How He Loves Us

“He is jealous for me. Loves like a hurricane. I am a tree”

It has been at the back of my head all day.

“Bending beneath the weight of His wind and Mercy”

A worship song.

“When all of a sudden I am unaware of my afflictions”

I teared up several times as it played in my head.

“Eclipsed by glory and I realize just how beautiful You are”

Sometimes I just sing it whispering the lyrics…

“And how great your affections are for me”

allowing each word to tell the story of my amazing God.

And then the chorus comes and I sing the words, loudly this time. I sing, with the music supporting me in the background.

“And oh, how He loves us, oh. Oh, how He loves us, how He loves us all”

The bridge comes and I find myself unprepared for the blessing of truth it brings.

“We are His portion and He is our prize. Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes. If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking”

I remember where I am. My fingers our sinking. I have my hands submersed in the delicate folds of dishes. Water rinses away the soap and grime of dinners remains. I stand and for a moment close my eyes.

Yes, life has trials and tribulations.

No, soap can’t wash them away….

But God’s everlasting love can. If only we reach out and grasp.

So, I close my eyes and reach out with my imagination and try to grasp, try to understand, but I can’t. It is too much. His love is to much and that is why I begin to cry and I begin to question.

“Why? Why do you love me? Why? Why?”

He answers. “I love you because you are mine.”

And as He embraces me with this whisper of love the lyrics still sing and their saying,

“Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss. My heart turns violently inside of my chest. I don’t have time to maintain my regrets when I think about…”

And then the chorus comes back strikingly slow and soft for the powerful message it carries.

“Oh How He Loves Us All.”

In Christ Alone~EleyanaFaith

My Name, God’s Story

Throughout my life I have made much make believe. I have soared on fairy wings, cheered on an imaginary football team, knighted several honorable men, danced in a gypsy caravan, jumped a train as only hoboes can do, and I have gone where only the imagination can carry you. All of the memories I hold of these magnificent times are wrapped up in the folds of numerous outfits. These clothes, are to me, the treasure of my child-hood, and all treasures must be kept in a safe place. The safe place I erected for these particular treasures is an old wicker basket.

This old whicker basket is not ordinary. It is an emblem of things remembered to the past, present, and future. Therefor, along with the items it holds, the safe place is a memory and treasure dear to my heart. Sadly, though, dear things can often be forgotten and thus it happened that I had left this old friend to the past.

Time has a strange habit of reminding us of the past, revealing to us the future, and doing so in the present. Well, today is the present and today time took the time to remind me of the past…the same past I forgot my old friend in.

It came upon me, the realization that I could gain an evening spent in joy if I unearthed these treasures which held a childhood of memories. So, I searched for and found my old friend, the whicker basket, and as I removed the lid the clothes became my scope to the past.

A memory reminded me and somehow the image stuck. I’ve been thinking about it all day.

Do you remember playing make-believe? Do you remember why you did so? I remember one of the reasons why I did. I played make-believe so that I could make believe I was someone else and therefore have a different name.

So many times I made up a new name for myself. So many times. But somehow I was never satisfied with a made up name. For some reason I was never content with a fake name.

Looking back I now know the reason. It may seem silly to you, dear reader, but to me it makes perfect sense.

I was never satisfied with a made up name because my real name is like the names of the Old Testament. It holds a story. My story.

My story is very similar to the story of Samuel. Samuel (meaning: God listens) was given his name because God listened to the prayers of his mother Hannah. Eleyana (meaning: My God has answered me) was given to me because God answered the prayers of my mother.

The reason behind my name means very much to me, and because of its meaning I will never want to change my name. My name started my story, a story filled with prayers answered by a mighty God. A beautiful story of His grace and love towards my mother. A story that  continues as He daily brings grace and love to me. Through my name God glorifies His name. Therefore, my name is actually God’s story and because of this I am overjoyed. 

In Christ Alone~EleyanaFaith

No is Still a Yes

Have you ever heard the phrase, “In prayer there is only three possible answers. God either says yes, no, or wait”? I have heard this before. Millions of times. But for once, let us really think about it…

In my post “Why Worry, It’s Only Life” I discussed how even the hardships of life are a gift from God. Everything that happens He has ordained for our good and, most importantly, for His glory.

When we pray there are three possible answers from God; yes, no, and wait.

Yes: God answers our prayers just the way we want Him to. We ask for it and He gives it. At first this sounds fantastic. It sounds like the best answer, because we finally get what we want. But do we always want to get what we want? Like the old parable says, “Be careful for what you wish for ’cause you just might get it.”

No: God answers our prayers the way we didn’t want Him to. He says no, and we have to cope with our disappointments. This sounds like the worst answer, because we don’t get what we want, just the way we want it. But, sometimes God is being gracious to us when He answers us with a no. 

Wait: God answers without an answer. He hasn’t said no or yes which means He is keeping the future in mind. Sometimes “wait” means wait a little while and I’ll give you your desire, and sometimes it  means wait a little while until you no longer want your present desire.

Now that we have viewed the answers to prayer, maybe we should take a step back and analyze the prayers themselves.

Out of the prayers which require an answer, there are two different kinds; I would like this, and…not my will, but yours be done. Out of these two, the best is definitely the latter. How do I know? Because Jesus told us to pray with God’s will above our own.

“Pray then like this: Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” -Matthew 6: 9-13

When we keep the frame of mind that God’s will is better than our own then we won’t care what answer He will gives us. We may be sad at first, but in the end we will not rise in anger against Him because we know that even the “No” will end up as a “Yes” because He knows what is best!!

In Christ Alone~EleyanaFaith

Hiedi Quotes

My mother is reading the amazing book HIEDI to my younger sister. As I sit often times, busy with my own life, I can hear the words of the sweetest character to ever enhance the pages of books. She is fictional and sometimes we laugh at her antics, but deep down inside I think that we all long to be as simple and sweet as she! I wanted to do a quote page today, so thanks to my mother and sister I decide to fill my post with her words…Hiedi quotes. Enjoy =]

“We must pray to God everyday to show we don’t forget that all gifts come from Him. But if some wishes remain unfulfilled we must show our confidence in Him, for He knows best.”
― Johanna SpyriHeidi

“Go now and wash yourself first, for the sun will laugh at you if he sees how dirty you are.”
― Johanna SpyriHeidi

“I’ll always say my prayers…and if God doesn’t answer them at once I shall know it’s because He’s planning something better for me.”
― Johanna SpyriHeidi

“God certainly knows of some happiness for us which He is going to bring out of the trouble, only we must have patience and not run away. And then all at once something happens and we see clearly ourselves that God has had some good thought in His mind all along; but because we cannot see things beforehand, and only know how dreadfully miserable we are, we think it is always going to be so.”
― Johanna SpyriHeidi

“I want to go about like the light-footed goats.”
― Johanna SpyriHeidi

 

Elsa: Hello.

Heidi: Oh! Have you come to see us?

Elsa: Yes, dear.

Pastor Schultz: I am Pastor Schultz.

Heidi: How do you do, Pastor Schultz? How do you do, Frau Schultz?

Elsa: Oh, no. I’m Fräulein Elsa, the schoolmistress.

Heidi: Oh. You’d make a very nice Frau Schultz.

 

Andrews, the Butler: This, sir, is Fräulein Heidi.

Sesemann: How do you do, Heidi?

Heidi: How do you do, Sir Gracious?

[falls trying to curtsy]

Heidi: I didn’t do it very well. Shall I try it again?

Sesemann: No, I don’t think that could be improved upon.