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    Thursday
    Apr172014

    The Touch of the Master's Hand

    To our modern ears, the concept of servant or submission sounds horrible. The thought of subjecting our will to God’s will sounds reprehensible, especially since most authority on display around us is self-seeking, power hungry or just flat-out evil.

    But the biblical concept of “losing our lives for Christ’s sake” is truly the only path to personal freedom, fulfillment and discovering the joy of our own uniqueness. Losing ourselves in Christ, as we melt into His all-pervading love, is where we discover purpose, joy and freedom from life’s wounds that have wrapped ’round our hearts and minds like chains binding a glorious bird to the earth. That bird was created to soar.

    There’s an old poem that expresses this concept so well: “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.” The poem sets the scene of an auction. The last item up for bidding is an old, battered violin. The auctioneer holds up this sad relic and practically has to beg the crowd to offer even a dollar. However, an old man comes out of the crowd, takes the violin, tunes it, rosins the bow and proceeds to play. The music is glorious. The crowd gasps. The old man hands the violin back to the auctioneer. The bidding resumes. This time, the bids are for thousands of dollars. The true beauty and value of the violin was revealed through “the touch of the Master’s Hand.”

    Like that violin, when we submit to our Heavenly Father’s will, He reveals our pricelessness to a jaded, cynical world. He restores us. He takes us from life’s rubbish heap and, over time as we trust His expert love and allow the life of His Son to flow through, God repairs, heals and puts us back in tune.

    Therefore, submitting to God is the exact opposite of slavery. His love restores us to freedom and reveals our priceless uniqueness.

    “If you lose your life for My sake, you will find it.”

    In God’s loving hands, submission is sweet. We submit. He heals and restores. Our chains are cut. We soar. In His hands, we make beautiful music.

    “The people called out, ‘But what made the change? We don’t understand.’
    The auctioneer stopped and he said with a smile, “it was the touch of the Master’s hand.’”

    God’s plan is not to harm but to bring you back to wholeness. As you heal, others will follow. His music through you shows a pain-filled world the way to healing and freedom.

    Chana is a child of the one true king, wife to the best man alive and mom to four VERY unique human beings. Please check out her books on Amazon

    Wednesday
    Dec252013

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

    To those who have purchased The Fall & Rock Star to bless loved ones, I am praying God pours out His presence and melts hearts. I pray miracles of redemption and reunion with our precious Lord. May these books be an irresistible bridge to God's open arms of love.

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and may you fall ever deeper in love with Christ in 2014.

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    Thursday
    Dec052013

    When Safety is Cruel

    I dreamed last night I was a young girl of about seventeen attending a Christian summer camp. The real draw of this particular camp was the fact it was on a huge ranch with acres and acres of gorgeous fields, numerous horses, skilled cowpokes and amazing barns. As a country-raised gal, my anticipation was off-the-charts. However, after a procession of horses and demonstration of riding and roping skill, we were told the rules of the camp. Basically, we were to stay within the fences. All the cool stuff was off-limits.

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    Saturday
    Nov232013

    And The Violent Take It By Force

    What does most of the world see when they look at the Body of Christ today? They see a mass of people who claim Jesus as Lord but remain unchanged in temperament, in the way they conduct their lives.

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    Wednesday
    Oct162013

    Something to Ponder

    God moves in a mysterious way
    His wonders to perform;
    He plans His footsteps in the sea,
    and rides upon the storm.
    Deep in unfathomable mines
    of never failing skill,
    He treasures up His bright designs
    and works His sovereign will.

    ~Hymn and Lyrics by William Cowper

    William Cowper, author of this amazing hymn, "God Works in Mysterious Ways His Wonders to Perform," battled depression and at one point even planned to commit suicide by drowning. He called a cab to deliver him to the Thames bridge. As they drove, a fog rolled in that was so thick they could not find their way. Finally, the taxi driver pulled over and Cowper got out of the taxi. To his surprise, he was right in front of his own home. Cowper firmly believed God sent the fog to prevent his intended suicide.

    God moves in mysterious ways indeed.

      

    Chana is wife of one, mom to four and bestselling author of two. She brakes for old barns, chai, homemade cookies and any time someone needs to watch Pride & Prejudice.

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