He is faithful

That last post was one that I had written on Thursday but scheduled for yesterday (hope that made sense).

However, despite the positive feelings conveyed in that Thursday post, I fell apart that afternoon.

I didn’t realise the closed doors had affected me so deeply.  I knew in my heart of hearts that God would provide – He was/is. I even put on a brave face and shared about it with our small group in the law school, shared about how God is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord God our Provider.  However, as I began to lead this song, I got through half of the first verse before the tears began to fall and then almost uncontrollably.

Be still, there is a healer

His love is deeper than the sea

His mercy is unfailing

His arms a fortress for the weak…

Thankfully, one of the other girls was gracious to step in and share her experience recently of God providing for her.  Afterwards, I thought I had collected myself so I decided to play the YouTube version of the song instead but as the words were sung, I just started crying again.

Let faith arise

Let faith arise

I guess all the emotions that had been bottled up had to be released at some point… so why not in front of 5 other people??  It just goes to show that just because you believe that God will provide, it doesn’t minimise the disappointment or shattered dream.

I lift my hands to believe again

You are my refuge, You are my strength

As I pour out my heart

These things, I remember

You are faithful, God, forever

However, underlying it all is the knowledge that God is faithful.  We have a hope unfailing in the promise that God is our provider.  That He knows which doors to close and which to open to get you to the destination He’s planned for you since the very beginning of time.

And you know what?  After the prayer group, I got a call that’s rocked my world.  Nothing is confirmed yet, but He’s open another door!

– Ames

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Like This: There is a time + Amazing Grace

I was reminded again of a beautiful passage of wisdom from the Bible today:

Ecclesiastes 3 (NLT)

A Time for Everything

1 There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.

A lot of things have fallen into place lately and after today’s happy news, there is nothing more I can do but point to God’s amazing grace.  I heard this version of the timeless hymn on the way home today…

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Chorus:
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

Chorus(x2)

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine

– Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone), Chris Tomlin

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28 (NLT)

I feel totally unworthy and infinitely blessed.  Thank you for Your amazing grace, Your overflowing goodness and Your unfailing love for me.

♥ April

Like This: Forever

Yay for knowing experts who can give instructions over the phone about how to reset wireless routers :D.  And congrats to TheNaiveChild for getting into the course she wanted :D.  His love endures forever, was what popped in my head when I heard the news :).  So another song for the road ahead… (which for me will be more readings…woot!)

Give thanks to the Lord
Our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
With a mighty hand
and outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that’s been reborn
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Yeah
Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever
Forever

From the rising to the setting sun
His love endures forever
By the grace of God
We will carry on
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise
Yeah
Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever
Forever
Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever
Forever
Forever

His love endures forever
His love endures forever
His love endures forever
Forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise
Yeah
Forever you are faithful
Forever you are strong
Forever you are with us
Forever
And ever
Yeah

Forever you are faithful
Forever you are strong
Forever you are with us
Forever
Forever
You are God…..
Forever
And ever and ever ….


♥ April