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Love First

…”for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” –Jesus, Luke 19:10 For God so loved the world, He gave. Gave Himself, gave love. There is no condemnation in Christ. He who knew no sin, became sin. Became my sin. The sin I can’t undo. The sin I can’t make right. The sin I can’t erase. The sin that wages war with my soul. Kill, steal, destroy. When I confess, He is faithful.…

Mirage

“Mirages are things that aren’t really there that you can see very clearly….’How do you see something that isn’t there?’ ‘Sometimes it’s much simpler than seeing things that are’” --Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth Distant paradise. I see it so clearly…a hope, relationship, relocation…the thing that’s going to fulfill my inner longing. Hope and a future defined by me. I stretch and reach, attempting to grasp air. I want this not that. Reality smudges. Satan sends the snake. “Did God…

Manna Moments

He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritualists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing His anger. 2 Kings 21:6 King Hezekiah is very sick. Isaiah, the prophet approaches, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” King Hezekiah prayed to the Lord. “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before You faithfully and with…

Gather Me Close

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” –Jesus, Matthew 23:37 Gather me close, under Your wings. I’ve stoned those sent to me with messages I refused to receive. Claimed my own understanding. Went my own way. Gather me close. You give weary souls rest. Take away my heavy. Carry me…

Storm Rider

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the One who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13 Come to Me - I give rest to those who labor. The heavily laden. The burdens you carry I never intended. Lay it down, let it go. I long to gather you close. Learn from Me, for I am gentle. Humble in heart. Draw near. My steadfast love endures forever. When the…

Mountain of Peace

I am beyond excited about this post - it features the beautiful photography of Theresa Flaminio. I met Theresa on Instagram where her amazing images captured me. (I am in love with her photos of wild horses) For anyone who doesn't believe you can form real friendships through social media, you are wrong. Theresa has become a treasured friend and I'm excited to share her talent of capturing God's creation. I've included a link to her Instagram at the bottom…

Enduring Faith

How long must I wait? Will you forget me forever? How long will you turn your face away from me? Psalm 13:1 Jesus sets a race before me – one that requires endurance. To build endurance, I must wait and endure. Circumstances I don’t like.  Relationships that press but don’t crush. Painful past. Dreams turned to dust. Hope on hold. Faith perfecting tools in Holy Hands. Master Carpenter. Death conqueror. He endured the cross while despising the shame. He tells…

Temporary Trouble

And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord, and I will add fifteen years to your life.” 2 Kings 20:4-5 Prayer…

Psalm 13

[bctt tweet="Without the dark, we'd never see stars." username="Liz_Petruzzi"] How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? This night is long. I keep waiting for you to show up, do something, rescue me. I pray and wait, try to have faith…but I can’t see or hear You. How long will You hide your face from me? It feels like You’ve abandoned me. I know Your Word says You never leave but I feel so alone. How long must I…

Rolled Stone

Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. Mark 16:2-4 They thought it was over. Jesus, Messiah, Savior of the world was dead. He was their miracle, hope and new beginning. They thought…