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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

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Monday Morning Munch No. 93 – How to get honor

“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness and honor.” -Proverbs 21:21

So many people, including some of my True Beauty girls, are afraid that if they give control and reign of their lives to the Lord of the universe that they will be put to shame, mocked and made fun of.

This verse quiets that thought lie.

Whoever pursues righteousness and honor (package deal, you can’t pursue one without the other) will indeed find life, righteousness and HONOR.

Those who seek these things will not be put to shame (Psalm 34:5), they will be honored.

What is this principle?

Honoring the humble. Those who humble themselves (notice they don’t need someone else to humble them) will be exalted. We see it time and again throughout Scripture.

Does this mean a believer will never encounter persecution? Of course we know that isn’t true. Look at believers righteously pursuing God around the world. Moreover look at Christ Himself. O sacred Head now wounded.

The most righteous One was put to shame by all accounts and appearances, but He was actually in the process of being honored.

He pursued kindness to the death, teaching us all the ultimate kindness is found in laying down your life for a friend.
He pursued life through death, thus making a way for all of us to find life.
He pursued and “found” righteousness in the form of being restored to sinless perfection after He swallowed sin and the holy wrath of God for us, conquering sin, Satan, death and hell.
He pursued and “found” honor as He endured the cross, despising the shame, and set down at the right hand of God.

The way up for a Christian is the way down. This has always been the case.

So if we are counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus, let us remember who will ultimately be put to shame (I’m looking at you, Satan and all your legions) and remember our Lord, who was exposed, broken and shamed for our transgressions.

With that in mind, we can be effectively joyful in all our circumstances or situations, knowing whatever trial may come has not only been filtered through the fingers of God’s love but is working for us a glory unworthy to be compared to the joy that’s coming.

2 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 93 – How to get honor

  1. iasb31 says:

    Humility is essential for followers of Christ. Great post.

    1. I’m just now catching up on comments–ahh, thank you again! Praise Him!

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