As Thoughts Turn to Closure of this Year

My dear friend Pam sent this strong sentiment to me two weeks ago as I was preparing for the final defense of my dissertation. This devotional gave me the centering grounding to pursue a the path of new experience. It is appropriate now too, as thoughts turn toward the closure of this year and the energy needed to begin a new year.

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Be willing to keep climbing this high mountain with Me. Sometimes you look back nostalgically at a long-ago stage of your journey. You yearn for that easier, less complicated time in your life. But I want you to recognize it for what it was: a base camp. It was a time and place of preparation for the arduous adventure ahead of you. The mountain you are climbing is exceedingly high; the top of it is hidden in clouds. So it’s impossible for you to know how far up those heights you have come-and how far you have yet to go. However, the higher you go, the better view you have. Although each day is a challenge and you often feel weary, take time to enjoy the magnificent scenery! This journey with Me is training you to see from a heavenly perspective that transcends your circumstances. The higher up the mountain you climb, the steeper and more challenging your path becomes-but the greater your adventure as well. Remember that the higher you my with Me, the closer you get to your ultimate goal-the heights of heaven! Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. – Matthew 17:1-2 – The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! –Habakkuk 3:19 amp Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,�who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. –Philippians 3:20

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What verse is on your mind as you begin your week?

An OOPS Monday Question:

What Bible verse or passage is on your mind today as you begin your week?

Answers I saw from over 180 responses at Bible Gateway. Please comment and add yours!

Psalm 32:18— It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect

Habakkuk 3:19— The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!

Philippians 4:8— Finally Bretheren, whatsoever things are TRUE, whatsoever things are HONEST, whatsoever things are JUST, whatsoever things are PURE, whatsoever things are LOVELY, whatsoever things are of GOOD REPORT, if there be any virture, if there be any praise, think on these things.

Romans 8:28 –And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

and my suggestion, Isaiah 30:21

Isaiah 3021 sunset grass

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