Wednesday, March 31, 2010

He Calls Me His Child

Your love washes over me
Like a gentle rain;
Your grace has set me free
From all of my pain.

My eyes forever behold
the beauty of Your face
My heart is now bold,
basking in Your grace.

How amazing is the touch,
From Your mighty hand.
I no longer need a crutch,
By Your power I can stand.

Stand upon this Holy rock
Where I will embrace Your love.
For my heart you did unlock,
When you called me from above.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I Like My Eggs Sunny~Side Up

OK, Random title. You should be used to that with me. I kinda think it fits my mood right now.

Things are changing. It is so easy on this roller coaster called life to get too involved in the ups and the downs... It makes you loose track of what is important in your life... it can make you forget who you are and how you came to be.

Just a reminder. We are all made unique.
Psalm 139: 13-14 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

We should all have these verses etched into the very cells making up our hearts! Psalm 139 speaks about how God knows everything about who we are. He created my inmost being.

Psalm 139:1-17
O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.
You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

God knows what I am going to say before I say it! Psalm 139 says He perceives our thoughts from afar! He knows when we rise and when we sleep. . .and yet He loves us. He created us. He made us unique.

He knows my favorite color is green. He knows I like to shoot guns and tinker with old cars. He knows my favorite drink is Caribou Coffee with heavy cream and splenda. He knows I prefer dresses and high heels to anything else I have to wear. No matter where I am in life, He sees me. No matter what my situation, He is aware. He knows I like my eggs sunny-side up. These are characteristics that make me who I am and He isn't wanting to change those things.

God search my heart! Remind me that I am an individual; fearfully and wonderfully made. Help me to see Your fingerprints on my very DNA. Help me to understand that my differences were instilled in me for a glorious reason and it is ok for me to be unique!

Friday, March 12, 2010

This Kiss

I love the way Faith Hill describes a kiss in her song "This Kiss"

"It's the way you love me
It's a feeling like this
It's centripetal motion
It's perpetual bliss
It's that pivotal moment
It's, ah subliminal
This kiss, this kiss, it's criminal
This kiss, this kiss"

In our society, as in most, a kiss is (or should be) a very intimate act of endearment. One kisses another to show their love. If only for a second, two mouths embrace; caressing as skin reaches out to skin. It is thought , some 2000 years before the birth of my Jesus, that males and females, in an act to symbolize spiritual union, would bring their faces close to each other.
Why a kiss? A kiss satisfies a hunger that wells deep within the human body. A desire to touch and embrace… A longing for human contact. This longing dates back to the beginning of time. Genesis 2:18, “The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

Song of Solomon (Song of Songs) Chapter 1:2

"(Beloved )Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
for your love is more delightful than wine."

As beautiful as a kiss between a man and a woman in love can be; it pales when compared to a kiss from an almighty God. I am His. The thought of His kiss, His face coming close to mine, forming a union uncompared propels my heart forward. . . It is the reason my heart beats. God that my desire for you would be strengthened. . . Help me to see Your kisses, everyday.

Leave your comment below = what are some God kisses you have received lately?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

It's Not What You Know; It's WHO You Know

Connections are an important part of everyday life. Today, the right connection can help you land the "big breaks" you are hoping for. I know all to well that it takes knowing the right person in order to have the best outcome for any given situation (i.e. the right job, the best deal on a car, waiting in line at a sold out event...). As a Christian, your life should center around one connection. . .One unmistakably important connection.

In the 1940's Ira Stanphill, a music instructor and song writer, didn't seem to know much about life. His wife left him, his world started to fall apart, and he sank quickly into a deep depression. He didn't know what to do. His life skills had not prepared him for life's setbacks.

Hebrews Chapter 11:1 "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

Ira hoped for a better life. Like so many of us he had tried to work out the problems in his life through the knowledge he has. He hoped his circumstances would turn around; however, he knew he couldn't rely on his own knowledge. With all the uncertainty in his life, it is amazing that he was able to put his faith into anything. . .let alone a God he had never seen. But He did. He left his problems with the One he knew would have the answers. When he did, peace flowed over him like a melody, and he was able to pen the following song:

I know Who Holds Tomorrow

I don't know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey.
I don't worry o'er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I'll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

Every step is getting brighter
As the golden stairs I climb;
Every burden's getting lighter,
Every cloud is silver-lined.
There the sun is always shining,
There no tear will dim the eye;
At the ending of the rainbow
Where the mountains touch the sky.

I don't know about tomorrow;
It may bring me poverty.
But the one who feeds the sparrow,
Is the one who stands by me.
And the path that is my portion
May be through the flame or flood;
But His presence goes before me
And I'm covered with His blood.

Just like Ira, I don't know about tomorrow; but I do know Who holds it.... and I know Him who holds me. I know that His plans are not to harm me; but rather to prosper me. I hold fast to Romans 8:18 that through my faith in Him, His glory will be revealed in me.

1 Peter 1:6-9
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls."

I know Who holds tomorrow! I love Who holds tomorrow! I trust Who holds tomorrow. It is Who I know. . . AND don't forget He knows you and me ~ Psalm 139.