“The Last Blood”

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” ~Romans 3:24-25

I never cease to be amazed at the blood of Jesus Christ my Savior. He left the beauty and splendor of Heaven for you and for me. He did not leave Heaven without cause, though, He left with you and me on His heart. Luke 19:10 states, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

I am so thankful that the blood of Jesus Christ my Savior cleansed me from all my sins– past, present, and future. He redeemed me, a worthless sinner! It was nothing I did, but everything He did on the cross at Calvary. I no longer have to worry about the “death penalty” for my sin– Jesus Christ paid it all!

Friend, if there has never been a time in your life when you have accepted Christ as your own personal Savior, I pray that you will do so now. If you are uncertain of what salvation is or how you can receive this gift, please take the time to read my page “What is a Voice? (https://avoicefitleespoken.wordpress.com/what-is-a-voice/)

I had the privilege of singing a song about the blood of Christ recently with some friends. I hope this song encourages and edifies you. I can’t help but get excited every time I hear or sing The Last Blood. Enjoy!

The Last Blood

When man sinned in the garden, that sin Jehovah could not condone
The blood shed of animals could not forever sin atone
But the Son had compassion, He said Father I’ll be your Lamb
So once again blood was shed, as the soldiers nailed His hands

It’s been three days since Heaven watched their Prince of Glory die
His followers are in mourning, for in the tomb their Savior lies
But at the grave something is happening, as death screams I’ve lost my hold
Angels rise in anticipation, for the Son is coming home

And there He comes, and He’s got the blood
That He shed on Calvary, and the Father says
“Well done my Son, this is the last blood I’ll ever need”

Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow.

No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

And there He comes, and He’s got the blood
That He shed on Calvary, and the Father says
“Well done my Son, this is the last blood I’ll ever need”

How Thankful are You?

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are heading our way–in a rapid fashion, I might add. That’s okay for me because I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS!!! Not sure if being born on a holiday naturally put that love in me; nevertheless, I do love them.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, literally–it’s tomorrow! When one thinks about Thanksgiving what normally comes to mind? Maybe it is the turkey and dressing and all the fix-in’s, maybe it is the eager anticipation of getting the newspaper to start planning out your Black Friday excursion, or maybe it is the football on TV that makes Thanksgiving for you. Not one of these things in and of themselves is wrong, in fact they can all be very good things. Good food…Good Deals… Good Football! I feel as if these things, though, can take our mind off of what Thanksgiving should truly be about.

Thanksgiving is just that, a time of “thanks” and “giving”. This post isn’t meant to be incredibly theological, it is meant to make us (you and I) think! How long has it been since I have taken 5 minutes out of my day just to be thankful? Have I actually approached someone personally and told them that I was thankful for their influence on my life, or that I was encouraged by something kind that they did for me? We live in a thankless generation, and sadly, I feel as if it has rubbed off on you and me. What is the solution to this? It is simple—be more thankful! Take some extra time this Thanksgiving and holiday season to notice the little things that people do for you.

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. ~Psalm 118:29

It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy!” ~Unknown

 

“No Friend like a Sister…”

For there is no friend like a sister, in calm or stormy weather, to cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands. ~Christina Rossetti

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I cannot begin to tell  you how many times I have read this quote. Like I have mentioned in previous posts, I just love quotes. More than that though, I love quotes that have meaning to them, and not just meaning, but personal meaning to me! This quote happens to have that.  

As you might can tell from my previous post, friends mean a great deal to me. I honestly do not know where I would be without the friends that God has sent my way. I can tell you this, He has sent me the best. I have one friend, in particular, that came to mind while I was reading and meditating on the quote above. She has been one who, no matter the circumstance, has lived out Rossetti’s quote–cheered me, fetched me, lifted me, and most definitely strengthened me!

We met each other in our church’s youth group when I was in junior high school. Through summer camps, youth activities, and much else, we began to build a lasting friendship. I can not even begin tell you the number of times this girl has stood beside me, through thick and thin, I could count on her friendship. There were times she told me things that I didn’t want to hear, but most desperately needed to. There were times she was a listening ear when I just needed to talk. There were times when she would say an encouraging word when I needed it most. There were times when all she could do was make me laugh without even trying. This girl is more than my friend, she is my sister!

Hollie, I could go on and on about how much you mean to me. The Lord continues to strengthen our friendship and that amazes me. When we met, several years ago, I never thought that we would be as close as we are today. I am so blessed to have you in my life and to be able to call you my sister! I hope that in the many years to come, I am able to do what you have done for me these last 8 years! I love you!

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Getting Lost in the Love of Christ

get-lostDannah Gresh has got to one of my favorite female authors, and I must say that she hit the nail on the head in this book. When looking at the title, Get Lost: Your Guide to Finding True Love, one probably thinks this book is a “how to” on relationships and finding that “love of your life”. Not so, my friend. Of course, she does speak on some of these topics, but Dannah’s main focus in this book is falling in love with Christ. 

Dannah points out that we as females have a craving given to us by God, but we do not know how to satisfy that craving biblically. Therefore, we try to starve the craving altogether, or we feed the craving things it ought not be fed. Neither ways are honoring to Christ, and they most certainly are not healthy for us. Dannah also addresses getting lost in Christ’s presence, pursuit, words, intimacy, strength, friendship, story sacrifice, and much more.  

To point out one aspect of this book that is most helpful is a hard thing to do. Nevertheless, it would be this, we need to be desperate! Desperate not for the attention of a man but desperate to get completely lost in the love of Christ. For when we do that, all else falls into place. It amazes me that so many times we as ladies worry about the most trivial things when deep down, we know that God really is in control. It is time we start living like it and getting a new kind of “desperate”. 

     Phenomenal book. Fun read. Pick up a copy! 

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.

“Constrained by Christ”

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I heard “Constrained by Christ” last summer at the Wilds Christian Camp (http://www.wilds.org) in Brevard, NC. I immediately fell in love with the song!! I tried to order the sheet music in early fall so that I could begin working on it, only to find out it would not be available until January at the Wilds annual Music Conference. Bummer! I had some friends going to the music conference so they picked me up a few copies.. YAY! 

Friends, I can’t truly tell you how much this song means to me, but from the moment I first heard it the Lord spoke to me through it. I hope that reading through the lyrics below you will even better understand Christ’s love for us and that through His atoning sacrifice we can be saved and called to His ministry… What a thought! 

The Man of Sorrows died in agony, struck once by God for my iniquity. He satisfied the Father’s holy wrath, and drank the bitter cup in my behalf. Constrained by Christ’s atoning sacrifice, without reserve, I offer Him my life. Redeeming love compels me to proclaim the all surpassing glory of His name. 
Resplendent in His royal majesty, my King still wears the scars of Calvary. His death wounds show the depth of selfless love, imploring me to live for things above. Constrained by Christ’s atoning sacrifice, without reserve, I offer Him my life. Redeeming love compels me to proclaim the all surpassing glory of His name. 
For Him I count my life no longer mine. In His great work, a higher call I find. To lose myself, and find my all in Christ, I follow on and gladly pay the price. Constrained by Christ’s atoning sacrifice, without reserve, I offer Him my life. Redeeming love compels me to proclaim the all surpassing glory of His name. 

~Written by Andy Gleiser & Greg Habegger, Arranged by Mac Lynch~

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A Forgiving Thought

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you!” ~C.S. Lewis

I do not know what it is about me and quotes, but I can tell you this.. I love them, and plan on sharing more of them with you!! I was just rummaging through some old quotes and came across this one, and what a quote it is! When I think about the abundant forgiveness that God has given me, I am overwhelmed. Almighty God has forgiven me and not just forgiven me but forgiven the inexcusable in me! I pray that I never take that for granted.

When I let my mind meditate on this quote, that God has forgiven the inexcusable in me. Conviction arises from all the times I have held a grudge toward someone for the smallest offense. Sure, there have been times when hurt was experienced even for something major, but, Oh, how forgiveness was hard to find in my life. Friend, God gave his only begotten Son to die on the cross for our SINS, for our forgiveness. All the sins we have ever committed past, present, and future are under the blood, if we only ask Him.  Yet, we cannot forgive those who have wronged us in the smallest of ways. We are called to a lifestyle to be more like God; therefore, we need MORE forgiveness in our life. I have found that the more apt I am to forgive, the stronger my relationship with God tends to be. Friends, I pray that this will help and encourage you today! 

Time really does…. FLY!

With the busyness of SENIOR year and much else that has been going on, It has been quite some time since I have last blogged. Today, I set aside some time in my schedule to blog. Spring Break here in the mountains this year is filled with warm weather, beautiful scenery, and TIME.  Time to relax and refresh after an extremely busy new year, time to just pause from the normal routine of my daily life, but most importantly time to use for the Lord. Sometimes I get so busy doing all the “right” things that I forget to remember Who I am doing it for, and why I am doing it. I came across this verse…

Psalm 89:47A “Remember how short my time is: …” 

And it hit me… My time is short.. What am I doing in my daily life that is truly profitable and what am I doing that will truly count for eternity?

As I look back on the last few years of my life, I remember high moments and I remember low moments. All of which have shaped me to be who I am today, and I am thankful, by God’s grace, that he has brought me this far and is continuing to walk right beside me! But now as I look forward to the next step of my life, and the busier that I get, and the more responsibilities that I will have… I wonder, how will I let my time be used. It is a daily battle for me to choose to use my time for Allie or for the Lord. Oh how true it is, that when my time is spent for God, it is then that I am uplifted and then that I feel encouraged in Him. But oh, how many instances that I use the time God has so graciously given me for Allie! I am asking the Lord that with the extra “time” I have this week that I will use it for Him. Sure there will be time for relaxing, being refreshed, and having fun… But I challenge you that with the time God has given you that you whole-heartedly use it for Him! I promise you, it won’t be regretted! Happy Spring!!

Your Real Self

“The almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self-all your wishes and precautions-to Christ… Until you have given up yourself to Him you will not have a real self.” ~C.S. Lewis

I came across this quote in a book that I have been reading. For a minute, I did not really understand what it was saying. After having read it a few times, the Lord used this thought provoking quote to challenge me… I will never have the “real deal” until my whole being, thoughts, emotions, actions etc. are whole-heartedly handed over to Christ. As the beginning of the quote states, “The almost impossible thing…,” this being so true. It isn’t going to necessarily be easy to hand our whole self over, but that is what He requires of us. By doing so we are going to have the most fulfilling life that there is. I pray that as we all “hand” ourself over to God, we won’t think of it as a duty, but as a pleasing gift to Almighty God, and in return we will have that “real self” we all desire.