I remember the day I was baptized turning to Jeanne Waterman, the precious woman who had been discipling me. My relationship with the Lord had been like a “whirlwind romance.” My Messiah had wooed me, I had fallen into His strong arms, and Yeshua had transported me into the Land of my Longing. After being baptized, I asked Jeanne, “What’s next?” Her answer was simple: “Trust and obey.” Didn’t sound all that exciting. Now, twenty-five years later, those words resonate with all their profound truth.

In 1 Peter, we are told that those who have been begotten again, according to His abundant mercy, are being kept by the power of God through faith. THROUGH FAITH. More and more I realize He is training me for the battles of this world. I will be kept by His power if I hold onto faith—and my faith is in His faithfulness. As for the battles, we are told we will be grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of our faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. And He alone is the Wise One—the One who knows if need be. He provides the trials/battles as opportunity for me to trust Him—to exercise faith—that I may actually experience His power keeping me.

And don’t I want that?? Yes, it is a trial of endurance, but the goal of experiencing Him in all His power, His love and His majesty—it is worth fighting for.

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Yesterday morning, while having time alone with the Lord, I kinda kvetched about my list of chores. Isn’t our King marvelous? He takes the kvetching and turns into a moment of realization. Scorn: that’s how I treated all those “I have to’s.” I’ll admit, some chores are truly a burden and easy to scorn, but others only perhaps mundane. But—boom-I saw: it’s my choice. I can look at what lies in front of me with scorn, or I can embrace these items as a gift. If I believe each activity, responsibility, etc., is specifically chosen by Yeshua for me, then it is an opportunity to receive from His Hand THE SACRAMENT OF THE MOMENT.

Twice in my life I chose not embracing two lives given to me. Those lives were conceived in sin, but nonetheless, I scorned what now I wish I had embraced. Only when I enter into His Kingdom (which is only by His Grace), will I hold them.

Now I live in the Light of His love and truth – therefore, may I not scorn the life He has given me, but instead receive it from Him and embrace it. Each and every moment, treating them as sacraments.