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I did my absolute favorite thing Tuesday morning: I went to the LIBRARY! I was so excited! I love the library. I love the smell of books. I love the comfortable feeling of being among friends who are just waiting to take you away to other lands if you just have the imagination to go along with them. The library is my happy place!

I had done some research the night before and decided that I wanted to start reading Jan Karon’s The Mitford Series. It is a series based in the fictional town of Mitford, North Carolina. The main character is a 60 year old Episcopalian rector named Father Tim. The book outlines the problems and shenanigans of a quirky bunch of characters that inhabit the town and how they affect the life of our dear rector. I am on chapter 8 of the first book, “At Home in Mitford” and I have been sucked in to a world of small town simplicity and charm. The best part, though, is that the series is a Christian based series and the nuggets of wisdom found within the stories is priceless.

Father Tim had dashed off a note to his brother Walter (who lives in Father Tim’s childhood home of Mississippi) and in that letter he had quoted Hebrews 4:16 Let us, therefore, come BOLDLY (with confidence NIV) unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Father Tim then reflects on how he needs to Preach BOLDLY! Love BOLDLY! Jog BOLDLY! And most crucial of all, do NOT approach God whining or begging, but boldly—as a child of the King.

This really spoke to me, because on occasion I have been known to whine a little. I have also been known to beg when things get really rough. This passage reminds me that I can pray BOLDLY and with confidence because I am a child of the King of Kings. I can boldly and with confidence pray and trust that God will faithfully hold to His promises. I can Live BOLDLY! I can Serve single moms BOLDLY! I can Share my testimony BOLDLY! I can do all these things with the confidence that God has my back.

Luke 11:9-13

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

We can trust our Father to give us good gifts. We can approach Him boldly and with confidence. We don’t have to whine or beg like a petulant child. We can put our trust in His promises. We can live life boldly when we live for HIM!

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