Beyond Abundant

It’s that time again! Five Minute Friday. Five minutes of writing, no takebacks, no edits, no formalities.  Just flat out putting it out there.  This week’s word: BEYOND.

Here we go.

 

Jesus wasn’t always understood by normal, everyday people like us.

In John 10, He is speaking to the crowd about following him and in the middle of comparing His followers to sheep, suddenly, He gives a glimpse into what living for Him is really about.

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Then He returns to the topic of sheep by calling Himself “The Good Shepherd.”

What secret lies in this phrase “the abundant life?”

Jesus gives us salvation- yes, He died on the cross to save us from our sin. Praise Him for that.

But all the while we’re trusting Him for eternal life- a home in Heaven, we fail to trust Him for everyday life.

The toilet gets clogged and the laundry piles up.

The car breaks down and the baby is sick.

The boss cracks the whip and the spouse expects too much.

But there is MORE to life than what we see.

He promised us the abundant life. Richer. Fuller. Sweeter.

Beyond abundant.

How do we achieve that everyday abundant life?

I believe by embracing Jesus in everyday decisions.

I’m embarking on a Bible DVD interaction here in a few weeks- a new study titled-

Unglued- Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst.

The book releases August 7th and I’m super-pumped about this study.  Because I truly believe that the secret to the abundant life lies in our daily choices.  And most of the time that broken-down car and sick baby? We don’t choose those.  But we CAN choose how we react to those things.

So who’s with me?

 

 

Five Minute Friday Word- Expectation

Every Friday a bunch of us writer chics link up together at the Gypsy Mama’s place for a five minute writing challenge.  No takebacks, just blurting it all out.  This week’s word is “expectation.”

And Here. We. Go.

Beginning with a story of promise, God declares Abraham to produce unending human seed, as many children as the sands of the sea. (And I thought 7 was a good number.)  The beginning of one generation after another in which the final outcome would be the Savior of the world.

What a God covenant.

How Abraham cherished his encounters with the Creator, wrestling all night with the One who would give him as many children as the stars of the night sky.

For years, Abraham and Sarah waited. Years. And years.  He who promised was not delivering.  Their God was not providing that Promised One.  Without even one child, their understanding of God’s covenant seemed diminished, in fact, non-existent.

Their hearts held unfulfilled expectation.

But at just the right time,

God perfected His promise.

The long-awaited son lived within Sarah’s womb, transforming her body from a complete state of non-expectation to one of glorious anticipation.

The one the New Testament author of Hebrews names as “being as good as dead”- Abraham…

lived the moment.

God exceeded his expectation.

As only He can.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…

Eph. 3:20

 

Five Minute Friday- Opportunity

Fridays, I love to write. This writer chic friend of mine, The Gypsy Mama, gives a word and we just write for it. For 5 minutes. No if’s, and’s or but’s. So here we go:

Opportunity

She never expected to be more than another village woman.  After all, women of her day were rarely chosen to do anything but care for their families and homes.  Oh, there were all walks of life: singles, grandmothers, merchants, slaves…

However, she trusted God.  Always had.  Her faith was everything.

One evening, out of nowhere, an angel appeared before her eyes.  Bright and gleaming, his message was just as shocking!

Mary had been chosen to usher the God of this world into humanity.  

Before she could even fathom that she was physically with child, this angel is telling her that this child is one of  a kind- the very Child of God.

She marvels at God’s power as she has not physically entered a relationship with her fiance, Joseph.  She wonders at the possibility of being discarded by the one she loves as a result of the situation.

But Joseph is prepared by an angel as well.

Together they will raise the Son of the Heavenly Father.

The Promised One.  

The long-awaited Messiah.

Together, they embrace

the opportunity of a lifetime.