Welcome Friends!

Thanks for stopping by. My hope is that you find something here to ponder, something that will draw you closer to the arms of Jesus!

When I was younger I always found the game of hide and seek a bit awkward. It seems like a harmless game for most kids…I mean what’s not to like? Someone runs off and hides, while someone covers their eyes and counts to ten. But then the person hiding begins to panic a little inside as they are being searched for…one step at a time. Hearts beat faster, sweat begins to drip as the “hider” awaits the ultimate moment of being discovered. I remember hiding and thinking, “I cannot wait for this to be over!!” The feeling I had inside was not one of excitement if I admit it. Although I was a bit of a risk taker in my younger days, I never liked being snuck up on and I always screamed out in surprise when I would be found. Why was I so surprised? The game after all was called HIDE AND SEEK. It was always so freeing when I got out of my hiding place.

Proverbs 28:13 “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”

When I read this verse and reflect on what it looks like to ‘conceal my sin’, it is another one of those moments that feels a lot like my old hiding places. The cover up stories I tell to make what I am doing seem ok. The times when I pretend all is ok with the words I chose or the actions I took. If I try hard enough I can almost make my sin look like someone else’s fault. At the very least it is justified. Overlooking my own mishaps is easy, but I’m not that good at overlooking someone else’s. Getting called out on the things we do that fall under sin is awkward, hard, surprising sometimes and other times downright embarrassing. How do we prevent the sin from continuing? How do we stop? When does the hiding become more than we can handle.

We are called to confess. And Mercy comes next.

Confessing my sin to God is my way out of the secret keeping; out of those darkness dwelling places. We all have them. When I make the decision to acknowledge my part then I give God an opening to be who He says He is.

The Lord of my life. The giver of all good things. The forgiver of my sins.

The Merciful Father.

He is always fair and just to forgive me when I confess with my mouth and turn away from those behaviors that send me hiding. Today I rejoice that I have been given freedom from the hiding places that hold me captive. You have also. There is joy in the morning after repentance. Let’s learn from our mistakes, from our past that has kept us in hiding. We don’t have to live in the dark. Mercy Awaits.

Blessings, Jen King, Director of Women’s Ministry

 

 

March 2017

Welcome Friends!

Thanks for stopping by. My hope is that you find something here to ponder, something that will draw you closer to the arms of Jesus!

Knowing spring is around the corner, I find myself impatiently waiting for the beautiful days of blooming flowers and frolicking bunnies to appear in my yard. Each day I eagerly look out my window with hope and I wonder, “will today be that sweet sun-shining day?”

There is always something that can make us impatient, challenges that make us yearn for something different or a wanting for something we haven’t yet discovered. I ask myself things like: Why can’t I just be okay with where I am? Am I rushing around, always wanting something different than what is in front of me? Or maybe I am content with my circumstances…but what about the state of those around me? How can they find peace or contentment?

Living from a place of contentment is not easy. I want the hard stuff to go away, I want God’s will…well – if it is the same as my will, I want it. I don’t want to see my friends walking through illness, pain, or relationship trouble. I don’t want them to have problems with their children, their parents, or their jobs. And even though I know Jesus, searching Scripture for answers isn’t always easy.

Let’s read Paul’s words in Philippians 4:10-13. Here, Paul writes to the Christians in Philippi who sent him a gift of support while he was in prison.

“I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

I have read Philippians 4:13 over and over. “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” I may have been reflecting on this verse incorrectly. You see, Paul isn’t REALLY saying that he can do EVERYTHING and ANYTHING because Christ gives him strength. He is saying that he has learned to be content in Christ

so that his circumstances-no matter what they are – are not what control his contentment. This is encouraging. A close relationship with Jesus brings strength. It brings contentment. While conditions around me change like the seasons…God is steadfast. God is sure. God is unfailing. In Him we can be content.

Blessings,

Jen King

Director of Women’s Ministry

 

 

January 2017

Welcome Friends!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you find something here to ponder, something that will draw you closer to the arms of Jesus!

Perhaps you desire a fresh start in 2017. You want a clean slate, a do over, a time to put the past behind you, to persevere, to do something better, to make things right, become more dedicated, get a new outlook, a second chance, a healthy lifestyle…and the list goes on.

While all of these things seem wonderful, many of us will stop short, will never begin, will fail, and will go through this year waiting for January to arrive again. We tell ourselves that next year will be different. But will it? I believe it matters what we do with our time here on the earth. January to January.

What can we do differently right now to make sure we make a difference THIS year? I challenge you to answer this question for yourself. But here’s the spoiler alert: The answer is always found in Jesus Christ.

If you are asking yourself, how do I move forward? Move with the strength of Jesus. How do I fight this battle? Fight with the armor of God. How will I overcome this trial? You remember the gift of salvation that awaits you. What does a second chance look like for me? It looks like freedom in Christ Jesus. Am I worth it? Yes. Does anything I do really matter anyway? Everything we do or think today makes a difference for tomorrow. Jesus already made the sacrifice so you could live a fuller, richer, joyful life. Take heart, He is on your side. He never leaves. He is your fresh start.

Blessings,

Jen King

Director of Women’s Ministry