“It Is Done”

“It Is Done” by Watchman Nee

“A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and

lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:29-30)

Christianity begins not with a big do, but with a big done. We begin our Christian life by depending not upon our own doing but upon what Christ has done. Until you realize this you are no Christian; for to say: “I can do nothing to save myself; but by his grace God has done everything for me in Christ,” is to take the first step of faith.

“Our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin” (Rom. 6:6)

That is not an exhortation to struggle. That is history: our history, written in Christ before we were born.

Do you believe this? It is true! Our crucifixion with Christ is a glorious historic fact. Our deliverance from sin is based, not on what we can do, nor even on what God is

going to do for us, but on what he has already done in Christ. When that fact dawns upon us

and we rest back upon it, then we have found the secret of a holy life.

Currently in Force

 

 

Since this last blog entry is based on our current works in progress, I thought I’d better check out the actual meaning of current. Maybe none of my stuff qualifies!

A current project should be presently in force, accepted as legally valid and widely accepted. It should also be flowing in one direction, like a stream, even though there might be undercurrents.

Now that sounds like a writing project if I ever saw one. I’m up to my circumcised heart in devotionals right now. I write a daily devotional for http://www.everydaychristian.com and several thousand readers expect some spiritual insight from me on a regular basis. Since it is ongoing and so many accept it, I guess it is a current work in progress. I think it is legal- I never steal material and the number of readers hopefully means that it is widely accepted.

Several of my writing friends are collaborating on a romance mystery novel of sorts. We all agreed to keep on going and our heroine, dear Mrs. Hackly has lots of undercurrents running through her life so …still in.

Meanwhile, I’m editing a manuscript for the upcoming Word Alive publishing contest and editing the myriad thoughts of new scribbles that keep pounding through my head. All is alive and well in this neck of the woods. Sincerely, Brenda J Wood

The Other Laws

This is the subtle name a friend has for his in-laws because both sides of the family created more laws than anyone can keep up with. As a result, he finds it impossible to please anyone.

“You will come here for Christmas Dinner. Sunday dinner at our home is a must. We never did that with our children.”  Other Laws insist on their own way without thought of the turmoil caused in their children’s homes.

What chaos threatens our children, their spouses and our grandchildren just because we want our own way?

A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. (Proverbs 21:2, NIV)

Prayer- Lord, may we consider the lives of our children with grace instead of demands for our own way.  Amen.

Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids by Jill Osborne

 

Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids by Jill Osborne

This is a lively book with lots of twists and turns in the plot. Quite frankly, I found it a little daunting to keep up, but than I am not 13 and this book is for those in that age group. Jill Osborne has written dozens of books and while this is my first exposure to one of them, I think she knows what she is doing!

I do admit I’d like to know the shaving cream secret note plan with mirrors on page 90. However I may be the only one left in the universe who doesn’t know how to do this. I did mention I was no longer 13…(or many multiples of 13 ) didn’t I?

I think pre-teens will love this book and its message as well.

Thomas Nelson at  Book Sneeze gave me  a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Brenda J Wood   http://heartfeltdevotionals.com

 

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