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Mongan: All I want is to know Jesus Christ

Posted: September 5, 2017 - 10:56pm

"I want to know Christ - yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death," (Phil. 3:10)

 

I will never forget my early days of walking with Christ Jesus, as my Lord and Savior. I sang out loud, wore a permanent smile on my face, and quoted scripture to everyone I encountered, if they wanted to hear it or not.

Within my soul was a burning desire to tell the world, He lives. I even went so far as to attach little pieces of paper with bible verses to the walls throughout my house. The year was 1976 before sticky notes were invented.

My thought was, everywhere I go I will see the Word of God and focus on my Jesus. I was young in the Lord but had fallen in love with Jesus.

As a baby Christian, all I wanted to do was to know Jesus Christ. I woke up early each day before my children to meet Him in prayer. There in the stillness of my heart, I began to know Him and to love Him. He began to teach me, gently guiding me with His eye always upon me.

Whatever He taught me, I taught my children. Our family was like the Von Trapps in the movie, "Sound of Music." We often broke into song. The only difference was that we sang scripture and always off key. Just ask our neighbors. To me singing was praying twice and with raising seven close together children, I knew I needed all the prayer I could get.

I also taught the children scripture daily. No, I was not a home school mom. I just wanted my children to know Jesus Christ and the power of His rising, without having to tape the Bible verses all over the walls of their home.

My adult children's favorite scripture to this day is Proverbs 26:11, "As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly." This proverb is a keeper in the soul of every mother who has the child that keeps doing the wrong thing over and over again. Making scripture a part of my everyday language and teaching my children how to live it out, was a way to make the Word of God come alive.

Our Heavenly Father nurtures His children in the spiritual, just as a mom nurtures her new born babies. She holds them close, carries them around, and makes the decisions for their care, feeding, clothing, and diapering as needed. They are not mature enough to live on their own, nor make their own decisions. The maturing process takes time and patience, for the mother and her baby.

Those who know me are keenly aware that patience is not my strong suit. Being an extremist, even as a baby Christian, I wanted to know Him now! I was that newborn who wanted to pass the milk stage and move right on to meat. I wanted to walk before I crawled. All of us know that a newborn is not ready for meat and walking is out of the question. Growing up is a journey.

I have journeyed to mountaintops of great joy, into valleys of tears and sadness, and through deserts of loneliness, waiting until God parts the Red Sea.

I have learned that it is in the crucible of suffering, you get to know God for yourself.

He alone will teach you how to walk on the water, if you keep your eyes on Him. When you begin to sink, he will send a lifeboat in the form of other committed followers.

No one can walk the journey alone. I wake up every morning to pray and seek the face of Jesus, and to take a strong hold of his nail scarred hand and ask Him, "How I can serve you today?"

As I look back on my life in Christ which now spans four decades, I am amazed at the ways I grew.

I still sing out loud, carry a permanent smile on my face, and quote scripture to everyone I encounter, if they want to hear it or not. I am very grateful that there is still within my soul the desire to tell the world He lives.

However through the maturing process God has given me a little more wisdom to guard my tongue, a little more experience from walking on the water of His word, and a hearing ear for His voice.

I no longer tape bible verses on the walls around my home, for the Word of God is written in my soul. Instead God has given me eyes to see Him in all I meet, whether it is a newborn baby or an elderly person.

I have learned that you can learn something from everyone and everyone can learn something from you, if you but take the time to hear their story.

Getting to know Jesus Christ in the quietness of prayer opens your eyes to see Him in all you meet.

Have you taken the journey to the heart of God? Take your time to get to know Him, and to get to love Him. Teach your children to do the same.

The weekly Challenge: I challenge you to take the time to hear the story of at least one person each day you encounter this week, whether it is your little toddler or your grandma. Oh what marvelous things we can learn about God when we get to know His people. Enjoy the journey!

 

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