Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven!
To His feet thy tribute bring; Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, Who like me His praise should sing? Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.
Fatherlike He tends and spares us, Well our feeble frame He knows; In His hands He gently bears us, Rescues us from all our foes: Alleluia! Alleluia! Widely as His mercy flows
Flipped open a hymnal in search of an attitudinal jump-start and found this one. Those italicized bits are particularly precious reminders of His blessing and care that stir up much-needed gratitude. I've never had much in the way of temporal security, and my emotions tend to reflect that rather than the reality of the absolute safety I have as a sinner in the hands of a God whose anger at me has been spent on His Son. If I could thoroughly forsake self-protection and trust my Father's protection of me, I think all my anger, anxiety, bitterness, depression, loneliness, discontentment and laziness would disappear.
Of course it won't ever happen 100 percent in this lifetime. As we confessed yesterday in our worship service, "we acknowledge that this regeneration is so effected in us that, until we slough off this mortal body, there remains always in us much imperfection and infirmity, so that we always remain poor and wretched sinners in the presence of God. And, however much we ought day by day to increase and grow in God's righteousness, there will never be plenitude or perfection while we live here" (Genevan Confession, Article IX). But worship and gratitude are the means to growing in trust. Over the past two or three months I've turned a corner in my understanding and practice of this truth, which has itself been one of God's great mercies in my life for which I am most grateful. He is truly the God of all comfort, peace, love and joy.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 12:02 PM