Wash me clean from my guilt… purify me from my sin… Powerful words which penetrate the hearts of those who grieve over their imperfections and shortcomings. Those acutely aware of how deep their brokenness goes. And how unimaginably holy their God is in contrast. + I used to think of myself as a bit of… Continue reading The charges are dropped; you’re free to go
http://bible.com/111/rom.4.7.NIV We are forgiven. Instead of our sin, God sees Jesus. He died in our place. He paid the price. He took on our shame. Because of him, we are redeemed. Because of him, we can live in freedom. And because we are free, we can, with God’s help, make choices for a better life.
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth,” reads Psalm 34:1 (NKJV). Lord, today I choose to ‘bless’ your name – to praise you for all that you are. I often forget you, and complaints slip out more easily than praise. But I choose to find a… Continue reading Shame-free faces
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” (Psalm 84:10) Lord, there’s no place I’d rather be than here with you, covered by your grace and love. ‘Home’ is wherever you are, Lord Jesus, and you have granted me entry into your royal courts; made me a part of your family. Thank… Continue reading No place I’d rather be
In the Christian world we talk a lot about our gifts, or talents, and how we can use them to bless and build up others. In a sense, our natural talents are ‘gifts that keep on giving’. God gives us each a set of talents which we are called to put into use. Gifts are… Continue reading I don’t wanna blow my own trumpet…
Freedom. When this word comes to mind I think of running – almost flying – through wide, open spaces of green, skirts twirling, laughing voices ringing through the crisp air. I think of Mel Gibson’s heroic scene in Braveheart, and what a riveting thing it is to see a man fight wildly, passionately… Freedom is always fought for. It can be a battle… Continue reading Freedom – really?