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Baggage Claim or Benefit Collection?

Posted in Decision-making, Encouragement, It's Time to FLY, and Self-care

its-time-to-fly-psalms-103-birdsIt’s Day 28. We have three more days left on our 31-day flight!  Yes friends, I’m thinking about landing too.

When I pickup family and friends from the airport, we often meet in baggage claim. Sometimes they insist on curbside pickup, but I prefer meeting inside.

I like to chat while we wait for the luggage carousel to start. And once it does, we start to look for the pieces we need to claim.

You and I have some things to claim too.

As we think about our landing, what baggage did we bring with us?

In other words: What were our fears?  What or who did we feel was unreliable? Were we frustrated or discouraged in seeking to do the will of God?

As Day 31 approaches, I’m praying our reliance on God’s grace steers us away from baggage claim. But just in case we’re struggling with some aspect of our flight, here’s some help. I’ve linked all the posts tagged with each topic of “It’s Time to FLY.”  Just click on a topic for all the posts in that category:

Fear not.

Lean hard.

Yield Completely. 

However, this journey is not intended for us to leave empty-handed. As we contemplate our landing, our thoughts can move from baggage claim to benefit collection. Specifically, the benefits found in Psalms 103:2-5 NLT:

Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
 He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

When all of who I am, remembers how good God is, I am renewed and my baggage is left behind. Is there something you need to remember about the good things He does for you? .

I look forward to more renewal as we experience “Rest in The Savior Saturday” and “Scripture to Stand on Sunday.” I believe by Day 31, we’ll see how far we’ve flown with more hope for the heart and joy to the soul.

Click here for more information on this series and the “It’s Time to FLY” gallery!


  1. Thank you Joy! These messages have been a blessing. I appreciate you!

    October 28, 2016
    • Joy

      You’re welcome Liz! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed this series. I appreciate you too!

      October 28, 2016
  2. Pam

    I have enjoyed this wonderful series. It has been a blessing. Thank you!

    October 28, 2016
    • Joy

      You’re welcome Pam! I thank God for the grace He’s given during this #write31days challenge. Many more blessings to you!

      October 28, 2016

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