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JUST THINKIN'

7.22.21
 
As we head into another weekend ... it's hard to believe that are nearing the end of another month already! Vacations, quick weekends away or even the simple evening on the porch, patio or nice summer's walk ... in the middle of another summer quickly passing us by. 
 
And I'm just thinkin' of the words heard from so many, over all these last 55 yrs. - "Soak 'em up, because they fly by fast" ... or some type of saying such as that. As I've been blessed to live these years, amongst so many loved ones & friends, I find that it is important to focus on such a task of " ... soaking 'em up!"
 
The smiles, the joys ... the unavoidable heartaches. The physical, emotional, mental challenges. The things I'd never get thru, and the things that have overwhelmingly blessed my heart.  The beautiful friendships, acquaintenances & people who have amazed me ... or made my heart ache for them. 
 
This is life!  Life here on earth ... that we were created to be part of. And oh how blessed we are to have been chosen to even have life - let alone having it here on this beautiful earth!  And I have found that no matter the situation of my day ... I can use another set of words that I've heard so many times in my life as well, when asking some ... "How 'ya doin'?" ... and they respond "Better than I deserve!"
 
Isn't that true?!!
 
We never deserved to live this life ... on this earth. 
    - We didn't even exist, before GOD made us!
 
We never deserved the "hope" GOD gave us thru JESUS.
    - We rebelled & turned from HIM!
 
We never deserved a chance at heaven.
    - We are a wretched people in comparison to GOD ALMIGHTY!
 
But ... 
Because HE made us.
Because HE can't not love us.
Because  of HIS desire for us to live life to it's fullest ...
HE's given us JESUS!
 
And again - I'm just thinkin',  how often to we take time to stop & "grasp" & "ponder" such thoughts? 
 
My friends ... let's slow down a bit these next days, weeks, etc. & "grasp" the power of such things. For truly ... 
    - We are living a life better than we deserve
And ...
    - We are reserved a spot in ETERNAL LIFE, that is quickly approaching each & every day, while     
       awaiting the day of  our LORD's appearing. Or, the day comes when these physical bodies of ours just               stop.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
John 11:25-26
 
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Psalm 37:3
 
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:2-4
 
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness (gentleness) be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7
 
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
I Timothy 6:12
 
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4
 
Soak 'em up!  We are living better than we deserve!

LOVE ‘YA CHURCH!       PASTOR BRAD