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Death > Life

This was a harder one to write, but thankful I can share a bit of this journey with you all.


Scriptures

Philippians 1:20-21

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.

Psalm 119:116

Lord, sustain me as you promised, that I may live!
    Do not let my hope be crushed.

Galatians 2:20

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.


Photo: Casey Horner / Unsplash

“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.


Memory Verse

“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?

By Gracefully Overcoming

Gracefully Overcoming is my corner of the web to share my journey with chronic and mental illness, , and how Jesus keeps reminding me who I am in Him. I can always be found at: www.gracefullyovercoming.blog/