postheadericon How Can It Be?


I was listening to a Christian radio station on January 1st and they suggested to listeners that everyone pick a "theme" song for the year. That could mean any number of things, I suppose. You could pick a song that sums up your life right now. You could choose something that offers encouragement that you want to remember throughout the year. In my opinion, there are no rules!

Shortly after the DJs were talking about this, I heard the song "How Can It Be?" by Lauren Daigle. I'm not sure I can say that it will be my theme song for the whole year, but it certainly is for right now! The lyrics really said something to me. I'm not sure I can really even explain it. It just really hits home, I think.

I am guilty
Ashamed of what I've done, what I've become
These hands are dirty
I dare not lift them up to the Holy one

I know I've talked before about feelings of shame and guilt. But what is so incredibly powerful to me about this is the imagery of the dirty hands. Sometimes it's really hard to offer praise and worship when we're in a dark place of feeling unworthy. But the beautiful things is that our hands aren't dirty. Nothing about us is. We're washed white as snow.

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

Another really cool image to me is the thought that God is pleading my cause. If I really was put on trial for my sin, my failures, my shortcomings, God would be there defending me. He is who makes me right and whole and pure.

I've been hiding
Afraid I've let you down, inside I doubt
That You could love me
But in Your eyes there's only grace now

How often are we scared that we let someone down? That we're a disappointment? And we let that fear doubt God's love for us. But believe me, if we were able to look into His eyes, we wouldn't see disappointment or contempt. We would see grace...only grace.

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

Is anyone surprised that once again I like the image of the broken chains? I didn't think so. He overcame ALL. So awesome!

Though I fall, You can make me new
From this death I will rise with You
Oh the grace reaching out for me
How can it be
How can it be

Not only does Christ offer us grace, but it is literally reaching for us. Even if we try to run away or escape it, He is still offering it to us. Always reaching out for us.

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

Christ gave His life as an offering for each and everyone one of us. He did that to give us our lives. And while we might have trouble believing that we're really free. While we might be asking, "How can it be?" It's the bottom line. It's probably one of the most important things we can ever accept and have confidence in. It is the truth.
 

postheadericon Above All


I was kind of crabby today. I was feeling kind of bummed about something and didn't really know what to do about it. I went about my day, but my mood never really lifted...

Until two people surprised me with some unexpected kindness. Both acts were probably seen as very "small" or simple by the people who did them, but both made a huge impact on my bad day.One brought a smile to my face, the other brought tears to my eyes.

I'm telling you this because I don't want you to underestimate how powerful your words and actions can be. You are the ability to change someone's whole day, maybe even week, and maybe even beyond. You have no idea what kind of day someone is having, or what's going on in their life, but you can lift someone's spirit with a simple, kind gesture or some encouraging words. And that's pretty awesome!

After my mood changed for the better, I was on my way to church. For probably the 3rd or 4th time in a couple of days, the song "Above All" came on the radio. It's a song I know well, but haven't listened to in a while. Because I have heard it so many times this week, I turned it up and really listened.

Above all powers
Above all kings
Above all nature
And all created things
Above all wisdom
And all the ways of man
You were here
Before the world began

Above all kingdoms
Above all thrones
Above all wonders
The world has ever known
Above all wealth
And treasures of the earth
There's no way to measure
What You're worth

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

The thing is, it doesn't matter when people disappoint us...because they will. It's human nature. And it's often unintentional. But it also doesn't matter. The King of Kings thought of us above all else. Jesus lived His entire life just to die for us. How incredible is that?!

As I'm typing this, I'm thinking back to English class this week. We've been reading the short story, "The Scarlet Ibis." I have this picture in my head of this fragile and mangled, but absolutely stunning bird lying dead. The brilliant red against the contrast of the dull surroundings. Like the rose trampled on the ground. Such shocking beauty, but also holding death. Jesus came and died because He knows that we are worth it. He thought of me, and He thought of you, above all.That really puts everything else in perspective. And today, I'm thankful for that perspective.

"Jesus said, 'It is finished.'
With that, he bowed his head
and gave us his spirit."
- John 19:30
 

postheadericon Do You Believe in Magic?


"We do not need magic to transform our world.
We carry all of the power inside ourselves."
- J.K. Rowling

I got a package today and this gem was inside of it. I'm not going to lie... J.K. Rowling has taught me oh, so much! What an incredibly wise woman. This is no different; she is spot on.

We have the greatest power of all inside of us.

"But you will receive powerwhen the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth."
- Acts 1:8

We have all the power we need to transform our world. That's a pretty incredible statement if you think about it, but it is one that I fully agree with.

Have you ever thought about the power of a simple smile? A kind word? Paying for someone's coffee or meal? Opening a door? Sharing an encouraging Bible verse with a friend? Praying for a stranger?
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless."
- Mother Teresa
We have the power to change our world because God is in us. And God is for us. And God is working in our lives for the good of all of us.

We don't need magic. We have something far greater. We have the Holy Spirit in us. We have power beyond our wildest dreams. We can do all things through Him who gives us strength. We can transform the world around us for the better. To God be the glory!

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you
with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people,
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge -
that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."
- Ephesians 3:16-21

Last Updated (Monday, 12 January 2015 23:26)