Sunday, May 10, 2009

new old favorite

in a time that has been filled with some serious growing pains (more on that later), this song by Warren Barfield has brought me much comfort and peace lately. . .

This world is not my home
This life will pass
Only what is done for God will last

With the time we have
Let’s not waste it away, no
Let every heartbeat, let every breath we breathe say

Lord, take my life and use it up
Spread it thin like a blanket of love
Over the world that You gave Your blood for
Take my life, take it all, Lord

Lord, without You
Nothing makes sense
Down here the grass dies on both sides of the fence

So all my vain searching
Will never amount to much
Here’s my life, Lord, use it up for the cause of Love
For Your cause

Lord, take my life and use it up
Spread it thin like a blanket of love
Over the world that You gave Your blood for
Take my life, take it all, Lord

This world is not my home...

yeah, the discomfort felt in the here and now are somehow lightened by remembering, indeed, that this world is not my home.

but you make your home in me, Lord. you reside within, that's in and with, me. and because of that, I can feel closer to home. i can feel the peace that is your home.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Bare Naked Living

so I went on a retreat 2 weeks ago with a group of awesome single ladies from my church. the Bare Naked Ladies Retreat. yes, the goal was to be naked....spiritually and emotionally. take off the masks. remember who tells us who we are, it is only Christ who gives us our identity and really receive that truth as he flushes out the lies.

2 weeks later...

God had been telling me to get rid of my cable tv (for a few months I think, I'm a Food Network junkie...) and I had been resistant. After the retreat, I was finally obedient and got rid of it. Let me tell you how quickly and how much God has poured out his blessings...due to some funky computer error with my levelized/budget billing, the elec company had to credit back my elec. deposit back to my account 6 months earlier than they normally do. So basically, I won't have to pay an elec bill for 3-4 months. Also, gained a new massage client which is more income as well. And that's just on the financial side of things...

I've also seen God answer a prayer before I even asked it in a very creative way that made me laugh! funny story...barely skidded into work on time Tuesday morning and the lead instructor saw me. prayed this afternoon on my way home that God would change my attitude about getting up in the morning, change my thinking on what time I need to leave, help motivate me to go to bed earlier so I can get up earlier and leave for work earlier, etc.

right after praying that, returned a call to a friend, who called Monday when I was on the phone and forgot to call her back. she asked if she could stay with me for a couple of nights and get a ride to work in the morning, etc. her roomie (and roomie's car) are out of town on vacation. so that meant I'd DEFINITELY be getting up earlier to drop her off at work before I went to work, LOL! I later realized that God already knew my need and had answered even before I asked.

He DOES work in mysterious ways!!! Are YOU paying attention?