Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Unplugging Your Playlist

Often, when a song pops into my head, I don't yet clearly see why it's the song for the moment. Then, as I sing it through, and the lines unfold, I get it. It is that reminder, that reinforcement, that perspective... that I need at that very time.  Sometimes the songs are contemporary, sometimes an old hymn or worship chorus, and sometimes a bouncy sunday school chorus from long ago that makes me giggle. Always, they soothe the soul.

Have you tried this?

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tandem Hearts

This morning's listening to "Come Thou Fount" was both soothing and directional.

"Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee."

Ah, the goodness of God toward me...soothing, needed, and not something my heart really wants to wander from. Wanting to stay put in the streams of mercy is something very appealing in a drought weary land. But there is something more to having our hearts bound to Him. It's about our hearts toward others.
Grace and mercy can be a difficult concept when we are looking at our relationship with all of those imperfect humans. This is where having our hearts bound, fettered to God's is crucial. Our hearts can't go the distance. We must be so closely connected to His that we understand His heart toward all of those difficult, I mean *precious...people around us. It's a tandem journey. Our hearts following His. Right behind, right in sync. He is the one that provides the pedal power. We are the weak passengers behind. When we are bound and fettered to Him we will end up in the the right place even if we take our feet off of the pedals.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

Gateway Worship- Come Thou Fount

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

UPS- Special Delivery: Encouragement.

Not by chance... a praise/worship song from back in the day...so many, many moons ago...popped into my head today. There was a part of it that could easily mix you up, okay, ME up when trying to sing it through so I had nick-named it the UPS song. Uphold. Preserve. Sustain.

The song starts out with, "Rejoice, for the steps of the righteous man, they are ordered of God..." This was the thought that brought the song to mind. There is a cool side effect that comes from this song. Because it is bouncy and catchy, it helps to simulate bouncy brain chemicals. This was something I had specifically and sincerely brought before the Lord this morning. This week's schedule, out of routine sleep hours, minor health issues etc had caused a significant brain fog. The kind of fog that you ponder with your last 1.5 functioning brain cells and you say to yourself, "wow, this is some fog." Really. Needed. Something... bouncy in the ol' brain.

So, without further ado, I will share the bouncy oldie via link, and the upholding, preserving, sustaining, scripture that goes with.

(Just for fun, the hebrew word for sustain is kuwl. Pronounced kool. So now I hope it sticks in your head, God's kool delivery of encouragement.)

Psalms 37: 23, 24 The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.


Isaiah 41:10
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Psalm 63:8 My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.


Psalms 32:7
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Psalms 40:11
You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.


Psalms 55:22
Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.


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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Out loud

I like praying out loud in the car. It's not about lofty stuff. I don't use formal words or rhythms. It's my chance to say, hey God, I'm so glad you're listening. It's usually about the hard stuff in life. The stuff that makes me weary and tries my soul. The stuff that would sink me if God wasn't listening. He's listening. Listening with compassion and affection,  measuring out mercy and wisdom, grace and strength.

Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
Psalms 66:20

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Monday, July 06, 2009

As Lavender


I want to age like Lavender. This morning as I looked at the Lavender in my garden I felt a little sad in seeing that the flowers were already drying. In a moment I realized that this was the point that the Lavender quality became even more evident. It is when the blooms of the Lavender fade that the fragrance matures. Strong, distinct, lingering. A testimony of it's true character. The fragrance is unmistakable and is contained even in the leaves and wood and it is in the pressing and crushing that the fragrance comes forth the strongest.

As youth inevitably fades, I want to be found fragrant. I want the strong, distinct and lingering fragrance of Christ to become mature and evident in me.

Ephesians 5:1,2
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

2 Corinthians 2:14,15 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

A Gardener's Journal-Psalm 143:6


I stretch out my hands to Thee; My soul longs for Thee, as a parched land.

Psalm 143:6

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Sunday, March 22, 2009


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