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

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Healing in His wings

Sun rising over the earth from space

The Sun of Righteousness, arising with healing in His wings

Malachi 4:2 

“But unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”

Revelation 21:23

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the Light thereof.  (See also John 8:12 & John 9:5)

Tree with Sun shining through

The Tree of Life for the healing of the nations

Revelation 22

1  And he [one of the seven angels] shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.  2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the Tree of Life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Here’s my heart, LORD

Me - Here’s my heart, Lord [x3]
Speak what is true

I am found, I am Yours (Luke 15:4-10, John 17:9)
I am loved, I’m made pure (John 15:9, 1 John 1:7)
I have life, I can breathe (John 6:47, John 10:10, Genesis 2:7)
I am healed, I am free (Isaiah 53:5, Psalms 147:3, Romans 6:22, Galatians 5:1)

You are strong, You are sure (Isaiah 40:26, Psalm 73:26, Isaiah 28:16 [1 Peter 2:6)
You are life, You endure (John 14:6, Psalm 102:12)
You are good, always true (Psalm 100:5, 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 1 John 5:20)
You are light breaking through (John 8:12, John 9:5)

You are more than enough (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
You are here, You are love (Matthew 1:23, 1 John 4:8)
You are hope, You are grace (1 Timothy 1:1, John 1:14&17)
You’re all I have, You’re everything (Ephesians 1:21-23)

Here’s my life, Lord [x3]
Speak what is true

~ Written by:  Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Louie Giglio
Performed by:  (David) Crowder ~

Picture source:  http://yes-iamredeemed.tumblr.com/post/81696354516

Help is on the way

People say, “Time will heal…”
But you know, they just don’t feel what you feel…
Times are hard, but God is so good:
He’s never failed you, and He said He never would!

He sees your tears
He fights your fears

Hold on, help is on the way:
He said He’d never leave you or forsake you… (Hebrews 13:5)
Stay strong:  help is on the way
He’d said He’d help you –
just reach out and take His hand!

He knows your heart, He lifts your head;
He’s always close enough to hear every word you say…
When you’re weak, He said He’s so much more!
His arm is long enough to reach you where you are… (Isaiah 59:1)

~ Michael W. Smith, featuring Israel Houghton
Album: A New Hallelujah ~

Come as you are

Come out of sadness, from wherever you’ve been
Come broken-hearted, let rescue begin
Come find your mercy, oh, sinner, come kneel
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens, lay down your shame
All who are broken, lift up your face!
Oh, wanderer, come home – you’re not too far…
So lay down your hurt, lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless and all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table, come taste the grace…
There’s rest for the weary, rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t cure

Chorus

Fall in His arms, come as you are

There’s joy for the mourning, oh, sinner, be still…
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal

Chorus

~ David Crowder
Album:  Neon Steeple (2014) ~

Matthew 11
28  “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29  Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  30  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God…”

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 51:17  “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Psalm 147:3  “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”

Isaiah 57:15
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose Name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

Isaiah 61
1  “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me; because the LORD hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  2  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.” ~ Jesus Christ  (See Luke 4:17-21)

Your Grace still amazes me

My faithful Father, enduring Friend
Your tender mercy’s like a river with no end
It overwhelms me, covers my sin
Each time I come into Your presence
I stand in wonder once again

Your grace still amazes me 
Your love is still a mystery 
Each day I fall on my knees 
‘Cause Your grace still amazes me 
Your grace still amazes me

Oh, patient Saviour, You make me whole
You are the Author and the Healer of my soul
What can I give You, LORD, what can I say
I know there’s no way to repay You
Only to offer You my praise

It’s deeper, it’s wider
It’s stronger, it’s higher
It’s deeper, it’s wider
It’s stronger, it’s higher
than anything my eyes can see!

~ Philips Craig & Dean ~

In the shadow of the Cross

In the shadow of the Cross

Wounded, our stripes were laid upon Him
He was bruised; a crown of thorns for our iniquity
A Man of sorrows – despised and rejected:
He was nailed to the Cross to bear the sins for you and me

In the shadow of the Cross, I stand forgiven
And by the power of His precious Blood, I’ve been set free
In the Cross I’ve found the love that only He could give –
In the shadow of the Cross on a hill called Calvary

Suffering, in shame He hung upon that tree
An offering for sins – His life’s Blood He freely gave
They laid Him in the tomb, so soon to be forgotten…
But He arose – He is the Victor over the grave!

~ Unknown author ~

Isaiah 53

1  Who hath believed our report?  and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?  2  For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:  He hath no form nor comeliness;  and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.  3  He is despised and rejected of mena Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:  and we hid as it were our faces from Him;  He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.  4  Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:  yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  5  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities:  the chastisement of our peace was upon Him;  and with His stripes we are healed.  6  All we like sheep have gone astray;  we have turned every one to his own way;  and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  7  He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not his mouth:  He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not his mouth.  8  He was taken from prison and from judgment:  and who shall declare His generation?  for He was cut off out of the land of the living:  for the transgression of my people was He stricken.  9  And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death;  because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.  10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;  He hath put Him to grief:  when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.  11  He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied:  by His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many;  for He shall bear their iniquities.  12  Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong;  because He hath poured out His soul unto death:  and He was numbered with the transgressors;  and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Further reading:  Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, John 18-19

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 ~

Humility prayer

2 Chronicles 7:14
“If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Habakkuk 2:14
“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

Let Your glory cover the earth – Louis Brittz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6pxLjE5lCw

Pass me not, O gentle Saviour

Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Saviour, Saviour,
Hear my humble cry,
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Let me at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief;
Kneeling there in deep contrition,
Help my unbelief.

Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.

Thou the spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee,
Whom in Heav’n but Thee.  (Psalm 73:25)

~ Lyrics by:  Francis J. Crosby (1868) ~

Read more at:  http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/p/a/passment.htm