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  1. Excellent and praise worthy is the Lord our God and worthy of all of our praise. May we lift Him up to the place He deserves. He is King of kings and LORD of lords. Hallowed be His name in all the earth as it is in heaven, Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us. Merry Christmas.

  2. Good morning, Jamie Amerine. Thank you for this beautiful message! What really stood out to me were your words “…Son of Man bring me to my knees and grip my soul, leaving me begging, “feed me.” This year is the first in 17 years that I’ve been actively attending church regularly and seeking the Lord with all that is within me. I came to a place in my life where I literally screamed begging God to feed me, and Jesus to save me and redeem me. I sobbed uncontrollably and surrendered myself before Him. In His grace and steadfast love, He gripped my soul and began feeding me. God has been working mightily in my life, transforming me with His refining fire and redeeming me from the sorrows and traumatic pain of psychological disorders that held me bound, chained, and captive for nearly 30 years. In February, He completely healed and delivered me from every one of those strongholds. Oh, hallelujah and glory to God for His saving grace and the healing blood of Jesus!! Since September, I’ve been attending Bible studies, going to church with my husband, finding friendship with strong Christian women, experiencing restoration of relationship with my broken and scattered family, and developing a prayer life like I’ve never known before. I haven’t really celebrated Christmas in 17 years, and my heart and soul have been longing to celebrate my Lord Jesus in ways that truly honor and adore Him because of Who He is. A few weeks ago, I began writing a Christmas card for my family and newfound sisters in the Lord. I began writing every scripture I could think of that describes Who Jesus is, and all the Hebrew names of God I could remember. As I was writing, I asked the Lord to show me more definitions of Him, and I randomly came across a YouTube video by Eric Ludy and Bravehearted Christian Productions called “He Is (The Names of God).” As I watched it, I turned in my Bible to read the words myself, and I wrote every name and scripture reference down. I was overflowing with thanksgiving, exceeding joy, and rivers of tears. My 12 page Christmas card is filled with the whole truth of Christ the Lord. I’m filled with a new Hope and newness of Life in Him that is propelling me forward into each new glorious day. My soul is singing the hymn “how lovely are Thy dwelling places; my soul longs for the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh, they sing for joy to the Living God; You are my King and my God.” May His grace and peace be with you. Cristos Gennatai! Doxasete!