Singing at the Kitchen Sink

Tonight as I washed the dishes piled high from the week, I began singing a song that flowed from my heart and into the ears of my Savior. By the way, if you don’t sing to Jesus while doing dishes at your kitchen sink, I highly recommend it. A mundane task can become quite the sacred moment. So I wrote down the words to my song and thought I’d share it with you. Feel free to sing it to your own tune, or just read it as a poem. Either way, I hope these words flow from your heart and  into the ears of your Savior as you trust Him with your life.

Tomorrow

I don’t know what tomorrow holds,
But I know it holds You.
And Jesus, You give us hope for life,
We have nothing without You.
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So teach us here, teach us now.
Give us hope, oh, give us life.
We can’t live without You, Christ,
So in Your Truth, God, we abide.
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Jesus, oh, Jesus.
We call out, for we know You hear us.
And we know Your plans are good for us.
So we’re stepping forward, eyes gazed on You,
Trusting. Waiting. Hoping.
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Cuz we don’t know what tomorrow holds,
But we know it holds You.
And Jesus, You are the light of life,
It’d be dark here without You.
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Cuz we don’t know what tomorrow holds,
But we know it holds You.
And we don’t know tomorrow’s plans,
But we know You hold it in Your hands.

In the Face of a Storm

A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But {Jesus} was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” – Mark 4: 35-41

The sea raged furiously and the wind whistled loudly across the night sky. Water lapped into the boats, filling them rapidly. Fear and worry consumed the men’s hearts and left them in captivity to the storm. So they turned to Jesus in panic.

“Why are you letting us perish?! Don’t you see that the storm will overtake us?”

We’ve turned to God in the midst of our personal storms in this same manner. “God, aren’t you watching? Don’t you care that our world is shaking? Don’t you care that our jobs are being laid off, our kids are being pressured in schools, our friends are dying of cancer? Our world is shaking and we’re going to perish!”

It was in the storm that God tested the disciples’ faith, and that He left them awestruck in the face of His power. You see, the storm was necessary for God to reveal His deity to the disciples.  Yet we still don’t get it. We’re still left in captivity to the storms of life, even though God has given us His Spirit, His truth, His life. When will we be awestruck by Him, and not by the storms that pass? When will we believe in His goodness and hope in His unfailing grace?

As you turn to Jesus in the midst of your storms, I hope you’re left gazing into the reality of an eternal Kingdom as you glance at the passing of this momentary life. I hope your faith is awakened and your world is turned upside down. I hope you are rattled by His greatness and left in awe of His power. I hope you become rooted in this God who has power over all things and yet who loves you more than anything.

Because we need to become completely undone for Him. We need to be struck in awe by His omnipotence — not by the storm.

“God — We do not want to be held in captivity by this world, we want to be held in captivation by you. When the winds come, as they will, we pray that we will not be shaken, but that we would be rooted in your truth and secure in your sovereignty.”

The Day LOVE Will Save

We’re waiting on Him. When will be the day that He will save us? Life is full of trials. But God can make the poor man rich and the weak man strong. He can turn sorrow into joy and ashes into beauty. He can take the struggles of this life and bless us with His presence, His promises, His hope. Why? Because…

There is no sin that the grace of God cannot forgive

There is no hardness of heart that the love of God cannot tenderize

There is no obstacle that the Conqueror cannot conquer

Nor poverty that the richness of God cannot satisfy

There is no sorrow so great that the Comforter cannot comfort

Nor wound so deep that the Healer cannot heal

There is no destruction that the power of God cannot restore

Nor life that the Risen One cannot redeem

Nothing is impossible with God

And His love reigns

…But He will not do it unless you first surrender…

Surrender the sin and the pride, the obstacles and the chaos, the sorrow and the pain. We all have something to surrender today. And there is an unprecedented POWER that is released when we surrender to the LORD. It is extraordinary. Friends, our God is able to do more than we can even imagine. He can meet you where you are and transform the otherwise non-transformable. BUT you must surrender. It opens the door to His Spirit and allows Him to move and work in your life. If you don’t surrender, you are locking the door; you are denying the Spirit.

Nothing is impossible with God. And His love reigns.


Love Came Down

It is the early hours of the morning and I’ve been soaking in the love of Jesus. I am so filled with gratitude for His compassion, His sacrifice, His love. Take some time this morning (the song is about 5 minutes) to focus on His love that came down for you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Life Giver

Her life was broken. And it was about to end. She had been caught in a sin that demanded death: adultery. The religious leaders brought her to the temple, disrupted the teaching, and tested a man named Jesus about her punishment. All eyes were on her. I imagine the shame and disgrace she felt in that moment was great. If they chose to stone her, her life would end violently. If they chose to release her, she’d be shamed in society forever. Either way, it seemed like a hopeless outcome.

But Jesus. Jesus exposed the sin of her accusers so that they could no longer condemn her {John 8}. Then He spoke to her saying, “’Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.’…‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of LIFE.’” Jesus gave her life.

Then there was the demon-possessed man. He wore no clothes and was homeless. He was exceedingly fierce and was cast out of the town to live in the tombs alongside the Sea of Galilee. It is said that no man could tame him. The people were surely afraid and the demons tormented him constantly. What hope was left for him?

But Jesus. Jesus came and cast the demons out, and He restored life to this man {Mark 5}. Jesus told him to go tell his friends and proclaim what the Lord had done, and they marveled because they saw the life transformation. Jesus gave him hope. Jesus gave him his community back. Jesus gave him life.

Story after story, I read of Jesus as the Life Giver. He redeems. He restores. He heals. He comforts. He forgives. He saves. He is the ultimate Life Giver.

But Jesus…But Jesus was tormented too. He was spat upon and mocked. They took a whip to Him and lashed Him 39 times. They forced a crown of thorns on his head and struck Him with a rod. Then they made Him carry a large wooden cross to the place they would crucify Him. Mercilessly, the soldiers took the mallet and pounded nails into His wrists and feet. Then they lifted up the cross and watched Him hang in agony.

The Life Giver died on that cross.

But Jesus. Jesus rose from the dead three days later, and in so doing, He conquered death. Jesus is LIFE and death is the absence of Him. He restores us and He redeems us. He came to give us life, and life abundant.

How has Jesus given you LIFE today? Now that He has given you life, how can your life honor & glorify Him?

 

Is He MY God?

“The LORD is the great God, and the great King above all gods…Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture.” Ps. 95:3, 6-7

“He’s either God in my life or He’s not.” I listened as a wise woman said this the other day in conversation.

The statement is not in regard to whether or not He is God…He is. The statement is in regard to my life. Is He MY God? Is He Lord in my life over everything – over my marriage, my relationships, my work, my dreams and desires, my will and my emotions, my entire being? Because He either is or He isn’t.

I think we all have parts of our lives that we are lord over or that we allow to be lord over us. It is often in those things we try to control, or in those things that control us. And we submit to these false gods and allow our flesh to reign over the Spirit that resides in us.

Christianity isn’t a nice tradition, or a religion we can practice on Sundays. It’s not a piece or fraction of our life. It is our life because as Christ followers, He is our life. And He must reign over and in every facet of this life we live. He must be glorified. He must be God.

Because He’s either God in my life…or He’s not.

“Lord, reign and be glorified! Allow us to discern the sin and the lies that remove you from the place of Lordship in our lives. It is all about you. It is all for your glory. You are God…you are our God.”

Love’s Passion

We are people of passion. Love has at times taken over us and we cannot do anything but surrender to its power. Yet we throw out this word as though it were a catch-all phrase and in so doing, completely downplay its power and its demands. Love demands attention. It demands surrender. Yet it demands authenticity, faithfulness, and genuineness of heart.

God is love. It’s not just some sweet, sappy love story. His love is a jealous and zealous love; a holy and relentless love that drove Him to the cross in complete surrender. I struggle with this. I struggle that someone could love me so much that it would cost Him His life. I struggle with a love that is so sacrificial and wholly complete that it is not in any way conditional upon my response or behavior.

And yet that is the beauty of Grace. It is unfair. He loves us even though we don’t deserve His love and even though we have not always loved Him. He loves us with a zealous and relentless love; a jealous love that demands response, yet is not conditioned upon our response. He loves me. He loves you.

Lord, may we feel the depth and weight of your love fall on us right now. How great is your love! How faithful are You who is Love! May we know this love and respond to it even now.


“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.” -Song of Songs 8:6-7