Wednesday, October 31, 2007

*forgiveness again*

I like studying forgiveness and wrestling with this topic because in the midst of my wrestling I am reminded of God's forgiveness, His grace, His power and existence, and His satisfying love for His people...

I was reminded of how when we let God's grace wash over us, we are a testimony of Him. He is "in the business" of making all things new. I love the thought of God making all things new.

Isaiah 61:3 *and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor*

When I wrestle with God's grace and mercy, it makes me want to spend more time in His word studying His attributes more deeply.

When I wrestle with God's grace and mercy, He sends me back to the stories of His faithfulness and lovingkindness in my own life. The examples and "Ebenzer stones" I have laid before...

oh to have the heart that will never wander, never weary. Won't that day be everything we've ever wanted?

...even now, He already is.


Mom XOXOX said...

Beautiful! I tried to comment on your first post, and it wouldn't let me. Now I know it was because you were still writing! Thank you for sharing your workshop thoughts. Forgiveness is something we all need to GIVE as well as receive. How awesome that the ultimate Giver is the only one who did not need to receive. I look forward to learning more.

Kelli B said...

I love reading your blog when i've actually gone through this WITH you. It's that much more hitting home with me. I'm with your mama - i'm looking forward to learning more.

love you jo. you minister to me every day we chat. your living in forgiveness is a strong tesimony.