Every beat of my broken heart

This is not what I asked, not what I prayed for…
Are you listening now?
‘Cause all that I’ve built, all that I’ve bled for
is coming undone…

But what if it had to be broken
before my heart could be open?

Maybe the shattered parts
are the places where Your love starts…
And now I am closer to where You are
with every beat of my broken heart.

Maybe it’s not what I would’ve chosen,
and I won’t understand;
but I’m trusting You now, ’cause all that I know is
I am safe in Your hands.

But what if it had to be broken
before my heart could be open?

Maybe the shattered parts
are the places where Your love starts…
And now I am closer to where You are
with every beat of my broken heart.
Mercy is here with me
even if I can’t see it now…
I am closer to where You are
with every beat of my broken heart.

So break me all the way, ‘til we are face to face:
When Your work in me is through, then all that’s left is You…

Chorus

I am closer to where You are
with every beat of my broken, beat of my broken heart.

~ Written by: Jon Steingrad
Performed by:  Hawk Nelson ~

Luke 4
16  And He [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  17  And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias [Isaiah 61:1].  And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,  18  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  19  to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”  20  And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down.  And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.  21  And He began to say unto them, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

Psalm 34:18 
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 147
2  The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: He gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.  3  He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.  4  He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.  5  Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite.

Lamentations 3 
21  This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  22  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  23  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

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Move (Keep walkin’)

Another heartbreak day – feels like You’re miles away…
Don’t even need no shade when your sun don’t shine, shine…
Too many passin’ dreams roll by like limousines;
it’s hard to keep believin’ when they pass you by and by…

I know your heart been broke again;
I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet;
I know you’re feeling like you got nothing left…
Well, lift your head – it ain’t over yet, it ain’t over yet, so:

(Move) Keep walkin’,  Soldier keep movin’ on
(Move) Keep walkin’, until the mornin’ comes
(Move) Keep walkin’, Soldier keep movin’ on
And lift your head – it ain’t over yet, it ain’t over yet!

Echoin’ inside your head are the words that your sweet mama said:
“Shoot for the moon, my dear,” so you took aim out of this atmosphere…
Between high stakes and pump fakes, you’re feelin’ like you can’t buy a break…
I can hold your hand but I can’t turn your eyes to freedom!

I know your heart been broke again;
I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet;
I know you’re feeling like you got nothing left…
Well, lift your head – it ain’t over yet, it ain’t over yet, so:

Chorus

Hold on, hold on:  Lord ain’t finished yet
Hold on, hold on:  He’ll get you through this
Hold on, hold on:  These are the promises
I never will forget, I never will forget, so
Hold on, hold on:  The Lord ain’t finished yet
Hold on, hold on:  He’ll get you through this
Hold on, hold on:  These are the promises
I never will forget, I never will forget…

I know your heart been broke again;
I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet;
but it ain’t over yet (No)… It ain’t over yet!
So get up and…

Chorus

Keep walkin’ (Keep walkin’)
Soldier keep movin’ on
Keep walkin’ (Keep walkin’)
Soldier keep movin’ on
Keep walkin’
Soldier keep movin’ on…

~ Written & performed by:  TobyMac (Toby McKeehan) ~

Galatians 6:9 
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.

James 5:7-11 
7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.  8  Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.  9  Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.  10  Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.  11  Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Even if

They say sometimes you win some,
sometimes you lose some…
And right now… right now I’m losing bad.

I’ve stood on this stage night after night
reminding the broken it’ll be alright,
but right now… oh, right now I just can’t.

It’s easy to sing when there’s nothing to bring me down;
But what will I say when I’m held to the flame like I am right now?

I know You’re able, and I know You can
save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t,
my hope is You alone!

They say it only takes a little faith to move a mountain –
good thing a little faith is all I have right now…

But God when You choose to leave mountains unmovable,
oh, give me the strength to be able to sing:
“It is well with my soul!”

I know You’re able, and I know You can
save through the fire with Your mighty hand…
But even if You don’t,
my hope is You alone!

I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t,
my hope is You alone!

You’ve been faithful, You’ve been good all of my days.
Jesus, I will cling to You come what may,
‘cause I know You’re able;  I know You can…

Chorus

It is well, it is well with my soul…

~ Written by:  MercyMe, Tim Timmons, Crystal Lewis, David Garcia & Ben Glover
Performed by:  MercyMe
Album:  Lifer ~

Daniel 3 (King James Version)

14  Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?  15  Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?”
16  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  17  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  18  But [even] if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
19  Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego:  therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.  20  And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.  21  Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22  Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  23  And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, “Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”  They answered and said unto the king, “True, O king.”  25  He answered and said, “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego in the fire
26  Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither.”  Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.  27  And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.  28  Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.  29  Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.”

Hot Gates

LONDON PARIS ROME BERLIN

BARCELONA WASHINGTON
MOSCOW BEIJING TOKYO
JERUSALEM JERICHO
WACO WACO BETHLEHEM
SREBRENICA SEBOKENG
SARAJEVO O SAIGON
HIROSHIMA RUBICON

CHORUS:
I CAN SEE A FIERY, FIERY GLOW
EVEN AS THE SUN IS SINKING LOW
I CAN SEE A HORSEMAN ON THE RUN
OH MY DAUGHTER, OH MY SON

DUNKIRK DOVER NORMANDY
FRANKFURT NEW YORK LOCKERBIE
AMAJUBA BELLEVUE
CHAPPAQUIDDICK WATERLOO

BUCHAREST ST PETERSBURG
HEILBRON HOBHOUSE GETTYSBURG
BELFAST BUDAPEST BAGHDAD
BERCHTESGADEN STALINGRAD

CHORUS

CARTHAGE DRESDEN BABYLON
SHARPEVILLE MY LAI BOIPATONG
DELVILLE WOOD EL ALAMEIN
ST HELENA MITCHELL’S PLAIN

BALAKLAVA AUSTERLITZ
BELSEN BUCHENWALD AUSCHWITZ
NAGASAKI O VERSAILLES
ARMAGEDDON THERMOPYLAE

CHORUS

REPEAT CHORUS:
THERE’S ANOTHER SONG THAT WILL BE SUNG
THERE’S ANOTHER BELL THAT MUST BE RUNG
THERE’S ANOTHER CITY I’VE BEEN TOLD
WHERE THE STREETS ARE PAVED WITH GOLD

THERE’S ANOTHER CITY I’VE BEEN TOLD
WHERE THE STREETS ARE PAVED WITH GOLD… 

Laurika Rauch 

CHRIST-mas vs Santa Claus

Santa Claus and Satan’s Cause

~ Copyright © 1996 James L. Melton
Article originally posted on http://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/SantaClause.html ~

ReverendFun picture: "Remember the reason for the season."
The modern-day Santa Claus is an American version of Saint Nicholas, a fourth century Roman Catholic bishop from Asia Minor who was noted for his good deeds and gift giving.  This tradition first spread throughout Europe, and then found its way to America by the early Dutch settlers.

Since God’s word warns us to BEWARE of tradition (Col. 2:8), we shouldn’t be surprised to find the Devil right in the middle of the world’s most celebrated holiday.  Lucifer’s desire has always been to dethrone God and exalt himself (Isa. 14:12-15).  He desires worship (Luke 4:72 Thess. 2:3-4).  Perhaps you’ve never thought of it, but please note how Satan robs the Lord Jesus Christ of His glory by spreading the Santa Claus tradition…

JESUS CHRIST IS ETERNAL
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8)

SANTA IS ETERNAL
A child knows nothing of his
beginning.  To a child, Santa has
just always existed.

JESUS CHRIST LIVES IN THE NORTH
“Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” (Psa. 48:2)

SANTA LIVES IN THE NORTH
Tradition holds that Santa Claus
lives at the North Pole, a place
ABOVE the rest of us.

JESUS CHRIST WEARS RED CLOTHING
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name is called The Word of God.” (Rev. 19:13)

SANTA WEARS RED CLOTHING
Santa wears a red furry suit.

JESUS CHRIST HAS WHITE HAIR
“His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire;  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Rev. 1:14-15)

SANTA HAS WHITE HAIR
Santa is always pictured as an
old man with white hair like wool.
[Santa also visits houses coming in through the
furnace / fireplace according to the “legend”.]

JESUS CHRIST ASCENDED AND
GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  Wherefore He saith, “When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” (Eph. 4:7-8)

SANTA FLIES AROUND
GIVING GIFTS
Santa has the ability to defy the
laws of gravity and fly around
giving gifts to people.

JESUS CHRIST IS COMING SOON
“He which testifieth these things saith, “Surely I come quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)

SANTA IS COMING SOON
During the Christmas season it is
emphasized over and over that “Santa is coming”.

JESUS CHRIST IS OMNISCIENT
“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Pro. 15:3)  “And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” (Mat. 9:4)

SANTA IS OMNISCIENT
Children are taught that Santa
“knows when you’ve been good,
and he knows when you’ve been bad”.

JESUS CHRIST IS OMNIPRESENT
“For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mat. 18:20)

SANTA IS OMNIPRESENT
Santa must be omnipresent, because
he has the ability to visit over a
billion homes in a twenty-four hour period.  That’s over 1100 per second!

JESUS CHRIST IS OMNIPOTENT
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.” ” (Mat. 28:18)

SANTA IS OMNIPOTENT
He has the ability to carry presents
for over a billion children.

JESUS CHRIST HAS SPIRIT HELPERS CALLED ANGELS
“Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.” (Mat. 4:11)

SANTA HAS SPIRIT HELPERS
CALLED ELVES
Webster, 1828: “ELF… a spirit,
the night-mar; a ghost, hag, witch”

SANTA – SANAT – SATAN?

Sanat Kumara is worshipped by some new age groups as God.  H.P. Blavatsky, the mother of the new age movement, said on page 350 of her book, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2: “The name isn’t important. It is the letters”.  “Santa” has the same letters as “Satan”!  According to G.A. Riplinger, “Ole Nick” is listed as the name of a fallen angel in the Dictionary of Fallen Angels.  (New Age Bible Versions, Gail Riplinger, pg. 53)

Friend, don’t glorify Satan by giving the glory and attributes of Jesus Christ to Santa Claus!  Santa is a COUNTERFEIT GOD, and you are honoring Satan when you teach your children to believe in Santa!  Christians should teach their children the TRUTH.  We should glorify God by teaching our children about Jesus Christ and His saving grace!

~ Copyright © 1996 James L. Melton
Article originally posted on http://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/SantaClause.html ~

Decorated Christmas tree next to fireplace/furnace.Jeremiah 10:2-5

PS. I have tried (numerous times) to get the spacing right in comparative table above, but just couldn’t get it perfect.  Please pardon the spacing!

Boldly I approach (The art of celebration)

“Let us therefore come boldly (with open hands) unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Hebrews 4:16 ~

By grace alone somehow I stand
where even angels fear to tread…
Invited by redeeming love,
before the throne of God above.

He pulls me close with nail-scarred hands
into His everlasting arms!

When condemnation grips my heart,
and satan tempts me to despair,
I hear the voice that scatters fear –
The Great I Am The Lord is here!

Oh praise the One Who fights for me
and shields my soul eternally!

Boldly I approach your throne…
Blameless now I’m running home!
By Your Blood I come,
welcomed as Your own…
into the arms of Majesty!

Behold the bright and risen Son:
more beauty than this world has known!
I’m face to face with Love Himself –
His perfect spotless righteousness!

Oh, a thousand years, a thousand tongues
are not enough to sing His praise!

Chorus

This is the art of celebration: (oh, joy in my heart)
knowing were free from condemnation! (I’m blameless now!)
Oh, praise the One, praise the One,
Who made an end to all my sins!

There is no condemnation in You,
we are blameless before Your throne!

Chorus

~ Written by: Gareth Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn
Performed by: Rend Collective
Album: The Art of Celebration ~

Good, good Father

Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories
of what they think You’re like,
but I’ve heard the tender whisper
of love in the dead of night:
and You tell me that You’re pleased
and that I’m never alone…

You’re a good good Father –
it’s who You are, it’s who You are, it’s who You are…
And I’m loved by you –
it’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am.

Oh, and I’ve seen many searching
for answers far and wide.
But I know we’re all searching
for answers only you provide…
‘Cause You know just what we need
before we say a word!

Chorus

Cause You’re perfect in all of your ways;
You are perfect in all of your ways;
You’re perfect in all of your ways to us!

~ Written and performed by: Chris Tomlin ~

Today is my earthly daddy’s birthday, and I decided to post these lyrics today to honour my dad, who is a very good earthly father, showing me a glimpse of what my Heavenly Father, the Ultimate GOOD Father is like.

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Hebrews 12

9  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence [respect]: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure [think; seem good]; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness.  11  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Why Christians absolutely should NOT celebrate Halloween

I previously shared another extensive article about this topic, but since it’s that time of the year again, I decided to share another article that reiterates that truth.

This original article can be found at http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/52738-why-christians-absolutely-should-not-celebrate-halloween

WHY CHRISTIANS ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN
written by Jamie Morgan, 

Many Christians celebrate Halloween. Some churches and pastors even do. I recently saw a church advertising they were having a Zombie Run. Seriously? God’s House? This pastor does not celebrate Halloween and neither does her church. In a spirit of full disclosure, when I was a brand-new believer, I allowed my son to go trick-or-treating. Part of the reason was because my husband was not yet saved and insisted we do. The other part was because I didn’t see the harm in it. After all, many Christians I respected did it, so as a new Christian I justified that it must be OK. Right? Wrong! As I grew closer to the Lord and gained more knowledge of His Word, I began to feel convicted about Halloween. I had thoughts like:

  • God is a God of life, but Halloween focuses on death. Should I celebrate a holiday where people decorate their front yards with tombstones?
  • The Scriptures tell us to put away deeds of darkness (Rom.13:12) and that light has nothing in common with darkness (2 Cor. 6:14). Is celebrating a dark holiday something a child of the light should be doing?
  • I had been delivered from fear and panic attacks and knew that fear comes from the enemy. Should I participate in a holiday that has fear as its very foundation?
  • Witchcraft is clearly detestable to the Lord (Deut 18:10-13). Shouldn’t something that glorifies witchcraft (just take a walk through the Halloween store) be detestable to me as well?”
  • Halloween is a sacred, high holiday for Wiccans (the official religion of witchcraft). Is this a holiday Christians should celebrate alongside Wiccans?
  • Is it cute when we dress our kids like the devil (or witches, ghouls, scary characters, etc.)? Isn’t it, well, demonic?
  • What if my child dresses in a wholesome fireman costume? Romans 16:19 says that we need to be wise to what is good and innocent of evil. If I let him participate in Halloween, even while dressed as a fireman, aren’t I sending him a mixed message by allowing him to participate in a celebration of evil?
  • The Lord said in 2 Cor. 6:17, “Come out from them and be separate … Touch no unclean thing …” Doesn’t God want His children to be set apart from the world and from sin and evil? Aren’t we supposed to be peculiar people?
  • My extended family thinks it’s ridiculous that we not allow our son to dress up for Halloween. Should their opinions matter to me more than God’s? Shouldn’t pleasing God be my utmost concern?
  • If there is even a question in my heart and mind that it might be wrong, shouldn’t that be my first clue? Why would I continue to do so with even a lingering thought that it is wrong?
  • Does Halloween bring glory to God? No! It glorifies the devil! Nuff said.

So as a new believer, saved only two years, I responded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, repented of displeasing the Lord and put a stop to Halloween. And as a pastor, after observing firsthand the amount of destruction that the enemy brings into peoples’ lives when they give him a foothold, I am even more convinced I made the right decision to close the door to the enemy and on this evil holiday.

Setting aside a day to celebrate evil, darkness, witchcraft, fear, death and the demonic brings disdain to God. Period. A Christian celebrating Halloween would be like a Satan worshiper putting up a nativity scene at Christmas while singing, “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” The two just don’t go together. Jesus has nothing in common with Satan (2 Cor. 6:14), and neither should we.

So, what did we do instead? Hide in the basement with the lights off? Hustle the family out of the house? No, darkened homes are the enemy’s victory! Where does your light shine the brightest … in the darkness!

Halloween is the one day a year when neighbors come to your door expecting to receive something. So give them JESUS! Our family chose to give God the glory and the devil a black eye by reaching out to our neighbors with the gospel of Jesus Christ! “You are the light of the world … let your light shine among men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16).

So stop justifying why it is fine to celebrate this demonic, worldly, evil holiday. There are no muddled lines or gray areas about it. A committed follower of Jesus Christ should not celebrate Halloween.

Jamie Morgan is the pastor of Life Church (Assemblies of God) in Williamstown, N.J., and the Life House of Prayer (24/7 prayer).

Why we never need to worry 

The past couple of months, I’ve learned an amazing truth.  I hope this will mean something to someone else, too! 

I loved my grandmother.  I sent her letters the old-fashioned way, visited her in the old age home during holidays, spent hours paging through her photo albums with her, and eventually many more hours making her a special light-weight album with old and recent pictures of her offspring, when the old albums became too heavy for her to lift.  I loved my grandmother dearly.  I used to start crying just at the thought that she might one day die… although I knew that she was already deep in her 80’s and that we had to treasure every moment together.  I prayed many prayers that she would live to see my children, and took lots of photos when we were together.  I couldn’t imagine my life without her, and my heart broke at the thought of ever having to say goodbye. 

One Saturday morning in July this year, I had the phone call I dread so much.  She had gone to be with her Saviour in the most gentle way imaginable.  She had still been relatively healthy, and this was completely unexpected.  She had phoned just 2 days before, to congratulate my husband’s completed university degree. 

I cried a lot.  Especially when I phoned my mom later that morning.  But I experienced an amazing truth during that time, and still every time I miss her:  God’s grace is new every morning, every day, in every MOMENT…  and THAT is the reason we get through difficult times, looking back and wondering how we could ever cope. 

In Jesus’s famous Sermon in the Mount (Matthew 6:34, KJV), He said the following:

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Compare that to Lamentations 3:22-23, which says, 

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”

The reason we can cope with life’s most difficult challenges, is because God gives us, every day, enough mercy, grace and compassion for the day.  He KNOWS what lies ahead for us, He KNOWS what we need…  It says so in the few verses preceding Jesus’s words quoted above:

30 “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”  (Matthew 6) 

One of the greatest challenges I can imagine is coping after your house burned down in a fire.  I’ve often prayed that such a thing will never happen to me or my loved ones.  Yet, I know that when such a terrible thing happens, people find strength to cope, somehow…  I now understand why – because God’s grace is there with them in that moment, an unseen Hand carrying them through the difficult time.  Oh, imagine if we could SEE our loving Father and Saviour’s protection, strength and Presence with us!! 

I am so grateful that God gives more than ENOUGH mercy, grace, strength and compassionate love for what we need every moment.  

This is why we never need to be worried:  God WILL be there in that moment you’re scared of, dreading, or worried about, with ENOUGH of what you need to carry you through.  I hope this will encourage you today!! 

2 Corinthians 12:8-10, KJV

8 “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And He said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

© blessedbeyondmeasure3.wordpress.com 

The Potter’s Clay 

I was but a lump of shapeless clay,
Until I was touched by the Potter one day.
With His hands, He started molding me
Into what He would have me to be.

I did not resist His gentle touch,
Though I thought I’d not amount to much.
He smoothed rough edges, getting rid of self.
I really didn’t want to sit on a shelf.

He fashioned me after His own image.
I remained pliable to avoid any damage.
Thank you, God, for not giving up on me.
I pray I’ll be all you want me to be.

God is the Potter and I am the clay.
He molded me into what I am today.
I feel now I’m a vessel fit for His use;
A vessel of honor to share His truths.

~ Written by:  Deborah Smith Plemmons ~