“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3 (NIV)

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Have you ever felt physically and emotionally stretched to the point where you were unsure how much more you could endure? Maybe you are overwhelmed right now, and you have no enthusiasm or energy left?

That is exactly how the Jewish believers who received this book of Hebrews were feeling. They were growing weary. They wanted to give up. Their life of faith was hard, and it was a struggle. Their hearts were faint, and they were tempted to quit.

The writer of Hebrews compares their life of faith to a race and encourages them to keep going even though it’s difficult. He pleads with them not to quit. 

Just like these early Christians, God has set before each of us our own race of faith that we must run. It's not a quick sprint or an easy jog to the finish line. It is more like a marathon. And it will require intense strength, commitment, sacrifice, and discipline. Our lives of faith and mine will require real endurance.

Endurance is the ability to bear prolonged hardship. It is the determination to keep moving forward at a steady, unyielding pace.

We will never make it to the finish line on our own. We cannot do it in our own strength. We must “[fix] our eyes on Jesus” and keep our focus on Him. He is the “pioneer and perfecter of [our] faith” (Hebrews 12:2.) He is The One who originates and perfects our faith. As we trust in Him, He will infuse us with the strength and encouragement we need to endure. (Philippians 4:13)

Every time you or I start to grow weary and feel discouraged we need to stop and “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary or lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3).

The word “consider” in the original language means to add up or calculate. So let’s take a minute to add up what Jesus has endured for you and me.

He endured unimaginable shame and suffering. He endured tremendous hostility and rejection. He was mocked, scorned, and innocently convicted. He was beaten beyond recognition. He shed His blood and gave His life for you and me. And He endured the full wrath of God on the cross for the sins of the world. Still, through it all, Jesus considered the life of faith to be worth it despite the tremendous suffering involved.

As we consider Him, and all that He endured on our behalf, how could we possibly lose heart? Instead, when we consider Him, it will strengthen our resolve to persevere and to keep following hard after Him.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are our example. You are the very encouragement we need to persevere and endure. Thank You for all You endured for the sake of the gospel and my sake. Help me keep my eyes, my heart, and my mind focused on You. Prompt me when I grow faint to draw my strength from You. In Jesus’ name, amen.


This Irish proverb caught my attention…and has held it! I keep thinking about it…maybe because…it is true on so many levels.

It is true that it takes TIME for each person’s story to develop. It has been said..."One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been!"

Our stories are written in the little moments…that make up our lives. I don’t want to miss a moment! I also want to be a good steward of the TIME God has given me…making the most of my TIME. That requires being intentional…so I keep asking Him to “teach me to number my days so that I might have a heart of wisdom” (Ps 90:12)

It is also true…that it takes a Life-TIME for our story to be complete. We are a work in progress…the last chapter hasn’t been written yet…we need to wait patiently as God grows us through each stage of life. Each stage has a purpose in the completion of our personal story.

God is the master of TIME...He makes all things beautiful in His TIME.

I’m so glad that God keeps investing His TIME in me so that He can keep writing His story on my heart.

This Irish proverb reminds me to take TIME & be intentional about sharing my story & God's story with those He has placed in my path.

It challenges me to spend TIME listening to others & asking them to share their story.

TIME matters…Because…Time is a great storyteller.

It is in the fullness of TIME that Gods great story of redemption will be complete.

Hosea 10:12 reminds us to…"Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is TIME to seek the LORD, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you"

How much margin will you leave in your day allow God to creatively write the details of your story?

Who do you need to take some TIME to be with today & listen you can gain insight into their story?

What part of your story is unfinished…unsettled…incomplete?

Are you willing to trust remember...that in His TIME He will bring your story to completeness.

Life is Fragile

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No parent should have to bury a child. It is heart breaking. Six years ago, our dear friends, Roy & Miriam, buried their oldest son, Tommy, who was almost 46 years old when he died. This weekend they buried their youngest son, Tim, who was also 46 years old. Both boys battled cancer. As a parent, I cannot even imagine...40 something is way too young to die!

The last visit I had with Tim...he looked great! I found it hard to believe he was going home from the hospital under hospice care with just a few weeks left to live. When I commented on how amazing he looked...without hesitation or reservation...he said..."It is Jesus! He has given me peace...and He is giving me the strength to face this." What A Blessed Assurance! My heart rejoiced as he spoke those words. During our time together...we laughed...we cried...we prayed...we said our "I love yous"...and our good-byes. (He even did a few imitations of folks for me--no surprise there!). It was a visit I will always cherish! Such a sweet time of fellowship.

I left the hospital that night...knowing Tim was ready to step into eternity. How do I know he was ready? I know because Tim had a personal relationship with Jesus that & hope-giving! He had a relationship with Jesus that was made evident by the peace he possessed--a peace that surpassed all understanding. It was Tim's faith & trust in Jesus that supplied him with the strength he needed to face his future. And so...I have no doubt that when Tim stepped into eternity...he stepped right into the arms of Jesus! 

Here is what else I know...Life is fragile...Every day is a gift...None of us are promised tomorrow...

"All life is like the grass. All of its grace and beauty fades like the wild flowers in a field. The grass withers, the flower fades as the breath of the Eternal One blows away. People are no different from grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; nothing lasts except the word of our God. It will stand forever." Isaiah 40:7-8

This life is but a fleeting moment...Eternity is just a breath away for each of your children close...tell those you love that you love them...and do it often!

Stop for a moment and think about this--If today were the stepped into eternity...would YOU be READY?

Would you find yourself safe & secure in the arms of Jesus?

Do you have a life-changing...hope-giving...peace-providing...strength-supplying personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Do you?

Heavenly Father, I thank you for the precious gift of life...I thank you for Tommy's life & Tim's life. I pray that you would comfort their family & friends during this time of unimaginable grief. Help each of us to make the most of the days we have been given on this earth. Help us to love you & love others. May we live with a sense of "readiness" to step into eternity & into your presence...and may we help others know they will be ready too! In Jesus Name

Reaching New Heights

Summertime at the lake...I love it! A time to relax & kick back & rest. When I get beside these still waters in the early morning my soul finds rest. The majesty of "Charlie Mountain" greets me with delight. It is during that "porch time" that I often hear God gently whisper to my heart. 

One morning, as the sun was coming up, my son and his son met me on the porch. I must confess, my first thought was "there goes my quiet time"!  But honestly, I didn't mind...I love being with them and watching them interact...and deep down...I knew God would redeem my time...& give me some quiet moments later on in the day to spend with Him. 

As I watched these grandson had his eyes glued to his dad...& his tiny body trembled a little as his dad hurled him up in the air with one hand...I could tell he was scared to death but it was also evident that this child trusted his father completely as he lifted him up!  He knew his dad had him...and it would all be okay.  While he was "high in the sky" his eye caught mine...and he giggled! That's when we both raised our hands and shouted "Yahoo"! That's when I snapped this picture. I remember thinking to myself... "this is a priceless moment!" A moment to be cherished!

Later that day, after everyone had gone was just me and God back out on the porch.  As I sat there thinking about the morning and looking at the picture I had taken...God redeemed the time!  I heard Him gently whisper to my heart this truth:

God, our Father, wants to lift His children up to new heights! It may be scary but we can trust Him...He loves us...He has got us...He won't let go...when we keep our eyes glued to Him & trust Him completely...we will be secure! He is our ROCK! Our lives are in His hands...and it's in His mighty hands that we will experience some priceless adventures! Adventures that keep us dependent upon Him and make us giggle at the same time!   Strength & Security--when life seems a little Scary--are found in Him.

"For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?--the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights"                              Psalm 18:31-32