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Pursue Life!  Week Three  (scripture from The Message or CEB) 

Saturday, March 23 John 13:12-17

Image result for footwashing imagesThen he said, “Do you understand

what I have done to you? You

address me as ‘Teacher’ and

‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what

I am. So if I, the Master and

Teacher, washed your feet, you

must now wash each other’s feet.

I’ve laid down a pattern for you.

What I’ve done, you do. I’m only

pointing out the obvious. A servant

is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you

understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life.

Live a blessed life, a servant life. Serve others. Focus on the good, kind and loving. Be like the Boss, who was a servant.

 

Friday, March 22, Matthew 11:28-30

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

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Well said, Jesus. Well said. I will pray, study, and follow you. And work to recover my life.


Thusday March 21 1 Peter 4:12-13

Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.

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Life is a refining process.

When things get hard, it’s exercise for my faith.

It makes my faith stronger.

Be with me during the process.

Remind me I’m becoming stronger. More like Jesus.


Wednesday, March 20, Romans 14:12

So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.

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I should put “Tend to your knitting” on my glasses lenses so I would always have this in front of me. I have enough to do just trying to walk in the path of love. I don’t need to waste energy looking for the faults of others.

 

Tuesday, March 19 Luke 12:15

Speaking to the people, he went on, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”

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Look at all those famous people.

They have so much.

But so few seem so happy.

Things, and greed for more things,

doesn’t bring me happiness.

Help me focus on the happy simple things

that will bring me joy, and share it with others too.


Monday, March 18 John 6:47

“I’m telling you the most solemn and sober truth now: Whoever believes in me has real life, eternal life. I am the Bread of Life. The bread of life is love, kindness, grace. These will never die. Jesus showed us the pillars of eternal life.

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  Jesus is

the bread of life.

  “The bread of life

is love,

kindness, grace. ”

Pleaselet this

simple passage

attach itself

to my soul,

so that I can

live real life.

Amen.


Sunday, March 17 Matthew 7:13-14 

“Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with sure fire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.

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Reading . Studying. Praying. Discussing. Supporting. Practicing. Reviewing. Changing. It takes time. It takes commitment. It takes attention. Carve out a chunk of time for God. It’s a start.

 

Saturday March 16 Romans 12:9-10

Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

 

Be a good friend, let others shine,

speak the truth in love, and not gossip,

or not focus on status, or the getting of stuff.

Love from my center, real love, not faking it.

Today I will find the good, the joy,and appreciate it and notice it. Embrace it.

And maybe some of that joy will trickle down to mycenter and help love grow.


Friday March 15 Matthew 7:13-14

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Image result for don't worry images

 

Don’t worry.

Two of the hardest words

for me to ignore.

The God-reality is

if I’m focused on

loving and living,

I’ll have no time

or energy for worry.


Thurs. March 14 Luke 6:35-38  

“I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.  

 

                                                             Focus on others,

                                                            work on being kind.

                                                            Try to be as much like

                                                             Jesus as I can be.

                                                            What a huge task!

                                                                Baby steps.

                                                              I can start by

                                                            simply being kind!

 

Wed. March 13 1 Peter 1:18

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God.

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If I can develop a

deep consciousness of God,

I will be truly blessed.

Reading the Bible, meditating on how

to be more like Jesus

and praying to be always

conscious of the God within me

are things I can do to nurture

a deep consciousness of God.

Lord, I’m gonna need lots of help doing this.


Tues. March 12 Galatians 5:22-23

But what happens when we live God’s way? God brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

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Living God’s way...God’s life sounds wonderful! I just need

to work on my affection for others, dedication, compassion

and the knowledge that holiness is all around me. God

, may you keep those things in the forefront of my

mind today! And help me practice at least one of them.


Mon. March 11 Matthew 21:21

 But Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don’t doubt God, you’ll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. 

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How many times have things amazingly (miraculously?) worked out

in my life? If I’m open, and trusting, I can overcome anything life

throws at me.

 

 


Sun. March 10 Matthew 3:1-2

 While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”

 Image result for desert images I don’t have to go looking

very far to make changes. I

can start with myself.

I’ll lookinto the dessert

parts of my life.

What needs to be

changed? What needs

to be nurtured? I can

work on healing my

dessert places, and then

offering my “whole”

self to others.

 


Sat. March 9 John 1:4-5 

 Everything was created through God; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without God. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.

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      That God energy, “The life was Light to live by.”

        In someway today, I will banish darkness.

        My thoughts will use the God light to eradicate worry,

        second guessing, and soul shaming; in my words

        I will use the God light to speak kindly, or perhaps...

        to refrain from saying anything. (Hardest for me!)

 

Fri. March 8 Matthew 5:38-42 Luke 6:27-30

“Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

I could put all my energy in making the world blind and toothless. Or I can use my energy to strengthen my spirit and show the world there is a different way to live. The servant life, serving one another in love. Living generously.

 

Thurs. March 7              Luke 19:26

 “He said, ‘That’s what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.”

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I need to take more chances to speak out against the

little meanness that can creep into conversations. To

call people out on hurtful comments. To defend those

different. And do this is a humble, kind way; so that my

words are heard.

 

 

 

 

Wed. March 6 Ash Wednesday Leviticus 20:7-8

 “Set yourselves apart for a holy life. Live a holy life, because I am God, your God. Do what I tell you; live the way I tell you. I am the God who makes you holy.

Lent is a time to reflect. At the end of Lent we celebrate the renewal of life; and this year, spring will be in full swing. To prepare us for renewal, let’s take some time for Bible reading and contemplation. Let’s take time to prepare to live a holy life, to live in the way of God.