Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed by Your greatness. Overwhelmed by Your love. I see Your hand, Your artistry in people’s lives. You are the Master at taking something lost, ugly, broken, and defiled and turning it into something beautiful.

I find myself in awe of You, asking why.

Why do You love us? Why do You heal us? I don’t understand, Lord…I don’t understand. You are altogether wonderful, beautiful…words cease…You are good.

I pray, You answer, and lives are transformed. You are good.

The God of this universe actually delights in me…how wonderful is that?? I was created for His pleasure! (Rev. 4:11) These are truths that I can scarcely comprehend or bring myself to believe. This truth brought me so much freedom… I don’t have to try to be like someone else, or measure up to the worlds standards. It gives God upmost pleasure when I be just exactly whom God created me to be.

I love this passage in Psalm 139:17-18:

How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with Thee.

God’s thoughts toward me number more than the sand? If so, then God is constantly thinking about me. I find myself in awe not really knowing how to respond or what to say.

This holy, holy, holy God is in-love with this sinner. He wants to spend time with me. He holds my hand. He carries me. He feeds me. He constantly gives me good gifts. He takes pleasure in me, and is always thinks of me.

Even after I murdered His Son.

I can’t begin to fathom this kind of love…I find myself speechless. He is so great and powerful, yet so gentle, so loving. He truly is beyond my comprehension. I’m glad I serve a God that can’t fit inside my mind.

Even in the midst of struggles this past week He has been so faithful bringing me encouragement just when I need it. Like on Wednesday I had but just said “Lord, I feel so alone” when in walked two vessels to encourage me. He’s been doing a lot of things like that lately. I am truly overwhelmed with His goodness. Oh praise the Lord, for He is good.

More than anything I want to know God; I want to be close to His heart.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye. Being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Eph. 3:17-19

I want that. Mmm…Abba, teach me Your love so that I may be filled with You.

There’s so much on my heart right now, more than I know how to articulate. I’m not sure if this qualifies as a post or not…this may not make any sense to anyone but me. Oh well… may you find yourself in-love, in-awe, and overwhelmed with God, friend.

Our God is great. Selah.

In His love and by His blood,

Grace

You Don’t Have to be Afraid~

One day, my little sister Christiana, came into my room and climbed up on my bed with me while I was playing guitar. She started confiding in me all the fears of her six-year-old, and as I comforted her this song flowed out. It’s really more of a lullaby than a song; Christiana asks me to sing it to her often.

Thanks to my cousins, Joanna and Rebecca for recording it!

You don’t have to be afraid,
Jesus is right there beside you–

Watching, holding, helping you,
He will strengthen and shield you.

You don’t have to be afraid,
Jesus is right there beside you.

He promised that He would never leave us,
He promised that He was be here for us.

You don’t have to be afraid,
Jesus is right there beside you.

Ah, my sweet little Christiana is just growing up too fast–how did she get to be so big? She’s by far the sweetest little girl in the whole world–not to mention that she has the most adorable nose ever!

Like me, she loves the story of Esther, and asks me to read it to her again and again. Christiana has the sweetest voice and laugh ever, and is extremely witty. Not to mention a talented artist whose art always seems to find its way to my desk. She adds so much joy to my life…I thank the Lord so much for this precious gift and wonder what in the world I do without her.

She makes my everyday somewhat magical.

Precious notes…
…moments spent talking of the Lord…
…countless “I love you’s”, hugs and kisses everyday…
…fun games…
…inside jokes…
…cuddling…
…picking flowers…
…dancing around the house…
…secret handshakes and confidential conversations…

I love you, Christiana. Don’t grow up too fast.

 

 In Christ,

Grace

~Gal. 2:20

~Letter to Dad~

Today is a special day, it’s my Daddy’s 50th birthday! Unfortunately, he is gone on a business trip today, but I thought I’d write him a letter via blog.

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Dearest Daddy,

            Happy Birthday! I hope you are having a good day, I wish you didn’t have to be gone on a business trip so we could be with you today.

            On Saturday, when Richard was reading his letter to you of the most important things you’ve taught him, it got me thinking. You’ve taught me so much, whether on purpose or unconsciously. I think the greatest thing you taught me though, is how to study God’s Word. You have taught me to love and serve Christ—these things are invaluable. I can’t thank God enough for allowing you to be my father; you have influenced my life in more ways then you will ever know.

            Other things that you have taught me are modesty and the way men think. Thank you so much for teaching me this; I know that not many fathers sit down with their daughters and tell them why they need to dress modestly. It means so much that you tell me I’m beautiful and praise me for Godly character. You have also always given me love and attention so that I’ve never needed to look to other men for attention. You have such a loving heart.

            You have invested so much time in me; please know that doesn’t go unappreciated. One of my favorite things to do is run errands with you and just talk. You are a good listener, and a good adviser.

            Daddy, truly, you are one of my best friends. I can always come to you at anytime with my struggles or burdens. You listen to my dreams and encourage me. Moments spent praying and talking with you are moments that I’ll treasure forever. I love having a Daddy whose lap I will always be able to sit on. It’s nice to know that I’ll never outgrow your lap!

            Know that you have my full respect. I give you my respect unconditionally because you’re my father, but besides that, you really have earned it. You love Mom, lead our family, provide for us, and always take time out for us. I respect and admire how open and transparent you are with everyone. I hope the man I marry one day will be like you.

            You are one of the funniest people I know, and I love laughing with you. You are also the best teacher I have ever and will ever have.

             I really do believe that you are the best Daddy in the whole wide world, and I the most blessed daughter. Oh Daddy, I love you so much! Happy Birthday, I can’t wait to see you this weekend.

            May the Lord God bless you as you grow in Him and lead our family this coming year. He still has many wonderful adventures ahead for you. I am so thrilled that we get to discover them together. I love you.

Your little girl,

Grace