“Finding I Am”

“The Swiss have an interesting army. Five hundred years without a war. Pretty impressive. Also, pretty lucky for them. Ever see that little Swiss Army knife they have to fight with? Not much of a weapon there. Corkscrews. Bottle openers. “Come on, buddy, let’s go. You get past me, the guy in back of me, he’s got a spoon. Back off. I’ve got the toe clippers right here.” 
—Jerry Seinfeld



The photo below reminds me of my dear Mom’s fridge with her re-purposed margarine containers.  How I miss her!
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Image result for photo it took me 30 minutes to find butter at grandma's house

“Jesus, You are the satisfaction for every deep longing in my heart.

 

When I’m hungry for quick fixes or starving for affection or craving lesser things, Jesus, You are my Bread of life.

 

When I’m confused and anxious and exhausted from all my fragile efforts incapable of fixing my struggles, Your light brings clarity. Your light chases away my darkness. Your light of hope dispels the shadows of hurt.

 

You are the Good Shepherd who will find me no matter how lost or off course I wander. You speak tenderly my name and whisper wisdom I need. And then You encamp at the gate of my heart. You are the Sheep Gate, always there during my coming and going, protecting and providing for me.

 

When I get afraid of the daunting things that feel impossibly dead to me I will not be consumed with anguish or grief. Jesus, You are my Resurrection and my Life.

 

You are the Way when there is no way. You are the Truth in my life that silences the lies that scream in deafening tones. You are Life, certain and secure.

 

You are the true Vine I cling to and receive from all that’s needed to not just survive but to thrive. What I am facing today may be a delay or a distraction or even a devastation for a season, but it is not a final destination. For You, The Great I AM, will have the final say. You will write the final words to my story. And because they come from You-the source of all that is good and right and true-the words of my life will be glorious.

 

This was never about finding my answer. This was about finding You, the Great I AM.

 

 

(excerpt taken from “Finding I AM” by Lysa TerKeurst, LifeWay Press)

http://s7d9.scene7.com/is/content/LifeWayChristianResources/FIA_Declarationpdf.pdf

 

I am nearing the end of a ladies Bible study at church,  “Finding I Am” by Lisa Tykerst.    Here is the intro and first chapter free on line if any one is interested in checking it out: https://s3.amazonaws.com/p31obs/Finding+I+AM/Reading.pdf, A big kudos to my friend Karen who does such an awesome job facilitating the study. She’s is such a fun, funny, loving, kind, caring, and thoughtful person who keeps us laughing. Thanks for being wonderful you,  Karen! It’s been a great time of fellowship with other women and I’ve learned some neat things about God in the study: a blessing to me. 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Finding I Am”

  1. Karen Parker says:

    Thank you, Paula! This study has been a huge gift from God that has blessed my life as well. I’m thankful for the opportunities from God to be able to be a small part of His work!!! He definitely gets all the credit for inspiring such an amazing study. I have loved “Finding I AM”!

  2. Paula says:

    Me too, Karen! Thanks again.

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