Thankful _ May28 _ June3

5•28
2548. 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ NIV) I don’t know that I’m a prophet to anyone, but I know you knew me before you formed me
2549. Sleeping in
2550. Dinner with my friend Rita

5•29
2551. 5 I cared for you in the wilderness, in the land of burning heat. (‭Hosea‬ ‭13‬:‭5‬ NIV) midbar is the Hebrew word for desert 🌵
2552. Sunrise hiking with my friend Hannah
2553. Celebrating a very short work week

5•30
2554. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (‭James‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ NIV)
2555. Pardes is the Hebrew word for garden. The word of God is like walking in the garden of Eden and God is calling out for me!
2556. For the people I didn’t have to work with today

5•31
2557. 3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭26‬:‭3‬ ESV)
2558. Taking up the practice of writing my own devotions again
2559. Sleeping away the rest of the day

6•1
2560. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. (‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭4‬ NIV)
2561. Even for the bad mood I can’t seem to shake
2562. Community group

6•2
2563. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭6‬:‭6-7‬ NIV)
2564. Finally bringing to light a bad situation at one of the surgery centers because someone was bad mouthing me and I’m over it
2565. Listening to an interview by one of my favorite hikers

6•3
2566. 12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. (‭Joel‬ ‭2‬:‭12-13‬ NIV)
2567. 9 miles of Passage 26 done
2568. Getting an unexpected ride back to my car from 2 hikers who were starting the whole passage was pure trail magic and a gift from the Lord!

ChoosingRepentance

12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. (‭Joel‬ ‭2‬:‭12-13‬ NIV)

Repentance is more than being sorry. It is choosing to change. It’s choosing to turn around to see God standing in front of you. He has always been there. Waiting. Patiently. 

The minute I turned around, the very second I said save me Jesus, he was there. Arms wide open. It was, is, the most incredible thing ever to happen to me!

So what are you waiting for?

IBelieve

4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. (‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭4‬ NIV)

Before Jesus, righteousness came by following the law. But following the law is pretty much impossible and shows us why we need a Savior. 

When Jesus came on the scene, he fulfilled the law so that when I believed it was true, he became my righteousness. I no longer needed to make my own righteousness. Praise be to God! I believe!

Like Paul, I would do anything for the people I know and love to know Jesus the way I know him, to be free from trying to work their way in to heaven, to find the rest and peace I’ve found in Jesus Christ.