Unreleasable: You Are Mine.

I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1b (NIV)

Today my debut inspirational romance –Call to Love is officially released. (Exhibit A to the right – countdown at ZERO days).

Pardon me while I indulge in a ridiculous shout for joy!!!

The ability to string a few words together to express what this feels like is far more difficult than writing an entire manuscript.  

From the time in January 2018 when I received word that Call to Love would “release on November 15th” the word ‘release’ has infiltrated my brain. 

It means letting go, a sending off into the world. I picture Moses’ mother releasing her baby boy into the Nile (Exodus 2:1-3), no guarantee of good outcome, trusting solely in God’s protection and faithfulness.

Release. 

To free from anything that restrains or confines. 

To free from bondage.

Liberated.

While my book hasn’t been held in bondage, it’s certainly pulsed with anticipation to release the story inside its pages like an exuberant child eager to share good news. 

And like a good parent, I’ve got to let it go, wish it well, cheer for it, and pray others are as proud of it as I am. 

It’s difficult to let go. To trust God to take care of her out there in a cruel and critical world. 

Given that, the three words in Isaiah 43:1b have been precious to me this week:

You are mine. Isaiah 43:1b (NIV)

I hear an endearing possessiveness in God’s voice here. 

Who doesn’t want to hear this from one they love?

I have summoned you by name and you are mine. Isaiah 43:1b

The intimacy of addressing someone by name can’t be overlooked. 

Consider the difference between, “Hey, you!” and, “Mary.”

No contest.

Outside the tomb, Jesus tenderly asked why Mary was crying —though He knew full well.

“Woman (spoken with uttermost respect)…why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” John 20:15

Understandably she thought He was the gardener and begged to retrieve the dead body of Jesus, whom she loved.

Then He addressed her by name, saying, “Mary.” (vs 16)

Jesus called her by name. 

In the same way, He calls me and you, saying, 

“You are mine.”

I love the intensity and assuredness in God’s proclamation:

“You are mine.”

I rightly belong to God.

I am His.

He paid a lot for me.

His life.

“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 14:10b

When the world makes me feel unwelcome…does it rejecting when I’ve vulnerably opened my heart to it’s scrutiny…I’m confident the Lord won’t release me.

“I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

And you can count on His unwillingness to release you, too.

Mary

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4 Comments

  1. Margaret says:

    SO very proud of my little sister! I am confident the Lord will use it to add others to His kingdom. I am thankful you were obedient to His call for you to write about His love and the value of surrendering to Him. Waiting for your next release.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      I do pray others will be added. They’ll get the blessing of meeting YOU. I’m waiting on my next story to emerge and flow freely into my brain 🙂

  2. Emily Conrad says:

    So happy for you and this release, Mary! Thank you for this word of encouragement, too. Such a beautiful passage of Scripture.

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