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A Modern Psalm… (via Cindy Holman’s Blog)

Written last year at this time – this Psalm is still applicable for me today. Enjoy!

I am here – waiting.

Lord I know you hear me.

Many times I cry out to you

I’ve seen your provision

I’ve seen You

I’ve seen people come and go in my life

Things you’ve allowed to touch me

Joy and happiness

Painful things that brought me to my knees

You’ve been there

You’re always there

How long Oh Lord?

How long is my mind confused?

And lost in this madness?

Come and surround me with your presence

So I can feel you

Breathe you in

And know That you a … Read More

via Cindy Holman’s Blog

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Gentle Savior

Sometimes I feel just like the lyrics of this song – sung so beautifully by David Phelps.

Regret

Forgiveness withheld

Uncertainty

Yes – I have it all and more.   I hesitate with which way to go – the confusion of my mind and voices from things I regret and wish were different come crashing in on me until I sometimes don’t know who I am anymore.

Then I feel a sweet peace and presence of our Lord – reminding me that I don’t need to do anything but trust and keep moving – and as I do that – He will lead me – through the unresolved issues and questions in my mind – through the good, bad and ugly of my heart – knowing that somehow it’s not important that I understand everything going on around me – in fact I don’t think I ever will – but because He does and He does not reveal everything to me – I trust Him.  I trust Him to lead me.   Sweet and loving – like a gentle Savior.

And since restoration is the cry of my heart – complete full circle healing – I will continue to wait – hope and trust – until that day.

And so – this is my never ending struggle – and my never ending journey.

Where are the signs? Which way should I go?
I planned each step but now I don’t know
Tomorrow is a chasm of uncertainty
But, I will go there, if You’ll go with me

Gentle Savior, lead me on
Let Your Spirit light the way
Gentle Savior, lead me on
Hold me close and keep me safe
Lead me on, gentle Savior

Why can’t I walk away from my regrets
And why is forgiveness so hard to accept
My past surrounds me like a house I can’t afford
But You say, “Come with me, don’t live there anymore”

Gentle Savior, lead me on
Let Your Spirit light the way
Gentle Savior, lead me on
Hold me close and keep me safe
Lead me on, gentle Savior

And when I reach the valley, every soul must journey through
I’ll remember then how well You know the way
I’ll put my hand in Your hand like a trusting child would do
And say

Gentle Savior, lead me on
Let Your Spirit light the way
Gentle Savior, lead me on
Hold me close and keep me safe
Lead me on, gentle Savior

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!

Psalm 77

“Now, with God’s help, I shall become myself.” Soren Kierkegaard

Heard an excellent message this morning on Psalm 77 – written by Chief Musician Asaph.  Here is the Psalm:

1 I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.

2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands
and my soul refused to be comforted.

3 I remembered you, O God, and I groaned;
I mused, and my spirit grew faint.
Selah

4 You kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak.

5 I thought about the former days,
the years of long ago;

6 I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart mused and my spirit inquired:

7 “Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?

8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?

9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
Selah

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years of the right hand of the Most High.”

11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

12 I will meditate on all your works
and consider all your mighty deeds.

13 Your ways, O God, are holy.
What god is so great as our God?

14 You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.

15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
Selah

16 The waters saw you, O God,
the waters saw you and writhed;
the very depths were convulsed.

17 The clouds poured down water,
the skies resounded with thunder;
your arrows flashed back and forth.

18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
your lightning lit up the world;
the earth trembled and quaked.

19 Your path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

What is interesting to note – Asaph being a musician and writer of Psalms – much like David – had a melancholy temperament and a creative mind – which was expressed in song writing and poetry.  He felt things.  He expressed his heart.  He was not afraid to be real.

Being real is sometimes very hard.  It seems like we do everything to hide what is really going on.  And let’s face it – when someone asks how you are – you do not usually say to them, “my life is falling apart!  I’m drowning”!  We have to keep up appearances and paste a smile on our face – even in difficult times.  But as Christians it is important to show others that we are real.  We are authentic – we go through things.  We have bad days – terrible experiences – life goes sideways on us – we are NOT perfect.  How can others relate with us and learn how to make it through – if we pretend we never have any problems or challenges.  Maybe you were raised in a home where it was not the thing to do to “share” too much of yourself or your feelings with others.  Maybe it is difficult because of who you are.

Our executive pastor was the speaker today and said he comes from a Norwegian family where appearance is important and if asked why they never show emotion, the response is always, “I’m laughing on the inside”.  And while we may think that is humorous – it is true of so many of us when we try to hide our real selves from those around us – from God and most of all ourselves. God himself made us with emotions and ways of expressing them.  It is important to acknowledge this – and not think of it as self-indulgent or as some sort of “weakness” to have problems.  To think there is something wrong with us – or maybe we are not “living with the victory” if we do.

1.  Be REAL about your WEAKNESS – in doing so we release something and allow a healing to begin.  When we express that we aren’t perfect to a trusted friend we allow them to be less than perfect also and we build trust by encouraging and showing them how we are processing through a difficult time.  We have accountability – so we do not fall through the cracks.

2. Be REAL – but don’t stay in that difficult time of sadness or depression permanently.   There is a time to have troubles – to stop and reflect – but then you MUST NOT STAY THERE.  Allow God to heal you.  Keep holding on to Him through difficult times.  Hold on to trusted friends who daily give you encouragement and council.  Surround yourself with positive people in your life that agree to walk with you – not condemn you – but accept you just the way you are – flaws and all.

When Asaph cried out to God out of a broken heart – he was then able to remember all the wonderful things that God had done.

3.  Maybe the solution to your problem is in remembering what God has done.  No quick fix.  No thunder bolt from heaven.  No “feel good” therapy – just a time of reflection and looking back.

I was challenged by this simple straight forward message today.  And I want to encourage you too.  Find someone today you can be real with.  Be real with God.  Be real with yourself.  And most of all – remember what He’s done.

God Bless

Lucky One

There are a few moments in this lifetime where everything is good.  I mean – really good.

Everyone in your family is safe and happy – everyone is healthy.

Oh you still have some residual “stuff” from the past – and there are scars that just living life have produced – but all in all – you have much to be thankful for.

All of this can turn “on a dime” – and life can go sideways.  Things happen that you didn’t sign up for.  That call from the doctor – or a death in the family – affecting you or one of your close friends  – Something happens – there’s a problem with your child – or an aging parent – and in that moment everything changes  – and all of a sudden your peaceful “perfect” little world – stops.

But today is one of those few rare moments where everything is peaceful – and I feel lucky.  I am incredibly blessed – and don’t feel as if I somehow deserve it.  The past threatens to rear its ugly head and points its finger straight at me – and I falter beneath the heavy reproach – the feelings and emotions threaten to strangle me – if I let them.  But “there but for the grace of God – go I” resounds in my head – and I realize that God is merciful to me a sinner.  His grace is new every morning and I am incredibly happy and thankful for His wonderful blessing on my life.  Somehow I found favor and even the “dead and gone” has been given new life and has been restored to me.  And I feel loved. And all my questions don’t really matter anymore.  He has restored – He has brought back something that has depth and meaning to me.  He understood my heart and restored my faith once again in the miraculous and in friendship that can go through the fire and yet – still be there in the end.

And I never again will take for granted the “little things” in life.  There is so much to be thankful for – and I intend to live every one of them with a thankful heart and open arms – with much love and forgiveness that pours out of my life to others.

This song is dedicated to all of the special people in my life – who make me feel lucky and so blessed.

Thank you

God Bless

Crying For A Christmas

These are the lives of the rearranged
Scattered souls who’ve been displaced
Nowhere else to turn
Like Bethlehem we have packed the place
Human need fills ever space
No room at the inn

Still God found a corner,
Made a bed down in the hay
Could he reappear, make his advent here
Will he still draw near today?

My world is crying,
Crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure –
That our God is with us
We could all use a sign
A little glimpse of divine
For a world that still cries for Christmas

Feeding trough on a dirty floor
Unimpressive welcome for
God’s Almighty Son
Are we as blind to incarnation
Daily proof of our salvation
Love’s already come

We are not abandoned,
All alone in our despair
He who once came down, he can still be found
Every when and everywhere

My world is crying,
Crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure –
That our God is with us
Once a baby so small
Grew to die for us all
For a world that still cries for Christmas.

Jesus you are here, Jesus you are now
Jesus you are here, Jesus you are now

My world is crying,
Crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure –
That our God is with us
We can all be the sign
That his love is alive
For a world that still cries for Christmas

Scott Krippayne

I love this song.  I would post it if I could find it on youtube.  Maybe some day.  Ever have a song that touches things deep inside that only music can do?  You can’t express what you feel in mere conversation – but somehow this song writer really “gets it” – that’s how I feel.

Look it up on iTunes – you’ll be blessed.  I promise.

Merry Christmas and God Bless ♥

He is Thinking Of Me

Reading this morning in the Message Bible – here is a passage from Isaiah 55:

8-11“I don’t think the way you think.
The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
God’s Decree.
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.

God does not work like we do.  Some of us like to get things done right away and not have it hanging over our heads – some are “plodders”  – some of us are downright lazy and only work if we have to.  For some of us – we find great fulfillment with a job well done – great satisfaction and self worth comes from contributing and doing something unique – that only we can do and that brings tremendous amounts of joy.

But the scripture says that God does NOT work like we do.  And He does NOT think the way we think either.  His ways are much higher than ours – we see a through a “finite” lens – temporary and often times self serving.  God is infinite – sees the “big picture” is not limited by this dimension – or our small ways of thinking.  He works with us in mind ALL THE TIME.

I am glad for this – because if the God that I served was like me – there would be nothing special (for I am not that special) – no one to trust (I am untrustworthy) and no one who could tell me that He was holding on to me and has everything under control – (I am weak – “prone to wander” – selfish and stubborn – who would be able to depend on me? – I certainly don’t have everything in my life under control!)  No – I am very glad that He is much higher – His thinking and working are different from mine.  It gives me a reason to live – to love – to go on.

And God has promised that His words will not go back to Him without accomplishing their purpose.  This is a statement that proves to me that He is always thinking about me – working for my good – wanting the best for my life.  Even when I still don’t see it.  Even when I throw my hands up in the air and say, “I just don’t get it, Lord”  – even when I cry – and I’m brokenhearted by past events that hurt me – and forever altered me.  Even then.  Even when things around me spin and swirl – and I don’t see any purpose in it except to make me crazy – even then.

He is dependable – I am not.

He is trustworthy – I am not

He is Love – I try to love

He works for my good – I am selfish

His thoughts are higher than mine – I think only in the present, too often the past and only sometimes the future

His work is solid, never changing – I am flighty and lazy

His word will be accomplished – my words are deceptive and wicked

He is always pursuing me chasing after me – I run when the going gets tough

I am amazed at His great love for me – though undeserving – though I don’t understand His thoughts and His ways.  I am blessed and humbled.  What a great Big God we serve!

God Bless

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