Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Friday!

"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want... That is what love looks like."
~ Augustine
Be ready to be used today - need comes in many shapes and forms... eyes open on this Friday to see what He sees so we can love like Jesus :)

Joyful on the Journey

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Its Time to Rewrite the Story...

There isn't much else to add or to say when a story like the one below is told so clearly...

If there is someone you are struggling with harboring bitterness and unforgiveness towards, and even if that person you haven't forgiven is yourself - grab some kleenex, find a quiet place to spend the next 10 minutes, and take a deep breath.

First, listen to Renee's story

Matthew West - Forgiveness: Mother Forgives Drunk Driver Who Killed Her Daughter from matthew-west on GodTube.

Colossians 3:13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Now listen to the song that all this inspired...
Matthew West - Forgiveness (Official Lyric Video) from matthew-west on GodTube.

Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

God calls us, implores us, through the sacrifice and blood of Jesus Christ that was freely offered, to forgive as we have been forgiven... are you ready to offer freedom to someone else? To yourself?

It's hard. It means giving over the control you have tried to keep, the power you tried to wield over the circumstance to feel like you had a footing to stand on. But it's done nothing but make YOU a prisoner of it all. And friend, the footing is ever shifting and not on THE ROCK - that's why you still feel so OUT of control all the time. The circumstance is controlling YOU.

I have had to be forgiven of a lot. I have had to forgive others of a lot. It feels good to let it all go!

Are you ready to begin to live freely again? Or maybe even for the first time? Your story is a part of God's story - its time for a different ending that will bring HIM honor.

Take another deep breath - Remember God loves you and so do I. Say the words, open your hands, make the call, write a letter, say it out loud to your Redeemer... GO AND WRITE A NEW STORY!