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Intrusive Grace

 27.7.13



Grace! We call for it,
We say we need it, 
And at times we invoke her,
As if we were
Calling for a bird's magic song
When we are called to
Repent and change,
But choose not.


Grace! We hide behind this word
All of our unrepentant sins,
All our dirty jokes,
Our open trespasses.
The limits we've
Intentionally broken and
We expect -demand- the rest of our
Brothers and sisters,
To love us.

Can't they see,
Can't they hear that we are
Saying "Grace"?
Grace!

Grace! We call for it
We say we need it
And at times it seems
That we are calling for it
As if we were calling
Our tamed dog.
"Sit here! Go out!
Move! Stay!"

Grace! Four letters.
Four letters that we have abused.
A short word in which we have
Hidden our responsibility,
A powerful word that we have vandalized,
We have striped it from its meaning.
We have used to hide cowardly our sins,
We have made it our flag to ask for tolerance.

Grace!
   Grace!
      Oh, Grace!

And when Grace,
True Grace comes.
It's song is one of war.
It is never tamed.
It shatters our world.

Grace! True grace never asks
Permission to come in.
It is intrusive.
It rescues the one
      who is in chains.
It opens the eyes of he
      who loves darkness.
It gives life to the dead.

It is a light.
A bright light
That brings out all lies,
All bad habits,
And shameful behaviors.
All false reasonings,
And comfortable sins
Cannot hide from it.

 Grace! It brings us to our knees,
       to repentance.
It empowers us to fight
       the good fight against
       our flesh and sins.
 It is like a strong wind that blows
        where it wants.
        Nothing can stop it.

Grace!
  It is piercing.
     It is painful.
        It points us to our guilt
            And then to the Cross.

That is Grace.

Grace destroys,
    In order to build.









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Thankful on my 42th Birthday

 25.7.13

Waking up to a new day is always good, and waking up to a new year is such an incredible blessing. I am so very grateful!

My heart bursts as I meditate in the many ways God has blessed my life, and again I can only say with a grateful and humble heart, "Why me, God?"



Today I am grateful for....

The lessons He has taught me, the sweet and the bitter ones.

For the many times He has drawn me to repentance and has forgiven my trespasses.

I am grateful for the friends He has given me, each one different, yet everyone very special, hand-tailored to help me grow in Christ.

Having friends that are much wiser than I am, friends who have taught me through their example -and have encouraged me- to hold my tongue, to pray more, to be humble, to be quiet, to persevere, to speak the truth in love, to stand firm in the Truth when the easiest way would be to do otherwise. I am grateful for each friend who has been there to teach me, to mentor me, to help me become the woman I am now. Thank you for living your lives as open books that I can read and from whom I learn so much. I love you, each one of you.

I am grateful for the years I have been given to serve breakfast, and lunch, and dinner to my 4 children. But even more, I am grateful that God gave me His Word to nourish their souls each day.

Now two more of my children are leaving to college and I am so grateful to see them ready to embrace what lies ahead. I am grateful for every hug, every kiss, every tear, every conversation, every song sang, and every melody played. As I hold them tight and I swallow hard, and tears fall I am more than anything else, grateful. So grateful for each moment shared together.

I am so grateful that when they were little ones God delivered me from the two words that kill the beautiful moments: "Hurry up!" Oh, how grateful I am that by his Grace, we learned to slow down. In a sense, it does feels that Time did fly by rapidly, but I am grateful it didn't escape from our hands. We have lived fully and that is a blessing.

When I think of the many ways I have failed to fully trust and obey God, of the times I ignored the warnings He clearly showed me, I can only be grateful for the way He disciplined me and forgave me, and  held me. Oh how grateful I am that His sovereign hand never ceases to direct our ways even through our shortcomings!

That God is Sovereign overall, that He is in charge of my children's stories, that I can rest assured that He will finish the work He has begun in them makes me burst in gratitude.

I am so grateful for my Man. For the way he has loved me and chose me day after day. I am blessed to be his and to know that he is mine.

I am grateful for the times of waiting. For the times of quiet. How much they have helped me grow!

For friends that pray.

For songs in the night.

For my little one that looks up to me with a smile and holds me tight. How much I love her and how much we still have to share! I am grateful for each moment that awaits for us and for the grace to live fully each day and every opportunity we'll be given to make memories.

For the Church of Christ that knows no boundaries.

For bread in the oven and wine in the glasses, and friends and family to share it with.


God is good and His faithfulness endures forever.

To God be the glory!






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How Do You Tell His Story to Your Children?

 16.7.13



As I read Psalm 145 this morning I kept thinking of the amazing privilege that we have as parents to tell God's story to our children. We know that it is our responsibility before God to do so, but how are we doing that?

Go to Psalm 145 and meditate on it. Isn't it a great psalm that teaches us how are we to tell our children about God's wondrous works? This Psalm is a song of joy, of victory, of praise. I cannot imagine the Psalmist telling his children about the kingdom of God with a monotonous tone and making of that time the most boring of the day.

Consider for example, how would we speak to our children about "the might of God's awesome deeds" (v.6)? Do we get excited when we "pour forth the fame of His abundant goodness"  (v.7)? Do we sing aloud in the car, in the kitchen, at church of his righteousness (v.7)? 

When we tell them the good news that "the Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love," when we tell them that "He is good to all, and his mercy is over all He has made" (v.8-9), do we get excited? Or do we repeat those amazing truths as something that is already known by all Christians?

I get so excited (and so very grateful!) when I read that God wants me to "speak of the glory of his kingdom and of His power to my children" (v.10-12). Oh, what an amazing privilege! I don't want to miss that opportunity! God has appointed us, parents, to make known to our children His mighty deeds (v. 11-12), all of them, those in the Bible, those in our lives, those in Church history, those in the community where He has placed us.

I want to tell my children over and over again that God's Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom. That the gift of growing up in the Covenant is a treasure, a privilege, a gift like no other. That throughout all generations His dominion endures. Oh, to tell them a thousand times "how faithful our God is in all his words and how kind He is in all his works! (v.13).

When the trials come I want to encourage them with God's word, I want to be ready to tell them how "the Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down." When times of hunger come, I want to encourage them with the Scriptures and remind them that He "gives food in due season," and that He is extremely generous and opens His hand and delights in satisfying the desires of those who fear him (v.15-16, 19).

What a privilege it is to be able to tell them that "the Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth!"  To share the gospel with the children that God gave me over the family table, in the car, in the porch is a delightful command from God. Isn't it amazing that God has purposed that from this mouth that many times speaks ungraceful words shall come the most amazing news! Oh,  to be the one that tells them that "the Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy." I want to be ready. I don't want to miss any of the opportunities that I have been given every day to do so.

"My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, 
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever." (v.21)



Under His Sun and by Grace,


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If I am happy it is because of God! God, in His sovereign grace, has called me out of darkness into His Admirable light. He has opened my eyes and has shown me the way to Eternal Life. He has set my feet on a journey, and now I am walking Daily on My Way to Heaven. I did not find Jesus, He found me. I did not seek Him, yet He called me. I did not love Him, yet He loved me. I deserved death and He gave me Life. This is the place where I keep a journal of my life under His sun and by His grace!
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"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven... to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness?"

Jonathan Edwards

"I am still pondering God's greatness in His creation. I have so many questions that I would like to ask the Lord about the universe, creation, the fall of man... But when I'm in heaven, I wonder if I will even remember them. At that time, being in the presence of God will be enough. I'm thankful that I can look forward to that day."

-Persis

“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”

- Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart



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