Today’s blog is an excerpt from Grace Life staff member Renée Berry’s new book, Invite Him In.
I want Author Ann Voskamp’s mindset of thankfulness when I don’t know what to think. I desire to give thanks for feeling better, but that is not the case at this moment. This is post-chemo week which historically leaves me reeling in oppressive nausea and general malaise. My hope is to experience the joy of my union with Christ, more and more. I can be thankful for that. Hurt, disappointment and discouragement seem to be the walls that constantly stand in the way of my experiencing LIFE in Him. I do not want to live in that mire, dependent on feelings that are so deceptive. I know I have always waited on circumstances to deliver me, but the feelings attached to them cause my footing to be so unsure. This cancer battle does not change.
From day to day, I see my body losing ground, but this particular battle appears to be cancer of the soul (mind, will and emotions), which can only manifest in unbelief. Jesus, I Invite You In to cure this. As I Invite You In, I choose to believe Your unchangeable nature, attributes and character are mine to experience because I am one with You. I know focusing on You will bring clarity to my soul revealing not only Your depth but what You want me to experience each moment. A portion of this intimacy is pouring out how I feel while enjoying a loving relationship with You. I thank You for Life and Godliness in abundance, Your promises to me. Intimacy – in to me see, my Lord. My circumstance may not change, so I yield to focus on unchangeable You.
2 Corinthians 9:15 – Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]! (Jesus Christ!)
Ephesians 5:20 – At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
1 Corinthians 15:22 – For just as [because of their union of nature] in Adam all people die, so also [by virtue of their union of nature] shall all in Christ be made alive.
Ephesians 2:5 – Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).
Colossians 3:15 – And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].