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Loved from Eternity

 



It has taken decades for me to internalize the depth of God’s love . . . I’m sure that I still haven’t fully comprehended it. Frequently, in a fresh, new way, God reveals his love to my heart. And I respond with a fresh, new poem.  You may not be a poet, but God wants you to understand the depth of his love. 

If you can identify with the words of the following poem, I invite you to make them your own.


Loved from Eternity

I was worn out with fear and doubt,
But I could not figure out
How to escape the thing in me
That kept my mind in slavery.

It was not a chain put upon
Me—by someone else, just my song;
It was my own song of unbelief
That kept me in a state of grief.

Then one day, Jesus came!
He set me free, broke my chain!
This is the truth he spoke to me:
“I’ve loved you from eternity.”

Now at last I understand
I was wanted! I was planned!
Jesus healed me, made me whole.
I have a purpose and a goal.

Free from fear, guilt, and shame,
I serve my Lord and for him, claim—
Through prayer, the things he speaks to me;
Things which only faith can see;

Not toys of silver or of gold,
Which tarnish and collect green mold,
But gifts incorruptible,
Rewards indestructible.

I was worn out with fear and doubt;
Jesus knew what it was about.
This is the truth he spoke to me:
“I’ve loved you from eternity.”

10/8/2017 Jane Ault


The choice to receive God’s love opens the doorway to emotional freedom. He, then,  empowers us to overcome destructive anger, resentment, and revenge. Buy here.

 

 

 

 

   


 

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Enter: GRACE . . .

 



On some mornings when I wake up, I would like to turn over and go back to sleep. On one such morning this week, this little rhyme popped up in my head:

When morning arrives and the sun is in sight,
I could reflect on the distress of the night.

How would rehearsing my miseries and failures
Affect my feelings, my thoughts, my behaviors?

Would this help me gain confidence, grow in faith?
Would it help me avoid my usual mistake?

For me the usual mistake would have been to roll over and go back to sleep, focusing on my stiff and sore muscles. Instead, I promptly got up.  During breakfast, I chose not to complain about the “distress of the night” (which did not actually amount to much) but to share my little poem.  It made for a happy and relaxed breakfast time.  

Being senior citizens, we could both find ways to complain about the adjustments that we need to make in everyday life. Would focusing on our present puny miseries and past failures help us to finish this life well? Of course not! We want to finish well. Don’t you?


To finish well I must not dwell
On how I failed “to make the grade”,

Instead, remember who it is
That forgives and gives me aid.

To finish well, I must change my pace
To myself and others, “Enter: Grace”!


Enter: GRACE

It’s not lost to you, God—
All that data of mine;
My hard drive crashed,
But your memory is just fine.

Every word from my mouth,
Every thought in my head,
Every action I have taken,
With your scanner, you have read.

And you’ve stored everything
On your disc in the sky;
But my sins you’ve deleted,
For that, I gratefully sigh.

If you made hard copies
Of every foolish error
And gave them out to friends of mine
I truly would despair.

God, please look over
The spreadsheets in my mind;
Edit them with truthfulness.
Show me where I’m blind.

And in my daily computing
Teach me to enter: Grace;
So when others sin against me,
I, like you, their sins erase.

Jane Ault
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