"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."~from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

APOLOGY to READERS who followed a SEARCH to HERE & didn't find it

On July 18, 2017, I drafted almost 3000 blog posts that I had published since 2008 when I began blogging, rather than edit each one. So if you clicked here from somewhere else and ended up with the post unavailable or error, I am sorry but this is why. It'd be too much work for me to go back and fix them. There's an explanation on 7/19/17 as I'm still learning.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


... Knowing God is Holding Me (YouClose

Part 2: 
the Fullness Found Only in Him
[devotions #27-48]

As you can tell by the length of this post, I've done the entire part 2 and will be adding as I go along rather than posting every week ... I truly want to focus on EMBRACING the Fullness Found Only in Him, so that's part of why I need to do this like this, otherwise how can it be fullness when I'm here and there. My daily life already is interrupted often enough even when I start and end my day with Him ... even my Friday dates set apart to spend time with God alone, by *people who don't get this and often I need to continue on Sat., still I try my best ... oh, and the *people are not the ones who don't believe in Jesus

The following are all the devotions and main scripture in Part 2. I am breaking them down into weekly groups, starting with the end of this week of only 3 days ... perhaps the titles of the devotions or the scriptures will help you embrace God's fullness too:

27. "What Holds the Key to Your Heart" Luke 18:22

28. "The Most Searched-for Answer" Acts 4:12

29. "If Only I Had ... " Psalm 19:7-8 ESV


I love Lysa's short prayer (prompt) at the end of each devo!

30. "The Seduction of Satisfaction" Philippians 4:19

Originally this blog post was an entire overview of Part 2.
[I was going to cut it off right here and post what remains of the next part into 3 separate blog posts at the end of each week. At the end of the first week of July, I decided this,
at least for that week then chose to leave it as is here.] 
{but still copy and paste new blog posts

31. "The Pathway to Humility" Deuteronomy 8:3

32. "What are You Missing" Psalm 14:3

33. "Where Brokenness Runs Deep" Psalm 16:5-6

34. "Consumed by Cravings" Psalm 84:1-2

35. "Physically Overweight and Spiritually Underweight"
John 4:34

36. "An Undivided Heart" Psalm 73:26


37. "Shocked by My Own Advice" Matthew 7:13-14

38. "The Value of Emptiness" 2 Corinthians 12:9

39. "Satan's Plan Against You" 1 John 2:16

40. "When the End Goal Seems Too Hard" 2 Peter 1:5-6

41. "Replacing Old Lies with New Truths"Romans 8:38-9

42. "Turning North" Deuteronomy 2:2-3

43. "How Much will This Choice Really Cost Me?"
2 Corinthians 2:11


44. "The Courageous Choice" Philippians 1:20

45. "Telling My Flesh No"  Ephesians 3:17-18

46. "Why Do I Have So Many Issues" Romans 8:1

47. "If Only We Knew" Hebrews 4:15-16

48. "The Real Peace We Need" John 20:19

Just like the first part of this journey, I will be back and add to this post as I read the devotions, so check back. If you subscribe to my blog and receive the posts in your email, you'll have to make your own journey over to my blog to catch my updates, because I'm sure that you don't get it mailed again (or if you do, my sincerest apologies). There are times I find some of these published by Lysa and I link to them, as some are now, so you can read with me that day. Basically, as I see it, Lysa's 100 devotions are really a compilation from her blog or Proverbs 31 Ministries. Being an avid reader of her writings, I probably have read most of them. However, reading these titles alone, I have already identified some that I know will inspire and encourage me all over again, even if I have read them before from her. Since this is already a lengthy post, when I have something that strikes me on any of these devotions, beyond what Lysa TerKeurst has written (like the quotes I shared)... or maybe because of what she has written impresses me and/or relates to me personally and God prompts me to share, I will.

Remember there is still a Part 3 and Part 4 yet to come.
This ends mid-July so I'll be writing Part 3 then.

Do any appeal to you? or stand out?

Sunday, June 23, 2019


This past week, I got a little sidetracked from Lysa's book  EMBRACED ... although I was still reading the devotions mentioned here and there are still 3 more to do to finish this week of Part 1: Embracing the Pursuit of Him and His Direction 

I came across or perhaps God purposefully directed me to this diversion to 'EMBRACE contentment' via yet another You Version reading plan, a sample of another book: *Love Life Again: Finding Joy When Life is Hard by Tracie Miles. Needless to say, I quickly gravated toward this concept of 'loving life again' and 'finding joy' - little did I know, God was opening my eyes, heart, mind and soul to more than 'loving life', He was drawing me to really be content by EMBRACING contentment, realizing that I "don't have to search for a different life in order to enjoy life" {this makes good sense} I "simply have to EMBRACE the one" I "have by putting Christ at the center and asking Him to help me enjoy life, despite life." Yes, this is what I definitely need to do! So I embarked on a new facet in my journey to EMBRACE and I'm choosing to love life and be content with mine.

I began, in part, by taking yesterday afternoon to go back to a place in my life where many days were filled with sheer joy and contentment along with hours of study and learning, where I set out to complete goals I had early in my life and I was setting the path my life would take. It was a few years before this place became a vital part of my educational and spiritual life that I was sidetracked to following a different part of my life personally and emotionally which cost me much and still is ... I needed to go back to that point in my life and as God only could have arranged it, it was Alumni weekend (not for my class year) but I still could come to the liturgical worship and picnic part.

My real intention was two part; to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding of this place with God again and the people (maybe make contact with one particular friend). Though I didn't find that friend (which makes sense since it wasn't our reunion year) God connected with me and introduced me to a new delightful, young professor in the Education Department. Sharing with her, stirred within me, some of the old me I liked, and that part loved children and education more than anything. How much different my life might have been, if only... I wasn't sidetracked.

My heart was in the right place, common interests seemed to be enough to make this connection and a lifelong decision, yet even with this, the enemy of my soul was on a course to deceive me, so I fell - hook, line and sinker. 

[If you don't know my personal life story by now, you more than likely have no idea what I'm talking about]. 

My point is, after all these many years, as with me, God will still go with you, back to those places and make life right. He will show you and go with you to learn to love life, with the good and bad choices and decisions, so that you can go forward and EMBRACE life and enjoy life ... yes, despite life, and no matter what life throws at you, He will bring you through it. He will bring good out of it, even still. He knows and He knew the path you would choose and all the detours and obstacles that might try to come between you and your relationship with Him, because this is what really matters! Your choice- with Him. 

With Jesus Christ at the center, His Spirit will help you, lead you, give you, restore you - your brokenness and your faith in Him. He never left you. Circumstances cause many ripples, and people seem to throw boulders in your path, but no person or circumstance has the power to take away your happiness or love for life so don't let them ... don't give permission, fight your true enemy! There's a war going on and a battle to steal your life and you from God's best. Our enemy's purpose is to kill, steal and destroy ... his goal is to keep us stuck in discontentment, without a will to overcome, win or press on.

"I boldly choose to deal with my unhappiness by EMBRACING contentment."
{... and "Embracing Contentment" was just the first chapter of *this book.}

There is so much more and even more in this chapter alone!

For right now, this is exactly where God wants me to be and seems to be what I need to work on as He pursues me, as I EMBRACE my pursuit of Him, in my life, through my life and despite my life. 

Then I came across this song, new to me, but not a new song 
*striking chords within me

Just One Touch - Kim Walker Smith

that's all it takes

Sunday, June 16, 2019


in June of

the Pursuit of Him and His Direction

my 3rd week and a little more
... Knowing God is Holding Me (& YouClose

The first devotion for this 3rd venture is also the last one in the You Version (day 5) as I continue to EMBRACE Rest Reassured or in Lysa's book, it's ... #16 "Space to Exhale" [Isaiah 58:13-14], which begins with the word "Rest. ..." so clearly, the order of this day, falling on Sunday ... Sabbath ... is REST still, in fact the Bible verse tells us to keep from breaking the Sabbath and doing as we please on the Father's Holy Day, even if it's "father's day", our Heavenly Father should always come first.

So I will pause, for now, and continue the rest of this at another time ...

17. "Chasing Down our Decisions" Proverbs 27:12

18. "Read This Before Making that Decision" Isaiah 49:10; 
Psalm 23:1-3(NKJV); Jeremiah 31:9(ESV)

19. "Paralyzing Fear" 1 Peter 5:7; Isaiah 43:1; Romans 8:38-39

I recall back in the late 80's listening to a wonderful woman give a message and prayer call at an Aglow meeting if anyone needed prayer because of 'fear'. I was certain that this was not so, for me and even when someone asked me if I wanted prayer for that, I said "no, I don't have a problem with fear" - little did I know that I soon would find out (and am still discovering) just how much 'fear' I do struggle with ... accompanied with insecurity. In fact, I have recently experienced (as I did back then after this meeting) I have fear that indeed paralyzes me! PTSD - I have post tramatic stress disorder and I never fought in a military war but seem to battle spiritual wars frequently and am just learning better how to know the enemy, his strategies and how to use my spiritual weapon yet I still find myself weak at times and become paralyzed by fear, even certain sounds cause that fear to rise up within me (elevates my bp too, dealing with this currently). {sigh} so I've learned to battle on my knees and use verses from God's Word. Lysa's devotion just reminded me to use scriptures rather than cling to fear or let fear paralyze me, one of which is my Life Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7. I have also added deep breathing exercise along with ABIDE at night time to help me let go and sleep. Dr. Michelle Bengston has the perfect Rx of 40 Scriptures and sound advice, sent in my email (again) just in time 

20. "The Most Nonfrantic Woman I've Ever Met" Proverbs 22:1

21. "The Two Most Powerful Words" Matthew 3:17

22. "Analysis Paralysis" Romans 8:26-28

23. "Five Questions to Ask When Making a Decision" Luke 14:28-30 (NKJV)

... which only leaves 3 more devotions in Part 1 
so I'm including them here also rather than
another post with only these last ones

24. "God, I'm Worn Out" Psalm 142:3 NLT

25. "In the Flow" 2 Peter 1:3

26. "Practicing Wisdom" Proverbs 2:1-2; 4-5

*words in this color are Lysa's from in her book

this quote as my favorite

..."Seeking to obey God in the midst of whatever circumstance I'm facing will position me to work in the flow of God's power."...Lysa T. #25

... however, if I reword the one in #21 that probably suits me better ... "When a woman lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule, she'll ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul." ... I would replace 'schedule' with "life", because even though I no longer have a busy schedule, my life daily often leaves me overwhelmed, but since that devotion focused on the "two most powerful words" as being "yes" and "no" as regards your schedule, that is why Lysa uses 'schedule', which is so true, that we need to know when to say yes or no. I still probably need to know when, but my stress has nothing to do with an overwhelming schedule. (sigh) For me, it might even be the stress of aging, which is overwhelming and not just my own aging ... I pray that my soul is well and not underwhelmed

so for this journey

"Letting Go"
from #19
if only
whether it's fear or whatever 
causing me unnecessary stress
easier said than done


Happy Father's Day, Abba!
to all the wonderful dads too

Missing our lil Papa Chimi!
{his 3 daughters and I send him our love}

Saturday, June 15, 2019


Having traveled (read) this EMBRACED journey now for 7 days, I think I have come up with a plan (at least for this 2nd Week). If something in particular strikes me, or inspires me, I will post a blog, (of course, all of what Lysa TerKeurst writes seems to strike me or 'hit the nail on the head'-my head), but I'll try not to rewrite what she writes since you can read it for yourself and she does a much better job than I can, yet if there is a personal application that I'm compelled to share, you can be sure I will and I hope you won't mind. I really want to keep you abreast with all God does in this journey of being EMBRACED and all I EMBRACE while carefully moving forward and remaining somewhat accountable. This is my way to do that ... while reading, journaling, pondering ...

in June of

the Pursuit of Him and His Direction

my 2nd week
... Knowing God is Holding Me (YouClose

Before I begin, let me just go back to #7 "Preparing for Adventure" long enough to mention it was such a delightful day with Jesus (even without much sleep) ... abiding in Him with so many "wonderful things" in nature Friday that I can never take for granted, the sounds and sights, arranged by God, in our adventure ...and I pray He continues to dwell with me as the day, weekend and rest of this summer journey opens my eyes to ALL He has for me. And although the very first devotion and the third, more or less, encouraged us not to make our time with God a mere checklist, as this appears, I hope God uses this to spark a deep desire for you, in your own special way with Him, or maybe by acquiring this book too, to EMBRACE the Pursuit of God and His Direction for you uniquely so HE can hold you so close and prepare you for a beautiful, wonderful, powerful lifelong journey to know, love and serve God with all you are, and all you do (but mostly that you EMBRACE who you are because of who He is and all Jesus EMBRACED for us lovingly, obediently and willingly) so we can share an eternity with God. May we grow, be nurtured, planted firm and mature as we flourish in each step and moment toward our eternal life by His Holy Spirit through His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. If Friday was a only a glimpse into this, I can only imagine what is to come and how aMazing this Adventure is, and will be, but we must prepare and pray for others to prepare to meet Jesus!

I'm ready to be ...

8. "Interrupted by Jesus " Matthew 5:8; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

My Interruption
{Not today, but on Friday, midway through enjoying and delighting in my date day with Jesus, I was 'Interrupted' but not by Jesus ... I was interrupted by the enemy of our souls who wanted to rob me of my peaceful time with Jesus, unbeknown to me at the time, of course ... everyone gone in the household, and the house phone rings, so I answer ... and there began an afternoon of complete interruption by what I think may have been 2 scam calls. That's still to be determined. (Yes, it was scam! Sickening!I've now spoken with my grandson. He's OK  (that's what counts)

The first one by what seemed to be my oldest grandson, because he called me 'gramma' and other things said, then he was interrupted with someone telling him that his time was up for the call and he had to end it - I supposedly was his only call. Tragic circumstances in his story, but believeable to me for him. Then another call by someone supposedly his lawyer. And not in this state or from here

So I begin to investigate and wait for the call back to update me on everyone involved. I verified as much of the information as I could and checked with 3 other people, and a text/voicemail to our daughter, his mother (no response). Of course, before any of my other contacts, I asked God for His direction (perhaps I did not hear Him clearly), so I pursued the first person and what they suggested. All in all, I would have preferred being "Interrupted by Jesus" so I can't wait to see what Lysa's devotion is all about and still prayed for all involved, in case my 'interruption' was true and not a scam. [My advice: be aware of all avenues of scam and don't give out anyone else's names, numbers, etc. and pray at all times, even for the desperate people that do scams.] We'll see what happens-meanwhile

On to Lysa's devotion for today!

..."It is possible for God's Spirit to reveal to us the deep things of God"...(p.25) Embraced... Lysa TerKeurst

9. "If You're Feeling Overlooked and Unappreciated..." {always}
1 Samuel 16:7; Matthew 6:6-8

...“Overlooked by everyone else. Hand picked by God.” Lysa TerKeurst, Embraced

10. "I'm Scared to Pray Boldly" James 5:16

..."Prayer opens my spiritual eyes to see things I can't see on my own"... (p.31)

11. "Follow Me" Proverbs 3:5-6

..."The more we follow Jesus the more we fall in love with Him"... (p.33)

12. "Hearing God's Invitations" Isaiah 30:21

..."The one who obeys God's instruction for today will develop a keen awareness of His direction for tomorrow." ... (p.36)

13. "A Life with Extraordinary Impact"  Judges 3:31

..."If we are obedient to God in the midst of our ordinary lives, extraordinary impact is always possible."... (p. 39)

14. "Your Unique Calling" Ephesians 2:10

..."You were created to participate in God's divine activity"... (p.42-43)

15. "Rest and Reassurance" Matthew 28:11

..."I must do all I can do. Then trust God will do what only He can."...(p.44&46)

[I may ADD more scriptures throughout the week from the readings]
*words in this color are Lysa's from in her book

One of my favorite EMBRACED quote from these readings above
(very hard to choose only one)
 but I will, after I've read each devotion)

..."The more we follow Jesus the more we fall in love with Him" ... #11

Where is God? | Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst

 I inserted one highlighted quote for each devotion.

I included #15 because #16 is the last one back in the YouVersion plan.

quite possibly
I will add
what I
this week too

... I'm EMBRACING following His heart and I hope I am getting better at Following His *Instructions and His Example daily.

*B.I.B.L.E. = Basic Instructions Before Living Eternally or
Believer's Instruction Before Leaving Earth
I think those two are mixed up and it should be:
Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth
Believer's Instructions Before Living Eternally
But I'm sure what I need most to EMBRACE is
{I'll add these after the week is over and I prepare the next summary post}

Hopefully Embraced and Embracing,

A very special Happy and Blessed Birthday wish to Sue!
(in case her regular mailed card doesn't arrive by today)
I'm still not accustomed to regular mail delivery and the length of time it takes

Thursday, June 6, 2019

A.D.D. to your AGENDA being EMBRACED

Today's #6 is available in the You Version reading plan, day 4 or over here for

#6 "An Agenda That Will Never Satisfy"
                    Mark 3:14-15

In my overly busy, younger days, I probably frequently found myself in this place of today's devotion, but not any longer. Guess that's one of the benefits of aging (lol) - you're just not as able or tire out for seemingly not much of anything so you learn to pace and rest. However, as I read this 'agenda', I could relate yet this is precisely why I need and have set aside my Fridays. This began in Mexico to prepare for ministry on the weekends or Friday evening through the weekend and longer. Yet even when I came home, I did not sense that God was releasing me of our special time set aside, so I  gladly continued even without the intention of ministry. I need this time (sometimes Friday to Saturday) to be filled up again by His Spirit. I really enjoy spending time getting refilled by God and believe it or not, I need it even more on this home front with battles or struggles that face, not necessarily daily, but ... my, oh my, when the onslaught comes, I really feel the drain and immediately know that I need to be refreshed and refilled -  step away and take this blessing of solitude with God. I cannot 'run at breakneck pace' any longer as Lysa writes and have learned this lesson of slowing down enough to receive. I treasure these moments with Him! (especially before going out to work for Him, but even now, I need to be "fueled by His power and encouraged by His Presence" - precisely what my day away with Him is all about! So thankful that I am able to do this

"Dear Lord, I'm choosing to stop in the midst of everything to just be with You. Let me never forget what a gift it is to spend this sacred time in Your presence. In Jesus' Name. Amen"

With this being said (written) you might think I'm running on a full glass, but sadly I often still find myself exhausted and overwhelmed, because frankly, fighting the enemy (on our own) wipes us out and that's when I know I need to run to Him, climb up into His lap and let Him know I need Him so - He's a much better Defender, Advocate and Warrior than I. Even with this time set aside, I, too, can identify with what Lysa wrote about being empty - "where your hands are full, but inside you're nothing but an exhausted shell" without being as busy as she ... I need God to breathe life back into my depleted and dead places




"...all words used to describe us being with Him..."

"Fix your eyes, not on a worldly prize,
but on staying in love with Me."

"That's an AGENDA that's always
completely satisfying"
Lysa TerKeurst

*all words in this color are Lysa's in her devotion(s)

my date with Him
I will
(of A.D.D.)

{not in YouVersion}
Psalm 119:18

I'm sure I will!

{There is only one day left with You Version reading plan, but many more in Lysa's book, EMBRACED... #7-15 are in her book and not in YV plan, so the final one in YV is #16 in the book. So I am not sure if I will post on all of these or how often, and the other 3 parts of this beautiful devotion book; but I will at least post something for each of these parts that follow these first 26 in Part 1: Embracing the Pursuit of Him and His Direction. I will post #16 when I get there in the book. And we'll have to see about the rest. Yet know that this journey of EMBRACED, is being done with Him and that I realize it's only the beginning of this One Word and all God will do in me with this in 2019. Hugs!!!~Peggy}

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

EMBRACING Spiritual Discernment and Being Still

#5 today also is not in the You Version reading plan

{but click on the title below and be linked to read it in full}

#5 "Is This The Right Decision?" Philippians 1:9-10

How many times have I asked this? or worse, how many times did I fail to even ask, and just decided or acted? Embarassing. Shameful. Sinful. Impulsive behavior of my younger life. Just for failing to ask is this right? Should I give more time to processing this decision or choice before acting? My, oh, my ... if I had gone to God first and foremost. If only the Godly principles I believed, I lived and acted by, decided by ...

Lysa states:

"... Find that courageous yes. Fight for that confident no"... and move on. "Know it. State it. Own it."Lysa TerKeurst

What Lysa writes about knowledge, insight and discernment
is worth its weight in gold! (page 17)

Trusting the Holy Spirit to do what Jesus promised in
John 14:26

As I mature and develop spiritually, I've come to realize the importance of what Lysa ends this devotion with:

"... When we've done what we need to do to acquire knowledge and insight of truth, then the discernment of that truth is there. We must learn to trust and use that discernment because the more we do this, the more wisdom we acquire to make God-honoring decisions." Lysa TerKeurst

This is exactly what I hope to do, as well as those I know & love will do. I desire to make decisions that honor Our Lord Jesus Christ more and more every day. I ask Him not only for Godly wisdom and choices but that I develop spiritual discernment ... oh Lysa, you get me so well

Spiritual Discernment
and being
I pray

I've been saving emails that contain "EMBRACE" from Bible Gateway or any place. I think what Sheri Rose Shepherd wrote in the following certainly applies to this and sense God whispering this today:

Beloved Princess,

I long to be closer to you. I’m never too busy for you, My beloved. If you will turn off the things around you that drown Me out of your daily life, you will begin to hear Me in your spirit. When you don’t know where to go, you will hear Me give you divine direction. When you are in need of a friend, you will hear Me whisper, “I am here.” When you need comfort, you will hear Me call to you, “Come to Me.” Don’t let your agenda distract you from time with Me. Quiet your spirit. Know that I am your heavenly Father and you are My precious daughter, and I love when you crave time to be still with Me.

Your King & The Voice Of Heaven

Today's Treasure of Truth
When you are still, I am closest to you. Draw close to me and I will draw close to you.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him. 
Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

For more about Sheri Rose’s visit HisRoyalFamily.com

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Continuing EMBRACED ...

[I'm trying to respect and be a little cautious regarding copyright and what I share on here (not being aware or knowing is not an excuse), however I truly wanted to share this 100 day journey - EMBRACED - with you all (it'd be better if you actually had Lysa's book or at least the YouVersion plan). I'm not even sure how much Lysa has on her own website, because it's the publisher's, not the author (I think].

Anyways, today is the first day that the YouVersion 5 day sample plan does not have, and the next one they do have is #6. So, first I'm going to list the ones covered in days 1 -3, in Part 1: EMBRACING the Pursuit of Him and His Direction, then I will share #4.

#1 "Giving My First Moments to God" Psalm 86:11 (Key verse), 
Psalm 81:10; Psalm 84:1 and Psalm 86:13

#2 "The Pineapple Principle" James 1:21-22

#3 "Stop Reading Your Bible" Psalm 119:34; Jeremiah 29:11

In Lysa's book

#4 "Great Sermons aren't Preached, They're Lived" 
2 Timothy 3:16-17

Now, you may be thinking or reading this to see what these devotions have to say and that I am sharing my EMBRACED journey here to stay accountable (which in part is true) but it's always best to go to the source, in this case, the devotion Lysa wrote -  and as usual, each one so far, is like her other books and writings for me, true to my heart, as if I had written or said this, although so much better from Lysa - trust me (here's one of her paragraphs that stood out in this short 3 page devotion, after the Scripture verse of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, yet every single sentence rings true to this soul) "... essential that I view my time with God each morning as a preparation and an invitation":

"... Every verse I read is part of God's preparation for me that day. So, instead of just rushing to check off my to-do list that I spent a few minutes with God, I must allow His teachings to seep into my heart and mind. Then I can prayerfully ask God to interrupt my natural flesh response and remind me throughout the day of the truths He taught me that morning." ...

That's what this journey is about ... EMBRACE all God has for me that will help me throughout the day so that I may LIVE what iBelieve and read in God's Word, that I would be the "greatest sermon" ... the only Bible page some may read; 
'Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some person ever reads.'
and not live by my natural flesh and react in the flesh to so much that is part of my every day encounters
"For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ." 2 Corinthians 2:15-17

After I read today's devotion, I changed what I was planning to share here, hopefully led by the Holy Spirit. I've been thinking since I began and shared that this Part 1 is about EMBRACING ... God's Pursuit and all that means, which is what I thought I'd write about today ... and then God's Direction. Clearly, this devotion today is about God's Direction; "not my will, God, but Yours be done" (Lysa covers this in her last page of this devotion, in her 'invitation' part of "recognizing I've just invited Jesus to do life with me" and that phrase"...minute by minute becomes" the theme ... in my thoughts, reactions, words and actions. My, how I desire to live like this and pray I will. Not a sermon preached but lived.


This is what each and every Christian should be doing and wouldn't this world and its darkness be much better if and when we do ... instead we disagree and judge others rather than addressing our own behavior and words. With God's Direction, we can live a message that speaks loud and clear "Jesus is true and the principles found in His teachings work." Well said/written, Lysa.

However, I really was thinking more about writing of God's Pursuit and what EMBRACING this ... looks like to me. By the end of these first 26 devotions, I'm sure to have a better grasp of how EMBRACING God's Pursuit draws me closer ... to know Him is to love Him. Today, I just need His EMBRACE ... and to know He is holding me closer (until I step out and am awakened to the reality of the world outside or around me, which for years I was away from and now have returned to the heartache and the unresolved conflicts that I left behind some 20some years ago, believing that with Christ and in Christ, "all things are possible" still ... at least tolerable. Some days are good and some days I want to runaway again, so I try to avoid or isolate, which isn't always possible - hoping to lower my high blood pressure and spend time with the Healer, His Embrace brings the healing and this is why I choose to spend Fridays with Him. He builds me up and gives me strength to meet another day, so I think ... until it happens ... 

Knowing that so many others face even more difficult days and situations, circumstances far beyond mine ... I feel trivial ever writing anything about my days and pray that God is near to all the broken hearted and the struggles that others face that He cares and is there.

Thankful for His everlasting EMBRACE - hoping I remember the lesson from today's devo.

To my faithful visitors;
all of you who spend your valuable time here with me
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