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Belong

This song by Chris Rice came on my Pandora Radio station today while I was getting ready for the day.  I’ve heard it before but this time it really grabbed me.  So much so I just knew I had to find it and post it.

I hope it speaks to you today.

God Bless

Words and Music by Chris Rice

Fading memories ignored
I crawl across the forest floor
Pool reflects an orphan child
Dirty, lost, alone and wild
Fatherless and nameless still
Fallen heart and broken, will
there ever be a place where I belong

I cower ‘neath the monster trees
And try to stand on tired feet
But gravity knocks me to the ground
Where I give up, and tears roll down
I claw the dust and beg the end
Curse the day that I began
to hope there’d be a place where I belong

I hear a sound I recognize
You lift my chin and seek my eyes
Song of love You sing to me
I ache to sing it back to Thee
“Father Love prepares a place
Brother Jesus leads the way
Follow to the place where you belong!”

How did I miss this wondrous song?
The forest sang it all along
“River rinses all your shame
Father offers you His name
Father Love prepares a home
Brother Jesus leads you on
Follow to the place where you belong!”

“Father Love prepares a place
Brother Jesus leads the way
Follow to the place where you belong
Follow to the place where you belong!”

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Love Is Christmas

Here is one of my favorite new Christmas songs

Enjoy and God Bless

Published on Dec 22, 2012 by Sarah Bareilles

I don’t care if the house is packed,
Or the strings of light are broken.
I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped,
Or if there’s nothing here to open.

Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it.
Love is simply joy that I’m home.

I don’t care if the carpet’s stained; we got food upon our table.
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable.
Love is who we are, and no season can contain it.
Love would never fall for that.

Let love lead us, love is Christmas.

Why so scared that you’ll mess it up? Imperfection keeps you haunted.
All you need is your best my love, that’s all anyone ever wanted.
Love is how we do, let no judgment over- rule it.
Love I look to you, and I sing.

Let love lead us, love is Christmas.
Let love lead us, love is Christmas.

Hey Hey It’s The 60’s

I am a child of the 60’s.  But it wasn’t until the 70’s that I became really interested in pop music.  I have a few memories of sitting in a recliner and seeing “The 5th Dimension” perform on TV when I was about 6 or 7 – (around 1968) and loving their new hits – “Up, Up and Away” and “Age Of Aquarius”.  They were sheer heaven to me.  But other than that – I have no real memories of music from that era.  Somehow though, the two songs I posted below from British pop singer, Petula Clark – strike a chord deep down in my memory bank.  I hear them playing today on my iHeart radio, 60’s and 70’s blend, and I remember.

Oddly enough, we do seem to return to music of our childhood.  We can be exposed all the rest of our lives,  night and day to another era or type of music and yet, at the end of the day we still favor the music from our youth above all other music.  I think it’s because youth to us symbolizes a simpler and sweeter time, when we were not responsible.  I have a friend about 15 years older than myself who feels this same way about music from the 50’s and 60’s.  It reminds her of her youth – and events surrounding or leading up to her first love and marriage.

My parents generation was steeped in music of the church – as other music was considered “worldly” and even “sinful”.  To them the old familiar hymns of the church are comforting and a symbol of youth, simplicity and fond memories.

My generation had almost no good Christian music.  I later began to appreciate the music of “Second Chapter of Acts” and “Amy Grant” – but it wasn’t really until the 80’s and even the 90’s that things began to really take off for Christian artists.  At least that’s how I felt at the time.  I can now go back and listen to several old songs and smile.  Although pretty dated – they still move me and I can appreciate what they bring to my life today.

My music of choice has always been and will continue to be – the great music ballads of the 70’s and 80’s.  I am very open to music of today – but deep within me you’ll find a 70’s girl at heart.  And I am increasingly drawn to instrumental music, soundtracks and musical scores from musicals, movies, dramas and series.  When I see something most interesting on TV, usually behind the great show, movie or docudrama series – is a very great musical score.  I usually look it up right away and add it to my collection.

But for today – a memory of a sweeter time gone by – the 60’s.   If you were around there and open enough to admit that you remember these, like me – let me know and list some of your favorites so I can listen to them and conjure up a memory.

God Bless

Treasures In Heaven

Last weekend and this have been a fun time for Greg and me as we are sorting through all of years of “stuff”.  Having a garage sale is the best remedy to hoarding and having too much of that stuff.  I’ve seen those “hoarding” programs and I’m sure you have too – you maybe even know a friend or two who has WAY too much – and you wish they would give some of it away – or take it away yourself!  A big problem we have in this country is the accumulation of TOO MUCH.  I mean – how many pencils, pens, pictures, purses, folders, shoes, jackets, plates, cups, clothes, electronics and other things does one really need?  Good grief – we even have FOUR TVs!!  (At least until our garage sale last week)  Um yeah.  There are TWO of us who live here.  The dogs don’t watch TV.  It’s pretty crazy.  I’m selling or giving away purses – I don’t really use them – so WHY would I have so many?  And what we don’t sell this weekend we are going to give away – no one needs so much.

I’ve learned a great deal about myself and the “stuff” I posses in the last few months.  In an effort to downsize it just is not practical to take too much – so – what do I really need?  Can I be just as happy with 3 less bookcases?  Do I really need that cabinet sitting under the window in my office?  Why?  So many pillows?  So many shoes, clothes, jackets??  REALLY???  No.  We are stopping the madness.

And we may not get it right – but at least we are moving in a direction that will allow us to lighten the load – not become too dependent on material things.  Reminds me of that passage of scripture which reminds us to keep in simple.

But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.    Matthew 6:20  Holman Christian Standard Bible

My Precious Jewel

My Precious Jewel (Photo credit: cammy♥claudia)


 

And I believe the whole purpose behind this particular scripture is to gently remind us – that while having material things is not in itself wrong or bad – if our focus and only source of happiness comes from having them – GET RID OF THEM.

What does it mean to “collect treasures in heaven”?  I know what it means down here on earth and for me personally.  It means the things I love and hold onto in my heart.  The things I dwell on and think about.  The things that overwhelm my thoughts.  They are desires, people, pets, things that bring comfort and much, much more.  To “collect treasures in heaven” must mean that God wants my thoughts and desires to be focused daily first and foremost on Him and what is important to Him.  His words of love in the written word tell over and over again how he loves so much that He sacrificed everything – not withholding His only son to save us.  He is concerned for lost people.  He is concerned with showing love and compassion because it is what he provided as an example for each of us.  When we love, show compassion, are kind, gentle, generous and forgiving – we model the very behavior that He came to earth to show.

I don’t know about you – but I am “collecting treasures in heaven” by showing love.  By dwelling on thoughts of being an encouragement and by being kind and generous.  I want others to see what Jesus looks like – by seeing me.  I want others to collect those treasures for themselves too.   And in heaven you don’t have to have a garage sale to lighten the load – up there it will be THE MORE TREASURES THE BETTER!!  I want my treasures to be the people I have influenced and loved.  I want to see them all represented – all the years and investment like shining jewels sparkling and bragging about me!  And I want you to have just as many if not MORE than I will have!

 

God Bless

 

 

My Prayer

I trust that you too will feel fresh inspiration well up inside you as you hear Chris Rice sing his prayer.

God Bless


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,

Amen

Words and music by Chris Rice

The Happy Uncertainty

Happy Smiley Face from Urine Samples

Happy Smiley Face from Urine Samples (Photo credit: epSos.de)

If you have ever been in a state of flux, that precarious place between certainty and doubt – then you will understand where we are at right now.

The older I get, the more comfortable I become.  Comfortable with myself, my husband, friendships and my surroundings.  Having a home and “things” have provided a feeling of being settled and being safe.  But the things I own  –  do not own me.  I am thankful for that.  I have watched many beloved things come and go throughout our life in ministry together.  Whole households of furniture bought and sold – filled up then emptied again.  Many times.  And it does not define me to be with or without.

We are right back to that place between not knowing and knowing.  I don’t much like this place.  But as with any pain and testing – it is also a great place to grow and learn many valuable life lessons.  Here are a few things I’m learning along the way:

 

#1 – Let God be God – He will lead and direct if we will listen and are open to it

#2 – Keep a loose grasp on material things that are here today and gone tomorrow

#3 – Be happy as you Live in the moment

#4 – Be grateful and thankful for the little things

#5 – Embrace each new experience as an opportunity to learn

 

There are many more things I’m bound to learn along this ever changing journey I am on.  So for now I will say that I am still learning, still open to new possibilities and still becoming.

And so as things are walking out of our home once again – I’m finding myself back at this same place.  Uncertain, struggling to make things work, trying to be okay with an unresolved future and place to land.  And strangely – it’s all right.

I am uncertain about the future – but I am happy and confident that He will lead us…Ever been there?  Are you still here?

 

God Bless

 

 

 

 

Lessons From Our Journey

Last Sunday Greg had the privilege to speak in a small church while their pastor was on vacation.  And while Greg speaks all the time doing weddings and funerals,  speaking at a church is something he feels out of practice, having been away from pulpit speaking for a number of years.  Still he took on the challenge – and did a wonderful job!

He decided that the only way to really be effective was to take the congregation with him on the “Lessons learned from our Journey”.  He told personal stories of things we had gone through, all the different places we had lived and walking through “open doors” to get to the next place.

These 3 points are taken (borrowed) right from Greg’s message:

1.  The “decision” to move and the subsequent preparation seems much more difficult (at least emotionally) than the move itself

(So true.  We mulled this over and whether or not it was the right thing to do.  FOR YEARS.  Once we came to the conclusion it made sense to explore other areas, everything else fell into place.)

2.  The Longer you stay in one place, the more “stuff”, the more “baggage” you accumulate.

(Wow.  Isn’t this the truth!  As Greg started cleaning out the garage for one of MANY of our Open House events, he found boxes we didn’t even remember having!  And cobwebs and all sorts of dust and junk all the way up and back on shelves high up in the rafters.  Do we really need all this stuff?  Especially when we didn’t even know we had it?  But you never know, right?)

3.  When you make the decision to move (or just to downsize, or to “spring clean”), it sets a whole lot of things in motion.

(Yes and Amen.  One thing leads to another.  One empty shelf cleaned out to sell – leads to 3 others that aren’t.  Selling one piece of furniture leaves things uneven in a room.  Must sell.  We have way more than we need.  We found out that we can live in about half of the space we live in and it really makes sense to rent to a larger family needing our space and going somewhere else.)

And so he talked about the cobwebs and junk that we all carry around and how necessary it is to clean and remove them.  Things we don’t even realize we carry around.  It makes sense to lighten the load, let go of it and begin again.  Sometimes in life – you just need to do this.

After the service several people came to him and told him that he spoke right to them and their particular situation.  So many people on a similar journey.  So many finding themselves at a crossroads of sorts – waiting on the “next step” and that “open door”.

I believe, as does Greg – that if we are healthy, have our priorities right and the main things are in correct alignment, such as character, integrity, faith in God and kindness towards others, that it does not matter where you live and what you do – those things are secondary.  If we stay “open” to hearing what God is telling us, as we believe He does by working through our personality and gifts, then He will bring opportunities our way.  It is up to us to either seize the moment or pass it by.  And to be honest – when people ask me if we’ve heard what our next step it – I just laugh and say, “we don’t know anything – except who we are”   We are staying busy – preparing for the “unknown” and enjoying each moment.

It is much easier to steer a moving car than a parked car

Parked cars in San Francisco California

Parked cars in San Francisco California (Photo credit: Wouter Kiel)

What about you?  Are you also on a journey?  Does it take you out of your comfort zone?  Have you kept busy and in motion?  What lessons have you learned?

 

God Bless

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