Never Found The Time

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I knelt to pray but not for long,
I had too much to do.
I had to hurry and get to work
For bills would soon be due.

So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
And jumped up off my knees.
My Christian duty was now done
My soul could rest at ease.

All day long I had no time
To spread a word of cheer.
No time to speak of Christ to friends,
They’d laugh at me I’d fear.

No time, no time, too much to do,
That was my constant cry,
No time to give to souls in need
But at last the time, the time to die.

I went before the Lord,
I came, I stood with downcast eyes.
For in his hands God held a book;
It was the book of life.

God looked into his book and said
“Your name I cannot find.
I once was going to write it down…
But never found the time.”

– Author unknown

I Sing Your Praises

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 Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD! 
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Everyone who knows me knows that I love to sing, just not very well. But that doesn’t stop me from belting out a tune when the Glory of God overtakes me. One of the greatest ways to worship the Lord is in song. We can find many songs to the Lord in the Bible as well as in the Christian/Gospel section of your local record store, or for us digital age folk itunes. And all the songs found there are great examples of worship.

But there are far more songs that can be sung in worship to our Lord. Songs that you may not even have thought of as worship songs. I was reminded of this as I watched one of my favorite movies recently, Sister Act. The songs that the choir sang in the movie were not only good gospel songs but they also included, “I will Follow Him” by Little Peggy March and “My Guy” by Mary Wells. These songs are considered “pop” and “soul” music. But listen to the lyrics and they can be sung in worship to our God.

My Grandson and I were listening to some music by MercyMe and he so enjoys the song Ten Simple Rules. I had my itunes set to play randomly and the next song that came on was by Uncle Kracker, “You Make Me Smile”. The song has a great melody and my little 1 1/2 year old grandson started dancing and I found myself singing along and watching the pure joy in the little mans face as he danced with all his heart. And as I sang the lyrics hit me, the blessing of this time with my grandson, I began to sing in worship to the Lord. Here are the lyrics;

Your better than the best.
I’m lucky just to linger in your light.
Cooler than the flip side of the pillow that’s right.
Completely unaware.
Nothing can compare to where you send me
Let me know that it’s okay. Yeah it’s okay.
And the moments where my good times start to fade.

Chorus:
You make me smile like the sun,
Fall out of bed,
Sing like a bird,
Dizzy in my head,
spin like a record crazy on a Sunday night.
You make me dance like a fool,
forget how to breathe,
shine like a gold,
buzz like a bee.
Just the though of you can drive me wild.
Oh, you make me smile.

Even when you’re gone,
somehow you come along.
Just like a flower pokin’ through the sidewalk crack.
And just like that,
you steal away the rain,
and just like that.

Chorus:
You make me smile like the sun,
Fall out of bed,
Sing like a bird,
Dizzy in my head,
spin like a record crazy on a Sunday night.
You make me dance like a fool,
forget how to breathe,
shine like a gold,
buzz like a bee.
Just the though of you can drive me wild.
Oh, you make me smile.

Don’t know how I lived without you.
Cause everytime that I get around you
I see the best of me inside your eyes.
You make me smile

You make me dance like a fool,
forget how to breathe,
shine like gold,
buzz like a bee,
just the thought of you can drive me wild.

Chorus:
You make me smile like the sun,
Fall out of bed,
Sing like a bird,
Dizzy in my head,
spin like a record crazy on a Sunday night.
You make me dance like a fool,
forget how to breathe,
shine like a gold,
buzz like a bee.
Just the though of you can drive me wild.
Oh, you make me smile.

As we praise and worship we must always remember who is at the heart of our worship. Even when there is no music, we praise and worship our awesome heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus.

I am A Broken Reed

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A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 
Isaiah 42:3

This verse speaks of ‘bruised reeds and smouldering wicks’. Jesus isn’t looking for just perfect reeds. He came looking for those of us who know we need Him. Jesus doesn’t care if we are perfect reeds or bruised reeds, a light that burns brightly or a dim smoldering wick. What this passage is telling us is that even if a lot of us are like broken and bruised reeds, or are dimly burning wicks with just a hint of smoke and a little bit of light, Jesus isn’t going to extinguish us or throw us away!

Sadly, today’s world has more and more people battered and bruised and with very little light. All of us feel this way at times, I know I do.  And maybe you do today. We all have to realize that there are some problems in this life that only Jesus can deal with.

Take time today to remember that God plays the most beautiful music out of the most broken reed. Never give up on the vision God has put on your heart! We serve a limitless God so DREAM BIG and step into the empowering GRACE He has given you.
Thank you Lord God for sending your Son to this world, to minister, to live, die, and to be raised again so that He can come into our hearts and fill us with the hope, strength and encouragement that we need. Today I sing your praises Lord for I know your Son is not one that will ever turn His back on us.  Amen

Sticks and Stones Can Break Our Bones, And Words Can Surely Hurt Us

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With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?  My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

James 3: 9-12

There once was a frog that wanted to cross a large lake but he did not have the strength to make it on his own.  So he tried to figure out a way to get across the water and finally came up with a fantastic idea.  He noticed two birds nearby and he talked the birds into picking up a pretty good size twig, a sturdy twig, and holding it in their mouths while he grabbed and held on with his mouth between them.  The idea was that the birds would fly across the lake holding the twig while he held on to the twig.  Now the birds thought that the frog was quite intelligent for coming up with such a plan to overcome what seemed an impossible situation.  The frog latched his mouth to the twig and the birds took flight.

As the birds started their ascent, there was  a man nearby who saw this most unusual sight, two birds carrying a frog across the water.  He yelled, “Hey! Who came up with that brilliant idea?”  The frog said, “I……”

Don’t be like the frog, remember, opening your mouth at the wrong time in the wrong way can do great harm.

Bring The Rain – Unanswered Prayers

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Mom and Daughter on Easter Morning

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2

Prayer is God’s appointed means to receive what is best for us and others and to realize what Paul called “what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Rom. 12:2) Sometimes a delay is necessary to fit into God’s overall program.

Last year my father in law lost his battle with cancer.  The family spent countless days praying for his recovery, that God would spare him and restore him to perfect health. Those prayers went unanswered. They were prayers not so much for him but for our own selfish desires, we wanted more time, we were not ready to lose him.  But I learned a lot during the last weeks of his life as he and I talked about life and death.  We weren’t ready for what God’s will was, but he was.  He talked about the life God had blessed him with and he helped me understand that God’s will, God’s plan, was far greater than our own.  In the days following his death I was able to reminisce with my children, nieces and nephews, and share with them the insights that their grandfather had shared with me.  From this, a glorious thing happened with one of my nephews.  In the past few years as his son and daughter got older, he had forgotten how important family was and that being a parent means that you are your child’s favorite toy, and that children spell love T-I-M-E.  Through this lose that he felt so deeply, he became a better father.

Weeks later my mother in law was told that she had advanced cancer. We were told that she may not make it to Christmas, the family took this hard.  I’ve prayed for my mother in law more than any other person in my life. I’ve prayed that she would be healed completely. I’ve prayed that she would receive wisdom and strength in life situations. It seems like many of those prayers have gone unanswered. But are they really unanswered, or is God using my mother in laws life to stretch her daughters faith as well as the rest of the family’s faith?

Perhaps he does it so that the soul will remain humble or grow in humility; perhaps to purify it; perhaps to make it hunger and thirst all the more so as to satisfy it all the more. Or he may delay for other reasons which we cannot even guess, but which will be revealed to us some day and show us God’s mercy. This is why it happens that a soul, who has been asking God all his life to overcome some fault, remains with it until perhaps his last days, and finally sees the prayer answered, even abundantly answered.

It’s now April 2013, and my mother in law is still enjoying everyday of her life and all the tender moments that make up each of her days.  Recently she made the decision to stop treatments.  She wants her days to be filled with quality not quantity.  The treatments were wiping her out for 3 weeks only to have a few days of feeling good.  And we support her wishes.  We all have been blessed to have this extra time with her.

On Easter Sunday I was able to sit and visit alone with her before I took her out to Easter dinner with family.  We talked about the time she has been given, family, lessons she has learned, and we prayed.  She is truly happy and at peace, her only wish, to smell the breeze of a Spring day one more time.  She talked of her love for her family and all the blessed moments they gave her.  She is ready to go to her Father and be with her husband that I know she misses terribly.

There is a song by Mercy Me called, “Bring the Rain.” When I first heard that song I couldn’t even imagine how much spiritual maturity it would take for someone to sing, that was until an Easter Sunday morning talk with mom.

“Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free.
Bring me anything that brings You glory.
And I know there’ll be days
When this life brings me pain,
But if that’s what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain.”

 

God Put Me Here And I Thank HIM!

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Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!

1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (NLT)

Holy Father, I thank You for the blessings I receive every day. I thank You for everything You have done for me. Thank You for the beauty that surrounds me, thank You for Your provision, for my family and friends, for my health, but most of all, thank You for Your son, Jesus Christ.