Sunday, August 16, 2009

Bread for the Journey

My mother has been my cheerleader.
As a result of living with congestive heart failure,
she was taken from us at an early age, 73!
This gave us time to celebrate life with her.
In July of 2000, we celebrated together as a family at her favorite spot.
Recognizing her families love for sports,
she presented each one of us with a wooden baton.
On each baton, she had the words inscribed.

Marg,
"Keep on running with your eyes fixed on Jesus"
Mom

She died shortly thereafter, November 27, 2000.
She finished her race...

The Christian life involves hard work. It requires us to give up
whatever endangers our relationship with God, to run patiently,
and to struggle against sin with the power of the Holy Spirit.
To live this life effectively, we must keep our eyes on Jesus.
We stumble when we look away from him and at ourselves or
the circumstances surrounding us.
We are running Christ's race, not our own,
and we must always keep him in sight. ~ TLB

Hebrews 12:2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor...

15 comments:

  1. Yes... let us run with patience and NOT drop our baton .. What a very precious gift from your Mother... I'm sorry you lost her so early ...but she is still 'cheering you on' isn't she!

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  2. How absolutely beautiful, thank you for such a great reminder to keep my eyes on the Lord!

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  3. Marg. . .this is such a encouraging post. . .to keep our eyes on Jesus. . .The struggles may come but he is faithful to be there with us. . .throughout our race.

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  4. Beautiful food for the spirit. Thank you.

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  5. What a wonderful gift from your Mom to each of you. It has to be a treasure forever!! I would love to do something like that for my own children.

    I would have loved to have known your mother. Thanks for sharing that with us.

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  6. I am honoured to have known your mother. What a wonderful way she had to encourage you in your 'run'...never taking your eyes off the finish line.

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  7. This mornings post was encouraging, thoughtful, precious and insightful, thank you so much.

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  8. What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing this. Very encouraging message.

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  9. I like this Bread for the Journey feature. It is the first time I have checked it out.
    Last Sunday's sermon at our church was about running the race faithfully. Guess God is trying to tell me something.

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  10. wow, what a legacy your mother has left for you and you will leave for your children. to keep our eyes on JESUS, that is the goal, and so often we are blinded.

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  11. What a wonderful gift! That says it all. My children's sermon this morning was Let the Holy Spirit guide you like a GPS. Thanks for the message...

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  12. Thank you Marg for sharing today. You did have a wonderful Mom. Your parents sat in front of us for years in church, and she always turned around to give us a welcome and show interest in our family. I can just imagine how that encouragement from her was covered in prayer for each of you. What a treasure that must be for you. She would be thrilled to see you keeping your eyes on the Lord. Kathy

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  13. I have come across your blog by "accident" which of course I don't believe in :0) I am sure I will return many times as it has been encouraging and interesting with only the few posts I have glanced at. Your attention to detail in recipes will certainly help this cook-from-scratch novice...thanks, Erica

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  14. Your story reminds me of the Bible story, when Peter walks on water, when he takes his eyes off Jesus he begins to sink. A lot of our struggles are not life threatening, but we will never know all the blessings we have missed because our focus changed. Thank you for sharing and God bless you all and your blog.

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