Stones in the Sand

by Mike Ratliff

I have come the conclusion that most believers walk through their days on planet Earth in a complete fog about the enormity of their salvation. As we have seen in the last few posts here, the price God paid for our salvation is beyond our understanding. They also are mostly oblivious concerning the depth of their sin. The very short passage of John 8:1-11 is a window for us to look through to see God’s willingness to forgive the sins of those who humble themselves in repentance before Jesus Christ their saviour. My friend, Jessica Taylor of Whispers in the Garden, has written a poem about this passage called Stones in the Sand. After you read it and thank God for forgiving you of your sins, stop by Whispers in the Garden and let Jessica know how her poem has blessed you.

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8 thoughts on “Stones in the Sand

  1. Yes, JT has a heart for Christ. The depths of His substitution to provide so great salvation for us is pat finding out. The very first moment in heaven will break us into a prostrate altar of redeemed worship. Thanks JT.

  2. Yes Rick. I have heard many say they will do such and such when they “finally” get to Heaven. I ususally don’t say anything, but I am sure that when I get to Heaven I will be flat on my face before my saviour adoring Him until He lifts me up. I think that we cannot grow in grace here until we begin to realize how utterly sinful and unworthy we are of salvation contrasted against God’s sacrifice of His Son on the cross. The more I survey the Cross the more I am dumbfounded that God saved me at all.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  3. I have been strengthened by your gentle encouragement and kind words. May you be filled with the Lord’s pleasure, power and peace as you continue to seek to glorify His Holy Name…
    “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

  4. Jessica,

    Your poem was a blessing to me, but your heart for Christ and truth is what we really see. God has done a good work in your heart my sister in Christ.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  5. All, I apologize for putting a prayer request here. I could use prayer but I didn’t want to leave it in the prayer section of the site which suddenly seems to be co-opted by people who want to air personal grievances and/or dirty laundry (maybe just my impression?). IMHO a prayer request should be brief and focus on the Lord’s working in the situation. He knows the details anyway.

    I have grandchildren and one of them ended up with some superficial injuries yesterday. I do not know what caused them and the adult (parent) involved says that they don’t know and “it doesn’t matter.” Please pray for the truth to be revealed, for protection for the children and wisdom, restraint and grace for me to get involved or not as the Lord leads. Please also pray for salvation for loved ones. Thank you.

  6. Julie,

    I have noticed that about the prayer requests lately. I have pondered how to manage that so that that won’t happen, but am at a loss. I fear that most people requesting prayer have a very immature idea of what prayer really is. Thanks for pointing this out. In the meantime, I have prayed about your grandchild and the truth coming to light.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  7. Mike, thank you so much, I really appreciate your prayers. It is discouraging what has happened to your prayer section, as at one time it was a real blessing. It almost seems as if there are spam prayers being sent – if such a thing even exists? I guess we need to pray about what to do! Perhaps a few posts on prayer are in order per your comment. Anyway, thanks again for your prayers and blessings to you.

  8. Jule,

    That is a good idea and your suggestion to pray about it is right. Why don’t we start with prayer? :-) Keep me posted on your Grandchild and the other issue.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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