So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God’s throne.
I wrote Vines of Entanglement for those who’ve found themselves ensnared in entangling sins and encumbrances. For all who’ve struggled to overcome fear, loss, and guilt. You and I both—if we’re honest—have our own entangling sins and encumbrances to overcome with God’s help. I wrote this book for myself and for all who need to hear that no one is beyond God’s grace and mercy.
Here’s what I’ve learned—the Christian life is not a sprint. It is a marathon.
Each of us have our own, individual race to run. My race will be different than your race. But each race will be full of peaks, valleys, bends, and pitfalls in the road. And there are no shortcuts in life’s amazing journey of faith. Detours will only derail and delay us from reaching the stadium of faith’s crowning hope.
I’m so thankful for the cloud of witnesses who’ve lined my path, cheering and encouraging me along life’s journey. I’m thankful for Jesus, beside me every step of the way.
I want to thank all of you for reading my books and being a blessing to me along this stretch of my race. When we cross life’s finish line I pray we will each hear Jesus say, “Well done.”
Until then . . .
Because of the joy that lies ahead if we—if I—endure: let’s throw off what weighs us down; run the race; and fix our eyes on Jesus.
I hope you will enjoy Vines of Entanglement—one woman’s journey from lies to truth.
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