Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Psalm 57



1Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!
I look to you for protection.
I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings
until the danger passes by.
2I cry out to God Most High,b
to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.
3He will send help from heaven to rescue me,
disgracing those who hound me.
Interlude
My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.
4I am surrounded by fierce lions
who greedily devour human prey—
whose teeth pierce like spears and arrows,
and whose tongues cut like swords.
5Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens!
May your glory shine over all the earth.
6My enemies have set a trap for me.
I am weary from distress.
They have dug a deep pit in my path,
but they themselves have fallen into it.
Interlude
7My heart is confident in you, O God;
my heart is confident.
No wonder I can sing your praises!
8Wake up, my heart!
Wake up, O lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn with my song.
9I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
I will sing your praises among the nations.
10For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
11Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
May your glory shine over all the earth.
                                                                          nlt

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Made of Clay

 
MADE OF CLAY

We are but vessels made of clay

Who have a mission to obey
A call to fill as He hath given
Oh Father make us fit we pray

Though cracked and imperfect are we
Fill with Thy treasure this our plea
That we may love as Thou hast loved
Oh Father we would be like Thee

So far from perfect, weak and prone
To fall and fail and sin condone
Oh Father yet You mold us still
And claim us for Your very own

Oh fill us with Thy grace today
Let nothing of ourselves delay
Your plans or Kingdom's purpose true
But may we rather speed Thy way

May we be channels fit to pour
From out our vessels of Your store
May we be comely vessels spent
For Thee until there is no more.
                                      
                                                         Rachael Lofgren
 
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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Monday, May 16, 2011

ALL in ONE


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‘Why do some persons “find” God in a way that others do not? …
Pick at random a score of great saints whose lives and testimonies are widely known…  In some vital quality they must have been alike. What was it?
I venture to suggest that the one vital quality which they had in common wasspiritual receptivity. Something in them was open to heaven, something which urged them Godward.
Christian theology teaches the doctrine of prevenient grace, which briefly stated means this, that before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man…  We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit… In practice, however …. man must pursue God….
We have almost forgotten that God is a Person and, as such, can be cultivated as any person can. It is inherent in personality to be able to know other personalities, but full knowledge of one personality by another cannot be achieved in one encounter. It is only after long and loving mental intercourse that the full possibilities of both can be explored.
All social intercourse between human beings is a response of personality to personality, grading upward from the most casual brush between man and man to the fullest, most intimate communion of which the human soul is capable. Religion, so far as it is genuine, is in essence the response of created personalities to the Creating Personality, God. “This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).
God is a Person, and in the deep of His mighty nature He thinks, wills, enjoys feels, loves, desires and suffers as any other person may. In making Himself known to us He stays by the familiar pattern of personality. He communicates with us through the avenues of our minds, our wills and our emotions.
The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God and the soul of the redeemed man is the throbbing heart of New Testament religion.
This intercourse between God and the soul is known to us in conscious personal awareness.
It is personal –
that is, it does not come through the body of believers, as such, but is known to the individual, and to the body through the individuals which compose it…
Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God.
They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they had found Him the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking…
They want to taste, to touch with their hearts, to see with their inner eyes the wonder that is God.
I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God….
The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One.
Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing –
For he now has it all
in One….’                          

                                                                                  - A. W. Tozer The pursuit of God

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Family

Definition of Family: 

Those to whom you always belong no matter what happens in life.
Who know so much about you and still love and accept you for who you are.
Who put up with all those bizarre quirks of yours and make sure you get to enjoy theirs too.
Who share the same punch lines from books and laugh at those jokes that don't make sense to anyone but the "inner circle".
Who share the tears and the joys, the bitter moments of defeat and sweet moments of victory.
Who carry secrets no one else will ever know
Who laugh with you and at you and cry with you and because of you.
Who see you when your hair's a mess and wash your dirty socks.
Who share the same interests and take interest, even when they don't, simply because it matters to you
Who are big enough to forgive, even when it's the third time today.
Who love you even when they disagree with you.
Who stand behind you, cheer you on, and hold you back when you need it.
Who aren't afraid to tell you the truth, even if it hurts.
Who share the same memories, the same history, and walk with you even if your life paths look very different.
Who see you at your worst and help you achieve your best. 
Who make you proud and keep you humble.
Who carry you through down times and anchor you through the "up" times.
Who sing together, pray together, and cling together.
Those whom you are at "home" with no matter where you are.

They are a group of lovely people so very diverse and yet linked by an inexplicable bond. You belong "just because" and you always will. This is family.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lord Sabaoth (Lord of Hosts)

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What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.  O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.
Show favor to the one you have anointed. For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you.              Excerpts from Psalm 84 nlt



    O God of Heaven’s Armies, hear our prayer,
Lord Sabaoth please hear our humble plea;
Give us the strength to stand the battle's heat;
O keep our hearts undaunted, eyes on Thee!

Chorus:
 Our Sun and Shield, We hail Thee conqueror.
No good dost Thou withhold from us, Thine own.
Oh joy that comes to those who trust in Thee!
We go in Thy unfailing strength alone.

Though within the vale' of weeping we abide,
Still we find Thy gracious presence doth refresh,
At the springs of promise drinking we're renewed;
And Thy peace past understanding comes to bless.

It is in Thy strength we go and so we sing,
For we know that as we fight we're not alone,
We have set our hearts on pilgrimage above;
And the Lord, our reigning King is on the throne.
                                                      
                                                         -Rachael Lofgren

Monday, May 2, 2011

Life's Textures

Solitary Paths
Broken Hearts
New Life
Dreamy Days
Care free Moments
Togetherness
Tiny Treasures

Simple Pleasures
Smiles
Contemplation
Creativity

Barriers


Shadows
Discovery



LOVE