The Sweetest Frame

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus’ name.” – Cornerstone by Hillsong (based on the hymn “My Hope is Built Nothing Less”)

A couple weeks ago we sang Cornerstone in church and it was like I was hearing this line for the first time again. I cannot count how many times I have worshiped with this song let alone the hymn it is inspired by but God used this time to teach me something about myself. As I was singing “I dare not trust the sweetest frame…” I thought, “But wait, I do trust the sweetest frames! Compliments and praise are my favorites! I so often live for the praise of others!” Continue reading “The Sweetest Frame”

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Praying with Passion

When I was seven years old, my brother and I were visiting our great grandparents. We were lucky enough to know our great grandparents for most of our childhood. When we visited, we would bake cookies, play Chinese checkers, watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy (which were my great grandfather’s favorites) and learn about gardening.

I have lots of wonderful memories with them, but there is one visit that stands out in my mind the most. I can’t remember much about this day, but I was walking into their kitchen and I heard my great grandmother talking. No one else was in the kitchen with her but it sounded just like a normal, although one-sided, conversation. Turning the corner, I found her praying.  Continue reading “Praying with Passion”

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