Archive for November, 2007

November 26, 2007

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Definitions of Grace

November 19, 2007

A few years ago, if anyone had asked me if I knew what “grace” was, I’d have said “yes” and then given a standard definition:
grace is God’s unmerited favor.
It was a definition that had not made its way from my intellect to my heart. That was about to change.

After eighteen years of marriage and five children, everything was falling apart at the seams. It really shouldn’t have been though. We had been Christians who loved God since before we married. We went to church, tithed, read our Bibles, home schooled our children, and did every other self-imposed “expected” thing. We thought we had all of our ‘ducks in a row’. And though I’m sure God appreciates a nice straight row of ducks now and then, it turns out we missed a few things.

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When God gave me “Amazing” (from a post on 9/9/07)

November 13, 2007

“I can’t do this Lord! How do I let them go? You know all that I’ve seen in my years. I’ve been much too close for comfort as alcohol, drugs, divorce and unforgiveness claimed people I love. I am not unaware. But this. This is different. I can’t fix this, yet I can’t stop trying to. How can I let go and place this person on the altar with You? The stakes are so high. The consequences . . . destruction at the enemy’s hand. How can I let go? But, I know I have to. A few conditions, though. Will You carry me? I won’t be able to walk away from the altar after I give them to You. I already know that. When I place them there, will You grab my hand tightly? You’ll have to walk me away from there. Will You pick me up after I fall? If it takes a long time, will You remind me that they’re in Your hands? Will You catch me as I run to the altar in a panic to take them back from You? And, could You give me something to remind me that You’re in control of it all? Please remind me Lord! I’ll need to remember . . . . so I can let go.”

Then He reminded me.


In heartache and in Joy, You are Sovereign.

In confusion and in Certainty,

In difficulty and in Ease, You are Sovereign.

In lack and in Abundance,

In bondage and in Freedom,

In darkness and in Light, You are Sovereign.

In tears and in Rejoicing,

In fear and in Courage,

In failure and in Victory,

In loss and in Gain, You are Sovereign.

In weakness and in Strength,

In death and in Life, You are Sovereign.

Faithful, True, Holy, Amazing!

Oh God, who is like You in all the earth?

When I can’t hear you – You are there.

When I can’t see you,

When I can’t feel you – You are there.

When I can not find you,

When I’m not looking for you – You are there.

Working out Your plan,

In Your time –

In Your way –

To Your Glory.

The Most High is Sovereign over all the kingdoms of men. (Daniel4:32b)

You are Faithful, True, Holy, Amazing!

Mom Boot Camp

November 6, 2007


When I got serious about God, as a 22 year old college senior, I thought I was a genius. I thought that Jesus had saved me just to increase the over-all IQ of heaven. I thought I’d tackle the Christian life as brilliantly (oh brother!) as everything else I’d attempted up to that point. I just had so much to add to the Kingdom . . . . Could I have been any more clueless?

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