Friday, February 20, 2015

Where Feet May Fail

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them,
walking on the lake.

When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified.
  'It's a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them:
 'Take courage!  It is I.  Don't be afraid.'

'Lord, if it's You,' Peter replied, 'tell me to come to You on  the water.'

'Come,' He said.

The Peter got down out of the boat walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink,
 cried out, 'Lord, save me!'

Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him.
  'You of little faith,' He said, 'why did you doubt?'

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.

Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying,
 'Truly You are the Son of God.'
Matthew 14:25-33
 




Lord, sometimes you beckon us to take courageous steps forward that are just plain scary.

We freeze in our fear-filled tracks, seemingly unwilling and unable to move ahead.

Build our faith so that our waning confidence rests completely on Your character,

and not on the unknown, sometimes terrifying path that lies beneath our feet.

Calm us gently and focus us clearly, 

so that our steps will take us to where You want us.

Straight to Your waiting heart.

Amen.
 


. . .  joyfully following Christ into our community's 8th year  . . .
 
 
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stopping by to see Barbie & Mary

32 comments:

  1. Wow! That was good. We don't need a whole lot of words to express the truth. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus. Even when our steps slip, our eyes wander and our hands move away, HE never leaves us or forsakes us. Jesus didn't chew Peter out, He lifted him out. We need His lifting power. Thanks again for sharing. You are a blessing. Blessings back at cha... Chris~

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    1. Hi Chris - I love these words you wrote - 'Jesus didn't chew Peter out, He lifted him out.'

      May we live that kind of grace-laden life as we interact with others.

      Thanks for sharing a few sabbath minutes with us today ...

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  2. Linda, amen! The beautiful hymn, "Oceans," is so anointed...such a wonderful way to keep our focus on Jesus...so glad you took the time to leave a comment on my post today, truly deep calls to deep, The Spirit of Christ resonating...all is grace...many blessings to you ❤️

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    1. Did you love that Oceans was on both of our hearts this week?

      I know Who put it there ... it's one of my favorite songs of all time.

      And it was a blessing to connect with you today. Truly.

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  3. Yes and amen! Peter sure sounds a lot like me too often when faced with the unknown. Jesus' answer sounds like He is chastising Peter but it probably is more of a feeling of frustration. I pray for a faith that looks like and feels like courage in my life. Blessed you joined us at The Weekend Brew. It makes my heart happy to see a familiar face! :)

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    1. I'm so grateful that Jesus answers us when we call for help. It might not be in the way we would like or expect, but He is ever present in times of trouble.

      Then ... and now! And that I have to hang on to.

      May Sabbath rest be poured out on you, dear Mary ...

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    1. It's good to see you hear again, friend! I hope all is well ...

      May Sabbath rest be yours!

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  5. Amen! I love Oceans and you said it so well. That first step seems so scary but I want my confidence to rest on His character too!

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    1. Oceans ... I love this song so ...

      And yes, let our confidence be resting completely on who He is, on His promises. If we rely totally on our own strength, it won't be long til we're sinking.

      Literally.

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  6. I love this story! I so want to be like Peter and rush out of the boat, not thinking about the impossibility of the situation, just to get to Jesus. To be so bold in following God's call.

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    1. Yes, yes, Kathryn. Eyes focused on His beauty, His strength, His call. And not everything and everybody else.

      Amen.

      May today be filled with a joyful rest for you, your family.

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  7. Loved this. Recently heard from a pastor that the only thing worse than a storm was a storm with a GHOST in it!

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/

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    1. And He keeps on beckoning forward over those waves that threaten to undo us.

      And somehow, by His grace, He protects our souls in the process ...

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  8. That's one of my favorite worship songs of late, Linda. And the story of Peter's faith and then major fail, fits perfectly! Your thoughts here remind me that it is a moment-by-moment journey with our Lord. The moment we think we've got this or that "the storm" is more powerful than our Lord, is the moment we sink! Thanks for the inspiration, my friend! Hugs to you!

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    1. His story is ours, isn't it, Beth. Faith, major fail. Repeat. And then again.

      Praise God His power outwits the storm, and His love pulls us closer to Himself!

      Have a good one, dear friend ...

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  9. I do think that unbelief was irritating to Jesus. It seems to come forth in other scriptures when he addresses "those of little faith," but your prayer puts it in perspective for me and identifies what little faith is all about.

    "Lord.......Build our faith so that our waning confidence rests completely on Your character, and not on the unknown...."

    I need to pray this every day of my life so thank God and you for "seeing" that I need this.

    How bout that sunshine today!!!!!!!!

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    1. I believe that He is oh so sensitive to our weaknesses, having been there, done that. Except without sin.

      An encouraging passage to sit with is those last words of Matthew when Jesus entrusts His mission to His disciples, EVEN though some were doubting. It's just incredible to me that He's entrusted His work to us, even though our lives are far from perfect.

      He knows we're in process. And He offers us a tender loving grace that pulls us closer to Himself.

      What a wonderful Savior!

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  10. Hi Linda! Honest...I almost wrote about Peter in the boat this week. To me, it shows the incredible resilience of man, and the incredible generosity of God. Yes, I pray that I will be built up in grace, but I also want to be thankful for how many times I have sunk in the water...even though I've known better...and been embraced once again. How blessed we are.
    Hope you had a good weekend! Did you go shopping?
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. Yes and amen, friend. How often I have sunk down deep and almost drowned ... and He's stretched out His merciful hand. I see myself in Peter ... maybe we're distant cousins?

      Please do follow through with those gentle nudges to write about our biblical friend. I can't wait to hear your perspective.

      May this week continue to bring a healing touch to your body, friend ...

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  11. Thank you for encouraging words. When we lack no courage for the next step in our lives, we can choose to cry for help just as Peter did. His faith was not enough he needed the Lord's help. I also need the Lord's help today and I say Amen to the prayer above.
    God Bless Liinda

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    1. Praise God, He's just waiting to save us ... from our sins, from our fear, from our pain, from our stuff. I am so grateful that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

      Thanks for sharing with us today, Ifeoma ...

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  12. I truly believe I needed to read your prayer today. I have been taking very tentative steps as of late. I need to be bold in Christ and know that my steps are ordered so there is no reason to fear. Thank you.

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    1. May those tentative steps take you right to His waiting arms, Pary! And may you find strengthening courage and tender love awaiting there.

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  13. "We freeze in our fear-filled tracks"
    That's me too often. I absolutely love this song and the courage it inspires for us to do as Peter did and just step out of the boat. Thanks for this beautiful prayer, Linda. I'm praying it with you.

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    1. Don't you just love praying with friends near and far? His love holds us close to each other and Himself ...

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  14. Great post my friend. What an uplifting blog... anyhoo, I thought I mailed you my address already, but I guess you didn't get it? Let me know what e-mail to send it to, maybe I got the address wrong...? - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Glad we're connecting, Gingi!

      Linda@CreeksideMinistries.com

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  15. I absolutely love this song and that video brought big tears to my eyes, Linda. You know I'm in a place where I desperately need to "take courageous steps," but you are so right, it is scary. I need to print your beautiful prayer and tape it to my bathroom mirror. Thank you for your always much needed love and encouragement, my friend.

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    1. What a cool idea to pray as we look into the mirror, first thing every morning, last thing in the evening.

      Love this, Candace ... and yes, the song usually brings tears to me, too ...

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  16. Thanks Linda. Heard a message on radio this AM about Peter walking on the water. The pastor made this comment, Jesus wasn't walking on the water to show off. Rather, He was walking on the water to show the disciples that what threatened to overwhelm them (the storm) was already under His feet.
    Interesting that God is bringing this reminder of Jesus' walking on the water twice in one morning! Hmmm...

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  17. I super love this song too! How comforting the message of this song and verse is.

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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