The Intent of This Blog

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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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

More Than Healing

“Only when we cease to rely on our own strength can we discover that God’s strength is always there for us.” - Scott Hahn

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. - Psalm 27:14

Reliance: “dependence on or trust in someone or something” - New Oxford American Dictionary

The baby is finally calm. I’m comfortable laying on the couch taking a nap. Warm breath fills my air supply. A gentle but persistent pant slowly wakes me.  And as soon as my eyes open I’m greeted with a wet tongue across my face. It’s somewhere around seven. I don’t have to look at a clock, I know because it’s time for my dogs to eat and they’re not shy about reminding me. There’s no ignoring it. The hot breath might leave for a couple minutes, but it will be back. The only escape is to get up and feed those dogs. It’s a good thing God is better than me. Otherwise we’d all go lonely for a long time. Thirsty for longer than we need. Asking without an answer. However, God let’s us wait sometimes too. He wants us to ask. He wants us to know the hand the feeds us. That’s why Jesus was glad that He wasn’t available to heal Lazarus before He died. That’s also why when He came to Lazarus’ tomb, “Jesus wept.” - John 11:35 Jesus was glad because He had more than just healing in His hands. There was a greater blessing to come, and the only way to receive it was through death. Jesus didn’t want to simply heal Lazarus, after all, healing often comes by way of a placebo, Jesus wanted to raise Lazarus from the dead.  And so He waited four days.  He waited until Lazarus’ body was decomposing and nothing but a miracle from God could do anything about it. Because that’s what it takes for us to believe. Ignoring the miracles of creation all around us. Forgetting the blessings we’ve received. Chocking everything we know up to time, nothing, and chance. We don’t believe. We forget. We doubt. My dogs never have a problem knowing how to get a meal at dinner time. They know how to go outside when they need to. They know where to go when they're thirsty. And so does my baby. They come to their guardian. Even though I’m not and you aren’t and we will never be able to care like our God. So why don’t we? Why don’t we simply know where to go in our need? Why don’t we go back to that well when thirsty? There is more than healing in His hands. There is resurrection and life. Maybe you’re feeling like you need a resurrection right now? Maybe you feel as dead inside as the bodies beneath the tombstones you drove past yesterday? Maybe you’re hungry for more or thirsty for life? Maybe you’ve forgotten like we all have? Maybe you don’t know how to change? Jesus is the answer. He is the source of life and birth. He wants to raise us all from right where we’re at to a new life in Him. Never be afraid to ask Him for more.  For life and health. For comfort and peace. He’s waiting for us to learn to wait on Him. He’s the Savior of the world, treat Him like it.

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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