Originally published Thursday, 05 March 2015.
There was a woman sent from God. Her name is Kelly.
When once she was sad, lonely and afraid,
today she's found peace.
When once she used to fear dark land mines set in her room,
today she only hears the whisper of Jesus confirming, "You're mine."
When once she used to look to anyone to confirm her worth,
today her worth is found in the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ.
When once she used to try to be the Savior to a family of 8,
today she is a simple mom of 2 - with a Savior of One.
When once she lived afraid of whom she was, what she would become
and what others might do to her,
today she walks with confidence of God's purpose set before her.
When once she crafted her words and actions to meet other's needs and desires,
today she crafts her heart around the one who crafted hers.
When once she held herself to the standard of perfection,
today she let's walls fall so Jesus can address her imperfections.
No doubt, I am this Kelly.
I am the Kelly that was lost - lost to fear.
Lost from life. Lost from love. Lost from hope. Lost from purpose.
But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. (Luke 15:32)
But we had to celebrate and be glad, because (Kelly) was dead and is alive again; (Kelly) was lost and is found.'"
My knight and shining armor came - and rescued me - and he will come again. He will come in on a white horse to save the day...
...to more and more set us free.
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. (Rev 19:11)
When once we were in the world, surrounded by darkness,
one day we will rejoice with our maker in the eternal light of significance and security.
On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. (Rev 21:25)
When once pain, cancer, conflict and wars prevailed,
one day we will Jesus Christ prevail at the right hand of God on his mercy seat,
reigning and pleading in all power and might.
Who then is the one who condemns? No one.
Christ Jesus who died--more than that, who was raised to life--
is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Ro. 8:34)
When once we sang songs of earthly despair crying tears of agony,
one day the angels will sing "Holy, Holy, Holy" and every tear will be no more.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more,
neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore,
for the former things have passed away. (Rev. 21:4)
When once we ached to find more,
one day we will learn what the definition of "more" really means.
...To be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment-
-to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. (Eph. 1:10)
From freedom to freedom.
From power to power.
From love to love.
God is always moving us deeper and deeper into his love.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor. 5:17)
Jesus erases the power of "once" to delight us in the power of "new". God makes all things new.