You are good, You are good, when there’s nothing good in me.
You are love, You are love, on display for all to see.
You are light, You are light, when the darkness closes in.
You are hope, You are hope, You have covered all my sin.
You are peace, You are peace, when my fear is crippling.
You are true, You are true, even in my wandering.
You are joy, You are joy, You’re the reason that I sing.
You are life, You are life, in You death has lost its sting.
Oh, I’m running to Your arms, I’m running to Your arms.
The riches of Your love, will always be enough.
Nothing compares to Your embrace.
Light of the world, forever reign.
You are more, You are more, than my words will ever say.
You are Lord, You are Lord, all creation will proclaim.
You are here, You are here, in Your presence I’m made whole.
You are God, You are God, of all else I’m letting go.
My heart will sing
No other name
– Forever Reigns, Hillsong LIVE (Beautiful Exchange album)
“Next to Billy Graham, perhaps no one has defined modern evangelical Christianity like John Stott. On Wednesday afternoon, July 27 2011, Stott finished his race – dying in the presence of friends, with Scripture being read to him and Handel’s Messiah playing in the background.
Stott lived a remarkable life, left a remarkable legacy and set a tremendous example of integrity and faithfulness to millions.”
See 6 Lessons from the Life of John Stott
It’s like a boomerang — when you give it away … it comes back to you.
It provides the perfect cure for someone suffering from overwhelming discouragement, loneliness, grief, sadness, or strife.
(Even when that someone is YOU.)
Clue: With it, we live. Without it, we die.
– taken from the blurb of Dr. David Jeremiah’s new book
My dad watched this clip (see below) and then highly recommended that I watch it. Even though I’ve found out exactly why he said that (I rolled my eyes halfway through), it had a lot of truth that I was humbled by:
In case you want to watch the other parts…
There are some things you only learn with age.
When you are young, you believe that all the friends that you have will be there forever. When you are young, you think you know it all and you can do it all.
When you have a few more candles on your birthday cake, you realise that though some may stay a bit longer, most friends were only ever going to be there for a season no matter how many pinky promises or pledges were made. When you have a few more candles on your birthday cake, you’ll find that there are a whole new set of travellers who are willing and able to take the next leg of the journey with you.
When you are older, you learn to not hold on as tight as you used to. When you are older, you learn it’s okay to let go and it’s okay for things to not last forever.
A prayer at 22
Teach me to live with wisdom, Lord. Teach me to be wise in the decisions I make (since life is really just a series of decisions after all). Teach me to be wise in how I use my time – help me to be wise in the movies I watch, the music I listen to, the words I say, the thoughts I meditate on. I need Your wisdom. My life is Yours. Make me more like Jesus. Pour out more of me so that there is more room for You to shine in and through me. Give me Your eyes to see the world as it truly is. In Your Name, Amen.
I heard about the lyrics to this song last night and it has stuck in my head ever since:
Well I got myself a T-shirt that says what I believe
I got letters on my bracelet to serve as my ID
I got the necklace and the key chain
And almost everything a good Christian needs, yeah
I got the little Bible magnets on my refrigerator door
And a welcome mat to bless you before you walk across my floor
I got a Jesus bumper sticker
And the outline of a fish stuck on my car
And even though this stuff’s all well and good, yeah
I cannot help but ask myself–
What about the change
What about the difference
What about the grace
What about forgiveness
What about a life that’s showing
I’m undergoing the change, yeah
I’m undergoing the change
Well I’ve got this way of thinking that comes so naturally
Where I believe the whole world is revolving around me
And I got this way of living that I have to die to every single day
‘Cause if God’s Spirit lives inside of me, yeah
I’m gonna live life differently
I’m gonna have the change
I’m gonna have the difference
I’m gonna have the grace
I’m gonna have forgiveness
I’m gonna live a life that’s showing
I’m undergoing the change
– The Change, Steven Curtis Chapman
For the record, I said I would pray for her. She said, ‘Thank you.’
I’m getting there. Baby steps, Lord.
Each time she made that awful sound, I felt my heart pound and that thought would resurface. But, I was afraid. I was a coward.
I’m going to sound so silly… what will she think of me? What if the other people around me hear me? What are they going to think of me?
“Go pray for her.” I knew that thought could not have been something from my flesh and I knew it would have definitely not come from the little red dude. The thought just would not go away… but, I felt the fear just freeze me up in my chair and very soon, it was time to say good night and there went another opportunity.
“Don’t you love me?” I do, you know I do. “Then feed my sheep. You have the answer but yet, will you be so selfish as to keep it all to yourself?” Oh, Lord. I’m scared… “I gave you my life… what is the worse that could happen? At the most, you will get a bit embarrassed, lose a bit of your pride and get a few weird looks… but I’m giving you the chance to reach out to a lost daughter of mine. I love her so much and I want her to know me like you do, if not more. I want her to experience my healing power and open her eyes to who I am.” …okay, Lord. I’ll be a fool for you. “You won’t be a fool. You may look like a fool to them, but in my eyes, you are my precious daughter following the prompting of her Father. Remember, my child. If you want to make a difference, you are going to have to be willing to be different.”
Tomorrow will be another opportunity.
Lord, please give me the courage to take it.
I feel like a bundle of nerves… whoever heard about being nervous about running! *sigh* This type of energy has meant that today hasn’t been very productive at all :S. So many cover letters to write and I’m not even sure if I want to end up working at these places… I know what sparks my interest, but ‘everyone’ says to just apply everywhere…. but, then I don’t want to end up working in an area that brings no joy to me. God, please lead me and guide me. On my own, I have no clear direction. The future looks a bit cloudy but I guess, all I need to remember is that you know which path I’m to go and all I have to do is trust you with each step that I take. *sigh* Have to wake up at 6am… probably should just go to sleep.