Blessings

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace, (Psalm 67:1, Psalm 122:6)
comfort for family, protection while we sleep; (Matthew 5:4, Psalm 4:8)
We pray for healing, for prosperity, (Mark 5:23, Psalm 118:25)
we pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering… (Psalm 9:13, 2 Chronicles 6:32-33)

And all the while, You hear each spoken need…  (2 Chronicles 20:9, Exodus 3:7)
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things.  (Ephesians 3:19-20)

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through rain drops?
What if Your healing comes through tears?  (Psalm 56:8)
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?  (Hebrews 13:5)
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise? 

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear;  (James 1:5, Hebrews 3:15)
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near…  (Psalm 27:7)
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love  (Matthew 14:31, Matthew 28:17)
as if every promise from Your Word is not enough!  (Joshua 23:14, Hebrews 10:23)

And all the while, You hear each desperate plea  (Exodus 22:23, Psalm 40:1)
and long that we’d have faith to believe…  (Mark 5:36, 9:23, 11:24, John 11:26)

Chorus

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win, we know  (Luke 22:48, John 3:19)
that pain reminds this heart that this is not, this is not our home!  (Hebrews 11:13-16)
It’s not our home!

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through rain drops?
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life  (Proverbs 13:12)
is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?  (John 4:13-14)
What if trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights,
are your mercies in disguise?

~ Written and performed by:  Laura Story ~

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” saith the LORD, “thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Romans 8:28
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

Further reading:  Heavenly perspective

Wish

For just a moment, I wish I could have been there
to see Your first step, hear Your very first word…
Tell me, did You ever fall and scrape Your knee?
Did You know Your wounds would one day heal the world?  (Isaiah 53:3-9)

For just one moment, I wish I could have seen You growing,
learning the ways of a carpenter’s son.  (Mark 6:1-6)
Just a little Boy gazing at the stars,
did You remember creating every one?  (Psalm 8:3-4, Psalm 33:6, Psalm 147:4)

If You passed by, would I have seen a Child or a King?
Would I have known?

I wish I could have been there
my only wish is to see You, face to Face!
Wish I could have been there
just to see You, Jesus, face to Face…

For just a moment, I wish I could have been there
when You left Your footprints upon the waves (Matthew 14:25)
To walk along beside You and never look away,
just Your whisper and the wind and sea obey (Mark 4:39)

To see You feed the people (Matthew 14:19-20, Matthew 15:36-37)
To feel Your healing in Your touch (Luke 6:19, Luke 22:50-51)

I wish I could have been there
My only wish is to see You, face to Face!
Wish I could have been there
Just to see You, Jesus, face to Face…

To hear You pray in the garden alone:  (Matthew 26:36-44, Mark 14:32-40)
laying down Your will with each tear…
To see You walk that lonely road
willing to die for me…
(John 11:49-52, Romans 6:23)

And in that moment I know I should have been there –
You took my cross and gave Your life…
And you live again, oh and You live again!  (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 & John 20)

Wish I could have been there
my only wish is to see You rise again!
Wish I could have been there
my only wish is to see You, Jesus, face to Face

Someday I’ll be there, I’m gonna be there:
I’ll see Your Face, Your mercy, Your grace…
Someday, someday I’m going to see You, Jesus, face to Face (Ephesians 1:10, Revelation 21:3)

~ Performed by:  Brian Littrell
Album:  Welcome Home (2006)

Written by:  Joy Elizabeth Williams, Jason McArthur, Robert Douglas Graves ~

Every time I breathe…

I am sure all of heaven has heard my cry
as I tell You all the reasons why this life is just too hard.
But day by day without fail I’m finding everything I need
in everything that You are to me –

Every time I breathe You seem a little bit closer,
I never wanna leave – I wanna stay in Your warm embrace
Oh, basking in the glory shining from Your face! (and)
Every time I get another glimpse of Your heart,
I realize it’s true that You are so marvelous, God,
a
nd I am so in love with You.

Now how could I, after knowing One so great,
respond to You in any way that’s less than all I have to give?
But by Your grace I want to love You not with what I say, but everyday
in the way that my life is lived…

Chorus

Wrapped in Your mercy I want to live and never leave:
I am held by how humble, yet overwhelmed by Your majesty!
Captured by grace, now I’m finding I am free…
You are marvelous God, and knowing You is everything.

Chorus

~ Performed by:  Big Daddy Weave
Song & Lyrics by:  Michael Weaver, Michael Farren, Andy Cloninger ~

2 Corinthians 3:17-18
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Does Jesus care

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress
And the way grows weary and long?

Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks,
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

~ Lyrics:  Frank E. Graeff
Music: Joseph Lincoln Hall ~

Scripture reference:

1 Peter 5:7  “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”

Hebrews 4:15-16
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Spirit wind

Ezekiel stared down into the valley
Filled with dry bones baking in the sun –
Remains that used to be a mighty army:
To him, it looked like their fighting days were done…

But, driven by a calling on his life
He spoke God’s words, the bones began to shake!
He stared wide-eyed as the flesh began to form,
And as he prophesied to the wind
The soldiers began to wake…

And the LORD sent His wind into the valley,
And breathed the breath of life into their souls,
And raised them again a mighty army –
For soon these arisen warriors will battle again
For they have been filled with the Spirit wind…

A pastor stands before his congregation:
Once a mighty army for the LORD…
But now he stares into the lifeless eyes –
Believers leading carnal lives –
He wonders what they’re fighting for?

But, driven by a calling on his life
He spoke God’s Word like he’d done a hundred times before;
But this time he comes broken and weeping,
With tears of a broken heart,
And he cries out to the LORD:

“Oh LORD, send Your wind into this valley,
And breathe the Breath of Life into their souls,
And raise them again a mighty army –
For soon these arisen warriors will battle again
For they have been filled with the Spirit wind…”

Holy Spirit, breathe on me
Breathe Your life in me

Oh LORD, send Your wind into this valley,
And breathe the Breath of Life into our souls,
And raise us again a mighty army –
For soon these arisen warriors will battle again
For we have been filled with the Spirit wind…

Oh LORD, we need You now,
Breathe Your life into us,
LORD, we need You now –
Our churches and our families,
Oh LORD, we need You now;
Breathe life into this dry and weary land…
Raise us up again!

~ Written by:  John Mark Hall ~

Ezekiel 37

1  The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
2  And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
3  And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
4  Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5  Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
6  And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
7  So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
8  And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
9  Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
10  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
11  Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
12  Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13  And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
14  And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

Four days late

The news came to Jesus:  “Please come fast –
Lazarus is sick and without Your help, he will not last…”
Mary and Martha watched their brother die.
They waited for Jesus;  He did not come and they wondered why.

The death-watch was over:  buried four days…
Somebody said, “He’ll soon be here, the LORD’s on His way!”
Martha ran to Him and then she cried,
“LORD, if You had been here You could have healed him, he’d still be alive…

“But You’re four days late and all hope is gone;
LORD, we don’t understand why You’ve waited so long!”
But His way is God’s way, not yours or mine:
When He’s four days late, He’s still on time…

Jesus said, “Martha, show me the grave.”
But she said, “LORD, You don’t understand – He’s been there four days!”
The grave’s stone was rolled back, then Jesus cried:
“Lazarus, come forth!”  Then somebody said, “He’s alive, he’s alive!”

You may be fighting a battle of fear.
You’ve cried to the LORD, “I need You now!” but He has not appeared…
Friend, don’t be discouraged – He’s still the same:
He’ll soon be here, He’ll roll back the stone and He’ll call out your name!

When He’s four days late and all hope is gone,
LORD, we don’t understand why You’ve waited so long!
But His way is God’s way, not yours or mine:

(Isn’t it great – )
When He’s four days late, He’s still on time…

~ Written by:  Aaron Wilburn

~ Scripture reference:  John 11

Psalm 3

1 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.  LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

2 Many there be which say of my soul, “There is no help for him in God.”  Selah.

3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me;  my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill.  Selah.

5 I laid me down and slept;  I awaked;  for the LORD sustained me.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

7 Arise, O LORD;  save me, O my God:  for Thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; Thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD:  Thy blessing is upon Thy people.  Selah.