Monday, January 30, 2012

jesus I my cross have taken.


Jesus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave and follow Thee.
Destitute, despised, forsaken,
Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition,
All I’ve sought or hoped or known.
Yet how rich is my condition!
God and heaven are still my own.
Let the world despise and leave me,
They have left my Savior, too.
Human hearts and looks deceive me;
Thou art not, like them, untrue.
O while Thou dost smile upon me,
God of wisdom, love, and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me,
Show Thy face and all is bright.
Man may trouble and distress me,
’Twill but drive me to Thy breast.
Life with trials hard may press me;
Heaven will bring me sweeter rest.
Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me
While Thy love is left to me;
Oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me,
Were that joy unmixed with Thee.
Go, then, earthly fame and treasure,
Come disaster, scorn and pain
In Thy service, pain is pleasure,
With Thy favor, loss is gain.
I have called Thee Abba Father,
I have stayed my heart on Thee
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather;
All must work for good to me.
Soul, then know thy full salvation
Rise o’er sin and fear and care
Joy to find in every station,
Something still to do or bear.
Think what Spirit dwells within thee,
Think what Father’s smiles are thine,
Think that Jesus died to win thee,
Child of heaven, canst thou repine.
Haste thee on from grace to glory,
Armed by faith, and winged by prayer.
Heaven’s eternal days before thee,
God’s own hand shall guide us there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission,
Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days,
Hope shall change to glad fruition,
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.
-Henry Lyte

Thursday, January 26, 2012

steady my heart.

The first time I heard this song, Steady My Heart, by Kari Jobe,  it was like, "Wow, she knows exactly how to put my feelings onto paper!"  I really love this song, and want you to read the lyrics.  Also, check out the rest of the album, Where I Find You, on iTunes!


"Wish it could be easy, why is life so messy?
Why is pain a part of us?
There are days I feel like,
Nothing ever goes right,
Sometimes it just hurts so much.

But you're here, and you're real,
I know that I can trust you...

Even when it hurts, even when it's hard,
even when it all just falls apart.
I will look to you,
'Cause I know that you are,
Lover of my soul, healer of my scars.
Steady My Heart."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

jonathan.

Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he [Jonathan] loved him as his own soul.


But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew the matter.


the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of Davidand Jonathan loved him as his own soul.


And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that [was] upon him, and gave it to Davidand his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow,and to his girdle.


But Jonathan, Saul's son, delighted much in David: ...



[all of the above are from 1 Samuel]







"Why is she posting this?" you may be wondering. Well, my friends, go back up and read the verses.  And instead of Jonathan and David, put your name in place of Jonathan and Jesus' name instead of David.  Now go read.  Don't you get it?!   Last night I lay in bed and read these verses... and I was blown away.  Right in front of me was a picture... of what mine and Jesus' relationship is to look like.  


And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that [was] upon him, and gave it to Davidand his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow,and to his girdle.     -1Sam 18:4


Look at that! Jonathan, the rightful heir to the throne, gave up his status, his life, to serve and protect David and His kingship.  Do you see what I see??  WE ARE JONATHAN.  Or at least we're supposed to be.  How many of us would willingly lay down all that we are - and what we could have (a kingdom) - for a seemingly insignificant man that claims he's the rightful king?  Would we? Could we? That's the question of the day.  Are we willing to lay down everything for the true King?  Do we delight much in David, our Jesus?  Do we love him as our very own soul?  


Because if we don't, who will?





Sunday, January 8, 2012

glow.

Lord I wanna be like a glow stick: bend me and break me until your light shines through me.


-Hannah Thomas

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jesus, all I want for this new year is YOU.  That's it.  Because everything good comes from you.  So you are all I need.