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O Come to the Altar

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Just As I Am

This is one of my new favorite hymns. Now, I know what you’re thinking. New favorites? That song’s almost 200 years old! I know, I know. But it was only recently that I really listened to the words, and it was only recently that I really fell in love with it. Why? Because it reminds me of my brokenness, but it also reminds me of His grace. I can come to Him just as I amI don’t need to try to fix myself before I run to Jesus. He accepts me as I am, and He changes me to look more like Him. What a beautiful truth. What a beautiful song.

I come broken to be mended;
I come wounded to be healed;
I come desperate to be rescued;
I come empty to be filled!
I come guilty to be pardoned
By the blood of Christ the Lamb,
And I’m welcomed with open arms
Praise Godjust as I am!

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Even Unto Death

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II Corinthians 12:9-10

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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I was reminded of this passage once again at church on Sunday. I had a crazy week plannedit’s the tail end of midterms; I had a speech, two papers, and two tests; and I can’t remember the last time I got enough sleep. I was sure there was no way I’d make it through this week. But I was struck by these words from Paul. He was struggling a lot with his “thorn in the flesh,” whatever that might have been. He asked its removal of Christ three times. And what was His answer? It wasn’t, “Oh, My bad! Let Me fix that immediately!” It was, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

He never promised us that this life wasn’t going to be hard. He never said the road would be smooth and the path straight. In fact, He promised the opposite: “In this world, you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). But He promised us that He would walk with us, and that His grace is enough.

No matter what you’re going through, the hardships you’re struggling with or the many responsibilities you’re juggling, His grace is sufficient for you. This wasn’t just a promise He made to Paul two thousand years ago. It’s a promise for you, too. It’s a promise for me.

This week, sufficient grace for me looks like an unexpected day off classes and an extension on both papers, one test, and my speech. What does it look like for you?

“Had any other condition been better for you that the one which you are in, divine love would have placed you there.” -Charles Spurgeon

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Love

I just wanted to share a piece of my heart tonight. I’ve been thinking a lot lately, maybe too much, but one of the things that I just can’t seem to make sense of is the incredible love of God. I just don’t understand, and I probably never will, how someone could know me like He does and yet at the same time love me like He does. It just doesn’t make sense.

He knows me more fully than I will ever know myself. He knows how very, very low I have been and how incredibly dark my days can be. He knows every scar and the heartache that made it. He knows the hurt that I have suffered and the hurt that I have caused. He is intimately acquainted with my every failure and with every fight that I have lost. And at the end of it all, He knows that there is nothing good in me. I have nothing to offer, and I am not a good person. He knows that.

But He loves me anyway.

He knows I have nothing to give, but He is in need of nothing. He knows there is nothing good in me, but He is good itself. He doesn’t need me to be anything, because He is everything. All He asks for is my heart. After everything that He’s done for me, how could I give Him any less?

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Broken Glass

“However, like broken glass, we are imperfect reflections of our God. He alone can restore the broken mirror of our lives, allowing us to display His glorious image to a fallen world.” 

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