what I am learning…

Wise words from my beautiful friend, worth reading her post linked below!

“I am learning to dispense grace regularly – because it has been poured onto me so abundantly.”

via what I am learning….

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Shareworthy: “True and Better”

Jesus is the True and Better.

I guarantee you, watching this is worth 3 minutes of your time. My heart overflows in gratitude and worship to Jesus every time I watch this.

This is the preview video, but you can buy this video for your church service or Bible study in either English or Spanish here on Dan Stevers’ website.

(Please support creative artists who are using their gifts to build up the Church.  Don’t dishonor the Lord by stealing from them by using the Youtube video for your service instead.)

 

 

Shareworthy: C.T. Studd & Lecrae

Only One Life
Poem by C.T. Studd

“Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. ”

— extra stanza —

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”

I wanted to share this poem in its entirety because I had only heard the main stanza due to John Piper’s book “Don’t Waste Your Life” (which I highly recommend).

He and his wife Priscilla were missionaries to China, India, Sudan, and the Congo. C.T. Studd was a man sold-out for Jesus and laid down his life for others. He famously said:

Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell;
I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.

I love Lecrae’s song about this. Enjoy:

“Don’t Waste Your Life”
(feat. Cam & Dwayne Tryumf)

[Hook: Cam]
Don’t wanna waste my life

[Verse 1: LeCrae]
I know a lot of people out there scared they’re gone die
A couple of them thinking they’ll be livin’ in the sky
But while I’m here livin’ man I gotta ask why, what am here fo’ I gotta figure out
Waste my life
No I gotta make it count
If Christ is real then what am I gonna do about
Everything in Luke 12: 15 down to 21
You’ve really gotta go and check it out
Paul said if Christ ain’t resurrected we’ve wasted our lives
Well that implies that our life’s built around Jesus being alive
Everyday I’m living tryin’ to show the world why
Christ is more than everything you’ll ever try
Better than pretty women and sinning and living to get a minute of any women and men that you admire
It ain’t no lie

We’re created for Him
Outta the dust he made us for Him
Elects us and he saves us for Him
Jesus comes and he raises for Him
Magnify the Father why bother with something lesser
He made us so we could bless Him
To the world we confess Him
Resurrects Him
So I know I got life
Matter fact better man I know I got Christ
If you don’t see His ways in my days and nights
You can hit my brakes you can stop my life
Then I lost my rights
I lost my life
Forget the money cars and toss that ice
The cost is Christ
And they could never offer me anything on the planet that would cost that price.

[Verse 2: Dwayne Tryumph]
Armed and dangerous
So the devil just can’t hang with us
Christian youth them will stand with us
Living and driven
Given a vision
Fullfillin’ the commission he handed us
London to Los Angeles
The rap evangelist
My daddy wouldn’t abandon us
I gotta backpack full of tracts and I keep it on the Johnny mac
So are you ready to jam with us
So let’s go, give me the word an let’s go
Persecution let’s go
Tribulation let’s go
Across the nation let’s go
Procrastination let’s go
Hung on the cross in the cold
Died for the young and the old
Can’t say you never know
Heaven knows how many souls are going to hell or to heaven so we gotta go in to get them

[Verse 3: LeCrae]
Suffer?
Yeah, do it for Christ!
You’re trying to figure what to do with your life
If you make a lot of money hope you’re doing it right
Because the money is God’s you better steward it right
And stay focused
You ain’t got no ride
Your life ain’t wrapped up in what you drive
The clothes you wear, the job you work
The color your skin naw you’re a Christian first
People get to living for a job
Make a little money start living for a car
Get ’em a wife a house kids and a dog
Then they retire they’re living high on the hog
But guess what they didn’t ever really live at all
To live is Christ and that’s Paul I recall
To die is gain so for Christ we give it all
He’s the treasure you’ll never find in a mall
Your money your singleness marriage talent your time
They were loaned to you to show the world that Christ is Divine
That’s why it’s Christ in my rhymes
That’s why it’s Christ all the time
See my whole world is built around Him He’s the life in my lines
I refused to waste my life
He’s too true to chase that ice
Here’s my gifts and time
‘Cause I’m constantly trying to be used to praise the Christ
If he’s truly raised to life
Then this news should change your life
And by his grace you can put your faith in place that rules your days and nights.

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Shareworthy: “WORD GUARDING” – Sept 25

“WORD GUARDING” – Sept 25

“…only a foolish inmate will try to escape during a lock-down.  A clever inmate will seek his freedom in the routine, when the correctional officers are numbed by the sameness of everyday.  If the correctional officers are not continually vigil,  an inmate could easily slip through with the routine.

Therefore, a guard is necessary to check the door of the prison at all times.”

Photo credit: Miguel Saavedra
Photo by Miguel Saavedra

This post comparing guarding our the words that come out of our mouths to a guard at a prison really got me thinking: when do the worst words I speak come out? Usually it’s during the mundane, the routine that I slip out something horrible, damaging, and cruel.

I recommend reading the full post (link above).

Right now I have a horrible, no good, terrible cold.  Early in the progression of the virus, I had a sore throat that made talking painful. I thought meticulously about what words I would use because each one cost me something physically.

I have to admit, though, I often don’t think about my word choices until it’s too late: once the horrible words that reveal the darkness in my heart come out, then I cry out to God to work in my heart. The reality is that I need to be constantly be praying this prayer that David pleaded to God, because not only do I want the words that come out of my mouth and thus my heart to be not evil, I want them to be good:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
-Psalm 19:14 (ESV)

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
-Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)

I want my heart to be less like a prison yard and more like a garden that my Savior delights to walk in.

Photo by Roger Kirby
Photo by Roger Kirby

Shareworthy: “Why Speaking Well of Your Spouse Is So Important”

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. ~Philippians 2:1-4 (part of my wedding passage)

A friend forwarded this post entitled Why Speaking Well of Your Spouse is So Important and I’ll be honest, it convicted me and reminded me of something I had already figured was true: speaking well of your spouse in public is healthy and loving.

Photo credit: Uffe Nielsen
Photo credit: Uffe Nielsen

In general, I think compliments “in secret” (ie. not in direct hearing of the person they are about) are one of the most wonderful things to hear about later for that person. Think about how you’d feel if someone came up to you and said, “So and so was bragging about you earlier today.” Awesome. Right? It’s like winning the compliment lottery! And how do you feel about the person who complimented you? You feel like you can trust them. Because for some reason, saying positive things in secret is so much harder than saying negative things in secret (ie. gossip). So for my single readers out there, I’d say this article is still a great read, because it still applies to other relationships significantly.

Excerpt from full article:

Early in our marriage, Gail and I attended a church led by a dynamic, thirty-something pastor. He was an extraordinary communicator. He was a wise and empathetic counselor. As a result, the church grew rapidly.

But as we got better acquainted with him and his wife, we started noticing a disturbing trend in the way they related to one another. They would often make disparaging remarks about the other in public.

At first, it seemed cute. Their comments seemed playful and humorous. Everyone laughed. But over time, they became more and more pointed, thinly masking their frustration with one another…

Shareworthy: “Love in Action–Papua New Guinea”; a reblog from Paul Baloche

I had so many chills and tears after reading this story, I had to share it. Please go and read the ending, because it illustrates how music and worship created around the world is bringing glory to the Lord.  Music did something here that medicine could not do, and as a nurse who is also a Christian, I think this story is especially important to me, and has helped me understand a little more my passion for music.

The following is a excerpt reblogged from Paul Baloche’s blog on LeadWorship.com. You can find the entire original post here.

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Not too long ago, I was in Edmonton, Canada, at the Breakforth conference.  After a songwriting session, a young woman came up to me and showed me some beautiful photos from Papua New Guinea.  She had been involved in medical work in several villages.  She told me how singing and songwriting had become an integral part of activities the villagers were involved in.  Then, a few days later, she emailed me the story behind the story….

Dear Mr. Baloche,

I realized that I didn’t explain the story about the child with the painted face.

The child with the painted face’s name is David, but it wasn’t that originally. He actually didn’t really have a name. See, he was born with Cerebral Palsy, and couldn’t move his limbs and doesn’t know how to talk. When his mother had him, the village thought he was born that way because he was cursed, and wanted to drown him in the river to lift the curse. His mother refused to kill him. She was the second of her husband’s three wives and was cast out of the family because they were afraid all their children would be cursed because of her act of defiance against the spirits.

So she was cast out of the village, and had to care for herself and her son across one of the rivers in a very small hut. No one would speak to her or interact with her, and when we arrived at the village they warned us not to cross the river because they thought we would be cursed too if we helped her.  It’s sadly not an uncommon occurrence.

So I ignored the villager’s protests and concerns and traveled across the river to see what I could do for her. When I arrived, even she was afraid to let me see her son because she believed he was cursed as well. When I convinced her it would be okay for me to see him and discovered he had CP and there was nothing I could do to cure him, I spent some time talking to his mother about her situation. The little boy was so helpless and small, and I was so proud of her for choosing to take care of him despite what she lost. She clearly loved him, but it was obviously hard for her.

I told her – and the other curious villagers starting to arrive to see if I’d be cursed – about how it was a medical condition, not a curse, that made him the way he was, as well as how it doesn’t mean he is stupid or unable to learn. You could tell just by looking into his eyes that he knew exactly what was going on. It was hard to convince them all though. They kept getting upset and insisting that even if it wasn’t a curse he was still useless and just took food and water they had so little of to begin with. They said it would be better for him to die to save the rest of the village even just one more meal. If you knew how little food they have you’d understand that this kind of thinking really isn’t as callous and terrible as it sounds. It broke my heart to see their desperation and to look into that beautiful face and into his mother’s tearful eyes and not know how to explain the value of this precious child to God’s eyes and plans.

So I did what I always seem to do when I’m at a loss for words. I started singing.

“Open the Eyes of My Heart” was the only song that came to me on the spot, so I sang it as I exercised his limbs… and then, the next thing I knew, he was singing along in harmony. He couldn’t say the words, but he hit every note. The whole village stared in amazement. He had the sweetest little voice. And his eyes were so incredibly bright…

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Read the rest of the story here.

And yes, my next Song & Scripture post will be the song “Open the Eyes of My Heart”!

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. (Luke 10:21, ESV)

Shareworthy: Did Jesus really mean “love your enemies” if they murdered your grandmother?

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