This was a harder one to write, but thankful I can share a bit of this journey with you all.
20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. 21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.
Lord, sustain me as you promised, that I may live!
Do not let my hope be crushed.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
“Wanna know what I absolutely cherish about today’s Scripture? They met me where I was when I needed them the most. My Grandmother passed away today (from my journal on 9/12/2021).”
This day was something we knew was coming, (I) anticipated a bit (dementia), yet dreaded all at the same time.
And here we are, trying to figure out what to do with ourselves – because Grandma has gone home to be with the Lord Jesus.
When these Scriptures met me, I desperately needed to remember that for the believer in Christ – dying is better. She was one who lived for Christ and awaited seeing Him face-to-face in Heaven.
She taught me a lot about depending upon the Lord!
She was bold.
She was loving.
She was His beautiful daughter.
And I hope and expect to become ~that~ kind of Christ-follower.
What it means for me today, two months after, is being intentional about my quiet time.
Have I been intentional the past couple of months?
. . . Not exactly, it is easy to allow symptoms and other desires to push me away from being a student of the Word [the Bible].
But tonight, I know I need to have a resolve to intentionally seek His glorious face each day (even if it looks different than what I might consider “quiet time”). I need to seek my Heavenly Father and keep running to Him. I need to cry out to Him when in pain. I need to invite Him to help me handle my daily trials.
“Lord, thank you that when we walk with you – death is far better. Because it means seeking You face-to-face at last!”
Question of the Day
Today is a personal kind of devotion time. Maybe, think about those who have had the greatest impact on your walk with Jesus. How can you be more intentional in being a student of the Word? Or, imitate their Christ-like habits.
“And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear (Philippians 1:14; NLT).”
How can we have some of that same confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ?