Monday, February 18, 2013
"For the Joy Set Before Him, He Endured the Cross"
Just me, my laptop, hot cup of coffee, and my blog.
I take a breathe after a long season that I still stand in the midst of.
It is a season that feels like forever.
Why is it that everything feels so difficult this season?
Why am I so utterly wiped out I can't even get myself up in the morning-
because working out just seems like it would be an added stress.
Have you ever felt this way
so knocked down, you get back up for just a moment,
only to get knocked down all over again?
I'm living this right this very moment,
while knowing others have way bigger problems than I do.
I do not want this post to sound like a downer
so I try to regroup, take another warm sip of coffee
and feel the warmth as it seeps through my chest.
Kinda gives me a warm feeling,
but it's just not enough.
I know only God can calm the storm I am feeling inside.
Only He can lift my spirits.
I remember a time praying so hard that like the song, my heart would be
broken for what breaks His, and I stand in this season, my prayer answered,
broken for those closest to my heart that struggle with fear, worry, self control, anger, and
undealt hurts that cause bitterness inside.
For those who do not yet know the mightiness of Our Lord and Saviors hand, that they can
turn to Him!
Watching those you love turn away from Gods will in their lives is devastating.
It breaks my heart, like it breaks His.
I just never expected it to hurt like this.
Lord, it is in the breaking of my heart for others
I realize, just how much YOU LOVE US!
In this season I will cling to You and Your Promise,
what is yet to come, and what You've already done!
"It's not easy to run a race and win it"- Charles Stanley
"Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart" ~ Hebrews 12: 1-3
Take a moment and read that line from verse 2 again-
"Who for the JOY (you, I, and those we love) Set before Him endured the cross".
He Loves us ALL this much, so when we feel knocked down, we don't have to grow weary and lose heart, instead we can make a choice to fix our eyes on Jesus. This does not mean it will be easy, but as Charles Stanley said
"It's not easy to run a race, and win it".