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Deceiving Whispers Silenced {Forgiven and Loved} Reblog for Thoughtful Thursday

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Deceiving Whispers Silenced {Forgiven and Loved}. BY~

Deceiving Whispers Silenced {Forgiven and Loved}

This community Lisa-Jo has built. It has blessed me like no other. Some days I wonder if I felt called to write a blog simply to meet these amazing souls found HERE.

Amy is one of them. I asked her recently if she would be willing to share a piece of her heart here on Music Mondays and she graciously agreed.

Friends, will you please welcome Amy?

Standing at the family room window, I stared across the pond into the darkness.  I knew that soon dawn would be breaking.  The sun would rise from behind the mountain.  I wanted to pray like Joshua for the sun to stand still.  I was not ready to face a new day.  My thoughts were still occupied with days gone by.  My mind had been reliving all the pains and hurts of my past.  Some I had inflicted on those in my life and others that had been perpetrated on me.

Wounds so deep that even now years later; years after I had surrendered my life to the One who created me, after years in church, after years spent in prayer, the pain is still fresh and raw at times.

I felt as if I was Eve standing in the garden.  The serpent hisses in my ear:

“Did He really say ALL your sins will be forgiven?”
“Do you think He actually meant you when He said He loved the world?”

I knew that I had felt God amazing love in the past. I had known His forgiving grace. Not now. Not standing here in the dark.

I had again begun to wonder what the truth actually was.

Could a God so holy really forgive me for all I had done?
Could He love me, the unlovable?

I slowly lowered myself to my knees prayerfully asking that He would remind me of how great His forgiveness and love was toward me. Just as I whispered Amen, I hear these words flowing from my IPod:

Child, you’re forgiven and loved
Child, you’re forgiven and loved
Child, you’re forgiven
And child, you are loved
Child, you’re forgiven and loved

God sent that sweet reminder as the sun broke over the horizon.  The new day had begun as bright as my restored hope.

(I want to share the full lyrics of ‘Forgiven and Loved’ by Jimmy Needham with you in hopes that it will encourage you as much as it did me.)

Forgiven and Loved

Jimmy Needham

Tell me I’m forgiven and loved
‘Cause I hear it from the street corner priests
On how God is love and how man can be clean

But my joy has been on holiday
And my peace has almost passed away
Tell me I’m forgiven and free

O I tried and tried to rectify my hopeless situation
But I bought the lie I still have work to do
Now I’m working nine to five like I can earn my own salvation

But there is no condemnation in You
O whisper to me now that it’s for real
‘Cause in the silence of these walls righteousness lost its appeal

Dirty deeds have done me in
O but that can’t stop the faithful friend
Giving mercy once again as You heal

Here it is I’m feeling it
O He died, He died to rectify my hopeless situation
And His blood commands my guilt to leave

Now on Calvary I stand
Empty pockets, open hands
O there is no condemnation for me

Child, you’re forgiven and loved
Child, you’re forgiven and loved
Child, you’re forgiven
And child, you are loved
Child, you’re forgiven and loved

How about you friend? Do you know that you are forgiven and loved? If you don’t know His grace and forgiveness, spend some time talking to God today? Or If you still have questions please feel free to contact me.  I would love to share the freedom I have found.

Amy works for a major Telecommunication company during the week but is a speaker/bible teacher on the weekend.  She is a happily married mother of two grown children. On her blog Living in Harmony Amy shares how God can take your past and use it in harmony with His love to create a beautiful song of hope, peace and renewed dreams. You can read her blog, Living in Harmony, follow her on Twitter at @amypboyd and Facebook at

Thank you for sharing your time with us.

Simply striving,

Nikki (and Amy)


Shandra here. Amy and I “met” in an on line Women Leaders Group. As I learn more about this inspiring woman I am truly blessed for the connecion God has made. So thankful for Inspiration and Hope! Until next time, be Thoughtful.  Shandra

5 Replies to “Deceiving Whispers Silenced {Forgiven and Loved} Reblog for Thoughtful Thursday”

  1. Oh Shandra, I am both honored and humbled that you would share my words here in your area. I am amazed at how God brings just the right people in my life at just the right time. Blessed to met you and can’t wait to see you at She Speaks (one more month)


    1. Thank you so very much! I very much appreciate an awarded with ‘team ‘ in the Title. Deeply honored.Shandra
      Tweet to: @shandra_lee #WithHeartWideOpen


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