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Obedience and Abiding

“If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love” (John 15:10). Obeying and abiding go together. Abiding is the result of obedience. It’s a “shall,” a certainty. Rees Howells, intercessor, found that obedience to the Holy Spirit — when he was told what to do, something as simple as not wearing a hat (local custom) — was always followed by abiding in the fellowship of prayer.

I hate to admit that this process has been slow for me. Perhaps I’ll tell you later about the times I’ve said “no,” and it took me a while to get to the “yes.” I can say that over the years the distance between the two has lessened when I find my true place in obedience. The abiding is sweet, a trysting place, like two lovers who meet at a regular place and time for fellowship.

That’s why Quiet Time is first on my day’s agenda. Of course, there are the personal items to take care of — bathroom, making up the bed, preparing breakfast. But I drink coffee and eat my yogurt while I read. Is that double-tasking to an advantage?

Connections make a difference.

Connections make a difference for living life to its fullest. We all want a victorious life. It’s possible — with God’s help and our cooperation.

Jesus answered Satan in the wilderness, “It is written.” He found answers in the Word, so that’s where we must go to find the way to victorious living. After all, Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

My life is a testimony to God’s faithfulness, a connection that’s constant. I live each day connecting with what the Lord wants me to be and do.

I’ve not traveled this journey alone. My parents gave me a good start with sound teaching and being examples of faith. Then I married fresh out of high school.

My husband has been my best-trained teacher, my favorite pastor. We’ve been living the ABC’s — Ann and Bill Coker — together for over 58 years.  We are one, connected but also individuals, together yet separate. We have served together, yet each has had a different ministry.

In this blog, you’ll hear from both Bill and me. For us there is one single foundation: “God is in Christ, reconciling us to Himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

Join us in this connected living — for the joy of it.