No good thing

The past couple of months have been difficult.  I’ve felt that I could relate to the Scripture that says that we are troubled on every side, perplexed, and cast down (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).  I have been pressed hard from every side and in almost every aspect of life.  Yet, regardless of all the difficult circumstances on the outside, the inward battles have been the most difficult for me.

It is the struggles inside my heart that have really made me broken – the struggle that comes from having a dream inside your heart, which cannot be realized yet;  the promises and desires that your heart long for, but there is nothing you can do but wait for its fulfillment.  I have cried many tears, knowing that even if I could find the words to describe what I felt, no-one would really truly understand the heartache involved, simply because it is so very personal.

I have wrestled many times, telling the Lord that the things I desire is GOOD.  It’s a dream that will, by His grace, make a difference in other people’s lives;  desires that are counted as blessings in His Word;  and promises which are reflected in Scripture.

These dreams, desires and promises have still not been fulfilled, but I am comforted and encouraged through God’s Word.  I am repeatedly reminding myself of what I have found:Psalm 84v11 (2)

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.”  ~ Psalm 84:11

I believe that God’s indescribable love will withhold NO GOOD THING from me.  (Romans 8:32)  If something is withheld at this present moment, I must conclude that if I had it now, it would not be good for me.

I firmly believe that there is a “perfect timing” for everything.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)  Yet, I am the first one to confess that waiting for the “perfect time” is extremely difficult, especially if the thing you are waiting for is so deeply rooted in your heart that life feels empty without it.  The Bible isn’t silent about this either:

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” ~ Proverbs 13:12

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness;  but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” ~ 2 Peter 3:9

Our loving Lord sees the bigger picture and all of the things that can possibly have an influence on our dreams and desires.  During the times when you are waiting, deeply longing for the fulfillment of some GOOD thing, keep reminding yourself of His Goodness.  Keep reminding yourself that He will not make you wait one second longer than what He knows is necessary.

I have cried many tears as I listened to the song Blessings by Laura Story, mostly because I know it is true – we go through difficult times of “unanswered” prayers and waiting for His redemption of our circumstances, but what He really wants is for us to see Him and feel His comforting love through it all.  If a child never fell and got hurt, he would never know that exact kind of comfort, care and love that his parents can show when he’s hurting.  Likewise, we can experience a very special comfort and nearness with our Lord when we hurt.

My prayer is that you will also be encouraged, as I’ve been, through this Scripture.  It takes constant reminding, because I am so quick to doubt.  Many times, I don’t even know what to pray anymore, because of the overwhelming sense of emptiness I feel when I think of these desires.  Then I am reminded of a parable that Jesus told (Luke 18:1-8 below), and I once again lay my heart bare before Him.

Jesus loves you, and He desires the best for all His creation – including you.

Hold on.  Keep the faith.  Keep praying.  Remind yourself of the Truth (His Word).  One day you will look back and know that it was His faithful, all-knowing love that kept you waiting and finally brought fulfillment in a more perfect way than you could ever imagine.

Blessings to you!

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Luke 18:1-8
And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;  Saying, “There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:  And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, “Avenge me of mine adversary.”  And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I fear not God, nor regard man;  Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ”  And the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge saith.  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith [persevering in prayer] on the earth?

Please feel free to leave comments with Scriptures that have encouraged you during difficult [waiting] times.

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Steal my show

Another cold night, another late flight;
it’s almost show time, and Diverse City’s waitin’ on me…
We got a packed house, the crowd is callin’ out –
they want the beat to drop, but what we really need is You

If You wanna steal my show, I’ll sit back and watch You go.
If You got somethin’ to say, go on and take it away!
Need You to steal my show, can’t wait to watch You go…
So take it away!

So now the crowd is hype, that You showed up tonight –
anticipatin’, cravin’ somethin’ more than smoke and lights…
So I’ll step out the way, I’ll give You center stage:
Alright, spotlight:  give ’em what they came for!

Chorus

When You arrive, we come to life,
our hearts collide – they’re beating in the same time…
You’re comin’ through, all eyes on You!
Our hearts collide, they’re beating in the same time, beating in the same time

No matter who we are, no matter what we do,
every day we can choose to say

If You wanna steal my show, I’ll sit back and watch You go.
If You got somethin’ to say, go on and take it away!
Need You to steal my show, can’t wait to watch You go…
So take it away:

My life, my plans, my heart, it’s all Yours, God!
Take it away!
My dreams, my fears, my family, my career
Take it away!

It’s You I wanna live for!

~ Written by: Christopher Stevens, Chris Stevens, Toby McKeehan, Brandon Heath
Performed by:  tobyMac
Album:  Eye on it (2012) ~

Psalm 24:1
The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  [the least we can do!]
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

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

I am

There’s no space that His love can’t reach;
There’s no place that we can’t find peace;
There’s no end to Amazing Grace…

Take me in with Your arms spread wide;
Take me in like an orphan child:
Never let go, never leave my side!

I am, holding on to You.
I am, holding on to You.
In the middle of the storm,
I am holding on, I am!

Love like this, oh, my God, to find!
I am overwhelmed:  what a joy divine!
Love like this sets our hearts on fire!

Chorus

This is my resurrection song;
This is my “Hallelujah, come!”
This is why it’s to You I run!

There’s no space that His love can’t reach;
There’s no place that we can’t find peace;
There’s no end to Amazing Grace…

I AM, holding on to you.
I AM, holding on to you.
In the middle of the storm,
I AM holding on:  I AM!

~ Written by:  David Crowder
Album:  Neon Steeple ~

Exodus 3:14
And God said unto Moses, “I AM THAT I AM”: and He said, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

John 8:58
Jesus said unto them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

Who you are to Me

You see yourself in the mirror of the temporary, (1 Corinthians 13:12)
and you think that your worth is something to be achieved (Galatians 2:16)
when your value really is a question of identity… (Galatians 3:26)
Has it ever crossed your mind who you are to Me?

You’re the precious child that I created; (Psalm 139:13-16, Isaiah 44:21-24)
(who you are to Me)
bought with a price, you’re My beloved! (1 Corinthians 6:20, Isaiah 43:1, Isaiah 52:3, Song of Solomon 7:10)
(who you are to Me)
Open your eyes and I’ll show you how to see what I see… (Luke 18:41, Revelation 3:17-18)
If you will just believe that you are who you are in Me (Ephesians 1:6)

Defusing the bomb instilled within the minds of children:
you’re the life inside a body that refuses to believe…
A revelation of My love is waiting just to be received – (1 John 4:9-10, 19)
won’t you let Me show you who you are to Me?

And I love you so much that I crossed the great divide and (1 Timothy 2:4-6, Mark 15:39)
I love you so much that I sent My only Son to die… (John 3:16, John 1:9-14)
And there’s no one who could ever take your place in My heart:
I want you to know that I love you right where you are!

~ Lyrics by: Michael Boggs & Mike Weaver
Artist:  Big Daddy Weave
Album: Every Time I Breathe ~

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)

Immeasurably more

More than all we ask, than all we seek
All our hopes and dreams – You are immeasurably more
Than we can know, than we can pray;
All our words can say – You are immeasurably more!

There’s nothing greater than Your loveYou’re more than we can imagine!
There’s nothing sweeter on this earthYou’re more than we can imagine!
Our hearts respond to who You are, it’s You, oh Lord, that we adore!
You are more, You are more, You’re more than we can imagine!
You are more, You are more, You’re more than we can imagine!

More than all our sin, than all our shame…
Stronger than the grave – You are immeasurably more!
I can’t help but sing, can’t help but praise!
My heart can not contain:  You are immeasurably more!

Chorus

No eye has seen, no ear has heard
What is coming, what is coming…
Never-ending joy, never-failing love…
You are coming, You are coming!
[x2]

Chorus

~ Written by: Rend Collective
Album: The Art of Celebration ~

Isaiah 64:4
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him.”

1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”

Ephesians 3:20-21
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

You are what you are for a reason

You are who you are for a reason.
You’re part of an intricate plan.
You’re a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God’s special woman or man.

You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb.
You’re just what He wanted to make.

The parents you had were the ones He chose,
And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind,
And they bear the Master’s seal.

No, that trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into His likeness you’d grow.

You are who you are for a reason,
You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod.
You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is a God!

~ Written by:  Russell Kelfer ~

Psalm 139:13-16
“For Thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

Genesis 1:27, 31
“So God created man in His Own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. …  And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

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.”

1 Peter 2:9
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light…”

More than conquerors

When my hope and strength is gone,
You’re the One Who calls me on –
You are the Life, You are the fight that’s in my soul…

Oh, Your resurrection power
burns like fire in my heart;
When waters rise I lift my eyes up to Your throne.

We are more than conquerors, through Christ
You have overcome this world, this life
We will not bow to sin or to shame
We are defiant in Your Name
You are the fire that cannot be tamed
You are the power in our veins
Our Lord, our God, our Conqueror

I will sing into the night:
Christ is risen and on high!
Greater is He living in me than in the world!

No surrender, no retreat:
we are free and we’re redeemed!
We will declare over despair: You are the hope!

Chorus

Nothing is impossible;
Every chain is breakable:
With You, we are victorious

You are stronger than our hearts;
You are greater than the dark:
With You, we are victorious

~ Written and performed by: Rend Collective ~

Romans 8:37
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”

1 John 4:4
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

1 Corinthians 15:57
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Faithful One

I find no hope within to call my own
For I am frail of heart, my strength is gone
But deep within my soul is rising up a song
Here in the comfort of the Faithful One

I walk a narrow road through valleys deep
In search of higher ground, on mountains steep
And though with feet unsure, I still keep pressing on
For I am guided by the Faithful One.

Faithful, faithful to the end,
My true and precious Friend,
You have been faithful,
Faithful, so faithful to me

I see Your wounded hands, I touch Your side
With thorns upon Your brow You bled and died
But there’s an empty tomb, a love for all who come
And give their hearts to you, the Faithful One

Faithful, faithful to the end,
My true and precious Friend,
You have been faithful,
Faithful, so faithful to me

And when the day is dawned and when the race is run
I will bow down before God’s only Son
And I will lift my hands in praise for all You’ve done
And I will worship You, my Faithful One

~ Performed by: Selah
Written by:  B.G. White & C.N. Eaton ~