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Category Archive for 'Grace'

again

I am here again,
Needing your grace again,
Pouring out my heart again,
You have proven faithful again.
I tried again,
To go my own way again,
And you drew me back again,
Your mercy sustains again.
I come weary again,
God, I’m empty and tired again,
I’m reaching for you again,
You hold me in grace again.
So desperate again,
My soul aches for your Word again,
My [...]

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ambition will get you nowhere

We strive. We push. We plan. We pursue. Through blood, sweat and tears we power on to meet our goals, fix our problems and cling to control.
In our striving, pushing, planning and pursuing, we oftentimes find ourselves empty, weary, angry and spent.
We gained, but we also lost.
Ambition will eventually fade into either self-reliance and pride, [...]

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the other side

“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 2:15
That phrase, “triumphing over them” means “a general’s triumph who returns victorious”. (Matthew Henry’s Commentary) Think about that. Christ’s death on the cross stripped the enemy of all power and control. No longer are we captive [...]

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take my life, Lord

“Our significance is measured by the size of the cause that we live for and the price we are willing to pay to accomplish it.” – John York
Two years ago I felt a little nudge. Not just me, but my husband, Joel, as well. It was subtle at first – like someone tapping on my [...]

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quiet time

Quiet Time (1994)
An early morning prayer
A song to the sky
My heart lays before you
The Spirit draws nigh
Adoration and music
Praise abounds from my soul
I fall in love with my Savior
His touch makes me whole
I whisper His name
The heavens rejoice
A new language unfolds
Ringing clear from my voice
In the name of the Father
I bow to the knee
I surrender with promise
My [...]

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brokenness is not failure

“A divine romance exists between the broken and their Creator.” - Embracing Brokenness, by Alan Nelson

Before God can do great things through us, he must do great things in us. And oftentimes this work comes with a price.
Brokenness.
We see brokenness as failure, God sees greatness.
We see brokenness as the end, God sees it as a beginning; [...]

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gracious

Gracious God in the morning
Your guiding hand through the day
You hold my moments and my mistakes
You are never far away.
Glorious God of the sunset
Painting skies in marvelous hues
Your patient love sustains me
Your promise will see me through.
Generous God of the bedtime hour
When I lay my head down for the night
You have been my sure provider
You [...]

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When you change that diaper, you are changing the world.
When you are a round-the-clock nurse for three sick little ones, you are changing the world.
When you wake up at 5am to shower and get ready for work so that you can be ready and available to your family as they prepare for school and work, [...]

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steady

In seasons of change and transition, whether that be adding a new baby to the family, moving across the country, a job change, or even just coming off of the holidays, life can feel out of control. While I don’t mind change – the necessary, needed and healthy changes that either happen on their own, [...]

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I have this hobby called “tweaking” (moving items from one place to another).  I am constantly tweaking the decorations around my home, which I find to be very therapeutic. It’s an outlet for me.  However, recently I found myself not finding any peace or joy in the process of “tweaking”. Instead, I was feeling overwhelmed, [...]

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