It just slipped out!

I recently had one of those situations, where I was caught up in the moment, and the words just slipped out of my mouth. But I was not embarrassed by what came out.

I was outside shoveling snow. It was so peaceful and quiet, and I was just quietly praising God. I got so caught up with His goodness to me, that I said, “You are my first love til my last breath.” The power of that statement took my breath away!

When I came back inside, I made a cup of coffee and sat down to read a devotional, and it was the story of Polycarp. (Not a name you hear many parents choosing for their newborn children nowadays!)

Polycarp (69-155 AD) was a disciple of the Apostle John, (the disciple whom Jesus loved.) He refused to burn incense to the Roman emperor, and so was sentenced to death. He was bound, tied to a stake, burned and then stabbed with a spear when the fire failed to consume his body. Before his sentence was carried out, he was recorded as saying the following:

“ For 86 years I have served Him, and He has done me no wrong. How then can I blaspheme my King and Savior? You threaten me with a fire that burns for a season, and after a little while it is quenched; but you are ignorant of the fire of eternal punishment that is prepared for the wicked. I bless you, Father, for judging me worthy of this honor, so that in the company of the martyrs I may share the cup of Christ.”

Jesus was obviously his first love til his last breath. I pray that no matter what else happens in my life, that I will end well. Or as the saying goes, it’s not how you start but how you finish. Let’s all finish strong and remain firm in Jesus. For He alone is worthy and worth it!

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32 thoughts on “It just slipped out!

  1. Such seemingly spontaneous words of worship come straight from heaven! I remember listening to a song in my car once and feeling so overwhelmed by God’s presence I said (without thinking) “I’m not like you, Lord!” Tears began to flow, as I pondered the greatness of God.

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  2. As a saved war veteran, I can relate to the importance of standing firm in one’s faith even in the face of great challenges. Polycarp’s story is a powerful reminder of the strength and conviction that comes from loving Jesus with all of our hearts. 2 Timothy 3:14-15 reminds us to “continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” May we all be inspired to follow Polycarp’s example and remain faithful to Jesus until the end. Thank you for sharing this inspiring message.

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  3. Sometimes the things I say to the Lord are so heartfelt that I know they’d sound goofy to anyone else. I love that you weren’t embarrassed and that you shared your outburst of adoration with us. And I didn’t know Polykarp was a disciple of John’s. Very inspirational, plus I learned something. Thank you for this beautiful post!

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  4. What a lovely post sister. Your spontaneous moment reminds me of such rare moments when I have been literally carried away by the music I am listening to; indeed there are certain songs that guarantee such a situation! He really is a marvellous God. The Pollycarp story is astounding, I could not imagine me having such strength in those circumstances. Thank you for sharing these sister, God bless you.

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  5. This is the first time I’ve heard of Polycarp, so I looked him up, and from what I’ve read he’s regarded as a Saint and Church Father in the Catholic church and was Catholic. An interesting bit of information. That aside, it’s wonderful to praise God in a way where you get so caught up that such words slip out. He’s ever faithful!

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