Wednesday, January 28, 2009

w h y ?

Why are you striving these days
Why are you trying to earn grace
Why are you crying
Let me lift up your face
Just don't turn away

(“By Your Side” by Tenth Avenue North)

I love this song.

I have since the first time I heard it. Probably because it addresses what so many of us have spent so much of our lives doing …STRIVING.

I accepted Jesus into my heart when I was a little girl, and I have never willingly walked away from Him.

I have always known that if I died, I would go to heaven.

I have always “known” that salvation is a free gift to anyone who would accept it.

So what is it in us that just can’t fully accept this gift of grace?

What is it that makes us feel like we need to earn something that has been given to us…free of charge?

Is it just too hard to understand?

Is it because we believe that we just aren’t “good enough”?
We aren’t!
We never could be!
That’s why it’s called grace.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Why do we make it so hard?

Thank you, Jesus that I don’t have to do anything to “earn” my salvation.
It’s already been paid for…in full!


  1. Just beautiful. Your entire blog is! Thank you for sharing your faith and your talent with inspirational words and photographs.

  2. Wow, this is great. I love this song. Thank you Amanda. I love your blog. :)