abidinglady abidinglady

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Laura T Hardin  Jesus blogger l We were made to flourish | more abiding, less evading --> πŸ”‘ to a πŸ‰ πŸŠπŸŽπŸ“ life | John 15:5

Abiding in Christ often involves waiting. Faithful waiting on the Lord to accomplish HIS will in our lives. I love these words from @jackiehillperry on @desiringgod #askpastorjohn "The miraculous thing is that God will somehow use my waiting as a means to grow my faith so that I could see Jesus and want Jesus and crave Jesus." ... "God is doing a mighty thing in us when he just doesn’t give us everything we want when we want it." Can we trust him for that mighty work?

What a wonderful truth this is.

So many new friends on here, I thought while I wait on my hubs to pick up our dinner I'll go ahead and reintroduce myself.
1.My name is Laura. I am an abiding lady, which means my life is built around persevering faith in Jesus Christ, in whom true, abundant, grace-filled, satisfying life is found.
2. I am happily married to my hubs, Adam and the humbled mother of our two year old son and one year old daughter. We are currently learning what it means to parent our little ones with grace and it's really hard!!!! 3. We attend Solid Rock Church in Prince George's County, MD and are grateful for a church that challenges us to increase in the knowledge of God, love one another and connect with our outside community.
4. I haven't been writing much on my blog lately because I'm learning so much, and I'm afraid if i share too soon I won't live it well. So bear with me. There's something brewing and it's reeeeaaaal.
5. On that note, I've also been struggling with perfectionism after getting so many follows recently. So one of my goals is to post an imperfect article this month. Look out for sloppy encouragement to abide one day at a time! πŸ˜‚
6. I am so grateful for you. And I'm praying this IG page prompts you to cling to Jesus more than you did yesterday.

So what about you? Tell me about yourself? What is your life about? What are you working on? Struggling against? Praying for?

Maybe you and I had a similar day yesterday, full of disappointments, frustration and failure to do the good we know to do. Maybe you too needed a moment to pour your heart out to God and repent of clinging to your own way. Maybe you're discouraged that today will be the same as yesterday. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE, FRIEND! Today we wake up to new mercies. Today our lives are still hidden in Christ. Today we have the freedom to repent and turn into the embrace of our perfect loving Father. Today we still have everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of his Son. Today we can pray for all we need to worship him more fully. He is faithful. So very faithful. Open your mouth and speak to him. He is listening. And he listens well.

Start your day off right with... PRAYER! I am a word-gal. My hubs is the prayer dude. But one thing I've learned this year is that if I can only do one thing before the day gets started, I must pray. I must pray. I must pray. I must pray for his grace, his help, his perspective, his love, the hope I have in him. I am so desperately needy and when I forget that.... it's not good. But when I remember to pray, I look forward with hope, waiting to see how he will answer on this day. And this leads to more faith-building moments of obedience and joy. So pray today. Pray often. Pray aloud. Pray silent. Our Lord is faithful.

In other words, let us engage our hearts as we ponder his word today. ❀️

Choose to do that thing that makes your soul happy in God.

β€œBy this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:35❀️
β€’ "Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Outdo one another in showing honor."
Romans 12:10❀️ β€’
"Therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful."
Colossians 3:12-15❀️

This is what I consider a win this morning: getting 15 minutes in the word before coffee! I had a moment to myself and I wanted coffee soooo bad. But coffee can be made with the littles around. It's harder to soak in truth in the crevices of my heart that need it most while my loves scream their demands. I pray I make a similar choice tomorrow. Or later today. Let's do whatever it takes friends to prioritize our relationship with the Lord above all other things. I'm with you in the battle. ❀️

"For the joy that lay before him, Jesus endured the cross" (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus taught us to follow him by denying ourselves and taking up our own crosses. Best believe there is joy before us as we follow in his footsteps for his glory. So much joy. But it's hard to believe that beforehand. We have to step forward in faith and experience it on the other side of our obedience. And, honestly, I sometimes experience it in the process. #thegoodfightoffaith #thegoodfightforjoy

Relying on a plan or routine to get my time with Jesus is like chasing the wind in this season. Things are always changing. Where I once could plop on the couch and dig into the word of God while my two littles played, now I must either keep a closer eye on them, clean up a potty mess, or recover our kitchen from the whirlwind of breakfast time. So I'm thankful for moments to read and reflect, minutes to ponder the awesomeness of God and his redemption in our lives, opportunities to do whatever it takes to cling to Jesus as a woman with a very full day. I was able to steal a few minutes today as my loves ate. ❀️ You may not relate to me as a mom but I know we all get busy and life can be so unpredictable. Let's remember today that we are not living for our plans, patterns, and programs. We live for Jesus. We don't cling to these things. We employ them to serve his purposes and we cling to him instead. Ultimately, he has allowed these schedule changes, interruptions, and disappointments. Somehow, by his grace, we can still abide in him. It really is possible. It just may look different in this season. If you're struggling to figure out how to invest in your relationship with God right now, start with prayer. Ask him to help you. He is faithful.

We were made alive in Christ by faith. And we continue to live in Him by faith. And as we do that, we grow in maturity or, in other words, bear fruit. Yes, this is what it means to abide in Christ: to continue to live in Him by faith, centering our lives on him, thriving off of our knowledge of him and the power of his spirit within us. And we do this by his grace, through prayer, his word, and his people. How is God calling you to walk out your faith in Jesus today?

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