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Faith Imagined: Foot Promise

Faith Imagined

Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

July 12, 2010

Foot Promise

Instead of dividing time by years, I try to envision all existence as one beautiful gift. Life is a single, intricate creation, bound together by a name that we tend to whisper about –Jesus, Messiah, Christ, Lord. Jesus was at God’s side during our world’s inception, He hung on the cross at its redemption and, finally, He’ll break through the skies at its completion.

Jesus stands firmly in the center of creation, watching as His divine purpose comes to fruition. He takes small but amazing pieces of His will and places them at His feet. They are called His promises. Then He puts the desire for those promises in each of us.

The promises are beyond our abilities, but we are drawn to them like a magnet to metal. The world tries to sidetrack us with tantalizing distractions that urge us to wander. As we seek Jesus, though, He compels us forward by faith.

We struggle onward in a life that isn’t easy. We learn to rely on the joy, peace and hope found in the core of God’s spirit in us as Christians. We slowly loosen our grip on the world, and we walk into the unknown, holding onto the only truth that we can rely on: We are loved. Though our bodies, minds and hearts grow weary, our souls attain eternal rest in Him.

When we finally arrive at our promises, we realize that they were only the lures. We walked by faith to the feet of Jesus, and He skimmed off our sin in the process. We now understand the purpose of our pain and the significance of our struggle. We look up at the face of Jesus and hand Him the weight of our promises, and He pulls us up into the power, the majesty and the beauty of His glory.

Promise verses: Proverbs 19.21, Jeremiah 29.11, Romans 8.28, 2 Thessalonians 1.11, Hebrews 6.17 & Revelation 17.17.

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Blogger MTJ said...

Hi Alisa,

This post gives me so much to say; each succeediing paragraph is like a crescendo, building to a praise of victory.

"As we seek Jesus, though, He compels us forward by faith." I want to say so much regarding this. Perhaps I'll write a post and credit you for the thought.

Thank you,


3:17 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

What a beautiful post and this today has blessed my heart! Thank you for sharing.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Missie said...

This is so true...thank you for your words

5:38 PM  
Blogger Just Be Real said...

I needed to read these inspiring words. Thank you.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Ginger said...

Love those words, He'll break through... at it's completion. SO powerful!

6:08 PM  
Blogger Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Alisa -

Great word picture! One author likened Jesus as the Scarlet Thread running through scripture.

Susan :)

8:14 PM  
Blogger petrii said...

This was so beautifully written. Just this evening I was reading about giving in brokeness, and some how this post reminded of that. How Christ gave all He had to save us; how in pain and brokeness He came to save that which would be utterly lost without Him....Amazing Love....Amazing......

Thank you for this truly inspired post.

Have a Blessed evening,

8:20 PM  
Blogger Stuff could always be worse said...

Seems like I am always saying, I needed this...but I do.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Toia said...

Such a beautiful and inspiring post...Blessings to you!!

8:50 PM  
Blogger God's girl said...

Alisa, I can't believe it, but I don't think I have ever been to your blog before! I LOVE IT!!!! I love this post too. May you be totally blessed and renewed today:)

Blessings, Heaven

10:43 PM  
Blogger Braley Mama said...

Amen!!!! So true, we want those promises answered but he is truly working in us during that time!!!!
You never cease to amaze me how He uses you in your writing!!!!

9:35 AM  
Blogger Little M said...


10:53 AM  
Blogger Karen Lange said...

What a good way to express this. You always make me think - this is a good thing!
Karen :)

2:03 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

some good thoughts to ponder. thanks for this....

2:09 PM  
Blogger ******Shelly****** said...

Beautiful, beautiful words, as usual. Thank you for reminding us that it really is all about Him.


5:12 PM  
Blogger Melanie Redd said...

Thank you for your post!

I esp. love the line - "The world tries to sidetrack us with tantalizing distractions that urge us to wander. As we seek Jesus, though, He compels us forward by faith."

You have a wonderful way with words!

Blessings to you,

6:26 PM  
Blogger Dean Spencer said...

Very beautifully said Alisa. I'm not a poet and I don't really know poetry that well. But how you wrote this has the sound of poetry. But even better, it's to the Glory of God. :) Thank you!


11:31 PM  
Blogger Lynda Young said...

You got all poetic on this post and you let your passion show. Beautiful, beautiful.

Your first line spoke to me in particular because I've just passed another birthday. It's a great way to look at life, not in terms of years, but as a single, wonderful gift.

2:27 AM  
Blogger Playing Sublimely said...

Love things over here, it is really nice to meet you and to have found you!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

That was beautiful, Alisa. The goal is Jesus Himself.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Beautifully see Him face to face...can we even imagine the glory?

9:17 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Great post today!!


1:47 PM  
Blogger Bernadine said...

Beautiful Alisa, just beautiful.

6:17 PM  
Blogger The Unknowngnome said...

Beautifully and Gracefully Worded!

5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a perfect Saturday morning message! The line, "desire for those promises" is something I so desire for my sons - that desire for God's promises to lead them to His feet: "Oh, God, fill my children, adult and little, with the desire for your promises, lure them away from empty, worldly promises, lure them to your feet."

11:03 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I never thought about it, but you are so right. `Jesus was at God’s side during our world’s inception, He hung on the cross at its redemption and, finally, He’ll break through the skies at its completion.`

7:18 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...


I would Love to review your book.
Have a wonderful weekend!

8:50 PM  
Blogger Amy Sullivan said...

I do love when we "slowly loosen our grip on the world". Although sometimes I find it very, very difficult to do.

Why am I always grasping on so tightly?

10:05 PM  
Blogger Family, Money and Stuff said...

Woo! Sing it girl! I love where you write that He gives us a desire for these promises, and we're drawn to them like magnets to metal.

I'd love to read scripture about this. Can you recommend some?

Thanks so much, Alisa. I've linked to this post on my blog. Hope that's alright :)


10:06 PM  
Blogger Michael Manning said...

All things are possible through Christ. He can come into any broken heart and repair it, renew it and redirect it. Most definitely!

9:56 AM  

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