Kim Jaggers

Kim Jaggers
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My Red Convertible

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
I Pet 1:6-9

The preacher said “We don’t own anything--we are all just stewards.” My next, deep, spiritual thought was “Lord, I would like to be the steward of a red convertible.” But the ever-patient voice in my spirit seemed to whisper “I gave you something better. I let you walk the hard road and it was there that you found My best.” I knew it was true. I would have never known God and His peace apart from the hard road He has allowed me to walk and I also know He only allowed me to walk it in order to bring a blessing that I couldn’t see or would have been too afraid to have chosen for myself.

The great preacher-teacher and author of “My Utmost for His Highest” Oswald Chambers says “As soon as you begin to live the life of faith in God, fascinating and luxurious prospects will open up before you, and these things are yours by right; but if you are living the life of faith you will exercise your right to waive your rights and let God choose for you.” He goes on to explain that “This is the discipline by means of which the natural is transformed into the spiritual by obedience to the voice of God.” Simple, Southern girl translation ---When we turn over the control of our lives to God and obey Him, He will bring a bouquet of blessings that we will never find by controlling things ourselves. When we surrender control, the spirit conquers the flesh – fear becomes trust, worry becomes peace, desperation becomes hope.

Holding on to this truth has kept me going during the hard times of life….because I know I am holding on with hope. So many times I have said to myself: “I would have chosen this (easier road) but God must have something better that I can’t see yet. He can bring good from this hard.” I am so thankful to follow our good God who sees all, who knows all, who is working it all to good and who loves me with a perfect, unending, amazing, sustaining love….His blessings are exceedingly, abundantly better than anything I could have chosen for myself.

Prayer: Father, I am flesh and I am a chicken… but with you I can walk the hard roads with hope and to victory. I know I am precious to You and if You allow something hard to come into my life – You have a good reason. Sometimes, I may get to see the reason and sometimes I may never know… but I trust you, I cling to you for you are hope, peace and joy! Amen.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Soul Rest

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matt 11:28-29

It seems that I have been keenly aware of the weary and burdened lately. My (hero) cousin is dying of cancer. My brother and sister-in-law’s house flooded in Nashville (for the second time in a year). My Dad is facing major health issues. Many of you are suffering the pain of divorce. Gas prices are on the rise. Terrorists still want to hurt us… and on and on. This life can be gut-wrenchingly hard. Yet Jesus says… “come to me and I will give you rest.” He is rest. He is rest because I know (for certain) that I can do very little about most of the worries that come my way. Yet my gentle Savior tells me to give Him my burdens, He tells me to learn from Him and it is there that I will find rest for my soul. “Soul Rest” is not rest like the world gives. It is a deep inner rest (a peace) that is not dependent on my circumstances. “Soul Rest” comes when I focus on the truth Jesus is teaching me. “Soul Rest” comes when I remember God is good (Ps 119:68), this life is temporary (Job 7:7) and Jesus is working it all to good for those who love Him (Rom 8:28). “Soul Rest” comes when I remember the enemy will not win. “Soul Rest” comes when I remember Jesus loves those I hurt for even more than I do. “Soul Rest” comes when I take my hands off the wheel and give it all to Jesus – knowing He has the power to take what Satan intends for evil and bring good.

There is a funny thing about “Soul Rest” though. It can only be experienced when it is a daily thing. Really it is a moment thing. It is walking and talking with Jesus throughout-the-day. But oh… it is a GOOD thing. It is real and it is available to EVERYONE who will call on His Name. But just like any other real relationship in your life… you can’t just call His name once, forget Him and expect to enjoy the benefits of knowing Him.. He wants to walk with you daily. He loves you deeply. His arms are open and He cares for you. Do you need a little “Soul Rest”? Your Savior loves you and He is waiting…

Jesus, you know everything. You know this world is hard. You know every trouble I face and every worry on my mind. Help me Lord to rest… really rest in You. Help me to seek You every day and learn from You. I can’t walk this road alone. I need you every minute. Thank you for loving me perfectly and thank you for being the strength I need to live my life in the joy, peace and hope found only in You. Amen.