Good morning, beloved,
Today, it’s grace that astounds me. I throw words around this blog. I write out struggles I have in my life. Rather, I hint around the roller coasters that abound in my life. My stomach settles from one coaster and life pushes me on another one. What astounds me: every time I look up, look over, look behind Jesus is there. I’m wearing my seat harness, seat belt strapped in for the ride of my life, white knuckled, and Jesus is there. For the very top of the ride, to the very lowest point, nothing can ever separate us.
As we dive back into school (the metaphors are astounding as well, yes?) , I am holding desperately to His hands. Asking God to give me, please give me, the patience, the wisdom, the sight to teach my kids. To teach them about the Word, to remember that when I start our day with the teaching of His Word, our day (while never perfect) can feel the palpable presence of His Spirit. This year I want to dedicate to teaching them about the Kings and the Prophets.
So it’s good with all my plans and ideas to remember this: I. am. loved. Period.
Because of his love [C this phrase may go with the previous sentence], God ·had already decided to make us his own children [L predestined us for adoption] through Jesus Christ. That was what he wanted and what pleased him, 6 and it brings praise to God because of his ·wonderful[glorious] grace. God gave that grace to us freely, in ·Christ, the One he loves [L the Beloved]. 7 In ·Christ [L him] we ·are set free [have been redeemed/purchased] by ·the blood of his death [L his blood; C blood signifies his sacrificial death], and so we have forgiveness of sins. ·How rich is [or This redemption reveals the wealth of; L …according to the riches of] God’s grace, 8 which he has ·given to us so fully and freely [lavished on us]. Ephesians 1 EXB
Love. We are His kids. Grace. Free. Set free. Redeemed. Forgiven.
I take my job as teacher very seriously. I also want my house to look perfect. Ah, yes, there’s the rub. Teaching four kids at home, six people and a dog, busy schedules, the house takes a back seat. In my mind though, it brings me peace to have my house sparkling clean. So when I look around while working with the kids, I get antsy to clean up. I look around, see the piles and wonder who made that mess or that one. Frustration abounds.
I am loved.
I am set free.
So, my expectations the house being perfect, fretting about the little things does not teach my children the truths I am stating here. If I sing, Your Love Never Fails and yet, there is no hope in my speech. No laughter. No joy. What am I truly teaching? When one of my sweets goes about cleaning my Blendtec and hot soapy water shoots up like a geyser, when same child tries to make coffee and breaks the carafe, when the girl pierces her dolls ears, when their rooms look like hurricanes abound (I’m loving that word today), when laundry piles, when dishes, when books, when papers…
I am loved.
I am set free.
I can laugh. I can give grace which so freely is bestowed upon me. No chains on me. No chains on my beloveds.
You are loved.
You can be free.
Run after Him today!
288. For a book that reminds me to pause, lie down and look up at the stars.
289. For another year to teach and be with my kids.
290. For the youth ministry of Village Church of Gurnee.
Pray on. Pray on. Forgiven.
The Lord be with you! I remember my early years in the episcopal church when the Priest would welcome us with:
- Priest: The Lord be with you.
- People: And with thy spirit.
- Priest: Lift up your hearts.
- People: We lift them up unto the Lord.
- Priest: Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God. (or Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.)
- People: It is meet and right so to do. (or It is meet and just.)
I love the blessing. I love the encouragement to praise and give thanks and do it corporately.
Well, the otolaryngologist probably had never seen the likes of me yesterday. We sat there dumbfounded as he explained I did not have Superior Canal Dehiscence as he supposed in our previous conversation. I dissolved like an Alka Seltzer tablet. In no way did I want to have a craniotomy, but the prospect of knowing! I left depressed and threw a major hissy fit. Ahem. This season has challenged but I knew there was a light, there was relief coming. By the end of the meeting, I was left with nothing. Or so I thought in the midst of my meltdown.
I thank God for my husband who just let me burn off my frustration. He just held my hand, nodded and squeezed my leg. Yet, after a fortifying Caramel and Cheese Popcorn and working through all my emotions, I knew the Lord had a plan. I needed to trust His plan. The rest of the day I could have hidden, yet the Spirit of the Most High was working, loving me back into His arms. Even when I was kicking and pounding and screaming..ahem.
It was an eye opener for my little guy who struggles with temper tantrums. We took our boy for a long walk and talked it through with him. I mentioned to him that one of us threw a fit and it wasn’t Daddy. He looked at me wide-eyed. I asked him if he thought Jesus would love me through and forgive me for heedless words. He looked at me and said, of course, Mommy. And Joshua turned the tables and said, so if your Mom can be forgiven and loved even before she committed any sin, why could God not love and forgive you continually?
He had a light come into His eyes. He finally understood a concept that we had tried to teach for such a long time. Forgiveness is not based on anything you can do in your strength. It is based on Jesus and His blood.
If nothing else was gained from yesterday, other than my boy understanding God’s love is lavished upon him, that he is forgiven and he is cleansed…it was a good day.
Today, I have understanding as well about the possibilities of my condition and what ails me. That is a relief. The doctor was guiding us to this and as I read up on this condition today, it just helps to know there will be an answer.
Pray on. Pray on.
Good morning, beloved,
Well, my last round of tests is complete. Oh, I am so thankful that is over! I gained a new appreciation for ears, our balance system and how intricately God planned our bodies. The audiologist who worked with me was passionate about her field. It was cute. She was so excited to see a case like me, and talk with me about it. In a way, it was therapeutic for both of us. 🙂 The tests gave them all the information they need to proceed with the surgery. Now my prayer is that I can have the craniotomy done this month. Will you join me in praying for that?
When I opened Bible gateway today, I saw the verse of the day and thought, yes, that is wonderful but I can’t write anything about that. Yet, the Lord kept drawing me back and back. So here I sit…
Oh Praise the ONE who paid my debt! And raised this life up from the dead! Praise Him! Lead on, Lord. You are the magnificent One. You are the One. The conqueror of death, the sacrificial One, praise You Lord Jesus! You are the renown.
Jesus. His name, o friends, has the power. Has the glory. Grasp it. Hold tight.
The Lord God has eternally entered a discussion with us. He welcomes us into His kingdom, He welcomes us and leads us to repentance and purity. My sins are like scarlet. The word scarlet actually means : properly, the insect ‘coccus ilicis’, the dried body of the female yielding colouring matter from which is made the dye used for cloth to colour it scarlet or crimson. What a picture, our sins, God says, are red, the color everything but entering into a relationship with the Lord brings…
White as snow: to make white, become white, purify…the Lord can make you pure. There is not one sin you have committed that God cannot purify and make clean. The whitest white, the purest…that is you with…the Lord’s cleansing flow.
We get lost in the whispers of the liar. God can’t forgive that. Whispers tailored specifically for you. We don’t even realize the lies until they are buzzing around us like flies. Pestering. Poking. Getting us to believe…bottom line, we are not forgiven. It is not true.
Hear the truth…
White as wool…whiteness…a picture..the Lord wants you to see His forgiveness is real. You are forgiven. Claim it, hold it. Receive it.
6 [So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
7 In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the richesand the generosity of His gracious favor,
8 Which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence),
It was Jesus’ blood that gave us deliverance…it was His stain, His crimson, His scarlet that gave humanity the greatest gift.
So when Satan whispers in our ears, remember this…His glorious grace, so freely bestowed on us…Tell that liar..I have grace, I have redemption, deliverance, salvation…flee from me.
Pray on. Pray on.
- How to Get Guilt-Free (christianmotivations.weebly.com)
- Prayer Points. Mountain Of Fire And Miracles Ministries. Power Must Change Hands Prayer Programme “Crushing Stubborn Obstacles” (bummyla.wordpress.com)
- Lord, I Need You (elimrenewalforawomansheart.wordpress.com)
I’m a little shell shocked from my day. God and I have been doing some business today. The sermon today rocked my world and I want to tell you as my pastor said today, it’s kinda like hiding dirt under the carpet. It always shows up.
Purity, freedom, forgiveness, freedom…
I heard a song on the way to church…Where the Spirit of the Lord is…oh we were belting it out..and the Lord revealed unforgiveness in my heart in the service. I was so glad! Now (be surprised..) I can’t let that go on. I can’t harbor that in my soul. I had wounds that had healed. Healed. They weren’t even really scabs and I cut ’em open over the past few weeks and let ’em flow and work up in a lather. Why? In some evil, Satan way, it was his evil, thwarted plan to get my eyes off of MY GOD this week.
Ain’t going to work! So before all, I confess it. Cleanse me. Search me. Know me, Lord. Because where the Spirit of the Lord is…there is liberty. There is freedom. Forgiveness…How about you? Do you have unforgiveness? Are you holding onto pain, baggage or as the title of our message today was: do you need to boot the baggage? LOL. When they post the message, I’ll add..:)
Pure…blameless. And when my brain or my mouth goes towards a train wreck, I can remember this post. His Word. His LIFE. I then I can sing the next two songs. 🙂
Cry out to Him. He is worthy. He is lovely. Pray on, beloved.
- It Is the Lord (vineandbranchworldministries.com)
- Healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation when a brother sins against you (hopeforthisworld.wordpress.com)
- Unforgiven-The Ugly Truth (cathysvoicenow.wordpress.com)
- Moving Forward By Losing Baggage (leavethechurch.me)
- Spiritual Warfare (adifferenceforyourlovedones.wordpress.com)