Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Greg Sykes - Reverse (Official Music Video)

Longing For Zion

1 Chronicles 29:15 New Living Translation (NLT)

15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.

Hebrews 11:13 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

1 John 3:2 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears[a] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

Psalm 137:1-4  New King James Version (NKJV)
Longing for Zion in a Foreign Land
137 By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down, yea, we wept
When we remembered Zion.
2 We hung our harps
Upon the willows in the midst of it.
3 For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song,
And those who plundered us requested mirth,
Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song
In a foreign land?

Our granddog is continuing his quest to get back to the university where his master resides.   Last night he stood at our front door with an open can of dog food in his mouth waiting to be let out.  "What's he doing?" my husband asked.

"I think he's packing his bags," I answered.  Sure enough, when my husband took him outside, he went straight to the car and climbed in waiting for his ride.  We all have a longing for Zion.  It may be for my granddog a dorm room, but for the rest of us it is that place where Christ reigns. 

Isaiah 35:10 English Standard Version (ESV)

10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
    and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
    they shall obtain gladness and joy,
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Rivers of Babylon - Bill & Gloria Gaither 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

He's a Good Dog

Ephesians 1:16 New English Translation (NET Bible)

16 I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you in my prayers.

Genesis 31:49 English Standard Version (ESV)

49 and Mizpah,[a] for he said, “The Lord watch between you and me, when we are out of one another's sight.

Our Easter weekend was spent with the young man who used to live at our house but now lives at the university, and it was a lovely Easter.  This Sunday I found myself spending a great deal of couch time time wrapped up in heavy fur collar, my granddog so to speak, seems to be missing his master.  He asked to be let out the door leading outside from my son's room and didn't return.  I searched and found him on the steps to the garage staring at the door as if to will my son to walk through (my son being the one who parks his car in that garage).  I considered crying, but instead scooped him up and carried him to the couch where he snuggled up just as close as he could, hence the fur collar.  We might as well be missing him together, out of sight but never out of mind.  He's a good dog.

A Southern Gospel Revival: Courtney Patton - Take Your Shoes Off Moses

It's Sunday!

What's my only one thing?  
Forgive me, Father, for all the foolish things I want and lead me to You and You only.  
I Confess - Tenth Avenue North

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

He Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed!

Edward Middleton Manigault : Christ Appearing to Mary 1910

John 20:1-18 New International Version (NIV)

The Empty Tomb
20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Easter Medley | Anthem Lights

"Oh Mercy" Lyric Video - Stu Garrard, Matt Maher and Audrey Assad

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Phil Wickham - My All In All (Official Lyric Video)

We Are the Never Shaken...

...and the never forgotten

And So I Shall Go to Work

Colossians 3:23-24 New English Translation (NET Bible)

23 Whatever you are doing, work at it with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not for people, 24 because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as the reward. Serve the Lord Christ.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Look Forward, Keep Walking

Lot's wife

Ecclesiastes 7:10 New English Translation (NET Bible)

10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these days?”
for it is not wise to ask that.

Luke 17:32 English Standard Version (ESV)

32 Remember Lot's wife.

Philippians 1:6 English Standard Version (ESV)

6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 3:14 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 New English Translation (NET Bible)

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Like Lot's wife I can long for the good old days forgetting that those days weren't always good.  Yes, there is suffering that comes simply from living in a fallen world; but there is also suffering that comes from self-inflicted pain, the consequences of my own sins.  I can look back on many "if only's" and "should have's" in my life and long for "do over's" of past regrets, when I should be looking forward to the transforming power of my Lord and Savior.  I've been redeemed, my sins forgiven at the cross!   Look forward, child of the King!
Desire to look more like Jesus and less like the world and always walk with God.

Dear Younger Me - MercyMe

HOSANNA - Phil Driscoll

Sunday, April 9, 2017

It's Palm Sunday!

The Way, The Truth, and the Life, by Ralph Pallen Coleman

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Never Old Enough...

Romans 11:33-34 English Standard Version (ESV)

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
    or who has been his counselor?”

Job 5:9New English Translation (NET Bible)

9 He does great and unsearchable things,
marvelous things without number;

But we'll understand it better by and by.

By and By - Selah

Friday, March 31, 2017

Born of The Spirit

A difficult day today had me turning to my Comforter, the Holy Spirit.  It's the reason for the song I uploaded this evening.

Ghost - MercyMe

Monday, March 27, 2017

Not Going Back

Not Going Back - Brenton Brown

"I Will Be Here" Live from Sweetwater Studios Sessions

Rend My Heart

Hosea 6:6 New English Translation (NET Bible)
6 For I delight in faithfulness, not simply in sacrifice;
I delight in acknowledging God, not simply in whole burnt offerings.

Psalm 51:16-17New English Translation (NET Bible)
16 Certainly you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it;
you do not desire a burnt sacrifice.
17 The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit—
O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject.

I was disappointed today when I couldn't upload a lovely new song by Selah, "Broken Ladders."  Sometimes that happens with copyright laws and it really is okay; but I was still disappointed that my efforts were for naught, or so I thought.  Sometimes the process is what is important to God not the result.  What is it that he wants to do in me?  What does He want me to learn?  It needed to be something more than a time filler, while my husband was deep into watching "March Madness" on the television, and in the making it did become so.  I spent time with God, and that's never a waste.  So I shall rend my heart and not my garments and turn to the Lord my God.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Take the Plunge

Psalm 42:7-8 New English Translation (NET Bible)

7 One deep stream calls out to another at the sound of your waterfalls;
all your billows and waves overwhelm me.
8 By day the Lord decrees his loyal love,
and by night he gives me a song,
a prayer to the living God.

Psalm 36:5-6 The Message (MSG)

5-6 God’s love is meteoric,
    his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
    his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
    nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
    slips through the cracks.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

You Know The Way

John 14:1-4 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Jesus’ Parting Words to His Disciples
14 “Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 There are many dwelling places in my Father’s house. Otherwise, I would have told you, because I am going away to make ready a place for you. 3 And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that where I am you may be too. 4 And you know the way where I am going.”

Alzheimer's disease is a long journey of loss; and, sadly, those who are taking that journey become unable to articulate it for those of us who aren't.  I watch my mother and wonder how lonely is this terrible path she's walking.  Then I remember Jesus walks beside her and am comforted and pray that she is comforted as well.  Jesus will lead her home and she will know the way.

Grace Will Lead Me Home - David Dunn

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Still Singing!

For the Love of My King - Laura Story

My Jesus, I Love Thee
My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I love Thee because Thou has first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight,
I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

Author: William R. Featherstone
It was written when the young William was 12-16 years old.
He died at age 27, but he's still singing
in Glory.

Jaci Velasquez - I Will Call (Lyric Video)

Lou Fellingham - Everlasting Arms | This Changes Everything

Sunday, March 12, 2017

We Will Yet See Jesus

Herbert James Draper (English, 1864-1920). The Golden Rays

Titus 2:13 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

Until that day, stay in the light.

Casting Crowns - Oh My Soul (Official Lyric Video)

It's Sunday!

Come and give thanks.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Chris Tomlin - Home

Fullness Of God - Rivers & Robots (Official Lyric Video)

Faith of Our Mothers

Proverbs 1:8 English Standard Version (ESV)

8 Hear, my son, your father's instruction,
    and forsake not your mother's teaching,

Romans 10:17 English Standard Version (ESV)

17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

I learned about my need for Jesus from my mother and I am thankful.  She has Alzheimer's now; but, because she has taught me of a Savior who will never leave me, I know in the same way He will never leave her.  That's a comfort.  She has lost much here but she'll soon gain eternity.  Actually, she gained eternity the moment she first believed.  I cherish the legacy of faith passed from my grandparents, to my parents, to me and to my son.  It's why Laura Story's new song, "Give You Faith" touched my heart.

Give You Faith - Laura Story
I see your tiny face
Your fingers wrapped in mine
And I wonder how I'll raise
This precious gift of life

I'd give you all my money
But you can't buy what you'd need
I'd show you all the world
But more than anything

I wanna give you faith
I wanna leave you hope
That you would know a love that
Never let's you go
More than wisdom or wealth,
More than happiness or health,
May you say I gave you faith

I'm gonna let you down
I'm gonna disapoint
But there's a love I found
That's sturdy in the storm

The very God who formed you
Gives grace enough for us
And though I won't be perfect
I'll teach you to trust

Oh, and there will come a day
When you question everything
And the very ground beneath you
Starts to shake
That all I can offer is a prayer from far away
To the One who's never left you

She will give you faith
He'll give you hope
He'll be the love that will never let you go

More than wisdom and wealth
More than happiness and health
May you say, I gave you faith
May you say, I gave you faith

Monday, March 6, 2017

Cant Help Myself - Sandra McCracken

La Nina Wants a Break

Job 37:6 New English Translation (NET Bible)

6 For to the snow he says, ‘Fall to earth,’
and to the torrential rains, ‘Pour down.’

It's been a long winter.  I've been looking forward to Spring but it somehow seemed wrong when my pastor reminded us next week to "spring forward" when it's snowing outside.  I know I shouldn't complain, even if it's colder this winter there have been parts of our country that's gotten it worse.  In the Pacific Northwest we expect rain but remain surprised by snow, believing God made our mountains for snow and that's where it should stay.  Still there's an unclouded day coming.  We have hope.

Conspirare performs "Unclouded Day," arr. Shawn Kirchner

Sunday, March 5, 2017

It's Sunday!

Daniel Gerhartz
John 13:34 English Standard Version (ESV)

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Love one another.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Courage, Dear Heart

Psalm 27:14 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

Isaiah 41:13 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 For I, the Lord your God,
    hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
    I am the one who helps you.”

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid.”

― Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith

Often times it's a mystery to me to discover what song God wants me next to upload.  It starts with an image that makes me pause then there's the song.  This week it was "Daylight" by J J Heller.  Her inspiration for the song was her own battle with panic attacks.  I believe there are many hurts both physical and emotional that can keep us on the inside looking out.  It's scary out there but we are kept by a big, courageous and loving God.  Battle on, warrior, battle on.

Daylight - J J Heller

Lord, I’ve been afraid for so long
I’ve prayed so many times to be strong
I sit here in the desert making circles in the sand
But you’re telling me you’re the promise land

There is an inch of daylight underneath the door
It’s enough for me to fill up my canteen
Food and water are only buying time
If I want to live, Your love is what I need

I’m scared to death of taking the wrong turn
Peace is something nobody can earn
There’s no chance now of losing when you’ve given me Your love
You healed the disease I was dying of

There is an inch of daylight underneath the door
It’s enough for me to fill up my canteen

Food and water are only buying time
If I want to live, Your love is what I need

Be near me
Be near me now
Be near me
Be near me now

There is an inch of daylight underneath the door
It’s enough for me to fill up my canteen
Food and water are only buying time
If I want to live, Your love is what I need
If I want to live, Your love is what I need

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Woman at the Well

I Wont Let You Go - Official Lyric Video

Whenever I Am Afraid

I wanted to get out of town on my day off yesterday and my husband obliged; however we met up with a snow storm on the drive home.  In the dark the snow   flakes became streamers of white in our headlights, making it at least once, impossible to see the road.  Suddenly my home seemed too far away and I was afraid.  Why did I ever want to leave in the first place?   Snow is unusual here this late in the season and is normally something I appreciate from afar as it frosts the mountain tops.  Psalm 56:3 came to mind last night, and it is a good verse indeed.  Whenever I am afraid, my God is my hiding place.

You Are My Hiding Place - Selah 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Be Kind Now

Colossians 3:12 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
Sometimes I need a sign.

Monday, February 20, 2017

My God Who Pursues Me

Psalm 61:2 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 from the end of the earth I call to you
    when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
    that is higher than I,

Psalm 18:2 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

In my pursuit of God I don't always consider that my God pursues me.  No matter the circumstances, He is there, my rock and my deliverer, and sometimes my teacher.  Today I judged harshly in my mind, while reaching for my purse, a man holding a sign saying he was in need.  I was even relieved that my hands didn't find any cash. At the store this evening, I pulled out my debit card to pay for my groceries, but couldn't get it to work in their card reader.  I pulled out another card, protesting that the first one should have worked, and the machine rejected it also.  The young woman in line behind me, that I hadn't yet noticed, offered to the cashier the cash to pay for my purchase.  I protested more than a little embarrassed at being the recipient of her charity.  She said, "Don't rob me of my blessing," so I gave up and thanked her.  God pursued me right to the store, when he had something for me to learn.  My lack of generosity was showing, because there really was no other reason for those cards not to have worked, and He wanted me to know.

Solid Rock (Acoustic) - Unspoken 
The Lyrics:
Let me fail a thousand times if that is what I need
Let me lose these dreams of mine if I need to taste defeat
You walk me through the fire until I see the heart of your desire
You came to me

And through these dark and raging seas
Your grace has not abandoned me
And for these storms I thank my God
For they drove me to the solid rock

From the shipwreck of my life, you build a truer heart
In my brokenness you shine, my loss is where you start
To form in me your will until my love is a reflection of
Your love for me

And through these dark and raging seas
Your grace has not abandoned me
And for these storms I thank my God
For they drove me to the solid rock

You pursue those you love
And so we have no need to fear
For these storms will draw us near
To you

And through these dark and raging seas
Your grace has not abandoned me
And for these storms I thank my God
For they drove me to the solid rock

And through these dark and raging seas
Your grace has not abandoned me
And for these storms I thank my God
For they drove me to the solid rock
And for they drove me to the solid rock
Yes you drove me to the solid rock.

A Good Word

Playing His Song

Psalm 33:1-4 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Steadfast Love of the Lord
33 Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
    Praise befits the upright.
2 Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
    make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
3 Sing to him a new song;
    play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
4 For the word of the Lord is upright,
    and all his work is done in faithfulness.

Many years ago my husband and I dropped in on a woman in the congregation doing what is known in church speak as visitation.  She was gracious and welcoming, pleased to see us; but I found myself uncomfortable, because she was different than anyone I knew and simple in thought and action.   While there, she entertained us with her autoharp and song.  I liked her music but didn't know why and wasn't sure I should like it.   (Why I thought I was a paragon of sophistication, I don't know.)  What I do know now that it was Appalachian music or what we now like to call roots or Americana music.  I wish for a visitation do over, where I could tell her how good she was and how she touched my soul; and she did or I wouldn't yet remember her.  I hope she went on to live a beautiful life with her Savior, playing her harp, with His melody in her heart.  Iris Dement's singing reminds me of her.    

 Leaning On the Everlasting Arms - Iris Dement 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Song for God's Peculiar People...

1 Peter 2:9 King James Version (KJV)

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

Psalm 63:8 English Standard Version (ESV)

8 My soul clings to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

Hebrews 13:8 English Standard Version (ESV)

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

...in these peculiar times.  
Strangely Ready - Sara Groves

Tenth Avenue North - Afraid (Audio)

Monday, February 13, 2017

HIs Name - Urban Rescue

Always Has and Always Will Be Jesus

Acts 4:12 New English Translation (NET Bible)

12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.”
“The world's theology

The world's theology is easy to define. 
It is the view . . .
that human beings are basically good,
that no one is really lost,
that belief in Jesus Christ is not necessary for salvation.

"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools."
Romans 1:22” 

― James Montgomery Boice

We watched the video of James Montgomery Boice today in our morning service.    He was the pastor of my college years in Philadelphia.   This brought to mind another great to me Bible scholar of those years, my grandmother, who taught and wrote Bible studies on Christ in the first books of the Old Testament.   Before the sermon ended we were challenged to read a chapter a day from the book of John.   The whole Bible has always been about Jesus.  Our whole lives always have been and always will be about Jesus, even for those who don't call him Savior, because they will live their days denying him.  He is true.  He is good.  He is mighty to save.  
Here's todays reading.
John 1:1-14 New English Translation (NET Bible)

The Prologue to the Gospel
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. 2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.

6 A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that everyone might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. 9 The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was created by him, but the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to what was his own, but his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who have received him—those who believe in his name—he has given the right to become God’s children 13 —children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.

14 Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory—the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Ask, Just Ask...

...in his name, so that you may receive joy.  

1 Peter 1:8 English Standard Version (ESV)

8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

Joy Unspeakable - Curt McKee