Jul 252014

“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it;  if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body and individually member’s of it.”  1 Corinthians 12:26-27

First off I want to say “thank you”.  

You have been the support and motivation I needed to finish the Sing Over Me:  A Women’s Devotional Through the Psalms, book.  Your emails have encouraged me to persevere in the writing even when trials and laziness overwhelmed me.  God used you to encourage me to fulfill this call He placed on my heart.  I feel so humbled and blessed to be able to journey with you all as the Lord continues to work on me.

As I await more comments to come in on Amazon for my book in order to have the book do well, I have contemplated this balance of relying on God and relying on the body of Christ as we go through life.  And I have come down to this bottom line:  We need God.  But we also need each other.

We were not meant to “do life” alone.  We were meant for community.  And the body of Christ is just that.  A group of imperfect, forgiven, Jesus following folks who are doing their best to “work out their salvation”.  A group who will “rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn” Romans 12:15.  A group using their God given gifts to inspire one another on in this race of life.

Let’s give glory to the Lord for doing an impossible work in us.  May the name of the Lord be praised because He is a “Finisher” God.  When I felt inadequate, without gifting, and without knowledge in this whole writing world, He equipped me.  When I had nothing to say, He gave me something to say.  When the criticism of other’s seemed to overwhelming to continue on, He gave me courage.  And when I seemed to be working in vain, His peace and a renewed sense of purpose and joy flooded my soul.  Following Jesus is beyond.  Our own strength.  Giftings.  Ways.  But it is in our “beyond”-where we find abundant life.

He has called each of us to know Him and make Him known to others.  But within this larger call, He has specific Kingdom work for us as individuals (Jer 29:11).  And the work WILL involve reliance on Him-His strength and Spirit (Jo 15:5, Zech 4:6).  But those who trust in Him through the questions, trials, and troubles, He will never put to shame (Prov 3:5, Ro. 10:11).  He never starts something in us and then does not equip, strengthen and help us see it through to the end.

So be encouraged to today my Sister’s!  Step out in faith and be obedient to God and His Word.  Rely on Him.  Rely on others in the body of Christ to help you.  Persevere.  Gain knowledge.  Motivate you towards courage in Christ.  For your work is not in vain!  Enjoy resting in God’s plan for you.  Because it is beyond.  Good.
P.S.  (Does anyone actually use this anymore?  I guess I do!)  For the next two weeks starting today if you follow this link and purchase Sing Over Me:  A Women’s Devotional Through the Psalms, and then post a comment on Amazon about it, I will enter you name in a drawing to win a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory!  Email me at jillian@standingonpeace.com to let me know you commented!  Thanks again for your support friends!



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