“…He had me open the hymnal to get me out of the rubble!”

The realities of this life have my heart  restless, my mind over-worked, anxious thoughts have me stirring like a wave! Then the lies of the world flood in like a torrent: “There is NO help in God!”   I can’t settle down! I just can’t see! I’m fretful, and anxious, and so very sad!  I can’t hear His voice! This is a test, and I’m failing-I see mountains and clouds, BUT God sees my mess – So I ‘just do the next thing’ as I sit near the shelf and pull down the hymnal and open: “The Haven of Rest”!

“My soul, in sad exile, was out on life’s sea. So burdened with sin and distressed, ‘Til I heard a sweet voice saying, “Make Me your choice,” And I entered the haven of rest. I’ve anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest, I’ll sail the wide seas no more; The tempest may sweep o’er the wild, stormy deep, In Jesus I’m safe evermore.”

The tempest is sweeping‘, these words ring so true, of this world that is changing each day! The great temptation to fear and to fret is ever so present and near! “I’ve anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest…” these words in this hymnal do test! They test me, they ask me, “Have you anchored your soul?”  And, “where is it’s place?” Is it in ‘sad exile out on life’s seas? Is your heart burdened with sin and distressed? Do you hear only the news and all of it’s noise?

“Make Me your  choice,”this is not a one-time decision! But moment by moment at best, to hear that sweet voice say, “Make- Me- your- choice” and ‘anchor your soul in the Haven of Rest.’

“I yielded myself to His tender embrace, And faith taking hold of the Word, My fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul, and the haven of rest is my Lord.”

“I’ve anchored my soul…” ‘I’ve anchored my soul…” This indicates  to me, a ‘STOP!’ To anchor and ‘Be Still and know  He is God’ so I hear once again, His sweet voice. By faith I will speak this hymn, every word:  ‘I yielded myself to His tender embrace, And faith taking hold of the Word, My fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul, and the haven of rest is my Lord.”

God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow – yet MY emotions and hormones do change- moment by moment, not just a one-time thing, I’d like to make Jesus my choice! God is a ‘very present help in times of trouble’,  and when He saw all the mess, He had me sit and be blessed and He brought me this hymn I didn’t know! To read the words and be touched in my trouble – God had me open the hymnal, to be a present help –  to get me out of the rubble!

“The song of my soul, since the Lord made me whole, Has been the old story so blest. Of Jesus, who’ll save who-so-ever will have A home in the haven of rest. I’ve anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest, I’ll sail the wide seas no more; The tempest may sweep o’er the wild, stormy deep, In Jesus I’m safe evermore!” (The Haven of Rest, Henry L. Gilmore).

“Make Me your choice.” OK, Lord, I will. But you know I will fail! ” then, just make ME your choice!”With ME you are safe…evermore!”

“So what is this song that you’re singing?”

“From my heart I sing a song that’s true! I have said, “I Do!” To the ‘Lover of my soul’, because He has made a Covenant love to me -He died on the cross- and I have said, “I believe.” “Yes, I receive!”

“No one can stand before a Holy God – there’s no great ‘work’ I can do – not one. The payment we owe for our sin is death – So God in His great love sent His only Son.”

So, “what is the song that you’re always singing?” you ask. “There is forgiveness with Him, and ‘plentious redemption’ and there is mercy, and compassion and loving-kindness!” “This is the song that I sing, even in the dark. Because He lights my way and promises to never depart!”

“That’s what you believe, but I’ve been taught contrary. What makes your love, Truth above mine? I will strive to listen and even tolerate to be kind.”

“My love is altogether lovely, ” (Song of Solomon 5:16). Have you not heard the Song? “His voice and speech are exceedingly sweet; Yes, His is altogether lovely – The whole of Him delights and is precious. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jer-u-sa-lem!” (Song of Solomon 5:16, Amplified).

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? My love is pure. There is no darkness in Him. (Ps. 139:12), My beloved is courageous, even to be a friend of sinners (Matthew 11:19). He is gentle, yet strong to protect me completely! Do you understand? He is ‘chiefest’, (that means superior of all!) He is ‘chiefest among ten – thou -sand!'” (Song of Solomon 5:10).

“This is the song that I am always singing! Ask Him if these things be SO! I did, and He showed me, and He took me and He loved me and He calls me…He calls me, His own!”

“I am my beloved’s –  His eyes are on me! He does not condemn – not my beloved- His eyes have sympathy. He spoke to me when I was far off, yet I lifted my eyes, and called out His name…He told me, “I forgive you. I love you, I’ve paid your debt in full – Be Free.”

“Can I convince you as well? To know the lover of my soul? There is none like God, ‘Logos’, ‘the word’ (Jon 1:1). He came in the flesh and dwelt among us, (John 1:14). His love has touched my heart  -because He lives- I am whole! His tomb is empty! He is not there! But I see Him living His life in me, because He gives of His Spirit  liberally!

“Come with me brothers and sisters and daughters and sons and seniors who have walked a long thorny path, let’s go down to the River to pray and talk to our Savior today.  Simply believe and receive that it’s so! He promises to be Husband,  protector and friend,  provider -He is the ‘Lover of your soul’ from the beginning to the end!  He is my strength, He is my Jesus.  He is my very breath, the whole day long!  THIS is my beloved, HE IS MY SONG!”

Have you forgotten, “I AM your Shield and your exceedingly great reward.”

“the LORD, my God will enlighten my darkness…” over and over again.

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Our God is such a personal God, when we see that He called Abram by name,
“Do not be afraid, Abram.”
And that is what He says to me and to you who might be afraid.
“Do not be afraid, Toni.” “Do not be afraid, ______________.”
Well, why not? this is going on, and then there is that,…
And He answers, “Because ‘I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward.'”Gen. 15:1.

This seems to be a time, when I want so bad for the Lord to just pick me up and take me away from all of this -( is that our natural tendency), but that is not what God desires. He wants me to hold His hand because He is with me, and He wants me to ‘Follow’ Him. Follow Him because He is all that Psalm 18:1-3 says,
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress…

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“Give to the Wind Thy Fears,” a hymn.

“Give to the winds thy fears; Hope and be undismayed; God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears, God shall lift up thy head.” (Paul Gerbhardt, translated by John Wesley, 1737).

“Give to the winds thy fears; hope and be undismayed.” “Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments], making melody with all your heart to the Lord.” (Eph.5:19, Amplified).

Why not be dismayed?! These are times of great trouble. Persecuted Christians imprisoned, economic struggles, deceptive governments, struggles in the church, physical illnesses, and losses of great magnitude, etc.  But if God says, to speak to one another in a hymn, I suppose, this is the one I need today: “Give to the winds thy fears; hope and be undismayed; God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears, God shall lift up thy head.”

“Through waves and clouds and storms, He gently clears thy way; Wait thou His time; So shall this night soon end in joyous day.”

“Leave to God’s sov’reign sway to choose and to command; So shall thou, wond’ring, own that way, How wise, how strong His hand!”

“Let us in life, in death, Thy steadfast truth declare, And publish with our latest breath Thy love and guardian care.”

“Far, far above thy thought, His counsel shall appear, When fully He the work hath wrought that caused thy needless fear.”

So, today, I write, for one reason only. Because God spoke in His word and I received it for myself, the words He spoke to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 30:2: “Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.”

Yes, perhaps ‘this is my story and this is my song. Today, I write…almost 5 years after a diagnosis of breast cancer and chemo and surgery and anti-hormone drug now prescribed for life. I write so I think of what God says, and not my own thoughts which so quickly depress every living cell in my body and literally take my breath away:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Is. 55:8,9). 

I have today. I don’t know what tomorrow brings, so today I will think on these things and write what God shows me:“Leave to God’s sov’reign sway, to choose and to command; So shall thou, wond’ring, own that way, How wise, how strong His hand!”

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth…;” (Is. 55:10,11).

“…It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Is. 55:11). “Through waves and clouds and storms, He gently clears Thy way; Wait thou His time; so shall the night soon end in joyous day.” 

“Will you believe Me, even in this?” I hear the Lord speak to my heart. I have a choice to make. Either a ‘faith’ choice to believe or a choice to fear and fret. I have a choice today. ” Oh, God, what does Your word say?”

“Do not fret…trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness…commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass…rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret – it only causes harm.” (Psalm 37:1-8).

‘Let us in life, in death, Thy steadfast truth declare, And publish with our latest breath Thy love and guardian care.” “Far, far above thy thought His counsel shall appear, When fully He the work hath wrought That caused thy needless fear.”

“Faith choices Lord! Help me make ‘faith choices – and believe Your word: “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the  LORD for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” Is. 55:12,13).

So today, I choose to do and believe:  “Give to the winds thy fears; hope and be undismayed; God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears, God shall lift up thy head.”

I need the hymns and the Psalms to keep my mind afloat. But since I am just a sheep and forget, so, I write all God shows me. If only He could show me in just 500 words!

“Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah   “Through waves and clouds and storms, He gently clears thy way; Waith thou His time; so shall this night soon end in joyous day.”But You. O LORD are a shild for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill.    Selah  (Psalm 3:3,4).

“a broken vessel and frayed tapestry prayer, again and again…

“God, You are my witness-you see the broken vessel, You see the frayed tapestry…

Empty the impatience,  empty the anxiety – when in my heart I cry “Give me a break!” That I might remember, time and time again that You already have. Having owed a payment of death for my sin, You, Jesus said, “I do.” And You have committed to love me, whether or not I even notice.

God, You are my witness- there is nothing hidden from You. Deeply woven in me is a sense of ‘justice!’ Inside of my being are threads that ‘life should be fair!’ I feel as if my wait is ‘forever’ for things to be ‘right’. But You remain silent, like a great Mystery that yearns to be unfolded; and in my discontent I am stopped, to take notice that You, the Master Artist, are waiting with a bleeding heart,even blood coming out of Your pores; You are waiting for me…

to see that You – love, and You – accept, and You – forgive. I only see ‘dimly’ for now,  but will You empty me, so I can be filled with more of the love and acceptance and forgiveness that You possess.

God, You are my witness – You see the competition, You see the comparisons, You see the insecurities, and all of the pride. Yes, even the rudeness and evil thoughts are clear in Your view. This is all ‘knit’ deep within my being. Rip it all out Lord! Rip these threads from me and weave in it’s place that Scarlet thread of death to myself so that I might be filled, filled with the fullness of You.

Oh, these broken vessels and frayed tapestries!

Fill me with Your Spirit of comfort and help. Abide in me and caress my heart with Your love continually that it remain warm and soft. Work in me a change in my cold-hard heart, like the change in the waterpots filled with only water and transformed to wine ; from  common to  an uncommon ‘joyful’ heart and ‘joyful’ soul! Not that I might have more for me, but that I may offer all that You have given me, to others. There is a lot of ‘common’, I need the uncommon ‘joy’. You are the Potter, I am the clay.

God, You are my witness – You bear with me, that I might bear with others in “all things”. (1 Cor. 13) You know that I don’t. Weave in me the Scarlet Thread, that turns death into life.

You believe the best of me and all those around me. You know that sometimes I don’t. Weave the Golden Thread of “believes all things” (1 Cor. 13),  in this workmanship of Yours. That my thoughts would be ‘good’ and of ‘a good report’. (Phil 4).

Yes, God, You are my witness – You see the hopelessness and the ‘heart failure’ in me at times.  Empty this dross, that the Silver lining of hope would envelope my being and be weaved in my soul – “hoping all things.” (1 Cor 13).

That I might be emptied, but newly filled, torn and ripped out, but re-woven …”to endure all things.”(1 Cor 13). With You –  broken vessels and frayed tapestries are nothing- because Your love, God – it never fails.

I love You Jesus, keep working on me. In Jesus name, Let it be so, Amen.”

“Oh! How we need Christmas in July!”

“Oh! How we need Christmas in July!”

“Christmas?! For what?! Please, tell me why?”

“Well, it’s not about shopping, the stress and all that- it’s remembering Jesus-He came to save us-to redeem us-complete!”

“Oh! How we need Christmas and hear once again, “Joy to the world, the LORD is come!” How we so desperately need to let these words ring…‘Joy to the world, the LORD is come! Let -earth -receive- her -King!”

“The news is SO bad, but to ‘whosoever’ has received, we cry out in the wilderness: “Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing…” Yes, we need Christmas in July! We will sing with the heavens, ‘and heaven and nature sing’ – we choose to rejoice and sing to our King!”

We are told in God’s word what to do when times of dark, thunderous clouds appear. We are to ‘aim at and seek the rich and eternal treasures above’ – to ‘set our minds’ on higher things – not on things that are near! (Col. 3:2, Amplified, and my paraphrase)!

“Oh, how we need Christmas this July to raise our thoughts and praise even higher than the skies! “Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!” This is the song we must sing again! The media is one-sided, we MUST HAVE GOOD NEWS! “Joy to the earth, the Savior Reigns!”

“He rules the world with truth and grace. And makes the nations prove, the glor -ies of  – His righteousness – and wonders of His love! AND – WONDERS of HIS LOVE!” The people raise their fists against Him to mock and scorn and fight and sue…

But JESUS, in great agony on the cross, spoke these words: “Father, forgive them. They know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34).

“Oh, how we need Christmas! Everyday, in fact. To bear gifts of myrhh, and gold, and frankenscence- “No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground.’ For ‘as the world is concerned, we have died – we have been crucified with Christ (Col 3:1) – but He rose! And we live! It makes perfect sense:

“The life that we now live in the flesh we live by faith IN HIM – and He comes ‘to make His blessings flow. Far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found… “He comes to make His blessings flow! Joy to the world, the Lord is come! He is King. He rules the world, and He rules with Truth and Grace! ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life’ (John 3:16). Oh the ‘wonders of His love’ He comes to make – His- blessings – FLOW!’ Jesus came so HIM we could know!”

“Oh- Let us bring Christmas to our hearts each new day. Let us bring ‘Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns!’ He’s on the throne! He’s in control! Let us sing, let us say, (even today), “Let men their songs employ!” When Christ who is our life appears, then we will also appear with Him in glory! Let us bring Christmas to each and every day, giving thanks to Him with praise and hope and sharing the gift of the Good News! His-STORY!’

You don’t need a hymnal, you have heard this song. Hear the words and be glad today: He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove – the glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love, And wonders of His love…“Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.”(Luke 23:34).

“…and won-ders, WON-DERS – of – His – LOVE!” Yes, we must set our minds on things above! Christmas in July- because a ‘cheerful heart is good medicine’ this is all the medicine I need for today! Jesus Christ came as a baby to die on that dreadful cross that I might have LIFE, instead of death…for my sin!

“O Come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvations.” (Ps. 95:1). “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion…(Hebrews 3:15). Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns! Let men, their songs…employ! Even in July, let us remember these things and tell the world that the LORD REIGNS!

(Joy to the Word, Isaac Watts).

Jesus, silent? … He is not! Nations? ‘a drop in the bucket’ He sees your heart!

 “She needs a miracle!”

Have you ever said these words and prayed for someone- he or she? Or even yourself! “I need a miracle!”  Well, here was a  (Gentile) woman in the Bible from Canaan who had a daughter that needed healing. Literally, she needed a miracle! The woman’s daughter it is said was ‘grievously vexed with a devil’, (Matthew 15:21-28). This woman’s daughter needed a miracle!

This mother who’s child was sick must have been watching Jesus for some time, in that she spoke the Jews’ dialect in her cry to Him: “Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”” (Matthew 15:22).

“But He answered her not a word.” (Matthew 15:23).

“And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” (Matthew 15:23).

Jesus was silent, and the followers of Jesus were ‘cold-hearted’ and impatient and more, BUT the woman…she was desperate and she knew something deep down… that, He was her only hope. She was ‘turning her eyes upon Jesus’  and she was  ‘looking full in His wonderful face.’ Then, Jesus spoke, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Is this even worse than silence? Is this “No?” from the mouth of the Lord? Stop! Right now and look at God’s word – my heart is overflowing to write the next verse: “Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”

Jesus broke His silence to tell this desperate woman who came seeking Him, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” ‘The lost sheep of the house of Israel?’ We ‘know’ what that means, the ‘Jews’, but perhaps for you and me today, in our short amount of time in reading the Bible this morning…after praying, “Lord, speak to me today before I go out about the busy-ness of the time You’ve given me today.” You are showing me that, yes, You came for the Jews, but perhaps even more! ‘You don’t see as other people see- YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE HEART!  ‘The lost sheep of Israel’? The meaning of the name Israel?  Those who ‘strive with God’.

Of course, ‘Israel’ is a nation, but today, one who ‘strives with God’, as this woman did, with all her heart, believing Him to be her only hope…she was a lost sheep ‘striving with God!’

This is not just a history lesson, this is a lesson for me and perhaps you! Amazing, that Jesus had just PREVIOUSLY been with the Pharisees, (the religious leaders!) from Jerusalem and He spoke Isaiah’s prophesy to them saying, (Matthew 15:7-9)”These people draw near to Me with their mouths, and honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.”

Jesus was not silent! Jesus spoke, “…but their heart is far from Me.” This woman heard His words! This woman believed with all her heart that Jesus could help her! This Canaanite, Gentile woman was 100% there! With her whole heart she was seeking Jesus: “…she came and worshiped Him, say, “Lord, help me!” (Matthew 15:25).

“So what happened next?” you might be asking. Jesus answered: “But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” (Matthew 15:26). 

In today’s language Jesus answered her, “It is not good to give the children’s bread” (the children being the Jews, and the bread being their Messiah, the Bread of Life) “and throw it to the dogs.” (or ‘toss it to the Gentiles’) –

BUT HEAR her response: “True, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from the Master’s table.”(Mat. 15:27),in other words, “Lord, I know I am a Gentile, but even the crumbs from Your table will be enough for me.” What a wrestler this woman is! She is ‘striving with God! She is on this day as a ‘lost sheep’ who is ‘striving with God!’

I am not a theologian! I am a child of God, seeking and searching for truth each day in His word. Jesus speaks: (And the same words that Jesus spoke to His mother, He spoke to this Canaanite woman), “O woman,” and then He added,  “Great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her child was healed that very hour.(Matthew 15:28).

There are ‘religious leaders’ whose hearts were ‘far from Him. But not this woman! She was right there! Her whole heart was desperate for Him. And Jesus response to this ‘outsider’, this Gentile? “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” (Matthew 15:28).

Today, today! Do you hear what Jesus says? He desires a heart, a whole heart. Today, is it mine and yours?*“O come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:6,7).

We are ‘His people’…those who worship Him with their whole heart! Oh yes, we are the ‘lost sheep of Israel!’ …

* Do not look at his appearance…For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1Sam. 16:7).

*”How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; O let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD!” (Psalm 119:9-12).

“I just want to be a sheep… Pray the Lord my soul to keep! I just want to be a sheep! I don’t want to be a Pharisee… ’cause they’re not fair, you see – I just want to be a sheep! Baa,Baa,Baa Baa!!”

‘Even better than life, is the lovingkindness of the Lord.’

I repost this writing after a brother in Christ and wonderful witness of God’s love and hope went home to be with the Lord, on this day, 2 years ago. He is alive today in heaven with God and STILL inspires me everyday to put ‘Jesus First’. Thank you Paul Loures for your courage and continual hope in  God, as you battled a very difficult disease…

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“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life…” Ps. 63:3.

But there is so much pain with loss, when one’s life is taken, it is hard to ‘see’ the lovingkindness of the Lord.

But there are some lives that were so yielded to God, that are no longer here with us now,  but they have left an image in our minds that cannot be ignored or ever forgotten.  They left imprinted in our minds forever a visual of God’s word,

“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.” Ps. 63:3,4.

Somehow, they were the very image of this verse, somehow they knew in the center of their being that ‘even better than life is the lovingkindness of the Lord.’

So, God has let me see this  with my own eyes. And…

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Hold on to what you ‘know’…”Yes, Jesus loves me!”

“Dear child, you may not know and understand  loss and pain. But bring into remembrance what you ‘do know’ – today. Sing an old song, and once again, make it new. Speak the words (Eph. 5:19), and sing back to Me:“Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak. But He – is – strong.”

“Do you want to know Me dear child? Turn My pages, the pages in the Holy Word. They are breathed by Me. (2 Timothy 3:16). My word is like a seed. (Luke 8:11). When planted in the soil of your heart, they will grow…yes, you will know:

“Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.”

“Dear child, you say, “Yes!” You no longer say, “No!”  Yes, I am faithful and just to forgive…all your unrighteousness! When you confess! When you say, “Yes!” (1John 1:9). Come unto Me, all you who are weary and I will give you rest!( Matthew 11:28). You say, “Yes, I do!” And I make My Covenant of love with you!” (Luke 22:20).

“I inhabit your praises, (Psalm 22:3), sing back to Me:

“Jesus loves me. He who died. Heaven’s gate to open wide. He will wash away my sin. Let His little child come in.”

“I have plans for you dear child. Plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope. (Jer. 29:11).Before I formed you in the womb I knew you! (Jer. 1:4). Yes, this is true! Abide in Me and I in you and the fruit of my love will sprout in and through.” (John 15:5). Now, the words easily flow:

“Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so!”

“You have opened My pages, you have received My love and Spirit. Amazing grace has broken up the fallow ground. (Jer. 4:3).   Look, as the clay is in the hands of the potter, so are you in My hand, My child!  (Jer. 18:6). You’re in My thoughts, You are in My heart, I know your name. I will mold you and make you into a vessel of glory! I will make My face to shine upon thee! I am the potter, you are the clay!” (Is. 64:8).

“May this be your song, may this be the soil: “Jesus take this heart of mine. Make it pure and wholly Thine. Thou hast bled and died for me. I will hence-forth live for Thee!”

My child, you may not know or understand your sorrow. But plant the seed of My word, receive it,  even speak it: “I know that my Redeemer lives!” (Job 19:25).  Don’t let your heart be troubled, do not fear. You believe in God, believe also in Me. (John 14:1). Remember I am your Shepherd, (Ps. 23:1), I laid down My life for My sheep.(John 10:15). Let what you ‘know’ mold you and make you, and keep you as you go.”

“Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me! the Bible tells me so!”

“In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am you may be also”. (John 14:2,3). “Behold, you are fair My love! Behold, you are fair! You have eyes of a dove!” (Song of Solomon 1:15). I love you My child. Will you sing to Me?”

“Jesus loves me. He will stay! Close beside me all the way. He’s prepared a home for me. And someday His face I’ll see!”  

‘Yes, I love Jesus! Yes, I love Jesus! Yes, I love Jesus! In prayer I’ll tell Him so.

“I love Jesus, does He know? Have I ever told Him so? “Jesus, Savior, I love you! Help me Lord, to follow You!”

“Yes, I love You Jesus! Yes, I love You Jesus! Yes, I love You Jesus! In prayer I  tell You so!”

 

When the wisdom of the day comes in a child’s play

Words all around. At my fingertips. Right now.

Experts in weather, in “breaking news,” and opinion. I become “all knowing” in my studies. Information becomes a treasure.

Pictures invite, I read and receive.

And “the heavens declare the glory of God, . . .” but am I too busy?

Has life’s experience allowed for a wall to be built to protect me from experiencing more pain.  I keep busy to drown out the deep, internal rain.

But then, a child sings, unawares, a song well learned, with wisdom beyond years: “The wise man built his house upon the Rock. And the rains came tumb’lin down.”

With energy and joy, simplicity of verse: “The rains came down and the floods came up,” . . . 

Floods of truth come “tumbling” in, as a child sings with more wisdom than professors. Revelation comes. It’s not about “if” the rains come down. It’s about “when.” And the real question here, is “what is my foundation?”

The foolish man built his house upon the sand, and the rains came tumblin’ down . . .” continued the song from the child not four.

The “when” of the trial is here, front and center. But I forgot about  foundation. I lost my way. But the Rock never moves. The Rock never changes, though the “rains come down and the floods come up.” “The house on the Rock stood firm.”

People’s opinions and hypocrisy in church, have built a thick wall on unstable sand. The rains and the floods have come over my head, I seek the One whom, I remember The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;

He is there, even when the flood waters are up to my face. He is filled with mercy and kindness, even in my disgrace. When all forsake me, He is there. He even calls my name. My own name He calls.

“The heavens declare the glory of God, . . . Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge.”

 

 

 

 

the house on the Rock stood firm!”

“The just shall live by faith,” 

It is finished.” these  are My final earthly words – Remember Me! Remember the Son!” (John 19:30).

“So, will you build your house on the Rock with each new day? Perhaps a  new song for the battle to say?  It’s old though, it’s found in Habakkuk 3: “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail. Though the fields yield no food, and flock be cut off from the fold… Yet I will rejoice in the LORD” (Hab. 3: 17,18).” Will you consider, with each day you wake to put your trust in ME?

Be as a child. Sing to one another in songs old and new, be wise!  Make melody in your heart to the Rock of all Ages – ages 2 to 92, ‘giving thanks for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ’!

This is Rock on which you stand : Praying without ceasing with upheld hands, trusting in Me – that I hear you! Do not fear! I give you a Spirit of power and love and a mind that is sound. (2 Tim. 1:7). I AM the Rock! I will pour My blessings, even though dark clouds be all around!”

The prayers go up and the blessings come down! The prayers go up and the blessings come down! The prayers go up and the blessing come down… “the just shall live by faith.” (Hab. 2:4). “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines… Yet,.. I will joy in the God of my Salvation.” (Hab. 3:18), “For, He has not given me a spirit to fear, but of power and love,… and yes, I have a mind that is sound!”

“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” These words are written in red by the Son, “And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them.”  (Mark 10: 15,16). “Yes Lord, I believe. On You, I will wait! Help me be ‘as a child.’ Increase my faith!”