Announcement: Step Back

As I sit down to write this difficult decision, I am listening to Discovery Church’s Wednesday Worship and Prayer time. The lyrics run down to the deepest part of me, and remind me of my need.

“Set a fire down in my soul
That I can’t contain and I can’t control
I want more of You, God.”

I have come to a difficult decision. If you follow Chronically Ill Bloggers, you might see a resonated struggle. A decision we have to make for our well being and ministries (or online communities). And, some of us hate to make this decision – struggling with it far more than others.

Today, I come before you to announce an adjustment to our Bible study. We will go from 3 posts per a week to only a once a week Bible study. I set too lofty of a goal, when I first decided to not only to keep writing this Summer, but to stubbornly announce an officially Gracefully Overcoming Summer study.

So, what will I do with much less commitments? I will be:

  • Worshiping Jesus right where I am.
  • Write future posts.
  • Primarily, focusing on rest.
  • Study the Bible for myself

I would love to be intensely writing or encouraging the many people in great struggles. But, I need to rest. Friends, I am quite exhausted. So, I think the release of my own expectations is exactly what I need.

We will weekly come together for a Ephesians passage. I would like to set a specific day for our study, but I don’t want to commit to a specified day to study.

But when we do come together, my hope is that it would be a beauty time of study.

I love you all, friends. I am just adjusting my priorities right now, so that I can give and enjoy our time together! My prayer these past few days is, “Lord Jesus, please help me to step back!”

This ministry has always been built upon the Word of God and worshiping Him through our trials. I forget that a different intention means, I don’t have to run this digital ministry like others could.

I get the tremendous privilege to worship Jesus with you all – despite our trials (health, relationships, financial, employment).

And, I don’t want to miss this gift God has given us, because I feel as thought I can’t keep up. I saw something on Facebook that I can’t get out of my head, so you can see the image below.

In Him,

The Privilege of Serving Him

I have to remember all I am expected to share is a bit of my story. It is a tremendous privilege to be saved by the blood of the lamb – through our Savior Jesus Christ! It is an amazing privilege to be able to share the Bible with you all. And, it is a privilege to have the nudges of the Holy Spirit to do or say something, that might make a tremendous impact on another’s life.

Today, Paul reminds us of this word – “privilege”. It is a privilege, not a right or something we are entitled to. It is a privilege, a gift given to us by our heavenly Father and His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ!

“By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.”

Ephesians 3:7-9, NLT

Oh friends, I love the simplicity of verse 7. Not only do we get the privilege of knowing, walking with, being loved by, and hearing from our Mighty God, we are given the opportunity to serve Him by spreading the Good News. We can spread God’s Good News and help turn the world upside down for His glory, even through a simple sentence. After all, He has wholly changed us through a sentence or even a word.


“God saved you by His grace when you believed! (Eph. 2:8a)”

Though not entitled to, He has given us the amazing privilege and gift of spreading His Good News – the Gospel of Jesus Christ! We get to share the treasures of our Mighty God with others, so He can rescue them too.

For God’s Glory

Photo: Ramiz Dedaković

Colossians 3:17 is a favorite of many. We love the reminder to do all things for the glory of God. And it is a needful reminder, as we reside in a world that teaches us to do things for our own glory.

Scripture is clear, that our God will not share His Glory with another (Isaiah 42:8). But for some of us, this is an ongoing lesson for us to learn.

How can YOU do all things for His glory, instead of stroking your pride? What does Colossians 3:17 teach you?

A bit of godly wisdom from Adam Clarke’s Commentary –

“Whatsoever ye do in word or deed – Let your words be right, and your actions upright.

Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus – Begin with him, and end with him; invoke his name, and pray for his direction and support, in all that ye do; and thus every work will be crowned with all requisite success. Doing every thing in the name of God, and referring every thing to his glory, is as rational as it is pious. . .

Giving thanks to God – Even praises, as well as prayers, must ascend to God through this Mediator. We have no authority to say that God will accept even our thanksgiving, unless it ascend to him through Christ Jesus.”

Reconciliation and Co-Heirs

I feel behind. A million miles behind. While I hoped to write a decent percentage of our Ephesians study. I am reminded that I haven’t lived up to my expectations.

I have been quite exhausted lately. Too tired to do much of anything, kind of exhaustion.

“As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets. And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:4‭-‬6 NLT).”

God’s plan is soo good: to bring Jews and Gentles into a reconciled relationship with God through our Savior Jesus Christ!

And we share equally as God’s heirs.

From Bridgeway Commentary,

“As a Jew he was once proud of his belief that only Jews were God’s people. Even if some of the ‘far off’ Gentiles believed in God, they were still not God’s covenant people in the sense that Jews were.

Now God’s special revelation shows Paul clearly that no longer is this so. Jewish and Gentile believers are united in one body, the church, and as God’s people they share equally in all God’s blessings (3-6).”

We get the amazing privilege of coming together and sharing equally in the Lord’s blessings! Oh friends, this is why we can hold up our heads high and worship our Most Holy God. Look at what He has done for us!

We are His!
We are reconciled to God through our Savior Jesus!
We are so loved!
We are co-heirs with Christ!

. . . And, God doesn’t play favorites among His children. We can worship alongside other Christ followers who have a different background than ourselves – knowing Jesus Christ has paid it in full and has given us brand new life!