Have you ever read something – whether a caption, a book, a quote, maybe a billboard (Sometimes I need something that big for me to notice) – that just caught your attention? Making you ponder and question it to the core? It ignites a fire down in your soul and gave you the desire to press forward in a new direction, as if life hasn’t already sent you in enough directions already? For me, the book of Romans has done just that. It has brought me comfort, hope, and drive. It reminded me of the need to Boast in the hope of the glory of God. -Romans 5:2. Whether in suffering or prosperity, we were called to be obedient. But what does that look like in the world today?
In Romans 11:36 the bible states,
“For from him and through him and for him are all things.”
ALL things. This verse twisted me inside. It brought to light the truth that all of the choices I make each day should have a proper vision. My eyes, mouth, heart, and hands, all set towards HIM.
In Romans 10:8 the bible states, “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.” Will we fail? Oh yes, every day we will stumble, but our reassurance is in Romans 11:11 when we are comforted in, “Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!” Whew, we even got an exclamation mark there! And I am thankful for that exclamation, that I am never beyond his love and grace.
Romans has challenged me to share my stories, my trials, my life, through this Blog. Of course, as the rest of the world, I am a sinner who has fallen short many times before, as I will continue to do so. I can only pray that through sharing my adventures, my stories, and my trials, that this will be somewhat of my gift to you, as I have received the gift of shared life from many who have gone before me.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”