Thankful for His Faithfulness

“For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.”
Psalm 108:3-5

Life has been busy lately. My husband had an event to plan and I found myself caught up in the details. For months, I walked alongside him, sharing the burden and working in whatever way I could to support his vision and hopes for success. When the evening finally came, we were both exhausted and just trusting God for a good outcome.

I’ve been in this position before. It’s a time when you pray and then hold your breath. You know there is nothing more you can do. The rest is up to God.

So you wait.

And that’s what I did. With increasing anticipation, I breathed a prayer for peace. And then, it happened. God showed up!

The event was a success and we were humbled, once again, by His grace and faithfulness. Overcome with gratitude, we offered a prayer of thanks to our Heavenly Father. And, since then, I can’t seem to get a certain song out of my head. It is called “Hey God” and was actually performed on this special evening by Richie McDonald.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I hope you will listen to this song and I hope it moves you, as it does me, to say “Thank You” to God for all the blessings He so generously pours out on us every day.

Seize The Day!

Today is a rainy, gray and ordinary day.

Often, I am, like most, lulled into an emotional sleep by the mundane duties of the day. Frequently, I find myself looking to the past, remembering better days, or looking ahead, hoping for better days in the future, rather than noticing the extraordinary of the NOW. Isn’t that the human way? Don’t we all do this at one time or another?

As the scripture says, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

It is TODAY that the Lord has given me – TODAY that I am to live, breathe and rejoice in His mercy – TODAY that I am to take hold of His hand and follow where He leads.

I do believe it’s important to not forget the past, as in lessons learned and good memories made along the way. And, equally important is our ability to look ahead to eternity, to appreciate that this life is not all there is and there are good things to come. However, we cannot forget to be “in the moment” either. You’ve heard the phrase that some people are “so heavenly minded, they’re no earthly good.” I don’t know about you, but I want to be present enough to make a difference in the world today, to take hold of every opportunity (Col. 4:5/Eph. 5:16).

No doubt, this is a lofty goal but a worthwhile pursuit, nonetheless. I’m reminded of that phrase attributed to the Roman poet, Horace, “Seize the day!” What a great motto for living. Below are lyrics from a song by the same name by modern day poet, Carolyn Arends, a Christian singer/songwriter.

“Seize the day, seize whatever you can
‘Cause life slips away just like hourglass sand
Seize the day, pray for grace from God’s hand
Then nothing will stand in your way
Seize the day”

To hear the entire song, check out this video.

Keith Green

Keith Green is my favorite singer/songwriter of all time. He left this world in 1982 at the age of 28 in a tragic plane crash that also claimed the life of his two young children.

Before that time, he had been busy in the Lord’s work, writing, singing, teaching and pointing others to Jesus. His songs, many co-written with his wife, Melody, helped shape the landscape of my youth. I am so glad I was able to attend one of his concerts. I remember there was a lot of teaching/preaching as Keith poured out his heart in between songs.

As a new Christian, I felt a real connection to his music and, after all these years, the same holds true. I am still, along with so many others, inspired by his incredible legacy.

It is difficult to pick a favorite song, there are so many. “Oh, Lord, You’re Beautiful” is right up there as possibly my favorite worship song. But, the song I’ve posted below is another great one that always touches me. Maybe what makes it so moving is that it is written from the perspective of God, as our Father, speaking to His children. It conveys so sweetly the tender love God has for each of us.

If you are not familiar with his work, you can learn more about Keith, his wife Melody and the ministry they began together, still going strong, at http://lastdaysministries.org/. I strongly suggest reading more on the very interesting story of his life and, of course, listening to the myriad of great music he gave us. There’s no way you could walk away unaffected. You will be inspired because the message of his music and his life was simply the message of the gospel, and stemmed from his overwhelming desire to make Jesus known above all.

“I repent of ever having recorded one single song, and ever having performed one concert, if my music, and more importantly, my life has not provoked you into Godly jealousy or to sell out more completely to Jesus!” — Keith Green

Favorite Songs – Every Season

From time to time, I’d like to share some of my favorite songs. Music has always moved me in one way or another, as it does everyone. And, though, as with all art, it is subjective (different people like different things for different reasons), I believe some songs are almost universal in their appeal.

This is one of those by a gifted singer-songwriter, Nichole Nordeman. I recommend listening in a quiet room where you can really let the words wash over you.

Enjoy…