Finding Gems

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I am a planner at heart.


I love making plans.


I have so many ideas as to how things can work, work better, be more efficient, or just simply make sense to me.


I love having a plan work out.


But the middle part?  The doing of it?


Well, I’m not so great at that.


I could go on and on about all the “brilliant” plans I have had that for one reason or another have never come to fruition.  A lot of it, due to my lack of endurance and perseverance.


I give up.


I forget.


Or, something else lures my attention away from the task at hand until suddenly it seems those plans were started so long ago that it makes no point to continue - and off I go setting up new plans.


The past few years, I have picked a word for the year.  A word that embodies what I plan to pursue.


Last year, I joined Documented Faith, a great online group where you document through words or pictures or what-have-you, so as to try to document my journey for the year.  


My participation last year was spotty, at best.


Yet, here I am again, trying to follow that plan once more.


I have my word for the year.


Transformation.


I have my verse for the year.


Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.


(Perhaps not word-perfect as I wrote that from memory.)


This year, I’m seeing something new being added to my life.


A daily verse.


I find myself searching for a verse that reaches out and grabs me during my study time, a verse that I can hold on to for the day.  One that “fits.”


Perhaps you know the kind … where you are reading or listening and all of a sudden you hear something new in a verse you have read and heard a zillion times before, or perhaps find a verse that you didn’t even know existed and it speaks to your being in an amazing way. 


That kind of verse.


As I’m not writing here much lately, for a lot of reasons, I find that I miss sharing with you all. (So many of you have touched my life.  For that I am grateful.)


I think that is one of the things God has placed in me: A desire to share.  A desire to encourage.


So, my plan (ahem - we’ll see how this one goes!), is to post the verse that claims me for the day.  


For you see, I am looking at it that way.  I’m not claiming those verses, actually …. they are reaching out and claiming me.


Today’s?


It comes from my listening to a book from Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus, one of his older books - and a gem I have missed in my reading and feel so blessed about, that it discovered me when I needed it.  (I know, sounds backwards, but that is how it feels - it came to me.)


Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing out eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12: 1-3


What speaks out to me?  Not the portions that have before. But …  running the race with my eyes fixed on Jesus.  He is forever in front of me, beckoning me onward - perhaps, even running next to me, looking me in the eye saying, “Come on, deni, you can do this.  WE can do this, together.  We can finish strong.”


And .. “who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross."


It is joy … JOY that is set before me as I run.  I often feel little joy right now … but there IS joy in my future.  Yours, too.  If you run with eyes fixed on Him.


And, lastly, “Consider Him …”


To me, that speaks of where I can place my thoughts when I do grow weary … when I want to lose heart.


Consider Jesus.  Look at what He endured - and endured for US - so that we might become like Him - that we might receive our “Well done, good and faithful servant.


So, for today, I plan on keeping these words close to my heart.  I plan on reading them over.  Writing them down.  Pondering on them.  Perhaps finding a drawing in the words that desires to be born.  Right now … I’m not sure.


What I am sure of is that I need these words today - and perhaps …


just perhaps …


you do, too.


And so, I share, with His love,


deni


(I am attempting to do a tiny art card every day … somewhat successfully … and the image above is what I am currently drawn to in my art:  Trying to recreate the image of gemstones.  Not sure why.  But, I do consider the verses I am finding to be gems hidden in Scripture for me, so perhaps there is some correlation somewhere!)



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