Life This Week

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I was mesmerized yesterday as I watched waves crash over this rock on the Michigan shore. The rock has been smoothed and is no longer sharp like the others just out of the water’s reach. It made me think of God’s grace – his unmerited favor – that not only provided a way for our salvation through Christ, but also conforms us into the image of Christ. I stood with my arms outstretched, my mouth open, my eyes lifted. “Wash over me, God! Wash over me with your grace! Conform me into the image of Jesus! Smooth out my edges. Wash over me!” To be washed, we need to be near the water. Here’s what I’m doing to stay near this week:

I’m praying Psalm 42:1-2. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” Wash over me, God! Wash over me!

I’m remembering who God is. I’m reading a section of Psalm 104 each day. Monday: 104:1-4; Tuesday: 104:5-9; Wednesday: 104:10-13; Thursday: 104:14-18; Friday: 104:19-23; Saturday: 104:24-27; Sunday: 104:28-35.

I’m reminding myself what Jesus says of me, because I believe in him. I am free. I have the Spirit within me. I am being transformed into the image of Christ. (John 7:37-39; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18)

What does your week look like?

How are you staying near to God?

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