Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Keeping focused

The 11th chapter of Hebrews is commonly called the "Hall of Faith," and lists some stories of people in the Bible who trusted God in trying times. Some people were were saved through miraculous deliverances and some of the people died martyr's deaths. But all of them kept their eyes focused on "Jesus, the Author and Finisher of their faith." Hebrews 12:2

I've been thinking about Hebrews 11 a lot lately. I think on one hand, of how Bill was healed miraculously of PSP through the prayers of many people, and yet on the other hand, Annie is still sick. I think often that sometimes you get the answer to your prayers here on earth, and sometimes you get it in heaven. But I've felt more this time around with Annie, that tangible reality that Jesus is enough--even if Annie is never healed, and we take care of her the rest of her life, Jesus is enough.

Sometimes I feel like His Spirit is like a comforting blanket around us in our house. Maybe that sounds like one of your prayers? God's Spirit really is here, and He gives us what we need moment by moment. I know that this is a direct answer to many of your prayers, and I need to thank you again for praying for us. God is real, His Spirit is present, He listens and He acts.

I know that every person reading this has burdens, and some of you are dealing with life-long situations that will not change here on earth. I want to encourage you to re-read Hebrews 11, and ask God for the supernatural strength you need to keep going, and finish well the race set before you.


Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2


Anonymous said...

Thank you Jean......we all have our crosses to bear, I will be reading Hebrews 11 tonight. Thank you sooo much for the encouragement.

Love and prayers,


Gretchen said...

Needed a minute to process this before I came up with something intelligent to say, like...


Thank you, friend.

Anonymous said...


Tanya W.

Susan said...

You are amazing.