the winning team.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart!

I have overcome the world!”

John 16:33

Take heart!

In many other translations, this verse says, “Take courage!”

Such a beautiful, heartened, rally cry from Jesus to every one of us.

So, what is it that is supposed to embolden us?

The very fact that Jesus has overcome

this world!

The Greek word for overcome here is “nenikeka” which means to “be victorious over.” This word is used in perfect tense, which means it is a completed action in the past that continues to impact the present.

Which can only mean – the completed action of Christ’s death on the cross continues to bring us victory into the present day.

Wow!

Remember,

(because this IS important,)

we are not told to overcome on our own,

and there is no way we could!

Therefore, take courage –

because you are on the winning team!

I made it – Camelback Mountain – conquered! Fear of heights – TAKE THAT!!!

Have you ever been on a sports team or watched your favorite team on TV win?

The confidence and elation is nothing compared to what we have available to us, as Christians.

Living a life of courage is walking out that fact of victory in our lives – because the celebration of Christ’s victory did not stop 2,000 years ago – and our courage comes as we allow this reality to ripple into our lives today.

How can YOU walk in victory today?

hugs n’ blessings to all those striving to live courageously during this frightening time of uncertainty in the World.

Please remember you are not in this alonewe’re all on the same team!!

happy feet 3.0 (cutie.o)

it’s the monday giggles…

“Hear me!

There’s not enough love in the world.

Turn to the penguin next to you,

put your flippers up,

fluff him up a little bit

and

give him a great big hug!”

“I’m speaking plain penguin!”

Lovelace & Mumble

hugs n’ blessings to all those happily occupied by love!

Ready to Converse

Chapel of the Holy Cross – Sedona, Arizona

Lent is the season in which we focus on moral correction, aligning ourselves with the commandments of Jesus.

They are summed up in loving God with all one’s might and loving one’s neighbor as one’s self.

Jesus details what this means in various contexts in the Lenten gospels.

And He wills to heal our blindness to our sins, especially those habitual sins we rationalize or despair of amending.

Jesus, God among us, through his glory was willing to die for us.

How often have we thanked Him for this?

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