“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house, and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:9

I read the best quote from Sally Clarkson today, “The house with the life of God isn’t a perfect house, it’s a redeemed house.” This stayed with me as I read the passage in Deuteronomy filled with instructions for true life. It made me wonder what is written on our doorposts so to speak? What do people experience when they walk through our front door? Do they feel loved and welcomed? What about the kids that live daily within these walls? The house that has held us these past twelve years and the one we did not sell, by the way. Do I miss opportunities to show and tell them that they are loved unconditionally and I trust them? I do not want to miss any chance to speak life, but I know I do. So this mama needs reminders that I too have been redeemed. I am loved unconditionally and trusted by our Heavenly Father. Perfection and fear are not welcome in our home or heart. Those yokes of slavery have no authority or business on a child of God or in a redeemed home!

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A Peaceful Morning

The sky was still dark as I snuggled down into my chair. Our outside lights made little effort to shine early this morning allowing me to see. I began to read a piece written about the scene in John where a woman caught in sin was brought to Jesus. The people who brought her to Him had no idea what an act of mercy they were being invited into, but spiritually blind people rarely do. The story goes that stones were in hand, ready to be thrown to punish. A few words spoken by Jesus, and the stones began to drop. I wondered what that must have been like for her to hear the actual sound of grace? I sat quietly and listened. Outside the sky was raining down ice, and as it hit the window, I heard it too. And later when the sun came up, snow began to fall. White snow that is covering all and with it is another beautiful reminder. “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD; though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18). What peace is found at the feet of Jesus!

Going Back

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1)

Sometimes the Lord allows you to go back to places or experiences. Two weeks in a row this happened and each time I was amazed. The first had almost a twenty year time span and the other about two years. I sat in a sea of cowboy hats at both events and could not have been more thankful. The list is long, but one thing kept coming to mind, I am not the same. The Father used many things over these years to change my heart as only His love can do. This amazing love is offered, given to His children. Why in the world do we settle for less or try to earn it from other people or places? This gives us an orphan mentality and it can be so blinding. With clear eyes we see this costly offer from our Father, who calls us His children, and it can be overwhelming. This leads to a tender heart that freely declares to whom we belong, to whose love we have received. We are adopted, called children of God, and so we are. What a beautiful, finalizing declaration!