A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

Proverbs 17:17 NLT

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One encounter with God in the flesh, everything changes…

I made it to the Twitter Party last night, wonder of wonders! One eye peeled on my current fiction book, one eye peeled on Twitter, I made it almost to the end. Grabbing the word prompt, thoughts of the Apostle Paul swirl in my head.

Settling on the pillow, Kate Motaung’s one word prompt, LOYAL  took me back to last weeks Sunday School lesson I prepared.

These past months stuyding the book of Acts, I have become a loyal fan of Paul. In fact, on the other side of this life I am planning a coffee date with the fellow. So many questions to ask. Stories to hear.

Paul was loyal. Met by Jesus on the Damascus road (Acts 8), his heart forever marked and changed. From that day forward he was never the same. A new fire burned in the pit of his belly. A fire that spread, impacted many lives, including mine.

When we first meet him, he is Saul, know for his meanness and persecution of Christians. Saul was a man to be feared, “breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.” (Acts 9:1~NIV)

Each Sabbath found Paul at the synagogue, trying to convince the Jews and Greeks alike. Acts 18:4~NLT

Paul was loyal to preach the Gospel. Loyal at all costs, even to death. Going out of his way to darker places, answering the call to make disciples.

Paul stirs something deep inside me, leaves me to question my own loyalty. My calling to write, to share my story, to live my story as he did, with grace and humility. Willing to go the distance, suffer persecution. To make disciples. To proclaim the Gospel.

I love Jesus more than my own breath. I have encountered him in every crevice of rocky hard. He never fails to leave me breathless in awe and wonder. Standing on holy ground.

Then, I leave this place of whispered prayers and time in his Word, the world slips quietly in, smothers every good intention.

Loyalty misplaced on the dusty shelf of life.

Paul was loyal through all manner of adversity. Can I say the same of me?

Coming September 26th is this sweet collection of stories from Five Minute Friday

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Graced by God