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Today is part four of a topic that started with the post on the word "guidance" published on May 30th following through today. I hope you will take a moment and go back if you've missed them. This won't make much sense if you don't know what we've been discussing. They are awesome insights God has given that sure are blessing me and I believe they will you also.

As I'm still meditating on yesterday's discussion the "yoke" in yesterday's scripture and it's connection to the thoughts in the "guidance" post, something else occurs to me. God does not put His yoke on us!

If we read carefully, He describes His child coming to Him when he's overwhelmed and beaten down by this world. His instruction to help His beloved child in this painful state is, "take My yoke upon you", not that He'll thrust it on us whether we want Him to or not.

  • "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
As in all things in the Christian walk, we are still creatures with free will. Though we entered into a serious covenant with God, asking Him to forgive our sins and in exchange we took Jesus Christ as our Savior and promise to obey and live for Him always, we do not loose our ability to say no and disobey, though it is utterly against our vow. He allows us to stay faithful until death and obtain that crown of life through His grace or to walk away and leave not only our faith and vow to Him, but our salvation. Revelation 2:10 After all, a covenant is only binding as long as both parties keep their end of the agreement. When we choose to walk away, break our end of the agreement, God is no longer obliged to keep His end. If you will ... then I will...

Each time He offers us an opportunity to grow in Him, we have the ability to refuse or accept. If we sincerely gave Him our lives at our salvation experience, then there is no "no" in our heart to respond with. Even if our flesh recoils, our spirit gazes deeply into His heart of love for us and says "yes Lord" on bended knees and our flesh must obey.

So when He instructs us to take His yoke on ourselves at these worst times in life we have a choice. We can blow this amazing opportunity, this gift He is offering, to bring us into deeper intimacy in our walk with Him and more fruit in our lives by refusing His yoke. We may not actually "walk away" from our faith entirely, but we have shown ourselves and our commitment to be lacking and we will suffer the loss in our relationship with Him of what could have been, what He wanted for us for our own good. We stay stagnant and when stagnant in the Christian walk, we actually are backsliding. Think about it. You just said "no" to a command of your God...yup...that's already backsliding.

"BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM." Hebrews 10:38

What a terrifying truth! Let's make the choice to live by faith. Believe He meant it when He promised He will cause ALL things to work together for our good if we love Him and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 Either we have faith that He's telling the truth and we live accordingly, or we don't believe which is calling Him a liar. That's even more terrifying. We cannot loose when we choose to believe Him, obey Him and seek to be ever closer to him. Wonderful blessings are in that intimacy. Let's find out!

I'm excited to announce the release of My Favorite Things! I have made a GIANORMOUS kit of 123 of my most favorite and treasured graphics that I'm offering for only $4.99 with proceeds to defray the cost of running this freebie blog for all of you. It's an absolutely gorgeous kit with everything you could want in it - oh, and don't be fooled by "Mother's Day" being on there...it's only on two items and one of them is included without text, so this kit is good for unlimited designs! This is the same hi res hi quality you know I always give you. There is no junk filler either! I've truly given you only what I love and would want myself. Of course I have FREEBIE ADD ONS for you too! We've had an impressive run of some very bad things and I really need help with the expense of giving out daily freebies here. I've given you literally hundreds of gifts daily and now I need your help! Please support this blog by buying this! I'd love to hear what you think of the kit, so leave me a comment or e-mail me.





This kit has 123 pieces. To see all the detail, click the images in the top right column. (Only 2 have “Mother’s Day” on them and one of them is included w/o that text.)
12 papers
2 alphas
18 fancy brush strokes
18 paint brush strokes
award
banner
bar
bead heart
2 flower
silver/blk swirl
2 nylon bows
branch
buds branch
bundle of bud branches
3 butterflies
1 button
6 frames
2 film strip frames
1 peony w/word art
glasses
3 glitter splats
heart box
hinged frame
jewels
2 leaves
10 marbles
3 paperclips
paper heart
4 peonies
purple heart
record
3 ribbon glitter circles
rivet
2 rock hearts
scroll frame
staple
3 scroll swirls
3 transparent tapes
transparent heart
vine
Willow Tree
Word art text
Text in flower shape

Credits and thanks to: Border of a paper http://thescrappincop.blogspot.com; Vine http://grannyart.blogspot.com; Heart Rock annabvdesigns@gmail.com; Tape & Ribbon Circle http://www.storeide.se/gunhild/index.htm; Butterflies Bonnie Carter at TheMalteseScrapper. The following don't allow selling or I don't know, so they will be the freebie add on's: Scrolls http://iblspastime.blogspot.com; Flower on stem file name HFD-CU Flower003; Hinged Frame http://alwaysplumpster.blogspot.com; Glitter Circle www.DeliciousScraps.com; Rivet http://pshero.com/archives/levis-style-copper-rivet.
Sample layouts.This is the QP I'm giving you today. Please consider purchasing the kit to support this blog.If you download, please leave me a comment at the bottom of this post as I have disabled 4shared comments. This helps me to know what you like for the future. God bless you!
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