Grace in Us

We hope and pray this blog will encourage some to seek and find the author of Grace and unconditional Love–the God Who made and loves you, the Saviour Who died and lives for you, the Spirit Who guides and comforts you. We may disappoint in our endeavour, but He doesn’t. Ever…

The purpose of this blog is to edify, bless, comfort, and encourage readers, “according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”  Ephesians 4:29

Absolute:  Complete, perfect, pure, unrestricted, independent, unqualified, unconditional, self-existent and conceivable without relation to other things.

Grace:  Unmerited favour of God, inspiring and strengthening influence, unconstrained goodwill. *

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished upon us.” Ephesians 1:7, 8

“for by grace you have been saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  Eph 2:5

“for God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8

“and of His fulness we have received and grace upon grace.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.”  Jn.1:16,17. 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes on Him, would not perish, but have eternal life.”   Jn.3:16.  

* Definitions from The Concise Oxford Dictionary, Oxford Unity Press, 1976.

More about Us

This is a joint-venture for my husband, John Owen, and I!   My name is Linda and my journey in God’s grace is somewhat long and convoluted.  From Colorado mountain girl, to Navy wife, homeschool (and always a) mom for our daughters, Joy, Hope, and Grace, Sailor and Navy Chief, retired veteran, traveller, and freelance whatever…my only consistent identity is who I am in Christ.  Chief among sinners, saved by Grace!

John is Long Island born and raised, then our paths joined in 1976 and we’ve “shared the road” and  journey ever since.  John’s pilgrimage covers a lot of territory, including being a Hospital Corpsman, loving at-home Dad, Navy veteran, and tremendous listener and counselor.  He journals a lot about the Lord, Scriptures, and this and that, and loves photography–but doesn’t want either enjoyment to become a job. 

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What I’m reading now:

A Shelter in the Time of Storm. Paul David Tripp

Broken Down House, Paul David Tripp

Spurgeons Sermons, Vol. 1

The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan

Little Dorritt, Charles Dickens

Morning by Morning, CH Spurgeon 

Linda’s Lists

    Favourite Books (not exhaustive):

God’s Smuggler, Brother Andrew
Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
Charity and It’s Fruit, Jonathan Edwards
Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
The Kneeling Christian, author unknown
Practicing the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
Passion and Purity, Elizabeth Elliot
Knowing God,  J.I. Packer
Morning by Morning, C.H Spurgeon
The Suffering of Man and the Sovereignity of God, C.H. Spurgeon
The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, John Foxe 

    Favourite Movies (even less inclusive)

The Mission
Lord of the Rings
Chariots of Fire
“Bourne” Series
Shrek (1st)
Rear Window
It’s a Wonderful Life

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What John is reading:

The Book of Romans

The Prodigal God, Timothy Keller

39 Comments

39 thoughts on “Grace in Us

  1. LeRoy,
    Thank you so much for your comment!! I pray we can all appreciate the blessings of friends, family, and provision, while we have them. Loss is a tutor I’d love to avoid…but that’s highly unlikely with each year I grow older.

  2. Hey there,
    Just discovered your comment on my blog (which I don’t check very often — I am a HORRIBLE blogger! :o)). Thanks! I browsed around in yours a bit and enjoyed it… you all are definitely good bloggers. :o) Also, thanks for the link — I added yours onto mine. Hope you’re both doing well!
    God bless,
    Beth

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  4. http://poetrypoem.com/cgi-bin/index.pl?poemnumber=768939&sitename=charlax&password=&poemoffset=0&displaypoem=t&item=poetry

    FAITH
    FAITH

    Our Father was Abraham in the desert.
    Thy seed in Iasacc called.
    The sacrifice was Jesus Lamb.
    Upon the Cross.
    The Flesh will profit nothing.
    Life has no great rewards.
    It is only in the Spirit, and in giving.
    And in living without swords.
    Living with the word of GOD.
    Carry thy weapon made of wind my friend.
    Strike Thy enemies with HIM.
    And have they faith iff faith it bee,
    And love the wife of thy youth, thy ewe.
    And worry about nothing.
    Faith.

  5. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  6. Hi Linda!
    Thank you for visiting my blog. Glad we found each other, and thanks for linking our sites. I’m going to add yours to mine as well. 🙂 I looked through your side column and it seems we have a LOT in common with our interests and ministry focus. Love meeting a kindred spirit!

    Email me when you have time so that we can establish a better connection. I love meeting other Christian women writers. It is a unique community and we do need to support each other, not only with our faith and ministry but to encourage each other in our writing efforts.

    God bless you, and thanks again!

    Heidi Rafferty
    Harrodsburg, Kentucky

  7. Hello Linda – What a beautiful site you have! Keep up the good work about the Good News. Today I found a comment of yours posted on another site and felt compelled to contact you. You mentioned that you’re interested in the Oxford Inklings – My dear friend Douglas Gresham has been kind enough to post an essay on my blog dedicated to the Inklings… a personal account of his experience attending the Inklings with his stepfather C. S. Lewis. It is both insightful and unique in perspective and I thought you might enjoy it.

    Blessings,
    Darren Jacobs

  8. You are most welcome! And I hope you enjoy Doug’s essay as much as I did! Doug and I are meeting this spring at the Kilns in Oxford as we tour with the C. S. Lewis Society. He is a very gracious and kind man…and an excellent writer! Lenten Lands is one of my favorite books. Thank you for writing and keep in touch.

    In Christ,
    Darren

  9. Hello…

    I found your blog by searching for one of Watts’ wonderful hymn texts. I have enjoyed much of what I have seen here. I think you’d feel at home on my blog as well. =)

    Blessings,
    Diane

  10. Hello,

    I came across your blog and I must say I was truly edified. Let us continue spreading the Word of the Lord online! God Bless You! I wil be adding you to my blogroll.

    God Bless!

    Your Sister in Ministry,
    Rachel

    • Rachel,
      I’m so glad we connected! I believe that Christian blogs are salt and light to the internet world! I’m so blessed that we’re united as ministers of reconciliation to Jesus Christ! I’ll be visiting “you” regularly too!

      In Him,
      Linda

  11. Hi Linda. Thank you for your word of encouragement on my blog yesterday. I will be adding you on my blogroll. Be sure you have a friend from off the coast of the BALTIC. That is ME!

    Blessings

    Gladwell

  12. Hi There,

    Have you ever read Destined to Reign by Joseph Prince…I loved it and it has changed my walk with the Lord…just wondering if you’d come across it.

    • Hello “iluvthe word,”
      Thank you for visiting my site. I’m not familiar with Joseph Prince or his books. I’m thankful that the Lord has deepened your walk through his ministry.

      Even though I do a lot of reading, I personally find that only the Bible has such a claim on my life. God’s Word and His Spirit confront and challenge me daily, and Christ’s death on the Cross and resurrection changed my walk forever 🙂

      Thank you, Linda

  13. John,

    This is Larry Thompson. Hope you may remember, and after reading through some of the information posted here, I am sure that this is the same John Owen I knew while I was stationed in the Navy there in Pensacola on Corry Station. Please do respond would definitely enjoy hearing from you.

    Enjoy,
    Larry
    John 15:7, 8

  14. JESUS (May he be blessed forever) IN CHRISTIANITY: The second member of the Triune God, the Son of the first part of the Triune God, and at the same time “fully” God in every respect.
    JESUS (May he be blessed forever) IN ISLAM: A very elect and highly esteemed messenger of God. No Muslim is a Muslim if he does not believe this.

    Al Quran: Surah/Chapter 005 – Al-Mâ’idah. Verse 75.
    The Messiah, son of Mary (Jesus), was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother (Mary) was a saintly woman. And they both used to eat (earthly) food. See how we make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away!

    • Hello! Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. It’s probably easily to tell that I am a Christian, because I do believe that Jesus is fully God, and fully human, in every respect. I really appreciate your respect for Jesus and my faith. May God bless you and may He reveal His great love and grace to you. Salam سلام

  15. Thank you Madam Linda for reply! Belief on Jesus (May he be blessed forever) is part of my faith since childhood as a Muslim. One thing that I want to clarify; Did Jesus (May he be blessed forever) died on cross as (i) Mortal man ? or (ii) died as Immortal God? or (iii) Died as Mortal man and Immortal God at same time?
    What do you believe among (i), (ii) or (iii)? It is a simple question. Thanks. May God bless you.

  16. Hi Grace! Please remove few misunderstandings (1) I am not interested in details, but definition in few lines. (2) I am not talking with Sahmoun or Billy graham, I am talking with Grace. (3) In return to your weblinks, I can also provide you weblinks of Islamic websites of course. (4) I am not asking what happened after Jesus was crucified, but I am asking: Did Jesus (May he be blessed forever) died on cross as (i) Mortal man ? or (ii) died as Immortal God? or (iii) Died as Mortal man and Immortal God at same time?
    What do you believe among (i), (ii) or (iii)? It is a simple question.
    If you still don’t want to reply my question in your own words, then I am sorry and let’s close this dialogue. [{In case if we continue our dialogue with a passion of respect and honor, then we may discover something not mentioned in other web pages, because then it will be work of our own thoughts and mind – new experience for you and for me – you may describe other’s works briefly in your own words in context of requirement of discussion.}]

  17. A simple answer is that Jesus is both God and man. His human nature–physical body–died on the Cross. God cannot die, so when Jesus died on the cross, it was not his divine nature as God that died. Rather it was his body that died. He gave His body as a sacrifice for our sins. In Hebrews 2:14 it is written, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–.” And later it says (Heb 10:5), “Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;'” A body was prepared for Jesus, the Son of God. His body was nailed to the cross and died. But His divine nature didn’t die–His divinity lifted His body from the dead. About Jesus being God, there is much to be said, About being born as a person, Isaiah said (Is 9:6), “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” The child, the son, was The Mighty God. Even Jesus said of Himself, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:33). But even if you don’t believe this, He still loves you so much and desires you to know Him. I hope this answers your question. I pray that somewhere in your heart, you might ask Jesus in prayer if he really does love you–I know He will say yes! 🙂 Blessings and Salam!

  18. Hi Madam Linda! I analyzed your reply. It has following SIX points:
    1. A simple answer is that Jesus (May he be blessed forever) is both God and man.
    2. His human nature–physical body–died on the Cross. God cannot die, so when Jesus (May he be blessed forever) died on the cross, it was not his divine nature as God that died. Rather it was his body that died… A body was prepared for Jesus (May he be blessed forever), His body was nailed to the cross and died. But His divine nature didn’t die–
    3. He gave His body as a sacrifice for our sins.
    4. Jesus (May he be blessed forever) is the Son of God
    5. His divinity lifted His body from the dead.
    6. Hebrews 2:14, Heb 10:5, Isaiah 9:6, I and my Father are one” (John 10:33)
    Please see my next message for reply.

  19. Thank you Madam Linda for reply. If you want, we may continue our friendly and respectful dialogue via E-mail, however, I have also no problem at your blog as well. I am replying key points of your message.
    1-LINDA
    A simple answer is that Jesus (May he be blessed forever) is both God and man.
    1-MUSHTAQ:
    What? I thought in Christianity Jesus (May he be blessed forever) “WAS” both God and man. That is, mortal Man Jesus (May he be blessed forever) was born from Mary and died on cross. He has a finite life time span as a mortal Man with a clear start and a finish. Still if you believe “Jesus (May he be blessed forever) IS both God and man”, then it makes him Immortal Man {Mortal Man to be discussed later} and it produces following four results which contradict Crucifixion, Atonement and Trinity:-
    First result: “Immortal Man” means that “Son of Mary” is also immortal and did not die on cross, no sacrifice. Since Second member of Triune God is already Immortal, and can also not die on cross, therefore, on cross was no death, no sacrifice, no redemption, no atonement and no salvation.
    Second result: Jesus (May he be blessed forever) Man is also immortal. There are always two Sons; first son is Son of first *part of Triune God (*He is not Son of himself & not son of Holy Spirit) and Second son is Son of Mary. It contradicts Trinity in which there is only ONE Son.
    Third result: Mary is mother of Immortal Man Jesus (May he be blessed forever). Mother of Immortal is also Immortal So, Mary is also immortal and must be part of a Trinity (Father+ Mother+ Son). This result is inline with Collyridianism, which was an obscure early Christian movement whose adherents worshiped the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus (May he be blessed forever), as a goddess.
    Fourth result: To say that Jesus (May he be blessed forever) (Second member of Triune God) is full God and full Man contradicts traditional Christian definition of Trinity which states “All three parts of the Trinity are coequal, co-eternal and the same substance”. Your claim means that Father is God and Man at same time and Holy Spirit is also God and Man at same time. Otherwise, Second person will be “bigger” than rest of two persons due to human nature.

    Please note I have avoided use of term “Immortal Man” and I used terms “Mortal man” and “Immortal God”.
    Did Jesus (May he be blessed forever) died on cross as (i) Mortal man ? or (ii) died as Immortal God? or (iii) Died as Mortal man and Immortal God at same time?
    What do you believe among (i), (ii) or (iii)? It is a simple question.

    Al Quran: Surah/Chapter 005 – Al-Mâ’idah. Verse 75.
    The Messiah, son of Mary (Jesus (May he be blessed forever)), was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother (Mary) was a saintly woman. And they both used to eat (earthly) food. See how we make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away!

    2-LINDA
    His human nature (Physical body) died on the Cross. But His divine nature (God) didn’t die on cross. God cannot die.
    2-MUSHTAQ:
    My answer has two parts:
    First part: No where Bible says that His “Human nature” died on the Cross. Therefore, we can also say that it was a “thing” that died on cross, this “thing” is either Mortal OR Immortal? Now we are to decide.
    Human nature and Physical Body of Jesus (May he be blessed forever) is Mortal OR Immortal? If immortal, then it cannot die and If Mortal then lets discuss death of a mortal being.
    In Geological History Dinosaurs were powerful, but they were mortal and died. Pharaoh and Ancient Kings were very powerful, yet they were mortal and died. Our huge Sun is dying and is Mortal, even many stars; thousands of times bigger than Sun are dying and are Mortal. Daily millions of bacteria and germs die on planet earth. Hundreds of mortal men daily die on earth and so far billions of mortal men have died on earth. Therefore, there is nothing special in a mortal thing capable of dying. A mortal thing dies; But Immortal ONE God is capable of forgiving Sins.
    Who or what died on cross?
    Whatever “thing” died on cross, no matter you call him full Man Jesus (May he be blessed forever), Human nature of Jesus (May he be blessed forever), 2nd part* of Jesus (May he be blessed forever) (*1st part of Jesus (May he be blessed forever) is Divine), whatever died on cross was MORTAL. Its death was ordinary death of an ordinary mortal like death of billions of ordinary mortals. Where is EXTRAORDINARY great sacrifice that is enough to wash sins of those millions of mortal people died before Jesus (May he be blessed forever) and to be died after Jesus (May he be blessed forever)?
    Second part:
    No where Bible says “Human nature” of Jesus (May he be blessed forever) died on cross.
    In terms of number, more mortal beings are died in a war of freedom and are scarified for their homeland than One Mortal thing died on cross. This has been going for centuries before and after Jesus (May he be blessed forever). Where is greatness in death of Jesus (May he be blessed forever) as a Mortal Human Nature/ Mortal Human part/ Mortal Human form of Jesus (May he be blessed forever)?

    Surah/Chapter 003 – Al-Imrân. Verse 59.
    Lo! the likeness of JESUS (MAY HE BE BLESSED FOREVER) with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, then He said unto him: Be! and he is.

    3-LINDA
    He gave His body as a sacrifice for our sins.
    3-MUSHTAQ:
    This body was mortal or immortal? If immortal, then Jesus (May he be blessed forever) cannot give his body. If this body was Mortal, daily millions of mortal being are died (including germs, bacteria, animals, humans etc). Where is greatness in death of a mortal body of Jesus (May he be blessed forever)? Where does Bible state that “A Mortal Body or Mortal Human Nature is enough to forgive sins of all Mortal bodies or sins of all mortal human natures?”

    Surah/Chapter 003 – Al-Imrân. Verse 45.
    (And remember) when the angels said: O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a word from Him, whose name is the Messiah, JESUS (MAY HE BE BLESSED FOREVER), son of Mary, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (unto Allah).

    4-LINDA
    Jesus (May he be blessed forever) is the Son of God.
    4-MUSHTAQ:
    Incorrect! Because Jesus (May he be blessed forever) is not Son of himself and is not Son of Holy Spirit. If you still believe he is Son of God, Do you also believe he is Son of himself (As he is God himself) and has second father as Holy Spirit? (2nd father contradicts Trinity). We may talk more on it if we continue our dialogue.

    God with Pure monotheism in Quran:
    112: 1. Say: He is Allah (The God), the One and Only;
    112: 2. Allah (The God), the Eternal, Absolute;
    112: 3. He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
    112: 4. And there is none like unto Him.

    5-LINDA
    His divinity lifted His body from the dead.
    5-MUSHTAQ:
    You mean EITHER 2nd part of Jesus (May he be blessed forever) (Divine Nature) OR 2nd Jesus (May he be blessed forever) (Divine Jesus (May he be blessed forever)) lifted his body from dead. Both cases contradict formal Christian Definition of Trinity in which all three parts of Trinity are co-equal, co-eternal and same substance.

    Surah/Chapter 003 – Al-Imrân. Verse 64.
    Say: O PEOPLE OF THE SCRIPTURE (People of Bible). Come to an agreement between us and you: that we shall worship none but Allah (The God), and that we shall ascribe no partners unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside Allah. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him).

    6-LINDA
    Hebrews 2:14, Heb 10:5, Isaiah 9:6, I and my Father are one” (John 10:33)
    6-MUSHTAQ:
    I shall answer this if you clarify Do you read King James Version (KJV) Bible or Revised Standard Version (RSV) Bible?

    Surah/Chapter 002 – Al-Baqarah. Verse 136.
    Say (O Muslims): We believe in Allah and that which is revealed unto Us and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob. and the tribes, and that which Moses and JESUS (MAY HE BE BLESSED FOREVER) received, add that which the Prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered.

    So after reading your answer; Alternate form of my question is:
    Jesus (May he be blessed forever) is considered full God and full Man in Christianity. Nowhere in Bible is written that “Human nature” of Jesus died on cross. Who or what died on cross (whether you call him Human nature of Jesus or 2nd part of Jesus) was Mortal Or immortal? {Hints to answer: Did he die on cross as (i) Mortal Man (ii) Mortal God (iii) Immortal Man (iv) Immortal God}.

  20. Thank you Madam Linda! My Email address at which you may send Reply is:-
    mushtaqtariq70@yahoo.com There is no time limit in sending reply. I shall try my best to reply as early as possible to your email. It will be a friendly (that we want betterment of each other) and respectful (that as a Muslim belief on Jesus (May he be blessed forever) is part of my faith) Dialogue and Insha Allah will be beneficial for us. Regards and Salam.

  21. Hello! Thank you for your visit to happylittlesigh! I hope you were blessed by your visit and that you’ll come again. I absolutely love the holly and falling snow on your page. So peaceful! Wishing you the nearness and peace of our good God over Christmas and into the new year. ~ Avonlea Q. Krueger, happylittlesigh.com

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