Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Word and Prayer: Matthew 16

After traveling last week (and being sick) I’m back to writing and sharing.

Matthew 16 (MSG) was my reading today and in this translation it paraphrased one of my life Mantras. I always say “Choose the hardest thing, it will make you depend on God more and know Him in new ways.” The scripture here says nearly the same thing! I have never read the Bible in this translation so it really jumped out at me. Amen! Here it is in context:


“Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16‬:‭24‬-‭26‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Yes! Follow Him! Let Him lead! And if you’re faced with a decision choose the hardest thing so you’ll see how dependable He is.


Several years ago my husband was faced with a job change. The hardest thing for me would be to move away from 8 of my grandkids. The hardest thing for Mark was staying in a job with a relentless boss who was out to break him. We had different hard things, so we prayed. We ended up staying, but within a few months that boss released him to find a different position within the company. Although he applied for local jobs, even within other companies, he ended up taking a position that moved us about 8 hours away…but closer to our other newborn grandchild who I got to babysit weekly. I made wonderful friendships with our neighbors, women I love. I was closer to other friends I hadn’t seen in years. It was really hard to leave my family and grands here, but I trusted God and He provided things I couldn’t have imagined! I grew spiritually, our marriage grew, and it opened up doors down the road with other moves that blessed us. It was so hard to leave my grandkids, but the truth is that shortly after that the bulk of them moved too! If I’d insisted we stayed life would have been so different anyways!


Trust God! He is dependable!


#marinaskitchentable #godisdependable #theworkaholicswife #companymove #choosehardthings #trustgod

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