Thursday, December 18, 2008

Free

During last Sunday's message at church, the preacher said a couple of statements that really struck a chord with my heart and I've been thinking about them and realizing just how blessed I am to have the Lord as my Savior.


While I'm not one to pretend to have retained the entire message poured out on Sunday, the following two statements made me feel........well, free.
Free to live and love. But more than that, it made me feel so very thankful for God's grace.
  • While God does not treat sin lightly, God is not paralyzed by my past sin.

  • There is more grace in Jesus Christ than there is sin in my heart.
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14

Thank you Lord for your unfailing grace and forgiveness. For freeing up room in my heart, so that I don't miss little moments that you bless me with on a daily basis, like this

and this.






30 comments:

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

I love those sayings! Those pictures are awesome!

A Belle and her Beau said...

this was funny bc we talked about something very similar at my book club the other week (weird, I know) but one of the girls was giving her perspective on the book (the book was about forgiveness) and she said that "you can never out-sin God's grace". I have thought about grace a lot in the last couple of weeks. we are so blessed!

LyndsAU said...

We are so blessed to have God's grace. And this time of year really brings that to the front of my mind. He sent his only son to die for our terrible sins. Just amazing! Great post Hollie!

Cathy said...

AMEN! We should all enjoy and cherish each day!

Abbi said...

well stated! this time of year it's so easy to get up tight and forget how blessed we are! awesome to remember God has set us free from our sins and forgives NO matter what!! that's awesome!!

Katy said...

Sweet post! Thank you for sharing it with us. Sweet precious child as well. Have a great day!! ...kiss that darling girl

Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

I agree that it's important to recognize God in the little things as well as the big moments in life. And I love the pictures of your little girl- that new camera must be coming in handy!!

Lindsey said...

Love this post! And the pics!

Rebecca Jo said...

Talk about crazy... the song that is on my MP3 player playing right as I was reading this... "FREE" by Steven Curtis Chapman!!!!

Sweet Soft Southern Thrill said...

Great post! The first statement hit me square on the forehead.

While God does not treat sin lightly, God is not paralyzed by my past sin.

Wow. Thanks for reminding me how important forgiveness is, not only from God (glad for that!), but also for me in my interactions with friends, family, etc. I am very slow to forgive and I'm not proud of it. :( Thanks for the kick in the pants!

Brown Eyed Girl said...

Great post and so true! I love it when I hear things that really tug on my heart in Church. It wakes me up!

Love the pictures, especially the one in the santa towel! So cute!!

Chic Runner said...

Thanks for the reminders.. :) I really needed to read that today!

Those pictures are too cute..

And you for sure can run a marathon! :) I'm doubting my abilities as well. 26.2 miles is a LONG way.

kels said...

hi! just came across your blog! your little girl is absolutely precious! :)

Emily said...

Great post Hollie. God's grace is very powerful and we are so lucky for that!
Love the pictures and also lvoe the pictures of you and kate and santa.. you guys always look soo stinking cute:)

Hollie said...

Gosh, thank you for sharing...I needed to be reminded of that as well!

THE Stephanie said...

So true. I love it when God speaks directly to our hearts.

And the pics are just too cute!!

Katie Lake said...

Where did you snag that hooded Santa towel?! It's so cute I almost want to get one to put away till I have little ones!

Sam said...

No matter how bad things can get sometimes it's so reassuring to know we ar forgiven and always have Him by our side.
My granny always used to tell me "If he brings ya to it he will get ya through it." I always think of this and get the warm fuzzies!

Puttin' On The GRITS said...

How is it even possible for a little girl to be so perfectly adorable!?!

Jenni Jiggety said...

Gosh she is CUTE! What awesome pictures!

Soliloquy said...

I love how authentic you are!

I just gave you an award at my blog. If you want to play along, great. Otherwise, I just wanted to share my favorite blogs with my readers.

Courtney said...

Those are the cutest pics! Head over to my blog. I tagged you!

Team Clancy said...

Thanks Hollie for reminding us all that we aren't perfect but with His help we can make it!

My home - My life said...

I love when I have a "ligh bulb" moment in church that I can carry through with me the following week (or longer). Glad to hear you were blessed by this and what a great reminder for us all.

morewineplease said...

Great post and something we need to be reminded of daily!!

Mrs. Ruby said...

What a wonderful message. I think it's important to be reminded often.
Oh, and I love your blog! :)

Lane said...

So sweet and so true!

Peach said...

Just wanted to let you know how much I have been enjoying your blog!

Thanks!

MiMi said...

Well said! Thank you Lord for your grace and forgiveness!

He has truly blessed you with that precious little girl!

hGb said...

enjoyed this. thanks for sharing!