In first grade when I learned to put words together to make sentences, I felt compelled to write about life. Poetry was my first beginnings, letters to friends, homemade cards to loved ones, and then journaling. I’ve always been compelled to write or it would linger too long in my soul, aching to get out on paper. My house is filled with notebooks, file folders, and computer files that support this compelled obsession. I’m 47, a wife, a mother, a student, work outside the home, love Jesus. My deep love for Him is my reason for this blog. Jesus has been my friend even before I asked Him to be. He taught me how to talk to Him, write to Him, and most importantly how to trust in Him.
Why Blog? Most things of the soul are universal yet we are afraid to share. Being vulnerable is risky, yet it’s the very thing that encourages others and provides acknowledgment and validation in places that seem so lonely. The thing I love most about blogging is when I’m writing it truly seems like I’m talking to you, connecting with you, and perhaps through mere words and honesty, we can encourage each other in this life journey.
WHY ARRESTED BY GRACE?
Hearing Dr. Jeremiah describe John Newton’s conversion as being “arrested by grace” was a powerful expression of God’s ability to change a person. It’s the time in a lecture or sermon in which you gasp and say, “Yes!” Oh the freedom we have in Christ in which we dance, worship, and shed all the bondage and ridicule of this world! I watch my 8-year-old so freely dance, giggle, and embrace life with joy and desire to dance with her. How can we become like children and know this pure freedom in Him. This inborn dance…
Arrested, according to Merriam Webster is to bring to a stop, seize/capture, to catch suddenly or engagingly. God’s grace is sufficient to meet all our needs. His grace is given daily, moment by moment, and when we feel as if we cannot handle another moment, His grace captures us. Suddenly we are engaged in something so powerful that our fears are brought to a complete stop and we are totally arrested by Him. Through the work of Jesus we are given such an amazing gift of grace! We cannot fathom, nor measure this gift!
Today may we claim His love and truly know that He will supply all our needs according to the riches and grace found in the glorious work of Jesus.
But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (Ephesians 4:7)
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye,” (Psalm 32:8). “. . . the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness,” (Psalm 18:28).
“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:19).
“. . . but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day,” (II Corinthians 4:16).
A READER’S RESPONSE TO THE MEANING OF ARRESTED BY GRACE: CHERYL HAMILTON
Anna, I am so enjoying your blog. I have been thinking about the name of your blog…Arrested by grace….Arrested means to be captured, held restrained..so I look at this two ways…
1 – Jesus was restrained ( as on the cross) in order to extend grace to us..and
2 – We are held captive by that same restraint until such time as the Father sets us totally free BY HIS GRACE!