creativity. Sometime I received the recognition but there is a downside too. The puff and fluff in my heart was not a good thing. So there are plusses and minuses to the desire to be creative–mostly positive. Though I feel I have shut down in some ways, I am where I need to be in community and serving the community as opposed to trying to get recognition from the community for my attributes, creativity, gifts, and accomplishments. I would rather give, i.e., truly meet needs in others and then, if there is some recognition to go along with that, great, if not, move on to the next part of my story. Serving is more important than fulfilling my “need” for recognition.