"Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." John 7:38

Brian and I have been travelling this week. We started out in Illinois then crossed the Mississippi River at St. Louis into Missouri.

May302014a1 We drove through Missouri into Arkansas,

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We continued on through Oklahoma,

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And finally we drove into Texas, (which I just discovered is the birthplace of President Eisenhower).

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It will take us the better part of three days, meandering through the Midwest, to get from Grayslake, IL to Austin, TX. It is a two-and-a-half hour flight, but there are times when a road trip is the only way to go.

The Christian life is like a road trip. When you accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord, the trip begins. You are on the road. You are saved, but that is not the end of the trip, it is the beginning.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14

The adventure is on, and like our road trip, there will be stops and starts, sights that you’ve never seen before, traffic jams, detours, rain showers, brilliant sunrises and sunsets, and minute by minute choices. There will be travelers that are moving so slowly they are a hazard to those around them, and others who are moving at lightning speed!

What is your plan to keep moving this summer? Do you have a plan? Or are you anticipating a “summer detour” in your spiritual adventure? If you are one who finds it difficult to stay on track during the summer, I hope this blog will be an encouragement to you.

From now until September, my goal is to spur you on! I will be publishing only on Tuesdays, (yes, I am taking Fridays off through the summer), but I will try to write devotions that encourage you to…

“ draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings… and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:22-25(NIV)

My prayer for you is that you will persevere! My challenge to you is to persevere! Read God’s Word daily. Pray daily. And, worship with other Christians every Sunday (even on vacation!)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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

Will this be the summer that you travel in the spiritual fast lane? Or will you be the cause of the traffic jam?

Comments on: "On the Road Again…." (7)

  1. Bev Brewer said:

    Have a great summer.We will be like the leaves in the fall. Barely in the fast lane. Waiting for your words of wisdom .

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  2. Sandy Cunneff said:

    Aw! I will miss you on Fridays but totally understand your reason! Safe travels and Godspeed. Call me sometime and let me know what’s going on? Love you and miss you so much.

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  3. Sandy Carlson said:

    Thanks for your encouraging words of wisdom, Marcia. I sense the excitement in your heart as you look forward to God’s plans for you and Brian. The Christian life is a great adventure. and I’ll look forward to Tuesdays, hearing what God is doing in your life and teaching you! I love you and look forward to seeing you again!

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  4. JANET REDEKER said:

    You sound like Willie Nelson, “On The Road Again” and you have turned into “The Yellow Rose Of Texas”!!! Seeing the picture of St. Louis reminded me that today a man jumped off a bridge there to a road below going through the windshield of a semi killing him and putting the driver in the hospital. Therefore this man’s trip on earth came to an end but my heart breaks as no one was there to encourage him through his difficulties and lead him to Jesus!!! Thanks for encouraging us Marcia and then we need to pass it on to others. Safe travels!!!

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