About Easter

“I could sooner count the stars
Than number all Your ways
Though I only know in part
That part exceeds all praise
As sunlight fills the skies
Your goodness fills my life
For all Your precious gifts
Receive my gratefulness

I could sooner drink the seas
Than fathom all Your love
Like a never-ceasing stream
Are mercies through Your Son
The death of Christ alone
Deserves eternal song
For such a love as His
Receive my gratefulness

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I could sooner turn back time
Than turn Your heart away
Though the years go fleeting by
Your mercies never change
Before You made the sun
Your love was set on us
For all Your faithfulness
Receive my gratefulness

Sooner Count the Stars, Sovereign Grace Music

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Life’s Purpose

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“Dawn returns, but without thy light within
no outward light can profit…

…Cause me to be a mirror of thy grace,
  to show others the joy of thy service,
May my lips be well-tuned cymbals
sounding thy praise,
Let a halo of heavenly-mindedness
sparkle around me
and a lamp of kindness sunbeam my path.
Teach me the happy art of
  attending to things temporal
  with a mind intent on things eternal.
Send me forth to have compassion
on the ignorant and miserable.
Help me to walk as Jesus walked,
  my only Saviour and perfect model,
  his mind my inward guest,
  his meekness my covering garb.
Let my happy place be amongst the poor in spirit,
  my delight the gentle ranks of the meek.
Let me always esteem others better than myself,
and find in true humility
  an heirdom to two worlds.”

— Excerpts from Christlikeness, The Valley of Vision

 

He knows my past
The choices I have made
When I have wandered
When I pushed away
Somehow still I’m held by this one thing…
Yes, Jesus loves me… Even me

 

A Necessary Goodbye

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We said goodbye.
The letting go and the holding on; one is necessary for the other to come.

For so long — too long — did I live comfortably with your presence, which was a barrier to all things good. You were a comfortable crutch to one who ought to have been walking.

But worse, you were the wrong medication to an illness that would otherwise lead to death. And for so long, I wouldn’t change it… The alternative was there, but the change would be unfamiliar, the taste initially bitter, and the comfort of familiarity felt hard to overcome.

But we said goodbye tonight.
And tomorrow, whatever comes…
Though I may fear, I know I stand on a Solid Rock.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.

So tomorrow, I take His hand.
One step, and another.

It is well with my soul.
And all is well and will be well.

Goodbye, good night.
I was blind, now I’m seeing in color
I was dead, now I’m living forever
I had failed, but you were my redeemer
I’ve been blessed beyond all measure
I was lost, now I’m found by the father
I’ve been changed from a ruin to treasure
I’ve been given a hope and a future
I’ve been blessed beyond all measure
I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing
Letting go and trusting when I cannot see
I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing
Surely every season you are good to me
(What is left to say, but ‘yes, and amen.’)

Finding my Way

“We do not let past regrets hold us back or fears and worries about the future keep us cornered. Instead, we practice depending on God and His Church to help us make the most of our opportunities. As we take in knowledge and put it to work through faithful obedience, we experience God’s wisdom and spiritual fruit is the result.”

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You brought me to the desert so You could be my water
You brought me to the fire so You could be my shield
You brought me to the darkness so You could be my morning light…

And when I’m in the valley, You will be my comfort
And when I’m at the end of me, I find You there
When I’m in the battle, You will be my present peace
Cause You brought me this far…

Wherever you lead me, I know you won’t leave me
Wherever you call me, You will make a way
Wherever we’re going, I will be holding
To the promise you have made

Lean.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1 
“It’s not my life to live
It’s not my song to sing
All I have is His, for all eternity
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It’s not my righteousness
It’s not my faithfulness
All I have is His, for all eternity
Crown Him, Crown Him
King of Glory
Crown Him, Crown Him
Lord of All

(On sunny, well-rested days, we shout this with passion.
On the days when we are worn,
too exhausted to take another step,
when another word seems too much to bear…
Will we…
Can we still say, ‘This life is not mine to live… All I have is His?’
If not for His grace and sustenance…
‘There but for the grace of God go I.’)

It’s not my war to win
It’s not my weight to bear
By His mighty hand
He won the victory
He won the victory

All I have is His, for all eternity

Crown Him, Crown Him
King of Glory
Crown Him, Crown Him
Lord of All

It’s not my blood but His
That stands in my defense
And oh what love is this
That won the victory
He won the victory

Crown Him, Crown Him
King of Glory
Crown Him, Crown Him
Lord of All

So, child, lean on!
Trust and lean on with your full weight,
in all your brokenness,
lean on!
Whenever you wonder if there is anyone whom you can depend on,
anyone who understands,
anyone who can bear the weight of your burden,
your secret sorrows,
your immense joys,
the conflicting frustrations,
your simple and profound thoughts,
… If anyone even cares about the mundane daily matters,
if anyone cares to listen,
if anyone is able to help and heal.
Yes.
Christian, call on Jesus.
“…Know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3: 19-21
And if you don’t know Him,
don’t stop searching until you’ve found the answer:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
If there is anything in the world worth finding out, this is it:
It is a matter of life and death, not only for now but for eternity.
I pray that this matters enough to you that you won’t stop until you’ve found the answer.
To find Him as the One who loves you.
To find Him now, as the Lord of love in grace and mercy…
That you may never have to face Him that day, as the Lord of wrath on the day of Judgement.