Leap Year comes every four years, to “catch up” on the earth’s orbit around the sun. This year, You made it personal, Lord. So I could “catch up” on my orbit around You — The Son.
I was in school again… failing, yet also learning. Grabbing hold of Lessons that were really Lifelines.
I was LOST… and LIMPING. So You reminded me to…
LEAN NOT on my own understanding! LEAN IN to my LEADER who is Faithful and True!
“Surely God is good to… those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold… My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:1-2,26)
EVIL desires and EMPTY patterns had reared their ugly heads… as they do incessantly, it seems. So You reminded me to…
EXHORT myself to ESCAPE! Don’t settle for less! Don’t return to less than “The More” You offer, Lord!
“You were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors…” (1 Peter 1:18)
“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.” (1 Peter 1:14)
I was ACHING under the strain… ANGRY at My Self. So You reminded me to…
ADMONISH myself! Because I know better. And because, by Your grace, Lord, I can ABOUND in love and good works!
“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call on You… When I am in distress, I call to You, because You answer me.” (Psalm 86:5,7)
“God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
I was feeling PAIN-FULL… and PARALYZED. So You reminded me to…
PRESS ON! PERSEVERE! Because The PROMISE MAKER is also — and always — The PROMISE KEEPER!
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
“… for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
Leap Year comes once every four years. But these L-E-A-P Year Lessons and Lifelines are not just for every four years… are they, Lord? More like every four seconds!
LEAP away from danger!
LEAP back onto The Path of Righteousness! For the sake of Your Name, Lord — our Present Help and our Future Hope!
LEAP into Your ever-powerful and everlasting arms!
“To Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!” (Jude 24)
Gratefully grabbing hold again…
… as often as it takes…