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Psalm 40:1 – I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry.

James 5:7-8 – My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 15:4-5 – For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:12-13 – Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Lord, give me a heart of forgiveness. Father, help me to be patient, Help me to see how others see the world and, no matter how backwards, be filled with a patience and a hope and an expectation that You will change their perceptions. Lord, let me not be dismayed by what I see in the present, but instead may my eyes be ever fixed on the future that I know You can create/ Father, may every tear and thought be given unto You as an offering and a request that Your will be brought into fruition, that Your plan be made a reality and that present emotions be burnt as a sacrifice. Lord, as You tell me in Hebrews 11:1, faith is the evidence of things hoped for, the substance of things not seen. Father, again, help me look beyond what I see now. Bring Your truth, the truth of what You would have be in existence be all that I can see. Give me eyes for the future. Give me eyes for the glory that You will bring into my life. Blind me to present circumstances. Harden my spirit against ignorance and pride, and soften my heart toward those with such emotions. Father, fill my heart with a love for those in transition. Yes, Lord, in transition. For I am believing that such emotional states are plastic, not static. Because Father, You reign sovereign over every heart and mind and spirit. Lord, You crafted each one, Hallelujah! And You can bring each one into submission unto You. Father, reign in all Your glory in the hearts of men and women. Reign in all your truth. Usher Your truth into the hearts, minds, and souls of each man, woman, and child. Lord, open the eyes of their hearts. Give them Your eyes. Burden them for every thought, action, and emotion that is not in You. For if not in You, then it is impure and unjust and in need of Your purging. Lord, purge gently and fill me with a patience, hope, and expectancy as You bring them through a process of holy enlightenment. Father, may You ways be the ways of Your children. Father, they are Yours, so I pray for You to speak to them. Speak to them the words that will get through to them. Holy Spirit, stir within and only let your peace reign in their hearts when Your truth exists there also. Draw them near, and draw them gently. Let your assurance reign sovereign above any carnal fear. God, I know what You are capable of. I know what You desire for us. Lord, unity is Your love. Unity is your desire. Unity is what is most pleasing in Your eyes. Father, if anything, may we be united as brothers and sisters in Christ. May we be able to look beyond color and culture and nationality and see Your Spirit within each other, and therefore, see ourselves. Father, unity. Unity, I pray for most of all. Not civility, but brotherhood and love. In You.

God, may ye be praised, truly & most genuinely praise, in the hearts of Your children.

Amen.

Hillsong United – “Oh You Bring” Lyrics

A beautiful pledge of our need for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is all-sufficient for anything we could ever desire or require! Be blessed!

“Oh You Bring”

God we fix our eyes on You tonight, Lord
On Your cross
On Your goodness
On Your salvation, Lord
There’s nothing greater, Father
That’s why we worship You, Lord
You, Lord

Oh You bring hope to the hopeless
And light to those in the darkness
And death to life
Now I’m alive

Oh You give peace to the restless
And joy to homes that are broken
I see You now
In You I’m found

And You opened the door for me
And You laid down Your life to set me free
All that I am will serve You, Lord

Oh You fill those who are empty
And rescue those in the valley
You do it all
You calm us all

Oh now You find me in my weakness
And heal the wounds of my heartache
I worship You
In spirit and truth

And You opened the door for me
And You laid down Your life to set me free
All that I am will serve You lord
And You opened my eyes to see
All Your wonder and all of Christ in me
Jesus, You’re everything I need

I need
It’s You I need
You’re all I need
You’re everything

All honor
All glory
All praise to You
(x6)

And You opened the door for me
And You laid down Your life to set me free
All that I am will serve You, Lord
And You opened my eyes to see
All the wonder and all of Christ in me
Jesus, You’re everything I need

I need
It’s You I need
I need
It’s You I need

Hillsong United – “Soon” Lyrics

Such a beautiful song of hope and anticipation of what we children of God have to look forward to experiencing. Come, Lord Jesus, come. And please come SOON!

“Soon”

Soon and very soon
My King is coming
Clothed in righteousness
And crowned with Love
When I see Him I shall be made light again
Soon and very soon

Soon and very soon,
I’ll be going
To the place He has
Prepared for me
Then I stand amazed
My sin forgotten
Soon and very soon

Chorus:
I will be
With the one I love
With unveiled face I’ll see Him
Then my soul
Will be satisfied
Soon and very soon

Soon and very soon
See the procession
The angels and the elders
‘Round the throne
At His feet I lay
My crimes, my worship
Soon and very soon

(chorus)

Though I have not seen Him
My heart knows Him well
Jesus Christ, the Lord, the Lord of Heaven

(chorus)

Soon and very soon

Soon and very soon

NEW ALBUM RELEASE: Hillsong United – [a_CROSS//the_EARTH]: Tear Down the Walls

Hillsong United - Across the Earth:  Tear Down the Walls

YAY!!! I am SO excited! Hillsong United released a new album TODAY! May 26, 2009. I’ve only listened to a few songs, but so far it’s wonderful praise, as we always expect from them! I especially love “Freedom to Live” and “King of All Days.” – “I run to the arms of love” – Ah! I love it! You gotta check ’em out. 🙂

The album is available for download on Amazon or on iTunes.

Or, if you want to listen to the songs before downloading, you can hear all the tracks here: Hillsong United on Hear It First

ALSO – Hillsong United is giving away free downloads of one of their tracks:  “No Reason to Hide” You can also download the chord chart and ringtone 🙂 They email it to you.

I pray you are blessed!!!

“By Your Side” – Tenth Avenue North

God is so good. I’m going through a period of brokenness right now and I really needed this song. I found it randomly last night while listening to a stream of music on Imeem and have had it on repeat ever since! 🙂 I hope you enjoy and are blessed!

why are you striving these days?
why are you trying to earn grace?
why are you crying?
let me lift up your face
just don’t turn away

why are you looking for love?
why are you still searching
as if i’m not enough?
to where will you go, child?
tell me, where will you run
to where will you run?

’cause i’ll be by your side wherever you fall
in dead of night, whenever you call
and please don’t fight
these hands that are holding you
and my hands are holding you

look at these hands at my side
they swallowed the grave on that night
when i drank the world’s sin
so i could carry you in
and give you life
i wanna give you life

and i’ll by your side wherever you fall
in the dead of night whenever you call
and please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
and my hands are holding you

here at my side wherever you fall
in the dead of night whenever you call
and please don’t fight

’cause I, I love you!
and i want you to know!
that I, yeah, I love you!
I’ll never let you go!
No! No!

and I’ll be by your side wherever you fall
in the dead of night whenever you call
and please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
and my hands are holding you

here at my side, wherever you fall
in the dead of night whenever you call
and please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
and my hands are holding you

here at my side
my hands are holding you
oh

I’m Not Who I Was (Brandon Heath)

So I was listening to a random stream of Christian music on Imeem.com, and this song, “I’m Not Who I Was” by Brandon Heath, came on. At first I really got into it because I liked the blend of the drum beat, guitar riff, and the light touch of piano in the bridge and chorus. I found myself getting happy from it. But it wasn’t until the second time around that I actually listened to lyrics and realized he was talking about forgiveness, and in particular, a specific someone he had struggled to forgive. This immediately made me think of my dad.

I didn’t post on here, but about a month ago, I took a step forward in our relationship by forgiving him for hurting my mom, which has hurt my brother and me. In that step, I also reassured him that I love him. I think he could have easily questioned my love for him given the way I have treated him.

Earlier in the semester, I spoke with a psychologist about my family and she told me that I am “too identified with my mother” and “too involved in their marriage.” Well, I knew the second was true, but I had a hard time accepting the first assessment because I felt that I had sided with *right behavior,* not a particular person. After all, I did (and do) criticize my mother when I think she has said or done something out of line toward my dad, my brother, or myself. But in talking with her more and hearing the very defensive statements that came out of my mouth, I realized that she may have a point.

I think I have put my mother on a pedestal because she has always gone over and beyond in performing her role as a mother and in showing us her love. She is more often than not the parent who displays what I would call righteous, or Godly behavior, which I defend. But the fact that I feel so intimately involved in their marriage has definitely made me feel pressured to pick a side, choose an alliance.

I try not to blame myself for this fault because being a teenager, it was hard not to feel caught in the middle. But my mistake in siding with my mom made it very difficult for me not to see his relationship with her as a reflection of his relationship with me; his sentiments toward her as a reflection of how he felt about me.

I think I realized this a while ago, or at least a partial realization because I remember asking my mom to stop talking with me about the details of their marriage because it clouded my perspective of my relationship with my dad. I remember that I felt so guilty when I asked her this because I felt like I was betraying her by wanting to know the person who has caused her so much pain.

But I praise God for where He has grown me. Being older and more mature in Him, I can now separate her relationship with him from mine. She still tells me details. She can’t help it, and I know this. She needs someone to talk to, and now I honestly am glad to be there for her because I can handle it. I have finally realized and accepted that just because their marriage is strained doesn’t mean that my relationship with him has to be strained. I shouldn’t ever feel guilty about accepting his love when he’s willing to give it. He’s her husband, not mine.

There’s more I’d like to say about my relationship with my dad, especially since I made a very important realization of another mistake I made growing up. I am so grateful that God is revealing to my my own faults. For so long I looked at him and blamed him, instead of turning the mirror on myself and realizing the hurt that I was doing to myself! God, You are magnificent! I love growing in You!

I am so glad that every day I can say with greater confidence that “I’m Not Who I Was.”

I wish you could see me now
I wish I could show you how
I’m not who I was
I used to be mad at you
A little on the hurt side too
But I’m not who I was

I found my way around
To forgiving you
Some time ago
But I never got to tell you

I found us in a photograph
I saw me and I had to laugh
You know, I’m not who I was
You were there
You were right above me
And I wondered if you ever loved me
Just for who I was

When the pain came back again
Like a bitter friend
It was all that I could do
To keep myself from blaming you

I reckon it’s a funny thing
I’ve figured out I can sing
Now I’m not who I was
I write about love and such
Maybe ’cause I want it so much
I’m not who I was

I was thinking maybe I,
I should let you know
That I am not the same
But I never did forget your name

Hello

Well the thing I find most amazing
In amazing grace
Is the chance to give it out
Maybe that’s what love is all about

I wish you could see me now
I wish I could show you how
I’m not who I was

“Mystery” by Phil Wickham (Acoustic)

Wow. The lyrics to this song are so, so amazing. A lot of scripture fused in here. I absolutely love this song of praise to our Lord and King! I downloaded the song today and found an acoustic version on You-tube, which I have included below. From the way Phil describes his spiritual walk when writing this song, I feel like I am at a similar place right now in my own walk with Christ – a place of just so desperately wanting to know Him, wanting to feel His presence every moment, wanting to become One with His Spirit, and wanting to see Him move in my life. Just wanting, wanting, wanting more of Him. I feel so blessed that God led me to this song today!

The entire song is wonderful, but the lines from the chorus stuck out most for me. “I wanna hear the thunder of who You are.” How awesome! Can you imagine what God’s thunder would sound like? Him being the Creator of energy! I can’t even fathom the shock wave He would produce. Our ears could not handle it.

I also love the idea of being “captured inside the wonder of who You are.” I love that Phil Wickham used the word “captured.” To be arrested, seized, completely occupied by His wonder, unable to escape it! Oh my God, what an amazing thought! I want this so deeply! Lord, inhabit all of me that others and I would only see You and none of me!

The line that made me fall deeper in praise was the last line of the chorus: “I wanna live and I wanna breathe to search out Your heart and all of Your mystery.” God is SO huge! There is so much we don’t know and won’t be able to fully comprehend until Heaven, but this is still my prayer for my life. Lord, I just want to know You more and more! I know my tiny brain can’t handle it all, but please overload me with You!

At the end of the song when Wickham belts out “Let me know who You are!” Ah! That brought me to a whole ‘nother height of praise and then the song was over!! But that’s okay. I just hit repeat – haha 🙂

Be blessed! 🙂

Here in the quiet
Speak to me now
My ears are open to
Your gentle sweet whispering

And break down the door
Come inside
Shine down Your bright lights
I need a lamp for my feet
Yea, I need a lamp for my feet

‘Cause I wanna hear the thunder of who You are
To be captured inside the wonder of who You are
And I wanna live
I wanna breathe
To search out Your heart
And all of Your mystery

You were the first
And You’ll be the end
Time cannot hold You down
So why save a wretch like me?

‘Cause no eye has seen
And no ear has heard
No heart could fully know
All of Your mystery

And I wanna hear the thunder of who You are
To be captured inside the wonder of who You are
I wanna live
And I wanna breathe
To search out Your heart
And all of Your mystery

Your glory burns in the stars
Shine down Your light
Let it burn in my heart
Bring me to glory
Bring me to You
Lord, it’s Your heart that I will hold on to

And I wanna hear the thunder of who You are
To be captured inside the wonder of who You are
I wanna live
And I wanna breathe
To search out Your heart
And all of Your mystery

Your glory burns in the stars
Shine down Your light
Let me know who You are
Jesus,
Your glory burns in the stars
Shine down Your light
Let me see You
Let me see You