More, Please

I’ve been thinking about what I have. I have a great family and wonderful friends. I have a relationship with a living God that is fantastic.

I feel loved. I feel accepted by my God and by my closest friends and of course, my family.

But what do I have? Particularly, what do I have in the relationship I have with my God, Jesus and Holy Spirit?

I could list what I potentially have, but do I use those things to the fullest? I do not. Ashamedly, I do not. Most of what I have I am most likely not aware of.

Here’s a true story that happened to me along the lines of what I possess as a Christian. We lost our daughter, suddenly, in 2005. It was the worst of times and the best of times. I needed my Father God to bring out all of His power to get us through this time, this life.

He did. He does. I never knew grace until this tragedy. I thought I did. But when I found myself in a place of total weakness He came and picked each of us up and held us tight and carried us through. It truly is amazing grace.

But did you know that there are some of us who do not believe that for themselves? I’ll tell you how I know this. A friend talked to me during this horrific time in our life and said, “I don’t know how you do this. I don’t know how you go through such a thing. I couldn’t do it.”

I was shocked at what they said. This was a person who hears from God on a regular basis. A person who received a miraculous healing from God when medical professionals saw no way to fix them.

Now I was in heavy grief at the time and shock of what happened to our family. But do you know what I wanted to say? I wanted to ask if they knew Jesus? If they actually knew what He did for them at the cross.

What are we doing? Are we just thanking Him for salvation on the cross and His resurrection, etc? Just? And then taking that gift of salvation and not opening it? Putting it on the shelf somewhere hidden within to only open when we need it or saving for a rainy day or perhaps, never opening it and seeing the fullness of His gift to us?

Come on Dear Reader. He has given you so much more than a mansion in heaven. So much more than eternal life with Him. It doesn’t begin when we pass this life and go to His arms. It begins here. In this life. He has mysteries to unravel in that gift you didn’t fully open. He has dreams and blessings on this earth for you to open now. Life isn’t just to survive until we get there.

I want it all. I want as much of Him that I can possibly get. I fall short of this every second of my day but I know He is still with me. He knows I fall short. He knows I can only handle so much at a time.

The beauty of His love is that He waits for us. He waits with gentle prodding and I  believe anticipation. He loves and longs to spend time with us. To walk with us. To be part of our decisions (even when it involves insane presidential candidates – LOL). He wants to be a part of all our decisions. He wants to be one with us.

But we have to allow Him. Welcome Him in. Let’s do it. I’m sure you all want a fuller life. A closer walk with God. It’s scary. I think mostly it’s the hardest thing to do – to let go and let God. Yet, it’s the simplest. Find kindred spirits so you don’t walk alone. Easter is coming and it’s a great time to turn around and open the gift of our Savior.

Love you guys.

Cate B

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12 Replies to “More, Please”

  1. This truly was a beautiful post. First let me say I was very sad when I read about your daughter. Thank you for sharing that very personal story. I also appreciate your courage for sharing your faith so openly. I don’t know how I would survive a day without my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He truly has blessed my life beyond belief and I am so grateful. I strive each day to be a better Christian. I know He loves me, is patient and kind with me and helps me up when I fall short- which is all the time! I agree, surrounding yourself with like minded people help to keep me grounded and on the right course. Hugs!♡

  2. preach it sista!! what an awesome post! i love your boldness and pure love coming through your words…and i will always be in awe of the miraculous grace you and your family experienced in your darkest time, and to share it as you did is precious.
    as for sharing your faith, well, let’s just say, you were magnific’!!! i could hear the heavenly choir behind your words and the angel rejoicing at the sound of the truth being presented in such grace…you, my friend, have a beautiful gift..not just with your pen, but with your heart…
    thank you for your heart and your love for His sheep ( especially the crazies like myself)…
    keep ’em coming, you’ve got our attention!
    peace out 😉

  3. A wonderful post! Nothing like a personal story to show strength and belief. You transformed the comfort you receive from God into personal strength to take you through a difficult time and beyond. Well done, Cate!

  4. Beautifully written Cate– so much truth graciously and nearly expressed. And you’re right. At this time of Easter, we can stop and remember the depth of God’s love and mercy in Jesus sacrifice for us. Thank you for the wonderful reminder. Love you friend, xo

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