Sunday, June 28, 2009

Grace Abounds

This morning in church as Bro. Bill was preaching he touched on a scripture that hit me... I wrote down the scripture reference and when I came home I wrote down the words of the verse. For me it was a powerful revalation that - no matter what - God's grace ALWAYS ABOUNDS!!! It stuck with me throughout the day and this is what I have come up with...

(Keeping in mind Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God")
It is based on the verse Romans 5:20 "... but where sin abounded, grace abounded much more." NKJV

Of a sinful nature we all are made
This is how the foundation was laid
With Adam and Eve it all began
Through generations it still spans
But God was generous - He was kind
He sent His son and on the cross He died
So from our sins we could be saved
Nevermore to be enslaved
Now free we are and free we'll be
As long as Christ is who we see
We still may fall but He'll pick us up
And fill us as we drink from His cup
We never have to be alone
When we know the ONE who sits on the throne
So when you're down and feeling blue
Remember what He did for you
He showed you mercy and gave you grace
So, there's no need to hide your face
And when you can't go on and in sin you drown
Remember The Word says "GRACE ABOUNDS"

I'm so glad to know that God's grace is so much greater than my sin!!! How awesome to know that no matter what I do, nothing is too great that He won't forgive me and extend His loving arms down and offer His AMAZING GRACE!!!!

{singing}... Grace, Grace, God's Grace
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within
Grace, Grace, God's Grace
Grace that is greater than all my sin!!!!!!!!!!

Be blessed and walk GRACEFULLY!!!!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Are We There Yet???

"Are we there yet???", "Yeah, how much longer??", "Are we close?"..... This is the 50th time I've heard these questions coming from the backseat of my car... my children are getting very impatient and the trip is only beginning!! Florida to Texas.... not a short trip by land!! It only takes about 12-14 hours to get there, but to my 9 & 10 year old it seems like an eternity!!! HA!! 12-14 hours, by the time the trip is over I'LL be asking "Are we there YET????!!!" But, you know, I really love the scenery that comes and goes while waiting to arrive at the final destination. Sometimes it's in the waiting that I see the most beautiful things. Sure I have to catch them between the screams of my children... oh wait... that wasn't them screaming.... it was me, screaming at them to "HUSH ALREADY!!! We'll be there when we get there!!!!" Of course, that is after patiently saying "Not much longer now" when I know it's still another 9 hours!!

How many times have we been in situations and circumstances where we find ourselves asking God the same thing?? "Are we there yet? How much longer, Lord? Are we close?" We have prayed and prayed.... and prayed and prayed.... and prayed.... (you get the idea).... and still we don't seem to have an answer! Well, not one that satisfies us yet!! Did you ever stop to just enjoy the ride?? Check out the scenery on the way to the final destination?? Listen as God patiently says "Not much longer now", even though it may seem like an eternity to us, it's only a minute to God! No matter the situation, no matter the circumstance.... HE WILL answer that prayer.

The Lord spoke to me through His Word today as I read Psalm 27:11-14, which reads... (from Today's English Version)
11) Teach me, Lord, what You want me to do, and lead me along a safe path, because I have many enemies, 12) Don't abandon me to my enemies, who attack me with lies and threats. 13) I know that I will live to see the LORD'S goodness in this present life. 14) Trust in the Lord. Have faith, do not despair. Trust in the Lord.
Another version (NKJV) reads in vs. 14) Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord.

So... if your situation is a wound that is trying to heal, financial stress, unemployment, something you have been asking God about for some time now... whatever the case may be, just remember vs. 14... WAIT on the Lord!!! Remember it is in the waiting that you just may see some beautiful things take place!! So, sit back, enjoy the ride and take in that beautiful scenery while you wait!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fan the Fire

I am new to the world of blogging.... wow!! I am soooo excited to be able to write my thoughts and express myself in the best way I know how... through my writing!! I am not really a "story teller" or much of one who writes in any form other than poetry!! I love to write poetry though!! Therefore, I find it only fitting that I begin my blogger's journey with a poem that I wrote not too very long ago and it describes the feelings I was experiencing at the time. The title and jest of the poem came from a sermon my pastor delievered one Sunday morning and I actually began writing this during the alter call... shhhhhhh.... don't tell him!!!!!


Walking in darkness is where I have been
Can't see what's in front of me because of my sin
Wandering around with no direction
Don't like what I see when I look at my reflection
Where do I go now? What do I do?
The only thing left is to turn to You

Lord, fan the fire that's burning in my soul
Lord, fan the fire and make me whole
Lord, fan the fire so the world might see
Your Holy Spirit at work inside of me

Where there was darkness the light has crept in
It shines through the world from my soul within
Lord, You have shown me the way to go
I'm not lost anymore, this I know
You fanned the fire in my heart today
Now with you I will walk, forever I'll stay

Lord, keep fanning the fire that's burning in my soul
Lord, keep fanning the fire and make me whole
Lord, keep fanning thet fire so the world might see
Your Holy Spirit at work inside of me

I pray that the Lord will fan the fire in each of your hearts today!!