Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, August 31, 2014

From Doubt to Devotion to the Peace of God

Disputes, debt, divorce, destruction, death—the devil is in the details of all that can destroy us! But we must stand firm on the promises of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who conquers all, even death! Allow His peace, which passes all understanding, to fill your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

People are hurting all over the world; you don’t have to look far to see that people need the Lord. This post is different from the others posts, but I hope you allow it to minister to your needs today. 

From “sayings” to poems to Scripture and song, let Jesus turn your disbelief and disgrace into His grace and belief! May God’s peace envelope you and your situation today! 

Sorrow looks back,
Worry looks around,
Faith looks ahead.     (from a plaque in a coffee shop)

To look within is to be depressed,
To look around is to be distressed,
To look up is to be blessed.      -----anonymous 

Listen to The Prodigal by Brad Reynolds......

From Doubt to Devotion
by Deborah Crawford

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NIV)

Deep within darkness looms chaos and disbelief.
Burdens won't budge with mounting weight of grief.
Difficulties cause desperation to seek relief.
Where do I turn for my strength?

Doubt becomes heavy with tremendous despair.
Does anyone anywhere even give a care?
Destruction causes devastation to seek repair.
Where can I go to find strength?

If I plead, who will lead?
I can’t cope, where’s my hope?
I am pleading, who is leading?
There’s no coping, no point in hoping!

Decision looks within, without—something is wrong.
Deliberating daily on how to be strong.
Diligence dares to shout with a song.
God is the strength of my life!

Declaration becomes louder, shouting out His grace.
Developing discipline, walking His perfect pace.
Devotion turns delightful when seeking His face. 
Jesus is the answer, He’s my strength!

Receive peace from God’s words.......

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 (NIV)

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11 (NIV)

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” Psalm 122:6-8 (NIV)

May you live to see your children’s children— peace be on Israel. Psalm 128:6 (NIV)

He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat. Psalm 147:14 (NIV)

Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. Proverbs 12:20 (NIV)

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3(NIV)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 (NIV)

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

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Romans 16:20 (NIV)

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NIV)

For he himself is our peace. Ephesians 2:14 (NIV)

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” 1 Samuel 1:17 (NIV)

Go in peace and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Called, Disciplined, Anointed, Loved......Remember

I am called to write for the Lord. He chose me to give His Word to mothers living with the pain of separation from their children who make poor choices. He urged me to enlist mothers to pray for prodigals, our own and those all over the world. He asked me to write two books (even gave me the titles) and share personal pain and gain through them.

I was delighted. How awesome to be called of God, to have a purpose in this life. I studied writing, practiced writing, and joined a writer’s group. Nothing could stop me from serving Him, or so I thought. 

Now I remind me and you—God’s plans are everlasting and He is faithful to accomplish them (Isaiah 25:1, Philippians 1:6). He will get them done, if not through us, then someone else. It’s our choice whether to serve Him when He calls. 

So wouldn’t you think if God called me and assigned me a task, I’d choose to obey and serve Him? I mean, after all, to have a boss like God is awesome, right? Even if I allowed distractions to stop my task or I failed to accomplish any of it, I knew He’d forgive me if I repented. I think that became my problem—having a boss like God allowed me to take advantage of His goodness. 

And I was doing good, right God? I really wasn’t doing anything wrong, right God? I regularly rise early every morning to spend quiet time with You. I regularly post weekly blog messages of encouragement. I regularly meet and pray with my “mothers for prodigals” group. I’m doing everything right, right God?

“No,” He said, loud and clear last weekend at the writer’s conference I attended. “You are not working on the books I called you to write.” With loving yet firm reminders, He reiterated my call through three speakers, several friends, and Scripture. He called me to write for Him and last weekend He “called me out” for disobeying Him. 

My disobedience to God came from allowing distractions and others things to pull me away from writing the books. I’ve worked on each book, written a planned objective, and even finished a chapter or two. But it’s such a daunting task that I’ve managed to find ways to avoid working on God’s assignment for two years. I didn’t realize how much my failure to finish the job had disappointed Him until last weekend. 

When the conference began, I heard God’s affirming call to me. Through the first speaker, I remembered the Scripture God spoke to me two years ago. The words come from Habakkuk, saying, “Then the Lord answered me and said, ‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run’” (2:3). WOW!

The next speaker then relayed God’s message, and I quote, “to someone who needs to hear it”, from the fourth chapter of Esther. I knew God was speaking to me through her—I had just read and studied the fourth chapter of Esther a few days before coming to the conference (she didn’t know what I had read). This speaker later drew a heart on the board, wrote Esther in the middle, and added the word Nehemiah. The message didn’t mean anything to anyone but me. One of the two books God called me to write uses the book of Nehemiah. She edited some of my work two years prior and remembered what I was attempting to write. In private she said to me, “If you had been writing a page a day, you would have over seven hundred pages written by now.” OUCH!

The discipline continued for two days in many ways. When I found the time to reread the words in Esther, God’s words began to haunt me. Esther’s uncle told her that if she chose to disobey God’s call to save her people, then He would find another deliverer who would obey Him. I began to wonder if He had a back-up writer for me. I realized if I continued to allow distractions to stop the work of writing God’s books, He might call someone else to write them. OUCH—my heart grieved!
“They’re my stories, God, and I’m supposed to write them,” I said, quietly. 

“Then write them,” said my Abba Father (Daddy God).

The realization of my failure hit me hard, but I left the conference on Saturday feeling energized. I realized God disciplined me because He loves me. The conference and those God used to speak to me confirmed His call. His repeated reminders were given to ensure my hearing. I heard.

The next morning at church God continued to proclaim His disciplined love to me. Through prayer, praise songs, pictures, and the pastor’s message, He reminded me of the importance of His call for me and others. The pastor told the congregation that believers in Christ are anointed with the Holy Spirit, filled with Him to fulfill His task of spreading the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Our pastor then read from Scripture saying, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NIV) WOW—good news!

Anointed? As a believer, I’m anointed and the Holy Spirit reminds me of the call to spread the good news. My obedience to Him should follow. After the sermon, our pastor offered believers a chance to be renewed and anointed with oil in Christ. I practically ran to one of the pastors to have the sign of the cross written across my forehead. Thank you, Jesus! Fill me up, Holy Spirit, because I’m ready to fulfill your mission of serving others in need. 

This task to which God’s called me is challenging to say the least, and if I let myself, I fear the job as well as the responsibility. But God called me to it and I KNOW, without doubt, He will see me through it. To You be the glory, Lord!

Have you ever avoided working on a God-assigned mission? When I realized my guilt of omission, and that God might use someone else to fulfill the mission He planned for me, my heart was wounded. I had disappointed my Savior, the One who loved me so much that He died for me, the One who loved me enough to discipline me. If you have neglected to use your gifts for God, run to your Heavenly Father, ask for forgiveness, receive His mercy, accept His call on your life, and see it to completion. He’ll be there by your side through it all. I know because He told me so! 

He called me, loved me enough to discipline me, filled me with His Holy Spirit, and anointed me. Now He tells me to go into the world with remembrances of His message of good news in Christ Jesus. As I pray for you all, I ask your prayers for me as I work with God on His task to minister to hurting people. I ask that you hold me accountable to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to remember His calling on my life!!!

Allow the Word of God to bless you as you read below about God, our Loving Disciplinarian:  
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. Hebrews 12:4-13 (NIV)  


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Return, Repent, REDEEMED, Remember

Alright, the truth hurts, but here goes—we ALL are sinners and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Paul through the third chapter of Romans hits us hard with his candor by asking, “Are we better than they?” 

“Not at all,” he quickly answers and later adds, “There is none righteous, not one” (Romans 3:9-11). We can’t do anything good to make ourselves any better. Plain and simple, we are sinners. BUT there’s hope and it’s found in our Truth-Bearer, Jesus Christ (John 14:6). And He desires honesty, first with ourselves and then others.

Truth opens and reveals the secrets in our hearts. It may be frightening at first to disclose shameful things and bad choices in our lives, but what release it brings. When we are truthful with our Truth-bearer, He shatters the shackles around our hearts and splits the chains binding us. We are free; His truth sets us free (John 8:32).

God desires our freedom from the chains binding us. He waits patiently for us to return to Him, our Creator. Jesus Christ paved a way for our freedom by dying upon a cross, bearing our sins. Taking our sins away, He forgives us and covers us with His righteousness. His offering to us is a wonderful gift of grace free of charge. He looks us in the eye and hands us His extravagant mercy. 

With the chance to be free from the chains that bind us comes the freedom to choose His mercy and grace. We can accept His offering of grace or we can reject it. The gift is there for the taking, if we choose it. 

Choosing to receive God’s grace requires us to turn away from our wrongdoings—SINS—and return to our Heavenly Father with repentance in our hearts. When we're truly sorry for what we’ve done or haven’t done and honest about our behavior, we are showered in the grace of our loving God. 

Repentance enables God to work His wonderful traits into our lives. When we say yes to the God of grace, He will clean up our hearts and redeem us, saving us from sin and eternal death. Redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ frees people and glorifies God. Lives change and those around us see a difference. 

When we have allowed the prodigal in us to return, repent, and receive redemption, then we turn and face the world with remembrance of what the Lord has done for us. If someone asks about our change, then we can tell how God delivered us with His powerful hand. Give praise to God and tell about His powerful ways. Give Him all the credit and glory—after all, it’s about Him, not us! Remember Him and His mercy!

Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:7 (NASB)

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15 (NASB)

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7 (NASB)

And they remembered His words. Luke 24:8 (NASB)


The Lord our God says, “Return to Me!” as we live throughout each day.
He desires a repentant heart, kneeling at His feet we pray. 

His kingdom is near and He offers His peace, repent and believe His Word.
Be washed in His blood, live clean in His ways, and remember always what you’ve heard!

Now go and spread the word of God, live free in His loving ways.
The world out there needs to hear good news, we’ve got a trail to blaze.

Tell the truth of a merciful God, filled with endless grace.
He stands nearby with gentleness and love, waiting to embrace.

Go, go, go to the world with a message of endless hope.
Salvation is near, they need to hear; God gives the ability to cope.

On your knees in humility, bow before the Lord of all.
He’s the Savior of the world. It’s your mission; you are called.

The world needs Him!

Come back next week for a personal story of returning, repenting, redemption, remembering.......

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Canopy of Grace

Scores of people are “do-gooders” reaching out to assist those in need, offering equal opportunities, and attempting to establish fairness and justice. We assume goodness earns us points in the eyes of people and God; we conclude reputations depend on the act of being good. All our human reasoning on goodness makes sense to us, but in reality, only God is good (Luke 18:19).  

Of course, our good God desires us to be good. As the Creator, He created everything good, and goodness prevailed until sin entered into the Garden of Eden. Many years later in the wilderness He gave Moses the Ten Commandments to direct the Israelites into right living, to protect them from evil. He told the Israelites in Deuteronomy 12:28 to be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God. And then in Psalm 37:3 David’s words tell us to trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 

Yes, God wants us to follow His instructions, to obey His word, to be good. He has written (through called men of God) every detail in the Bible to instruct us how to live (2 Timothy 3:16-17). He knows best. His wisdom and understanding far exceeds ours (1 Corinthians 1:25). Yet no where in Scripture are we told that our good works will get us into heaven. 

And still we work hard at being good. It may last for a while, but eventually we fail and fall into sin. Paul tells us in Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Well then, what do we do? How can we be good enough to get into heaven? We can’t do enough good or be good enough to enter ourselves into heaven. Eternal life comes only by the grace of God through belief in our Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

We are sinners and unable to achieve eternal life on our own. Enter the canopy of grace. Knowing His creatures, God planned an amazing act of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus exchanged His holiness and righteousness for our sinfulness. All the punishment we deserved He took upon Himself while we received His covering of grace. Thank you, Jesus!

This grace is His gift to us; we can’t work for it or earn it by doing good works. Scripture confirms God’s gift of grace to us in Ephesians 2:8-10— For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

That’s the good news in a nutshell—we are saved by grace, the canopy of grace only Jesus can provide. So what do we do? Where do we go from here? We believe in the one and only name of Jesus, accept His grace and mercy, and trust Him with our lives. We meet with Him daily and follow Him closely. Then we become God’s handiwork and fulfill good works through the precious name of Christ Jesus. To Him be the glory!

Read God’s words below. Receive salvation in the holy name of Jesus and be covered by His canopy of grace, love, and forgiveness. Work in His name to help others see His goodness and mercy. Give Him honor and praise. To Him be the glory now and forever!

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-24 (NIV) that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. Titus 3:7-8 (NIV)

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:6 (NIV)

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (NIV)

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 3 John 1:11 (NIV)

I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
    and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom. 
One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works—
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.
All your works praise you, Lord;
    your faithful people extol you. 
They tell of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might, 
so that all people may know of your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
    and faithful in all he does.
The Lord upholds all who fall
    and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and faithful in all he does.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cry and saves them. 
The Lord watches over all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
    Let every creature praise his holy name
    for ever and ever.
Psalm 145 (NIV)

May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Corinthians 13:14 (The Message)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pliable Clay

Restlessness or peace? Unyielding or pliable? Cain or Hope? Over the past week, I considered my answers to these question. As a believer in Christ Jesus, I want my answers to be peace, pliable, and Hope. But sometimes I choose poorly. I allow sin and circumstances to override my good judgment, causing me to wander in the land of Nod. Anxiety agitates within my spirit until I finally wise up and fall to my knees in surrender to my Savior Jesus Christ. Shower time!
Grace, amazing grace, saves us wretches when we choose to surrender and believe on the name of Jesus. Grace relieves our fears and settles our restless souls. No matter what we’ve done, God waits with soap and a wash cloth (it’s really His blood that washes us) to shower us in His grace. Even though we may endure a lifetime of consequences from bad choices, He still wants to clean us up with His gift of grace. 
After Cain murdered his brother, he lost his job as a farmer (Genesis 4). He was cursed from the ground because of the blood of his brother, making him a wanderer. To protect him from being killed, God put a mark of grace on his head. Yet this drifter roamed in an unsettled state. Is it possible that Cain’s restlessness eventually caused him to reflect on his sin and God’s grace? Was it God’s plan to give Him time to reflect on what he had done and then repent of his sin? 
Our gracious and merciful God wants His children to choose life. As the apostle Peter states in 2 Peter 3:9, “Do not ever make the mistake of regarding the longsuffering of God as weakness, but it is rather his mercy, it is his grace, giving men time to repent in order that none may perish but that all may come to repentance.” God loves us and He wants us to live with Him eternally. He desires the time suffered through our consequences to cause us to run toward His grace. But even though God is longsuffering toward us, we shouldn’t be presumptuous about how long He’ll wait. Instead we should use the time to repent and change. 
Repent and change—words echoing through the ages from God and His prophets. Fast forward hundreds of years and we see Israel making the same regretful choices as Cain. God wanted His people to return to Him and He chose many different prophets, one being Jeremiah, to proclaim His word to them. He sent Jeremiah to a potter’s house for a symbolic illustration of the Sovereignty of God and the response of His people (Jeremiah 18:1-12). 
Jeremiah observed a potter working with a marred piece of clay. The potter fixed his eyes on the clay and patiently worked on the distressed piece. He faithfully fashioned the clay on the wheel until he created a beautiful vessel, and it pleased him. 

Then God said to Jeremiah, “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel” (Jeremiah 18:6).

God planned a promising future for His people during Jeremiah’s time (Jeremiah 29:11-14) and His plans hold true today. He desired for His people to turn from their evil ways, seek Him, and obey His voice. He desires the same for us today. He showed them the blessings and the curses of their choices in Deuteronomy and told them to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:14-20). His truth still stands today.

Grace coats the Potter’s hands and He yearns to create a masterpiece. But He will not force His will on us. He offers us the choice to choose grace, as He did with Israel.

When Jeremiah understood the potter/clay illustration, he went before God’s people and told them to return to God. Unfortunately they said, “It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart” (Jeremiah 18:12).

How sad! Like Cain, the house of Israel chose to go their own way and follow their own plans. They chose a life of restlessness and lived out the consequences of their choices (God later allowed Babylon to conquer them.) Did their distress and anxiety eventually drive them back into the loving hands of their Redeemer? Did they ever completely trust the Potter with their very existence? 

Have you ever felt hopeless like the Israelites? If so, KNOW, without doubt, that all is not hopeless and everything is possible with God (Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27). He is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). Scripture confirms His word over and over again. Focus on the hope of His promises right now:

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness. Psalm 33:18 (NASB)

For I hope in You, O Lord; You will answer, O Lord my God. Psalm 38:15 (NASB)

For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth. Psalm 71:5 (NASB)

O Israel, hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption. Psalm 130:7 (NASB)

Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O Lord our God? Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things. Jeremiah 14:22 (NASB)

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)

“There is hope for your future,” declares the Lord, “And your children will return to their own territory. Jeremiah 31:17 (NASB)

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:22-23 (NIV)

God’s got big plans for us, His people, plans for well-being in our future. Yet He allows us to accept or reject His graciousness. We decide whether to be malleable in His hands or reject His graceful design for our lives. Do we prefer God’s perfect rest or Nod’s restlessness? Will we choose to live according to His plans or follow our own plans? 

God’s grace is limitless and infinite. His mercy endures forever and is given to all who call on the  name of Jesus Christ. Return to the presence of the Lord, surrender your will to His Sovereignty, and place your pliable clay in the loving hands of the Potter. His grace will rain down upon you and will reign over you! Oh, to be wet in the showers of His grace!

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NASB)