Saturday, May 3, 2008


Recently I realized that I am always asking people "Are you ok" or "Are you mad at me?" My husband and those closest to me got to a place where they were like if you ask me again I am going to really get angry with you. So you are thinking easy; just stop asking right? WRONG!!! I found that when I was about to say it I would stop my self from saying it. This was/is the hardest thing to do cause everything in me is so worried that something is wrong with what I am doing. That they are not happy. I would finally just bust at the seams and blurt out "Are you ok?"

Thank the Lord for the precious Holy Spirit. All we have to do is pray and God will reveal what we can't see with our eyes in our heart. As I prayed for God to show me what was wrong why do I have such an insecurity. All the people in my life love me so much and their love for me isn't going to change no matter what I do wrong in a day be it forget their favorite thing at the store, say the wrong thing or even if I am not being the "life of the night".

Finally I remembered my father Craig had anger problems. He would go zero to 60 in one second. Love had to be earned at my house. If I walked into the room with a wrong tone or gave a straight face it would be immediate anger. So all my life actions=love. All the while in fear that what I was doing might be driving them away with my imperfections.

Genesis 6:8 Noah finds favor with God. All around him were people about to die but God had Grace on Noah.

If you don't get anything else from this whole thing get that. When you obtain favor with someone that is their love and friendship grace comes with that. That is so freeing. There is nothing that Noah did to obtain God's favor and grace. Any of the people that died in the flood could have been the one on the boat in my opinion. God is a good God. He is constantly reaching out His hand into our life waiting for us to reach back.

Once you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior there is favor on your life which means you have.....That is right GRACE.

Proverbs 4:7-10
7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, [a] get understanding.

8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.

9 She will set a garland of grace on your head
and present you with a crown of splendor."

10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many

There are several verses in the Bible that talk about grace being around our neck. I thought about this and I realized that God does nothing by chance it all has a divine purpose.

Joshua 10:24
When they had brought these kings to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, "Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings." So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks.

Neck is a HUGE significance. When someone has you by the neck you are forced to submit to whatever they want you to do. This is something that their enemy will do to manipulate and control their prey. WOW!!! God puts a garland of grace around our neck to protect us. When we let Him crown us with this garland that is when we quite being controled by the devil and lead by God.

How awesome is that! I love what verse 10 of the Proverbs 4 verse says: "Accept what I say and the years of your life will be many". That is so inspiring. The best thing with God is His hand is there waiting to put the garland, protection, around our neck all we have to do is accept it!

So you are thinking this is good right? Well it gets so much stinkin better!

Romans 8:31-36 (msg)
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture

The new living says we were marked but now we were all marked like sheep for the slaughter BUT God's grace around our neck has saved us! How powerful is that.

I love the above scripture, that it says "Who would dare even to point a finger". This is something that everytime I start to think that somebody I love is not liking what I am doing or is angry with me I just say this to myself. I have God's love, acceptance and most of all HIS GRACE!!! Then it goes on to say that nothing can drive a wedge in between us and God's love for us. That is so amazing to me that God loves me so much. His love can't go away for not one reason. There is such a security in that when you really get a hold of it.

There is nothing that we can do, say, buy to obtain God's grace. All we have to do is to decide that we are going to start walking in it daily. I promise you that if you get ahold of what I am saying and start walking knowing that you now have a garland of grace around your neck you can get the devil's foot off of you and start living your life free of strongholds!!!


Anonymous said...

sweet blog!

Anonymous said...

couldnt sleep this morning so i decided to jump on the computer. so thankful i did because the first thing i see is your blog about grace! i cant tell you how that spoke to me. You have no idea the things thati have been going throuhg...but thankfully i am going through! I love you girl and not only are you beautiful outside but you are a beautiful soul as well.
love you and miss you tons!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you! This is awesome my fabulous friend!!!! It is also just what someone I know needs to hear. I'll pass it along. Have a blessed day!
Your "F" Friend

Anonymous said...

Well that is just pretty darn cute! I might just start one myself :) I really don't have anything insprational like you to say. Well I think that you really are just that... an inspiration!! You just seem to have it all together. You are a WONDERFUL mommy and wife and that is just something to look up to!

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

You are wise beyond your years Crystal and I give thanks for your direction into ministry. It is amazing how God uses us to touch others by sharing how we have been mended and healed. A friend once shared with me, "the thing that has hurt us the most, is what God has called us to heal". I love that.

Thank you for your honesty, your concern for others, and most of all your witness. You are a shining example of God's love and we can use all that we can get!



Anonymous said...

This is GREAT! I found your blog through Misty!