Slimy sponges

While doing the stack of dishes this morning, I got to the very bottom of the sink and saw several sponges that were slimy and dirty. In the past, I would just throw them away but today I thought I would do something different.

I turned the hot water on and waited for it to get really hot then I sprayed each one down. I watched as the dirt and grim slowly disappeared. Afterwards it was like I had new sponges.

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Today is Good Friday. When I was in fifth grade, attending a parochial school, I had no idea why “Good Friday” was “good.” How could the day they killed Jesus be good? It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized why this day is “good.”

In 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 and 17, it says, “Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life… This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (NLT).

Jesus died so that I can be a new person—I was sentenced to die but He took my place and died for me. I have a new identity now because the old one died with Him. I was like those old and slimy sponges that needed to be thrown away, but God cleaned me:

“…you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor 6:11, NLT).

I am celebrating the life that God has given me through Jesus’ death on the cross. On Sunday, I will celebrate the day when Jesus conquered death.

Happy Good Friday!

Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

I’m alive!

I never thought I would ever say, “3 miles? No problem!” or “6 miles? I can do that!” There was a time in my life when I could barely run 15 minutes on a slow setting on my treadmill and one mile was a long distance for me. I compared my running with my Christian walk. There was a time when reading one Scripture verse every day was difficult and I only prayed at meal time. I can truly say that God has “shook me” so that I take my relationship with Him more seriously. I don’t think it is a coincidence that I am able to accomplish more now than I ever had before.

I was weak in every aspect of my life— my marriage, my teaching, my time with God, my time with my children, my personal discipline, my self-control, etc. Everything I did was based on my own efforts and strength—there was nothing supernatural about it. The turning point for me was when a voice in a dream said, “You are weak… it [demonic forces] will overtake you.” I knew then that I can’t do anything without God—I needed to build that relationship with Him—I couldn’t continue having occasional conversations with Him when it was convenient for me and my schedule.

My desire is to stress to you the importance of reading your Bible and praying to God everyday (even when you don’t feel like it). Now I read a one-year Bible in the morning with my husband then pray, and I read a certain book of the Bible at night. I say this not because I want to appear “holy,” but to say that if I can do it then you can too. I do it because I need to grow spiritually strong—I don’t ever want to face a spiritual attack without proper “armor.”

In our reading today we came across these passages: “You will experience all these blessings if you obey the LORD your God: Your towns and fields will be blessed. Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed… The LORD will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain… If you obey the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways…” (Deu 28:2-6, 8-9, NLT).

I think if we have a sincere desire to follow God and we build that relationship with Him by reading His Word, praying to Him, and studying the Bible, then He will bless us. I know He has blessed me more than I can even imagine possible. He has breathed new life into my withered body and dying spirit and I can truly say that I am alive.

Today I ran 13.11 miles—all things are possible with God!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

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