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If you’re wondering how to deal with life’s challenges or loud critics, my advice for you is very simple: Look up to Jesus and everything else will fade away. This might sound too optimistic or idealistic but nonetheless, it works. Changing perspective always works. But when we focus on Jesus, it’s even better than that. Focusing on Jesus brings God to our aid. And that changes everything, don’t you think? So pay more attention to Jesus than anything else and your life will be in balance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3, NIV)

Pay More Attention to Jesus than Anything Else

I know this advice goes against the grain. But it holds the truth and the life and it is the way to go. How then can we pay more attention to Jesus? We are told to do two things:

  1. Throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. We are invited to leave everything at the foot of the cross. And we are not left alone to deal with this, we get empowered by God’s grace.
  2. Run with perseverance focusing on Jesus (and not our problems or people who criticize us and especially not on our own failures). Jesus is where our strength comes from. We are filled with peace and joy and our journey will be blessed.
…and you will be blessed

The world is full of death and dying and in order to thrive in the midst of hardships, we need Jesus. When we pay more attention to Jesus than anything else, our life is filled with life and more life. Then we can praise God even in the shadow of death. And we will not grow weary or lose heart.

I don’t know any other way to live fully and abundantly than Jesus. When we live in Christ, we receive all that he is and has. And that is plenty more than what we will ever need. This way the better things lie always ahead. My friend, breath in Hope and rest in grace.

Gracious God,
Thank you for reminding us of your goodness
and thank you for giving us life upon life in Jesus.
You love us more than we can fathom.
We want to throw off everything that hinders
and the sin that so easily entangles.
Help us to always pay more attention to Jesus than anything else
and make us more like Jesus every day.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What does hinder you to pay more attention to Jesus than anything else? How has Jesus blessed you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you throw off everything that hinders you! Run with perseverance focusing on Jesus!

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Flowing Faith | Inspirational Christian .. by Mari-anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith - 5d ago

I’ve always marveled God’s willingness to wait for us to get ready to do his will. Willingness in faith is not self-evident, it’s a choice. God does not force us against our will. It’s called love. Yet we so often abuse that love. But when we finally are ready to accept it, we are amazed by its sweet power.

I’ve come to understand God’s will for us is the ultimate best. Yet we rebel. We are not willing to surrender our will and follow God’s leading. Stubbornly we refuse to do nothing but what we want. So God’s willingness to wait for us is also undeserved grace. Because God’s grace draws us to him in the end.

While we were still helpless [powerless to provide for our salvation], at the right time Christ died [as a substitute] for the ungodly. Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to willingly give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a good man [one who is noble and selfless and worthy] someone might even dare to die. But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8, AMP,*)

Willingness in Faith

You see, my friend, it’s always God first. God first seeks us and then we are able to respond to him. Not vice versa. Our salvation is God’s doing from start to finish. We need God’s grace to follow Jesus. And we need God’s grace to even want to do so. Because it does not come to us naturally.

Just like we need to pray for the willingness to forgive someone, we need to ask for help to surrender to God as well. First, we need willingness. Then we need the power to act on it. But, no fear, God has prepared us the way. We just need to keep on clinging to Jesus.

Gracious God,
We are so utterly dependent on you!
Thank you for loving us without measure.
Help us to want you and your ways.
And then empower us to follow Jesus wherever he leads us.
Bless us, Lord.
We do need it even though we do not deserve it.
Thank you, Lord.
Be blessed forever and ever.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you willing to follow Jesus?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you cling to Jesus as your way of life!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

WilliPhoto by Niloy Biswas on Unsplash. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus and Five-minute Friday.

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Flowing Faith | Inspirational Christian .. by Mari-anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith - 1w ago

As I was reading Paul’s letter to the Romans today, I started wondering what it means to live to God as Jesus did. And how to do it. Because that’s what Christian living is supposed to be, right?

The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:10-11, NIV, emphasis added).

Within an hour I laid my eyes on this quote by Watchman Nee and felt God was already answering me: “That strong self-assertive will of mine must go to the Cross, and I must give myself over wholly to the Lord. We cannot expect a tailor to make us a coat if we do not give him any cloth, nor a builder to build us a house if we let him have no building material; and in just the same way we cannot expect the Lord to live out His life in us if we do not give Him our lives in which to live. Without reservations, without controversy, we must give ourselves to Him to do as He pleases with us.”

We can’t expect God to live out his life in us if we do not make room for him. And not just a little bit of room. We need to surrender everything to God.

Now offer your members [your abilities, your talents] as slaves to righteousness, leading to sanctification [that is, being set apart for God’s purpose]. (Romans 6:19b, AMP, emphasis added)

We are to offer our lives, our abilities, our talents, everything we have to God. Then we live to God, then we serve righteousness. Not on our own but in the new way of the Spirit. And this makes all the difference.

But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:6, ESV, emphasis added)

How to live to God

So how are we going to do it? How can we live for God in real life? We make the decision to live to God every morning anew. Do I live for myself or for God’s glory? Do I want to bear fruit for God or for death?

I choose to live for God, hence every morning I surrender my will, my ego, my time, my skills to God to use them as he sees fit. Then I ask for plenty of grace to sustain me throughout the day. After being turned into the Holy Spirit, I go to meet the challenges of the day filled with hope, faith, and love.

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. (Romans 6:22, ESV)

We live to God in his spirit, by his power. It is humbling, really, to realize God does it all, we just need to accept his gifts and surrender to him. Even the benefits are out of this world. They’re literally divine. And there’s plenty of them for all who want to count themselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Gracious God,
Forgive our selfishness,
our big egos and stubborn wills.
We want to live a new life with you.
Hence we surrender to you.
We die to live with you.
Pour out grace upon grace.
Fill us with your love and peace.
Give us your Spirit
and use us for your glory.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you live to God? How do you do it?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you bear fruit for God!

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Flowing Faith | Inspirational Christian .. by Mari-anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith - 1w ago

Obedience is not a buzzword. Nowadays everyone wants to be independent and do whatever they want. That’s why obedience is not very fashionable. And because faith is obedience to God, faith is not very fashionable either. But faith in Christ gives us something eternal, something that never goes out of fashion. With the words of Paul, the gospel “is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16, NIV). The blessings of obedience are out of this world.

Why then do we act indifferently? We might receive faith as a form of life insurance but it does not appear to affect our choices or our life in general.

It seems a bit that we don’t believe in God’s ability to influence the affairs of the world. Hence we have stopped honoring him as God. We assume we can do whatever we want and that God won’t do anything. This process darkens our hearts and we are venturing into dangerous waters.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1: 21, NIV,*)

Why then does God allow us to show contempt for his kindness and patience? You know, why doesn’t he order us to bow to him and live obediently? Because he loves us so much that he gave us the freedom to choose to live like he didn’t even exist. That’s why we crucified Jesus and that’s why keep on despising him.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or consider Him worth knowing [as their Creator], God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do things which are improper and repulsive. (Romans 1:28, AMP,*)

My take on obedience

If you don’t want your heart to darken, consider God worth knowing. Make time to spend time with him as often as possible. I know this requires discipline and some planning and even then it does not always happen. But let’s not forget that God provides his power for this. God always give more than takes. Abundantly more. The blessings of obedience keep on surprising us.

God has not canceled the law when Jesus fulfilled it. Still today, we are called to obedience and living according to God’s will. But now we have the Holy Spirit on our side. Now we get to live with God, empowered by his grace. And the world can’t provide anything better. Obedience is not a path to boredom but a path to abundance.

Dear God,
Forgive us for turning our backs to you way too often.
Cleanse us from all unrighteousness,
prepare our hearts for you.
Open our eyes to see your worth and your holiness.
Enable us to live obediently.
We surrender to you, Lord.
May only your will happen in our lives.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What’s your take on obdedience?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you seek God with everything you’ve got!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

Linking up today with Dance with Jesus and Five-minute Friday. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.

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Flowing Faith | Inspirational Christian .. by Mari-anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith - 2w ago

Summer is time for rest. It’s time to pause, get your mind off your work and worries. The need for rest is in our DNA. We need to rest every night and we need a vacation every year. But there is even deeper rest within our reach. Resting in grace brings us real rest. What is that and why is it so special?

First of all, grace brings peace to us. When we’ve confessed our sins, we receive grace upon grace. And when we are right with God, we have peace from our past. This peace is the most wonderful thing. If you haven’t experienced this, run to Jesus and do not leave before you get it. Peace is God’s gift for all who come to him.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2, NIV)

Resting in grace

Second of all, grace gives us peace for the future. With the words of Lewis Smeds “Grace is the gift of feeling sure that our future, even our dying, is going to turn out more splendidly than we dare imagine.”

This is why resting in grace brings real rest. We can let go of worry and stress and everything else that bothers us because we are safe in Jesus. This is also why we can be sure that our future is going to turn out splendidly. Not because we are going to get rich or famous but because no matter what happens to us, we will be fine in Jesus. This is for real. Jesus is alive and well. And he is at work in our lives. He will turn even intended evil for our good.

So we can rest in grace. Not only on vacation but each and every day, through thick and thin. When we place everything in God’s hands, we can truly rest in grace. So when we are in Jesus, there is no need to worry about our past, present or the future. It’ll be more splendid than we can even imagine. Thank you, Jesus!

Gracious God,
Thank you for your amazing grace.
You have provided us everything we need.
Help us to always lean on you.
Thank you for keeping us safe in Jesus.
Do not let us despair but rejoice in you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you resting in grace? Isn’t it the best way to live and love?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live in Jesus and rest in grace!

Linking up today with Worth Beyond Rubies. Photo by Angelina Kichukova on Unsplash

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Flowing Faith | Inspirational Christian .. by Mari-anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith - 2w ago

Do you dare to dream? Or do you think dreaming is not a prudent thing to do for Christians? There is a lot of talk floating around about dreaming and at its worst dreamlessness can make us bury our talents. And that’s not the point, right?

But how could we avoid chasing dreams that are not worthy? How could we discern which dreams are from God and which are our own creations or forced upon us by the demands of the world? This is a tough question but in fear of chasing our own foolishness, we are not to stop dreaming because then we might throw away the baby with the bath water.

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. (Romans 8:15, NLT,*)

C.S. Lewis has said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” I would add that as long as we have dreams we are alive. Because our God keeps on creating new things. He invites us to create with him. And this is the secret of dreaming: not alone or on your own strength but with God and in his strength.

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
(Isaiah 43:19, NIV,*)

Dare to dream

So we are not to keep dreaming and God separate (or any other part of life). God does not exist to bless our ready-made plans and dreams. Instead, God invites us to dream with him.

How does it happen? In prayer, we lay down our dreams and hopes at Jesus’ feet and tell him our desires, insecurities and ask for guidance. We ask for new, bold dreams. And we ask for God’s will to happen in our lives because without exception it is the best thing that can happen to us.

So we don’t give up dreams or dreaming. Instead, we dream with God. Huge, beautiful, wonderful dreams. Because God has amazing plans for us. A lot better than we could imagine ourselves.

So let’s turn to the Expert Dreamer. Let’s ask for divine dreams and making them come true with God’s grace. Let’s not remain passive waiting for something to happen. Instead, let’s create something new with our Heavenly Father. Because this dynamic connection is our true home. That’s where all the most beautiful dreams come from.

Dear God,
Thank you for keeping on creating new things
and inviting us to dream with you.
We surrender to you and
ask you to show us
the dreams you have for us.
Embolden us to embrace your dreams.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you dare to dream with God?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you lay down your hopes and dreams (and messes and disappointments) and ask God to give you better and bigger dreams!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

Photo by Benjamin Davies on Unsplash. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus and Five-minute Friday.

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Flowing Faith | Inspirational Christian .. by Mari-anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith - 3w ago

I hope you, my friend, know that you don’t need to earn your salvation. You receive it as a gift when you believe in Jesus. Grace is enough. You are enough. Why do we then talk so much about tending our faith or growing in our faith? We are called to live with God and a lot of it happens via spiritual exercises. But what if we are for one reason or another so weary that we can’t even think of any spiritual exercises? What then? Then it’s time to receive grace for weary.

It’s time to remember that grace is enough. You are enough. God does not demand you to perform, he invites you to rest in his arms. I think breathing is prayer, then God’s name is on our lips (Y-H-W-H). Breathing is enough. God is with you.

Also, mini prayers work very well as emergency prayers. For example, “Lord, have mercy”, “Come, Lord Jesus” or “Help me, Jesus”. God knows your situation better than you do. God even hears your sighs, it is enough. He is already with you.

He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak. 
(Isaiah. 40:29, NIV)

Even crying can be prayer. God hears and helps. We can ask for love and Jesus itself arrives in the midst of us. When we beg for a miracle, Jesus himself will be the way. And when we ask for strength, Jesus becomes that in our weakness.

You can also carry a cross or another small symbol that you can grasp when you need help. Also, you can collect empowering Bible verses and put them in a box/cell phone or on your fridge where it is easy to read them once in a while. Christian music helps many. Also, lighting a candle can remind us of the presence of the Light of the world or it can be used as prayer.

Grace for weary

The most important habit to live out your faith is to connect our spirit to God’s Spirit. Then we are bound to the eternal flow of Life, which freshens us when we need it. It empowers when we need it. And it cleanses us when we need cleansing. It gives us rest when we need it. It’s grace for weary.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew. 11:28, NLT)

God does not send weary away. Instead, he invites us to rest in his arms and we can stay there as long as we need. If resting in his arms is all you can do, know that you are in good hands.

Practicing faith is not supposed to become a burden or a performance. Instead, it aims for spiritual wellbeing. Jesus loves you and wants to bless you, that’s what faith is all about. So that the power of the cross would become our power for living. Alone we don’t manage but with grace we do. And there’s plenty of grace. So we can boldly ask for it and use it. Because it will never run out.

Gracious God,
Thank you faith is not performance.
Instead, we can come to you as we are.
Bless us according to our specific needs.
Thank you for being strong in our weaknesses.
Strengthen, renew, refresh, lift, carry, guide us.
Do your miracles in our lives, Lord.
Let us feel your presence
especially when we are at the end of our ropes.
Give us as much grace as we need and
Encourage us to base our lives on it.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What are you best low-key spiritual practices?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you lean on God whatever way you are able to. And when you are too weary to do anything but breath, know that God is with you.

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Flowing Faith | Inspirational Christian .. by Mari-anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith - 3w ago

Are you strong in spirit? Would you like to be? And what does it mean to be strong in spirit anyway? Let’s find out. John the Baptist – whose birth many churches are celebrating this weekend – is a wonderful example of a person who was strong in spirit. I’m sure we can take some pointers from him.

John grew up and became strong in spirit. (Luke 1:80, NLT,*)

I think John the Baptist was totally focused and dedicated to his life purpose. He did not let anyone or anything disturb him. Why then do we let anything and everything do that to us? We get so easily distracted from being in an ongoing, interactive relationship with Jesus. Lord, have mercy.

John the Baptist sacrificed his comfort and his popularity for the sake of Christ. He most likely did not understand the whole salvation plan of God, yet he was willing to do his part without questions. Also, he did not come up with any excuses why he did not want to do unpopular and uncomfortable things. Why then do we do that? Lord, have mercy.

Because John was strong in spirit he was able to look at his life with the eyes of God. He did not care what other people thought about his diet (wild honey and locusts) or his wardrobe (made of camel’s hair). And he did not run after money, position or fame. Why do we do then? Lord, have mercy.

Strong in spirit

John the Baptist was strong in spirit and that’s why he did everything to fulfill his calling and even gave his life for it. Are you ready to do that? What do you think? Are you willing to be an odd person for Christ?

The only way to become strong in spirit is through total surrender to Jesus. Because the more we interact with Jesus, the clearer our calling becomes. And the more we abide in Jesus, the stronger in spirit we become. This seems simple but it requires dedication and willingness to give up certain things that hinder us from fully focusing on the Lord.

What could they be in your life? Are you willing to do what it takes to become strong in spirit? You can start right now. God is waiting to hear from you. He is waiting to speak to you.

Gracious God,
I want to be strong in spirit like John the Baptist.
So I surrender everything to you.
Do what you want with me.
May my life count for you.
Be praised forever and ever.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you willing to do whatever it takes to be/become strong in spirit?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace Jesus with everything you’ve got!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

Image courtesy of Bartolomeo Veneto/Wikimedia and Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. Design by Mari-Anna Stålnacke. The post is refurbished from 2014. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus and Five-minute Friday.

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My recipe for being content in every situation is very simple: seek God in the morning. Only God can enable us to be content in every situation, no matter how hard a place we find ourselves in. Really.

Sure, it does not come naturally to us. Even Paul says he had “learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Phil.4:11, NIV). It is a skill we can learn. How to go about it?

How to be content in every situation

I have learned that if I turn to God in the morning, I can bear anything. If I am filled with God’s grace, I can be content in every situation. Without grace, I would be grumpy but with grace, I can rejoice and be glad all my days.

Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
(Psalm90:14, NKJV)

So make it a habit to commune with God in the morning. You will be happy you did. It’s a miracle, really, happening every single time we seek God. Only God can fill me with peace and satisfy my soul in such a fashion that nothing can shake it. And even this is not all.

On the day I called, You answered me;
And You made me bold and confident with [renewed] strength in my life. (Psalm 138:3, AMP)

When we spend time with God, we are strengthened and empowered to meet anything the day (or life) will throw at us. Truly. We can’t but God can. And he is more than happy to help us. So let’s not waste any of God’s gifts. Instead, let’s use them for his glory.

Let us pray

Gracious God,
You are so good to us.
Help us to remember that
and live accordingly.
Draw us to you every morning.
Only you can satisfy our souls,
only you can make us bold and confident
and content in every situation.
Pour out grace upon grace and
empower us to live and work for your glory.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you take God up for his promises?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you seek God every morning.

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Flowing Faith | Inspirational Christian .. by Mari-anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith - 1M ago

What kind of goals do you have for your life? Some people are real goal-setters and go-getters. Others are more laid-back but all of us need some intentionality for our lives. As a Christian, I try to plan my life with God, laying my dreams and plans at Jesus’ feet. God has promised to guide us and we can count on that. But what is God’s goal for your life?

First of all, God’s goal for your life is salvation and, second of all, spiritual maturity or Christ-likeness. When we keep this in mind as we plan our lives, we are well on the way. Then we skip things that would hinder us from becoming more Christ-like. And the rest we approach prayerfully.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:12-14, NIV,*)

God’s goal for your life

Moody Adams reminds us that we should not plan our lives according to our abilities and resources. “Your goals must always be beyond your ability but within your faith.” Our goals need to more than we can. When God is our partner, we need to set our goals high because God can. But our goals need to be within our faith. What does that mean? We need to believe that God can, otherwise, it’s in vain. With faith, we have what God has on our side. And that does change everything.

Obviously, we can’t command God to do what we want to do. But we are called to work with God, to make his dreams ours. Anything God maps out for us will happen, no matter how impossible it looks like. When we let God work in and through us, anything is possible. We can be part of something amazing when we partner with God.

God’s goal for your life is far better than you could ever imagine. That’s why I have decided to plan with God. So I surrender to God and ask him to show me what he wants me to do while here on earth. Because, as Rick Warren has said, “Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal.” So I set my goals higher. Not because I could do anything on my own but because God is on my side. That’s why I’m living to create a heavenly legacy according to God’s plan for me. Why don’t you too ask what’s God’s goal for your life? He is eager to show you.

Gracious God,
We surrender to you and
ask you to use us as you will.
We want to serve you the best we can
and that’s why we ask for your power to do so.
What do you want us to do with out lives, our resources, our time?
Show us, Lord.
Guide us, open the right doors.
Enable us to do what you want us to do.
Help us to leave an awesome legacy for your glory.
In Jesus’ powerful name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you know what’s God’s goal for your life?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you seek for God and his goal for your life!

*[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

Photo by Chase Clark on Unsplash. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus and Five-minute Friday.

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