Monday, July 17, 2017

I Asked God to Speak to You

I woke with a song in my heart, but there were no words.
It was more like a swell of gratitude and a longing to share
the incredible love of God with all who are within my reach.


Since you are reading this, you are within my reach and
the one for whom God gave the song.

His love for you is overwhelming me-my words are
inadequate, so I've asked the Father to speak for himself.
To let you know you are valued.
You are the object of his affection.

I understand that you may feel undeserving.
I feel that way myself, but God does not measure his love
by the way we see ourselves, but by the way he sees us.
His creation, lovingly formed for his pleasure, drawn into his family
by his own Spirit.

Opt in, my friend. Dare to believe you are loved by God Almighty.
Don't pull back, but lean into the arms that long to embrace you.
Let that overwhelming love fill all the empty places in your heart.
Receive peace, joy and healing.

Step into a relationship with the One who sent his Son to die for your sins.
Surrender to his love and receive everlasting hope.

A simple prayer from your heart will initiate a new life, free from the past,
hidden in Jesus Christ - an adventure that will take you places you've only
dreamed about, traveling in the presence of the One who loves you eternally.

Do you sense it, now? His love washing over you?
Do you hear it, now? His voice beckoning you to come unto him?
Do you feel it, now? His arms encircling you?

Is He answering my prayer - speaking directly to your heart?

Fall into the arms of Jesus, my friend.
It's an amazing experience.


"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them."
1 John 4:16



(Copyright© 2017 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Wandering Mind But Not a Wandering Heart




I pace and I pray and I pour out my cares
here in your Presence, Oh Lord,
when suddenly I'm shocked to find my thoughts
turning to other things.

How can that be?

I'm here with You and lesser things
are pulling me away?

I yank myself back, 
determined to shut out the world.

For though my mind may wander,
my heart never will.


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(Copyright© 2017 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Appearances can be Deceiving



Things are not always as they seem
A silent God is not an absent God
An unanswered prayer is not always a "no"
A chance meeting may not be unplanned
A hopeless cause is not hopeless
when God is involved

So, look beyond appearances
below the surface
and ask God to reveal
TRUTH
in every situation,
for things are not always as they seem.

(Copyright© 2016 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Coming Back to Life

Flat
No highs
No lows
Just the monotone of everyday life
Plodding along
No real goals
No real feelings

Ravaged
By the barrage of horrors
That passed through her life
Ripping her heart to shreds
Better to turn off the emotions
Steel yourself
Slip into limbo

Numbness
No hope
No faith
Nothing

Stirring
A glimmer in the distance
A whisper in her ear
A snippet of scripture
A few notes of the song
That had once stirred her heart

Hope
Fueled by the truth
Of God’s undying love
Of healing through Christ
Of comfort by the Spirit
A firm foundation upon which to stand
The flickering ember grew

Resurrection
Climbing out of the pit
Clawing her way back to life
Clinging to the Master
Determined to stand once more
On the mountaintop
With God


Ablaze
With the Father’s glory
She stands
Exhilarated
Awash with newness of life
A fire burning within
A mission to fulfill

Transformation
Her world is flat no more
There are mountains to conquer
Valleys to explore
Highs and lows
But always the companionship
Of the One, who
Restores
Refreshes and
Renews



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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Love's Not a Feeling



Some days, I'm just not feelin' it, Lord
and I can't explain why

I still love you
still trust you
I'm still thankful for all you've done
But I'm just not feelin' it.



Still...

you are God, no matter how I'm feelin'
you are worthy of praise at all times
when I remember that
and when I act on it
and give you the praise you deserve
suddenly... 

I'm feelin' it!





(Copyright© 2015 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)
Photo credits - Lusi on rgbstock (pic 1) and Mokra on rgbstock (pic 2)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Chapel of His Own Making


photo courtesy greyman, rgbstock

A voice on the wind
calls to me,
"Come away, daughter, I am waiting for you."

Here in this chapel
created by your hand, Lord,
I am surrounded 
by your sweet presence.

Alone with you,
my heart is an open door,
inviting you to fill all
the empty spaces.

To sweep clean the residue of past hurts, 
all the confusion,
the doubts and fears
that living in this crazy world
instills.

Leaving behind nothing but
a clean spirit, filled with
your love.

I bask in the glory
of our sweet communion
and will hold on to this moment
until we meet again in this chapel
made by your hands.


(Copyright© 2015 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I Will Not Stop Until I Find You




You will seek me and find me 
when you seek me 
with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13

Longing
aching
searching
seeking

I won't stop reaching
for more of you
until my heart
is satisfied 
in your
Holy Presence 



(Copyright© 2015 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)