I want you to be inspired to look for the tender touch of God’s mercy in your life. Just knowing He was there during all your stories, good and bad, will help you to live a joyful life of gratitude. My blog is called Mercy Echoes because God’s mercy echoes throughout eternity. One of my favorite movie scenes is in The Sound of Music when Maria is swirling around a lovely meadow up in the mountains of Austria singing ‘The earth is alive with the sound of music’. God’s mercy echoes just as Maria’s exultant singing in the Alps. Mercy echoes. If you are a redeemed child of God, His mercy has echoed down through the ages. To you. And to me.
Luke 1:50 ‘And his mercy is upon generation after generation.’
Our story as children of God is interwoven into God’s story of redemption. Do I believe that? God in His sovereignty chose me before He created me, loved me before my parents knew me, embraces me today because He knew I would choose Him. I try to wrap my mind and soul around this, but some things are too grand for mere mortals to comprehend. Mercy echoes throughout eternity and touches each of those he chose before the foundations of the earth. You. Me. Chosen.
My blog hopes to shine His light on our personal stories and illustrate how God is in the small moments of our lives.
The more we recognize the presence of God in our stories, the more glory goes to God and the more peace and deep satisfaction permeate our souls. I want that for you, my friend. I want that for me. As I revisit stories from my life, and turn them this way and that until I see His reflection, His fingerprints, His guidance. Even when I couldn’t see it at the time. Especially when I was knocked off base by the cruelty of living in a fallen world. I can try to live now in step with his mercies. As I see God’s tender touch, my gratitude grows, and my ability to live gracefully in all circumstances grows.
The next time I think my life, my story, is out of control, spinning in cycles of confusion and sorrow, I’ll try to remember my place in the vast story started by God before I even breathed my first breath.
If I truly believe that God is in my story, that I am in His story, I can rest knowing that His plan is the best plan, for the world and for my life.
I don’t need to understand His reasons. I can revel in the knowledge that His desire is to have communion with me, that He wants me to trust that He knows what happened and has good things for me. In spite of the bad stuff. I get that. But for me to comprehend the immensity of His love for me, that He wants to spend time with me, one person out of billions, is humbling to grasp. So often I try to embrace those truths, and they make it to my head, but I can’t quite feel it on a visceral level, in my heart, in my soul.
Part of my blog is sharing journaling techniques to help you capture your stories and see them through the prism of God’s love.
I have a business, www.memoryechoes.com and have helped many people create legacy books with their personal history stories. Mining lives for stories is an incredible privilege as folks have shared their lives with me.
When I was in junior high attending church with my family I had to memorize Psalm 23. It still brings me great comfort. Verse 2 says:
‘He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.’
I think of that blissful scene with Maria twirling in exuberance, listening to the echoes of her own song in the magnificent Alps of Austria, and I would add, “He leads me to new heights.” Physical heights of great beauty as well as emotional and spiritual heights of great joy where His mercy echoes. The earth is alive with the power of God’s mercy.
And He leads me to great heights if I am willing to follow. I follow Him and in He lovingly tells me He is there also, following me.
Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Who I am… What I love…
I am a child of God, wife to one, mother to three, nana to seven. I love my family, coffee, walking, reading, biking, writing, trees, stars, penguins, and giraffes. I love science and in my other life I worked in research labs, taught lab courses to college freshman, and even taught high school biology for one year. I love my little spaniels Oskar and Oakley. In the evening you’ll find me and my dogs on the couch with a book, glass of wine, and square of dark chocolate.
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