11 August 2012

Redemption by Teresa Mathews


She walked into the Church, her head bowed low
She was beaten down, stomped upon with no place else to go.

Men had taken advantage of a young beautiful innocent girl
Lured with dreams of forever love, from one to another she whirled.

Far from a lovely girl anymore she’d lived a sin-filled life,
Sin had taken its toll on her, a life so filled with strife.

She so wanted someone to love her, never to cower in fear again,
She wanted to feel that someone cared; she needed that one close friend.

She’d heard about this man named Jesus from someone in her past
But she’d lived her life without a care, and to her end she’d come at last.

That day she hear His voice, heard him calling out her name.
She heard him call her precious, heard him say “let me take your shame”

She ran to him with tears streaming down, into His outstretched arms
He told her “to me you are priceless and never again will you come to harm”.

PRICELESS?? How could this ever be?
This girl that lived a shameful life, thinking of no one, only me?

He told her “that no longer matters; it’s all been wiped away”
He said “for now my love, my darling, with me you always stay“.

“I’ll take you to my Palace and there you’ll be my Bride
You’ll always be my PRICELESS one forever at my side.”

Teresa S Mathews © 08/04/12

Last week I was having a conversation with Diana about a sermon my brother, Steve Sharpe, preached a few weeks ago at our church. It was a beautiful sermon on how much God loves us and that we are priceless to him. Sometimes pastors are quick to preach “the do nots” and “the you can’ts” and “the you better not or God is gonna getcha”. Yes, it is true we have to repent of our sins but the Bible also teaches us that God loves us in spite of ourselves.

Ephesians 2:4-8 tells; “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

After thinking about this sermon, I was impressed to write this poem. I hope it touches someone and helps them realize that no matter where they are or where they have been in life; there is someone who loves them and is just waiting for them to run to Him. He will forgive their sins and will love them forever and He is just waiting to prove


  1. What a PRICELESS post, Teresa! Love your poem-makes me tear up every time I read it. I will never forget that sermon of Steve's and the annointing that was on it. What a priceless sermon that was!

    Ladies and gents, you are all priceless in the King's eyes, and don't ever let anyone make you feel as though you aren't!

  2. Thanks Diana, that was a sermon I don't think anyone will ever forget. July 23rd was 2 years since his accident, and I was talking with him last week about it and how I went in to see him while he was in a coma. I remember standing there talking to him and telling him "I know God is telling you wonderful things to say to us when you wake up!" WOW! What a true statement that was! GOD IS SO GOOD!

  3. Wow, that just gave me the Holy Ghost bumps as CARRIE says! I sent Steve a message...am hoping he will come by. I know he will be so proud of his sissy's post today! She sure is priceless...to me and to God!

  4. Powerful and beautiful poem, Teresa! Sorry about the computer gremlins getting in there. But when we are sharing what God has put on our heart, His enemy can't stand it--especially when it could bring healing!

  5. Beauty.full.
    Teressa, thank you! This is a priceless message for young girl especially. A lot of them battle with self-esteem. And of course, we want to include the guys!

    I like your poem very much. You are a gifted writer.


  6. This is a beautiful poem thanks for sharing..
    It reminded me of the story of the Prodigal son.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

  7. I am so grateful to have such a precious friend as my dear sister Teresa, who never ceases to amaze me at her devotion to our Father God and her constant outpouring of His love to everyone from the deep well reservoir of His Spirit's living waters within her heart.

    I love you Sweetie!

  8. DIANA Isn't it wonderful when GOD does amazing things!

  9. Thanks for the help CARRIE! I believe the saying that goes WHEN GOD GETS TO BLESSING, SATAN GETS TO MESSING, holds true for the blog today! :)

  10. GANISE thank you, all I do is write what the Lords tells me. He is the greatest AUTHOR, EVER!! :)

  11. PAULA... you are right, that's a beautiful story of our FATHER'S uncondtional love!

  12. BEAUTIFUL poem, T.! You really have a special gift!
    Many blessings to you this weekend!!

  13. STEVE...my sweet brother I love you so!! I would NEVER want to be the cause of someone not go to HEAVEN but I sure am glad GOD chose to leave you here with me/all of us instead of taking you HOME two years ago!! I'm just a little selfish! LOL

  14. MARIAN thank you! You my friend are PRICELESS to me! :)

  15. Ah Teresa, You have beautiful gift from the Lord and I am thankful you shared it with us today. Words that are so true! Praising God today for His mercy and grace!!!

  16. ANNE..thank you so much, I am so humbled when the Lord gives me something to share with others. :)

  17. Man may not forgive your sin, nor forget, or say, "Oh, I'd never do that..." But Our Jesus says, "Come unto Me alllllll ye who are heavy-laden and you will find rest for your soul." He loves us with an everlasting love. We are His.

  18. That was beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

  19. KATHLEEN isn't that wonderful?? Too bad not everyone has taken Him up on His offer!

  20. AMADA thank you and thanks for coming by OTT-WGH! :)

  21. Wow Teresa, what a powerful and precious message/poem!! One that so many can indentify with and not realize that God's eyes/heart is not like anyone else's. Thanks so much for posting this, I will be sharing this if that's okay with you :) Your heart speaks so beautifully with this message and I was utterly blessed by it.

  22. ELAINE COOPER is the WINNER this week per a different random number generator I used. CONGRATS! Random.org wasn't working so I tried a different one and her number was chosen!

  23. Yay! Elaine! Congratulations; enjoy!!! Kathleen

  24. Teresa, I JUST got over to the blog today for the first time in a while, and I'm VERY glad I did because your poem was SO well worth it and I SO needed its message today. Thank you for heeding the Holy Spirit and pouring His love into this "piece" to give ME His "peace."



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