God inspired me to write a few songs recently to remind his people of some timeless truths: He made us, he loves us, he wants us to come to him with our every care and concern, and not worry about anything! I hope these encourage you this morning!
COME TO ME
"Come to me, all you weak, All you weary and broken hearts Cast your cares on the One Who spoke the skies and breathed the stars
For I am good And loving towards all I have made I made you, I love you, I want you To come to me"
DON'T WORRY "The years pass so fast But the days pass so slow Each day has enough Trouble of its own
So just take it one step at a time You know that I'll be there by your side
So don't worry, Don't worry about a thing I'll be there for you Forever and always Remember, My love is enough And I have everything you need So don't worry
Be still, and know who I am And I have a plan for you But don't miss the gift of today It's making my mercies new
I hold the world in my hands I know the plans I have for you I see the sparrow fly Every tear you cry Oh, how I love you so..."
If you want to hear the songs in all their glory, come to Lapeer Assembly of God on Friday, July 29 @ 8pm when I open for JAMIE GRACE!
I find it amusing that belle gets out of bed with hair that looks like its been brushed and styled and lays just so...but check out that yellow fuzz ball in the lower left corner of the picture. That would be Lion Cub's wild mane of untamed golden fluff.
Its sure to be a good day waking up to these little blessings.
Go ahead. Celebrate it. Go all out. Throw a little extravagant love, a touch of the extraordinary right smack dab in the middle of your 'ordinary' day.
It doesn't have to be expensive, or even labor intensive. Fresh squeezed lemon-limeaide is a simple enough beverage. But you should have seen the delight on the faces of my family as they sipped their cares away, tastebuds dancing with the heat waves on this 90 degree day. I usually pass on fresh lemons at the grocery - just too pricey and more work for me. But these keylimes, marked down for quick sale to a mere buck and a half, begged to make our day.
Even Judah could hardly stand to wait until supper to partake. Summer, all sliced up and squeezed out in sour-sweet, sunshiny splendor.
One can't help but smile. I bet your smiling right now; maybe even salivating. If you're off to make a glass of your own...be sure to use crushed ice. A necessary secret ingredient for the best lemonade the summer offers.
I know you may find that fact hard to believe, as our digital footprint may suggest otherwise. But we are indeed alive. And well. Very well, in fact. The summer has simply ushered in more life than we have hours in the day, and so documenting it has just had to fall by the wayside for a while. Some days it feels like surfing a wild, exhilarating wave - sun soaked, salty skin alive for the ride. Other days we do well just to keep our heads above the water - the weight of unending responsibilities, unrelenting emotion, undying dreams, and unceasing whining (can I get an amen?!) threatening to pull us under. But this story is a familiar one. You could completely resonate, could you not?
This is life - the tension between mindblowing beauty and heartstopping despair, earthshaking freedom and shackling captivity. We strain forward toward the former, though at times beaten down by the latter. The One who is the Radiance of God's glory calls us to him, and he walks alongside us as we press into him, press on toward the goal. And as we learn to quiet ourselves, to hear his voice, He works even our unyielding circumstances, our frustrating relationships, our painful memories to set us free from imprisonment of self. Free to be a glory giver, free to be fully alive. And through the struggle (to use a line from one of Aron's songs) he sustains us with pleasures from His hand, empowers us with his very presence, showers us with blessing upon blessing. And in his leading and laying down by still water and in verdant pasture, satisfaction joins hands with peace and settles down among us.
Since moving away from our families we have chosen to spend our vacation time each year reconnecting with them. We had the great privilege to spend a chunk of time with those nearest and dearest last week. We prayed to the Lord that he would be near, that His presence would usher in moments of love and quality time, of connection and community. A big ole' lump rises in my throat as I consider all the ways He answered this prayer of our hearts. Enjoy.