Conntecting the Dots

Count Your Blessings

As I write this, early morning sunshine streams through my sailboat’s pilothouse windows. Sailor-Man has already left for our ministry office, and I am alone. All is quiet but for the sound of birds chirping. Theirs is a happy song, and it lifts my spirits. It reminds me of Matthew 6:25-27

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Humanly speaking, global goings-on give us plenty to worry about today.

I watch grocery bills and gas prices skyrocket (it’s now $2.20/liter or nearly $10/gallon where I live) and wonder what the future holds. Personal stresses add to the load we carry. Broken relationships, financial uncertainties, health issues, and more weigh on us. How easily we can lose hope and fall into despair. Been there, done that. Don’t want to do that again.

This morning I woke carrying concerns for which I’ve prayed and prayed without receiving answers. I have no idea when the breakthroughs will come or what they’ll look like when they do, but this I know—worrying about these things in the meantime won’t fix them.

As the birds sing this morning, a song of a different sort pops into my mind. I recall the lyrics, and they encourage me to focus not on my concerns but on my blessings instead. May I share this song with you?

Count Your Blessings – Written by Johnson Oatman

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by. [Refrain]

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. [Refrain]

So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end. [Refrain]

 

Today I will count my blessings.

The list begins with acknowledging God’s love. It’s perfect, and His intent toward me is good. Therefore, I can trust Him and not be afraid.

Will you join me in counting our blessings? Let’s link hands on this journey and encourage each other by declaring at least one blessing in the comment section.

Have a wonderful day, my friend. Take a moment to listen to “Count Your Blessings,” and know you are loved.

 

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Finding Freedom from Strongholds

 

What’s a stronghold? Simply put, it’s anything that has a strong hold on us. It’s usually rooted in faulty thinking patterns and lies we believe.

 

Fear is a stronghold with which many people struggle, myself included.

 

When my kids were preschoolers, an unknown intruder broke into our home and stole my jewelry and camera. The thief was never caught. For a couple of years afterwards, I feared staying home alone with my children when Gene traveled for work.

 

Faulty thinking convinced me that the thief would strike again in Gene’s absence, and he’d probably do so at night. I’d be easy prey, and I’d never be able to save my children. Fear’s strong hold on me made sleep impossible. I even kept the bedroom light on so I could see the intruder’s face and later identify him in a police line-up.

 

Another stronghold with which many people struggle is food.

 

Been there, done that. My issue began when I was about six years old. A local restaurant went out of business and sold its stock, so my dad brought home cartons of chocolate bars and individual-sized bags of chips. He stored them in the dark closet under the stairwell.

 

I craved those snacks, but I figured Mom would say no if I asked her permission to eat them. So, I’d sneak into that closet and help myself. Decades later I identified a pattern that I’d carried with me in our empty-nesting years—eating in secret. I’d gorge on chips or chocolate alone in my office or before bedtime if Gene was away even though I knew this was unhealthy for me.

 

Other strongholds can include pornography, jealousy, greed, laziness, gossip, gluttony, perfectionism, and depression. The list goes on. They slap cuffs on us and steal the freedom for which God created us.

 

Strongholds are rooted in faulty thinking and lies; God’s truth tears them down. I experienced this in both of the personal examples I gave. In the first example, I stopped focusing on the what-ifs of a thief returning to my house and started meditating on God’s promise to protect me. Courage replaced fear. One night when Gene was away, I asked God to post angels at both doors and every corner of the house, and then I turned off the light and slept soundly. That stronghold has never returned.

 

In the latter situation, I stopped focusing on my appetite for comfort food and started thanking the Holy Spirit for giving me the ability to say no to temptation. On a couple of occasions when I felt weak, I applied Scripture that said to flee temptation. I either left the house to take a walk or threw the junk food in the garbage.

 

Romans 12:2 says, “…Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Changing the way we think means identifying the lies and replacing them with the Truth. But knowing it isn’t enough; we must apply it too. As our thoughts align with God’s, our behavior changes as well. Strongholds come down brick by brick, and transformation takes place.

 

Psalm 18:2 encourages me in this topic of strongholds. It says, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold.”

 

Sin loses its strong hold on us when God is our stronghold. May He be your stronghold today.

How Can We Stay Connected to Jesus?

 

Once upon a time we lived in a house bordered by a fence upon which grapevines grew. Every summer, we watched these vines produce bunches and bunches of grapes.

 

I wish I could say I turned those grapes into jellies and jams, but alas, that wasn’t the case. Without fail, furry masked bandits outsmarted me. They stole into the yard under the cover of darkness and stripped the vines before the grapes matured. Our loss; the raccoons’ gain. Sigh.

 

Nonetheless, those grapevines taught me a vital lesson, one that Jesus taught His disciples. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches,” He said. “Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NLT).

I’m no horticulturalist, but even I understand that a harvest of grapes is possible only when there’s a healthy relationship between the grape vines and the branches. Sever that connection, and even the raccoons will come up empty-handed.

 

Spiritually speaking, Jesus is the Vine and we’re the branches. The healthier and more vibrant our connection with Him, the more fruit our lives will produce.

 

So how do we stay connected to Jesus, anyway? Here are three ways:

 

  • By honoring Him through time in the Word and prayer

This looks different for every person depending on life seasons. When I was a young mom, I was fortunate to read and journal my thoughts on one verse per day when the kids napped, but times have changed and I enjoy unrushed time in the Word now. Your circumstances will differ from mine, but find what works for you and run with it.

 

When it comes to prayer, some people set aside an hour on their knees while others breathe prayer as they go throughout their daily responsibilities. Some incorporate prayer into a walk around the block. Some enjoy using a book of liturgical prayers while others write their prayers or pray through a particular Scripture passage. Again, do what works best to keep your connection with Jesus vibrant.

 

  • By honoring Him with our choices.

We’re faced with umpteen dozen choices every day. What will I eat? What will I wear? What show will I watch? What will I read? In which social media conversations will I engage? Even those seemingly insignificant choices make a difference in our connectedness to Jesus.

 

Choices that honor Jesus are life-giving. (Deuteronomy 30:19) Several years ago, I came into a new realization about my body being the temple of the Holy Spirit. This prompted me to make changes to my diet and activity level. Becoming a wise steward of the body God gave me brought joy and I sensed His pleasure in my new resolve to care for it properly. Better health opened new ministry opportunities that resulted in more fruit.

 

  • By honoring Him with our thoughts.

Scripture commands us to think thoughts that are pure, lovely, and true. (Philippians 4:8) Doing so syncs our hearts and minds with the Lord’s. We begin to value what He values. We take pleasure in the things that bring Him pleasure, and we grieve over the things that grieve Him. As our thoughts come more consistently under the Holy Spirit’s control, our hearts will grow closer to His, and fruit is the natural result of that connectedness.

 

Jesus is the Vine. We are the branches. Maintaining a strong and vibrant connection with Him results in a fruitful life that brings much glory to God. That’s what I want, and I suspect you want the same.

 

What suggestions do you have for maintaining a strong connection with the Vine?

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Celebrating Easter Even When it Looks Different

 

My husband and I drove to our oldest daughter’s home in Washington state this week. Her husband had been scheduled for foot surgery, so they asked if we might come and lend a hand. “Of course,” we said. Besides, this is the first Easter weekend we’ve spent with them in years.

 

In pre-pandemic times, our tradition was to attend church on Good Friday morning. I especially enjoyed it when churches from across the community met to celebrate Jesus together. But things will look different this year. We’ll spend the day at home so our son-in-law can recuperate with his foot elevated, and I’m going to bake a batch of paska for the first time ever.

 

As for Easter Sunday, time will tell. Perhaps it will be quiet, too, but that’s okay. We can still celebrate Jesus regardless of whether or not we’re with a local congregation. It will look different than in times past, but it can’t change the power of the Easter story and why it matters so much.

If you’re able, make space to meditate on Romans 5:1-2 for a few minutes. It says, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.”

 

These verses tell us that all who place their faith in Jesus for salvation experience several life-changing blessings thanks to His sacrificial work on our behalf:

 

Because Jesus died and rose again, we are made right in God’s sight. We are forgiven and clean. Our filthy spiritual rags have been exchanged for robes of righteousness.

 

Because Jesus died and rose again, we have peace with God. We are no longer His enemies. Now we are His friends, welcomed into His presence.

 

Because Jesus died and rose again, we have a place of undeserved privilege before God. We are adopted into His family. We are His ambassadors. We are His dwelling place.

 

Because Jesus died and rose again, we look forward with confidence and joy to sharing God’s glory someday. My human mind finds it difficult to comprehend the scope of what this means, but I know it’s gonna be good!

 

How will you spend Easter?

Maybe you’ll be with family; maybe not. Perhaps your life circumstances have recently upended you, and nothing looks the same as last year. Be encouraged. No matter where or how we celebrate, we can do so with hope and joy because of what Jesus did for us two thousand years ago.

 

Be blessed. Safe travels. Know you are loved. (And leave a comment to tell me how you’ll spend the weekend, okay? Tell us if you have any special traditions!)

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PS: I was privileged to meet Asheritah Ciuciu earlier this year.

She has compiled fifty ideas for keeping Easter centered on Jesus. Enjoy!

 

 

You are Held in God’s Hands

Living in a marina gives me opportunity to experience many new things. One of those is watching a sling lift boats of all shapes and sizes from the river. This happens every day as boats needing repairs show up at the boatyard.

 

I stand in awe every time I watch the sling do its job. Once it lifts the vessel from the river, it carries it on wheels across the tarmac to a berth where it stays until repairs are complete. Then the sling carries it back to the dock and lowers it into the water.

 

To say that a boat weighs a ton is an understatement. Our sailboat weighs about 14 tons, and it’s nowhere near as big as some of the vessels that show up here. So, imagine the sling’s strength! I watched the process this morning. Impressed with the sling, as always, I was.

But how much more should I stand in awe of the living God? Isaiah 40:12 says,

 

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?

 

The marina sling holds the weight of a vessel, but my God holds every ocean, sea, bay, cove, river, and stream in His hand.

He holds the basket that contains all the dust of the earth. Our limited minds can’t fathom His size. We can’t comprehend His strength. We can’t understand His power. But we can choose to believe this revelation about who He is and then walk in the truth.

 

This God whose strength supersedes anything we can imagine is the same God who holds us in His hand.

He carries us when we’re weak. He cradles us when we’re lonely or afraid or discouraged.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Take a few minutes to meditate on this truth today. Praise God for His might and thank Him for holding you in His hand. He’s got you, my friend.

 

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Being a Good Neighbour — Guest Post by Maggie Wallem Rowe

Maggie Wallem Rowe has become a dear friend. She’s a fun-loving adventurer from North Carolina who’s currently living and ministering alongside her pastor-husband in Norway. She’s a woman of the Word and of prayer, and one who cares deeply about others.

Maggie is also a storyteller extraordinaire with a new book scheduled for release mid-April. When I invited her to share some thoughts with our community here, she chose this short, sweet excerpt from her soon-to-be launched book Life is Sweet, Y’all: Wit and Wisdom with a Side of Sass.

Hospitality is a key to people’s hearts and especially since pandemic restrictions have lifted and we’re able to spend time with others. Add the refugee crisis, and we have an opportunity to love our neighbors on a whole new level.

It’s my pleasure to welcome Maggie today…

 

 

“The Beauty of Community”

 

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)

 

The Danish people have a saying that no one is rich enough to do without a neighbor.

 

If you’ve ever lived in a rural area, you might have witnessed what happens when livestock escape and trample an adjacent field or yard. Tensions run high when property damage is involved. No wonder Robert Frost observed that good fences make good neighbors!

 

But to take it a step further, good neighbors also make sure there’s a gate in that fence, one that swings wide to welcome a stranger in need. That stranger might just one day be the one you need as well. When God said it’s not good for man to be alone, he wasn’t referring only to marriage. When we are willing to come alongside those nearby in love and service, we’re doing just what God has commanded.

 

That statement Jesus made about loving your neighbor? He meant it.

 

– Adapted from Life is Sweet, Y’all: Wit and Wisdom with a Side of Sass by Maggie Wallem Rowe. Copyright 2022. Used with permission by Tyndale.

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Our Prayers Don’t Have to be Long to be Heard

What’s prayer, anyway? I like J. I. Packer’s definition.

“The prayer of a Christian is not an attempt to force God’s hand, but a humble acknowledgement of helplessness and dependence.”

 

Prayer takes different forms. Sometimes it’s liturgical and recited aloud in a formal church setting. Sometimes it’s private, penned in one’s journal for only the author to see. Prayer might follow a formula such as ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication), or it might be a simple one word—“Help!”

 

Psalm 107:1-43 contains four instances where people prayed using only the word, “Help!” Here’s one example—“Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless. Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died. ‘Lord, help!’ they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress.”

 

Our prayers don’t have to be long to be heard. Short ones like —“Help!”—whispered or cried from a heart desperate for God’s provision or intervention can stir Him to answer.

 

Are you an exhausted parent barely able to drag yourself from bed?

Are you in a marriage that’s struggling to breathe?

Are you wrestling with a major decision?

Are you baffled by a family member’s behavior?

Are you struggling with physical or mental health concerns?

Are you watching the news and feeling fear’s paralyzing effect?

Cry, “Help!

Never hesitate to pray because you think your words don’t sound spiritual enough.

 

Who’s to say what “spiritual enough” is, anyway? God’s most concerned about our heart attitude than how many words we use or how eloquent they sound. Prayer is our way to show Him that we understand our need for Him, and we want and welcome His involvement in our lives.

 

How can I pray for you today?

 

By the way, my two latest devotional books—Finding Hope in Crisis: Devotions for Calm in Chaos and Keeping Hope Alive: Devotions for Strength in the Storm—each contain ninety sentence prayers to help readers know what to pray when they don’t know what to say. They’re available wherever Christian books are sold.

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Teach Me to Pray

Hey, my friend! Have you ever felt at a loss to know how to pray in certain circumstances? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve been there many times.

 

I find encouragement in knowing that the disciples experienced the same frustration. That’s why they said to Jesus, “Teach us to pray.” Jesus’ response was filled with grace. He didn’t berate or belittle them: “What’s wrong with you? Haven’t you figured this out yet?”

 

Jesus answered the disciples’ request, and He did so immediately. He’ll do the same for us when we ask Him to teach us to pray in a specific situation.

 

Today’s blog is an excerpt from my new devotional book, Keeping Hope Alive: Devotions for Strength in the Storm. It’s available for pre-order now and will release on March 9th. Enjoy this sneak peek. May it encourage you when you’re in a storm and at a loss about knowing how to pray.

 

 

Teach Me to Pray

 

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 (NIV)

 

Pause

Sudden tension in a family relationship hurt deeply. In desperation, I resorted to telling God what to do: “I need you to convict and change that person. I need you to make this strife go away.” Nothing happened prayer-wise, but my burden grew heavier by the day. Everything changed the morning I stopped bossing God.

“Father, teach me how to pray in this situation,” I said, looking at a canvas print of my extended family. This thought instantly came to mind: “Paint what you want this relationship to look like on the canvas of our hearts.” A half dozen insights about God’s role as master artist followed. Each reassured me that he would heal the hurt in his time and way. I was to trust him, practice patience, and accept the outcome. My burden lifted, and peace took its place.

Are you like me—telling God how to fix your circumstances? It’s time to let him be boss. Ask him to teach you how to pray.

 

Ponder

Are you bossing God through prayer or letting him be boss?

 

Pray

God, you are all-wise. Please show me how to pray in this situation.

 

“The prayer we know as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ came from the Lord Jesus in direct response to His disciples’ request: ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ It has always fascinated me that they never asked Jesus to teach them to preach. They never asked Him to teach them to give or to witness. Perhaps, like us, the disciples were often at a loss when it came to communicating with the Almighty.”  — David Jeremiah

 

3 Truths to Help Us Persevere

 

Life is flat-out hard sometimes. Stuff happens when we least expect it, and it can send us into a tailspin or drive us to our knees.

 

Sometimes that stuff lingers much longer than we’d like. We tie a knot and hang on for dear life, but fear threatens to slip our grip.

 

I’ve experienced “stuff”—like when our daughter was born with hydrocephalus and had to undergo nearly a dozen surgeries within her first two years. The death of loved ones. The death of personal dreams. Financial stress. Loss of mobility. Being misunderstood and wrongly judged.

 

I could tell many stories about the tough stuff I’ve experienced. I suspect that, if everyone reading this blog pooled their stories, we could fill a book. Or two. Or more.

 

So what’s the key to persevering in these seasons when they come? Here are three things to remember:

 

  • God is with us.

Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused of sexual assault, and forgotten in prison. Talk about having to deal with hard stuff! I wonder if he sometimes felt like God had turned His back on him. Nonetheless, Scripture says that God was with him (Genesis 39).

 

The enemy will try to convince us that God has abandoned us but let’s not fall for the lie. God has not changed. His faithfulness remains the same, therefore, rest assured that He is with us as we deal with difficulty. He will never leave us or forsake us.

 

  • Our trials are temporary.

Joseph’s hardships lasted about 14 years. Some of you might think that’s a long time, but others might think, If only mine were so short-lived. No matter the length of time our difficulties stay, it’s easy to lose sight of the truth when we’re in the middle of the mess. The truth is – our trials will not last forever (2 Corinthians 4:17).

 

Joseph’s hardships lasted until “the time came for [the LORD] to fulfill his word (Psalm 105:19). Ours, too, will end at just the right time. So, again—be encouraged. This too shall pass. We might not know when they’ll end or what the process will look like enroute, but they will not last forever.

 

  • Our trials are part of a picture that’s bigger than the one we see at this time.

Joseph’s hardships were divinely designed. Psalm 105:17-18 say, “Then he [God] sent someone to Egypt ahead of them—Joseph, who was sold as a slave. There in prison, they bruised his feet with fetters and put his neck in an iron collar. Until the time came to fulfill his word, the LORD tested Joseph’s character.”

 

Why did God deem it necessary to test Joseph using these means? Because He purposed for Joseph to become second-in-command in Egypt. God wanted to prepare him for the task, and this was the best way to do so.

 

God has purposes yet unseen for our lives, too. Every one of the hardships we experience are part of the pruning and honing necessary to prepare us. They’re also designed to make us more like Jesus no matter what our destiny is (Romans 8:28-29). So don’t lose heart, my friend. God’s got this, and He’s got you in His hands.

 

“Father God, we don’t understand why certain hardships come our way. Truth be told, we would never choose them ourselves. But we belong to You, and we want Your highest purpose fulfilled in and through us. So when those hardships come, help us remember that You’re with us, they’re temporary, and they’re part of a bigger picture than the one we see at this time. Help us to trust You with our pain and allow You to accomplish Your good work. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

PS: Great news! My new devotional, Keeping Hope Alive: Devotions for Strength in the Storm is now available for pre-order everywhere Christian books are sold! Watch for its release on March 9. I’ll hold a live FB launch then on https://www.fb.com/gracefox.author

The Best Path Might be the Hardest

Today I’m pleased to host a guest blog by Kathy Howard. I’ve known her for several years and count her as a special friend. Her latest Bible study is Deep Rooted: Growing Through the Book of Acts. Enjoy this excerpt, and continue reading to learn more about Kathy and this Bible study.

 

Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21:13)

 

 

My husband and I love to hike. More often than not, when deciding where to hike, we choose the longer and more difficult trails. Not because we enjoy suffering, but because those trails usually provide greater benefits. The hard trails reward hikers with gorgeous waterfalls and breathtaking views. They weave through silent, ancient forests and past abundant flora and fauna. Yes, when you’re hiking, the best trails are often the hardest.

 

The same is true in our walk with God. His best path for us is often difficult. The apostle Paul not only knew that truth, he fully embraced God’s will for him no matter where His path might lead. Throughout the return leg of his third missionary journey, the Holy Spirit had been leading Paul to Jerusalem. The Spirit had even revealed that trouble waited for him there (Acts 19:21 and Acts 20:22). God’s will for Paul included suffering.

 

We first read this incredible truth during the account of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. When Jesus sent Ananias the Damascus believer to visit Saul, Jesus told him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name” (Acts 9:15-16).

 

Sometimes God delivered Paul from persecution – like the time Paul escaped Damascus over the wall in a basket (Acts 9:23-25). Sometimes God delivered Paul in the midst of persecution – like sending an earthquake in Philippi to open the prison stocks (Acts 16:25-26). But here, God specifically directed Paul to go to Jerusalem where suffering waited. And Paul obeyed, knowing what lay ahead.

 

Yet, as sure as Paul was of God’s will for him, many of his fellow believers and friends urged him not to go to Jerusalem (Acts 21:12). When the Spirit showed them Paul would suffer, they reacted with a desire to keep him safe. They understandably, but wrongly jumped to the conclusion that he should run from this particular trial.

 

Paul stood at a crossroads. Would he turn away from suffering or would he follow Jesus no matter what lay ahead? God had constrained Paul to go to Jerusalem (Acts 20:22). To turn away would be disobedience.

 

“Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus’” (Acts 21:13).

 

God does not always lead us into suffering, but sometimes He does. Sometimes, God works in and through our trials to carry out His purposes. Sometimes He uses fiery trials to refine our faith (1 Peter 1:6-7) or deepen our relationship with Jesus (Philippians 3:10) or to proclaim Christ’s salvation to the lost (Acts 16:30-32).

 

Paul’s path through Jerusalem ultimately led to imprisonment in Rome. Several years later, during that imprisonment, Paul wrote these words to the believers in Philippi:

 

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:20-21).

 

 

Let’s pray: “Father, Your will is always perfect, even if it’s hard. Help me obey you wherever you lead. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

 

This post is adapted from “Deep Rooted: Growing through the Book of Acts.” Available now on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3rEiYRf

 

Kathy Howard is a treasure hunter. She hunts for the creamiest chocolate, richest coffee, and cherished stories of faith. She also digs deep into Scripture, mining God’s eternal truths. Kathy has a Masters in Christian Education and has taught the Bible for more than 30 years in a wide variety of venues. Kathy is the author of 11 books, including “Heirloom: Living and Leaving a Legacy of Faith” and the “meaty” devotional series “Deep Rooted.” Kathy and her husband live in north Texas. They have three married children, six grandchildren, and two accidental dogs. Find free discipleship resources at www.KathyHoward.org. You can also connect with Kathy on Facebook and Instagram.