Dear Friends of Parresia,
Thanks so much for your investment in Parresia (and thanks in advance for taking a minute to read this "newsy" update on Parresia).
Years ago, before my eyes were opened to the finished work of Jesus, my theme verse in life was 2 Chronicles 16:9:
"For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His." (2 Chronicles 16:9, NASB)
Back in those days all I could focus on was that last part, "who heart is completely His"; so I tried my hardest to prove my devotion to God so that He would support me. Most of the time, I did not feel worthy of His support, so I just ran harder and faster and longer. Maybe you can relate.
God reminded me of that scripture recently, and I smiled because that last part is a "gimme" now! I can't help but be devoted!
Today whenever I think of that verse in 2 Chronicles, I picture the woman with the alabaster box pouring her perfume oil on the feet of Jesus and wiping His feet with her tears, or Mary Magdalene desperately searching for Jesus at the empty tomb because of her love for Him, or His friend Mary who sat at His feet and did the one thing needful: hearing His word. Their hearts were completely His because they had been receivers of His love and His grace.
Over the last few years, I've learned the secret of resting and doing the "one thing needful." And as I practice His presence, He leads me in the unforced rhythms of His grace. When I ponder the riches of His grace poured out on my life, I can hardly contain the emotion of it. He has strongly supported me.
"I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified." (1 Corinthians 2:2)
This is my life verse now. I am compelled by love to spread the good news of His grace in any and every way possible.
2017 so far has been an amazing year of opportunity, productivity, and open doors. Following is recap.
In February I had the incredible opport
unity to minister with wonderful "women of grace" in Thailand at a grace conference, a Thai church, and a children's home with Because of Jesus Ministries led by Connie Witter.