chased by grace

Surely goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life. – Psalm 23:6

…the Hebrew word for ‘follow’ is radaph’ and it means to “to pursue, to run after, to chase” or, quite literally, “to hunt you down”. The word radaph, that one that goodness and mercy is doing in Ps. 23:6, it is first found in Genesis 14, when Abram discovers that his nephew Lot has been kidnapped and Abram gathers an army of 318 men and “pursued them unto Dan” (Genesis 14:14). The word ‘pursued’ there? It’s is ‘radaph’.

God is so bent on blessing, He chases.

God’s not out to get you — He’s out to give to you.

And God’s blessings don’t pursue temporarily — but relentlessly. It’s right there in His Word: His goodness and mercy pursue me not just some days — but all the days of my life. When I’m in a wilderness, His mercy and goodness run after me. When I’m hurting, His grace hunts for me. When I’m plagued by problems, His goodness pursues me.

No matter where I go, He has his two blessing men right there in hot pursuit: goodness and mercy, and no shadow of death can overshadow the goodness and mercy that shadows the child of God.

Even the discipline of the Lord can be a grace of the Lord and all the interruptions of a day can be the intercessions of Christ.

Whatever is chasing you — no matter what it looks like — it’s grace.

– read the rest at A Holy Experience

Over the last week or so, I began to start feeling overwhelmed once again with the tasks that are at hand.  There was always something to be done, another thing to be checked off the never-ending to-do list.  I felt like I was constantly behind, trying to jump from one thing to the next… it wasn’t a nice feeling.

So when, I sprained my foot late last week, I just thought, ‘Great.  This is what I need.’ [read: sarcasm]

However, having taken a few days to rest, I’ve come to view it more like a blessing in disguise.  This is what I needed.  Time to rest the body, rest the mind, rest the spirit.  Still many things that I’ll continue to do (i.e. catch up on uni work) but at the same time, taking it slower, breathing deeper and letting His love wash over me.

I love that He knows me better than I or any other human being could know me.  And He knows all my needs and chases me down with His goodness, mercy and grace.

Credit: A Holy Experience

– Ames

Overflow of the heart -1

This year, just like the last, my parents and I skipped town on Valentine’s Day. It was unintentional (it was just what fitted our schedules) but I’m happy to make a tradition out of it!

On the way to the city of surf beaches, I reflected on how much had happened in the past year. There have been so many changes, not just for me personally but our family unit as well. By far, the biggest change for us was moving home churches. We did not know what was in store but we knew God was guiding our steps in a different direction and to remain where we were would have been ineffective and out of God’s will. Through human eyes it would seem that we had walked away defeated but in fact we were just stepping into God’s plan and purposes.

As weeks turned into months, I kept wondering why I wasn’t feeling upset or lonely at my new home church where there is no one my age or at my stage in life. I had left a youth group that was showing so much promise and a group of girls I had not been able to picture life without. But God was/is faithful. He led me to build community with a group of Christians at uni who are passionate about doing the Lord’s business and He opened new doors to minister to teens/young adults that I would have completely missed out on if I had stayed in a place that was comfortable and safe. And now in a few weeks time I will be preaching my first sermon (pray for me!!)!

Now, one year on, I can look back and say, ‘Ah God, I see now what you were up to! I see how your “goodness and love follows me all the days of my life”. Not just the happy days but also the more challenging ones too. No experience is ever wasted and no situation is too difficult to overcome when You are walking with me.’

This is not the post I set out to write but I guess it is the one that is now written. Though I have mentioned how I wanted to be more structured in how I approach this blog, I still want to give myself room to write from the overflow of the heart. So this has been just that :-).

Find comfort today, dear readers, that God is for you and never against you. He wants to bless you but more importantly He wants you to know Him. It’s never too late to turn your life over to Him and experience the life you were meant to live!

May you be alert to the goodness and love of God in your life and praise Him for it today!

Much love,
Ames

so good

“I trust in God’s strength to keep you strong :)”

God is so good.  Whenever I’ve felt weak, He’s sent someone who is a little further along in the journey to give me encouragement.

I’m also so grateful for the team of brothers and sisters in Christ that he has planted me in.  For the first time in what feels like forever, I feel like I’m amongst people who are actually serious about living out their faith.  They don’t just ascribe to the title of ‘Christian’ but they walk the talk as well.  Instead of being the one who is always challenging others to go higher and further for Him, I’m being challenged and inspired… it’s a great environment to thrive in.

So blessed, so thankful… God is so good.

♥ Ames