Imagine this is you:

Bogged down by the chaos of life. Fighting (and losing the fight) for a clear vision of heavenly things. Tired, stressed, and discouraged by your sin. Discouraged by others’ sin.

If you’re like me, you didn’t have to “imagine” that scenario because you’re living it.

You know where you want to be, but you are defeated by thoughts like:

“I’m too busy to be genuinely Godly.”

“I’m too distant from God to have meaningful time reading my Bible.”

“There are too many obstacles. It’s impossible.”

“I have a track record of repeated failure.”

“I just can’t do this alone.”

You’re longing to tap into the hope and power of the gospel. You want a transformed life that is filled with joy. You are looking for a real, viable, action-defining connection to the Holy Spirit and the resurrection power that is ours in Christ Jesus.

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Me too.

I’ve tasted it, and I’m hopeful that as we keep pursuing Jesus, we will continue to grow, to overcome the world, and be “like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.” (Psalm 1:3)

It’s hard isn’t it?

Everything has the potential to get in the way– errands, meals, work, social obligations, a dirty house. We are so quick to make those things the priority, but we are getting it backwards!

“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

In those moments when I’m running unhindered, I catch glorious glimpses of life lived in the power of Christ.

Read Cook Devour is all about sharing the glimpses that propel me forward, in hopes of encouraging you, too.

When I’m looking to Him for wisdom and strength, I find clarity in my calling, and delight in my duties. Even things as seemingly un-eternal as laundry and meal planning can be resumed with excellence, enacted with love, and used to bring glory to my Father in heaven. 

“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)

I’m running with perseverance and trusting Him to redeem the toil. We still live in a fallen world, rotten with sin and cursed by our rebellion against God. The day-in and day-out is gritty and tough and it makes me long for heaven. It’s only because of Jesus that my hope lies beyond a bad day.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)

Only in the perfection and wisdom of the Gospel can the menial and exhausting activities of wiping dirty hands and faces, disinfecting bathrooms, opening your front door one more evening for bible study, actually make us more like Christ and fill us with ridiculous, immeasurable joy!

Jesus didn’t promise that the race would be easy, but He did promise it will be worth it.

If you want to run with me, I’d love for you to subscribe so I can keep in touch with you along the way, and hopefully encourage you on those weary days to look to Author and Perfecter of your faith.

Earnestly, imperfectly, pursuing the finish line,

-Stephanie

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