Daughter of the King

 

From Your throne, God,

You motion for me to come near

 

and as I approach

there is no hesitation

 

for You have called me

as Your daughter

 

And as I draw close in prayer

the grace that emanates is tangible and beautiful

 

I know that at Your throne

I will find mercy and grace

in this time of need

 

I receive the mercy gratefully

and I embrace the grace wholeheartedly

 

for I am in need

 

And my Abba reassures

and there is complete peace gazing at Him

 

I come boldly

because my Hero Jesus

has torn the veil

that once separated me from God

 

I trust

in the King of grace

on the eternal throne

 

and that is why I come

with confidence

 

as the daughter of the King

 

– Susie Stewart

 
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

– Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

 

God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us – an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with Him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with Him!
-Romans 8:14-16 (MSG)

 

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

– Romans 5:1,2 (NIV)

 

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

– Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV)

 

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.

– Hebrews 10:19-22 (NIV)

 

Know New

The enemy of your soul

would like you to believe

that new is not possible

 

He would like you to believe

that you are stuck

 

with no way out

 

He would like you to believe

that you are

your sin

 

and that condemnation weight

cannot leave

 

BUT

 

The Lord wants you to know

that He makes all things

NEW

 

He wants you to experience

His mercies in the morning

 

He wants you to see

all that He is doing in you

 

and to believe

that you have

a new day in Him

 

New life

New mercies

New day

New you

 

Renewed and redeemed

over and over and over

 

that is your destiny

 

– Susie Stewart

 

Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].

– 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)

 

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

– Revelation 21:5 (NIV)

 

Let me hear of Your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting You. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to You.

– Psalm 143:8 (NLT)

 

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
Great is His faithfulness;
    His mercies begin afresh each morning.

– Lamentations 3:22,23 (NLT)

 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

– John 10:10 (NIV)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

 

 

 

 

 

Creation Speaks

The morning sings joy

and mercy

 

Do you hear it?

 

The noonday sun radiates righteousness

and truth

 

Do you see it?

 

The moon and stars whisper peace

and wisdom

 

Do you perceive it?

 

The whole earth

and all of creation

speak of Divinity

 

Listen well

and walk

in the morning joy,

the noonday truth,

and the nighttime peace

 

with your Creator

 

– Susie Stewart

 

 

The whole earth is filled with awe at Your wonders;
    where morning dawns, where evening fades,
    You call forth songs of joy.

– Psalm 65:8 (NIV)

 

He will spread out righteousness for you as a sunrise spreads radiance over the land; He will deliver justice for you into the light of the high sun.

– Psalm 37:6 (VOICE)

 

The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
    which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.

– Proverbs 4:18 (NLT)

 

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who alone does mighty miracles.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who made the heavens so skillfully.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who placed the earth among the waters.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who made the heavenly lights—
His faithful love endures forever.

the sun to rule the day,
His faithful love endures forever.

and the moon and stars to rule the night.
His faithful love endures forever.

– Psalm 136:1-9 (NLT)

 

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
Great is His faithfulness;
    His mercies begin afresh each morning.

– Lamentations 3:22, 23 (NIV)

 

At every time and in every place— from the moment the sun rises to the moment the sun sets— may the name of the Eternal be high in the hearts of His people.

– Psalm 113:3 (VOICE)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

 

Confident

What give us confidence

to approach Almighty God?

 

He does

 

If it weren’t for God’s

mercy

grace

love

and goodness

 

we could not approach Him at all

 

And the thought of Him

providing the means to our confidence

before Him

 

proves even more

His beautiful heart toward us

 

And so, because He tells us

we can be confident in our approach of Him

 

we can!

 

What a gift that is

 

Righteousness

and peace

and confidence

 

because He sits on a throne

of grace

 

-Susie Stewart

 

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

– Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT)

 

…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

– Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

 

And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

– 1 John 4:17 (NLT)

 

This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us.

-1 John 5:14 (AMP)

 

In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

– Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)

 

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

– Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

 

And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.

– Isaiah 32:17 (NLT)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

 

 

Gifts Multiplied

For those who have accepted

the beautiful gift of grace

 

our words should be gracious

 

For those who have accepted

the unmerited gift of mercy

 

our actions should be merciful

 

For those who have accepted

perfect love unconditional

 

our love should should come without strings

 

For those who have accepted

redemption from darkness impenetrable

 

our attitudes should reflect intense light

 

What precious gifts, these!

 

Who we are in Christ should be a gift

to those we come into contact with

 

– Susie Stewart

 

Whoever loves a pure heart and whoever speaks graciously has a king as his friend.

– Proverbs 22:11 (GW)

 

Pleasant words are like honey from a honeycomb— sweet to the spirit and healthy for the body.

-Proverbs 16:24 (GW)

 

Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!

– Luke 12:48 (MSG)

 

Each of you is now a new person. You are becoming more and more like your Creator, and you will understand Him better.

– Colossians 3:10 (CEV)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

 

 

Voices

If you are beginning this day

with the weight of how you’re not enough

with a forboding

with condemnation accusing

 

Know that this is not

the voice of your King

your Savior

your Lord

 

Your life is hidden in Christ

your sins are paid for

your day is new with His possibilities

 

and you are loved unconditionally

 

Know it

believe it

soak it in

 

And when you get to the end of this day

with the weight of how you weren’t enough

with regrets

with condemnation accusing

 

Choose instead

to hear the voice of God

who loves you

and does not condemn you

 

Choose to listen to the life-giving voice

of Truth

from beginning to end

and then start again

 

– Susie Stewart

 

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

– Romans 8:1 (NIV)

 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.

– Lamentations 3:22,23 (ESV)

 

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.  Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.  For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.  And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.

– Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT)

 

Photo by Arik Stewart

Thoughts

 

I went on a hike.

 

It was my goal to reach the bench,

to climb the hillside path,

to see the sunset.

 

I talked to God most of the way.

 

And thought about how I had failed….

 

Angry words had been expressed, never to be inhaled back in.

Loved hearts hurt.

 

And I was disappointed

 

in my decisions

in myself.

 

And I whispered confessions

to my patient Lord,

coming out in tired, hiking, breathless words.

 

And I reached that bench

but felt the urge to keep going

on this snowy, muddy path.

 

And so I continued upward

and reached another bench

as the sun went behind the mountains to the west.

 

And I was tired of treading in the mud

but had to keep going

to continue to process with God

the inevitable consequences of my loose tongue and poor choices.

 

When I reached the third bench

I stopped.

 

And I saw that the path had ended

with a gate.

 

And as I pondered the end, I said to God sadly,

 

“I’m at the end of ME!

I’m so over SELF!

I surrender all to You once again, God.

Please forgive me.”

 

And I finally sat down

at bench number three.

 

My eyes took in the majesty,

the beauty,

the splendor

of the mountains so far away

illumined with evening hues.

Those grand mountains,

unmovable but changing with light leaving.

 

And I still chose the heaviness of guilt.

 

And I pleaded, ‘Lord, please speak to me.  I want to hear Your voice.’

 

With comforting tone and loving presence,

I heard in my mind,

 

“I have whispered your name through generations.”

 

I gasped.

Tears flowed.

 

HIS words.

Words I could not have imagined on my own.

 

He thought of me?

Way before I was born?

He, God, spoke my name?

 

I was overcome.

 

Alone in my regret,

He met me there

with loving words

when I had chosen the opposite, time and again.

 

Undeserved love.

 

Unmerited forgiveness.

 

I had brought a shadow to His light,

but here on this third bench at the end of the path

He reminded me

that He is love

and He is mercy

and He is grace

and He is Teacher

especially in the aftermath of careless mistakes

and most of all,

 

unconditional love reigns.

 

Heading back down

before the sunset turned to darkness

my burden was lighter.

 

The climb,

the end of the road,

the voice of faithfulness —

all worth the journey.

 

Now it was time to seek wronged hearts,

humble myself,

do better,

and learn on this journey.

 

And I was thankful to find

that the same forgiveness I received on that hike

is the same forgiveness

that I was met with

by those offended.

 

Light begets Light.

– Susie Stewart

 

O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!

Psalm 139:1-19  (NLT)

Sunset Hike 2

 

Photos taken by Susie Stewart