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an amazing song

Hope Now
Artist: Addison Road
Album: Addison Road

If everything comes down to love
Then just what am I afraid of
When I call out Your name
Something inside awakes in my soul
How quickly I forget I’m Yours
(PRE-CHORUS)
I’m not my own
I’ve been carried by You
All my life
(CHORUS)
Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free

When my life is like a storm
Rising waters all I want is the shore
You say I’ll be ok and
Make it through the rain
You are my shelter from the storm

(PRE-CHORUS)
I’m not my own
I’ve been carried by You
All my life

(CHORUS)
Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free

(CHORUS 2)
Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free
You’ve become my hearts desire
I will sing Your praises higher
Cause Your love sets me free
Your love sets me free
Your love sets me free
 

 

 

“You’ve become my heart’s desire, I will sing Your praises higher, cause Your love sets me free……”  beautiful.  Let it be, Lord, let it be.  amen.

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thank you, Tomlin.

Let Your Mercy Rain 

God, You have done great things
God, You give grace to the weak
And bless the brokenhearted
With a song of praise to sing
You reached down and lifted us up
You came running, looking for us
And now there’s nothing
And no one beyond Your love

You’re the overflow
You’re the fountain of my heart
Let Your mercy rain
Let Your mercy rain on us

You’re the faithful one
When the world’s falling apart
Let Your mercy rain
Let Your mercy rain on us

How deep, how wide, how long, how high is Your love … is Your love
How deep, how wide, how long, how high is Your love … is Your love
Oh, God

Let it rain

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a short season

I have recently heard that “bloggers only shows you what they want you to see”.  I’ve thought about that a lot.  Do I only show you what I want you to see?  Well, I do choose to write what encourages.  I try not to give drab details of my life, or things that don’t seem to serve a purpose to point back to Christ.  However, I do think I share the hard things too.  Certainly not all of them.  But, I do agree, you get a somewhat “polished, or edited” peek at my life.  my struggles.  my joys.

I will admit to you though, that recently I have been fighting what I can only describe as a season of depression.  Not at all my “normal” state of being.  And to say “I have been fighting” is an understatement.  I had a really good talking to myself this morning on my run!  I simply MUST choose joy.  I guess the real frustration to me is that there is NO good reason for this attitude of sadness.  absolutely none.  I am enjoying one of the easiest seasons of my recent adulthood.  (hmmmm, wonder is there a correlation there?)  I am actively deep in the Word right now though.  Enjoying His presence.  Just feel, as my husband and I would say, “lower than a snake’s belly”. 

I know it will be fine.  I will be fine.  No worries.  I wonder if it isn’t just a touch in my own life, to further humble me, and remind me of all those who are daily afflicted with depression.  I am not familiar enough with it, honestly, to have much compassion for such things.  “Snap out of it” may be more my thoughts on such things.  But now, now that I have tasted a bit of it, I am sympathizing.  I am more understanding.  I find my heart softer to those in such a season.

This morning on my run, following a full day of rain, the air was so thick I almost needed to cut my way through.  So thick that the entire half hour, my glasses were fogged up.  They never cleared.  I wiped and wiped them, just to put them back on and find them fogging up again.  God teaches even in the mundane, doesn’t He?  He reminded me, the He is the absolute only Way I can see at all.  And especially see anything worthwhile.  Oh, I love Him so!  Yes, Lord, I want to see all that You want me to see!  Psalms reminds us to “open our eyes that we may see” Psalms 119:18, as well as “my eyes are fixed on You, O Sovereign Lord, in You I take refuge….”Psalm 142:8.  He also reminded me of 1 Corinthians 2:9 – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him….”  Thank you, Lord, for giving me eyes to see.  I await Your showing me what You want me to see. 

I pray for each of you, dear blog readers, as you also use your eyes to see God’s goodness and glory.  And His plans for you.  Rest in Him, no matter what season you are in.  His best to you.

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Jesus Messiah

Have you heard this new Tomlin song?!!  I was listening to it again on the way home this evening, and these words captivate me each time I hear them……”Jesus Messiah, Lord of all.  All our hope is in You.  All our Hope is in You.  All the glory to You, God.  The Light of the world.”  It is still resonating in me, well after the song stopped playing.  “all our hope is in You”…….

Name above all names.  Blessed Redeemer.  Emmanuel.  Truly, all our hope is in You.  No matter what is going on in our lives, this blesses me to be reminded of this profound, amazing truth.

amen.

(you can download this new song at itunes.)

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I have had bunches of thoughts going through my head.  So let’s sort a few out, shall we?  

*today is quiet.  maybe a bit too quiet?  Sara is on her way to Kentucky with a church mission trip.  Hints of the life to come, in a few years.  What will the “empty nest” be like?

*However, we had full out girl fun this week – road trip to Dallas for ……..are you ready?…….the Jonas Brothers concert!  (Sara’s main birthday gift).  We had a blast, even though it was a million degrees.  and very crowded.  (sold out).  I am still sorting out my thoughts on this one, but here’s a few…..

-the venue sold me a $4.00 bottle of water, then had to KEEP the top!  Have you heard of this?  I never had, I was in shock.  Apparently, they are used as weapons.  I kind of felt the need for a weapon at that point.  I had to walk around outside, with a topless bottle of water.  wow.  wow.  

– I had not been in a really LARGE gathering in a long time that was not all about worshipping our God.  Interesting.  Oh, they appeared to be worshipping, just not our God.  Great place to people watch.  But some were scary to watch.  Realities of the world, and the state it is in.  Makes me really yearn for Christ to return.  soon.

-After sweating for almost 4 hours, we finally got to see the “JONAS BROTHERS”.  you know what?  Don’t tell anyone, but I actually grew to love them.  They were adorable, and they worked hard to give a great show.  They went for 1 1/2 hours without stopping.  Well, they changed clothes once, but they hardly stopped.  We must pray for these young men – they have potential to keep their morals, and values intact. However, it will be hard with tens of thousands of girls going crazy over them, show after show after show!  Please, Lord, let’s see some young men stay true to You!

-Girls can really scream.  really loud.  and forever.

– My own girl’s smile – it was all worth it.  She is totally worth long hot drives, long hot lines, and lots of screaming.  she loved it.  her friend loved it.  It was real good. I’m humbled and thankful to be her mom.

*I’m watching out the window – my two dogs – the two year old one, and the puppy – are “playing” together – they remind me of when the boys were little, and tussled on the floor.  So cute.  I’m thankful they are friends. (the dogs, and the boys!)

*I am content.  truly thankful, grateful, and at rest.  I pray you are as well.  May we give God all the glory, and praise, this glorious day. His absolute best to you this day!

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We returned from camp late Monday afternoon.  I am always stunned when the week of camp is over, and never more than this year.  What a wonder our God is!!!  He woos me, and wows me, and lavishes His best on us.  We definitely had the best – Pastors Gregg Matte, and Ben Stuart shared the camp pastor position, and Charlie Hall led the group in worship. (each a.maz.ing!)  Student Life staff was as skilled as always, and so gifted in what they do.  We heard tons of amazing teaching, sang way out loud to our Jesus, and loved our time together.  I have much to boast in the Lord about!  Thank you for praying.  so much.  I could tell you were praying.  I actually could.  The pace of beach camp is so laid back, and so different than any other camp we have participated in.  Much of it I loved, and some things I missed.  I really really loved being stretched in different ways.  Thinking outside the box.  Doing things not the same as before.  

 

Our theme was The Way.  Are we traveling the broad way, that leads to destruction, or the narrow way that leads to Life?  Many great discussions revolved around this topic.  Many breakthroughs, many decisions, many tears.  However, this camp experience I pray is one that is not just lasting those five days – but carries on through these students’ lives.  Please Lord!  I was encouraged by a phone call from one student about an hour and a half after we arrived home.  He was already at LifeWay bookstore, trying to figure out which Bible study to buy.  He’s serious.  But he’s also testing God – if this young man doesn’t “feel” something at the end of this testing period, he may not continue on with God.  He does not come from a church – going family, and has no support in his pursuit of Christ at home.  Please pray for these students.  So many sad stories – so many obstacles.  So much pain.  Oh, that they would let God heal them, and strengthen them for the life ahead He calls them to.  That is my prayer.  Thank you for joining me in this.  

 

I wonder – which road are you on?  Please consider the road that leads to LIFE!!!

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

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