Take Heart

My Lenten journey coincides with another journey…..one I knew would be complicated and take me to hard and lonely places. But it’s a good journey. I don’t know of any worthy journey without challenges.

It’s the hard parts that make us stronger. We’re more courageous when we get to the other side of a trial. Our hearts are strengthened by God’s faithfulness and His promises become the anchors to our souls. And our trials are nothing compared with the glory to come.

“Jesus came to be the pattern, to leave footprints for the person who would join him, who would become a follower,” writes Soren Kierkegaard in the reading from Day 11 of Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter. He continues, “Christ’s life is a demand.”

God, give me courage to follow. Not to admire, but to follow.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”    John 16:33



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  1. mariaholm on March 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I love these verses from John and what beautiful photos you have put in this post

    • mariegriffith on March 17, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Thank you Maria. Yes, it’s one of my favorites. I wish I could take credit for the photos. I found them at FreePhotos.cc. They are beautiful!

  2. Deann on March 18, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I love and miss you such Marie. I’m so thankful God put you in my path along the way.

    • mariegriffith on March 18, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Deann, you are so sweet! We need to make a lunch or dinner date soon! Love you.

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