• Rich Handley


God's word is the bone and marrow of my life. My daily Bible reading is my constant through grief, pain, hardship, joy, and gladness. The word of God brings continual comfort and assurance that God is with me, always right there, as close as my Bible.

I have come to life again as a result of God's word. I am like the dry bones of Ezekiel 37, resurrected when the word of the Lord washes over me.

I’ve been sanctified and set apart by God as a result of my acceptance of Jesus as my Savior. But complete sanctification (being made completely holy) is not promised in this lifetime.

I can never hope to sanctify myself but the words of the Bible draw me closer to God. I know I must pray so God knows I’m serious about wanting to communicate with him. Every day I pray for God to teach me of His kindness, patience, tolerance, compassion, and sensitivity.

It would be foolish for me to think sanctification is an effortless process but at the same time, I must be careful not to make it a “work” of self-improvement. God must guide and direct my sanctification because his son Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith.

I deserved death but He gave me eternal life.

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Galatians 5: 16

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

1 Corinthians 13: 12

Love and blessings,

Rich H.

photo: (galahs out for a peck around the bush)


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