Thursday, August 25, 2011

Talmidim (The Servants) By: For Today

I absolutely love this song! If you get a chance listen to it because it is So beautiful. (Heads up if you are like me and once you find a good song you start looking at more songs by that group For Today is a Christian Heavy Metal band. This song isn't but most of their other music is.)
Lord of glory, make us worthy to possess your name. Lord of glory, make us worthy to possess your name. And give us a new name. And call us your people, God. And give us a new name.

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave to your forefathers; you will be my people and I will be your God."

Lord of glory, make us worthy to possess your name. Lord of glory, make us worthy to possess your name. And give us a new name. And call us your people, God. And give us a new name.
And through all of this, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, no fear, no insecurity, no doubt, no hesitation that will ever, ever stop us. Because we are the sons of the living God, because we are the children of the Almighty, because we are the residents of the kingdom of heaven, and we are soldiers in an army of the immortal. And when we speak life, life happens, and when we speak healing, healing happens, and when we speak truth, truth happens. And when we go take what we found to a dead world, we'll see it come to life again, and when we take what we found to a hopeless world, we'll see hope come back. We'll see the heart of our world start beating again, and we'll see the color come back into people's faces. Absolutely nothing will ever stop that. Mountains will move before us, and oceans will part before us, and the dead will raise before us. And the world will know that our God is the God that heals, and our God is a God that lives, and our God is a God that loves, and like anything that anyone has ever felt before, because we are fearless, and because we are His hands, and because we are His feet. Forever, and ever.

Lord of glory, make us worthy to possess your name. (x6)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How deep the Father's Love!

How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
And make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon the cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Y'all take a minute and think... How deep IS our Father's love for us! It's deeper than the deepest oceans, wider than the widest canyons, longer than you could ever comprehend, and higher than and plane or spaceship could take you! It blows minds, knocks off socks, and never ceases to amaze! This love rights wrongs, forgives sin, and makes you a child of the Most High God!! This love can wrap you in the arms of Christ, it can give you strength, and comfort you in hard times. And when you think you can see the end of it off in the distance you do a take-back and realize no it continues on out of sight! That's the love that MY SAVIOR shows me even when I can hear my voice shouting against Him. Even when I see my past in the rear view mirror telling me I can't be forgiven. My Jesus wraps me in His arms, holds me close, and whispers in my ear that I am loved and forgiven.

Resting in His arms,
Grace

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The pictures I promised

Panama was AMAZING! Words can not say how great it was. Before I post the pictures I'll give a quick snippet of what it was like and what I learned. We did many different types of ministry. We did hut-to-hut (going from "hut to hut" doing odd jobs and praying for the people), we did VBS, we played games with the teenagers, we went to village meetings, etc. One day during hut-to-hut my group went and helped a lady with her dishes, nothing unusual. The only thing she had for us to do was to wash her dishes. Two of the people started to wash dishes and I started a conversation with her. One thing led to another and I got to present the Gospel to her. I prayed with her and we moved on. I don't know if she became a Christian or if anything happened, but I do know that it changed me. In that moment I realized that God could use me. Little Grace was used by God. All I had to do was open myself to God!

The lady's hut
The hammocks!!!
Rebecca... She always ran up to me
Boan hugging his little bag of candy
She was my little baby... She was 2 and a little angel. She did not want us to leave.
Bucket showers! Step 1: take the cold water and dump it on your body. Step 2: Add soap and shampoo. Step 3: Once again use the cold cold water to try and remove as much soap and shampoo as possible. How did we condition our hair or shave? That's simple We didn't...



I miss it all SO much! It was beyond words...

His servant,
Grace