Monday, May 25, 2009

Rerun - Captivity of Grace

Hospital Chapel in Nicaragua

It is official. Sadly, as of today my former blog "Teacups and Time" has been officially deleted. **heavy sigh** I am grateful for all that precious little corner of cyberspace brought to me. I share a post that was originally found there.

I enter the sanctuary hungry and tired this crisp morning. The sum total of who I am seeks to be satiated. Many things have attempted to gratify but in them is found only a temporary release. Soon, the appetite returns more ravenous than before. At this table, the banquet is set and the feast is to begin. I wait with anxious expectation for the honored guest to arrive.

I am not left wanting or waiting long. Soon, upon my cheek I feel the warmth of His breath whispering softly to my spirit, “You are my beloved.” In His embrace, I feel the letting go of all that binds my spirit to the emptiness within. In the gentleness of His caress, I sense the beckoning to draw closer.

As I gather here, I find Him vivid, palpable and alive. The totality of who I am has hungered for this encounter. In my want, I have struggled for this moment. At this table, my striving is surrendered to His presence - my doing is captured by His being.

A captivity of grace – may I never find release!


  1. Beautiful, Denise!

    I am sorry at the passing of Teacups and Time...I often found sanctuary there. But I know this new beginning is just as lovely!

  2. So peaceful ...

    I'm so sorry about your old blog, Denise, but you've painted a lovely corner here at A Sacred Longing.

    God bless you!

  3. Incredible.....I join the other two, Laura and Jennifer. New beginnings.....


  4. Denise,

    I too agree this is a beautiful beginning. A Sacred Longing shall live on and bless all who come here, including me.


  5. Beautiful writings from such a beautiful young woman! I miss your former blog, but this one is just so peaceful. I feel like I am at the beach listening to the waves when I read your posts.

  6. "my doing is captured by His being"
    beautiful, Denise, just beautiful

    The intimacy found here is stunning, breathtaking, really. beautiful post.

  7. I am sorry about your "old" blog, Denise. I guess I missed the story of what happened.

    This is so beautiful, Denise.

  8. I didn't know you before this beautiful place of sharing but I am sorry about your first blog and I'm grateful you continue to share your heart for God.

  9. This speaks so vividly to my heart, as you can imagine.

    Blessings, friend.


  10. Denise, this post is beautiful. I praise God for His peace and His presence. God makes life so real and meaningful.

    I am so sorry to hear about your other blog. I don't believe I ever had the pleasure of visiting there, and I am sorry for that, too. But God order our steps, as you well know, and good will come from your loss.

    Many blessings to you. You are truly His beloved.

    In Christ's Love,


  11. Beautiful post.....Love your blog.

    Just blog hopping tonight and enjoyed reading your blog...I am posting on our Disney trip so hope you will stop by. Also, the June giveaway starts today...all comments left in June will be in the drawing for the "June Card Box"! You will have to go down a few posts to read about the monthly giveaway.

  12. So sorry about your old blog but I'm sure that this blog will prove to be a blessing to you and to others.

  13. Denise...I will be forever thankful for that little corner of cyberspace called 'Teacups and Time'...
    it is where I found a dear friend who has a lovely gift for expressing the longings and liftings of her heart.

    I look forward to walking the journey of a Sacred Longing with you, dear one.

    Bless you,