Tuesday, July 24, 2012

a five year old's favorite songs

Things I've learned in the past 2 weeks:

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains
Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.
-One Thing Remains, Passion Band
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You make beautiful things.
You make beautiful things out of us.
-Beautiful Things, Gungor
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Oh, my God, He will not delay
My refuge and strength always
I will not fear, His promise is true
My God will come through always, always.
-Always, Kristian Stanfill

Thursday, July 5, 2012

these are the things I know

My heart has been so heavy as of late. Brokenness, evil, and pain seem to be all around and I'm grieved by loss and sadness.

I know God is good in all situations.
I know that it is not our circumstances that make God good.
I know that grace does not depend on suffering.
I know that you will find grace in suffering though.
I know that life is not fair.
I know that my life is good.
I know I do not deserve any of the good things in my life.
I know I am to give thanks in all circumstances and situations.
I know that anything less than gratitude and trust is disbelief and practical atheism.
I know the river of joy flows down even to the lowest places.
I know that in thanksgiving, I will find joy.
And I know that joy is always possible.

When there is so much garbage piled up around me, I wonder why I get to live in the clean, green grass. I am elbow deep in crap and digging holes trying to bring light to those around me. And with every piece of trash, I have to give thanks for the gifts of grace and mercy. I want to be this person : "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." -Ann Voskamp, 1000 Gifts