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Truly Loved

I want true love. I want to find that one-of-a-kind connection with someone. I want to find a gentle man, a man who will be gentle with my heat, will love me through my messes, imperfections, and whose love will last.

I think the above paragraph is true for about all of us. we want a love that will last. e watch Cinderella and want that to be our love story, but this is the real world. we don’t have fairy Go-mothers and talking mice….that’s a little weird. but as little girls, we want Prince Charming to come riding a white horse to save a damsel in distress.

True love is hard to find. I should know I have been hunting.

at Passion, it was revealed to me I don’t have to look any farther than right here for true love. I am surrounded by true love. I am washed in a love so pure it wipes out my imperfections. a love so strong to clean up my mess called a life. Naturally I am a messy person (just ask my sister :/) but the great thing about the true love offered to us by Jesus is He does ask questions, just starts organizing and cleaning up.

Jesus became my sin. My guilt. My shame.

“God made him who knew no sin to become sin for us, so in him we might become the righteousness of God.”~2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)

So right there Jesus became our sin, way before we even sinned. **POHF**(mind-blowing) that is so kind of powerful true love! Louie Giglio says, “The innocent became guilty so the guilty could become innocent.”

that true love brings me to tears.

yesterday was the #enditmovement and I like a lot of people drew a red X on my hand. that X represents more to me that just to end modern-day slavery. it represents the blood that as perfect, but loved me soo much to take on my guilt and shame. it represents the canceled guilt and shame bought with that blood.

the cross changes everything. it is where I am found. where I am truly loved!

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President’s Day

Today is President’s Day; a day we should spending in thanksgiving and gratitude for our current and past leaders of this great nation. However  this morning I was flipping through the television channels and stopped on a news station covering a march in Chicago. The signs were heartbreaking to me

“Not my President’s Day.” was on one sign that struck me as wrong. okay just typing that sent my heart rate up.

If you want to get me riled up, start bad-mouthing our President. I have resisted the urge to get in a fight with my brothers because they were bad-mouthing the President. I know you might not agree with what the President says, but the office of the President needs honor and respect. you might not like who was elected as Commander in Chief, but he is still your  Commander in Chief. I’m not making this up the Word of God tells us in Romans 13:1,

“Everyone must submit to governing authorizes. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” (NLT)

Paul is saying here that we need to submit, ”

accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person.” to our President, Vice President, Senate, Congress, Mayors, anyone in the seat of authority over us.

 

We should spend today thanking Donald Trump for accepting the call to be our 45th President and not slashing him for being the President of the United States.

 

 

 

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Your promises

“All your promises are yes and amen”

that doesn’t mean right now. Sometimes we have to wait to step into God’s best for us. We have to grow into the person we were meant to be. He is teaching me to follow the path He is paving for me.

“Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.”~Psalm 25:4

“I will rest in your promises.”

Not one of your promises have failed yet.

 “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.” ~Joshua 23:13

I have to hold on to the hope that you will prevail for me.

 

 

 

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Happy New Year, Folks!

 

I do not know how you spent your new year, but I was praising Jesus with 54,999 of my closest friends. My brothers and I attended the Passion Conference held in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. It was the most awesome incredibly powerful spirit moving experience I have ever attended.  Over the three days, we heard from Louie Giglio, Francis Chan, Beth Moore, Christine Caine and Levi Lusko.  I enjoyed all of the speakers, but the most effective was Lou Giglio. On Wednesday night, he spoke on Ephesians 3: 15-19 that says,

“From whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with of the Lord holy people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of God and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Louie pointed out things I never considered…

“To describe the love of Christ Paul paints a picture of a cross. The cross at a certain angle makes an x; meaning Christ canceled your guilt and shame.”

That opened my eyes. For years, I kept my guilt and shame between God and me. I never really clicked that the guilt from my sins and the shame from those decisions is canceled. I do not have to feel guilt and shame. God has canceled my debt and called me His friend.

On January 3, 2016, I started the year off with a re-dedicatation  to Jesus Christ. There is no other way to start the New Year, in my opinion.

“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 2:20

 

 

 

Much Love and Many Blessings,

 

 

 

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Knitted Perfectly

I was knitted perfectly from my beginning; God never had to unravel me. I was perfect from conception. He wove all the intricate pieces of my life together. all my hurts, pains, and weird hobbies.

I knit.

it probably sounds like an activity for your grandmother, but it’s true. I knit. I knit scarves. I have not started knitting a scarf and it as gone perfectly. Meaning I would not have to unravel it for one reason or another, an increased stitch or a slipped stitch. It’s comforting that the Master Knitter never had to unravel me or worse be in the process of knitting something and then just forget it. He is constantly knitting together every thing I do to make a beautiful blanket.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”-Psalm 139:13

God knit me inside of my mother’s womb. Which is amazing! He knew me before I was known. He called me before anyone knew my name. God is the Master Knitter, who knit you and me together. He is weaving the details of our life together all the struggles and pain will bring beauty from the ashes.  

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He’s in the waiting

I will trust you through the waiting. The trial and change does not surprise you, You have spent the first 21 years of my life preparing me for this. You are the same through the trial and the change through the sleepless nights and broken hearts.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭8‬ NIV)

Even when it feels I am drowning in regret, Your grace will lift me up and I will rise in your victory. You stand with me through the fire and flames.

Never will I leave you nor will I forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

I will cling to the truth Solomon wrote in Proverbs.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬ NIV)

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭23‬ NIV)

Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭25-27‬ MSG)

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Peace at Heart

I was  working on a post about hope, when my cousin texted me Isaiah 26:3,

“You will keep in perfect peace

him whose mind is steadfast,

because he trusts in you.”

She knows me so well that she probably knows I’m stressing over things I have no control over. And that assumption I correct. Last week I was riding stress on an emotional roller coaster, that was terrible! When I would be in tears people told me ‘It’ll be okay. it’ll be okay, is what my head I telling my heart. but it does seem to calm my racing heart. The one thing that will calm me is quality time with Jesus. Last weekend,  I had planned to have an awesome me&Jesus weekend and it didn’t work out that way. it turned out to be a very stressful weekend. but last Friday night I pulled an all-nighter with Jesus. it was a precious time that I will remember for years. I laid on the couch and watched Bethel Music lyric videos and cried. that cry and being with Jesus was what I need to face this week, not to say I haven’t cried this week. :/

one of my favorite Bible verses is found in Psalms. Psalms 46:10,

“Be still and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

I am beating myself up for forgetting that verse while these dark storm clouds hovered over me. it flashed in my mind when my cousin texted me! I have been so caught up in what I can’t fix, and left God the sideline. And I need Him to take some of this stress off of me and place my heart in a peaceful place. I want peace at heart.

Dear God,

I want peace, peace in my heart. you know what I’m dealing with probably better than I do. you know the peace I need and the peace we all need. We need peace in our communities and peace in our lives. Awaken us to your precious peace.

in Jesus Name, Amen

Much Love,

Mary Hannah

P.S.

After writing this I feel so much better. having a blog was the best idea ever.