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May 31, 2018, 9:06 PM

I Survived

Recently I was talking with Andrew who said his favorite book series is "I Survived".  These chapter books by Scholastic are historical fiction. The events happened but the authors add make believe characters so we can feel and experience the event with depth.

I bet there is something in your life about which you could say, "I survived!"

There was a time in my life when surviving was about all I seemed able to do but some wise people came along and told me they wanted to see me Thrive.  They wanted to see me fully live.  They wanted me to see that in the Bible God calls us into fullness of life not just getting along, barely making it.

The Bible tells the story of Jesus triumphing over death, over evil plans, over sin.  The Bible promises we too can have fullness of life moving beyond difficulties and just surviving (endurance) in Romans chapter 5.

It takes time and perseverance to move from "I survived" to living with joy.  It takes attention to being present in the movement, encouraging and entering into laughter, and effort to move to deeper pools of joy.

But it is worth the effort and God is here with us, walking beside us, encouraging us, carrying our burdens when we share them and offering forgiveness to lighten our load.

May you be able to see hope is just ahead.

May you join in with people who will walk the journey with you.

Hope is just ahead!


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