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20 December 2008

Leaving Behind
Contemporary Art Horse Daily Painting By Laurie Justus Pace

18 x 36 inches
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My mind is back on Mary and Joseph on their long trip into Bethlehem of Judeah. I am certain we could attach the word "weary" to the journey. I am hoping they were not hungry as well, and most certainly hoping they were not attacked by bandits along the way. The journey is not detailed in any of the gospels.

Our daily journey is very real to each of us, often painful and confusing and for some, it is rarely filled with joy. God provides everything we need for our journey, why do we not use what He has for us? Paul tells us in the Bible that we are citizens of heaven. We belong. Right now we are simply sojourners in a world filled with danger. When God sent us here He equipped us with the tools we needed to survive. Our provisions vary with each of us and some of us ignore what we have been given. Why do we allow ourselves to fall prey to life each day? Why do we not arm ourselves with His Word and trust in Him?

I know many of you own bibles. Are they on the shelf for impressive looks, or do you use yours DAILY? The oldest personal bible I have that was a gift from my Aunt and Uncle in St Louis. I have used it to the point that if I open it much more it will have to be rebound. I used it exclusively until 15 years ago when Terry and I bought a bible we share with large type and extra room to write all over the pages. When I read I make notations. I always date the area I am studying as well. Some areas have 5 or 6 dates on them and many notes. My bibles are used as road maps and guides, and wisdom and study. Also tucked within the pages and covers are a select few letters from people that love me, that wrote in times I reached out to them. I honor their thoughts and keep them close at hand in my bible. Many of them are deceased but their thoughts ever close to redirect me when I am lost. (The New Testament is full of letters written for you. Pick one out today and read it. One of my favorites is James.)

When you go on a trip you use your navigation system or maps. This life journey is not different. He is your GPS. God's Protective Services. The Bible is your map filled with specific information needed for anything that could happen along the way. You need it to complete this life.

It is inventory time. Make a list if you need to. You should not be weary any longer, don't put it off. Use the knowledge you have and seek His wisdom. You are filled with the Holy Spirit. It is time to acknowledge this and give Him room to work in your life. Give it all up, you will receive back a hundred times what you gave up. The nourishment He has for you will fill every hunger and satisfy every need.

Here is my old friend:

Simple Joy and Abundance,


"Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." Philippians 3:17-20

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