Philippians: Day 10

Citizens of Heaven

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Today's Text: Philippians 3:17-4:1, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12, Romans 16:17-20

...but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

- Philippians 3:20 -

It is early in the morning as I sit on my back patio breathing in the cool air, sipping my coffee with my journal and Bible in hand. The light of day has taken over the dark of night. My view to the west takes in the expanse of the blue cloudless sky, majestic mountains rising up and a slight glimpse of the Pacific Ocean in the distance.

The expanse overwhelms me, and it is as though heaven and earth are connected in that moment. I know this life on earth is temporary and heaven is eternal, yet the struggle of living in the gap confounds me.

Paul knew this struggle well. It’s what drove him to write to the church of Philippi with passion, urging them to join him in recognizing and waiting expectantly for the eternal in the midst of the temporal. This was not written in arrogance but with humility. In Paul’s day, people didn’t have a Bible in hand to reference and cross-reference to the character of Christ. They needed an example to follow.

In humility, Paul pleaded with the Philippians to imitate his own relentless pursuit to mirror Christ. Moved to tears over the deception and dangers of false teaching, he warned them to be wise in their choices and steadfast in their conviction (Philippians 3:18). How could Paul presume to be a model for other believers to follow? Because he himself only aspired to know Christ and follow Him (Philippians 3:10-12).

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “imitate” as an act, “to do the same thing as someone; to copy.” Our world today gives us no shortage of examples to follow—from magazines and movies, television and social media, to celebrities, athletes, and politicians. Our potential influences are endless. We must be aware that these examples can easily promote a divided heart, drawing us into the desires and deceptions of earthly things, as Paul warned (Philippians 3:19). Temporary things cannot bring long-term contentment (Matthew 6:19-21).

When instead we imitate the ways of Jesus, we are transformed more and more into His likeness. As the Word of Life takes deep root into our minds, hearts, and souls, we are able to live as aliens in this temporal land. We are empowered to stand firm in the pain and mess of life with compassion and love, joyful and expectant of Christ’s return. Instead of merely surviving, we as believers have the joy and privilege of illuminating the character and values of Christ to a world that desperately needs to know Him. By the grace of Christ in us, we become someone to imitate—someone who points others to the hope of the gospel.

In the blink of an eye, our existence on earth will be gone and the expanse of blue sky will give way to the eternal. The earthly things will vaporize, “but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). And while we wait for Him, we rejoice in being His ambassadors here on earth—those who live even now under the rule of the one true KIng. Our citizenship is now, not just later!

So, along with Paul, I say to you, dear sisters, you who “are dearly loved and longed for, in this manner stand firm in the Lord, dear friends” (Philippians 4:1).

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  • I am a High School Junior and standing firm in faith is especially important during this time in my life. Many of my friends who were once strong in their faith are drifting away; while I’m gaining new friends who are all in when it comes to Christ. There are so many temptations, but I know I must stand firm and keep my life pointed toward Jesus. Everyday at school, it’s obvious Christ is not in as many hearts as He should be, and it’s heartbreaking. For me, it is important to try and be a light in my school and lead more people to Christ the way I was lead to Him, through YoungLife. YoungLife is a youth ministry that introduces Christ to teenagers and it has been a major impact to my life. I pray that people who have drifted away from Christ can realize that He is the only thing that will last eternally and strengthen their relationship with Him once again. Also, I pray that more people will come to know Christ for the first time and live life to the full, the way Jesus intended life for us in John 10:10. This reading today was so very relatable.

  • BlessedandFavored

    When I got nervous about a situation today this reminded me to stand firm in the word

  • Kasey Summers

    STAND FIRM ANCHORED IN THE GOSPEL.

  • God’s desire for me today is to stand firm in Him. I am waiting to see if my doctors are right, that I’m about to miscarry. This is my first pregnancy, and was achieved after a long process of IVF which resulted in just one embryo. The long awaited news that I became pregnant was the best day of my life. The call that came two days later. Was the worst. Praying for a miracle from the God of all miracles and healing, and for the strength to stand firm in Him no matter what.

    • Amber Marshall

      I’m praying for you today, Jess. I’m confident that God is with you and will give you His peace. Praying for healing and strength.

    • autumn

      Praying for you!

    • Melanie Wright

      Jess, I just read this devotion and your comment this morning. I realize you wrote it 3 months ago, but I wanted you to know that your comment really touched my heart and regardless of where things are now I am praying for you this morning.

  • Tiffany K

    This is my prayer: that I can become more like Christ, that I can an ambassador here on earth for God that I can help point others to grace and to be able to stand firm in the lord, that people might notice a change in me and want that change in them.
    This was such a good read this morning and just what I needed before I take on my Thursday!

  • I have read SRT for the past couple months and appreciate the daily reminders to get into the Bible. I don’t always take the time to read the comments from the beginning, but today I scrolled to the top … And was struck by the question “am I worth imitating?” ….. The past few weeks have been rough for me. My husband works for a farmer, and being harvest, is gone extremely long hours six days a week. Add that to a 10month old who seems to think he’s allergic to sleep, it makes for a Mama not recommended to imitate…. (Which I am reminded of every time I hear my 4 year old scold her brother in my exact tone and words. :-/ )
    To quote the writer- “Instead of merely surviving, we as believers have the joy and privilege of illuminating the character and values of Christ to a world that desperately needs to know Him.” I have been in survival mode and should really be focusing on the joy of imitating and illuminating Christ–particularly for the sake of my children –if not the rest of those I come in contact with.

  • Praying for you, Alanna!

  • This post has me on my knees. I have been struggling for years with an eating disorder- I run to food for my comfort, joy and peace and then pray later, instead of first. Giving up these worldly things and focusing on God and what he has placed us on earth is what I need to do. Praying that I finally can give my everything to God.

    • Kylee

      Alanna you’re being lifted up! ❤️ the battle was won, let’s walk in victory over this together

  • So good. God's Word is such a living one.
    In the struggle to promote my freelance business, it is SO easy to get caught up with the temporary successes or lack thereof. I've been struggling with comparison and how to pursue Christ through my business this week. Thank you for this timely word, Debbie!

  • Sarabeth

    This book, Philippians, is so encouraging. Keeping my mind on heavenly things is hard when bombarded with earthly matters, but Paul’s words are compelling as is this devotion. I am loving this study.

  • Praying for you Jenna!
    "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Ps. 34:18

  • Brittany

    I’m speechless. This echoes everything I’ve been thinking and feeling lately. The C .S. Lewis quote, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world,” has been in my head for weeks, I’ve begun to realize: my desire for peace, goodness, light, love—those are things of heaven, not earth. We are called to embody those things as best we can, bringing His kingdom to earth, but they won’t be fully realized until He returns. That’s hard for me to accept, but today’s devotion was genuinely encouraging. Thank you so, so much.

  • Thanks Debbie for bringing a breath of fresh air and encouragement to my morning..Staying anchored in Him..taking some time today just to be still..My prayer today is to know Him a little bit better and by the end of day and love Him even more, and with that maybe have some understanding of how much He really loves me..If we really could grasp that..wow what would our day look like then..!!??

  • It is easy to imitate the wrong people, but it’s my prayer I only imitate Christ so I can become a good influence and lead others to Him.

  • Sometimes this gap seems so overwhelming, so lonely and hard. Please pray for me today. I really need encouragement. I am weary and it feels like Scripture can't reach my wounded heart. Thank you.

  • lizzie_jk

    I don't usually comment on She Reads Truth, but decided today that I should.
    I was really encouraged by todays post.I recently moved to a new country, and started going to a new college. And it definitely hasn't been easy for me. I found myself seeking simple earthly things, like material things to bring me joy because I was feeling so down. But todays post reminded me that "temporary things cannot bring long-term contentment". True joy can only be found in Christ and in a growing relationship with him, but it is sometimes so easy to forget that!

    • Kylee

      I’m so glad you commented! This is something I’ve struggled with too & you know what? The things of this world are like a gum ball that looks & tastes super good but loses its flavor right away — you know the kind! Happy to be here saving His everlasting goodness with you ❤️

      • lizzie_jk

        Thanks for your reply! And yes, you are so right! They lose their flavor and then you're off searching for the next thing that will fill you up! But only in Jesus can we be truly satisfied. Have an amazing day! :)

      • Kylee

        Amen!!

    • shereadstruth

      Lizzie, thank you so much for commenting today! Praying for your transition and asking God to bring you continued joy in the midst of newness. We love having you in our community!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

    • Frances

      I struggle with this too. Today’s reading is definitely a good reminder that temporary, earthly things don’t give lasting happiness!

  • " To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Thess 1:11-12

    Thank the Lord that it is He who makes us "worthy of His calling" to "fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power"! God not only has chosen to love and accept me when I was still in sin (Romans 5:8), but when He chose me as His own, He also promised Himself so fully to me. He promised to make me worthy of being His beloved, His child – the beloved child of the Creator, the King of kings and Lord of lords! To live up to such a name is beyond me. The pressure and stress that being children of earthly leaders – be it kings, presidents, Hollywood stars, or even church leaders and strong Christian families – can be so great that we see many crack under public eye. Even with the best intentions of living up to the reputation of greatness, as humans (or maybe it's just me?) we strive and strive and when we falter even the slightest bit, we feel like we've failed. And boy does failure do a number on motivation! But alas! God did not call us to a position so high (sisters, we are called to be daughters of the one true King!) and then leave us to find our way to live up to such a name. He called us and covenanted to "fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by HIS power." Sisters, by God's grace, would we live in His power instead of our own, trusting in the righteousness of Jesus with which He has clothed us to live in a way that imitates Christ and spurs others on to imitate Him as well! And lastly, if anyone is like me – prone to dwell on my faltering and failures rather than God's already-won victory over sin – may we be reminded that although our lives are by no means perfect, thank God that He is still relentlessly pursing and faithfully perfecting us until that blessed day of Jesus Christ!

  • I need the weight of this truth today!

    What would it look like to have a generation of women with undivided hearts? A generation of women worthy of imitating. What kind of impact could women "illuminating the character and values of Christ to a world that desperately needs to know Him" make?

    Our ability to impact His kingdom, our world, is unimaginable if we are willing to be women of resolve, standing firm with our eyes fixed on Him. May it be so!

  • Diane Huntsman

    Nailed it again SRT!!! I pray God pours out mega oozing blessings all over this ministry and the stewards is it!! I appreciate all the blood sweat and many tears that go into this!! Since it is so good, I am aware that makes it so hard!!! Know that you are being used to breath life into our weary souls each morning.. My vision is sharpened and my vitality strengthened as I read and take in each day’s trading.. Thank you thank you thank you!!! Eph.3:20 all day everyday!! Love, hugs, and prayers of gratitude sent your way this day!!

    • shereadstruth

      Diane, thank you so much for your sweet encouragement this morning. Thanks for joining us in reading God's Word this morning!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Khadija E

    She reads truth has helped me learn more about God and fueled my desire to be closer to him. I just recently shared what he has done for me in a video to my Facebook friends and that took courage and strength that only God can give. I read from this website everyday before i go to class and it encourages me to live a life more like Christ. I am truly grateful for this!

    • Kylee

      Khadija I’m right here with you every morning ❤️ I would love to read your FB post about SRT, can you link us?

    • shereadstruth

      Love this, Khadija! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Caroline @ In Due Time

    yes and Amen! Standing firm in HIS truth – going against what the world has told us to do and pressing forth knowing that He wins!

  • Most days, I come home exhausted. I come home believing I've failed, knowing I wasn't the teacher I longed to be. I know not how to interrupt this cycle, and so I turn it over to God. t trust that He will guide me, today, in being the teacher He needs me to be. I trust that He will guide me in being His ambassador here on earth.

    • carlybenson

      Amy, I was really struck by 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 when I read them earlier and I want to pray that for you now, and for all of us:
      "We keep on praying for you, asking God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honoured because of the way you live, and you will be honoured along with him"
      And I also love the way v12 ends- "This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ."
      I pray that you know him with you guiding and strengthening you today.

  • Ohh to be His ambassadors!! What a charge, ladies. My heart this morning is flooded with ways I could be a BETTER ambassador of Him, subtle ways; when I’m at a coffee date meeting with someone new, do I leave them feeling that there’s something different about me, in a good way? Is my presence an inexplicably calming force in the lives of my colleagues? Do I say enough to let outsiders on set know there’s a reason for my hope? Am I swinging wide the doors of Heaven & inviting all to enter by my demeanor & conduct? Or am I being a lazy ambassador who stands idly by the propped open door, full of thoughts about myself, belly button gazing & texting on my phone. Is the latter me? All too often it is. “Come and see his goodness, if you feel like it…” And He is worth so much more of my effort! He’s worth ALL of my effort!

    God, please help us to be the best ambassadors ever for your kingdom… give us the wisdom to know who needs to hear our stories, the ones you’ve already won for us! Give us grace, Father, to BE grace to those who need it. And let us always be ready to give reason for the hope we have in Christ, because to be Your ambassadors we must be ready to SHARE about YOU! And boldness, give me & my sisters boldness to walk out your will in the midst of a crooked generation in Jesus name. All of these things.

  • People say that imitation is the best form of flattery but I want to do more than flatter Jesus; I want to BE like Him!! We are so blessed to have someone so deeply good to idolize. These days, when I find myself in uncomfortable situations, I try to take a step back and think WWJD (remember the bracelets??) What would Jesus do? Whether it’s a coworker that’s not pulling their weight, family struggles or simply doing more than just plugging along…what would He do? It’s challenging to think this way, but helps me to gain a perspective that’s geared toward forgiveness and helping others. That’s the kind of life to imitate! Lord, help us to echo the image and message of Christ; we are so willing!

  • Aimee1of2

    What an important thing to remember, we are citizens of heaven. A friend reminded me this week that we should think about whose eyes we are gazing on. Are we looking to people for approval and fulfillment or are we looking at God? Where we put our eyes determines who defines us. Stand firm in the Lord. Eyes on Him. Amen!

  • Amen. I look to you God to feed me, to fuel me, and to fire me up.

  • I am an allien; I long for my true home — to be united with my bridegroom. Until then, I stand firm in this foreign land living out my days through the instruction of the Word and the loving shepherding of my church body. I pray that each year I look less "worldly" an more like an imitator of Christ.

  • "Am I worth imitating?"

    Am I truly studying Christ´s character? We have the gift of God-breathed Scripture at hand (unlike Paul´s buddies), yet I sometimes make study such a convoluted process. Imitate Christ. That´s it.

    "May the truth that is in him illuminate in me all that is dark, establish in me all that is wavering, comfort in me all that is wretched, accomplish in my all that is of thy goodness, and glorify in me the name of Jesus… Teach me that Christ cannot be the way if I am the end, that he cannot be Redeemer if I am my own saviour…" (Truth in Jesus, The Valley of Vision)

  • Definitely needed this reminder today. I’ve lately only been surviving. May I look to Jesus instead.

  • The importance of being proper imitators is something we don't necessarily see so easily….a conversation I have often with my ten-year-old. As the middle child, and the oldest of the two I homeschool, I ongoingly mention to her that she sets an example for her brother and that I would greatly appreciate her help in guiding him down a good path each day. She is one that it takes some persuasion to teach, so now I find that I am often persuading two children. When I am answering her questions of "when will I be done" or "do I really have to do this", I am called to answer the same questions for my kindergartener. If she wants to do iPad work, he wants to do iPad work, if she begs to move to a couch and work, he begs to move to a couch. It is a dance of unified words, bent on pressing into me for their own personal benefit and some days they win. Some days I am worn and the amount of work done is little and the frustration I feel great. And I am to be like Jesus. There are moments I forget how to parent properly and I am sure that as I stand before them my words or facial expressions are not exactly imitating that of the Living God. I can say almost the moment I utter a harsh word the Spirit in me moves to know it and I am humbled. Because the more we imitate Christ, the more we respond to those leanings and over time the less those moments will be. I need to remember this in the moments I feel overwhelmed because more than my telling her she needs to be an example, I must show her. I must *do* more than I *say* and I must love more than I react because I am to be like Jesus, I am to stand firm IN Him … the best way to teach her what this looks like is to display it myself! ~ B

    • Shannon H

      ~B~, I too am feeling the encouragement and hard challenge of these words. I have noticed, especially recently, that my 6 year old is starting to sound a lot like me when he talks to his 4 year old brother. Unfortunately, this isn’t a good thing. It has highlighted something to me that I have already begun praying about….I have fallen into a pattern of reacting, rather than loving intentionally, my tone of voice has been harsh, and I have been critical and frustrated more often than not. I want so much to imitate Christ in my parenting and on my homeschooling and yet when the rubber meets the road, I fall right back into these awful habits! Lord, help me to fix my eyes on You, the author and perfector of my faith! Help me to speak words of life and to walk humbly before you. Let me live a life worthy of the calling I have received from you, and help me to imitate You!

      Praying this for you, B, as well, and for all of you ladies! Be blessed this day!

      • Amy J

        Help me to speak words of life and to walk humbly before you.

        Your words are the gentle reminder I needed. Thank you, Shannon.

    • jen

      I whole heartedly agree. I have taught many different grades in traditional school. And now find myself homeschooling my own kindergartner. It is definitely not something I had in my plan but, it has been God's plan for us. I now understand why we send out children to a place where someone else can reach them to read. Phew. We will survive. Hopefully. But now imitating becomes something completely different. She and her 3 year old sister have a new favorite game. She is the mommy and her sister (the newly middle child) is the baby. I hear them play and enjoy the fact that they have found a game that they play nicely together. But then I hear the 'mommy' say something that I say or have said in the past. And I realize that I must be so careful. I am their example of a wide and mommy and more importantly a daughter of God. What a weighty task. But I am thankful that I don't have to do this is my own strength. It is God that works in me and through me. May my focus be on Him today.

  • People always say imitation is the highest form of flattery…but I want to more than flatter Jesus; I want to BE LIKE HIM!! We are so lucky to idolize a man who was so good. These days, when I find myself in some not so comfortable situations, I have stepped back and starting thinking WWJD? (remember the bracelets?) What would Jesus do? When a co-worker isn’t putting in the work or you are pulled in too many situations or you feel like it’s never going to get easier? I try to put myself in Jesus’ shoes/sandals and look at it from His perspective. It opens your eyes to more kindness, patience, and I believe, a way of living life with more fervor for helping others. That is one I want to imitate. Lord, thank you for another beautiful morning. Please help us echo Your son’s message of acceptance and love here on earth; we are so willing to do it!

    • CJ8of8

      Joanna… WWJD… i had the opportunity a few weeks back, actually it was right after the Daniel study when I realized that, my story, life and Book are not my own… Suddenly my perspective shifted from What Would Jesus Do, too, What Will Jesus Do. I was, and am, just an instrument, and have no control. Now, I look for the opportunities and in my heart know it is no longer I who live, but Christ who does. All for his glory and yes, he will produce what he will produce. Love you my sister and thanks for bringing up that WWJD memory.

  • bellissimanh

    I remember reading a greeting card once that had a picture of a little boy following his father on a beach, his little footprints marking the sand behind his dad's larger ones. The caption read "I'm trying to follow Jesus, but He's not always easy to see, so I'm following you instead, Daddy" (or something like that). That image has stuck with me over the years, and as I read this verse from Philippians, it's as vivid as ever:

    "Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us." (Philippians 3:17)

    Paul got this. He knew that although he ultimately wanted his friends to follow Jesus, they might need a here-and-now-flesh-and-bones example, and so he asked them to imitate him, as he imitated Christ. Paul wasn't being arrogant. He knew that it was only by the grace of God that he could offer them an example to model… he was being realistic, and he was committed to being the best pattern possible for them so that when they couldn't quite see Jesus, they need only look to Paul to understand what Jesus was like. That's some pretty powerful stuff right there.

    I want to live like that. I want to know and follow hard after Christ… to the point that I would feel comfortable knowing that others are looking to me to see what Jesus is like. It's a sobering thought, isn't it? Especially when it comes to being a mom… I know that what I am is going to make more of a difference to my children than anything I tell them. I want to be a woman worthy of imitating, because sometimes they have a hard time seeing Jesus – knowing what He wants of them. In those moments, I want them to be able to know that even if they can't see HIM, they can look to me to know what He is like. It's an awesome responsibility… and it's only by His grace that I will be able to take hold of that role. Help me, Lord!

    I have been immensely blessed to have parents who are a perfect illustration of what Paul is saying in this passage. John and Peggy Aron have set a beautiful pattern of what it looks like to follow Christ. I am so grateful! Love you, Mom & Dad! Thank you for leading me to Jesus, and showing me what He looks like, especially when it was difficult for me to see Him. <3

    • MNmomma (heather)

      It is extremely sobering to really think about the reflection that I have been thru the years to my kids……there are times I am NOT proud of – things I would give anything to change how I handled a situation. I know that I can't go back, but I can move forward – thankful that God has led me to His word, to a deeper relationship with Him….to a life that is (attempting to be!!!!) in step with Him and His plan. I pray that my boys see and know this…..and follow along with Him….

  • Candacejo

    "If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing else in this world can satisfy…the most probably explanation is that we were Made for Another World." ~C.S.Lewis

    Yet while we are here we have a mission, a true purpose to fulfill and God alone gives us the strength, wisdom and humility to imitate Him.

    “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18.

    Blessed Wednesday, friends, we have a hope in this life and in the world to come! ♥

    • Joanna

      Hope, indeed, and that is a blessing in itself. Thanks for the reminder!

    • ~ B ~

      I have always appreciated that quote. It explains so well the natural longing for something outside of ourselves we each have. So thankful for the hope we have in this life and in the world to come! ~ B

  • Kelly_Smith

    "Instead of merely surviving, we as believers have the joy and privilege of illuminating the character and values of Christ to a world that desperately needs to know Him." I get so ego-centric, focused on me and my issues. I go back to Rick Warren's heart piercing truth: "It's not about you." Lord, help me become someone to imitate.

  • carlybenson

    The line that stood out to me was the one about "recognising and waiting expectantly for the eternal in the midst of the temporal". I actually misread it at first and thought it said " the mist of the temporal" but I think that's true too. The values of the world and the influences around us can so easily cloud our view of God and how he wants us to live for him. It can be like mist that makes it hard to see our way or keep on the right path. It reminds me that we need to be intentional about fixing our eyes on Jesus and having an eternal perspective, not allowing ourselves to be distracted by temporal things.

  • Sisters, I ask for prayer.

    I am a special education teacher at a behavioral school. I have two kids with unique needs and have been lucky enough to have been apart of a program and classroom that were designed specifically for them. They have been growing with me for over year now and the administration is stepping into our classroom and saying the students need to begin transitioning back into general education classrooms. The process has been agreed to, however we have been told all of this will be taking place much sooner than expected. I have given this process up to the Lord and am asking him to help me trust him and to trust the people that are making these decisions, if they are worthy of being trusted. I ask for prayer for discernment, passion, ,bravery and the words necessary to get my students what they need in their new classrooms, where they are likely to be misunderstood. I pray that my students will feel loved, wanted and confident in their new environment and that they will grow.

    Thank you everyone. I am so thankful for SRT and for the community it has opened up.

    Blessings

    • Candacejo

      Praying with you and your students today and for wisdom for all involved. ♥

    • aprilmcwhite

      Praying! I used to work in a special needs classroom also and I just want to thank you for your hard work and faithful dedication to those students!

    • Joanna

      Morning Candace! I work with adults with special needs so I am familiar with the bond it’s easy to form with them. I applaud you for your hard work and pray not only for your students’ smooth transition, but that others may imitate Jesus by their acceptance and respect for them. God bless you.

    • ~ B ~

      Prayerful over you and your students as well Candance. I can only imagine how your heart must hurt in this for them. Praying for discernment and bravery, that you will have the words and that their new classrooms will be ones filled with kids that seek to be Jesus to each other. ~ B

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Lifting you and your kiddos up this morning. <3 from this school nurse (and SPED team member) to you…..I truly love my students – and carry them in my heart…..you are a blessing for these kiddos – thank you for all you do for them (and others!)

    • Lynne

      I will be praying for you and your students. I have a special needs child who I home school and it is hard. I can't send him to public school because I am afraid he wouldn't be treated right and people wouldn't understand him. I will be praying that your little friends get placed in the right classroom. God knows their needs and He truly does care.

    • churchmouse

      Joining my prayers too all the others. So appreciate your heart of tenderness for these special children and confident that you will be a resource for their new teachers. God placed you in their lives and there are more who will be placed in your care. I’m trusting that the solid foundation you have given them will stand firm. And I’m praying the new teachers will reach out to you so that the transition will be smooth and beneficial for them. Thank you for you commitment to them and their special learning styles.

    • mamajonk

      Praying for you and your students. Thanking God for your tender heart towards the children you teach. You don't indicate the age but was wondering if your school has a Best Buddy program. It's a great program, worth looking into if not. Blessings from So. Cal.

    • A PEACH IN ITALY

      Sending prayers your way for peace and bravery during this time and prayers for your little ones to have the same.

    • Kylee

      Oh Candace you are being lifted up! I agree with your prayer & ask God to work out all the delicate details of this transition in HIS perfect timing. May you feel at peace and yet bold to speak words of truth, & may the people who make the decisions give you ear. And may you rest in His perfect finished work for this situation….we all love you!!

    • shereadstruth

      Candace, your passion and love for your students is clear and I'm beyond thankful for the way you proclaim God's love in the classroom and beyond. I know that this transition will be hard and achy because of your deep loyalty and commitment to them, and I'm praying for God's hand to orchestrate all of the details involved. Also praying an extra breath of thankfulness for teachers like you!

      Love to you, friend.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

    • Sabrina

      Praying for you Candace! God's Word never returns void. The love and wisdom you've invested in your kids is not wasted, God is faithful.
      Your sister in Christ,

      Sabrina

  • Thank you for this Debbie. I really needed this tonight. Blessings.

  • What a beautiful reminder! In this season where I'm struggling to just get through each day, I'm reminded that my life on earth is temporal. I need to fix my eyes on things that are eternal… focus on what I can do now that will matter for eternity.

    I have three little boys who love to role-play – imitating people and recreating situations around them. Am I worth imitating? Do I imitate Christ in my attitude and behavior, no matter how hectic the day may be? Can I let go of the stress and hold on to who I am in Christ?

    Asking myself the hard questions today…

    • Kelly_Smith

      Those little eyes watching make you more mindful, don't they? Such a great reminder!

    • Candacejo

      Am I worth imitating? I shall take this with me today….♥

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Am I worth imitating????? A powerful question to carry with me each day……it would be a good thing to post around my house and office :)

    • Kendra

      Awesome reminder, Sheena. Made a big note in my journal….am I worth imitating?

    • shereadstruth

      These are great questions, Sheena! Thanks for sharing them with us!

      Grace and Peace,
      Kaitlin

    • Carolyn

      Yes, Sheena. Am I worth imitating. Must ask myself this frequently!

  • 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ
    1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
    My citizenship is in heaven, yep I can stand firm in the Lord and serve my Father here on earth, with that promise to look forward to.

  • Dear Brooke, how beautiful your words are. I absolutely agree on “shifting my heart”. We have had a few things come up in the last few months that early on I gave to God. Every time I try to interfere I am reminded that I already gave them up to Him and need to retain that faith and trust. There have been some wonderful surprises, some blips and then more surprises. But the relief in not walking this phase alone has been awesome. Just as you have found. Welcome to the discussion. And prayers for an excellent semester.

  • I’ve been following She Reads Truth since 2012 as a college student at the University of Tennessee, but never took the opportunity to comment. I’ve been a little bit of a wallflower in this community! I absolutely love SRT and getting in a devo in the morning before work.

    This study really convicted me of my own personal paradigm. How many times a day do I think, “if only I can get through/survive today?” There are many trials in my life that set my mind on the temporary. But with that, there are so many blessings that tie me here. I want more, more, more – your typical consumer!

    What I’ve realized is that when my heart is focused on me, my trials and my blessings, my heart yearns for this world. But when I shift my heart towards Christ, and I look at my trials HE strengthens and guides me through or HIS blessings that I am graciously given stewardship of, I begin to hope for eternity with the Lord and love of my heart.

    • Kelly_Smith

      I am so glad you spoke up today, Brooke! I, too, get my heart focused on myself. May we keep our eyes on Christ and His eternal glory!

    • Kathy

      I hate my job. I want to quit every single day, and because of the scheduling, Wednesday is the worst day of the week. Praying with you this morning, Brooke, that through Christ. we will do more that just "get through/survive," but that we will shine among them like stars in a warped and crooked generation.

      • Christy

        Kathy I’m praying for you that in your struggle you’ll see how God is preparing you to shine as his daughter, reflecting Jesus in your earthly realm.

    • ~ B ~

      Prayerful with you Brooke that my heart be focused on Christ and not me! ~ B

    • I love that you were brave enough to speak out and share truth with the rest of us, Brooke! Praying for an undivided heart right along with you.

    • Julia

      Brooke, this is beautifully written. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • shereadstruth

      Brooke! So excited you commented today! We know that girls are out there who faithfully join us each day, but I LOVE getting to hear from them and give a virtual hug! This made my day.

      I'm challenged to focus on The Giver instead of the gifts and so thankful for the sweet reminder of eternal promises this morning. Thankful for your encouragement!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

    • Christy

      Yes!!!!

    • Bri

      Wow this is so good and so true. It's really refreshing to hear from someone that is near me! I live in Knoxville close to the UTK campus if that is where you are a student. :)

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