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Know Him

JESUS.

That is the one word, the word person, the one thing in my life right now that makes sense to me. He is the only person that I can count on, rely on and find contentment and joy in. I have taken a 2 week break to re-focus, to gain vision, to find a new perspective on my reality and that is simply Jesus. I have been searching simply to know Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior during my break to simply know the Father and in that I can not tell you the wonderful things the Spirit has been revealing and teaching me about myself and about what a life truly lived for Him looks like in ALL areas of my calling. I have found (again) that Jesus is sufficient for every situation I am found in, His example is all I need to know how to handle anything. In Him I have found renewed confidence, joy, peace and contentment. In Him I have found a sincere love for those arounds me, in Him I have found true joy in doing the laundry and all house cleaning and in Him I am finding more and more peace with in each and every basic and extreme situaution and with myself. In parenting I have been able to see eachtime of discipline and instruction as an opportunity to display Christ to my children and to guide them to follow in His footsteps not mine. In my marriage I am learning to choose love before I feel it, in all relationships I am very reluctantly learning to forgive before I want to or feel justified to. I have grown to understand more fully who Jesus is and how He dealt with people. I have been convicted that in oder to follow Jesus and imitate Him I most know Him and in order to know Him I must abide in Him.

Last week I opened to word to come to Jesus and listen to what He said to me Through John chapter 14:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (1) Things have been hard here in our new ministry and my heart has been troubled and I have dealt with my own issues of doubt. “I am the way, and the truth and the life.” (6) My faith has withered under the weights that have pressed down heavily on my heart. “If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.” (7) I realized that I did not know God like I thought I did which was evident in my attitude and so in my search to know Him I realized I had been asking the same question that Phillip asked.. “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” And Jesus said “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Phillip?” (8,9)or Kelli? You still do not know me? Still? I have been with you this long 6 years Kelli and still you do not know me? “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do;” (12) “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (15) In that moment I understood so much more than I have ever understood. I need to KNOW Jesus in order to KNOW the Father. All these other things I have been so caught up in are empty with out the knowledge of knowing Him first, it is all rubbish in the words of Paul in Phillipians 3, oh how my soul screams with Pauls declaration to simply know Christ and Him crucified.

My life is changing from the inside out. Seek to simply KNOW Jesus and His Father and be transformed. Have a blessed week my dear sisters, may you be encouraged to live out your calling in the depth and wisdom of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, He is sufficient for ALL of your needs. A merciful and loving God we serve.

JOYfully in Him,

Kelli

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Life is a Vapor

Life is to short,

You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. James 4:14

James reminds me this evening of how rich, fine, valueable, precious and vaporizing is the time He has given me in each second. I forget so often and begin to take it for granted allowing myself be decieved into the mentality of “living forever” or having plently of time to throw about like a wallet full of paper. James speaks truth to my heart, reality to my soul and brings me back down to solid ground where my feet hit the pavement and my vision is restored. I find that it is behind this screen that I so lavishly spend my time as if I had time to waste, but I don’t for the time is fleeting, passing before my eyes. I recognize that a break is needed. In 2 weeks I will return but for now I give each second of my life to His hands to spend wisely on His calling for my me… right here in my reality.

JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

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Are you a fool?

So I use the word foolish a lot around here in correction towards my sons mostly concerning self control and words. Well now I had a taste of my own medicine this evening, in a quiz of self examination, a quiz to really test my motives in being “who I am” I found myself having to dig deep beneath the surface, breaking up some fallow ground… it was slightly painful(and I am not telling what my score was, I have already turned over my quiz so you can’t see it). Visionary Daughters have a quiz that will challenge you and possilby have you thinking more intentionally as to when, why and what you speak… take the quiz it is fun, interesting and yes convicting….

On a side note Joyfully Home addresses the difference in being “foolish” and being “just a fun person” in this very thought provoking and again self examining post, what do you think?

JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

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