In Abundance


1 Peter 1:1-2

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

We are officially moved and I once again have internet and am able to use my computer so I can reconnect with the world!  Hi!

It has been a wild and crazy ride these last few months and for as much that has taken place there is a mountain that still must be scaled and conquered.  I rejoice in what has already been done and sometimes faint at the tasks ahead.  I needed a Word from the Lord this morning.  I rarely do the “open the Bible and read the page where it falls open”, but I did that this morning.  I asked the Lord to encourage me and my Bible fell open to 1 Peter.

I relate to “exiles scattered throughout.”  For thirty years we lived in a community where we had established a strong faith base of support.   That “band” of believers has surely been scattered.  It gives me peace to read, “who have been chosen”.  This move has been purposeful; there is a plan, there is a purpose.  I feel reassured when I read, “to be obedient.”  I am thankful that we have listened and acted upon His “call” to us.  And I breathe a great sigh of relief when I read, “Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”  Not just fill the cup, but overflowing with grace and peace!!!  LOVE IT!

I hear the Lord say to me, “Daughter you have done what I have asked.  Continue to trust Me and an ocean of grace and peace will be yours.”  That is much needed music to my ears, my heart, my soul and my weary muscles.

If you are struggling with where you are to move in your journey of faith, I hope you find some encouragement from this message today.



4 thoughts on “In Abundance

  1. Thanks for sharing. I can’t believe how close you are to your mom. I know the hope is to get her back at the McKinney Home. How is she doing?

    Thanks for taking the time to write about what God is teaching you in His word. You are very insightful. I’ve been going through the book if Isaiah with a gal that I meet with twice a month. I will copy and paste something I thought about last week concerning pride. Sometimes Isaiah is hard to understand, but as long as I remember the big picture that God is the One who faithfully leads us and is sovereign over the whole world. He is the Holy One of Israel – high and lifted up – whose wrath is fierce, but who dwells among His people bringing salvation and mercy to the contrite and lowly in spirit. We are in chapters 23 and 24 this week.

    Love, Lois

    Here is what I sent my friend:

    Isa. 23:7–9 The devastation of the city prompts the deeper question, Who could decree the downfall of so great a human power? The Lord of hosts. See 14:24–27. He will never make peace with human pride. (Note from my ESV study Bible)

    I fear the USA is a very prideful country.

    pride |prīd| noun 1 a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired:

    I will pray for us this morning that God would wipe away any form of pride in our hearts and that we would be conformed to the image of Christ. Isaiah 66:2 Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.

    Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

    James 4:6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

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