"Encouraging women to seek the heavenly perspective".
Suddenly, that seems rather vague to me. Just what is the heavenly perspective? Trying to see as God sees-in others, ourselves, and situations? Trying to see the 'big picture' of our lives as purposed by God, and not get caught in the everyday mundane aspects of life? Those are all good things to aim for as Colossians 3: 1-4 states and as is written on my home page picture. But I think perhaps I made a mistake by not including verse 4, which now seems to me is the most important part.
When, Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Col 3: 4
Christ, who is our life. Is Christ our LIFE? Do we make Him our LIFE? And how do we do that? If we consider life, as just what we physically are here on earth, our physical bodies, in our physical houses, with our physical relationships doing our physical work, then I don't think Christ IS our life.
I just spent a weekend at a woman's retreat in which the theme was "Hunger is not a game", with the text for the retreat being John 6. This is the chapter where Jesus performs His 4th miracle, the feeding of the 5,000 using 5 loaves and 2 fish.
Later in the chapter, Jesus says in verse 35, "I am the bread of life, he who comes to me shall not hunger and he who believes in me shall never thirst." And He says this twelve different times in different ways in John chapter 6. Twelve times!
Do you think He wants us to get this...to really understand what He is saying.
He is telling us, I am all you need. Partake of me, and LIVE!
Even though I had prepared similar thoughts to present as the speaker before me, it was her words, that really made me re-think this web site. She took us to John 1: 1-2, which says , "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God." This is speaking of Jesus; He is our bread, our sustenance. It is through the word of God, that we are filled. And then she said very simply and eloquently, "When you are seeking the physical, you will always want more. God's words heal, they satisfy, they are all you need".
I want more than anything, for you and I to be women who read God's word. When I say, 'Encouraging women to seek the heavenly perspective in this earthy journey', what I need to add is that the heavenly perspective is ONLY found in the word of God. I want to encourage all of us to read the word of God, really read and chew on it, allowing it to soak into our being, and heal our brokenness, and completely satisfy us. My words are nothing, they are empty and meaningless, if they don't encourage one to go to scripture, and eat of the bread of life. So please, don't read my musings only...spend time with HIM, in His words.
It takes priority, and intent to purposefully open God's word daily. It takes fighting Satan who convinces us we are too busy, too tired, or too distracted to eat the manna from above - the word of God. Like I said in an earlier post, we women tend to take care of the needs of everyone else, before we take care of ourself. It is no wonder we get to feeling so down, so drained. We don't stop and take care of ourselves. We don't refresh ourselves in the ONLY thing that was meant to fill us up, heal and satisfy, and that is the Word of God.
You may have noticed that the title of this post is The bread of L.I.F.E. And you may have wondered why the periods after each letter. This acronym came to me as I was chewing on John 6.
L. I. F. E = Living Intentionally For Eternity
Only Jesus has the bread of life. The bread that helps us be intentional in our daily lives, not living randomly but purposefully. Not letting life just happen to us, but putting our imprint -His imprint- on this life. Not living for this present world, or day, but for an eternity spent with Him. THAT is what this LIFE is all about.
So eat up...read the word...be refreshed and filled!