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Sarah Martin Christian Blog and Commentary

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Sarah Francis Martin is a wife, mother, friend, mentor, author and wanna be artist. Shehas a passion to encourage women to make Jesus famous in every part of life. She is the author of Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous (Thomas Nelson 2012). Sarah's relevant and conversational style will invigorate readers to live rise up off the couch of complacency live with faith-filled purpose for the renown of Jesus . When Sarah is not typing away at her laptop you can usually find her getting her hands messy with craft paint. Check out more at www.liveitoutblog.com.

***Originally posted on LIVE IT OUT! blog by Sarah Martin***

I thought I would take just a moment to share some thoughts on why I put pen to paper almost daily... in my journal. This is a big part of my time with the Lord. My journal is messy. There are pages ripped out and scribbled on. There is really even no sense of order. But that is ok! Do you have a journal? Let me see if I can convince you in putting pen to paper for yourself as you interact with Scripture.

 

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Writing in a journal is critical for me when I'm interacting with God's word. It keeps me focused. I often doodle Scripture that I'm reading or write prayers or just bullet points of what stuck out to me. I have so many journals! I wrote Just RISE UP! to be interactive as we converse with the Lord and dig into His Word. So! I encourage you to journal through it!

This is where the rubber meets the road in any of our interactions with God’s Word. First, that we sit quietly in prayer asking God’s Spirit to speak to us through Scripture. Secondly, that we do our part to interact and that comes through using our senses! Really.

Hearing: When we read the word aloud.

Sight: reading the Word with our eyes and with our hearts.

Touch: feel the words as we physically write out Scripture or our prayers. (Well that’s not all of our five senses, but you know what I mean.)

Sometimes we just don't feel like it, right? I know I'm not the only one who feels blah about faith sometimes. (getting real here, friends!) Here is what the Lord has taught me...

Just SHOW UP! When we show up and make ourselves available, God will do His glorious thing with our blah. When we come to Him even when we don't wanna, because we know that He is WORTHY, the Lord will bless that. He who authored our heart and knows every twist and turn of emotions will kindly hold our hands and speak to us when we just show up.

The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy but I (Jesus!) have come to give you life abundantly. {John 10:10)

So...do you need to just show up today in the Word knowing that He is worthy? 

It is OK to be raw and real with the LORD.
This is where journaling is helpful. We can scribble and hash things out on the page with a prayerful intention of taking our doubts, fears, trust issues, questions...anything to the Lord. And, you know what?

He CAN handle it! So hand it over.

When we offer up even our most raw feelings to Him this opens the door for meaningful conversation between us and the Almighty.

So have I convinced you to journal in your prayer time and Bible study? If so, you can join me in a journey of interacting with Scripture through Just RISE UP!

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To get you started, here is a printable of a journal cover that I painted with you in mind. Click HERE to download the link to print off the image. So fun!

 

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Also! I would love for you to join me on the Just RISE UP! Online study that begins November 3rd! Click  HERE for more information. This is a go at your own pace type of study. You can join in while in your p.j's or at work or really anywhere as we RISE UP together to make Jesus famous. All you need is a copy of Just RISE UP!, your Bible, and a journal.

Above all else day 17

***This article was originally posted on LIVE IT OUT! Click HERE for more from Sarah Martin

Jumping in feet first. That is the best way to describe my attitude and actions before God started reigning me in and telling me to keep my head down. You see, it is in my nature to forge my own path. When I get a "great" idea, I'm all in. But, as I've splashed in the pool making a mess with water all around me, God is faithful anyway. He grabs my hand, pulls me out, wraps a towel around me and says, sit...child. Sit still for my ways are higher. I own the high way, the best paths. 

The past few years the Lord in His sweet, high way leads me down paths where I am challenged to quietly grip His hand and take one step at a time. Feet first with big splashes is not my motive any longer. For, those big splashes only serve to cause noise in my life; distract from His grace and Higher way. So, I look to God's most right path in expectation that road will lead to more gratifying kingdom success.

Press In, Pour Out, Pour Forth

The Eternal is right in all His ways, and He is kind in all His acts. (Psalm 145:17)

If we were to search a handful of Bible translations we would see a few different words in place of kind. We would take in the words holy and gracious to describe our Lord and all of His acts and works. Oh in His ultimate purpose for the universe, our God takes us into account. He is kind in how He deals with us though we are not deserving. He is gracious to pour out blessings and pour out Himself (Jesus!) for us though we nailed Him to the cross. He is ever holy and righteous. Period.

Lord! Even when the road ahead is foggy and uncertain...we praise Your high way.

Lord! We take your hand daily walk in in the Your footsteps, Your gracious and trustworthy footsteps.

Lord! We slow down, even sit down on this journey when tempted to chase ahead of Your timing.

Lord! As we journey on your High way, let us see more and more and more of Your goodness...and we will make much of You along the way.

Amen!

Will your feast today lead you to choose His high way? Go for it...God is good.

Where Credit Is due

Today let's keep the feast simple. No, it won't lose it's impact yet it will reinvigorate our perspective. In a moment, after you read this I'm going to ask you to shut the lid to your laptop or slid the off screen or do whatever you have to do to disconnect for just a bit from your technology of choice. Not yet, though. We have some pressing in to do before we pour out...literally out.

Press In

In the following Scripture, do you see some key words? All (all creation!), saints (holy people), bless (bless Him!), thanks (a form of blessing!).

All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, And Your saints shall bless You. (Psalm 145:10 ESV)

All creation will stand in awe of You,O Eternal One. Thanks will pour from the mouths of every one of Your creatures; Your holy people will bless You. (Psalm 145:10 THE VOICE)

This verse reminds me of when Jesus makes an amazing point. It is the great Triumphal Entry before Easter where the crowd declares, "Hosanna! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” But then a Pharisee, one who attempts to squelch the joy of the occasion encourages Jesus to stop them. Can you imagine? Jesus responds...

I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out. (Luke 19:40)

I've always read this verse and thought: Oh No! Let us not leave it up to the rocks!

All of creation speaks of the goodness of God. Our God is creative and impressive and infinitely wise. He made this earth with us in mind to enjoy and revel in and He is still involved in this creation. Though, some see God as the One holding the snow globe type earth and admiring His creation from afar. Let's praise God, bless Him for holding us in His mighty hand with intricate involvement. Oh we see His handiwork everywhere if we choose to look, really take notice.

He is so very due praise and honor and blessing that if we, as the crown of creation, neglect our duty (pleasure filled duty), creation itself will fill in the gap.

Oh let us give credit where credit is due!

Pour Out and Pour Forth

Will you go out with an open heart to investigate God's glory all around you? We don't have to live in the middle of a beautiful farm or stand in a bountiful garden to see it. There is glory to be found in cities, at school, on the commuter train...in interacting with His people. Living to intentional engage with God's creation regardless of the location is worship in and of itself.

Breath it in

Breath it out

Engage

Give God the credit due His name.

Leave it NOT up to the rocks!

 

 

If I mentioned 3 words, would you know personally what I mean? Would these words conjure up for you the same type of emotions that swirl around in my heart, too? The Cool Club. Three words that embody what I was never a part of. Even writing this puts me back to the halls of junior high and awkwardness ever abundant. It puts me back to that broken heart from being excluded. Not fun.

As an adult I see the cool club all around me. And it makes me so mad. I even see it in the church. I see it as an "us verses the world" mentality as we swoop away in our comfort zones and with our perfect facades knowing that we are "ok" because we are "saved" and "going to heaven."

Oh it is so much more than that!

Press In and Praise Him...

But the Eternal’s goodness is not exclusive—it is offered freely to all. His mercy extends to all His creation. (Psalm 145:9 THE VOICE)

The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. (Psalm 145:9)

The veil.

The veil that contained God's upmost holiness in His temple tore in two when Jesus breathed His last breath on the cross. (Matthew 27:50-54)

God's absolute, manifest glory from that moment forward stood available to any and all who would come to Him. Free to all, yes, as God's word says. Available to His entire creation.

Not one excluded.

But it is more than saying the sinners prayer and declaring with an "us verses the world" heart that we are now "saved." Oh yes. We are saved from eternal separation from the Almighty. Yes. But the more comes in to play when we take our place and take part in God's kingdom. It is here and now.

There are people to serve.

There is love to first pour out to God and then to our neighbor...even when it hurts and when it is uncomfortable.

There are those who feel excluded, not worthy, unacceptable.

Is your heart burdened for those who live excluded...not knowing His inclusive mercy and love?

This is my prayer these days. For my heart to soften and for my self righteous pride to dissolve. 

Will we allow God to use us, yes US, to partake in His work. Will we worship by exclaiming to God's creation that He freely extends mercy. They are not excluded. Will we go the distance and walk alongside and lead them to the cross to be included? Jesus did the work. We have the privilege of witnessing the miracle, the transformation. Our faith and worship will grow stronger in the process!

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Psalm 145 was the original inspiration for Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous. Want to be a part of the generation who rises up for His renown? Check out the book HERE.

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