Ask and I’ll Give the Nations to You

black and white - treeA couple of weeks ago during church, we sang this song, which I hadn’t sung probably since high school.

In fact, high school is the reason why the song had such an impression on me years later. You see, I tend to mark certain seasons of my life with songs or song albums. Hearing certain songs or artists immediately takes me back to specific places and times.  Continue reading

Wonderfully Made {A Song for You}

Ellie Holcomb just came out with a new album yesterday. I love the way that she weaves Scripture directly into her songs, allowing us to sing out God’s Word over our lives. This one specifically has been moving my heart the past couple of days…Enjoy!

Wonderfully Made – Ellie Holcomb

It’s two in the morning
And I’m still awake in my bed
I can’t shake these lies
They keep running around in my head

But what if I saw me
The way that You see me
What if I believed it was true
What if I traded
This shame and self-hatred
For a chance at believing You

That You knit me together in my mother’s womb
You say that I’ve never been hidden from You
You say that I’m wonderfully
Wonderfully made

You search me and know me
You know when I sit, when I rise
So You must know the choices I’ve made
And the pain that I hide

But what if I saw me
The way that You see me
What if I believed it was true
What if I traded
This shame and self-hatred
For a chance at believing You

‘Cause You knit me together in my mother’s womb
And You say that I’ve never been hidden from You
You say that I’m wonderfully
Wonderfully made

Your eyes, they have seen me before I was born
And You know all the good things that You made me for
And I’m wonderfully
Wonderfully made

When I consider the heavens above
Oh, what is man that You are mindful of us
Still You say that we’re wonderfully
Wonderfully made

You promised that You’ll never leave me, O Lord
That You hem me in both behind and before
And I’m wonderfully
Wonderfully made

You knit me together in my mother’s womb
You say that I’ve never been hidden from You
You say that I’m wonderfully
Wonderfully made

Your eyes, they have seen me before I was born
And You know all the good things that You made me for
And I’m wonderfully
Wonderfully made

“See in This a Chance to Die…”

imageIt’s been years since I’ve written poems or songs, but I was reminded today of this poem I wrote way back in 2005…It is based on a quote by Amy Carmichael, a missionary to India. Even though this was written years ago (and you can tell it was written by a teenager), I still am able to reflect and see parts of my heart in it. But God is challenging me that even in the things I face today, I need to die to myself and put my trust completely in Him.

What about you?…

A Chance to Die

I know I have been called to a life of prayer
A life of compassion and of care
But so often I choose not to obey
And instead choose to go my own way
“See in this a chance to die.”

I struggle with being the real “me”
And too often worry of what others might think
Although I know Father longs to draw me near
I’m distracted by how I seem to appear
“See in this a chance to die.”

I wish I could see more than just one step ahead
My future is dim, and I see the unknown instead
Knowing that You are going to use me to bless
Doesn’t make me fear any less
“See in this a chance to die.”

Among all this confusion and chaos
Fortunately my God is not at a loss
He walks beside me with His guiding light
And gently shows me how to do right
“My child, who knows this path better than I?”

For Times Like These

20130801-222431.jpgI heard this paraphrase version (from the Voice paraphrase) of Psalm 23 spoken on the radio earlier this week. As heretical as it may sound, Psalm 23 is not usually a favorite psalm of mine. But the way that this chapter was worded really resonated with me personally. In light of what’s happening in our nation, and in light of whatever struggles you may personally be going through, I hope this is an encouragement to you:

The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always.
He provides me rest in rich, green fields
    beside streams of refreshing water.
    He soothes my fears;
He makes me whole again,
    steering me off worn, hard paths
    to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.

Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness,
    I am not overcome by fear.
Because You are with me in those dark moments,
    near with Your protection and guidance,
    I am comforted.

You spread out a table before me,
    provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies;
You care for all my needs, 
    anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil,
filling my cup again and again with Your grace.
Certainly Your faithful protection and loving provision 
    will pursue me where I go, always, everywhere.
I will always be with the Eternal,
    in Your house forever.
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