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How do grace and boundaries coexsist?

This is going to be short.  I apologize ahead of time because I do not remember the person who was speaking when I heard this profound statement.

These last few months God has really been working on my with boundaries of all types.  Boundaries with family members, my children, my friends, my church.   At times I have been successful to implement appropriate boundaries and other times I have failed. When I implement my boundaries with truth and love I have left people and conversations filled with peace, no guilt and no regret.  It is a wonderful and freeing feeling.  Praise God that He wants us to have this.  For whatever reason, when I do not implement my boundaries I do not have peace.  I have hurt feelings.  I have regrets.  And these feelings do not easily go away.  So I want to continue to have boundaries, but at times I feel like they contradict living a life of grace.

Grace…grace…I read a book years ago called, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?”  I don’t remember most of it, but I know that grace is extraordinary and comes as a gift from God.  We receive His grace and then we should bestow it to others.  So I started to become a door mat at times in situations with people.  Not because of Grace, but because I did not feel that I had the right to tell another person no.  Nor did I, or maybe still do not, possess the tact to always respectfully disagree with people.

What I needed to remember was a simple story in scripture.  When the religious leaders brought the adulteress  to Jesus to condemn her, He did 2 very important things.  The first thing He did was to draw a line in the dirt.  He set a boundary and He did not look to see if any one approved.  He simply and peacefully set a boundary.  Then with His words he reinforced the boundary.  “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”  Again with words he reinforces the boundary but He also bestowed grace.  Jesus set her free from what the law said she deserves, BUT he set her free with the knowledge that she needed to make a different choice with her life.

So this profound statement that has brought me clarity with my conundrum  of grace and boundaries IS…drum-roll PLEASE….

Grace without boundaries is enabling.

That is a very powerful statement.  There are far too many variations to give some concrete advise, but I leave you with this.  Talk to your Heavenly Father first. He knows best. He knows our hearts and motives as well as the other persons involved.   One of my favorite prayers right now is…”Lord give my Your words to speak the truth in love.  When I don’t have them please close my mouth.” For some of you you may only need the first sentence.  For others like myself we desperately need them both.

Proverbs 2:1-6
My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
6For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Blessings and Peace be with you!

The mess continues

The older I get the more I am learning that I really just don’t like messes.  I like things to be neat and tidy or at least have a sense of order.  I AM NOT  a neat freak.   Just ask anyone who has seen my house or my vehicles.  I can handle a mess if I know it will be cleaned up.  I am learning that some messes can serve a purpose.

I have returned to an oldie, but goodie daily devotional. My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.  His post from January 31, based on the scripture of Romans 1:1, in part says this, ” Christian workers fail because they place their desire for their own holiness above their desire to know God. “Don’t ask me to be confronted with the strong reality of redemption on behalf of the filth of human life surrounding me today; what I want is anything God can do for me to make me more desirable in my own eyes.”’  Talk about a spiritual reality check.  I have been mulling this one over and over and over again.  I encourage you to visit this site and read the entire thing.

So I’ve been thinking and praying and talking with God.  If you have read my blog maybe you will remember my first post about Messes.  Well I am reminded that Jesus willfully came into our mess.  Yes he came to make us clean, but He came for more than that.  He continually sought out the messiest of the messes.  He went to Zacchaeus, the tax collector, the woman at the well, the adulterer, the leper, and thousands more.  Jesus kept getting messy.  Jesus chose to serve His father and bring Him glory by redeeming the “filth” of the world in which He lived.

You see I am challenged in many ways.  The first because what our human eyes and mind define as filth, worthless, disgraceful, Jesus did not.  He and the Father deemed them worthy of their Love, Grace, and Redemption.  Who am I to question any person’s worth?

Second, God’s agenda is not to make me like myself more.  As a people pleaser I am unsettled in this truth.  I want people to like me, I want God to like me, and I want to like myself.  But Chambers is emphasizing that God wants me to seek the reality of His redemption (I’m still working on what that really means) not on becoming the better person I think I need to be.  Can you say, “Hit by the Holy 2×4 batman.”

You mean God’s first priority isn’t to make people like me?  No. NO. N.O.

God wants me to submit my agenda to His agenda.  Jesus is my example.  Jesus lived and breathed in the will of His Heavenly Father.  He did not care what people thought, or said, and held against Him.  He obeyed His father and did His fathers work.  As must I learn to obey my Heavenly Father no matter what other people say, do, or think.  My focus, my concern, and my priority must be a reflection of My Father’s.  He tells me to seek Him and His kingdom.  In doing so,  He will mold me into the woman He has designed for me to be.

And the peace comes in by realizing that I don’t have to be perfect.  I don’t have to measure up.  I don’t have to have it all together or even figured out.  God loves ALL the mess that is me and He will use ALL of it for His glory.

Friend God loves ALL the mess that is you…and He is sovereign.  He will redeem you and use it ALL for His glory!

The messier the better my friend!!!  Lets get messy.  Not sinful…just let your hair down, take off the mask, let go of the chains…Let God redeem ALL that is you.

Ignorance is NOT bliss

We’ve all heard the phrase that “Ignorance is bliss.”  Well at first thought or application it might be, but upon closer examination I have come to the conclusion that it is NOT.

God tells His people throughout the entire bible to seek His wisdom.  We are to seek His wisdom about all aspects of life.   There are a plethora of examples of people seeking God about food choices, body choices, living choices, money choices, time choices…and the list could go on.

Our family has made some very different choices in the past.  We have decided to home-birth 2 of our 3 children, we have chosen not to receive every vaccine as prescribed, we have chosen not to do ear tubes, we have chosen to eat gluten-free, we have chosen to homeschool our children.  With all of these choices, we have felt God give us wisdom with which to make these choices.

I wasn’t always as aware that every choice has a consequence, as I am right now.  (We are emphasizing reality discipline in our home)  So as I have had discussions with God’s people and ponder these ideas in my head.  I run them through my God filter.  I have so much clarity in the next profound idea.

Ignorance is NOT bliss.  Ignorance is a choice to not abide in God’s wisdom.  I’m not saying its a salvation issue, but I do think it can become a relationship issue.  God gave us free will.  We have the power to choose to seek Him.  We have the choice to align our lives with His wisdom, or that of our culture.  I am choosing to believe that if I choose ignorance I will miss out on blessings God has for my life.  I will miss physical, emotional, and mental healings.  I will miss opportunities to commune with His people, I will miss opportunities to serve Him.  I will miss financial/provisional blessings.

Question mark butterfly

Question mark butterfly (Photo credit: Henry McLin)

The worst consequence will be to miss out on the intimacy He wants to have with me.

There is hope!!!  Just because we might have chosen ignorance in the past, doesn’t mean we have to continue that choice.  God has given us the FREEDOM to choose His wisdom at any time.  God’s forgiveness is greater than we can fathom.  He is just waiting to give it to us.  All we have to do is choose to align our lives with His wisdom.

Abba, thank you for loving me enough to patiently wait for me to come to you.   Thank you for your forgivness, your grace, your mercy.  Most of all thank you for the wisdom you give me, to make choices that bring you glory!!!



What a MESS!


mess (Photo credit: Fernando Stankuns)

For those of you who know me well…you know that I don’t like messes.  Yet with 3 boys under 6 I have a perpetual mess in my Kitchen, my laundry room, my living room, my bedroom, their bedroom, their toy room, my van, my yard, my garage…well you get the idea.  And most of all I REALLY do not like extra or unnecessary messes.  And yet I want my boys to learn how to do dishes, pour their drinks, get dressed, do the laundry, make their own food…and so on.  And so the conundrum ensues.  They can not learn unless I am willing to let them make a mess.

Well, I get frustrated at times and I loose my temper.  Sometimes, many times I even yell.  I have really been praying about this short fuse problem of mine.   God has been whispering this truth in my heart and my mind.  “I entered your mess, because I love you.”  ” I walk with you in the midst of your mess because I want to help you clean it up.”

Jesus left heaven…sweet, peaceful, perfect Heaven.  He left such a great place and came to the messiest place in the galaxy.  He put on the clothes of our mess…He became flesh because He loves us.  He wants to give us freedom from the mess we are in.  He wants to show us, teach us, and love us through this mess.  He wants to transform our mess to heaven on earth.

Jesus wants our emotions, our expectations, our failures, our anger, our striving, our fear…He wants all of the things that keep us from creating a life that exemplifies “…on earth as it is in heaven.”

Let me be really honest with ya’ll.  I am still sorting all this out.  I am still learning what this looks like for me in my life.

I pray Abba that you will help me accept your love.  Open my eyes to Your wisdom for my life.  Jesus help me to reflect you as best I can, by allowing you to invade all of  me.  Lord give me your wisdom to make decisions and have responses that will bring Heaven to earth.

Jesus loves the beautiful mess that is each one of us.

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble ( messes). But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus is our hope and salvation from the messes in our lives!!! Praise. The. LORD.

There are differences

I’m sure most of you know people are different.  Sometimes those differences are good, weird, and down right WRONG.   But wait…if we are all created in His image how can a person be wrong?

The obvious answer is that we live in a fallen world and there are people who will make choices that do not align with God, but I want to focus on the fact that we are different in weird ways, but still in His image.

Sometimes people can be so different than myself that I just don’t like them.  I don’t want to be friends with them.  I want them to stay in their own parts of the world and leave mine alone.  Unfortunately for me and my comfort zone I serve a God who does not promote division and separation.  I serve a God who calls His people to become one with Him and therefore unite in His Kingdom as one people.  It doesn’t mean that we all have to become the same, but I do think it means that we set our differences aside. We must learn to disagree with respect and love for one another.

So I have people in my life that I don’t like and I can’t just eliminate them or always segregate myself from them.  As I was telling God that I just really don’t like this person…He says to me, “Sometimes I don’t like you.”  Sometimes I make choices that God doesn’t like.  He still loves me; He still extends His grace and mercy to me.  He ALWAYS loves me.  He calls me to reflect Him to the world around me.  Yes even to those I do not like.  That means I need to love them. I need to accept them for all the mess that they a

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English: no original description (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

re, all the hurt they can inflict on me, all the opinions I don’t agree with, and all the choices they make that I don’t agree with.  I need to love them anyways, because God loves me anyways.

Do you know that God loves you anyways???  I pray that this truth invades your souls, your hearts, and your minds.  I pray that you will accept His love for you!

I don’t have an awesome tie in for the waterfall…I just like them.  But God’s love will drench you like a waterfall if you just walk with Him…You can stand back and look at a waterfall and not get wet…Just like you can put God out of your life and not receive His love, His grace, His protection, the list is endless.


I was told once that opinions are like (insert colorful language) buttholes…every one has one and they all stink.

For the most part I agree with this statement.  Especially when people share their unsolicited opinions.  I realize there is going to be some irony here.  I am writing about not liking most opinions, and yet what is a blog???…but someones opinions for public view.  I say…you don’t have to read it.  By agreeing to read you are asking for their opinion.

For those of you who know me well, the following might just shock you.  I am somewhat bold at times.  I tend to speak my mind at times.  I am very passionate when speaking about certain topics.  I can be very intense at times.  And yes there are rare occasions in which that gentle, quiet spirit that is referenced in the bible takes over.  Its not very often though.  I’m sure every high school has their list of accolades for the senior class.  WELL…I was voted most quiet…NOT try most outspoken.  Needless to say I am not afraid to open my mouth.  Sometimes good comes of it, sometimes its just me figuring out this thing called life, and other times it can be down right ugly.

One of our Pastors, Pastor Cindi,  was starting a sermon series on The Lord’s prayer.  It was a great sermon in which she challenged us to add “as it is in Heaven” to our prayers.   God really spoke to me in a different way, and that is what I want to share.  What resonated with me was not where Pastor Cindi was going, but where she started her sermon.

She began with the scripture right before the Lord’s prayer.  Luke 11:1, “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”I thought and pondered for the next few days.  I prayed as I usually do, or would try to.  I added the “as it is in heaven” and I felt like I was growing closer to the Lord and learning more about life with Him.  I have been praying and asking that God would guard my heart.  The He would help me not take things so personal.  That He would help me to not have hurt feelings.

The Whole Town's Talking

The Whole Town’s Talking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One morning as I was praying about this, I was overcome with a thought.  It was a very clear thought…like God speaking in my thoughts.  And it was this, “If He, Jesus, who has all the RIGHT answers and opinions, and all the PERFECT wisdom WAITED until He was asked, who are you to speak without first asking me?”  I was so humbled and He was right.  It was quickly followed by this, “I can guard your heart better, when you let me tame your tongue.”

So this is where I’m at folks.  I am trying to only speak that which God wants me to speak.  I really thought this would be very difficult for me.  Honestly though, the more I pray and talk with Him, the more

freedom I have to just be quiet.  Don’t get me wrong, I think I will still talk a lot, but I am going to try my best to let God filter it first.

What is God asking you to surrender?  Mine was thinking that everyone needed to know what I know, but guess what, they don’t!

The battleground of your marriage

Couple holding hands

Couple holding hands (Photo credit: Search Influence)

This post is very near and dear to my heart.  This topic of Marriage I hold sacred and close.  I believe a Godly marriage is the cornerstone to changing the culture in which we live.  I believe that God intended a marriage to be a glimpse of the intimacy He desires to have with His people.

Marriage is a Big topic. I have read several books on marriage by various authors and I have gleaned some great things from them.  I have posted a list of some titles and authors.   As I recall some of that wisdom I will more than likely forget who wrote it and which book it was in, so please forgive me now.  I could and probably will write several posts about marriage.  But first I want to start with the following scripture, Ephesians 5:25-28.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;”

Wow.  That is a tall order.  Men are called to be the head of our homes earlier in that chapter of Ephesians.  As a woman I am called to submit, respect, and honor.  I know in this day and age lots of women may complain about that, but I am happy to take up that yoke.  I know that I am blessed to have a husband that submits himself to the Lord and therefore he makes it easier to submit to him.  I am thankful.

Let’s dive in to how God calls a man to love his wife.  I think it is important to recognize that God’s focus is that men LOVE their wives.  I read in one of those marriage books that Women want to be loved more than anything else and men want to be respected.  Our father in Heaven created us.  It makes sense that He would know our deepest needs from one another.  God’s biblical blueprint has been proven, more than likely, by every marriage counselor and by every Happily married couple.

I like gray areas and this has a HUGE gray area.  What does loving your wife as Christ loved the church look like? Well I think it will look somewhat different in every marriage.  And it should.  We are all different people.  Our marriages will look different.  Read the book the 5 love languages by Gary Chapman.  What I think it means is that men must give up their pride, their egos, their selfishness, and even their fears.  When a man can set those things aside he will now have room in his brain and his heart to learn to love His wife as God created that specific woman to be loved.

I need to draw attention to a simple fact first.  Before we can love one another first we must learn to love ourselves.  To love ourselves we must see our need for Jesus sacrifice to cleanse our sins.  To accept the fullness of God’s love for us and allow Him to make us whole.    If a man does not accept the love of  his Heavenly Father then he will be unable to take this next step to love his wife.  We live in a fallen world.  Men please see yourselves as God’s sons.  Dearly loved.  Accept His love and be filled by His love, without it you can not love anyone else.

When a man submits himself to the Lord and seeks His wisdom to love His wife God will unfold that beautiful mystery to him.  Its like the key to a secret peaceful garden.  To become the keeper of the garden a man must first take his oath to give himself up for her purity, for her holiness, and for her radiance.  Marriage can be a beautiful amazing gift when put under the submission of God, who created the covenant.  On the other hand when marriage is entered into with selfishness and there is no submission to God it is not pretty.  It can be hell on earth and I wouldn’t doubt there are readers who know what I am talking about.

There  is so much more to marriage than just this, but again I’m not ready to write a book yet.  So we’ll get to the rest another time.

For now:

If you haven’t read my first post God’s Knights…read it now  As a knight in God’s kingdom one of the most important battlegrounds is your marriage. Are you righteously protecting it with a jealous eye?  Are you walking the gates making sure to reinforce weak areas of your marriage?  your wife’s heart, her need for affirmation, her need for your protection from the world, and the list goes on.

Men what do you need to give up so that you can love your wife as Christ loved the church?  Better yet…ask the Lord, Lord what do I need to give up to love (your wife’s name) as Christ loved the church?

Women in what areas do you need to surrender your selfishness and control to let your husband be the head of your home.  Where do you need to nurture and foster an atmosphere of honor and respect for your Husband?  In the home, with the kids, with family, with friends, in your heart, with the finances, and the list goes on.

Ladies…Ask the Lord, Lord in what areas of my life do I need to submit to (your husband’s name)?

When I was a newly wed and naive to many things God gave me a great prayer I want to share it with you.

“Lord help me to become the woman and wife you intended for me to be and that Joel needs for me to be.  Lord help Joel to be the man and husband you intended for him to be and that I need him to be. In the name of Jesus, Amen.”

The Light

Beam Of Light

Beam Of Light (Photo credit: karma-police)

I have been focusing on scriptures with reference to light and God being the source of all light.  The reason being our church started a segment called “Servant Spotlight” once a month to highlight a ministry in our church.  I came across a great one today.
1John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.”

That verse caught me today. It intrigued me and pulled me in. I wanted to know what preceded the word but. That little word can do many things. According to my husband it can nullify an apology.
So I started digging and went to the source. I looked up the full chapter of 1John. I think the bible says it best so I will just paste it for you here. This is from The Message 1John1:5-10

“This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.
6-7If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.
8-10If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean break of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.”

I read that and I am humbled. It is a call to constantly put oneself under the blood of Christ. There is nothing in myself that is good. The only Good in me is Christ. When I try to do things even in my own good intentions, without Christ becomes a giant mess. I must submit all of myself, my talents, my thoughts, my motives, my feelings, my words under the blood of Christ. I must let Him purify me before I move out into this world and attempt to show love, compassion, or grace.  I do not want to stumble around in darkness.  I would much rather see with God’s perfect clarity living in His great Light.

But it doesn’t stop there.  Just like in the picture above, the beam of light reaching down into the depths of a cave, God promises to redeem us.  We are never so far entangled in sin that His Light can not conquer the darkness within us.  All we have to do is surrender to him and acknowledge our need for Him and He is mighty to save.  I am thankful that I serve such a Big God.  He can clean up the messes I make tirelessly and still fill me with His grace.  He brings glory to himself while restoring my soul.  There is such peace in His light.

Visible Light

I really love it when I feel like God gives me a neat analogy.  Since I was a bio major most of my analogies are going to be science or nature related!

I was thinking about how God works in mysterious ways.  Sometimes we can see where He is leading us and other times it seems like we are walking blindfolded.  I would prefer to always see where I am going, who is speaking to me, and what I am doing, but sometimes God needs to test my faith. It occurred to me that God’s Kingdom and the way in which He works is like the light spectrum.

Complete spectrum of electromagnetic radiation...

Complete spectrum of electromagnetic radiation with the visible portion highlighted (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The light spectrum has so many useful wavelengths.  Notice in the picture that there is really only a very small portion of light that is visible to our eyes.  I think it is quite fitting that our human eyes are only capable of seeing so little.  I believe that God created the entire universe and therefore also the light spectrum.  Our finite minds can only comprehend so much of His greatness just like our eyes can only see so much of His spectrum.

Despite the minute amount of visible light, I find it glorious and breathtaking.  The vibrant Green leaves, the delicate lavenders, the deep rich red of a rose, even the darkest mud had depth in its brown or rust color.  There are so many variations of visible light that we can see that it can be overwhelming.  In fact there are 133 core crayola crayon colors. Not only do we admire and use the color in our lives for decorations and art, but it is a vital part of our ecosystem.  Photosynthesizing organisms use the visible light to produces glucose and Oxygen. 2 essential things our bodies need to survive. Our God is sovereign and He creates useful things that are spectacular.

I also think the mysterious ways in which God works are reflected here.  We don’t always see that some trials are for a good purpose.  Its hard to comprehend or even accept His peace in certain circumstances.  It can be mind boggling as to why we feel God prompting us to change our lifestyles, give our money away, or travel to another country.  We don’t always see the bigger God Picture of His kingdom and how it needs to work.  We just need to live a life of faith and trust that He knows whats best for us at all times, even if its not what we expected.

I do don’t think that you just haphazardly go through life doing what you like.  You must pray and seek His face.  There are so many scriptures that tell us to seek Him and His kingdom first.  I think when we align our hearts with His and our will with His that is when the vision becomes clear. We still may not see the bigger picture, but God will reveal what we need to see.

These are some really powerful and common scriptures, but I ask as you read them to pay closer attention to the highlighted sections.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

11″I know the plans I have for you,” announces the Lord. “I want you to enjoy success. I do not plan to harm you. I will give you hope for the years to come. 12Then you will call out to me. You will come and pray to me. And I will listen to you. 13When you look for me with all your heart, you will find me.

Philippians 4:6-9

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5&6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;
6in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
The scriptures are full of God’s promises to provide, protect, encourage, equip, and so much more.  I challenge you to look up those promises and read a few verses before and after.  I think most of them you will find are connected with seeking His face, asking for His wisdom, and trusting in Him alone.

God’s Knights

Riding off into the sunset as, Jesus the knight in shining armor is not a vision most men can relate to or even want to imagine.  They want to be the knight.  They want to be the protector.  As our churches keep focusing on Jesus being the lover of our soul it seems that we are pushing our men further from God’s love and into the corner of just His servant.  I think we need to reexamine what God’s love and Jesus sacrifice looks like for our men.

For Husband’s God calls men to love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:25&26).  Could it be then when we read about the intimacy that God wants to have with each of us that women are God’s bride, but men are not.  God still wants to know them intimately, but the reflection of Him is different. It would be the reflection of God as the Bridegroom.  That is a different kind of intimacy.  One that will help men identify in Christ who they were created to be. For we are all created in the image of God, but that image is different for everyone. Men by nature are warriors, conquerors, solvers, doers, and protectors.  I don’t think God wants men to feel emasculated by relating themselves to God as His bride, but as His son.  His son who inherits the throne, the country, and the family (Matthew25:34).  The son who looks up to, admires, and aspires to be like his Father.

So women raise your sons as little men, men of God’s Kingdom who will inherit the responsibilities of the Kingdom.  The duty of keeping it safe, keeping it prosperous, and guarding it with His jealous and righteous eye.  Wives respect and honor your husbands as they seek to live this role out in your families.  Be the strong confident Queen next to your King who inherited the most precious throne!

Courageous by Casting Crowns

Matthew25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world

Epesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

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