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For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Tiny legs carried them across the sand in a frenetic search as each child bent low over a crudely sketched map. The sunlight shone from their eyes like sea glass scattered on the beach.

“It’s here somewhere,” one said.

“Let me look at that.” Another boy grabbed the paper from his brother and quickly assessed their position. “I think it’s by him. Come on, guys. It’s gotta be buried somewhere by dad.”

Squealing and shouting, four little children careened toward their father. Joining in their play, the man threw his head back.  His laughter joined the rush of the ocean waves splashing joyfully against the beach.

The littlest one squatted near her father’s feet and brushed wet, gritty sand from something dark and brown. The boys joined in and they dug deeper, grainy bits of shell and dirt cemented to dimpled hands and limbs. Forming a pocket around the ridge of a wooden box, the one with the husky voice shouted, “We found it. Buried treasure.”

That game was one our children-now teens and young adults-still remember. My husband was a master at creating treasure hunts and this was particularly memorable.

Like children, we are all seeking after treasure; 
searching after that which fills the empty places of our souls. Click To Tweet

Like children, we are all seeking after treasure; searching after that which fills the empty places of our souls. But the treasure that satisfies man’s soul isn’t discovered in wealth, fame, or even family. It’s found in the person of Jesus Christ and He is waiting patiently for people to seek Him.

Scripture affirms, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

When we seek the treasure of Christ afresh each day, 
He pours out spiritual riches. Click To Tweet

And when we seek the treasure of Christ afresh each day, He pours out the spiritual riches of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.

Oh, the abundant goodness of our Father!

We've discovered the Logos, the Lord, the Lamb, the Lion, 
and the free gift of Life. Click To Tweet

Here, kneeling in the blood-soaked soil at the foot of the cross we’ve discovered the Logos, the Lord, the Lamb, the Lion of Judah, and the free gift of Life.

May you find comfort in your wealth today, Friend.

Peace and grace,

Tammy

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Kata-Kata Gaul (1).pngFour hundred fifty-eight; the number of Bible verses containing a version of the word “faith”. Scrolling down the list, I notice three action verbs reappear consistently. Walk. Serve. Obey.

Walk faithfully. Serve faithfully. Obey faithfully.

Simple words, but not as simply lived. Sometimes the pressures of work and family life seem to squeeze out time for faithful living. We race from one event to the next, our children strapped in car seats during the shuffle between dance lessons, team events and church obligations. Bending our heads for an obligatory dinnertime prayer will need to suffice for  today’s time of quiet rest in His presence. Or, maybe for the week.

Walk faithfully. Serve faithfully. Obey faithfully.

Our holy resumes gathers titles and accomplishments...but we lose we sight of the One we're serving.#seekfirst#loveGod#loveothers Click To Tweet

We feel compelled to join committees, causes, and councils. Our holy resume gathers titles and accomplishments, but how often do we lose sight of the One we’re serving in the midst of all the doing?

Instead of filling up on Christ, we moan about overcrowded schedules as our spiritual wells run as dry as the desert during a drought. All along, the life-giving Fountain waits to flow in us and through us; our bodies weary of frenzy and our souls aching for the refreshing nourishment He provides.

Instead of filling up on God...our spiritual wells run dry.#fountainoflife#noneedtothirst Click To Tweet

The Psalmist understood. He penned these words about his own experience.

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

-Psalm 63:1 (NIV)

 

This world, this culture, this high-demand-you-can-do-it-all system will lead us into the wilderness places if we allow frenzied living. I’ve been there. Have you?

I don’t believe this is God’s best for us.

...when we settle into His heavenly company, He will bless our surrendered hearts.#faithfulliving#intentionalliving#lovingGod Click To Tweet

While we attempt to check off  today’s to-do list, the Father invites us to into His presence. And when we settle into His heavenly company,  He will equip us for our assignments and bless our surrendered hearts. In Him and through Him, our thirst will be quenched and our spirits renewed.

Today, may you and I walk faithfully. Serve faithfully. Obey faithfully.

Peace and grace,

Tammy

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Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

The four men encouraged their friend, “We’ve heard of his miracles—healing you will be a simple task.”  Resolute, they hoisted their companion and his bedroll onto their shoulders.  Navigating the crowded streets of Judea without dropping the bundle became increasingly difficult as they neared the house.  Men, women, and children; rich and poor; religious leaders and rebels pushed and prodded to gain access to the one called Rabbi.  There was no more room and no way to get any nearer.

Unless….well, it was a long-shot.  Without hesitation, the men gathered the mat and its contents, maneuvered up the stairs to the roof, and with bare hands ripped each tile from its place.  Finally, they glimpsed him below—there, in the midst of the crowd, preaching.  Would he resent their boldness?  Grow angry at the desperate need of their friend?  Glancing nervously at one another, they slowly lowered the bedroll and the man lying upon it at Jesus’ feet.

Undisturbed by the interruption, Jesus glanced upward and then at the weeping, paralyzed man. “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”

Like the paralyzed man and his friends, Jesus calls us to live a life of faith.  We can go boldly before Him, lay our “mat” at his feet, and rest in the knowledge that He will meet our needs.

May we have the faith to come before Him today–expecting to walk away changed.

Scripture for Reflection-“I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home. He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.”   Mark 2:11-12

Action Step-Make a list of three concerns or struggles you are managing today.  Pray about them and give them to God–all day long. Consider including the following Bible verse as part of your prayers, but inserting your name in place of the pronouns my and your instead.

And my ( ____________’s) God will meet all your ( _______________’s) needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

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