Archive for May, 2014

Beautiful Things

May 20th, 2014

Here’s a nice little thought to remember as you walk through the day:

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us!
-Gungor

Hmmmm. The maker is always working, let him work in you today!!!!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

Faith?!

May 20th, 2014

Yesterday I expressed how faith in the full control of the Father is what keeps me moving. Today I realized I am not alone in that struggle.

This has been the motivation of so many over the last two thousand years. So many have thought the same things as the women in
Mark 5;

because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” (Mark 5:28 NIV)

Oh faith! It’s the mystery of the ages, but it’s key to letting the glory of the Father been seen.

I’m holding on. How about you?

Achieve the Purpose

May 19th, 2014

I have had a lot going on over the last year.  For many reasons I have not let what was going on in my heart come out openly on this blog.  Sometimes, it because I have not been in front of the keyboard with enough time to go deep.  Sometimes, it’s because I didn’t want to express my vulnerability.  And sometimes, it’s because I know my mother reads this and I don’t want her to worry too much.

Whatever the ‘reason’ for holding things so close to the vest is, I feel certain that those of you that have been long time readers could feel a certain amount of distance in the posts.

This weekend I finally had some time at the keyboard and some time for my mind to think. I also have discovered a new ‘favorite’ band, and most of you long time readers know that I get a lot of inspiration from music – which probably explains my choice of wife and the life of my kids a bit!

Anyway, I uncovered a group called ‘All Sons and Daughter‘ this weekend and have fallen in love with a few of their songs and their lyrics.  I found myself fixated on this particular verse, especially since my mind continues to whisper these same thoughts to me this weekend as it has so many times over the last several months.

ReasontosingHate

Yes, that’s pretty raw. This song has captured the intense feelings of frustration and doubt that have built up inside of me over the last year.  Feelings that I dare not express, but battle with all day long.  Maybe not unlike yourself.

I struggle with even mentioning this, because in comparison to many other people, my problem are extremely minuscule and small.  As you know that doesn’t also make it any easier.  However, it does help me limit the amount of time I wallow in self-pity.  Actually, I think the comparison only makes me more frustrated, as if I can’t have problems if they are not huge.

The song is Reason to Sing, and as it continues it once again captures the path my mind and heart quickly travel when I recognize the trap of self-pity and climb out of the depths of frustration and doubt.   It’s not the comparison factor, but the realization that there is so much more going on here then I can even imagine.

THEReasontosing

He is in control and holds the hold world in his hands.  And that’s the reason that I sing.  The reason I keep singing, the reason I keep waiting, hoping, growing my faith day by day, knowing that everything is going just as he has planned and his purpose will be achieved.  If I could only keep my self there all day long…..

 

Isaiah 55:8-11

New International Version (NIV)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

It’s All About Jesus

May 18th, 2014

Here’s a little song for your Friday. A Friday that sends us into the ending of the 23rd week of the year.

It’s another one from All Sons and Daughters.  I really like the words of the chorus, even though the entire song is such a wonderful prayer for all of us to pray.

Above and below me
Before and behind me
In every eye that sees me
Christ be all around me

Man, that whole concept is pretty motivating, knowing that we have this God surrounding us and leading us through the days.  YEAH!  And then I just love that this song so vividly reminds us that the Christ is all around us, and that it is an all the time thing.  Everything we do, everywhere we go, everything we think, it’s all about Jesus.

 

For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. (1 Corinthians 8:5, 6 NIV)

Also,  I will be taking a week off from posting, spending time spending a marble or two very well. During that time, let each moment be about the Christ.

Standing on the Promises

May 16th, 2014

Some weeks just don’t go the way you want them to go.  For me this has been one of those weeks. And it’s in those time that you have to keep focused on the great blessings that are in front of you, and the power of the promises of the Lord.

As the week ends, I am so thankful I have a brain full of verses and hymns like this one.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

It’s such a comfort to have a solid place to stand when things seem a little off kilter.

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:3-4

 

oh, and that promise reminds me of another song