Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thrilling Thursday!



1. to affect with a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement

She... was crying. 
She... saw Him. 
She... heard Him. 
She... did not recognize Him. 
Grief can do that. 

Then, He called her by name....
Jesus said to her, "Mary!"
She turned and said to Him, "Teacher!" John 20:16

So, perhaps it wasn't a Thursday...
but if thrilling means a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement... 
right in the middle of her overwhelming grief, 
this girl TURNED ... 
her amazingly THRILLING DAY had begun!

He's calling your name today.
Hear Him, turn to Him... 
and know the JOY of the THRILL!


sally said...

OK here goes - I'm conversing, joining the conversation. Thanks Cathie for a fantastic?, difficult?, thought provoking? - I'm not sure exactly how to describe it but I do know what happened in my own heart.

It's like there were two streams of thought in my heart - what you were saying and what the Spirit was saying to me at the same time inside of me.

Not sure I will explain this well but when we talked about "what do you know about Jesus and what difference has he made in your life" I was just flooded with all these thoughts of what a huge difference he makes - the one idea that stuck out was that He has changed me from the person that I was without Him (the part of me that I don't like, maybe I should say the person I loathe being, with all my weaknesses, wrong tendencies, bad attitudes, hateful ways etc) into a person that is "holy, blameless and above reproach" in Him. This is such a life changing thing He has done for me.

The sad thing is that I often fall back into my old ways and then need to confess and go back to Him and His mercy.

While I was thinking about that I realized how painful it is for me to be that first person who I can't stand and what a relief it is to know that in Him I am whiter than snow. This brought tears of joy.

Ok - there is more. While I was listening and taking in everything you were saying the Holy Spirit all of a sudden asked me to do something that I have known for years I should do but did not want to do - I did not want to face it and own up to my failing. At that moment He gave me a overwelming love for the situation I had to deal with and I knew at that moment that I would be able to be obedient and do what He said with Him helping me.

To make a long story short I was able to do what I was asked and I did not give in to those thoughts suggesting I put it off or that it did not matter. What a relief to be able to go to bed tonight knowing I don't have to think about this any more and that it won't be eating at me. Thanks to the Lord for His help and his promptings - He wants the best for us.

Cathie said...

Sally, I thank you so much for your heart! I know that your intent was to place this comment in the Colossians Bible Study Room... the other girls will be joining us there to continue this conversation, yet I am going to leave your comment here as well, because I know that it will encourage others greatly!

You indeed had a THRILLING day IN JESUS!

Love you!


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