Perfection is…

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10 KJV).

 

Perfection(2)This quote holds a truth I often overlook while praying. For instance, it’s easy to pray for something to be added. I like the idea of putting on and walking in. However, I forget putting on requires discarding something. While walking in, depends upon me walking away from something else.

The wheel has a purpose. Transformation.
Painful. Yes. But renewal requires shedding the old.

Only the Potter knows what, when, where, and how much to remove. He also knows why it must be removed even though the reason may elude us.

Our purpose is to please Him. To do that, we–the workmanship–must submit to the Potter’s Hands.


New Year’s Prayer

Change Me

Know every part of me I try to hide from you.
Show the motivation behind all I say and do.
Create in me, something beautiful
Perfect, complete in the image of You
This is the prayer I pray, change me.

Don’t leave me as I am, but with your loving hands
Change every part until I fit into your plan.
Father, you know this heart of mine,
And Only you know the perfect design
This is the prayer I pray, Change me.

Words and music, Linda Gail Johnson © 2007
Treasure’s of Hope: Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past p. 32-33

Release Day!

Good morning, dear reader! I hope your Christmas holiday was filled with laughter. I was blessed to have all my children with me. Something a mom looks forward to during the holidays.

Now, we’re nearing the end of this year and I have one more surprise.

Today is release day! That means you can purchase an ebook or paperback of my memoir from Amazon. Or if you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free.

Here’s the blurb.

When long-buried memories of abuse resurface, Gail faces a choice: continue ignoring the implications of her nightmares and remain a captive of fear and shame, or dare to remove the painful chains binding her present to her past. Unearthing the sorrows of her past would not be easy and distressing questions would arise along the way to challenge her faith.

Why would a God of both love and justice allow this abuse?
Why does He expect me to forgive my abuser?
If He let this happen, does He truly love me at all?

In her memoir, Treasures of Hope: Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past, Gail Johnson shares the truths she uncovered while studying earlier daughters of both harm and hope. As she became better acquainted with women of the Bible like Sarah, Rachel, Hannah, Rahab, Tamar, and Esther, their stories spoke truth into her own, mining the jewels of Identity and Purpose, Intimacy, Incomparability, Courage, Peace, and Victory. With each new discovery, Gail traded a length of chain for a balm of gold . . . and unearthed treasures that would sever the past’s stranglehold on her life, allowing her to live joyously in the present and anticipate the future with emboldened hope.

Treasures of Hope: Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past is my story but also it is HIStory. It is a story of hope and triumph. I pray you enjoy reading about my journey to freedom.

Before you go, thank you for your encouragement during this process. And thank you in advance for purchasing my story. ❤

 

 

From Our House…

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:6-13 KJV)

Merry Christmas, dear friend!

 

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