Look Who Moved In

“The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” (John 1:14, The Message)

I love how Eugene Peterson paraphrases this passage of scripture. As a long time follower of Christ, I have experienced seasons when I followed Him at a distance or so closely the dust of the Rabbi, gathered on my clothing.

Jesus being fully God and fully man (Colossians 2:9) allows me to understand that He knows what it is like to suffer and better yet, He can do something about it. Just as we share in Christ sufferings we can also share in His comfort:

” All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5, The Message). 

Jesus, Would you move into the neighborhood of my heart transforming my situation for your glory. Amen.

~April Dawn White

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Ram in the Thicket

It’s been a brutal week. I’ve wrestled with physical pain, emotional lows, and misplaced hope.

Searching for comfort, I went back to the beginning, back to Genesis. Abraham’s fierce obedience was not overlooked. Better than an ace in His pocket, God had a ram in the thicket for Abraham.

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Like the ram in the thicket (Genesis 22:13), God already has the answer to prayer in place for just the right time.

While my situation has not changed my outlook has, and it is well with my soul.

~April Dawn White

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P.S.

My brutal week ended with magazine publications for fall of 2016 from Clubhouse and Reach out Columbia magazines! I love when God shows off on my behalf. One thicket, two rams.

Marred Sword, Yet I Stand Firm

“It is by faith you stand firm.” (2 Corinthians 1:24)

My shield has dents, my sword is marred, but my armor is on. Some days the greatest battle I face is the moment-by-moment battle to stand firm.

Here is a collection of my favorite verses to mediate while standing firm:

Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm. ” (Ephesians 6:13-14)

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” (Exodus 14:13)

“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” (Proverbs 10:25)

“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11)

“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you.” (2 Chronicles 2:17)

“If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.” (Isaiah 7:9)

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~April Dawn White

*All Scripture is NIV from Bible Gateway. *Images courtesy of Pixabay.

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TGIF: Thank God It’s Fresh

TGIF. Thank God it’s Fresh!

God’s mercies, compassion, grace, and forgiveness are fresh brewed and piping hot just for you!

This image is from Tuesday’s post Coffee and Fresh Brewed Mercy. Pop on over if you need a spiritual refill. 

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~April Dawn White

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God Didn’t Bring You This Far to Leave You

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Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6, NIV)

“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” (Philippians 1:6, Message)

Some days, I lack confidence. I forget what I’ve been taught and allow my mind to dwell a little too long in the land of What If. When I sense my thoughts derailing, I return to Philippians 1:6.

Today I have offered three variations to the same message: God didn’t not bring you this far to leave you.  He is not finished and He isn’t leaving any time soon!

That’s reason enough to be happy today!

~April Dawn White

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