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To Walk on Water… You First Need to Get Out of the Boat

boat-677781_640Around three in the morning, He came toward them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear.  

 Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.”

“Come!” He said.

And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. 

Matthew 14:25-29 (HCSB)

Peter trusted Jesus and took that step of faith. He got out of the boat. Peter was able to do something miraculous…. until he took his eyes off Jesus and gave in to the doubts and fears around him. He listened to those voices in his head that told him it was impossible for him to be doing what he was doing.

I think of how many times I follow God in something He has called me to do… but then those fears and doubts hit me like a huge wave and I flounder as much as Peter did.

I know the key is in looking to Jesus. I will only be able to do miraculous things… because of Him. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be walking on water than sitting safe and secure on the boat.

Where are you… on the boat… on the water walking… or sinking?

The great thing is that God can meet us no matter where we are.

 

Jodie Wolfe loves to stroll through history with the characters she creates. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading and walking.Social Media 2015

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in devotion, Living for God, Writing

 

Step By Step

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My finished work

A couple of weeks ago, I took a painting class as part of my future sister-in-laws bachelorette party. Canvas painting was new territory for me. My mom used to oil paint, but I never tried. Too much could go wrong. To my surprise, with the teacher’s step by step coaching, it wasn’t as difficult as I’d imagined. She paved the way by issuing specific instructions, painting each part on her canvas first as example, and walking around for one-on-one help as well as encouragement.

It reminded me how similar our Christian walk with Christ is. The end result–the beautiful masterpiece of Heaven–sometimes seems unattainable with our lost and dirty souls. But if we trust in the Teacher, with step by step instructions (the Bible), and trust His promises and encouragement, we can end this life with a finished work of art. It takes one stroke at a time, and we’ll have moments where we smudge the paint, but Jesus is there to clean up the mess.

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To keep with the Ball jar theme, I made some sugar cookies to snack on.

Have you ever tried painting? Was it as difficult as you expected?

How do you relate your walk with Christ?

 

~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern-Vintage Romance–where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart releases November 1st and is now available for pre-order. For more, visit her website at www.candicesuepatterson.com.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2016 in devotion, Writing

 

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The Battle of Self Control

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. Do not have other gods besides Me.” Exodus 20:2-3 (HCSB)

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I’ve never been a big vegetable person. Give me meat, potatoes, something salty, and a piece of chocolate and I’m a happy gal. In fact my husband jokingly has called me, “Junk food Jodie.” Ouch.

A few months ago God started pricking my conscience about the need to exercise and the foods I eat. In other words what I put into my temple and how I treat this housing of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 says, Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.”

I started walking regularly. In fact, I’m walking at least 45 minutes, six days a week, and 35 minutes on Sunday. It’s pleasurable for me, since that is my time to get away from everything and focus on God.

But food has been another matter. I knew it would take something drastic to get me to change my poor eating habits. So I started on The Hormone Reset Diet by Dr. Sara Gottfried. It’s a 21-day reset of the way you eat and what you eat. While I’m only on day nine, I’ve already noticed changes in my body. Losing a few pounds has been beneficial as well.

Through the process God has been showing me the importance of having no other god before Him alone. I can honestly say that food had become a god of sorts. I’m working at breaking that bond and move into the freedom I have in Christ.

Do you have something that keeps you in bondage? How can I be praying for you?

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Jodie Wolfe loves to stroll through history with the characters she creates. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading and walking.

 
 

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A Wedding!

wedding_ring_vector_2_154870My son is getting married this weekend!

Oh, the preparations. We’ve been planning since November, and the big day is finally upon us. I don’t think I can adequately relay my excitement to you.

As excited as I am to see my son marry his intended, one thought keeps running through my mind – I hope I don’t fall on the dance floor. Because this mama certainly plans to rejoice at the reception!

But there’s another wedding for which I’m longing, a wedding that will outshine them all.

Weddings are a beautiful representation of God’s love for His bride, the church. All those who have trusted in the finished work of Christ and turned from their sins are the beloved of God. One day there will be an eternal union between God and His people when He calls them to Himself. No ceremony on earth will ever compare to that Day.

United with Christ forever, sharing in the inheritance of the saints, worshipping the Creator of the universe – in His presence, mind you – forever redeemed from sin, and being reunited with faithful loved ones who’ve preceded us… Now that’s a wedding.

Oh, and I’ll be wearing white. Not sort of white, but dazzling white, as bright as the sun. That’s because I’ll be clothed in the righteousness of Christ. Praise God!

What a Day that will be. Will you be in attendance?

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2016 in devotion, Jericha Kingston, love, wedding

 

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Lift Me Up, Lord

Lift me up Lord
When I feel I can’t go on.
I feel bruised and battered
By the storms that come along.

I need your touch Lord
Lift me up so I can see your face.
Though the storms continue to blow
Help me feel your peace in their midst.

I want to be your witness Lord
In all I say and do.
Let there be less of me
And more of You.

 

Even though we face storms in life, we have the assurance that God is always there. How can I be praying for you today?

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Social Media 2015Jodie Wolfe loves to stroll through history with the characters she creates. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading and walking.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2016 in devotion, Jodie Wolfe, Writing

 

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Beneath the Surface

Last Fall I returned to college. I’m a 45-year-old radiology pre-major! Yes, I’m the oldest one in my classes. But that’s cool because I get to encourage the younger students.

You may wonder, why radiology? Due to technological advances, imaging allows us to see beneath the surface and get to the heart of the patient’s problem.

But I can’t slap on an X-Ray tech badge or perform a CT scan until I’m qualified. I haven’t yet received the knowledge I need about the powerful tools at my disposal. Until I’ve studied, been tested, and received authority, I don’t have access to the powerful tools that assist in healing.

Even if a radiology technician sees exterior signs of an injury or malady, she’s unable to see the interior problem with the naked eye because the issue lies deep to the skin. That’s why imaging is the best way to assess what’s gone wrong physically.

Things go wrong spiritually, too. We injure ourselves in this world in which we walk. Sadly, many of our injuries are self-inflicted. Our spiritual sickness causes us pain and discomfort, and we need to be healed. Thankfully, the One with the power to heal us—Jesus Christ—is the Great Physician, and He’s full of mercy and compassion. To be healed of our sin, we must become a child of God.

How does a person become a child of God? It’s possible through faith. Faith is believing what God says.

Just as you had a physical birthday, which gave you the authority to be a child of your biological mother and father, you must have a spiritual birthday to have the authority to be a child of God. This spiritual birth takes place when you trust Jesus Christ and turn from your sin. The Great Physician sees through our facades to who we really are, and He has the power to heal us of our sin.

Don’t understand it all? Neither do I, but this I know: If I’m honest about my symptoms, the Great Physician can make me well.

Ask Him for an examination.

Whoever covers his sins shall not prosper. But whoever confesses and forsakes his sins will have mercy. ~ Proverbs 28:13

Father in Heaven, have mercy on me. You are perfect. I’m a sinner. But I turn away from my sin. I place my trust in Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again to pay my sin debt. You’ve exposed me to myself, and revealed Yourself to me. Heal me and make me new. Thank You for forgiveness and eternal life. From this day forward, allow me to live in a way that pleases You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

To as many as received Him (Jesus Christ), to them He gave the power to be called the children of God. ~ John 1:12

~ Jericha Kingston

 

Balance

Have you ever tried to carry too many things at once? Perhaps it is grocery bags that you are carrying in from the car. You take as many as possible so it means less trips back and forth from the car to the house. You have it perfectly balanced until suddenly something slips in one of the bags which puts everything else off balance. Before you know it, you have a jar of spaghetti sauce crashing to the floor with shards of glass and sauce everywhere. Now I haven’t actually dropped a jar of spaghetti sauce but I have dropped a gallon of milk before. It completely shatters as well.

At times we can be involved in too many activities or have too many responsibilities on our plate. We get to the point where we spread ourselves too thin. We become useless in many areas. We become weary and stressed. We spin our wheels and don’t get much accomplished. There is so much to do that we are overwhelmed with where to begin.

This is what I have been experiencing lately. Too many balls trying to juggle and experiencing a lot of stress in the process, and little to show for what has been done. I’ve been working hard on editing a novella and learning the whole process of Indie publishing, while keeping up with all the other demands on my time. I’m wearing out from trying to do too many things at once.

I guess I need to keep in mind the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-29, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Today are you weary and in need of rest? Why not crawl into your Heavenly Father’s lap and experience His rest.seesaw-41961_640

Jodie 2015 - cropped - reducedJodie got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. She loves writing stories about feisty heroines and strong, godly heroes. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness.

 

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2016 in devotion, Jodie Wolfe, Writing

 

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