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I have this song on my iPod in my iPhone.  I’ve heard it before – it’s one of my favorites – but I heard it with fresh meaning the other day as I was taking a walk.  The song is sung and written by Mark Schultz with Chris Rice on some of the vocals.  If you are familiar with Mark’s music you will know that he writes very honest and moving lyrics that have a universal appeal – making them something that you and I can identify with.  I just knew I had to share them with you today – someone needs to be reminded once again of that gentle friend that came to save all who are lost.  And teach us what real love is all about.

I was thinking about this as I was walking along.  Friends come and go in our lives – but Jesus was special.  He came – got involved – saw his disciples for what they really were – and who they really weren’t – but gave himself anyway.  And in that same way – he sees you and me for what we really are.  There are no secrets from Him.  He wants to be involved – wants to have a special relationship with us.  He wants to be that friend who will not leave – will not disappoint – will not dismiss – will not be temporary.

How many friends do you know like this?  One who will not desert you?  One who is not easily miffed, confused, unfeeling or uncaring?

Jesus is the only friend who sees the good and bad of character – all the flaws and dark things that lurk around the heart –  who is merciful – does not judge with anything but love – does not shame but who shows grace and is willing to restore.  He loves you just as you are and sees only the best in you.  This is a true friend.

I want to challenge you today – get to know the “Holy One” – He is the greatest friend you will ever have.  His influence and presence will make such a huge impact on your life and others around you.  Link up with Him and find purpose in life and one who loves and accepts you just as you are.  His friendship will bring life and hope to you today.

God Bless

Gentle friend
You knew my name
Yet with Your hand You calmed the storm and healed the lame
As You spoke
People came
And as the crowds would gather ’round they called out
Holy One, are You the Holy One, who was sent by God to show the way

I wasn’t there
The night they came
Those who saw and feared the miracles you made
You took the nails
You bore the pain
And as they hung You on the cross and mocked you
Holy One, if You’re the Holy One let your God come save You from the grave

I just heard the news today
I just came to find you but they said You’d gone away
I just wanted to hear You say that you had to go
But that You’d be back again

Early morn
Break of day
Came in time to find the rock You rolled away
I found Your robe
An empty grave
And as I fell upon the ground I cried out
Holy One, You are the Holy One, and You came and gave Your life away

Holy One, You are the Holy One and You came and gave Your life away

I am the life, I am alive, I came to show the way


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Yesterday I was so thirsty.  I drank 2 full glasses of water before bed and 2 more in the middle of the night.  I know I don’t drink enough water – it has been something I’m used to – being dehydrated most of the time.  I simply don’t think about it – I’m not much of a water drinker and my body has adjusted to it.  But there are times, like last night when I HAD to have water – I was SO THIRSTY.

In the same way I was wondering if our spiritual self loses its thirst – does it adjust to not having enough of God?  Do we fill that God-given thirst in our lives with other things – so pretty soon we do not notice?   Are we spiritually dehydrated? How would we know?  What happens when we simply adjust to it – so that it becomes normal.  Are we thirsty anymore?  Do we wait until we are desperate for Him before our thirst returns?  Lord help us to be thirsty.

The lyrics to this Chris Rice song kept going through my head in the middle of the night and I wanted to share it with you today.

Are you thirsty?


God Bless

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (via Cindy Holman’s Blog)

I love the words to this old hymn. I posted this article a year ago as I was taking a walk and having a prayer time – this really encouraged me that day and I came home and posted this video. Just wanted to re-post and let it encourage you today.

God Bless.

I was taking a walk this morning and having a wonderful time of prayer.  This wonderful song came over my iPhone – the Instrumental version by Chris Rice – and it was so beautiful – I just had to find a version with the words being sung.  I hope you will find great meaning and encouragement as you listen to this today.  God Bless! Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy gr … Read More

via Cindy Holman’s Blog

My Prayer

I love Chris Rice.  I have a whole radio station dedicated to his music on Pandora.  His voice and lyrics are so real – so authentic sounding.  They speak right to me.  It is something I would write myself – think about and sing.  Sometimes when I hear a song and I connect with it – there are no words to describe how it touches a deep place in my heart.  This is one of those songs for me.  I hope it will touch you today as it has me.  Enjoy!

Fresh page, new pen
Where do I begin
Words fail, tears come
I need someone
To take the thoughts I almost think
And carry them to God for me

Deep breath, exhale
Breathe in deeper still
Long sigh, I’m still numb
Is there anyone
Who can find the things I’m barely feeling
And give them wings beyond my ceiling?

Right heart, wrong place
It’s too far to outer space
Sorry, I forgot, You’re right here
I cup my hands around Your ear
I feel you smile, You feel my breath
You listen while I whisper non-sense

Simple exchange
Your will, I’m changed
And now my prayer ends
Thank You, Amen.

Love Is Gonna Break Through

This is a powerful song from one of my favorite Christian artists – Chris Rice – if you haven’t heard it – take a listen – the lyrics are really powerful – I remember listening to it when I was going through a difficult time last year and it was an amazing blessing.  I hope it will touch you too.  God Bless

Hear a newborn baby cry
Hear the farmers pray for rain
One more soldier gives his life
A homeless man begs for change
But change won’t come easily
What does this have to do with me?

And my heart pounds with a thunder
And I stop and wonder
What should we do with life’s surprises?
(Everyday the sun rises on us!)
Like a swing set in a graveyard,
Like a bloom in the desert sands
(Look at my tremblin’ hands!)
‘Cause it hits me like lightning
That love must keep fighting
And somehow, every time
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!

World inside a clear blue sky
Teeming with humanity
Tears and laughter intertwine
Our comedies and tragedies
And History is a runaway
But not so far that Love can’t find and save

And my heart pounds with a thunder
And I stop and wonder
What should we do with life’s surprises?
(Everyday the sun rises on us!)
Like a swing set in a graveyard,
Like a bloom in the desert sands
(Look at my tremblin’ hands!)
‘Cause it hits me like lightning
That love must keep fighting
And somehow, every time
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!

It takes my breath, it’s come to this
We all bleed red, you can’t resist
The changing wind, the roaring tide
C’mon, get on the winning side

Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!
Love is gonna break through!

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