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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Through It All


“Hope is the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”  Rich Warren

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.  He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.  Jeremiah 17:7-8

Envisage:  “to have a mental picture of especially in advance of realization”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“I’ll do my best.”
Replied Tom, the voice-over talent and relatively new believer in Jesus.
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  Philippians 1:21”
Began the podcast.  Tom’s voice was as smooth as the surface of a mountain lake on a cool clear morning.  And about as deep too.  “This is perfect.”  Ted thought to himself.  “Tom’s voice is going to carry the gospel to millions of people.  I just know it.”  Ted envisaged  as he could hear Tom recording the podcast in the background.
“Have you ever experienced suffering in your life?  Have you ever wondered where God was?  If He even exists?  And if so, He must be a jerk to allow something like this to happen.  Why do bad things happen?  And why do they happen to good people?”
The podcast started out with more questions than answers.  Good questions.  Questions that have all been asked.  In fact the questions were good enough that Ted began to wonder if he should have included them in the manuscript for the podcast.  He wondered to himself whether some might lose faith because of them.  Maybe some had never questioned why God would allow children to die in storms.  Maybe some had never questioned if God was in fact all good.  Isn’t allowing evil to exist somehow conspiring with it?  Ted hoped his answers would be good enough for the questions.
“Trust in God.  Follow Him through the storm.”
Ted heard Tom read in the other room.  The recording was going great.  The sound was awesome and Tom’s voice was as good as any.  But was the message up to par?  Could it, would it, defend God.  “Wait, do I need to defend God?”  Ted wondered in His mind.  “If God is God, can’t He defend Himself?”  Now Ted had a question himself.  One he wasn’t sure he knew the answer to.  But then he remembered the parable of the talents Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 25.  “I have the ability to write and to form arguments.  Tom has the ability to speak beautifully and coherently.  These are the talents God has given us.  What would we be if we didn’t use them?”  The answer was clear.  Yes!  He could hear Tom’s voice continue.
“We’ll never have all the answers to life’s hard questions.  We’ll never know why children die in there innocence.  We’ll never know why good people have to go through so much pain and suffering.  However, we do know that a faith in God somehow comforts like He promised.  We do know that there is no other rescue offered but Jesus’ rescue.  Everyone knows that this world isn’t always a fun place to be.  And we know that there are times when we personally make the world a little worse for some people.  Most of us understand that trusting in our own actions to earn perfection is a shaky proposition at best.  Folks, Jesus died to rescue.  And He lives to give hope.  His word is steadfast and His promises sure.  So many have been comforted through faith in Him.  So many have found solace in His love.  So many have suffered through much and found hope in the Cross.  There will be questions that go unanswered until we meet Him face to face.  Hurt will remain until we are finally saved and sin destroyed once and for all.  Let’s listen to this song by Andráe Crouch the father of gospel music who has literally been through more than most ever will.  It’s called Through it All and we can all be encouraged by it.”
Ted heard the music began and listened.  He planned for the song, but didn’t know how it would impact him.  He heard...

“I’ve had many tears and sorrows
I’ve had questions for tomorrow
There’ve been times I didn’t know right from wrong
But in every situation
God gave blessed consolation
That trials only come to make me strong

I’ve been a lot of places 
And I’ve seen so many faces
But in that lonely hour
In that precious, lonely hour
Jesus let me know I was His own

Through it all
Through it all
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus
I’ve learned to trust in God
Through it all 
Through it all
I’ve learned to depend upon His Word

So I thank God for the mountains
And I thank Him for the valleys
I thank Him for the storms He’s brought me through
Cause if I never had a problem
I wouldn’t know that He could solve them
I wouldn’t know what faith in His word could do

Through it all
Through it all
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus
I’ve learned to trust in God
Through it all
Through it all
I’ve learned to depend upon His word
Yes, I’ve learned to depend upon His word
I’ve learned to depend upon His word”

As the music subsided Tom’s voice gained volume.
“Folks, let’s remember that Through it All we can have peace.  Andráe Crouch wasn’t speaking out of ignorance in this song.  He was speaking through experience.  He lost his mother, father, and brother all within two years of each other.  He’s persevered through four different types of cancer and congestive heart failure.  He’s been there and has found comfort.  We all can in the arms of Jesus.  Thank you for listening.  May God richly bless your lives and your spirits.  On behalf of Ted Buckley, I’m Tom Bradley, I hope I’ll meet you here again next week.”

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

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