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Face Forward, Unflinching.

Chilly —  August 12, 2013 — 13 Comments

“If we love God and love others in Him, we will be glad to let suffering destroy anything in us that God is pleased to let it destroy, because we know that all it destroys is unimportant. We will prefer to let the accidental trash of life be consumed by suffering in order that His glory may come out clean in everything we do.”  Thomas Merton

He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort – we get a full measure of that, too. When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. 2 Corinthians 1:4-6 msg.

IMG_2130It may seem odd for me to post about suffering while on vacation in ‘paradise!’ Yes, there’s no doubt, I’m so blessed for this time of rest & recreation with my family – I love it (and need it). But,   for some time now, I’ve been going through a mental & spiritual struggle that didn’t simply vanish when I changed locations or responsibilities. As some see ‘suffering,’ my trial is probably small…   I’m grateful for the strength of the Holy Spirit and for the trust God has given me to carry a burden. I choose joy in my journey. Quitting is never an option – my faith is secure in Him.

I challenge you to trust God in ALL things — even the trials that He allows. Such suffering only proves our faith and declares to our fallen world that through Christ we can endure and overcome anything that comes against us. Our testimony is not that we don’t face the same tests or trials of the world, but that we are not alone when they come and that we become greater as we go through them. It would be foolish, however, to seek suffering as some badge of honor – instead, we seek Christ in ALL things – confident that He is always with us. In both battles and blessings may His purpose be accomplished.

Thankful for His presence & perspective… Chilly

onslaught

Chilly —  August 2, 2012 — 2 Comments

Persecution and opposition is a mark of every true Christian… The Old Testament prophets found it so, men like Amos, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. So did the New Testament apostles. And down through the centuries of the Christian church right up until today, authentic Christians who refuse to distort or dilute the gospel of grace have had to suffer for their faithfulness. The good news of Christ crucified is still a ‘scandal’ (Greek, “skandalon” = stumbling-block), grievously offensive to the pride of our generation. Preach it anyways!

IF you’re real, you won’t have to pick a fight — attack upon your life and character will be unavoidable. But as you stand up, and through, such an onslaught; Christ’s power becomes more and more evident to the cynical,  sarcastic culture hidding in the shadows of a lie.  Soon light will reveal all…  until then, press on.

Yours in the fight and the victory, Chilly

Do Good!

Chilly —  June 21, 2012 — 4 Comments

The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.” C.S. Lewis

 This is such an exciting thought! We can NEVER underestimate the power of ONE good deed or word. Some day, months or years from now, perhaps we’ll see the fruit of the action. IF we consume ourselves with doing good, we won’t need a pat on the back or any other reward… a smile will be enough.

good is great,
Chilly