Saturday, August 31, 2013

Beautiful Quote

“We shall begin to understand the link between law and liberty if we go back to the very moment of the law giving at Mount Sinai. The LORD is speaking (Exodus 20:22) to those whom He has brought out of Egypt. They have been redeemed (Exodus 6:6) and the means of their redemption was the blood of the lamb (Exodus 12:13).

We see then that the LORD gives His law, not as a means to salvation but as a lifestyle for those who have already been saved. It is the way He wants His redeemed ones to live.

But then he goes on to say that He is speaking to those for whom He has brought out of bondage (Exodus 20:2b) not to those whom He is bringing into bondage by imposing His law upon them, but those who are now for the first time enjoying liberty and to whom He gives His perfect law in order to safe guard the freedom He has secured for them. 

True freedom is the opportunity and the ability to give expression to what we truly are. We are truly free when we live the life appropriate to those who are created in the image of God.

The Law of God safeguards that liberty for us, but it does even more for obedience brings life and power (Leviticus 18:5) (Deuteronomy 4:1a) (Acts 5:32).

The Law of God is the Law of liberty because it safeguards, expresses and enables the life of true freedom into which Christ has brought us.

This is the blessing of which James speaks the blessing of a full life, a true humanity; obedience is the key factor in our enjoyment of it.”

J.A. Motyer, The Message of James

Monday, August 19, 2013

Song of JOY!!

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Really speaking to my situation, providing me new songs of worship!!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013


I had a beautiful weekend with family and some crazy things happened.

First off, after around a year and a half of dating (all starting while I was in Houston) my mom and her boyfriend Paul officially got engaged! There were many different emotions and things going around it my head: the weirdness of it (after seeing my mom single for the good part of my life, then suddenly her having a boyfriend and now a fiancé), the hesitation (things are never going to be exactly the same again), the questions (is this right?), and the joy! (this is a DIRECT answer to my prayers for my mom for many years coming to life).

Not only did we get to spend the weekend with Paul and his son PJ but one of my FAVORITE people ever (not to mention, a cool aunt and uncle with 2 out-of-this-world adorable kiddos) came to town, Mikey!!!

The weekend was also full of testing, struggling to keep Shabbat set apart, struggle with sin patterns that rear their ugly head in my laxness, but none of them really could hamper the beautiful time it was.

Mikey and I even went on an EPIC bike ride and had probably one of our longest one on ones ever. Seeing the desire for growth and revelation of the love of God in Mikey was also a humblingly beautiful moment of realization that God has yet again answered a huge prayer.

God is MERCIFUL and KIND. He's coming for a PURE BRIDE. Let us make ourselves ready, live with a grateful heart, focus on what He has given, not our supposed lack and lets just bless each other!