Settled

For the last few days I have thought what I could write to start a new decade. I had many things in mind but no sure direction. Are eight decades not enough to praise my Lord? There will not be enough time in this life.

This morning, I am remembering yesterday ~ the ending of the last decade.

There was one handicapped space available in the grocery store parking lot. I pulled past so as to back into the space and have room for the electric cart on Jerry’s side. After pulling up and back a couple of times, I stopped and settled a few minutes to check the list before I got out of the car.

But before I looked at the list, Jerry and I both said, “Why did I back in?” Jerry was not planning to get out. For short lists, he just rides with me and waits in the car.

After shopping and unloading the bags from the cart to the car, I noticed a kiwi in the cart that I needed to take back and pay for. Sometimes, this is tiring ~ forgetting, redoing, rescheduling, going back and forth.

Groceries settled, I sat in the car a few minutes then pulled forward (didn’t have to back out :). We started for home (one main thing a day is best for us ~ less to remember).

Was any of this for naught? No. It was all in the Lord’s doing, still humbling and teaching me to settle in for what lies ahead. Usually we have to sit for the stop light at the intersection for a few minutes ~ another place to settle.

There is refreshing in these times, time to catch my breath, and breathe in a renewing of the moment ~ stopping, slowing and realizing the presence of my Lord to carry through with His plan ~ then a slow acceleration and yet fast enough to get under the light before it changes again.

On the short ride home, the Spirit of the Lord left me with no doubt as to what is to come ~ life is giving and forgiving. This was His life and His life given for me ~ that I might live through Him and Him through me ~ filled with His grace. nestled in His goodness, and wrapped in His glory.

Regardless of forgetfulness, diminished sight, other failures and weaknesses, the grace of our Lord is prepared for us. The longer I live, the more I am given and the more I have to give. I spoke these thoughts to Jerry so that he may be encouraged and know what to expect. I added that he would be the first recipient.

“To whom much is given, much is required.” Luke 12:48

And beginning our fifty-ninth year together, I am settled for this.

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory
by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while,
make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
Amen….this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.”
1 Peter 1:10-12

Gracious Father in heaven, Hallowed by thy name as your grace abounds toward us in all wisdom and prudence. Fill us with your Spirit of grace for the life you have planned for each of us. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Fran

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The Finish Line

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Why is the last course the hardest?

It seems uphill the rest of the way.

 

 

~ So that you will know that nothing has been of your own strength.

It has been only by the will of the Father, the promise and calling of the Son, and the power of the Holy Spirit that you have breathed, moved and had any being in this world. (Acts 17:28)

In the whole of life endurance comes only by His working His strength in your weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)  You can continue on as you rest your weariness on Him.

When you cannot move He will carry you the remainder of the way.

 To the Israelites He said, “I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.” Exodus 19:4

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:1-2

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10 

“Are not the angels all ministering spirits  sent out in the service
of those who are to inherit salvation?”
Hebrews 1:14

Dear Father, thank you that your grace is sufficient, and that your strength is made perfect in our weaknesses.  Let us be content in our infirmities knowing that the power of Christ rests on us, as your people.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.