Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Erasing the lines

Vanished are the pay-scales, power struggles and plights In a well seasoned smile Sprinkled with love, acceptance and humility A kind word to strangers Can melt the hardest heart, and turn the well worn frown

Copyright 2013 Christine Emmick

Thursday, September 5, 2013

War on Adversity

I was posed with this question on the DAB's Facebook page this morning...

What is your posture of heart when faced with adversity?

My response was nearly poetic, and automatic, which means I had little to do with it...

NO! Refusal to accept it!
Sometimes my fortitude is met with 
Ever increasing adversity,
Or relinquished grace
Sometimes... when my spirit is right, 
My fortitude is met with blessings
On the other side. 

Sometimes my spirit is worn, 
And I bring a weary, war torn heart to the cross
Desperate for comfort.
God is always faithful. 
He holds my head in His arms as the tears roll,
Whispering, "I know... It will be alright... 
My hand is in this..."

What is your posture of heart when you are pressed in from all sides?

The bible says we will be bruised, but not crushed.

Have hope to endure.

Have peace that transcends your surroundings.

Know that the God who made you, loves you too much to let you stay where you are...

and gives you grace, in abundance, for the journey.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Raise Your Hands

While it is not often done in a traditional church setting, many newer non-denominational churches raise their hands during worship and even during the message.

This hand raising is not a new idea however...
Psalms 134

Behold, bless the LORD, all servants of the LORD,
Who serve by night in the house of the LORD!
Lift up your hands to the sanctuary
And bless the LORD.
May the LORD bless you from Zion, 
He who made heaven and earth.

To those who may not understand why we would raise our hands I'd like to offer an explanation. We do raise our hands in reverence and praise to the one who made us, but it is not only that. We also raise  our hands to him, who is reaching down to lift us up. He longs to bring us to himself like a mother gathering her children, comfort us, whisper in our ear how special we are, and how much we are loved.

Next time you see someone raising their hands during worship, know that they are simply coming to the Father like a little child, enveloped in His loving embrace.

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Last night hangin' with my peeps I had a revelation. No matter what I feel like, God says I'm loved.

In Galatians 2:20 it says, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for my righteousness, or "right-standing" with God. So no matter what I've done, and no matter how I feel, I am awesome in God's eyes. His position, not our earthly wealth or knowledge or power, or lack thereof, determines our worth. God loves you, and you are worthy of that love, not because of your accomplishments, but because of Christ's gift.

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So even when you don't feel like it, or maybe ESPECIALLY when you don't feel like it, God thinks you're awesome!

Do we always do awesome stuff? No. All of us have messed up, and continue to do so. That's what grace is all about. A priest once told me that the three most important words in a marriage are, "I Forgive You." I would say that those are not just the most important for marriage, but also the most important words of any relationship, including our relationship with God. He gives those words out like a grandma gives out sweets to kiddos. Have you ever tried to refuse cookies from a grandma? Not accepting those words from Him is like saying, "But God You don't understand, I really messed up this time!" When we walk in His grace, though, we recognize His awesomeness in us.

Are you awesome today? It's just a matter of choice. Choose to believe who you are by the world's standards, or choose to believe who God says you are.

Choose awesome. :)

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Who IS Your Daddy? PSA68.5

I was reading Heaven is for REAL this morning and the moment in the story when the surgery-bound little boy was wheeled away from his father hit me like a ton of bricks. If you haven't read it, the rest of the story reveals how Jesus came and comforted the boy during the most traumatic event of his life. It reminded me of my childhood and how many times Jesus had come to my rescue.

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Fatherlessness hits anyone hard. As a young girl I was faced with a lack of love from my earthly father. His time away, and his rages when he was home, left me lonely, scared and rejected. Unlike my story, this father was told to leave his son by hospital staff and wished he could stay right there. Although the circumstances were different, I'm sure to this boy's young heart it was the same desperate feeling I had.

It is at these moments, in our weekness, when Christ works best. No matter what your age, when you are feeling lost, scared and lonely, Jesus will come and comfort you when you call. We still weep, we still hurt, but His presence makes everything bearable. His Spirit lets us know that we will survive, and more importantly, that we are special and loved.

When I look back on pictures of myself during my childhood, I see no tears. I see only a bright gleaming smile. None of those deep insecurities and fears were visible on the outside. God did sustain me, and through those trials I learned just how much I could trust Him. God's word tells us in Psalm 68 that "He is a father to the fatherless," and there are times in everyone's life when our father is absent or cannot fill the need of that fatherly love in our hearts. Today, let God be the Daddy you desperately need. He will never, ever, disappoint you. :)

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