Do you ever have one of those days where God speaks to you in a clear and confident tone, so clear there is NO mistaking it’s Him? Well, on the way to Church Sunday, I prayed asking Him for “direction and provision” for certain areas of my life.
We had a guest speaker at Church today. Some of you might know her and her ministry. Nancy Alcorn, with Mercy Ministries, was incredibly encouraging and opened my eyes to all the young girls who need to hear God’s Word, but most importantly how I need to be that light. My fear holds me back from sharing the Gospel, but God gives just enough light to take one step in our walk of faith. When you’re ready to walk further, His light will shine your pathway to take the next step.
This is the point where I KNEW God was speaking directly to me. Nancy says, she was going to talk to us about Faith in “Direction” and Faith in “Provision”. Wow. Did I not just pray in those exact words in the car, with the kids screaming, on the way to church? One thing that struck me was when she explains how she grew up. Nancy was raised with religion, but didn’t know you could have a relationship with Jesus, didn’t even know you can accept Him as your Savior, through Grace. Never understood that His Grace, His Sacrifice, is a gift so that we can accept in order to be saved.
There are so many people who feel that way. How could He love me? Do you know all the things I’ve done? Or people feel “going to church” is too formal, too much Religion, too restricted. I can never put into words how I feel about my God when I ask someone to go to Church with me and they refuse. Yesterday, I discovered a new artist with a refreshing song that explains how it should feel accepting Jesus as your Savior, how it should feel having Him in your life, how it should feel knowing His Grace is forever.
A friend of mine from High School, who’s not a Believer, gently poked and joked at my status update on Facebook, where I praise God for directing me so clearly. I then explained to him that His Word tells me He never lets go of his children. “I’ll continue to pray for you. It keeps my heart busy.” He then tells me this:
Joke? Faith is amazing. Like love and purity. I have none of the above but I look up to you and hope my daughter will have those qualities 🙂
He hit the nail on the head. Faith IS like love and purity. Jason Gray sings this feeling so perfectly in More Like Falling In Love. “All religion ever made of me was just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet. It never set me free. It’s gotta be more like falling in love.”
This Music Monday, I encourage you to listen to the song below. How is your relationship with God right now? Does it feel wordless or restricted? Or are you in love?
Album: Everything Sad is Coming Untrue
I will break them
Give me lines
I will cross them
I need more than a truth to believe
I need a truth that lives, moves, and breathes
To sweep me off my feet
It ought to be
More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love
Give me words
I’ll misuse them
I’ll misplace them
‘Cause all religion ever made of me
Was just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet
It never set me free
It’s gotta be
…It’s like I’m falling in love, love, love
Deeper and deeper
It was love that made
Me a believer
In more than a name, a faith, a creed
Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me
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