Know the Giver – Blessed

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Happy Tuesday! If you’re new to LivingItOut this week, WELCOME! We’re so glad you’re here.

This week in our series Blessed, we heard that there is an uncommon path to a blessed life. Many people seek different paths to be blessed, such as climbing the corporate ladder, gaining more education, or growing a family. While all of those paths do typically lead to some blessings, they do not lead to a fulfilled or blessed life. A truly blessed life is one that is filled with hope. This uncommon path filled with hope is through knowing Jesus. Our theme verse for this series is from Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 17:7 (emphasis added)
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

When we trust in the Lord, trust Jesus with our lives, and make him the center of our hope and confidence in this world, we are truly blessed.

We also looked this week at Deuteronomy 15:4 (NIV): “However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you.”  Knowing Jesus fills believers with hope—and God the father is the giver—is the beginning of a blessed life.

Whether you are new to this journey of trusting Jesus or have been following him for a long time, there is a spiritual discipline mapped out in the Bible called “prayer and fasting.” At CedarCreek, we start every year with 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. If you’re new to this concept, don’t worry, we have it all mapped out for you if you’d like to participate with us. This is an intentional and impactful step in knowing God more. Check out our website cedarcreek.tv/21days for more information. Each day there is a daily prayer focus (we started yesterday, but it’s not too late to catch up :)). There’s also a daily prayer focus for parents. If you’re new to the idea or practice of fasting, check out these resources to learn more and choose a fast that you feel led to.

Questions:
What blessings have you been pursuing in life? Have you trusted in Jesus as the hope and confidence of your life?

Next Steps:
If you don’t already, maybe it’s time to trust Jesus. Surrender yourself and your life to him. It’s as easy as saying, “God, I surrender my way, and I want to follow your way. I’m sorry for trying to be in control of my own life, and I’m turning from my own way to your ways.”If today, you made the decision to surrender your life to Jesus,  let someone know. You can even tell us by texting “connect” to 419-419-0707. If you’re ready to know God in a deeper way, join us on our journey of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.

21 Days of Prayer:
Day 2 Focus – For My Love for God and Others to Grow (Matthew 22:36-39)

Dear God, you said the greatest commandment that I can follow is to love you with all of my heart, soul, and mind. Equally important is to love my neighbors as much as I love myself. As I connect with you over these 21 Days of Prayer, grow my heart so that I will love you more. Then, as my love grows for you, help me to love those around me more and more each day.


This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.


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2 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    I am praying for a friend who tried suicide, and another struggling against addiction. I want so much for them to know the Father and surrender to His will. To truly find that peace which surpasses understanding. God IS close to the brokenhearted. Thank you for your encouragement today Kendra!

  2. Martha Smith
    Martha Smith says:

    Your article is so moving Kendra!
    Thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus, paying the horrific penalty I so deserve for my sins. I am free indeed! During times like these it is even more important to keep our thoughts, desires and focus on the one true God. Thank you for your writing.
    Martha

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