All In?

Tyler is back up over birth weight!  Huge praise.  Pray that he keeps gaining!
Garrett’s presentation of his paper went really well.  He seems to have made some good contacts and re-realized that he loves smart people! (My words, not his!)
Aaron is back in Austin and is looking for a job.  Pray for him and Hannah as he puts out resumes.
Lucas started new job yesterday at Chick-fil-A in Copperas Cove.  Pray that he can get an instructor and finish his pilot’s test.
Eighmy passed online driver’s ed and will start practicing driving as soon as she gets the certificate in the mail.
Ethan finished one class at the junior college with smiles and is now taking the second class for this semester.
I speak Friday at MOPS.  Lots of questions about discipline for 2’s and 3’s.  I am feeling a little out of practice!
My book signing is on Saturday.
Nana and Pa seem to be doing well.  We saw them over the weekend.  They are trimming their yard back for the spring.
Grandma has restarted chemotherapy.  She is discouraged.  If you get a chance to shoot her an email or a card, I am sure that it would cheer her up.
Dad’s great!

“For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower,

does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?”
Luke 14:28

 Have you calculated the cost of following Christ.  Are you all in?  Or have you reconsidered when the prices rose or the building  project got too hard?

“Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish,

 all who observe it begin to ridicule him.”
Luke 14:29

Your foundation is Jesus Christ and the salvation that He bought for you with His blood.  You have laid this foundation.  Are you willing to finish building a life of purity, holiness, and sacrifice that you might finish your building?  Or have you set it aside? Is the world ridiculing your “religion” or “faith” because you have chosen to leave your foundation bare?  What must you do to begin to build again?

“So the, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.”

Luke 14:33

To “give up” in the Greek literally means to say “goodbye”.  Have you said goodbye to all your earthly and personal possessions?  Have you surrendered them to God that they might be used for His kingdom?  Have you given up your spouse, your children, your expectations, your dreams, your desires, your time, your wealth, that you might full heartedly follow Jesus?  This verse follows that parable of a king that does not count the cost of going up against a superior army.  What cost are you willing to pay to live life your way?


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