Day 30 Where the light is

Psalm 34:18

The LORD is near unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit.

Hurtful words can cut deep. I am a big feeler, so the power of words have a great impact on me. I love the second verse of this song, and I have prayed these words before.

There’s no hurt, no scars or bruise,There’s not a wound too deep for you. Cause You’re everything you say you are. You’re bigger than a broken heart.So hear me now. Hear me now I’m Calling.God come quickly, Only you can save me.Will you lead me where the light is?God be with me. Don’t know where I’m going.Will you lead me where the light? I’ve been living in the dark. I’ve been looking for daylight. You’re my daylight.So God come quickly. Only you can save me, and lead me where the light is. -Dan Bremnes Where the Light is

 

I far too often rewind hurtful words someone has spoken and replay them over and over in my mind. I know I need to let go of the pain and give it to God, so that He can heal my heart. I also need to remember the power of my own words, and use my words to build up, and not cut or tear down. May I remember that everyone is fighting some sort of battle, and may I use my words encourage and build others up.

 

This is day 30 of 31 Days of Scripture and Song. The prompt word today was cut. You can learn more about #write31days here.

 

 

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Day 29 of Scripture and Song Blink

Psalm 139:16

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

          The above verse is one of my maternal grandmother’s favorites. The last year of her life as she bravely fought cancer, she recited this verse on many occasions. It gave her hope that God knew the number of her days. My favorite line in the song below is, “The only thing that matters is how we have loved.” This was my maternal grandmother’s legacy, she loved me well. I am blessed that both my maternal and paternal grandparents have inspired and encouraged me. I want to remember that God knows the number of my days, and I do not want to waste the moments that He has given me.

This is day Day 29 of 31 days of Scripture and Song. You can learn more about this challenge here.

Five Minute Friday Eat (31 Days of Scripture and Song)

 

Psalm 34:8

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Wow! I had not heard the song that I share below until just a few minutes ago. I googled phrases from Psalm 34:8 when a song did not come to mind when I read the Five Minute Friday prompt. I came across this song, and I think it beautifully describes Psalm 34:8. I want taste and see that the Lord is good. I want to really truly take refuge in Him. I am not very good at resting in Him. I so often want to find ways to fix my hurts when the answer truly is laying myself at His feet. I love that Audrey asks for God to deliver her. I often think that I need deliverance from my own selfish desires and sin nature. I want to fully trust and rely on God.

 

 

Day 27 Love Song for a Savior

Luke 12:27 [Full Chapter]

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
   I love flowers! Even though I would rather take in the beauty of flowers growing in a field than have a bouquet of flowers set on my kitchen counter. When I throw away wilted flowers I am a little sad. My husband knows this about me, and we take our family to the local botanical gardens pretty frequently. All three of my children enjoy being out and nature and looking at the beauty of flowers and other plants. My children like to pick for me bouquets of wild flowers that my husband teasingly calls weeds. I will always remember these sweet bouquets from my children. I am so thankful for the beauty of this world that God created for all us to enjoy.

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Day 26 of Scripture and and Song Battles

“Little children, you are of God  and have defeated and overcome them , because He Who lives in you is greater  than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

I am not a big fan of confrontations. When I was younger I was very vocal about my opinion. Now, I realize the value of listening. My voice is not the first one that needs to be heard most of the time.  I am so thankful for God’s greatness and power. He is with us no matter what battle we are facing. I also need to keep in mind in any confrontation that God commands us that everything we do should be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14) I am need to make sure that I am loving even when I am fired up about something. I don’t need to allow myself to be controlled by emotions because the battle belongs to God.

 

Day 25 of Scripture and and Song Yours

Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Honestly, I struggled with this post a little bit. I am a stay-at-home homeschooling mom. I have never traveled the world. What do I know about the word global? I do know one thing that this whole world was created by and belongs to God. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. As the old song goes, “He holds the whole world in his hands.” I also thought about the Jen Hatmaker quote from her book For the Love, “If it isn’t also true for a poor Christian mom in Haiti, than it is not true.” This quote is really impactful after thinking about what the Christian moms in Haiti have gone through lately recovering from Hurricane Matthew.  I am thankful that God loves each and everyone of us the same. No matter what race, ethnicity, cultural background we have. Everyone who believes in Him and accepts his gift of salvation is one of His children. We are all children of God.

 

This is day 25 of 31 Days of Scripture and Song. Today’s post is based on the word global. You can learn more about 31 days of five minute free writes here.

Day 24 of Scripture and Song Already There

John 20:30

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.

I love this verse! I think it is amazing that we get just a snapshot of Jesus’ life by reading the Gospels. I often think that one of the things that will be an amazing thing about heaven is to listen to the stories of the disciples about their time on earth with Jesus. What was like for Peter to step out of a boat and walk on water toward Jesus? As we talked about earlier in this series what was it like to see servants fill jugs with water and then taste it, and it was wine? Not only would I want to hear about the miracles, but also the teaching. What was it like to hear a parable and then have Jesus explain the parable’s meaning to them? I would also love to hear what living day in and day out with the Savior was like. I am so thankful that the writers of the Gospels shared with us that they could not record and share every detail. It causes me to wonder what stories will be told in heaven.

 

Day 23 of Scripture and Song Our God

John 2:3-5

When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

When, I read that the word was blowout. I knew that I wanted to write about one of the times that a celebration is described in the Bible. I love that in the story of the wedding at Cana, that Mary knew exactly what to do when she found that there was a problem. She went right to Jesus. She also was persistent even after Jesus said that his hour had not come yet. I love the faith that she shows as she tells the servants to do whatever He tells them to do. Do I have that kind of faith? I want the kind of faith that will go where he leads without arguing or whining about it. I want the kind of faith that boldly lives out, “He must increase. I must decrease.” I pray that God builds that kind of faith in my life one step of obedience at a time.

This is day 23 of Scripture and Song written about the word blow out. If you want to learn more about 31 days of five minute free writes you can do so at  http://creativeandfree.com/

 

 

 

Day 22 of Scripture and Song Day 1

Colossians 3:9-10

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.

Putting off and setting aside bad habits of the “old man” is so hard. It makes me want to quote Scarlett O’Hara and say “I will think about it tomorrow.” Thinking about something tomorrow never actually accomplishes anything. The words from Colossians are a command and not a suggestion. I am so thankful that I am not alone in this struggle. God has given us the Holy Spirit who is working to change me from the inside out, if I let him. He has also given me a family of believers brothers and sisters in Christ who spur me on to love and good deeds. Putting off the old man is so important, as I have three pairs of little eyes that are watching me. I know that I will never be perfect this side of heaven, but I want them to see that their mothers tries and that when I fail, that I repent and keep walking with my Savior and King.

This is day 22 of 31 Days of Scripture and Song. Today’s post is based on the word off. You can learn more about 31 days of five minute free writes here.

 

31 days of Scripture and Song First

Psalm 23:2

He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters

I want to admit at the very start of this post that I am not very good at seeking God first. There is so much in my life that seems so pressing at the beginning of the day, that far too often I hit the ground running, and only realize later that I have not paused to pray or read my Bible. I do know how sweet it is to rise before my littles fix myself a cup of coffee and read my Bible and pray. I wish I could also say that prayer was the very first thing that I did when I was troubled about something. I am far too reactionary, but I have at times caught myself in the middle of having a bad reaction to circumstances, and remembered that I need to pray about it. I want seeking God first to become natural to me. I want to stop charging into situations without praying about them. I want to talk to God more about my problems, than I do to other people. After all He is the only one big enough to be able to carry all of my concerns.