The finding of God's gems is a challenge. It can be like the seed being thrown into thorns and weeds and it dies. For some of us, the challenge is clearing a path through the weeds of negative reactions to bad things that happen throughout life; through the weeds of anxiety, doubt, depression and despair. Our challenge is to find a way through all this.
Jesus says He is the Way. We must pick up our cross and follow Him. We need all the encouragement we can get here in this world to overcome the obstacles the enemy puts in our way. Then we can be over-comers, and find God's gems of joy and peace. Through the floods, through the fire, He is there with us.
Scriptures, God’s gems, that inspired the writing of this piece:
Luke (the parable of sowing the seed – God’s Word)
‘Now, the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares . . .’
John (said to Thomas, the doubter)
‘Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’
‘Jesus said, ‘Whoever decides to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me’.
‘When you pass through the waters I will be with you . . . when you walk through the fire you shall not get burned.’
‘He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.’
(All Scriptures from the New King James version of the bible)
Madeleine is a freelance writer, editor and author of fiction books for children, teens and adults. Her children/young adult fiction is based on events in Australia’s history. Look for ‘All Aboard!: Jenny’s Story of the Mayflower Voyage” published in 2011. Madeleine lives in Victoria, Australia and you can find her on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Amazon.
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