Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Five - Jesus


5 Jesus Things.

1. 10 years - this Easter marks 10 years since I sat in a pew at Calvary Bible Church and said "yes" to following God. I never could've imagined the journey He'd take me on in just these 10 years, and I can't wait to see what the future holds! "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here!" 1 Corinthians 5:17

2.  Good Friday - Though today marks the day that Christ was crucified, we call it GOOD Friday because what He did was so very, very GOOD for us. "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5

3. Gratitude - Running has given me so much joy and strength, but nothing compared with the joy and strength I find in Christ. I feel like He has given me this weight loss/running/health journey as a platform to share and inspire others. There have been many days lately that I've just marveled at the fact that He allows me to walk this path and share my journey! (And thanks to you for reading along!!)
"Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;"
Isaiah 61:1

4.  Hope - The beauty of Good Friday is that Easter comes 3 days later. It's a reminder that no matter what we suffer through, what hard times and difficulties we have - there is joy coming. God doesn't leave us in a bad place with no hope. We have so much hope!!! "Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later." (Romans 8:18)

5. JOY - I remember writing a long time ago about the feeling of "anticipatory joy" - knowing that despite the fact that I was sad at that time, I knew I'd feel that unshakeable JOY and gladness again. This year, my cup is overflowing. There is so much joy in my life! I have the best parents, most supportive and fun friends, an awesome church, a great job, and my life is full. There is no greater JOY than knowing for absolute certain that the place you are in RIGHT NOW is EXACTLY where God wants you to be. "You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever." (Psalm 16:11)

Thank you, Jesus, for JOY. Thank you for laughter and fun and blessings that overflow beyond what we could ask. Thank you for today. Thank you for suffering for my sake, so that I could live in freedom!!! 

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