I Will Hold Your Hand

Abandon is the word prompt for Five Minute Friday’s community blogging link up.

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I have a fascination with hand holding.

I like my hand held.

I like to hold a child’s hand.

I like to hold my husband’s hand.

I like to hold the paws of animals.

I don’t want to feel abandoned.

I like physical touch.  It lets me and others know…I am here.

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“You are mine for all time–and beyond time, into eternity.  No power can deny you your inheritance in heaven.  I want you to realize how utterly secure you are!  Even if you falter as you journey through life, I will never let go of your hand.”

Psalm 37:23-24 paraphrased by Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

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I love that this is today’s scripture on March 10.  I have a little daily devotional flip book thing.

This prompt and verse remind me of a pillow I made in high school my senior year.  These BIG denim pillows were given to us by our youth leader, Evanne.  She told us to decorate them and take them to college with us.  I did.

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I proudly lettered my pillow with colorful puffy paint.  I found a verse I liked.  I don’t have the pillow anymore, but I do have the memory of it.  And, we will always have God’s Word.  This is the verse I put on that pillow:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Took me awhile to find it.  There are a lot of NIV verses about “right hand.”  112 when you search on Biblegateway.com!
Dear God,
You are holding us by Your hand.
Forgive me when I forget that and run my own way letting Your hand go.
I feel like a kid sometimes fleeing to hide in a clothes rack or something.
But like a parent, You find us.  You take our hand and lead us where we are meant to be.
Thank you for loving us without abandon.
Love,
Jenn

 

 

Well, That’s Not Me…

“But he knows where I am and what I’ve done. He can cross-examine me all he wants, and I’ll pass the test with honors. I’ve followed him closely, my feet in his footprints, not once swerving from his way. I’ve obeyed every word he’s spoken, and not just obeyed his advice—I’ve treasured it.

Job 23:10-11 MSG

Reading today’s scripture on Biblegateway.com I have to see that the author Job was pretty spiritually straight.  Well, that’s not me.  I’m spiritual.  I believe in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit.  I try to do good, but if I were Job I would have fallen way off the path of righteousness.  Read his chapter (Job in the Bible) if you want to know more.

I’ve followed God closely, but I have swerved from his way daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly.  I do not obey every word he’s spoken.  I kind of like to make up my own rules sometimes.  I have not treasured his advice.  I look at it more as a suggested path.

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How do you feel about this passage?  Do you think you follow the path where the Father leads you?  Do you stray?  How would your cross examination go in Heaven or court?

Our life is a space for us to defend the good, love others, and choose the right.  It’s hard.  We will screw up.  Hopefully not jail worthy screw ups, but if those happen that is a real thing for some individuals.  God can redeem even those people who break laws.  There are Bible Studies, in prison ministries, and chaplains that witness to them or guards who pray for them I suppose.

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I’m not Job.  I’m Jennifer.  My trials will be my own.  My response to them will also be my own.  I hope that when I go through today my words and actions may be kind.  Patience may broaden, and my understanding of God’s Word will grow daily if I include Him in my destiny.  He’s everywhere.  I fit into His plan.

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Dear God,

I read the Bible and know You are in there as a main character.

Forgive me when I don’t pause to include you in my plans or words daily.

Give me moments of quiet to ponder:  You, the plans that would make this day good, and accept the challenges of life as Job did by remaining faithful to You, Our Father who are in Heaven.

You are a cool dude God.  You never give up on us.  Thank you for refining us!

Amen.