Amazing Grace … again? I used to not even want to play this hymn on the piano because I felt the lyrics oversung and the tune stuffy.
Eventually it became a favorite when I grew to understand the heart of the words:
Was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace, my fears relieved
I had no idea my childhood fears would make grace more than just a song title.
Continue reading “Grace Isn’t Going Anywhere”
I tapped through my Instagram stories and lingered on a shot my friend captured — a fishing boat shored on the Tien Sa Beach. Hannah and her husband are stuck in Vietnam on their honeymoon, lasting more than 3 months because of coronavirus travel restrictions.
Continue reading “Light So Undeniable”
Today I’m writing on a topic I have a lot of passion for. It’s because the gospel truly has changed everything about me, and I want to encourage you to look to Him, too. My second reason for this post is to introduce a collaborative article. To do this, I desire to define the gospel and talk about why it’s not just for the day you get saved.
What is the gospel? According to the Bible, the gospel is the good news that — even though we have sinned against a holy God and deserve separation from Him — He provided a substitute (His own Son) for the punishment our sins deserved. What love! Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, died on the cross giving His blood, and rose from the dead on the third day. Now because of His work, we are invited to place our faith in Christ. It’s even more than just a rescue. When we deserved God’s wrath, instead, we receive grace upon grace!
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
I’m declared righteous because of Jesus Christ…not because of my own merits.
It’s simple but deep.
Continue reading “The Gospel Is For Every Day”
March and April gave me an opportunity to breathe deep and to silence the endless what ifs with an even if stance. Even if my fears come true, God is still good and powerful. Now those what ifs still tickle occasionally, but I’ve gained ground in trusting the Lord. The forecasted calamities didn’t happen to me anyway. The time I spent worrying added not an inch to my height nor a day to my life, just like Jesus promised.
Now we’re marching into May with “grace in our hearts and flowers in our hair”* and a new horizon. I’ve shifted from fighting worry … to combatting discontentment.
Continue reading “If Onlys of Spring”
On July 6th I was the bride. They let me sleep in late. I had special time with my parents. Friends brought me plates of food and ran to the store just to get more hairspray. I was waited upon hand and foot with so much care while I waited to be united with my groom.
Continue reading “The Splendorous Bride We Slander”