Thursday, November 10, 2011

I will pray for you

Dear Lord Jesus,
You know him so much better than I do. You know his sickness and the burden he carries. You also know his heart. Lord, I ask you to be with my friend and his family now as you work in his life. Lord, let your will be done in my friend's life. Lord God, I pray for my friend just as your Word tells me to pray, for healing. I believe you hear this earnest prayer from my heart and that it is powerful because of your promise. I have faith in you, Lord, to heal my friend, but I also trust in the plan you have for his life. Lord, I don't always understand your ways. I don't know why my friend has to suffer, but I trust You. I ask that you look with mercy and grace toward my friend. Nourish his spirit and soul in this time of suffering and comfort him and his family with your presence. Let my friend know you are there with him through this difficulty. Give him strength. And may you, through this difficulty, be glorified in his life and also in mine. Amen. 

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up....The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:15 and 16


Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need: We humbly ask you to hold, visit and relieve your sick servant, for whom our prayers are desired.  Look upon him with the eyes of your mercy; comfort him with a sense of your goodness; preserve him from the temptations of the enemy; and give him patience under this affliction.   In your good time, restore him to health, and enable him to lead the residue of his life in your presence, and to thy glory; and grant that finally he may dwell with you in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen  you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  - Isaiah 41:10

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

truth

I heard these truths on the radio the other day.

"Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority ... Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor (1Peter 2:13,14,16). This has nothing to do with your freedom in Christ. There is no such thing as absolute freedom. What you're free to do, is free to obey. Fish are free, but they are not free to fly. They are free within the parameters of God's design to swim any where they want but you know if you take a fish and throw it on the bank, it's not very free. Your freedom is a platform to serve and love other people and take your rights and lay them aside the way Christ did so other people get loved. Is there a price? You bet." -Chip Ingram

"Stop grumbling over the weather! What a waste of time! Did it ever change anything? Actually, it changes you. And you're even harder to live with because you're grumbling and you're complaining. And that's life. "Do all things without grumbling or disputing (Phil 2:14)... So life isn't what you expected? Welcome aboard. Nor is it for the person sitting right next to you, or living across the street from you, or going to school with you, or standing there beside you as you wait in line. We are all filled with circumstances that are outside our control, so why focus on them? You will never celebrate God if you're focus is on your circumstances. Read Nehemiah 8:10,  The joy of the Lord is your strength! The joy of the Lord is your strength, not your income, not your occupation, not you circumstances, not your marriage.The joy of the Lord is the source of your strength!" -Chuck Swindoll

Friday, September 2, 2011

1000 Gifts

...Water runs, always looking for yet lower and lower places to flow. I watch water run and spiritual water must flow like this...always seeking always the lowest places. Whenever I am parched and dry, I must go lower with the water and I must kneel low in thanks. The river of joy flows down to the lowest places.

God asks me to give thanks in all things, because He knows that the feeling of joy begins in the action of thanksgiving.


--Ann Voskamp

Sunday, August 21, 2011

1000 Gifts

If authentic, saving belief is the act of trusting, then to choose stress is an act of disbelief...atheism. Anything less than gratitude and trust is practical atheism. Perhaps the opposite of faith is not doubt. Perhaps the opposite of faith is fear.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

he has not failed you

You have trusted Him in a few things, and He has not failed you. Trust Him now for everything, and see if He does not do for you exceeding abundantly above all that you could ever have asked or thought, not according to your power or capacity, but according to His own mighty power, that will work in you all the good pleasure of His most blessed will. You find no difficulty in trusting the Lord with the management of the universe and all the outward creation, and can your case be any more complex or difficult than these, that you need to be anxious or troubled about His management of it?


--Hannah Whitall Smith

Thursday, July 28, 2011

don't waste your life

If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full.

--John Piper

Monday, April 25, 2011

my amy joy

Just a little fun and encouragement to help you along. I know I'm a dork...Get over it!! Love you, friend. 
-Jess



Push it -- push it real good.  -Salt N Pepa

I am coming out I want the world to know.  -Diana Ross

Come on baby, make it hurt so good.  -John Mellancamp

If you're going through hell, keep on going, don't slow down. If you're scared don't show it, you might get out before the devil even knows you're there.  -Rodney Atkins

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my STRONGHOLD -Psalm 18:2

Wait for the Lord; be STRONG and take heart and wait for the Lord.  -Psalm 27:14

He gives strength to the weary and increases the POWER of the weak.  -Isaiah 40:29

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.   -Isaiah 58:9

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.  -2 Chronicles 15:7

For when I am weak, then I am strong.  -2 Corinthians 12:10

I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you; I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds! -2 Corinthians 7:4


Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  -Psalm 73:25-26

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will STRENGTHEN you and HELP you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  - Isaish 41:10

Baby, I'm amazed by you - lonestar 

Be my light in this darkened room. I'm on my face and I'm calling you...Everything about you, takes my breath away. Hallelujah. -sanctus real

This is my prayer in the fire, in weakness or trial or pain. There is a faith proved of more worth than gold. So refine me Lord through the flame. -Hillsong

You are my hope, my strength, my life, my peace, my rock, my joy, my everything. -Jeremy Camp   

Listen to this song, Let it make your heart feel better - sanctus real

Thursday, April 14, 2011

greek

Is the height of my chara joy dependent on the depths of my eucharisteo thanks? So then as long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible. Joy is always possible. Whenever, meaning --now; wherever, meaning --here. The holy grail of joy is not some exotic location or some emotional mountain peak experience. The joy wonder could be here! Here, in the messy, piercing ache of now, joy might be --unbelievably-- possible! The only place we need see before we die is this place of seeing God, here and now.

Charis. Grace.
Eucharisteo. Thanksgiving.
Chara. Joy.

--Ann Voskamp

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

1000 gifts

I think how the God-glory in a cheese ring might seem trifling. Even offensive, to focus the lens of a heart on the minute, in a world mangled and maimed and desperately empty.

I know there is poor and hideous suffering, and I've seen the hungry and the guns that go to war. I have lived the pain, and my life can tell: I only deep the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks for early light dappled through leaves and the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives. Why would the world need more anger, more outrage? How does it save the world to reject unabashed joy when it is joy that saves us? Rejecting joy to stand in solidarity with the suffering doesn't rescue the suffering. The converse does. The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world. When we lay the soil of our hard lives open to the rain of grace and let joy penetrate our cracked and dry places, let joy soak into our broken skin and deep crevices, life grows.

--Ann Voskamp, pg 40.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

desert song

This is my prayer in the desert
When all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides

This is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame

I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seed I've received I will sow


--Hillsong

Thanks Ash, it's my new favorite.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

head first i dive into your grace

You are my hope, my strength, my life, my peace, my rock, my joy, my everything.

--Jeremy Camp, My Fortress

Saturday, February 26, 2011

satisfied with God alone


Do not I fill heaven and earth, declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:24

Do you think that the infinite God cannot fill and satisfy your heart?
Francois De La Mothe Fenmon

Thursday, February 10, 2011

john waller

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I'm waiting
I will serve You
While I'm waiting
I will worship
While I'm waiting
I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it's not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting

--Theme of my life song

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

cake

I don't want to wonder
If this is a blunder
I don't want to worry whether
We're gonna stay together
'Till we die

I don't want to jump in
Unless this music's thumping
All the dishes rattle in the cupboards
When the elephants arrive


I want to love you madly
I want to love you now
I want to love you madly, way
I want to love you, love you
Love you madly

I don't want to fake it
I just want to make it
The ornaments look pretty
But they're pulling down the branches
Of the Tree

I don't want to think about it
I don't want to talk about it
When I kiss your lips
I want to sink down to the bottom
Of the sea

I want to love you madly
I want to love you now
I want to love you madly, way
I want to love you, love you
Love you madly

I don't want to hold back
I don't want to slip down
I don't want to think back to the one thing that I know I
Should have done

I don't want to doubt you
Know everything about you
I don't want to sit across the table from you
Wishing I could run


I want to love you madly
I want to love you now
I want to love you madly, way
I want to love you, love you
Love you madly

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

snow patrol

If I could cradle you into my arms
I would cradle you tight in my arms - always
So don't be scared of all the hurtful words
Cause in the end they'll hurt themselves much more

You are my joy - you are my joy
You are my joy - you are my joy
You are my joy - you are my joy
You are my joy - you are my joy

Saturday, January 22, 2011

psalm 31:24

So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!


--NLT

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

be my escape

but the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair.

--Relient K

Monday, January 17, 2011

lamb

"So that these actions will become natural, spontaneous, without being diluted by thought, right? Compassion is the same way," said Joshua. "That's what {he} knew. He loved constantly, instantly, spontaneously, without thought or words. That's what he taught me. Love is not something you think about, it is a state in which you dwell. That was his gift. Who took care of him? Fed him? Looked after him? Did you have to think about that before you did it?"

--Joshua, Son of God and Messiah.
Lamb by Christopher Moore

Friday, January 7, 2011

radical

We will evaluate where true security and safety are found in this world, and in the end we will determine not to waste out lives on anything but uncompromising, unconditional abandonment to a gracious, loving Savior who invites us to take radical risk and promises us radical reward.

But I found myself becoming uneasy. For one thing, my model in ministry is a guy who spent the majority of his ministry time with twelve men...So how was I to reconcile the fact that I was now pastoring thousands of people?

--David Platt, megachurch leader

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

parrot head

Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.

--Jimmy Buffet