This song always moves me. I would love it if you could hit the play button below and scroll down to read the words along. God is good! He is truly amazing! Hope you enjoy the song. (I “bolded” some phrases that are especially meaningful to me)
He fed the thousands who did not have bread (Luke 9:10-17)
I saw him bringing people back from the dead (Luke 8:49-56)
He drove out demons from the demon-bound (Luke 8:26-39)
And taught us how to walk on holy ground
He made the leper’s skin like new (Luke 17:11-19)
The storm dissipated when he told it to (Luke 8:22-25)
Took jars of water turned it into wine (John 2:1-11)
The Savior even healed this heart of mine
We have seen His glory
We have seen His glory
We have seen His glory
The one and only son
I was there the day when the dove came down (Matthew 3:16-17)
Saw soldiers with thorns to make His crown (Matthew 27:28-29)
Felt the whole earth quake, darkness on the land (Matthew 27:51-55)
After he was dead, he came to life again (Matthew 28:2-10)
I was there when he said that he couldn’t stay
Was on the Mount of Olives watching Him fly away (Luke 24:44-53)
In the upper room with power, the Spirit came
To give us guidance as we declare His name
I see how he works in our lives today
Through the things not explained any other way
I have known his guidance and I understand
The contentment shown by His loving hand
I can see Him working in His family
Who are clearly following their destiny
I can feel his power in their unending love
An awesome power coming from above… above
We have seen the glory of the Son
The new year is here! Here are some things I want to do this year:
Read my Bible completely, in one year’s time. (I actually started this one on December 15th. Trying to be the early bird, I guess.) I want to grow closer to God this year, more than ever before and ONE of the ways I want to do that is by reading, studying and learning the Word of God.
Read at least a book a month. -This one is a continuation from 2012. I made the same resolution and….COMPLETED it! Actually, I read well over 12 books. But it is a goal I like to always have for myself.
Have a special day each month where I specifically give to others. Whether it be going to the nursing home with my little boy, to visit or pass out treats; or, dropping off lunch to someone while they’re at work. Something thoughtful and something that is giving (of myself and my time). I really want this to be more often than once a month but I also want to set realistic goals for myself. I think this is such an important one for me to be an example to my little boy.
Of course, I have general goals as well but nothing specific. Just things like: be the best wife I can be. Forgive others when I’m wronged. Be a true friend. Listen more. Be more positive. Things like that…things that are always ongoing. Because as the song goes “He’s still working on me, to make me what I outta be”. I am a piece of clay, still yet to be seen what shape I will end up as. But, I hope it’s something useful, something of value to Him. Happy new year everyone!
Our church is having a community wide choir revival. This morning we had a 3 hour rehearsal and it was amazing. The point wasn’t just to practice but to glorify and worship God. It felt so good to sing my heart out to Jesus. Especially among a huge group of others singing out as well. It’s hard to describe but the time spent there today was so dear to my heart.
I can hardly wait until tomorrow evening when we have our service. I pray that we will be a blessing to many and that God will be at work among us. Convicting people, changing peoples hearts and moving among us like never before. I pray that the people in not only our church but our community will be sensitive to the Spirit of God and let Him do amazing things in our lives. God is a God that can work miracles, even today! And He loves us so much. It is us who turn our backs on Him and give excuses for living how we want to live. God’s gift of eternal life is free to anyone who takes it. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. AMEN! So exciting what God offers to us and what He can do in our lives!
I’ve never been scared of storms…
About two years ago, I was eight months pregnant and had just left work to go home. About 7 minutes after I left work, my mom called me to warn me of a pop up storm that was going directly across my path. She said it was really bad and that the news said there was tornadic activity in the storm. I told her that it didn’t look like it was going to storm at all and I was only about 10 minutes from home. I assured her that I thought I could make it home and it would be ok. I stayed on the phone with her for a minute or two longer and in that amount of time (I kid you not!) the atmosphere completely changed. It began to get really windy and dark. I hit rain. Hard rain. So hard I could barely see. I ended up turning around in the road, thinking maybe I could get back down the hill and pull off. Somehow, by the grace of God, I made it back down the road. I should’ve pulled off somewhere but, I just kept driving at a crawl thinking “just a little further and I’ll find a safe place”. I was praying and crying almost the whole time. Never had I felt so scared. Never had I felt as out of control of things as I was. Eventually I made it back to work. By that time, the storm was just about done anyhow but I was shaken up and stayed there for a while.
Ever since then, I’m ashamed to say I’ve been a little scared of storms. The area I live in was hit hard with tornadoes last year and that didn’t help. But I guess it’s just been on my mind lately because we’ve had a couple “doozies” in the past two weeks. Nothing too bad looking back, but scary for me at the time (crazy winds, some broken trees, hard rains). That’s the thing about storms though, you don’t always know what one holds.
I found this verse today. Psalm 56:3-4 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
These are amazing verses to me. Even in the middle of a storm, I can and I have had comfort because I know that even if I am swallowed alive, that God is still with me and I am his child. What a comfort!
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Tonight I went to an event called Sermon on the Mount. I actually attended the same event 2 years ago and I really enjoyed it so, when it came back to town, I attended again. http://sermononthemount.org/
The main idea is that Dr Lew Sterrett compares our relationship that we have (or don’t have) to that of the relationship he (as a trainer) has with the 2 year old colt he was working with. It was amazing to watch as he took the unbroken colt who had never had a saddle on and worked with him. All the while gaining trust and a building a relationship.
He showed how once the relationship has begun, what happens when pressure is applied or bad things happen. To illustrate this he had a rope that he used to apply pressure around the flank area of the horse. The horse was obviously uncomfortable and as expected, tried to get away from the pressure. This is the same thing we do in life. We run away from things, we get angry, fight back. When what we need to do is turn to God. Trust in Him.
The Dr. made an interesting point, he said feelings can’t be helped. Often, people tell you, ‘you shouldn’t be mad, or afraid’. But, feelings are natural and the important thing is to know what to DO when these feelings arise. Instead of running, we need to trust God because He is guiding us with the end in mind. There is not anything that happens to us that He does not know the reason. Even when we don’t understand, we must trust.
For me, that is such a good feeling! It takes the worry away. So many times I try to control things or dwell on something that’s happened but it’s of no use. To be reminded that my heavenly Father is in control is such a comfort. I want to grow in my relationship with the Lord and this event has been such an encouragement. I have made some decisions in my heart tonight…to have more humility, to give up control to God, to trust God in the situations in my life right now that are scaring me. I’m a work in progress and I’m so thankful for the grace that God has for us as humans. It truly is amazing- that he can take us and transform our lives! Amen, Amen and Amen!