Embrace the Present

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From Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

If you believe that I am sovereign over every aspect of your life, it is possible to trust Me in all situations. Don’t waste energy regretting the way things are or thinking about what might have been. Start at the present moment – accepting things exactly as they are – and search for My way in the midst of those circumstances.

This week I have been surrounded by reminders to live NEW, anticipate blessingsand slow down so I can embrace the present.

This one came via @jonacuff:

Another came in an email devotional from Proverbs 31 titled A Fresh Start, which included these AWESOME thoughts:

The word forgive has different meanings in Scripture, and one of them is kaphar. That’s a Greek word meaning to purge or pitch. It originates from the Hebrew word for atonement, which means to cleanse or cover.

Why is this meaning so important?

By beginning the process of forgiving, I was purging or pitching the entanglements of the past in order to begin anew. . .

The kaphar gift of forgiveness offers the opportunity for new chapters  . . . and a fresh slate upon which the words can be penned.

No regrets. No looking back. No dwelling on the past.

No worries. No anxiety. No fear of the future.

Embrace the present. Look for the blessings.  Expect miracles. Search for Him in all circumstances.

So be it.

My 1000 Gifts in 2013  

31.  Surprising discoveries

32.  Chance meetings

33.  Weekend outings

34.  Being trusted to do important jobs

35.  Hanging out with my home group family

36.  Silly antics of crazy dogs

37.  Getting rid of old things and bringing in NEW things

38.  Refreshingly crisp, cold fruit

39.  Sinking into my soft, warm, comfy bed after a long work day.

40.  A boss who is understanding and supportive of me as a single mom 

41.  Finding out there wasn’t anything wrong with my car, and my mechanic not charging me to check it out

42.  An invitation extended and the courage to accept it

43.  Comfortable periods of both conversation and silence

44.  Respect given, resulting in respect earned

45.  Feeling SEEN

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2 thoughts on “Embrace the Present

  1. I study Hebrew and wanted to share the Hebrew word for forgive or the like, they’re different depending on the form of the word, since Greek is transliterated from Hebrew or Aramaic it’s nice to know both:

    In the Old Testament, there are two primary Hebrew words which are translated as “pardon”, “pardoned” “forgive”, “forgiveness”, “forgiven” or “forgiving”. These are “nasa” and “salah”. Harris, Archer and Waltke say “nasa” means “the taking away, forgiveness or pardon of sin, iniquity and transgression. So characteristic is this action of taking away sin, that it is listed as one of God’s attributes (Exodus 34:7; Numbers 14:18, Micah 7:18)…Sin can be forgiven and forgotten, because it is taken up and carried away”. [1] Brown, Driver and Briggs say in Exodus 32:32, 34:7, Numbers 14:18, 1 Samuel 15:25, Job 7:21 and Micah 7:18, “nasa” means “take away guilt, iniquity, transgression etc., i.e. forgive”. [2]

  2. Hi Nancy
    A new world opened to me when I realized that God lives in the eternal. Time is His creation and as I live in our Lord Jesus, regrets seem to vanish! Nice linking with you at Mindy’s place and I am honored to visit your blog!
    Much love XX
    Mia

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