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Friday, August 17, 2012

My Eye is On You

All it takes is one moment.

Face to face.

One moment.

One touch.

That's all it takes to turn me to You, Jesus.

To turn my heart connection to my Lord.

There are no prerequisites.

Not "I have to get clean first" because honestly I am not capable of cleaning up the mess myself or getting perfect. Or having to figure it all out (yes, I like to try to do that too)!







But just me saying "Here I am. I I want to be connected with you."

Just turn and look into those eyes.

Of the One who says "My loving eye is on you."

He's watching.

He's waiting.

A couple songs come to mind. The first is a country song, but the last line rings so true of Jesus - knowing that forever He's all mine. The second a song from a group at church.

"...ain't it wild what a little flame
can make you wanna do?

I melt,

every time you look at me that way.

It never fails.

Anytime

any place

This burning me,
is the coolest thing I've ever felt.

I melt.

...What's even better is knowing that forever you're all mine." -Rascal Flatts "I Melt"


"My heart stops, when you enter the room

all my affection is turned towards you.

just one look

is all it takes

to be mesmerized

just one look into that face

is all it takes

to be forever changed"                -Awaken Wells "Mesmerized"



Sylvia Gunter says,

"If you lose your connection with his face, you lose your orientation. He is your true north. In finding out where you are and where you are going, orientation is everything. God has written the treasure map of your life, the way to the gold, so let him be the marker that says 'You are here.' At times that may be all he will give you, just the witness that 'I am here.' He won't let you see the whole map, but he knows the place in time meant only for you and found by you only at that moment. He inhabits that place and that moment. Wait on him to interpret it and lead you there."

This I Know

Sometimes it seems like it all boils down to just one thing.

One thing to hold on to.

One message.

One thought.

I feel as if I don't know much lately. So many decisions and emotional struggles within and without.


There was a verse on a notecard that sat on my mirror for weeks.

Usually, I change it every day. Sometimes it will stay up longer, maybe a few days.

But I just couldn't change this one.

I clung to it.

Because of the promise it held.

Because it was so simple.
So profound.
So true.

THIS I KNOW, MY GOD IS FOR ME Psalm 56

Like I said, I don't know much lately. So many choices and decisions with life-long impacts. Where we will move next, when, if. How to best raise our kids, including school and day-to-day life. How am I going to get through the day? The endless to-do list. How to look at life through the eyes of Jesus, not my own filters or not becoming bogged down with the stuff of life on this earth.

But knowing this one promise, I mean knowing it as in experiencing it, holds me steady. In Psalm 63, the psalmist writes that "You hold me steady as a post."


In Matthew 6:26 of the Message version, Jesus exhorts us to  "Look at the birds, free and unfettered . . . . careless in the care of God. And you count far more to Him than birds."

Getting to the heart of the matter expressed in the words of Kari Jobe's song:

"I know that you are for me. I know that You will never forsake me in my weakness. I know that you have come now, even if to write upon my heart. To remind me of WHO you are."


That where the trouble lay...that I thought I would be forsaken in my weakness. And I forgot that I count far more to Him than birds. And that he would attend to me even more than the most gorgeous wildflowers. 

"Have you seen color and design quite like it? If God gives such attention to appearance of wildflowers, most of which are never seen, don't you think he'll attend to you?" another reminder from Matthew 6 of how faithful and constant and true He is.





Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Steady My Heart

 
Wish it could be easy
Why is life so messy
Why is pain a part of us
There are days I feel like
Nothing ever goes right
Sometimes it just hurts so much

But You're here
You're real
I know I can trust You

Even when it hurts
Even when it's hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You
Cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul
Healer of my scars
You steady my heart [x2]


"All grief's being transfigured into a greater grace." -A. Voskamp's 1000 Gifts