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 – Camel Back Mountain – conquered!

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!!

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?

Chapel of the Holy Cross – Sedona, Arizona

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Matthew 17: 1-9

Jesus’ divinity is always breaking through in the gospels –

transforming us in glorious ways to illuminate His love.

If we believe he is the Son of God, do we place our trust in Him?

March 15, 2020 has been declared a National Day of Prayer.

“It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer. We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these,” Trump tweeted. “No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!”

President Donald J. Trump

How much trust are we placing in God to get us through this difficult time in our Country with the pandemic of the Coronavirus?

Are we treating Him, much like we are treating the supplies of toilet paper – with fear and trembling that His grace will run out?

If we are – perhaps it is time to fall on our knees and “stock-pile” the prayer we are desperately in need of at this time.

And if I might suggest (just one) may it be simply this…

Jesus, I trust in you!

hugs and blessings to all those doing what is necessary to CONTAIN the virus, to CURE the virus, and to PRAY for those who have been directly infected!

And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  Matthew 16:18

goody two shoes

it’s the monday giggles….

This giggle is brought to you from first foot experience…

I do verily hope you will get a KICK out of it!

Shoe controversies

have presented themselves often throughout history –

from the very near present

to the very far past.

And quite unintentionally I entered the fray the other day when

THIS happened.

(Out in public, no less.)

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