February 17, 2016
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? ~ 1 Timothy 3:1-5
Welcome to ELDER-berries, Fruits of Faith!
Let me be honest and say I’m not certain where this journey leads. I hope it becomes an opportunity to share our faith as we walk with the Savior on our journey to redemption. It’s not always an easy road, but then God never promised us it would be. I’d like this to be a venue for us to share our thoughts, our prayers and our faith as we’re moved to do so. We can talk, we can listen, we can discuss, we can share and we can ask questions – or, be still and know He is God. (Psalm 46:10)
My own walk began years ago as a child when I first learned about Jesus. Honestly, my walk hasn’t always been faithful – in fact, there have been times in my life when I’ve fled from God. There have been times when I’ve felt God doesn’t care; that God doesn’t hear or answer prayer – that he’s abandoned me. And so, at those times, I abandoned him. If God didn’t need me, then surely I didn’t need God right?
The Bible tells us that the devil prowls around like a hungry lion waiting to devour our souls – “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” ~ 1 Peter 5:8 – and it’s most certainly true. You see, the devil is patient, he waits until we are weakest and then attacks even as a lion will cull the weakest from the herd to devour.
Thankfully, our God is a God of grace and a God forgiveness for the sake of his son Jesus Christ.
Personally, I remain in awe that despite abandoning God, he never abandoned me. When I reached out to him in faith, there stood Jesus welcoming me home just like the prodigal son. (Luke 15:11-32)
I still stumble, but Jesus is always there to pick me up, dust me off and amazingly to forgive me.
We serve an amazing God, an awesome God, a loving Father.
And so, this journey begins.