In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Terrific Tuesday with Marty from Coffee with Marty

Today's Terrific Tuesday guest is Marty who writes at Coffee with Marty. Marty is single, 20 years old, and lives in Iowa. I've commented before on how much I enjoy the fact that I meet people via the Blogosphere that I'd never get to meet otherwise, and Marty is one of those people. His daily experiences, faith and devotion to God have encouraged my own faith on many days.

Here's what Marty has to say today:

We all know how these stories end. Sometimes we question our own life thinking that surely, someday we will wake up and realize we've just found that page in our book that starts with "Once upon a time..."

What happens then, when we don't find it? Surely we've been mistaken, and so we look over the past, searching.. Searching for that one page that is surely missing. And when we don't find it... we start to question.

We look for the purpose why everything didn’t turn out the way we had planned. We seek for the reason, an answer to the ever lingering discontentment. We find ourselves on our knees, asking God for answers.

And so, for a moment, we hold our breath. The clock chimes solemnly as time moves forward, and we find ourselves caught in a monotonous routine called life.

Gone are the days that we find joy in the simple pleasures of life. Gone are the times when we laughed simply because we were happy. We become numb, inviting unhappiness into our souls. Our eyes lose their sparkle, and we no longer recognize the person we've become.

Failure... Hopelessness... Futility...

And in desperation, we hear a gentle whisper...

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

The scripture says it all... Today, I find myself smiling, and I realize I've found that page. The page in my life that starts with:

Once upon a time...

there was a boy that loved God....

And I’m sure that He will be there to guide me, to settle the uncertainty about the future, and give me a reason to smile. And I can’t wait to see what happens in this story...

-Marty

7 comments:

Denise said...

Great post.

RCUBEs said...

Thanks for sharing another great blogger for Christ. Great post. Have a blessed Christmas and God bless you ABUNDANTLY...

Being Me said...

This is beautiful and brings peaceful thoughts.
Have a blessed peaceful Christmas season.

BM

Deborah Ann said...

Marty, you truly have a gift from God! This is just beautiful...

JD Curtis said...

Nice article Marty. Way to go!

photogr said...

Marty:

With your faith in the Lord, there is always a lighted path in your journey.

Marty Duane said...

Thank you all for your nice comments. Send a big thank you out to Abundant Living for giving me this opportunity. I sure hope you stop by my blog often, I have a feeling many of you fine people also write blogs about Christ. :) I'd love to read them! Have a good day!

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