Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Are you hemmed in and belted up?

Everywhere I turn recently, it seems I'm reminded of how God "hems me in." Psalm 139 is a favorite, and I love verse five in particular. "You hem me in before and behind, and you lay your hand upon me." (NIV)

I love how Eugene Peterson paraphrases verse five in The Message, "I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and you're there too––your reassuring presence, coming and going."

Last week a friend shared this ad encouraging people to wear their seat belts. Chances are good you've seen it. It's been viewed millions of times on YouTube. Even if you have seen it, I'd encourage you to watch it again. But this time…look at it through the eyes of God hemming you in before and behind. At Him being behind you and then in front of you, keeping your road safe with His reassuring presence and love.

The expressions on the family's faces are so touching. The love and laughter, then the surprise which quickly escalates to concern. I'm reminded of how much God loves us. How He's given us His Spirit to restrain us, to empower us to do His will, to follow His lead.

Are you familiar with the song He Loves Us? It's one of my favorites. We sang it in church this past Sunday and I just stood and let the promise wash over me, knowing how undeserving and unworthy I am. Click the link below then just close your eyes and listen to the David Crowder Band and let the promise sink in, let God hem you in with the reminder of how He loves you.

On a writing note… My editor, Karen, and I have a phone meeting this afternoon at 2:00 to discuss where we can begin cutting A Lasting Impression as the story came in "just a tad longer" (we exaggerate here in the South) than what I/we thought it would be. Yikes! I'm sharpening my scissors even as I open my mind to see what's extraneous to the story and what should stay.

All for now, and praying you're hemmed up and belted up too! If you've gotten a reminder of God's love and care recently, please share! I'd love to hear about it.


  1. I hope you have a great day with those sharpened scissors :) Do you ever find it too hard cutting scenes from your stories?

  2. Gracious yes, it's hard. You can't think about how long it took to write those words either. You have to focus on whether they move the plot forward, whether they serve the story, etc... Cutting's not easy. But so necessary.

  3. I've never seen that commercial...wow. Watching it through spiritual eyes makes it mean so much more! Love the song, too! One thing that's dear to my heart is adoption. My husband and I haven't adopted yet, but hope to in the future. Several of our friends have adopted from all over the world, and right now one family is in China getting their second little girl. It blesses me to no end to see these precious ones embrace their new Mommy and Daddy for the first time. What a picture of how we are adopted by Christ and welcomed into His open arms. It has also blessed my soul to see two little girls in our church that were adopted come to know Christ. Twice adopted! God brought them from being orphaned in a country that rejects Christ to being a part of His forever family. Just as the song said...oh how He loves us!

  4. That is very true, asking if the words really add to the plot in positive way. I also write and find it hard to cut. Sometimes the scene itself is good, but it does not work for the story it is in. Do you ever save a cut scene and discover that a new story you are working on has set itself up for that exact scene? I hope I am not bothering you too much with my curiosity. I just love to learn all I can about writing.


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