It’s In The Bag
IT’S IN THE BAG
I was dubbed “The bag lady” by my teasing father~in~law.
A fact about me that I’m sure many of you don’t know.
I stitch linen replicas of antique bags, and I love it.
Almost always, the customer will want the initials of a loved one stitched onto the bag. Someone who is precious to them.
I can’t help but think of that person.
This touches my heart as I stitch. These are more than just bags to me. More than just orders for customers. They are memories and love and joy.
I think of these initials and the love they hold in each person’s heart.
How dear that loved one is.
And just as precious as our loved ones are to us, we are so much more precious to God.
I think about His life, and it touches my heart. It’s more than just a story.
So much more.
He lived on this earth. Born in a manger. He knows what it feels like to be human. He understands. And in all His glory, because of His unfathomable love, He died on the cross for our sins.
But it doesn’t end there.
It ends in such sweetness that it brings tears.
Despite my sin, and because of His love, God literally tells me in His word that~my sins are sealed up in a BAG! And He SEWS up ALL my iniquity.
My name is on that bag. Sealed up and forgiven for eternity. He knows me. He loves me. He cares about me. Not because of anything I have done, but because of everything He did for me.
“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.”
“Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.”
“...for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.”
I deeply want my orders to be beautiful to those who request them.
Yes, I am a bag lady~
and my longing is that everyone would see the sin our hearts hold,
but not only that~
to truly see your heart as God sees it, through the love of His Son, repenting and requesting God’s precious gift this holiday season.
Your own name, written in
God’s book of life.
Revelation 20:12&15, 21:27.
Your own bag, your sins sealed up, never to be remembered again. Job 14:17
A home in heaven. John 14:1-3
That’s the gift I wish for you to receive.
The beautiful gift God has given us. John 3:16
A treasure that surpasses any you have ever known.
All in a bag.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fail not. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
© 2020 HOLDING HOPE