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Daughter of 1

October 3, 2012 by  
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Oh Lord, tell me how this could be.

My sins were the nails they drove into your hands and feet

I am unworthy; my sins have made me dirty

And yet you died for me.

 

I am a sinner through and through

So many years I spent so far away from you

Nothing I could ever do would pay for what I’ve done

And that is why the Father sent His Son.

 

Chorus: And like you Lord, my soul has risen

Because you live, I’m forgiven

Your blood has washed me clean

I’m spotless when you look at me

I’m the Daughter of the King

 

Grace, now sufficient for my sin

It covers me. It quiets all these voices from within

The people that I used to be- they fight against your will –

But your love keeps them still.

 

The life I used to live was futile and alone

I think I tried everything to fill this God-shaped hole

I didn’t need you – stood unyielding to the throne

But now your love has redeemed my soul

 

Bridge: And tonight as I kneel down and pray,

That tomorrow I’ll be more like you than I was today

Father how I love you, oh how you’ve set me free

Now let your love be glorified in me.

 

Chorus: ‘cause like you Lord, my soul has risen

Because you live, I’m forgiven

Your blood has washed me clean

I’m spotless when you look at me

I’m the Daughter of the King

 Your promises are all for me

 I’m the Daughter of the King

 

Christine lives in the Lake Travis area of Austin, TX with her handsome hubby, dogs, cats, and little family of deer.  At 34 years old and a fairly new Christian, she claims to be something between being a worthless chunk of coal and something beautiful.  She’s been a lot of different people over those years and is not proud of most of them.  But when she gave her life to Christ about 10 years ago, she gave up all those people and became something new.  These days, she strives to be a gracious person; one of warmth, compassion, and kindness.  But growing up the way she did, learning to defend and protect herself at all costs, she still struggles with that wounded animal inner soul of herself that isn’t all that happy about life in this new skin.  Living graciously takes courage and requires vulnerability.  And she doesn’t come by either trait naturally. 

But when God spoke to her and asked her to share her story, He asked for transparency.  He didn’t ask her to tell the pretty fluffy stories she would like to believe for herself, but the dirty, grimy truth of her journey.  At first, she balked at that idea.  She tried arguing, negotiating, and just plain ignoring God.  But she quickly discerned that they only thing scarier than saying “yes” to God, was saying. “no.”  She realized that her fears and anxieties in allowing herself to be vulnerable are simply nothing compared to His sacrifice.  So for His glory and of her weakness, she writes.

Christine tries to tell the story of who she was and who she really is now – a chubby Realtor from Austin with a messed up childhood and long road to redemption. Still having so much to learn, she gets up every day and tries to live this life the very best way she knows how; by following Him.  Sometimes she get it just a little bit right.  Often, she get it a little bit wrong. But as she puts it, “When it comes down to it all, I am human and I am a mess. But I am His.”

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