I see you in him: A letter to the woman I never met

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I used to daydream about meeting you for the first time.

What would you be like? Are you funny? Kinda serious? Anything like my own wonderful mother?

…most importantly, would you like me?

Whenever I thought of the future husband of my life I thought about his mother and I used to get nervous thinking that you would find me annoying.

The possibility never occurred to me that I would never meet you.

So many times I thought about how we could get to know each other and the advice I would seek from you about your son, but I can’t. What am I to do without you here? But I don’t even know you.

I don’t even know you, but just a glimpse of your smile in his.

I don’t even know you, but just a shadow of your kindness in his actions.

I don’t even know you, but just a snapshot of your love for the Lord in his heart.

I don’t even know you, but just a glance of you in your loving and kind family.

Dear Mrs. Carol,

I think of you often, and how I wish I had known you before you passed away. At this moment I know you are with our Father in Heaven, celebrating and worshiping our Savior. I wish I had the chance to meet you, and although I won’t have that chance here, I’ll have that chance There. I can see you in your family, and in the way they love and care for each other and for others. I see you in your son. He talks of you often. He loves you. He misses you. Thank you for helping raise a man of God.

To the woman I never met, I look forward to the Day I can meet you for the first time face to face.

Sarah Skepple

 

 

I Knew You…I Know You…And You Are Free

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When I think of the day of my salvation I think of it kind of like a courtroom scene. So this is a little story I created to help you understand what I think of when I think of the day that God saved me, it’s not real of course, I’m not saying I’m God (thank goodness), just my thoughts 🙂

My child.

Do you remember the day that you became Mine?

I will put it in words that will help you understand: My courtroom.

You were lying on the floor…dead.

I sat before my Son and before your enemy.

The charges were great in number; your prosecution went something like this: “Almighty, great God. You call yourself righteous, the “good” Judge, perfect…that’s the word. But how can you be perfect, the good God, if you allow…her into your midst? Look at her…she’s dirty, filled with hate, rebellious, a gossiper and that’s only some of what goes on on the outside…on the inside she’s angry, has lustful thoughts, backstabbing…how can you love her? How can you accept her? You’re being hypocritical…you can’t allow her…”

I’m not going to lie, I cannot lie. I was angry. He was right about you, I am God. I knew you before you were born, and I know you. Everything he said was true about you. What your enemy did not know is this won’t be the last time you would be accused. I am God, who is righteous, and cannot allow the stench of sin in My presence. I am an angry God, I am a jealous God, but what your enemy forgot was that I am a loving God.

It was my Son’s turn…He was your defense.

He stood in front of you, right in front of you, in a way that I could not see you, I could only see Him. He turned around to look at you and closed His eyes. He was remembering the day He died. He remembered the betrayal, the accusations, the nails, and the day I turned My back from Him. The moment He truly felt the separation from Me…His own Father. You can’t know it or understand it because you were born in sin. You will never know what it’s like to be in perfect harmony with Me until the Day I call you home. I love my Son.

As He stood before me, in between you and Me He simply said: “I died for her.”

The gavel dropped and the case was closed.

My Son carried you, He cleaned you, He brought you to me and I placed a clean, and new heart in you…and just like that you awoke. You were a new person. I remember the first breath you took with your new heart. You were re-born.

Did you forget you were mine? Did you lose your way? You WERE dead. You are no longer dead, you are Mine. You are Mine forever. I picked you. I chose you to be Mine. I love you and a Day is coming where we will be together forever, but until that time, don’t lose your way. Trust me. I have your days planned out, I know your future. You don’t. You don’t have to worry, you don’t have to be angry, you don’t have to be scared. I’ve got you. I’ve got your life planned out, I remember the day you took your breath and I know the day you’ll take your last breath. I love you. I’ll love you forever. I knew you…and I know you…and you are free.

 

Romans 8: 1-5, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has SET YOU FREE from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”

Psalm 103:8-13 “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.”

We are FREE friends! Free of guilt, shame, sin, the enemy, ourselves, we are free! And “who can stop the Lord almighty!” He is coming for us! Our Father is coming for His beloved children! Nothing can stop Him. He has won the battle over literally EVERYTHING! He’s coming, hold on, He is coming!

John 14:1-3 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”

How are we to live? We are to live with our eyes, ears, hearts, and lives focused on bringing glory to God in however way He wants us to. You are forgiven and free, live in the freedom! Don’t take advantage of it, but live in it!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah S.

Quote from Charles Spurgeon

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I LOVE Charles Spurgeon. For those of you who don’t know Charles Spurgeon was a theologian who lived 1834-1892. I don’t want to tell you to much information because you should DEFINITELY look him up and some of his books. They’re incredible. This is a quote from his book The Treasury of David which is basically a commentary on the book of Psalms. This quote is from:

Psalm 8: 1 “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth ! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.”

“Unable to express the glory of God, the Psalmist utters a note of exclamation. O Jehovah our Lord ! We need not wonder at this, for no heart can measure, no tongue can utter, the half of the greatness of Jehovah. The whole creation is full of his glory and radiant with the excellency of his power; his goodness and his wisdom are manifested on every hand. The countless myriads of terrestrial beings, from man the head, to the creeping worm at the foot, are all supported and nourished by the Divine bounty. The solid fabric of the universe leans upon his eternal arm. Universally is he present, and everywhere is his name excellent. God worketh ever and everywhere. There is no place where God is not. The miracles of his power await us on all sides. Traverse the silent valleys where the rocks enclose you on either side, rising like the battlements of heaven till you can see but a strip of the blue sky far overhead ; you may be the only traveller who has passed through that glen ; the bird may start up affrighted, and the moss may tremble beneath the first tread of human foot ; but God is there in a thousand wonders, upholding yon rocky barriers, filling the flowercups with their perfume, and refreshing the lonely pines with the breath of his mouth. Descend, if you will, into the lowest depths of the ocean, where undisturbed the water sleeps, and the very sand is motionless in unbroken quiet, but the glory of the Lord is there, revealing its excellence in the silent palace of the sea. Borrow the wings of the morning and fly to the uttermost parts of the sea, but God is there. Mount to the highest heaven, or dive into the deepest hell, and God is in both hymned in everlasting song, or justified in terrible vengeance. Everywhere, and in every place, God dwells and is mani festly at work. Nor on earth alone is Jehovah extolled, for his brightness shines forth in the firmament above the earth. His glory exceeds the glory of the starry heavens ; above the region of the stars he hath set fast his everlasting throne, and there he dwells in light ineffable. Let us adore him “who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea ; who maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.” (Job ix. 8, 9.) We can scarcely find more fitting words than those of Nehemiah, ” Thou, even thou, art Lord alone ; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all ; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.” Returning to the text we are led to observe that this psalm is addressed to God, because none but the Lord himself can fully know his own glory. The believing heart is ravished with what it sees, but God only knows the glory of God. What a sweetness lies in the little word our, how much is God’s glory endeared to us when we consider our interest in him as our Lord. How excellent is thy name! no words can express that excellency; and therefore it is left as a note of exclamation. The very name of Jehovah is excellent, what must his person be. Note the fact that even the heavens cannot contain his glory, it in set above the heavens, since it is and ever must be too great for the creature to express. When wandering amid the Alps, we felt that the Lord was infinitely greater than all his grandest works, and under that fueling we roughly wrote these few lines: —

Yet in all these, how great soever they be, We see not Him. The glass is all too dense And dark, or else our earthborn eyes too dim. Yon Alps, that lift their heads above the clouds And hold familiar converse with the stars, Are dust, at which the balance trembleth not, Compared with His divine immensity. The snow-crown’d summits fail to set Him forth, Who dwelleth in Eternity, and bears Alone, the name of High and Lofty One. Depths unfathomed are too shallow to express The wisdom and the knowledge of the Lord. The mirror of the creatures has no space To bear the image of the Infinite. Tis true the Lord hath fairly writ his name, And set his seal upon creation’s brow. But as the skilful potter much excels The vessel which he fashions on the wheel, E’en so, but in proportion greater far, Jehovah’s self transcends his noblest works. Earth’s ponderous wheels would break, her axles snap, If freighted with the load of Deity. Space is too narrow for the Eternal’s rest. And time too short a footstool for his throne. E’en avalanche and thunder lack a voice, To utter the full volume of his praise. How then can I declare him ? Where are words With which my glowing tongue may speak his name I Silent I bow, and humbly I adore.”

-Charles Spurgeon

Safe From the Storm (explanation)

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Would you mind reading that poem again? What if I asked you to replace the Wind with the Holy Spirit? How about replacing the Sun with…the Son? Our dear Savior Jesus Christ. And what if I asked you to replace the Mountain with the Father? Would it make more sense to you? Allow me to give you a front row seat to this amazing life that God gave to me…and this Walk that He planned for me before time began:

I was/am so blessed to have grown up in a Christian home with a pastor for a father, and a mother who was and is still my father’s helpmate who’s character is that of a Biblical woman of God . Both were and are exemplary examples of what it means to be a Christian, but that did not make me a Christian…

“I’ve seen the Sun several times, but this time it looked almost indescribably different, and for the first time I felt the Wind push me towards it.” -Growing up in a Christian home I was exposed to Jesus and all that He did for us several times. I knew the right answers, and I believed because of my parents I was a Christian as well. But God in His mercy showed me that it was more than that, and He answered the prayers of my parents, and He saved me. The moment I was saved I viewed Jesus so indescribably different. Can I ask how many times you see the Wind in this poem? “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;” John 14:6. As Jesus promised in John, God sent the Helper to us, to be with us always and forever. “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;” Romans 8:26. When I don’t know what to say to the Father, or where to go, the Holy Spirit does.

“The clouds had almost covered it, but left enough space for the Sun to peak out. Can you imagine it? It was like an eye was watching me. I blinked in its gaze and flew away in fear. I thought It to be a danger, and it seemed like the Wind was pushing against me, as I flew away.” -There have been so many times that I have tried to run from God for several reasons: I don’t understand why I’m going through something, I don’t trust Him, or I want to go my own way. So instead of Christ being a Savior for me, He instead looks like a danger to me. Do you realize that “winds” here is un-capitalized? These winds are not the Wind meaning the Holy Spirit, these are the winds of deceit sent by the deciever. The Holy Spirit will never lead you away from God.

“As I flew from the Sun I saw the sky turn a light green, the winds grew stronger and it started to rain. It was beautiful at first, but as it grew stronger it’s painful bite began to rip at my wings and I fell.” -The minute I run from God is when the flesh, satan, and the world attack. Whatever I am running from God towards seems really great at first, but then when I get there I realize it is not what I expecting and how wrong I was to even try and run from God. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour, but resist him firm in your faith…” 1 Peter 5:8-9a

“I couldn’t see. Fear set in, and I tried to fly back to the Sun, but I could no longer see it. It was there, you must understand, but I was so blinded by my fear and my situation that I could not see it. The Wind seemed to be flying in several directions. I gave up trying to fly on my own and let the Wind carry me. It carried me to the only Refuge I knew. The Mountain. The only Strong Mountain. The Mountain that could be seen throughout the whole world.” -This is the time I start to panic and fear that I am too far from God for Him to reach me. But Jesus said He would be with us always. “…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20. Even though at times it seems He was not there, He actually was…the whole time. As fear continues to grip my understanding I finally come to the point where I realize I cannot do it on my own, and I need God’s help to bring me out of the mess I put myself into.

“I hid from the storm in the crevices of the Mountain.” “Be still under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7. Praise God for His unending grace and mercy, especially during the times when I try to run away from Him! I can come before Him and pray, and He will always have open arms to welcome me back to Him! “A mighty Fortress is our God!”

“Then I saw It. The Sun…the bright Sun shining and breaking through the dark clouds.” -Once God has brought me out of the situation I was in, I see and understand that He was with me always. I may let go of Him, but He never let of me…and He never will. What an encouraging thought! When we see the dark clouds, the thunder, lighting, and rain fall down we have to remember that the Sun is still shining behind the clouds. It is always there! “I will never leave you, nor will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b.

“A joy came over me that I could not understand. I was safe. Safe from the storm with the Mountain, the Sun, and the Wind by my side.” -The joy that comes into my heart when I am reconciled with God is indescribable. It makes me never want to run from Him again. Unfortunately I still do at times, but as we get closer and closer to the Day of Jesus’ return I have hope in that Day that I will run towards Him forever!

Sarah Skepple

Thanks for reading 🙂

Re-post: Safe from the Storm

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Hi guys! I posted this poem I wrote a while back, but I’m reposting it again because again I find myself basking in God’s grace and mercy! May it be an encouragement to you. I will put its explanation up soon 🙂

 

Did you see the sky today?

I walked out and saw the clouds. They were in a strange shape…they looked like the feathers of a bird, and just like that I felt my stomach drop, and watched the ground fall beneath my feet.

I was a bird flying through the air. I felt the air on my face, and I flew to the sea. I watched the fish swimming, the boats powering by, and the families laughing with each other.

As I flew past the sea I saw the sky change from blue to orange.

Then I saw it. The Sun.

I’ve seen the Sun several times, but this time it looked almost indescribably different, and for the first time I felt the Wind push me towards it.

The clouds had almost covered it, but left enough space for the Sun to peak out. Can you imagine it? It was like an eye was watching me. I blinked in its gaze and flew away in fear. I thought It to be a danger, and it seemed like the Wind was pushing against me as I flew away.

As I flew from the Sun I saw the sky turn a light green, the winds grew stronger and it started to rain. It was beautiful at first, but as it grew stronger it’s painful bite began to rip at my wings and I fell.

I couldn’t see. Fear set in, and I tried to fly back to the Sun, but I could no longer see it. It was there you must understand, but I was so blinded by my fear and my circumstance that I could not see it. The Wind seemed to be pushing me in several directions. I gave up trying fly on my own and let the Wind carry me. It carried me to the only Refuge I knew. The Mountain. The only strong Mountain. The Mountain that could be seen throughout the whole world.

I hid from the storm in the crevices of the Mountain.

Then I saw It. The Sun…the bright Sun shining and breaking through the dark clouds.

A joy came over me that I could not understand. I was safe. Safe from the storm with the Mountain, the Sun, and the Wind by my side.

Sarah Skepple