The Mirror

Learning to see yourself reflected in your spouse

Wendy DrummAt a condo I once lived in, the closet doors had been replaced with full length mirrors.  It was a little disconcerting at times to always see myself there.  Especially in the bedroom, where I would change clothes, or step out from the bath after my shower to get things.  In a sense it made me feel vulnerable, seeing myself that way. Normally, my view is from my perspective only, but seeing yourself constantly as you move about the room turned out to really bother me.  I really don’t ever need to see myself from those angles in that state of dress.  It’s just a little too revealing.

What I didn’t realize then, was that on my wedding day I would be marrying another of those full-length mirrors, and he would follow me around and not just in the bedroom.  Adam is always with me, allowing me to see myself through his perspective.  My route to denial is inhibited and I am constantly being surprised by my own reflection bouncing off of him.  I guess you could say that this is both good and bad.

It’s good because it allows me to have faith in his faith.  It allows me to rely on his belief in me when mine falters.  It allows me to feel beautiful when I see the measure of his esteem for me.  It allows me to grow into my full potential because I want to be the woman that he describes when he talks about me.  It encourages me to be more than I thought I could be, not because I wasn’t capable on my own, but rather that I didn’t see the talents, opportunities and potential in me that he sees.

However, it’s also bad because it also reveals the worst parts of me too.  Just like squatting to look under the bed shocked my bedroom mirror, my sinful nature can provide a shocking image in my spousal mirror.  Before marriage I thought I had done a pretty good job hunting out my areas of sin.  I thought that that man I married would truly be getting a wife worthy of rubies.  Little did I realize that there were so many areas of my sin nature that had remained hidden to me within my single life.

It was like cleaning a house, but leaving several rooms in the dark behind locked doors.  For example, I didn’t realize how selfish I was until I had to share.  I didn’t realize how demanding I was until I was forced to compromise.  I didn’t realize how unforgiving I was until I was expected to extend grace.  Unlike my single life, this was a state of being that I had to confront all the time, when I least expected it.

At first, I didn’t like what I saw.  Just like that mirror in the bedroom, I saw so many areas in need of change.  I saw how much work needed to be done to reach my ideal self-image.  Now as I catch glimpses of my character reflected through my husband’s view, I see how far from the image of Christ I really am.  I see my sin nature in full color shining back in my face, and it humbles me.   I feel convicted of who I am when no one is watching.

However, conviction differs from sin, in that it promotes change.  The first thing it does is cause me to repent of my sinful nature.  It drives me to my knees and sends me to my Heavenly Father for redemption.  It opens within me a hunger and thirst for righteousness that I cannot satisfy on my own.  His view pushes me forward as I strive forward to be transformed by Christ through sanctification. It reveals how deeply I need a Savior.

So, you see, my husband, the full-length mirror, is actually not both good and bad.  It is good and great.  It is good because I can borrow his belief in me when I am unsure or doubting.  But it is great because it constantly reminds me of my salvation through Jesus.  It drives me forward to be better, to be more, to be a child of Christ.  It keeps me from becoming proud and confident in my own gifts, and constantly striving to run the best race I can.

This mirror I see in Adam is just another reminder of how marriage is the earthly version of our relationship with Christ.  Our relationship to Jesus also acts as our mirror.  I can also borrow his faith in me to sustain me in times of weakness.  The Apostle Paul wrote that he delighted in his weakness, for then Christ’s strength was revealed.  When I look at myself through the eyes of Christ, I see a daughter of the Most High.  A woman made in the image of God.  I see myself as fearfully and wonderfully made.  

2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 Just as my husband the mirror shows me my sin nature, my Savior the mirror does the same thing.  I look at myself according to the standard set by Christ and I see how short I fall.  I see how far from righteous I really am, and I praise Him for loving me anyway.  I see how unworthy I am of redemption and I glorify Him for the free gift of my salvation.  When I look in the mirror of Christ, I see a woman who is both sinful and beautiful.  I see her as righteous and fallen.  I see her as hopeless and promised.  I see her as unlovely, but deeply loved.

So, today I am thankful for my husband, the mirror.  I am thankful that he sees more in me than I could ever dream of for myself and I am thankful that he helps me to see my own sin nature.  More than that though, I am thankful for Christ, the mirror, that holds the reflection of a girl that has been promised a kingdom even though she doesn’t deserve it.

True Intimacy

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I had the opportunity today to be interviewed by someone who is doing a research project about ministry for young pastors. As I was asked a series of questions, I was revealing a lot about my journey as a pastor. My mistakes and unsuccessful attempt in the past about launching a small home church and now sharing about our move to Oklahoma and what God has planned for us. Then, he asked me an interesting question.

“How has this decision affected your spouse and how have you been able to stay in agreement?”

As I answered, I just began to pour out what has been on my heart lately about growing in intimacy with your spouse. What I have seen and heard from a lot of couples lately is how they are distant. Many couples do not seem to share the same goals or visions, and almost seem to be living separate lives. I can definitely see how living separate lives can make a decision to move across the country to follow Gods will for my life very difficult if my spouse was not in agreement. This young man revealed to me that he is getting married in a couple months, so I took an opportunity to talk about growing in intimacy with your spouse. I am not talking about physical intimacy. I am talking about really becoming one as God has called Husband and Wife to be. I am talking about prayer. I am talking about faith. I am talking about our individual relationships with Christ becoming one.

Below I have outlined three steps that my wife and I have been practicing and what we have seen the results be. What we have realized is that to be “one flesh” requires us to be intentional about it. To be a strong Christian couple with a strong marriage that our children can look up to, we must be intentional about it. We must fight for every step of ground we take. And, we must fight for it on our knees.

PRAYING FOR EACH OTHER

James 5:16 NLT
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. 

Prayer may be one of the greatest difficulties Christians seem to have. “I don’t know what to say”, “I don’t know how to do it”. But the reality is, God wants us to pray. He wants us to pray for ourselves. He wants us to pray for others. But, what about praying for or with our spouse? And, even worse, what about praying after an argument! Now, that’s hard!

The first step into growing in intimacy with your spouse is to begin to pray for them. At first, you may pray selfishly, asking God to change them. You may ask God to help them see things your way, or to agree with you on something you want to do. Still, pray for them. Especially if you are arguing. Especially if you are in disagreement over a decision. Let yourself hear your own voice praying for your spouse. Let yourself begin to make it a habit. Get through the initial prayers and then let God begin to guide you in your prayers.

Ask your spouse “How may I pray for you?” There is nothing more amazing than knowing that they are praying for you. For me to know that my wife was praying for me made me feel like I was 6-foot tall and bulletproof. “She cares about me”, “She wants me to succeed”, “She wants me to get through this.” Although I should already know these things, her asking me how she can pray for me gave me such an amazing appreciation for her that it did something. I began to assume she has my best interests in her mind and in her heart. I began to take for granted that she was on my side. I began to assume that she wanted us to go the distance. It may cause your spouse to do the same about you.

Simple. Easy. One minute a day. Pray for your spouse.

Here is what it does

1). You begin to focus on their good qualities instead of the things that annoy you.

2). You begin to hear yourself have hopes and dreams for them. You want them to succeed.

3). You begin to see how you can help them. You become the person that “lifts” them up

PRAY TOGETHER

As we grow in intimacy with our spouse, we should start to have a desire to share more with them. We should want to begin to share our faith with them.  It should lead us to no longer have these two separate lives of faith and relationships, but to start coming together and believing together. One way to begin this step towards greater intimacy is to start to pray together.

This is not easy to do. It will seem awkward at first. “Do I pray right?” “Do I sound weird?” “Do I pray too long or too short?”

Just do it! It does not have to be a formal time of prayer. It does not have to be long. It may be a quick prayer together before leaving for work. It may be prayer together before a decision is made. Take any opportunity to hold hands with your spouse and pray. Begin to pray together as a family. Pray at meals and before bedtime.

I know for my family this has been a great experience, not just for my wife and I, but also for our children. Both our  daughters pray with us at bedtime.

For my wife and I , praying together has become a real intimate time for us. We began by praying for others in our life and for things concerning our family. At first, it was awkward. I am a long prayer. I say “Father God”  at least 45 times in each prayer. (Yes, our daughter counted once). Then I go silent to hear from God.  While my wife is very casual in her prayer life, referring to God as “The Man” and other little nuances like that.  Wendy can pray her whole prayer list in five minutes or less. Nevertheless, we began to grow together. We began to appreciate the differences in our prayer. We began to work to each others strengths and weaknesses in prayer. We began to communicate with each other in prayer, even finishing each others prayers.

As you begin to pray with your spouse, I believe that you will begin to experience to following

1). You begin to see their relationship with Christ before you

2). You begin to hear what they are passionate about

3). You begin to share with them the miracle of answered prayer

Simple. Easy. One minute per day. Pray with your spouse

PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER… TOGETHER

As important as the first two steps are, I think this one is where the real intimacy is built. As amazing as praying for your spouse is, and then praying together, this step will really give you an appreciation and a fondness for your spouse that nothing else will.

I remember the first time I prayed for my wife in front of her. Sure, I had prayed for her, and we had prayed together for others, but this was different. I was nervous. My fear was that I would embarrass her, or make her feel as though I thought she needed to change or wasn’t “good enough.” As I began to pray for her, with her, it was an amazing experience. I heard myself pray and I watched her begin to tear up. I remember after, she hugged me and thanked me.  She told me how deeply loved she felt, and how much it meant to her that I believed in her.  That she mattered to me.

I also remember her praying for me, and how that made me feel. I was so amazed at her words and her feelings. She was praying for the things that I was hoping for. She had been listening to me at night as I discussed areas I was struggling in, or things I was having difficulty with. I remember looking at her and feeling this sense of love and appreciation for her I had never felt before. It was not an emotional fleeting love, but a real love. She cared about me. She wanted me to succeed. She wanted me to be happy and to realize my hopes and my dreams. She was on my side! She believed in me.

Hearing the voice of your spouse praying for you is one of the most intimate things that can happen in your marriage. We want our spouse to believe in us. We want our spouse to come alongside us as we navigate everyday life and its trials. We want our spouse to fight for us and be on our side. For me, knowing she is on my side makes me feel like I can do anything.

What I began to realize is that praying for each other, together does three things for us

1). You begin to hear their heart for you

2). You begin to hear their hopes and desires for you

3). You begin to trust them and draw closer to them

Having faith in their faith

When we have true intimacy with our spouse, it does something incredible for our relationship with each other and our relationship with Christ. God has called us to become “one flesh.” He has called us to live in true intimacy with each other.

So, today I challenge you.  I challenge you to pray.  Pray for each other, pray together, and pray for each other… together.  See what can happen when you invite Christ into your marriage.  See what happens when you make yourself vulnerable in front of your spouse.  I think you will be amazed at how God begins to work in your life, and the power of prayer in your family.

The Abraham Journey – Part 2

Adam On Point

As I read this passage of scripture, I cannot help but wonder what Abraham was thinking. Fortunately for us, we are able to read the rest of Genesis, and the Bible and know how everything plays out. We are able to see the promises which God made to Abraham come to pass. We are able to live those same promises today as Christians.

Genesis 12:1 NLT
The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
Abraham was called to step out in faith. Abraham was called to tread new ground and begin a journey that he did not know much about. Abraham was called to journey into the unknown and trust God. His life would not be perfect because he chose to trust God. His life would see challenge, temptation, trouble and turmoil.

It brings to mind my Abraham journey. It started that night when I accepted Christ as Savior and has not stopped. I think about the unknowns I would begin to walk into. The first would be my new life as a Christian. I would venture into new unknowns and I still am to this day. The unknown of serving God within the Church. The unknown of attending Bible College and then Seminary. The unknown of leading my first Men’s Bible Study. The unknowns of reading my Bible for the first time and asking God what it all meant. The unknown of standing on a stage as I began to preach my first sermon. The unknown of taking my first position as an associate pastor. The unknown of marrying my best friend and love of my life at age 38. The unknown of becoming a father overnight to an 8-year-old girl. The unknown of what a newborn would do to our life. The unknowns of leaving a very lucrative career to launch my own business, only to be asked to put that venture aside to fully follow God’s Will for my life. And now the unknown of following that call, moving across the country and leaving everything I know and am familiar with for what God has for us.

When I stop and think about it all, it can be overwhelming. I wonder what Abraham thought. I wonder why he did it? What made him trust God? Was he the first guy God had asked to do this very thing? Was he the first one to say yes? I know I am not the first guy to do this, or the first to say yes. I know others have gone before me and stepped into this same challenge to trust God. It is encouraging to know this, but it does not make it less scary.

As I like to say, “You either trust God, or you don’t.” There really is no middle ground. My Abraham journey has been a series of unknowns. I have made mistakes. I have gone off path and outside of God’s Will. I have tried to do it my way instead of His Way. I have told God no. There are many things I wish I could go back and change or do better. But, I have to believe that each of those experiences were for a reason. That in them God was allowing me to learn something about myself. My hope is that I may use them to help others.

I went home that night without a clue what would happen the next day. I woke up the next morning on my birthday. I would be 30 years old and a Christian. What would happen? What would be expected of me? What was I supposed to do? How was I supposed to act? What was I supposed to say? Would my friends and family laugh? Would they stop talking to me? Would they call me a “Jesus Freak?” What did life from this day on look like?

During my Abraham journey, I have not always known what the next day would look like, but I have learned that each day with God, each day into the unknown and each day in the Abraham journey has been indescribably better than the days before I knew Christ.

So, whether you are just beginning your journey as a Christian, or if you have walked with Him for a long time, continue. Do not stop, and do not look back. Trust God that each day will take you further and farther than you think possible. For, just as Abraham journey was unknown to him, it was known to God. And someday, somewhere, someone will read our Abraham journey and say, “WOW!”

God is amazing.

The Abraham Journey – Part I

"In Jesus name, Amen."

Adam On Point

As I think back to that moment, I am still amazed by the entire string of events.  I am still not sure how I actually got to that point, but there I was, in Church on a Sunday evening.  My brother and his wife by my side.  The invitation to accept Christ is given, and I go forward.  I don’t fully realize what I am about to do, or why I am about to do it.  But I knew one thing, my life had to change.

As I bowed my head and closed my eyes, I saw in my mind many of the things I had done.  I heard my own words and my own thoughts behind all of the things I was asking forgiveness for.  I often think if the pastor had truly understood how much I needed forgiveness, the prayer may have been longer!

My life up to that point had read like a trashy detective novel.  Full of seedy bars, fistfights, bad language and living for myself.  Although I was a functioning alcoholic, I was still one none the less.  I was angry, mean and just plain rude.  I used people to get what I wanted and then threw them away.  I led by intimidation and fear.  I rode my Harley Davidson with a loaded pistol in the saddle bags, looking for a fight everywhere I went.  As I look back on all of these different experiences now, I am amazed that I am not writing this from prison, or that I am alive to write it at all.

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Somehow, God had plans for me.  I still don’t really believe it.  But I know what I heard.

As I ended the prayer that evening, I heard these words.  Now, some may find this hard to believe, but I really do think I heard them audibly.  “You will preach my Word.”

I opened my eyes and looked around.  Some people were looking at me.  Some were talking and some were in the corner jumping for joy!  But I still know what I heard.  But, I had no clue what it meant.  And, it would be a long while before I even began to understand what God had just spoken to me.  Most importantly, it would be a long time before I let Him bring it to pass.  I will talk more about this journey in later blogs.

I remember the rest of that night.  I remember going out to eat after Church to celebrate.  My brother, his wife and my nephews all just amazed at what just happened.  Uncle Adam was a Christian?  Really?  Tattooed, beer drinking, cussing, Harley riding trouble making Uncle Adam?  No way!  Yes way!

How did this happen?  I didn’t know.  My brother didn’t know.  My nephews didn’t know.  I mean, we had a clue.  God has amazing grace.  God is seeking all of us to come to Him.  God does not desire that any of us stay lost and separated from Him. But, what had really happened?!?

Answered prayer.  That’s what happened.  What I would find out some time later was that my salvation was answered prayer.  My sister-in-law’s father is an amazing man of God.  I met him when I was 15 years old.  I remember, I had my long hair, a Guns & Roses jean jacket and a knife in my back pocket.  My brother had taken me with him to their house.  This guy was intimidating.  He wasn’t big or loud, but he had a presence about him.  Confidence!  He was a pastor!  I tried to look him in the eye, but I couldn’t.  But, what he would tell me some time later, and what he would reveal to me over the next 10 years was that from the moment he met me he prayed for me.  From age 15 to age 29, he prayed for me.  He prayed for me to know Jesus the way he did.  He prayed for me, because he saw something in me that no one else did.  He saw what I could be in Christ.

So there I stood, the night before my 30th birthday.  Head bowed, eyes closed.  Ready to pray for Jesus to become my Lord and Savior.  Ready for my life to change.  Ready to step into the Abraham Journey that would be and still is my life.  Why?  How?  Because of someone who did not stop praying after a week.  Did not stop praying after a month.  Did not stop praying after a year.  Or ten years.  Did not stop believing that God could do something so radical, so amazing, so, so……

To Pastor Tino Madrid.  Thank you.  Thank you for not giving up.  Thank you for having amazing faith.  Thank you for praying without ceasing.  Thank you for being my pastor and my friend.  Thank you, for helping me start my Abraham Journey.

On Point

Where will you put your faith today?

Adam DrummIf you would have told me eleven years ago that I would be in the place I’m in today, I would have never believed you.  With that statement, I am talking about more than just physically, or geographically.  I’m talking about spiritually and relational.  Because eleven years ago I thought I had it all figured out.  I thought I knew everything and had it all under control.  But, the reality is, I was spinning out of control.  I thought I knew what love was, but I was loveless.  I thought I knew what faith was, but I was faithless.  I thought I knew what hope was, but I was hopeless.  I thought I knew what joy was, but I was without. I was looking for the red X on the treasure map.  If I could just find the secret, if I could just make enough money, if I……….

Now, if you knew me back then, you probably would not agree with those statements.  Why?  Because I had what people will tell you happiness looks like.  Plenty of money to do what I wanted; plenty of toys to drive and ride when I wanted; and a vacation home to escape to when I felt the need. In those things I was searching.  I was trying to find the fulfillment of hope, joy, love and peace.  I was trying to grab on to anything in front of me that could hold me up just a little bit longer.  Anything that could slow down the spinning mess that my life was quickly becoming.  And while I will not share my entire testimony here today, lets just say that I was headed towards a huge crash and burn.

The night before my 30th birthday I accepted Christ. I came to Him broken, afraid and alone.  Not physically alone, as my brother and his family were with me, but I was alone on the inside.  My heart was empty.  My spirit was a wasteland that had been used and abused.  I was sorry for my wrongs.  Sorry for the things I had done, the things I had said, and the way I had treated other people.  I was not someone who I wanted to look at in the mirror anymore.  I knew something had to change.

And it did.  Accepting Christ, asking forgiveness of my sins and submitting myself to Him that night brought change in my life.  I felt as though hope had been restored.  Joy was now possible.  I felt that there was now more to live for, more to hope for, and something real to put my faith in.  I felt the huge weight of my life lift from my shoulders, knowing that I did not have to be perfect because He was.  That when I did make a mistake, and I still make plenty of them, that it was not the end.  I began to understand that Christ died for my sins, past, present and future.

Today, as I write this, I am little more than a week away from celebrating both my birthday and my born again birthday.  I reflect on where I was then, and where I am now.  These last eleven years have not been without worry, trial and temptation.  I cannot honestly say I have resisted any of them.  I still fall short everyday in every way.  I am definitely a work in progress, but aren’t we all?

That’s the point I want to make with this post. Everyday we have the chance, the opportunity, to decide what we put our faith in.  There are days when I put more trust in myself and what I can do then Christ.  I admit it!  I try to work it out on my own more often than not.  That’s my own pride.  And what makes me go crazy when I do, is that I have seen God answer prayers, I have seen Him do the impossible, both for me and through me.  So, why is it so hard?  And here is what I have found.

The closer I am to Him, the easier it is.  The more time I spend with Him, reading my Bible, studying His Word, and listening to Him, the easier it is.  It’s still hard, it still requires a choice that I make, but the choice becomes more obvious the more you know about Christ.

So, let’s take this walk of faith together.  Let’s learn His Word and draw closer to Him side by side.  My hope is that as I share my doubts, my worries, and my victories, that we can inspire each other to a greater relationship with Christ.  One that will cause us to look at every problem, every situation and everyday in light of who He is, not who we are.

Join me as we step out front.  Join me as we step “On Point” in front of ourselves and into faith.

In the Beginning

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Adam and I met in the fall of 2012, and at the time we were both very passionate followers of Jesus Christ who were both active in ministry.  We both wanted to be married for very practical reasons, and we had both decided that we had reached a point in our lives where we felt mature enough to make that kind of commitment.  

We found each other on Christian Mingle.  I know it sounds goofy, but that’s how it went down.  He was at a conference in Dallas and he saw my smile and that was it.  We emailed back and forth for a couple of months, and met that November.  We went to see Lincoln, and he learned the tough lesson of pretzel envy, always a better choice over popcorn.  I wouldn’t say that we were love at first sight, but I would say that we both knew very early, probably before meeting in person, where we wanted the relationship to go.

Then came the talk.  When Adam and I met, we already had Rebecca.  She was our daughter born to a previous relationship.  Courtship as a single parent brings its own set of challenges, and I wanted Adam to know what it meant to move into her life, as well as mine.  As a single man he had been preparing to step into the role of husband, but was he ready for the instant responsibility of a family?  Was he ready to be a father to an eight-year-old girl?  So, we met over lunch and I laid it down hard for him.  I think back on it now and I wonder if I was trying to scare him away.  Instead, that day in the booth, Adam became my daughter’s father.  Most men become fathers in the delivery room, but he became a father over a turkey club.

Adam met his daughter in December.  He was waiting at a fountain, and she was so nervous.  I gave her two quarters, and told her to bring him a wish.  They stuttered over that first meeting, but by the end of the day they were best friends, and I was the third wheel.  There is so much to say here, but that’s another story for Adam to tell.

We were married in March of the following year, and by the end of our honeymoon, we were expecting our second daughter, Erin.  Life seemed to come so fast that first year, and we got caught stumbling over all the baggage that we had both brought into the relationship.  We got lost chasing after the “American Dream” of what our family should look like.  I won’t hesitate to say that we wandered away from our calling of ministry, and ended up on the wide road.  

Now several years later, we have learned so much, and are working to bring our little family back into alignment with God’s will for our life.  We make Christ a priority in our lives and the lives of our daughters.  We feel a commitment and a calling to share what we are learning and what we have discovered.  We both feel very strongly that marriage as it is being taught and how people are struggling through is in need of support and healing, that can only be found in God’s Word and through His Son, Jesus.  We invite you to partner with us as we explore the many resources available to families and we measure them against scripture.  We invite you to follow along on our blog as Adam and I write about the struggles of marriage, parenting, and God’s teachings.  We ask you to join us as we being Living On Point.

Matthew 6:5

5“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Matthew 6:5

It is easy to put on the “mask” of Christianity. Saying the right words, attending the right events, even posting the right things on Facebook. But true religion is less acting, and more action. True Christianity is your daily walk, the things you do that no one will ever know about, the way you treat those around you, the way you stand up, and take responsibility, especially when it will cost you something.

A MAN OF COURAGE will not back down from the challenge that is in front of him, he will not be afraid to pay any cost for his family, he will not be afraid to humble himself and admit when he has been wrong. No matter what, it is never too late to get back up, brush the dirt off, and say yes to what God has placed before you.

God believes in you.

God’s Love

Man's sin is not powerful enough to stop God's love

1The Bible is God’s love letter to us. In it I read and see that His love cannot be stopped. It was not stopped because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. it was not stopped when Cain killed Abel.

Because of His love, God flooded the earth and set forth a righteous man, Noah, to re-populate the earth. God’s love was shown at the Tower of Babel, spreading mankind across the earth and confusing their language to begin setting apart a people for Himself. God’s love is shown through Abraham, an imperfect man who makes many mistakes, yet follows God and is given a great blessing in the form of Isaac, the promised son. The sins of David and Solomon couldn’t stop God’s love. A kingdom divided and the Babylonian captivity couldn’t stop Gods love.

A nation turned against God and worshiping idols couldn’t stop His love. The Pharisees, Sadducees and all the high priests couldn’t stop God’s love. As I read the Bible, I see the lengths God went through to protect the lineage of Jesus. God did this for you, He did this for me. Everything in the Bible was done for us. God’s love is there, it has always been there, even before we realized it, it is here now, even when we don’t fully comprehend it or accept it at times, and it will always be here, for all our days to come. We cannot stop His love, but we can reject it and choose to ignore it.

This morning I read Hebrews chapter 11. Some call it the Hall of Faith, but today I saw a list of imperfect people, those who made mistakes as God was using them. Their stories were there for me to read this morning for inspiration. God used them, God loved them, and God wants to use me, imperfections and all.

“Man’s sin is not powerful enough to stop God’s love.”

The Abraham Journey – Introduction

Following God in Faith

Adam On PointI have always been very fascinated by the life of Abraham.  His journey is one that I have studied and read multiple times.  I once taught a Wednesday night Bible study on the life of Abraham.  We met weekly for almost two years and we never covered everything we could.  In his life I see so much to study and learn from.  I see amazing faith, leadership and encouragement for all believers.

Abraham, called suddenly to leave all he knows for the unknowns of God.  Abraham, given a promise from God that would take years to come to fruition.  Abraham, who at times doubted God, lied and went outside of God’s will to make the promise come true on his own.  Abraham, who, once the promise was given, was then asked to sacrifice it.  Abraham, who fought when called to fight, negotiated when called to negotiate, and who gave up what was good for what was best.  Abraham, who always knew where to return and who to turn to when He needed God.  Abraham, the example of a life of hope and faith In God.

Why have I titled this new blog series “The Abraham Journey?”  Well, I think we are all on a journey with God.  I know I am. I have been.  I forever will be.  Just like Abraham, God has called each believer to leave all you know for the unknowns of God.  God has given each believer a promise that may take years to come to fruition.  We as believers may have those same doubts as Abraham.  We may lie and go outside God’s will for us.  We make try to make His promises come true with our own hands.  We may be asked to sacrifice that which is most important to us.  We may be called to fight, called to negotiate or even called to give up what is good for what is best.  And, I hope for all of us, we will know where to go and who to turn to when we need God.  May our life also be an example of hope and faith in God.  I know all of the above is true for me.

The Abraham journey series will be my story.  It will be the story of my first day with Christ and the journey of the all the days after.  It will be the story of my trials, my successes, my hurts, my hopes and my fears.  It will be the story of my journey with Christ alone, as a husband and father, and now my journey with Christ as I pack up all my families’ belongings into a trailer and move east from California to Oklahoma to follow God’s plan and purpose for our lives.  This is my Abraham Journey.