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“Born again to be who He called me to be!”

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All of my other prayers have been answered, so now I am praying that you write a book. Um… yeah.

Breaking

Praying… that He will passionately pursue you, break you, soften you to His love, make you ready to fully experience Him in all his glory!

How Do You Say…?

I have been praying a lot lately about people, situations, various developments in my life. And my prayers are being answered, only I don’t know specifically in what ways. I know that things are happening, and God is moving, and it is exciting to see.

It’s also scary. I trust God, of course, but He is asking me to let go of people (physically). Still, spiritually, I have never felt more close to Him (Which I know you can FEEL not close to God, but the truth is that you are ALWAYS close to Him–because Jesus is in you, you are in Christ, and Christ is in the Father) and to the people for whom I am praying.

A lot of my days are filled with wondering and expectation. Is there pain and brokenness? Or is there joy? Both? Those are the questions to which I wish I knew the answers.

Despite not knowing the answers, I will wait. I won’t let go (unless God asks me to). I have faith. I am trusting. I know that He is working, and I am SO stoked for Heaven–to see all the amazing work that He has done. I am also excited to see exactly why and how my prayers are working. While it’s frustrating to not see right now, the parts that He is revealing are thrilling! I feel like those parts are gifts from Him. He is showing me a part of the picture, not all of it. I think if I could see all of it, it might scare me.

Still… I sometimes feel like telling Him that my prayers would be much more effective if I knew EXACTLY for what I am praying. But that would take the fun away out of NOT knowing and still having my prayers answered.

God is good. All the time. Really.

Sidewalk Prophets

Three in the morning,
And I’m still awake,
So I picked up a pen and a page,
And I started writing,
Just what I’d say,
If we were face to face,
I’d tell you just what you mean to me,
I’d tell you these simple truths,

Be strong in the Lord and,
Never give up hope,
You’re going to do great things,
I already know,
God’s got His hand on you so,
Don’t live life in fear,
Forgive and forget,
But don’t forget why you’re here,
Take your time and pray,
These are the words I would say,

Last time we spoke,
You said you were hurting,
And I felt your pain in my heart,
I want to tell you,
That I keep on praying,
Love will find you where you are,
I know cause I’ve already been there,
So please hear these simple truths,

Be strong in the Lord and,
Never give up hope,
You’re going to do great things,
I already know,
God’s got His hand on you so,
Don’t live life in fear,
Forgive and forget,
But don’t forget why you’re here,
Take your time and pray,
These are the words I would say,

From one simple life to another,
I will say,
Come find peace in the Father!

Jesus Wants the Rose

Captured by Chris Tomlin

You should know… that I am praying for you, that God will touch your heart. That He will break you. But that He won’t leave you there. That you will be His.

Oh. And I’m believing.

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You said these mountains were Your invention, and so was this heart of mine.

… and I am loved by the Father, and I am loved by the Son…

How far God will go to get His children.  Awesome. Powerful. Fantastic.

A Few Things I Know

(Stolen from Gene Edwards because he’s my favorite)

1. “The authority of King Saul was true? Yes, God’s chosen authority. Choosen for David. Unbroken authority, yes. But divine in ordination, nonetheless.” Today, I am thankful for authority… unbroken authority, but divine in ordination, nonetheless.

And over that authority, I would  like to offer a bit of truth

2. “Keep in mind that some who have been given the very power of God have raised armies, defeated the enemy, brought forth mighty works of God, preached and prophesied with unparalleled power and eloquence…

And thrown spears,

And hated other people,

And attacked others,

And plotted to kill,

And prophesied naked,

And even consulted withces.”

Which tells me that there is hope. In the end, there is hope.

One of my students recently asked me, “What is a Christian writer?”

And I stared blankly in response.

No, seriously. I. had. no. idea. what. to. say. I have been preparing my whole life for this question and when I got it, I didn’t have an answer. It was almost (but not quite) as humiliating as when my master’s thesis committee asked me what theologians I read. Duh, Sarah, you only went to Christian schools for half your life. I think, in both cases, they were “out of context questions”. In other words, during my thesis defense I knew the answer, but I was confused by the context in which it was given. If my pastor had asked the questions, I could have engaged in an hour long conversation. In the instance of my student asking “What is a Christian writer?” it was out of context because currently it is something I am working to define–within authors I intentionally choose to read and within my own writing.

And, here is the answer I have (to shamelessly plagiarize Augustine): Love God.

That’s it. The answer really has nothing to do with writing. It’s all in the loving. Lewis and MacDonald would say the same thing, I think. Love God (and, hopefully, Jesus). But that’s it. That’s what it takes to be a Christian–faith, love, Jesus. And beyond that, everything we do is spiritual.

EVERYTHING. I. DO. IS. SPIRITUAL.

End scene.