Choosing to stay and become whole is a hard choice, though far easier than not doing so.
Choosing to stay is hard.
But when we walk with Christ through life’s drama, we can face anything as we abide in His strength and grace. We know from Scripture that this is the secret to abiding peace, but staying is not so easy.
1 Corinthians 7:20-24
“Let each of you remain in the situation in which he was called. Were you called while a slave? Don’t let it concern you. But if you can become free, by all means take the opportunity. 22 For he who is called by the Lord as a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called as a free man is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of people. Brothers and sisters, each person is to remain with God in the situation in which he was called.”
Choosing to stay makes us whole.
When we choose to stay in God’s presence we discover wholeness in Christ. God is with us, but when we choose to be with Him through all of life’s pain, we become whole again. And those who choose to stay near to God discover grace and freedom.
Choosing to stay is possible.
How do we stay when we constantly shift and drift? As we drift away, God is faithful to draw us near to Him again. And as we draw near to Him, God changes our hearts in His presence.
Listen in as Denise Pass discusses the book, “Stay: Discovering Grace, Freedom, and Wholeness Where You Never Imagined Looking” with author Anjuli Paschall and learn how to find peace with pain and all life sends our way as we abide in Christ.
Visit with Anjuli on her website: https://www.anjulipaschall.com/
For more on abiding, catch the other episodes in this series that come with free devotional downloads!
- Becoming Whole: How to Abide in Christ
- Becoming Whole: Removing the Stumbling Blocks that Keep us from Abiding in Christ
Download the free extended devotional below that goes with this episode!
Anjuli Paschall is the founder of The Moms We Love Club and writes regularly for (in)courage, a widely followed online community of Christian women. After graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University, Anjuli earned a master’s degree in spiritual formation and soul care from Talbot Seminary. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband, Sam, and five children. Sam is a pastor at Mission Hills Church in San Marcos. They enjoy renovating their fixer-upper and spending weekends at the ocean.
You can find out more about Anjuli on her website: https://www.anjulipaschall.com/book