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How do I not do?
by Catrina Bradley 
03/29/08
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After hearing the pastor’s inspiring message last Sunday, I knew I could do it. “Be holy, because He is holy” was the command. Christlikeness was within my grasp. “Doing” was not to be my goal anymore. Entering His rest was what I would do. Forgo my own efforts. Give up control.

However, I’m having trouble. Ignorance is not bliss, believe me. Just wrapping my mind around this concept is a struggle. Keeping His commandments is “doing”, isn't it? Laziness does not equal entering His rest. My mind spins in circles as I try to reconcile this concept of dieing to the law. Never before has resting been so much work. Oh, to have the wisdom of Solomon that I might understand! Perhaps I need to consult a higher power. Quiet time with God seems to be in order.

Reading the Psalms, I cry out to God for wisdom and understanding. So too did the Psalmist, and his writing encourages me. Touching the words on the dog-eared page, I close my eyes and commit them to memory. Understanding will come in God’s time, but for now I’ll take comfort in this verse. “Verily God hath heard [me]; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.”* What else could I ever want? Xanadu pales in comparison to the promises of my Father.

Years, months, weeks, days, or maybe even hours or minutes from now, I will see clearly through this murky glass. Zion awaits, and when I enter there I will finally, truly understand.

*Psalm 66:19

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Carol Penhorwood  08 Dec 2009
If someone else hadn't said something, I never would have caught on! I'm that dense! Great job!!
Seema Bagai  18 Jun 2009
How did you read my mind? Serrously, though, this is a great little piece.
Lyn Churchyard 01 Apr 2008
Cat, you never cease to amaze me. Beautifully written. Excellent use of the challenge topic. I loved “Xanadu pales in comparison to the promises of my Father”, what a lovely thought. Just imagine when we finish our quest here on Earth and come face to face with the King of Kings.
Marita Thelander  01 Apr 2008
Yay, Cat, I like this. Very natural flow even with the A-Z challenge.
LauraLee Shaw 01 Apr 2008
Cat, AMAzing!
Marita Vandertogt 31 Mar 2008
Wow - excellent job!!
Pat Guy  31 Mar 2008
This is absolutely awesome Cat! Amazing!
Joanne Sher  30 Mar 2008
Awesome, Cat - and I'm with Jan. If I hadn't known, I wouldn't have picked up on it until "x"
Karen Wilber  30 Mar 2008
Wow! You have all the letters in order, yet this flows together so smoothly. Hats off. This gets a vote from me.
May Flowers 30 Mar 2008
Just really good all the way around. Excellent message.
Tim Pickl 29 Mar 2008
WOW! This sentence made me laugh (with joy): Xanadu pales in comparison to the promises of my Father. Thanks for taking the time to write this and share your heart!
Beth LaBuff  29 Mar 2008
This is so cool. I love what you've done! Xanadu definitely "takes the cake". :)
Kristen Hester 29 Mar 2008
Awesome. Bravo! Contrats on a job well done. Devine! Excellent. Fabulous! Great... Do you get the idea? I really like it.
Chely Roach 29 Mar 2008
Inspirational and beautiful...well done. Oh, and jinxs on the Xanadu! "X" was hard! Loved it!
Jan Ackerson  29 Mar 2008
This is amazing, because it sounded so natural and unforced--if I hadn't known the nature of the challenge, I don't think I'd have picked up on it until I hit "Xanadu". Thanks so much for sharing this!




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