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10,000 Reasons for my heart to find

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”
Psalm 103:1 (KJV – Full text at end of post)

Happy Monday!  I’m a day late, but for good reason.  We drove up to NC/SC (Charlotte area) to visit Daddy/Steven.  He’s been working a lot  up there lately and we thought we would save him a round-trip weekend drive and make the 4+ hour trip ourselves.  More to come later this week on that trip.  (And I know I am way behind on our 1st July trip to AR earlier in July – stay tuned for that too!)

We did find a church in Fort Mill, SC to attend on Sunday AM.  (Sad to have missed the contemporary service at New Church)  It said it was a “blended” service, but was a typical traditional Presbyterian service.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that, just not one I connected to.  SO, while we were driving home from exploring and dinner last night in Charlotte, one of my all-time (albeit relatively new) Christian songs came on the radio, one that brings me goosebumps and to tears depending on the day.  It is one we sing often in our house, that even LL knows the words.  She’s been singing it for so long that now LM even hums along and chimes in at “name”.  I haven’t been able to capture that version yet – but I was able to catch her singing along with the radio yesterday while Daddy was driving:

I feel like I’ve been “saving” this song to put on my blog for so long, that this week finally seemed appropriate.  With no message or scripture to tie to from church – I’m on my own and no better way to express myself than through this song.  I am so blessed.  10,000 ways and even more.  This weekend was a small glimpse into that.  We were able to stay in a hotel, eat out, and just not having the usual household chores, let us truly enjoy each other’s company so much.  I am blessed with my loving, hard-working husband, who would do anything for me and the kids.  Two beautiful, smart, flexible, fun-loving kids.  Wonderful friends and family who helped out back home with our amazing furry kids.  Family we hadn’t seen in awhile that we got to spend time with.  Ofcourse food on the table, roof over our heads, clothes on our backs. And most of all a Savior who died for us so that we may live in His glory each and everyday.  It’s hard most days, so I treasure these times to truly appreciate it all.  So “Bless the LORD” I will always “Worship Your Holy Name” and I pray that I can be “singing when the evening comes” each and every day!

Here is Matt Redman’s Full Version.  And a link to a article about how it came about and full lyrics.

May your week be full of 10,000 reasons (and more) for you to praise our LORD and sing out HIS holy name.  Below is a glimpse into our trip and stay tuned for 2 parts of our July travel, yard sale musings, and a GIVEAWAY of a great book I finished last week!  God Bless, Amen.

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Psalm 103

King James Version (KJV)

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

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It may be hot outside, but it’s still winter for some.

Psalm 23:1-6

Happy Sunday (ok it’s Monday now – hope your week is starting off well).  A bit of a bittersweet message and song for you all today.  I just returned home from a great week of sun, friends, and good times (post on that to come soon).  Not quite settled in, still piles of laundry and many bags to unpack, we headed to the 3rd evening contemporary service of the New Church of Peachtree City held at Heritage Christian Church.

Pastor David is preaching a series titled Seasons of the Soul.  We started with Summer, missed Fall, and tonight’s message was Winter, which could not have been timed more appropriately.  The service started with Psalm 23 (see above).  This verse has been read at many funerals, including my father’s, which appropriately timed, was 12 years ago this week.  And today is the anniversary of my father’s passing (that is him below shortly before his death around 48 years old).  12 years ago was a “winter” period of my life.  The season of winter in one’s life can be full of uncertainty, unmet expectations, feeling of hopelessness (nothing more we can do), and just lack of control.  It basically is the lowest of lows and sucks, to be frank.  Psalm 88 tells us winter is a part of life and offers a prayer for help.  God often seems silent and we are desperate for answers.  (Remember Job?)

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Like all things though, God sends us through the winters of our lives to teach us some lessons and really appreciate the summers.  David presented 3 lessons (taken from John Ortberg) we learn during winter:

  1. We learn that we are not running the show. (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14)
  2. We learn we need community the most when we desire it the least. (Romans 12:12)
  3. We learn to cling tenaciously to hope. (“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time.  Invite one to stay.” Maya Angelou)

My prayer today is for all of those in the winter season of your life.  Cling to your faith, pray ferociously, lean on those around you, and KNOW God is there and you will come through even stronger.  I find comfort today knowing that my Dad is in heaven looking down on us, watching his grandkids grow, and not suffering any longer.  And I know we will be reunited one day and can rest in that knowledge.

And a special prayer to friends of ours that lost a loved one yesterday too.  I pray for comfort, peace, understanding, and patience as they wait for answers.  Love you guys and we are praying hard for you and your family.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs that always bring tears to my eyes and goosebumps as the words to just so raw and true.  The tears, the storms, the sleepless nights, and trials are truly YOUR mercies in disguise, and for that we exalt YOU always and declare YOUR GLORY!

Blessings
Laura Story

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

AMEN!

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Sunday Musings; If God is for us – who can stop us?

Happy Sunday!  These past few weeks Pastor David, now of the New Church of Peachtree City (new name pending), has been preaching on seeing ourselves as God sees us.  His messages and related verses have really hit home as many of them are again related to finding our purpose, rather God’s purpose for us.  I thought I would share and maybe by writing it out I will have some big revelation for myself (most likely not but here’s hoping and at least maybe some slow progress and something to refer back to!)

1.  We are wonderfully made.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 
Psalm 139:14

2.  We are fully forgiven.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:12-17
(Side note – this sermon was on April 21st – our 6th anniversary AND this was the verse that was read at our wedding – so I can’t help but think of the timing!)

3.  We are showered with blessings.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:31-32
(I couldn’t get Our God by Chris Tomlin out of my head when hearing this verse!)

How awesome is our God?  He is so good to us.  I want and strive to live my life keeping these 3 things in my mind at all times.  When facing any battle or challenge I want to picture my ginormous God behind me cheering and pushing me to get through and to do my best.  With God in my corner, who can stop me!  (Realistically I want to say the world, nay-sayers, money, etc…but God will provide and prevail as long as I keep my heart and mind open to His lead.)

I’m going to leave you with the remainder of the Romans verses and one song, based on these verses, that really encouraged me this AM and I feel God has placed on my heart to meditate on this week.  (It warmed my heart when I was just playing the video and LL looks over to me and says “Mommy, I really like this song!”)

The Greatness of Our God
Hillsong LIVE

Give me eyes to see 
More of who You are 
May what I behold, 
still my anxious heart. 
Take what I have known 
And break it all apart 
For You my God, are greater still.

CHORUS
No sky contains,
No doubt restrains,
All You are,
The greatness of our God.
I spend my life to know,
And I’m far from close 
To all You are, 
The greatness of our God.

Verse 2: 
Give me grace to see 
Beyond this moment here. 
To believe that there 
Is nothing left to fear.

That You alone are high above it all.
For You my God, are greater still.

CHORUS 2x
No sky contains,
No doubt restrains,
All You are,
The greatness of our God.
I spend my life to know,
And I’m far from close 
To all You are, 
The greatness of our God.

Bridge: 2x
And there is nothing
That can ever separate us.
There is nothing that can ever 
separate us from Your love.
No life, no death, of this I am convinced.
You my God, are greater still.

2x:
And no words can say, or song convey,
all You are the greatness of our God.
I spend my life to know,
And I’m far from close 
to all You are, 
the greatness of our God.

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future,nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:33:39

AMEN!  Have a blessed week!

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