Hanging on for Dear Life

“For in him we live and move and have our being,” (Acts 17:28 NIV).

Steven was just a preschooler when I first taught him to snow ski. The very first day was arduous—for me. I felt like a down-covered workhorse as I lugged two sets of skis in one arm while dragging along Steven with the other. Clunky ski boots, overstuffed mittens, and a hooded snowsuit made it difficult for Steven to maneuver. Add all that to the slippery snow, long lift lines, and a resistant four-year-old, and you have the makings for a windfall of whining in a winter wonderland.

After several failed attempts to teach Steven how to snowplow down the bunny slope with the ski tips pointed inwards, I came up with another idea. I made an A-frame tent with my legs. Then Steven stood in front and between them. He wrapped his arms around my thighs, and off we went! He went where I went. If I moved right, he moved right. If I moved left, he moved left. His only responsibility was to hang on and relinquish control. And even though he thought he was skiing, in reality he was simply along for the ride.

What a picture of how I want my journey with God to be. I cling to Him, wrap my arms around Him, and move where He moves. If He goes left, I go left. If He goes right, I go right. “But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him,” (1 Corinthians 6:17 TLB).

King David wrote, “I cling to you; your right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:8). Peterson’s paraphrase says it this way: “I hold onto you for dear life” (MSG). I see Jesus and me. Union. A sudden glory.

So think about how you are going to move about your day? Can you picture yourself clinging to Jesus? I can promise you this…when you cling to him, he will take you on adventures you never thought possible!

 Let’s Pray

Lord, I cling to you. I hold on to you for dear life. If you go left, I go left. If you go right, I go right. In you, Lord, I live and move and have my being.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 What do You Think? 

Have you ever run a three-legged race?

What happens if the runners don’t keep rhythm with each other?

Just for fun, if you have kids, get them to run a three-legged jaunt and teach them the importance of staying connected to Jesus.

(For those who don’t know what a three-legged race is, here you go. Get 2 people standing side-by-side. Tie the right leg of person A to the left leg of person B. Now you have a three-legged unit. The race is a bunch of three-legged runners.)

Are you willing to put Acts 17:28 into practice? If so, click over to this blog/devo post and write in the comment box: I’m living an Acts 17:28 life.

Want More? 

Did you know that I have a special page on my website for you to share your moments of Sudden Glory. Just click over to Share A Glory Moment and share away.

56 Responses to Hanging on for Dear Life

  1. Tammy September 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    I am living an acts 17:28 life.. I do not know how to live any other way anymore.. God has taken me and cleaned me inside and out and still working…as hard as it is sometimes and wanting to stomp my feet and scream (have done on many occasion) at the end of the day he is my Lord and savior and I don’t know how else to do things anymore.. I am addicted to Jesus and in Him and only Him do I or this world make any sense to me..

  2. Sheryl Kruse September 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life…..thank you for your words of encouragement….its been a struggle for me as a single divorced woman at age 55…..get so lonesome at times but I know my Lord is there holding my hand all the way…..

  3. Kelli Ann September 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    I am living an Acts 17:28 life!
    Thank you for sharing what God laid on your heart. This is a perfect verse to start my week with 🙂

  4. Shelisha September 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life.

  5. Joy September 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life.

  6. Sheilia September 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life! Hanging on for dear life – as a newly married, mother of 6 (blended family – Brady bunch style!) I totally relate to this. I am so blessed to know that in Him I move, live and have my being!!! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Amada September 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    I’m living an Act 17:28 life!!!!
    I surrender to my Lord…because I have no idea how to do ‘this’ anymore.
    This is exactly what I needed to hear from our loving God.
    Thank you!

  8. Kyndra September 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life!
    This is just what I needed to hear today! Thank you for using your God-given talents to share what you have learned and glorify Him.

  9. Cindi September 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life! Praise be to God!

  10. Dale September 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life.

  11. Lingani Mabutho September 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    This is what I need to hear, but I need help to stay focused on our LORD JESUS CHRIST.

  12. Andy September 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    In all my human imperfection, I am living an Acts 17:28 life. In Him [I am content to] live; and move; and have our being.

  13. Sonya September 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    I pray for the faith and strength to surrender all of me to God. I want live an Acts 17:28 life clinging to God’s ways, not my ways!

  14. Regina September 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life! Thank you I needed this today. May God Bless you and your ministries.

  15. Angie September 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life!

  16. Vivian September 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life.

  17. nancy September 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I am living an Acts life. Thank you Lord!!!!!

  18. Terry September 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life. Every morning I pray for Him to hold me throughout the day and don’t let me go! Can’t do it on my own….

  19. Jenny C. September 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    By God’s grace & strength, I desire to live an Acts 17:28 life. I love this verse – it has taken on such new meaning to me. I think I want it to be my “life verse.” Thank you, Sharon. Love in Christ, Jenny C.

  20. Alicia Lewis September 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life… this was definitely something I needed to hear today, as God is directing me, shifting me, to a whole new level. Im going to follow Him. Amen

  21. Kori September 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life.

  22. Julie September 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life

  23. Tula Williams September 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life~

  24. Nancy Beneteau September 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    I am doing my best to live in Acts 17:28. It’s been an uphill progress over the past 3 years but I’m getting somewhere! I am clinging on for dear life though. I don’t have anywhere else to turn but to God. Nothing else i”ve done has worked out. What He is doing to me is awesome! I’m not letting go!

  25. Lillie September 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    I am living an Acts 17:28 life. Thank you!

  26. Peggy September 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life. God help me and strengthen me each day.

  27. debby September 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Am living in acts17:28 and hanging on

  28. valerie September 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I am living an Acts 17:29 life. I think I let go at times., tho. I am 63, still atractive but very lonely. I lost my job, waiting for the EDD system to get my claim right to get paid a pittance & looking for work. I do bot have much reserve, only this month’s rent @ no more… Jobs are so low paying & mostly part time, if you can find one…Jesus does not want us to lose heart. He is my savior & my rock…but I feel sooo lost in this world!! Help me Lord!! Thank you for your ebcouraging words! Blessings!

  29. Lori September 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life!!!

  30. Diane September 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life! I’ve learned it is the only way I can live, because life is so uncertain, but GOD is faithful! Thank you, Sharon for your words of encouragement.

  31. Maryjo September 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life.

  32. Carol September 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 Life! Where ever I am or whatever I’m doing I will reach out (up) as far as I can and I feel His hand take mine! I’m hanging on for dear life!!!

  33. Pamela September 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life

  34. Mercy Adu-amankwah September 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life

  35. Mercy Adu-amankwah September 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    These devotions have made me a better person. Thank you Sharon

  36. Jan September 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life – I am starting over today – surrendering everything – I am so tired of living my life in a way that is not honoring God – I am so grateful that our God is full of mercy and that He is a God of comfort.

  37. Lou September 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    I am living an Acts 17:28 life. It is really all I have ever known since becoming a Christian at the young age of 9 years of age and losing my daddy at the age of 10 and my brother was 12 and he was only 33 and so was my mother, so we had to grow up a little bit faster than most kids and my mother taught us to stay in Church and we did our entire lives and still are. I have had a hard time with life throwing obstacles my way, but God has ALWAYS been there for me and my son and He has always taken care of us. Yesterday was a bad day,so I needed to hear this today and I thank you for your support and devotions and knowing what it’s like to be busy and also having a bad day just like the rest of us.

  38. Tess September 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Im living an Acts !7:28 life!! I just love living for the Lord! He is my everything. Without Him I am nothing! He is my Provider, my Protector, My Father, My Friend!! HE IS MY EVERYTHING!!

  39. Marcia Plummer September 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life. Jesus is my anchor and I’m holding on to Him for dear life!!!!

  40. Cheryl September 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life!!!

  41. Gina September 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    I am learning to live an Acts 17:28 life and LOVING IT!!!!!

  42. Sari September 11, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    I am, by the grace of God, living an Acts 17:28 life! Not in my own strength, but only in His!

  43. dee September 11, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    I am living an Act 17v28 life-thank you for the inspiring devotion. Up until now all I did was doubt and want to dictate terms the for my relationship with God. The devotion has given me a new way of approaching my life in Christ. I surrender my life to Him once again and ask for forgiveness.

  44. Sara September 11, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life! Great devotion with a great image to go with it.

  45. Dana September 11, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    I am living an Acts 17:28 Life!

  46. Jana September 11, 2012 at 2:27 am #

    I am living an Acts 17:28 life! Thanks for giving me a wonderful picture of what that looks like!!!

  47. Nishi September 11, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life

  48. Elizabeth McCarthy September 11, 2012 at 3:19 am #

    I am living an Acts 17:28 life! Thank you, Sharon, you and the GiGs have supported me and brought me closer to God. I’m hanging onto Him for dear life 🙂

  49. Grecia September 11, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    I’m living in Him for Him I surrender and wherever you move I move in Jesus name amen

  50. Myrtle Carter September 11, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    I’m Living An Acts 17:28 Life!

  51. Teresa Rolen September 11, 2012 at 4:12 am #

    “I’m living an Acts 17:28 life.”
    Teresa Rolen

  52. Faye September 11, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    I’m living on Acts 17:28 life but only by God’s grace and love. Thank you for sharing and letting others share also. may God bless you in everything you do for Him.

  53. Pavla September 11, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    I am living an Acts 17:28 life. Thank you, Sharon, for your min istry, sharing your life with us – love the picture of Steven (my son is 4 now).

  54. Amy September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I am living an Acts 17:28 life!!!! Forever Glory be to God

  55. Jenn September 13, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    I’m living Acts 17:28 ! When I started to feel the aches and pains of arthritis (I’m told that I’m at that age),I make a declaration that God doesn’t have that in His plan for me, because He made me in His image and there is no sickness or disease I’m Him! Amen! All of those aches and pains are gone!

  56. treasureofhiseyes September 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I am living an Acts 17:28 life by His grace.

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