Advent 2015: Born Is The King: Day 18

Jesus Is The True & Better David


Today's Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-17, Jeremiah 23:5-6, Luke 1:30-33

Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-17, Jeremiah 23:5-6, Luke 1:30-33

There’s a closet under my stairs that I’d rather forget about. Yet, each time I trudge exactly halfway up the steps, I’m reminded of all the projects I’ve dropped off to live inside those closet doors—partially-knitted blankets, unsent birthday cards, and neglected, splattered canvases.

Once upstairs, the quilt hanging reliably from my bedpost reminds me that my mother has no such closet in her house. She’d seen my eyes fill with hearts over a quilt in a favorite shop, but instead of directing me to the check-out line, she pointed to the fabric store. One by one, we chose the perfect shades of mustard, gray and navy, hoisting the patterned bolts of material into our shopping cart. When we returned home, I watched my mom lay out the measured pieces of fabric onto our large wooden table, where it would remain for weeks as she precisely snipped the proper dimensions, pinned the layers together, faithfully sewed each row and column, then bound the edges with care.

As I watched the scraps of fabric form into a unified expression of comfort, the committed hum of the sewing machine taught me everything I need to know about love. Our care for others drives us to tangibly prove our promises—our intentions are to hug, write, and make in the same fashion as our Maker!—but sometimes, our best efforts end up in neglected rooms and forgotten closets.

David’s love motivated him to do something great; he was going to build a temple for God to dwell in (2 Samuel 7:2). He’d already given much victory to the people of Israel, so it seemed the next natural step was to do something to thank the God who’d cast out their enemies. A temple was the perfect choice.

But God had other ideas. He didn’t need a house, and He rejected David’s gift through the words of Nathan the prophet:

“The Lord Himself will make a house for you. When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
- 2 Samuel 7:11-13

David thought the ultimate expression of love was to create God’s glory with his own hands. Instead, the biggest and best thing the King of Israel could do was to receive and behold God’s glory.

God promises David a house with a solid foundation to outlast his legacy of power, but the house isn’t made of bricks, wood or stone—it’s a covenant. Jesus is the temple David could never build. David receives more than his hands can hold: not just a home, a victory, or a powerful reign, but an eternal lineage hemmed by God’s promise (Jeremiah 23:5-6).

Indeed, Jesus is the true and better David, the eternal King of all Kings who provides for us an eternal home with God the Father, secured by His own life, death, and resurrection.

Just like Israel received David’s victory for themselves, you and I take up residence in the winnings of Christ. No longer do we find ourselves in a forgotten closet because we, too, get to dwell in the covenant of God’s kept promise.

May we be reminded of the covering of Christ, resting peacefully under His promises and proudly waving the comfort of His victory. Amen.


  • No more forgotten closets!! Good news.


    God’s plan is always better than the plan we have. For the last 10 years I’ve lived a combination of my plan and God’s plan for my life. 2015 was a big lesson for me. I’m learning that God’s plan is the true and better plan for me. I’ve decided in 2016 with God’s strength to live by His plan for my life. I know that includes letting go of a few people and a situation that I’ve been in for a while. It’s time and I know it. I have a desire to serve the Lord and I have to let go of anything that is hindering me from doing so.

  • dulciMer

    Well put Kaitlin. Thank you for helping us see Christ in this story!

  • Wow. Thank you for that. I’m going through a hard time and this is so important to remember. God covers me. He provides for me. He cares for me. He did not forget me and never will.

  • It’s so interesting how David had been so focused on performing and doing something for God, but God wanted to do the work for him. It shows perfectly how He is always the substitute for us, and we can cease our striving and our work and our trying to perform, because Christ accomplished everything for us, and we can rest in that. This goes along really well with what I’ve been reading in The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. So encouraging, thank you!! :)

    • Ashley

      Thank you for sharing this comment!! I used to be so focused on the performing and doing for God, that I took pride in it. It was almost like I was part of a club and whoever could do the most for God and keep the most rules was the “holiest” of the club. I was completely miserable and the “friends” I had in ministry were obviously not true friends. God truly revealed Himself to my husband and I around 2 1/2 years ago and this is when I believe I was truly saved. It was very painful, but God has since taught me it’s not about everything I can give up for Him, esp. if that is what I pride myself in, however, it is in resting IN HIM because Christ has already won the victory that I found myself fighting for on a minute by minute basis! I don’t hold to the same set of rules now that I used to and my so-called “friends” I had now talk about me, but I don’t care, because I have such a rest and peace in Jesus now and when I work for Him now, it’s only because I want to share what He has done for me and glorify His name! It isn’t about following a list of rules or about priding myself in something!!

  • I love how God steps in and turns David’s desire to do something for Him into an even better plan and covenant for David’s future. Yeah, it sure doesn’t always feel the best when we think God has told us “no” but if David wouldn’t have trusted God’s “no” at that time He could have given up all that God had planned and pursposef for Him. I am in a place learning to hear God guide me in different things in my life, and I love to hear His yes, but oh how beautiful it is, to hear His no. It’s now causing me to really understand He’s saying no for a really good reason and even if I can’t see it; He knows what it’s for. Just as David didn’t know of Jesus or what obeying His “no” would mean; it brought about something for his David; confirming Gods word yet again that all things work together for our good if we love the Lord! He’s awesome!

  • So so good Kaitlyn!!

  • Kimberley

    Hi. Would love a bit of clarification. When you referenced 2 Samuel 7:11-13, were you using these particular verses to suggest that the descendant whose kingdom would be established was Jesus? I know that there are many verses to support this but I am not so sure that this is one. Initially when I read these verses , I naturally thought Jesus. But as I continued reading, it started to seem like they were referring to Solomon :

    “Moreover, the Lord declares to you that l the Lord will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you”

    Verse 14 refers to how God will respond WHEN this descendant commits iniquity. Jesus was clearly without sin and never disciplined by God therefore it seems as if he is not the one being referred to in this prophetic passage.

    So was just wondering if I misunderstood the point you were making with this particular set of verses. Would love your feedback if possible. Thanks :)

    • Kim

      The passage definitely refers to Solomon being his direct descendant, committing iniquity, being fathered by the Father, but I think it points symbolically and metaphorically to the throne of David and establishing and everlasting Kingdom. That imagery points to Jesus, who also came from the line of David.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Kimberley! Great question! We passed this along to one of our theological supports/pastors—hope this helps clarify:
      Great observation. And you’re right to recognize that even though much of this text refers both to Solomon and Jesus, Christ was without sin, so God the Father is not speaking here about dealing with Christ’s iniquity. But that is where the Gospel shines through these verses. Christ has played a role in God’s dealing with the sins of the world.

      Solomon, along with other key Old Testament figures like Adam, Moses, David, and Elijah, foreshadowed Christ, but all fell short. Parts of their stories would be embodied by Jesus. For example, like Moses, Jesus would lead God’s people out of bondage. Or like David, He would rule as a king who had the hearts of His people. But the key difference between them was that those precursors would themselves be limited by their own sin, and therefore be unable to change the hearts of the people they led and served.

      This passage is about Solomon, but it is also Christ. And God the Father did deal with the problem of sin with both of them. With Solomon, it was his own iniquity. With Christ, it was the sins He took upon Himself as our substitute. The Lord disciplined Solomon for his sin, but He did not abandon him. The Lord deals with our sin by putting it on Christ, and the same truth holds—He did not abandon Christ either, nor will he abandon us. Thanks for asking for clarity here.

      Grateful for you, Kimberley! So thankful to spend Advent with you.

      Grace and Peace,
      The SRT Team

  • “Unless Yahweh builds a house,
    its builders labor at it in vain.
    Unless Yahweh guards a city,
    a guard watches in vain.
    It is in vain for you who rise early and sit late,
    eating the bread of anxious toil,
    when thus he provides for his beloved in his sleep.” Ps127.1-3;leb God sometimes tells us no for his glory and if we insist on our own way and our own desires no matter how ‘good’ they seem to us we are setting ourselves against the Lord. David submitted to the will of the Lord even though it brought him disappointment. He yielded to Gods plan. He was a King of war but he wanted to be the King that built a temple. I am reminded this morning of this truth that the Lord has been teaching me over the past 4 months. He is the builder of my house and the watch keeper. He sees the whole picture perfectly and holds it all together. I can labor against him in frustration of my own plans or I can rest in his provision and faithfulness. “Look, children are the heritage of Yahweh;
    the fruit of the womb is a reward.
    Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
    so are the children of one’s youth.
    Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them. They shall not be put to shame
    when they speak with enemies at the gate..” Ps127.3-5;leb Gods blessing to David was not the honor of building a temple but the honor of children that would ultimately bring us the lasting temple of Jesus Christ. Our children like David’s children and their children and their children’s children, our a heritage from the Lord. They are for His purposes and His glory. They come in His timing and leaving in His timing. David did not see the fulfillment of Gods blessing in his lineage with his eyes like he would of seen the temple as it was built and completed. Children don’t always feel like a blessing. They feel like work and sacrifice. They don’t feel like freedom and weapons for the future. They feel like burdens and weights around your ankles while you try to run. This is encouraged by our society. However, they are the thing that will last as a heritage. The temple fell and was destroyed but children are a treasure from heaven. I am so thankful that David submitted to the will of the Lord. That God faithfully fulfilled his promises to David and through him gave us Jesus. I’m so thankful that God is the builder and watch keeper of my heritage as well. Merry Christmas!

  • I think that we fear our home being taken away from us. For me home is a bit different now that I’m in college and spend my time in new ways and in new places. But a part of me wants to cling to what I knew as home. A part of all of us, I believe, fights to maintain this earthly home that we desire.

    But our homes here won’t last. However perfect we get them to look, and however many artsy instagram photos we post, our homes here are temporary, and so many things shake them apart. This is why God’s promises of Jesus comforts us so much, because they give us a true home that will last for all eternity. Pause and think about eternity for a moment. And know that our home, the most comforting, real, and perfect home given to us through Christ, is an eternal home, a forever place, a never-ending hope and joy!

    Let us keep our hearts focused on the eternal home in Jesus even while we make our temporary homes mirror the forever one.

    • Michaela

      Love the idea to make our temporary homes a mirror to our forever home. Such a powerful yet simple way to stay eternally kingdom minded!

    • Naomi

      Thank you for this. I have been so focused on “homes” lately as we go back and forth on moving to something a little bigger. Had our hearts set on a beautiful historic home with an apartment for my ailing grandparents and lots of room for entertaining, but felt like God was telling us it wasn’t for us. Now I drive past that home several times a day and watch it come alive a little more each day with a brand new family, and my heart hurts a little and wonders “what if.” I needed the reminder that ultimately, whatever house my family occupies is not our true and forever home.

  • Haileyblackmer

    Thank you for so many powerful words and statement from all my sisters out there! But most of all thank you Jesus Christ for giving me a home! This message today helped me to understand that materialistic things don’t show your love for The Lord. God wants people to dig deep into there hearts and sometimes, most times, digging deep can be difficult, however, it is worth it! You are worth it! And most importantly He is worth it! ❤️

  • “God promises David a house with a solid foundation to outlast his legacy of power, but the house isn’t made of bricks, wood or stone—it’s a covenant. Jesus is the temple David could never build. David receives more than his hands can hold: not just a home, a victory, or a powerful reign, but an eternal lineage hemmed by God’s promise (Isaiah 23:5-6).”

    So much do we get caught up in the idea that we need a building to provide comfort and security, to give us the peace of mind of knowing that our family is safe. But this reminded, today, that the greatest comfort and act of love we have for our families is to take refuge with God. To cover ourselves in the love He so freely offers and to share that with them. As so many are rushing about this holiday season and they are fussing about the decorations and tidiness of their house- judging their own success against the rubric of man-it’s a good reminder that we should measure our success against the rubric of God.

  • This speaks to my soul today. My husband and I just bought a house and are in the process of packing and moving in soon. It’s a stressful time but to remember that God has provided this house and that Christ is our home is such a good reminder and shift of perspective today as we continue to work on packing.

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you during your transition, Liz! Sending love your way!


  • Katie McC

    I want to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life!

  • Caroline @ In Due Time

    I am so thankful we can find TRUE rest in HIM!!! He is the better David!

  • I’m beginning a difficult season with cancer. My reliance on God is key! I will not be able to rely on my own strength because I know it’s impossible. I’m praying for healing, but I know that along the way I’ll have many “true and better” moments.

    • tina

      Shannon, May I pray right alongside you…boldly praying for healing, peace of mind, trusting of heart, and holding fast to the One who has all the answers and a plan fir each and everyone of us…hugs to you dear heart…Will hold you in my

      • Elle

        Amen. Praying for you as well, Shannon.

      • Shannon

        Grateful for this community of sisters in the Lord.
        Thanking you with a heart of gratitude.

    • She Reads Truth

      Shannon, thank you so much for joining us today. Coming alongside you in prayer, thanking God for His strength in you and asking Him to keep you close.


    • Hannah

      Praying for you as well! I can’t pretend to know what you go through, but I do know the God who live IN US!

    • Carly B

      Praying for you, Shannon, that you know God close beside you, and for his healing.

    • Kiley

      praying for you Shannon! take comfort in Jeremiah 29:11 and Joshua 1:9. God has a perfect plan for your life!

  • Diane Huntsman

    Both David and Mary were just people going about life and God came and rocked their wolds with big assignments!! He did the miraculous in Mary’s womb and He took David out of the fields keeping sheep into the kingdom as King! Some awesome callings to be sure! I love that these two weren’t out trying to make names for themselves.. They weren’t trying to be center stage rock stars for God, He called them to do what they did.. He met them where they were, in the normalcy of life and did miraculous things in and through them.. I love that He chooses ordinary to do the extraordinary.. For I am a no one with credentials none other than being a child of God.. I’m as ordinary as they come.. But because He lives in me, I’m able to do amazing things for His great glory. Thank You Jesus for who You are and for who You make us to be! Such purpose!!!

    • Hannah

      Yes! It is about God’s power and grace, not our own abilities. But how often we forget this and try to live according to our strength.

  • “The Lord himself will make a house for you.”
    This verse led me to ponder on the word: Home. A word that has held do much meaning and a growing value in my life over these last few years. Mostly because I have been a literal wanderer across the country and back again. Leaving life to begin anew twice within less than two years really shook up my soul, my identity, my core. I discovered that uprooting my life to go to a foreign place is not as glamorous as it had seemed. In my experience, the grass is, in fact, not always truly greener on the other side. However, it is – no matter the choice to stay or go – always purposeful.
    Over this time of what has felt like ‘heart homelessness’ life has been bumpy, circumstances have been challenging, but most importantly, my heart has been humbled. So very humbled. I am not the same person because God heard my prayers. My true heart desires. Those cries from the depths of my soul for full life, right along with my ungrateful response when life felt anything but full. Because it is in the emptying that He is making room to fill me up. With a life full of what really matters and so much grace for my ingratitude. I’ve heard it said that for new life to come, old things must die. It is true. Jesus showed us that with His very life and death for us to have new life. And I am so grateful for these little deaths in my own life and heart each day. They point me to what, Who really matters – Jesus.
    Home. I’m learning it’s less about a place, and more about a person. As I posture my heart to make room for Him, to see Him and welcome Him, walk with Him, talk with Him – I am home. He is my now and my forever home.
    Although I am not certain of what today, tomorrow or next year holds or where I will be, I know that no matter where I am, I am already home. Thank you, Jesus, for never leaving me. Always being with me. Graciously allowing me to make my home in and with You.

    • Trisha C

      Beverly, this is so beautiful. Much of what you say resonates deeply with me. I love the thought that in the emptying we are filled with Christ, satisfied in Him, Home. There is a song called Home that I love by Kim Walker Smith. Hope you enjoy it too. :)

      • Beverly

        Thank you for sharing this song, Trisha! I’m grateful for your thoughtfulness.

    • Elle

      Amen. Beautiful.

    • ~ B ~

      Love. These. Words Beverly!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! “As I posture my heart to make room for Him, to see Him and welcome Him, walk with Him, talk with Him – I am home. He is my now and my forever home.” Prayerful over you always B! ~ B

    • Gretchen

      Beautifully said!! I love this part “Because it is in the emptying that He is making room to fill me up. With a life full of what really matters and so much grace for my ingratitude.”

      • Kiley

        I agree! so glad for your wisdom Beverly! this is exactly what I needed to hear!

    • Charla

      He is my now and forever home. Amen. Thank you for this post.

  • I LOVE that David’s heart was in the right place; he just wanted to honor his God, but God wanted to OVERWHELM David with His glory! He had bigger plans for Israel than a temple, higher calling for David’s lineage than an earthly kingdom. Isn’t that so like our God, to do exceedingly more than we could ever ask or think to ask? We want to put Him in four walls of a church, or a square crop on Instagram, a public display to show just how much we love Him. Our hearts are in the right place, but God wants those very HEARTS to be the place He dwells! And then Jesus came to fulfill that promise to David AND to become our place of our God in one…what love is this?? That we would see fulfillment of these promises and get to be a part of the story? Praying for all our hearts to be so ready to receive His glory this season, more than our hands can contain!

    • She Reads Truth

      Kylee, friend, I love this so much. Thank you for sharing this timely encouragement today. Grateful for the extravagant ways He loves us!


    • Hannah

      YES! How many ways is He working around us right now but we can’t see Him because we aren’t looking up high enough? “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is as work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

  • Elisabeth

    Feeling much peace and pure joy today!!! My Moms surgery went very well and my hands and heart are just too full since seeing her last night. Her comment to us being that she hadn’t bought gifts for us yet….God has already blessed us with our gift. Feeling so grateful and fortunate that although she will still be in the hospital for her birthday, it is looking well that she’ll be with us for Christmas. Thank you to those of you who kept her in your prayers. We still have chemotherapy to deal with but for the most part it looks like it was contained to one very large tumour. Thank you Lord

  • Amy Riker

    SRT and all its sisters speak to my heart this morning. It’s been on my mind that… my classroom is a mess, my home is a mess, I haven’t even started shopping, I haven’t… All that I haven’t done is on my mind. There’s also stuff everywhere. I wake up overwhelmed. I end the day exhausted and grumpy. I find myself wondering if I’ll ever be more organized. What I hear, though, is that it does not matter. At least not yet. It does not matter that I’m disorganized. It does not matter because in all the clutter, I’m making room for Jesus. I’m making room for Him in the imperfect gifts my students make. I’m making room for Him in the home I decorate with my family. I’m making room for Him in the relationship I’m developing with my niece. None of my efforts look perfect or pretty. In fact, they look like every other cluttered Christmas, but they’re not. My efforts are different this year because this year, I’m making room for Jesus.

    • Kylee

      Amen Amy — forget the rest, you’re making room for THE BEST. He sees your efforts and He sees YOU through the mess! Love to you, sister, you are nailing it.

    • Carly B

      Even the first Christmas seemed pretty messy and chaotic, but making room for Jesus is what is really important. Praying that we all hold on to that in the midst of the busyness.

    • ~ B ~

      My efforts are different this year because …. Awesome Amy. It’s so funny how when you actually truly understand this, nothing else really matters. Love to you friend! ~ B

  • RobinElaine


  • ‘David thought the ultimate expression of love was to create God’s glory with his own hands. Instead, the biggest and best thing the King of Israel could do was to receive and behold God’s glory.’
    I feel like I try to do just as David did most of the time! It’s not my job to create glory for God, but for Him to use me to show the world His Glory! I needed that reminder today.

  • We feel so compelled to DO things – to create, to act, to give things to God. Often, God wants us to behold him. To be with him.

    Thank you for this today!

  • This is beautiful! I love how everything points back to the “True and better!” Give me Jesus! On a lighter note…I wanted to see a picture of the quilt. :)

  • We can quit striving for that unattainable perfection because He is called “the Lord is our righteousness.”

  • Churchmouse

    The Lord, through Nathan, reveals God’s full purpose to David. The bigger picture. David’s son Solomon built the Temple. Yet even that was not the full picture. Solomon provides a ‘home’ for God; Jesus provides an eternal home for us. We acknowledge and believe. Ahhhh… And then we receive the Holy Spirit to actually dwell in us and now our very bodies become temples to ‘house’ God. How amazing is that? An honor, a privilege, a responsibility. How great is our God!!

  • Samantha

    What an important reminder that even our loftiest plans for how we will “give back to God” pale in comparison to that which He has planned for us. His perfectly laid purposes always trump my well intentioned promises. When I say, “Lord, I’m going to do THIS for you, He patiently points out, “but Daughter, I have something even better planned.” His future for His children is always for their good and His glory.

  • Amen!

  • I’m wondering if these words to Nathan came back to David later in life. I feel certain that the beautiful words if the psalms were written from a place of his heart and his mind thinking alike~being confirmed from the faithfulness of God. This morning, I’m praying for myself and my SRT sisters that we grasp the weight of the fullness of God. I want to grab hold of the “new and better” of Jesus this season and everyday. Father, open our eyes to the new and better we have in Jesus. Help us to walk in the full meaning of that, confident in your love for us, confident that You walk before us, confident of our ability to love others because of the way You have loved us. I’m so thankful for you, Jesus. Help me to share that with others and not keep this precious gift for myself.

    • Missy CM

      Leaning into your prayer to grasp the weight and fullness of God. This year that has been the overarching theme of my walk with Christ. Looking to 2016 I´m just thankful we stand on such a Solid Rock. May we go boldly.

    • Lyle

      Amen! Yes to grabbing onto the “new and better” of Jesus!

  • “David receives more than his hands can hold…” I can insert my name right there, every single day. “Betsy receives more than her hands can hold…” From the moment Jesus came into my life my hands have been overflowing with Grace, Mercy, Love, Peace, Victory; Jesus! In all that I do, be they good or not so good, Jesus is lavishing upon me more than I deserve. I may be working to make things just so, to set up my life purpose for God each day, but in doing so I forget that the purpose for each day is to love God fully. To accept what He has already done for knowing that everything else in my life will fall into place because HE set it just so, there is nothing I can do, design or build that will change that. And all my working, striving and doing will only serve to tire me out and grow a weary heart. My “closet” is full too; full of those things I’ve not finished, those things I wish I had started and those things that knock from the inside whispering, “Bets, you failed here, you left me unfinished. You don’t complete anything. When will you get yourself straight? Are you good at anything?” They serve to remind me of my disappointing habits or my inadequacies, but because Jesus … I can open that door and see all of those undone things and smile knowing that it doesn’t really matter because Jesus has completed everything. In Him, I am full and righteous and good. My hands don’t make me who I am, Jesus does. I don’t reside in that “forgotten” closet with those things, I, too, “dwell in the covenant of God’s kept promises”! Prayerful that Ignore the whispers from that closet, that I leave the door open and smile at those attempts because even my missteps are made beautiful by Christ!

    Wishing each of you wonderful women a happy day today. Prayerful that you find a great peace over your season whatever it may be and know that I am thankful for each one of you wonderfully encouraging and loving women. Though we might be behind keyboards I feel a kindredship with you … how good is our God that He could accomplish that! ~ B

    • Joy To The World

      That is such an encouraging word! Thank you! I pray that I grasp fully the sacrifice and love God has for me and walk in that to share with others!!!!

    • Gretchen

      Thank you for sharing your heart. Your words are beautiful and encouraging…and amazingly enough, I too have heard the same voices speaking the same condemnations from my closet. What a blessing that we live in the covenant of God’s promises and not in the closet of our own inadequacies.

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      Thank you, thank you, thank you Betsy!!!! I was completely struck by your meditation today…..especially the powerful reminder that “the purpose of each day is to love God fully”….how often is that purpose gently pushed to the side as we tick off our “to-do” lists….make our plans….
      love and hugs to you this morning sister…..

    • Lyle

      I hear those whisperings, too, at the end of almost every day that I haven’t done enough… Thank you for reminding me that Jesus has completed everything!

      • Kaite

        Myself as well. I have a poster that reads: “achievement is not faithfulness…. Let your level of success be measured by how you abide in the Lord today.”

    • JANK

      Love reading your thoughts.

    • Missy

      Beautiful words B….. Such comfort and peace that brings.
      Thank you:)

    • jfcland

      Your words have been such a help to me this morning. Last night my mother unexpectedly passed away and I’m struggling so much with all the “left undone’s”. But the thought that my attempts and “even my missteps are made beautiful by Christ” brings such comfort. Thank you for the reminder of how good our God is.

      • Terry

        Please know I’m praying for you as you walk this hard journey of grief and loss. My father died on December 21 many years ago so I know the added stress that comes with a death near Christmas. May you be surrounded by those who offer comfort and love. But more importantly, may you experience a peace only the Prince of Peace can provide.

      • Angela

        Sorry to hear about your mother. Praying that you will feel His peace and comfort throughout this season.

      • Kam

        I’m so sorry for your Mom’s passing. My mother is at the same age as well. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Blessings and peace.

      • ~ B ~

        jfcland, I am so terribly sorry for your loss this morning. My heart aches for it. I remember the rawness from the night my mom died and the list of things I wish I had said and done. Even just this morning, nearly 5 years later, I said something to my ten-year-old that referenced something I wished I had done differently. Please know as raw as this is, Christ makes all things good and even in this you will find Him waiting for you. Whispering that you’re not alone and that the same Savior who now holds your mother holds you to. When you long for her arms try to remember that the same arms that welcomed her are the very same arms that welcome you. You are not alone sister and I will be very prayerful over your coming days and this “moving through it” season because I know that with each breath and each thought can come a flood of memories and I know that although we look to eternity, the loss of someone so dear is great! Love to you ~ B

    • Beverly

      Oh, B, lovely words as always. I felt the Lord asking me as I was reading your thoughts, “Beverly, when are you going to realize that you can’t go it alone.” At my core, I was taught to be independent. Hold my own. But God has me in a (long) season of reliance, of turning to Him as my ways no longer work. I am grateful for this season. For the preparation, for the lull before He gives me more than my own hands can hold. He is so good. His refining & timing are truly perfect & wholly complete.
      Sending you love and hugs today, B. I, too, am grateful He has brought us to this community to share and grow and encourage each other.

    • April

      I really needed to read this. Thank you so much!

  • I love the words”steadfast” when thinking about God’s promises. That word is sure and certain, immovable, secure, unwavering….out Most High God!! So thankful for Him this morning!! There is no other!

  • I am weeping! How beautiful is our savior. How quickly I forget and feel responsible for making sure God has His place. He is the one providing and protecting. He knows what we need.

  • I love the assurance that God’s promises are secure. His promise to David was unconditional and everlasting. Even though he would mess up and many of the kings that followed him would turn completely away from God, God’s promise still stands, because it is about him and his grace, not about people doing something to deserve it.
    I’m grateful that we have security too in what Jesus has done- that however we may mess up his promise to us is secure because of Jesus.

  • No longer do we find ourselves in a forgotten closet because we, too, get to dwell in the covenant of God’s kept promise…
    Thank you Kaitlin for these precious words…this precious reminder that I walk not alone, nor am I forgotten or cast aside, but actually live in the promise of God the father…thst I live in Jesus, and He lives in me..and I can tell you right now , that is a good feeling….

    Thank you Lord God for your promise of your covenant, thank you that Jesus is the covenant and that by His death and resurrection our life with God the father is secured….Thank you Jesus, thank you that it is not about doing in my own strength, but with you and your presence…
    Thank you God for your gifts, your promises, your love, your goodness, your Grace..Thank you Lord God for everything.Thank you..

    Morning…and a Happy Thursday…Be absolutely Blessed in all you do today Sisters…xxxx

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