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Words You Don't Hear Very Often

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"And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God." Ephesians 3:18-19 (New Living Translation)

"I am in love with Jesus. I fall more in love with Jesus every second of my life." I'll never forget that moment as long as I live. I sat there on the floor of Cabin 27 at Sky Ranch Christian Camp with all of my friends, as our counselor Dana shared these words with us. My face was a mixture of confusion and awe. In love with Jesus? Well, that's weird. How can you be in love with someone you can't even see? And it was in that moment that my heart discovered truth. The truth of the matter is that there is a God, and this God is so completely and fully in love with us. The truth of the matter is that we will neve…

The Key to Life

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I like to think that coincidences are just God's way of saying, "I am still here." My new Notre Dame friend Sarah calls them "God-incidences." The greatest God-incidence of my life occurred on August 22, 2009, three years ago today. And it was on this day that God changed my life forever.

Everyday I wear a key necklace to symbolize that God is the key to life. God holds the keys to each of our hearts. The reality of life is that we ALL face some sort of struggle...whether that struggle be an addiction to alcohol or drugs, a low income, or various insecurities. The struggles we face imprison us; they lock us up in chains and make us feel like we are nothing and will become nothing. They keep us from moving forward. Yet God, in His glorious grace, comes to save us. He is the KEY that sets us FREE from our chains. He releases us; it is because of Him that we are set free.

But the key that I wear everyday is no ordinary key...remember August 22, 2009, the day that …

give us Your eyes

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"For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature - have been CLEARLY seen, being understood from what [He] has made, so that all men are without excuse." Romans 1:20 (NIV) ~ In other words, we have no excuse NOT to believe in Christ, for His glory can clearly be seen through His creation, if only we learn to see creation with HIS eyes...

I know what you're thinking. Yeah, all this "redemption" stuff sounds great, but where do I even begin?How can I possibly bring Christ into my life? Remember these words: it starts with the mind. If you want a relationship with the Lord, you need to start changing the way you see the world. With all the violence and destruction that exists in our world today, it is quite easy to generalize the world as "bad." Stop right there; take a look at this. "God saw all that He had made, and it was very good." Genesis 1:31 (NIV). To God, the world is not bad; it…

Hungering for His Love

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"Tell them how much I love them."

The other day I was praying, "Lord, what do You want me to tell Your children? What do they need to know? How can I help them get closer to You?" My mind was racing with questions, thoughts, concerns..."Lord, I want so desperately for these people to know You more, and to give up their lives for You. How do I help them see Your beautiful face?" And in the midst of my anxiety, the Lord was quick to quiet my fears with these seven words: "Tell them how much I love them." That was it; that was my answer. This week, Christ has helped me to realize that the first step to developing a relationship with Him is realizing just how much He loves us. This is where you must begin: on your knees, with your head held high at the foot of the cross, gazing into His most beautiful eyes that tell of His great love for all the world.

If I could have one wish, it would be for each of my loved ones to know Jesus. And if I know one t…

Redemption

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"He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding." Ephesians 1:7 (New Living Translation)

How sweet is the redemption of the Lord. This summer, God has redeemed my life in ways I never thought possible. He has given me a new hope, a new joy, a new purpose. I came to Him, broken and in need of repair. He was so quick to welcome me with open arms, to bring me home to Him. He told me, "Forget every wrong you have committed in the past, for I have forgiven you. I am giving you a new life. Come journey with me. You are my beloved, and I am yours." I'll say it again, how sweet is the redemption of the Lord. If only we realized just how good He is. If only we understood even a fraction of His grace and His love. I can't help but smile and cry tears of joy when I think of the way He has redeemed my life. When all I could see …