Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Healing and peace

I was reading Mark 3

1 Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2 Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3 Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” 4 Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

and thinking about how Jesus healed on the Sabbath, and how people (the Pharisees) were up in arms about it. Well, I’m hear to tell you that quite often, Jesus heals me on the Sabbath. He takes this broken down, tired, beat by the world, and heals me with great teaching from Pastors, with worship with other believers. He heals my heart, like no one else, or like no other time. I used to serve a lot on Sundays, but now, I spend the time (most of it at least) resting, preparing for the week ahead. In the time of preparation He reminds me that I am a Proverbs 31 woman. I love my family, and taking care of them is a huge blessing. On the Sundays that I run, He speaks to me and molds me and loves me, and breathes life into me.
We finished John yesterday in life groups, and at the end of John 21, I love the very last scripture (John 21:25).

25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

I realize that most of the world doesn’t know me, or think even once about me, let alone twice about me, but in life, I am loved by a God who thinks more than once of me a minute, and when I think of all the things He’s done for me, there aren’t enough rooms for all the books I could write.
That is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent AND praiseworthy. And that brings me peace!

Phil 4:8-9 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.