Here in the high desert where I live, it only rains about 12 inches a year. The days heat up fast and the nights cool down quickly. Since a real downpour is rare, they always remind me of my adventures with rain.
Rainclouds can make a gloomy Eeyore or the perfect background for art and lattes, depending on the circumstances. We could fill books with our rain stories…how they’ve spoiled picnics or made a rainbow at just the right moment.
I thought I’d share mine since it’s been raining all week. Wouldn’t trade these stories. I love sunny days, but I think we need the rainy days, too. There is an Arab proverb, “All sunshine makes a desert.”
Here are my first, worst, next and best times it rained.
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I used to think of the gospel as sort of a one-and-done invitation you need the day you get saved, and then you dust it off when doing summer ministry or handing out tracts at the park.
Continue reading “The Gospel Unfolds Courage”
Today I’m writing on a topic I have a lot of passion for. It’s because the gospel truly has changed everything about me, and I want to encourage you to look to Him, too. My second reason for this post is to introduce a collaborative article. To do this, I desire to define the gospel and talk about why it’s not just for the day you get saved.
What is the gospel? According to the Bible, the gospel is the good news that — even though we have sinned against a holy God and deserve separation from Him — He provided a substitute (His own Son) for the punishment our sins deserved. What love! Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, died on the cross giving His blood, and rose from the dead on the third day. Now because of His work, we are invited to place our faith in Christ. It’s even more than just a rescue. When we deserved God’s wrath, instead, we receive grace upon grace!
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
I’m declared righteous because of Jesus Christ…not because of my own merits.
It’s simple but deep.
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March and April gave me an opportunity to breathe deep and to silence the endless what ifs with an even if stance. Even if my fears come true, God is still good and powerful. Now those what ifs still tickle occasionally, but I’ve gained ground in trusting the Lord. The forecasted calamities didn’t happen to me anyway. The time I spent worrying added not an inch to my height nor a day to my life, just like Jesus promised.
Now we’re marching into May with “grace in our hearts and flowers in our hair”* and a new horizon. I’ve shifted from fighting worry … to combatting discontentment.
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For Plot Twist Tuesday I dusted off this article — not so you’ll try to make my day because you already have made my day countless times. Actually, you could just retire — you’ve made my life. Your ongoing encouragement through the years is how I knew to write this piece in the first place.
My purpose in pulling this from the archives is to remind all of us to keep encouraging the creatives in our lives. Words and actions mean more than you know. Your sacrificial kindness is a contribution, and it’s appreciated.
Here’s a secret: It’s not hard to make a writer’s day.
I’ll let you know five ways!
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