Sunday, April 17, 2011

What Grace is Mine

As I was reading an article from Leslie Ludy’s Set Apart Girl Magazine called “Forsaking All,” I came across lyrics to a hymn titled, “What Grace is Mine.”

Here are the lyrics.
What grace is mine, that He who dwells in endless light
Called through the night to find my distant soul
And from His scars, poured mercy that would plead for me
That I might live, and in His name be known
So I will go wherever He is calling me
I lose my life to find my life in Him
I give my all to gain the hope that never dies
I bow my heart, take up my cross, and follow Him
What grace is mine, to know His breath alive in me
Beneath His wings my wakened soul may soar
All fear can flee, for death’s dark night is overcome
My Savior lives, and reigns forevermore
Christ’s domain and nature is light. In His graciousness, He calls to us, no matter where we are. He pleaded for our life, on His behalf. It’s in His name that we are known. His breath has given us life. We no longer have to be afraid, for night is overcome.

The chorus of the hymn is a challenge to our hearts, minds and souls. Are we willing to go where He is calling? Will we lay down our lives in order to find life in Him? Is our hope one that never dies?

The challenge is there, in the final line of the chorus. We must bow our hearts, take up our cross…and follow Him.



Ps. If you would like to read the article further, here is the link: Forsaking All

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Oh, to Love as Christ

The past few weeks, during my mentoring sessions, I've realized just how incapable I am of loving people the way that Christ loved.

I'm judgmental, analytical, critical, superficial with my relationships...the list could go on. And as these things were running through my head, I thought: I wonder what it would look like, if for one day, I could love, and I mean really love the people around me; friends and family, the strangers that I walk by on the street, the clerk that checks out my items at the grocery store.

My love for people is anything but the love that Christ had for the world; a love that would drive Him to give His life for the very people that were taking it away. A love that would forgive the people who least deserved it.

At many times, human love is one-sided. We expect people to love us, but we aren't so great at loving them back. We're interested in what we can get out of the relationship, rather than being concerned with how well we are loving them.
Galatians 5:22,23 -- the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
All of these things are tangible. They're words that could describe my character. They are things that I could possess. Yet, my heart is so far from them. Note that the first in the list is love. When we learn to love, our lives become rooted in joy and peace. We experience patience in areas that impatience once ran rampant. We choose good over evil. We remain faithful until the end. We are gentle with our words. And our self-control speaks of a character that is disciplined.

Christ was the perfect example of what love is and what it should be.

As we go through our day today, let us pray that God would reveal what that love should look like in our lives. When we come across people who don't deserve to receive our love, let us remember that God chose to love us when we least deserved it. Let us forgive and be forgiven so that love can permeate our relationships to the core. Let our responses be rooted so deeply in the love of Christ that people see Him through us.

It's not an easy feat to love as Christ did, but oh, how beautiful a day it will be when we come to know a fraction of that love.

This is my prayer for you.

Ephesians 3:14-21

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Be encouraged. Be blessed.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NEW: Author Blog!

Hey everyone!

As I've taken up writing seriously over the past year, I've decided that it was time to make a blog, devoted to all things writing.

I am currently working on 4 different novels, but have been spending my time on a particular one, more so than the others. The novel is titled All I've Wanted, and I'm very excited about sharing the process with you and seeing where God leads me!

On the blog you will find excerpts to projects that I am working on, ideas that I have thought of, the products of brainstorming, and even the occasional giveaway!

I will still be continuing this blog, but if you were looking to read about a different avenue of my life, then definitely check this out:

Thank you guys for your support, and I look forward to sharing my work with you!