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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Life–in abundance

  I have been on this journey of learning what it means to live the life of abundance that my Savior told me about…  

well He actually promises it…
                                   
 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.      John 10:10

He says:   “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
the word Life comes from the Greek word zōē  which means”
  1. to live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead)
  2. to enjoy real life
    1. to have true life and worthy of the name
    2. active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God
  3. to live i.e. pass life, in the manner of the living and acting
    1. of mortals or character
  4. living water, having vital power in itself and exerting the same upon the soul
  5. metaph. to be in full vigour
    1. to be fresh, strong, efficient,
    2. as adj. active, powerful, efficacious
The word abundance comes from the Greek word perissos which means:
exceeding some number or measure or rank or need
  1. over and above, more than is necessary, superadded
    1. exceeding abundantly, supremely
    2. something further, more, much more than all, more plainly
  2. superior, extraordinary, surpassing, uncommon
    1. pre-eminence, superiority, advantage, more eminent, more remarkable, more excellent
life …
    breathing…
            enjoying…    real…
                     to be fresh, strong and efficient
                              powerful, active and vigorous…
                                         
abundance…
       more than…    exceeding  my needs
                    more than…     my expectations
                                   much  more than…   over and above…     surpassing

Another version says…               but I came to give life—life in all its fullness.
      
                abundance…    fullness

His promise…
                   LIFE…    in all its fullness

In this blog post I write more about this idea of living life in the moment:

LIFE

I am reflecting again on the word life~

What does that word look like to me?

  L – Letting go to the moment
  I – Investing myself in that moment
  F – Feeling the emotions of that moment
  E – Engaging fully in that moment
I want my years to have LIFE in them… to be full of life and memories…

I have gotten away from “writing” one living moment a day down, but I hope that I have not forgotten to “LIVE” those daily moments.  I would like to think that I am getting better at” living life”  instead of  “doing life.”

You can check out some of my lists here; each one of these lists has suggestions on how to live life more fully:

365 Days (8-14)
365 Days (15-21)
365 Days (22-28)
365 Days (29 – 35)
365 Days (36-42)
365 Days (43-49)
365 Days (50-56)
365 Days (57-63)
365 Days (64-70)
365 Days (71-77)
365 Days (78-84)

Reading over my lists…   seeing fullness in all things~
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4 comments:

Mama Mayhem said...

Amen! Abundance makes me think of that Ann MacCallum song, based on the verse..."exceedingly, abundantly, all above all we could ever ask or think, He gives us all things to enjoy".

Mama Mayhem said...

Ugh that comment was from my old account - sorry. I need to fix it. I'm at CherylPitt.com

Mama Mayhem said...

Amen! Abundance makes me think of that Ann MacCallum song, based on the verse..."exceedingly, abundantly, all above all we could ever ask or think, He gives us all things to enjoy".

Jennifer Dougan said...

Kathey,

Nice to meet you. I'm hopping over from Ann's link up to count gifts with you. Thanks for this reminder of the term "life" as "zoe" breath. :) Hmm, he has comes to give us life, this breath in our lungs, this live that takes our breath away too, huh?

Have a great week,
Jennifer Dougan
www.jenniferdougan.com