Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Count It All Joy

"You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever." -Psalm 30:11-12

Do you praise God even when life gets tough? Do you worship Him when you feel like you've hit rock bottom?
I hope so. :)

Count it All Joy

Lord I’ll count it all joy
When my troubles
Close me in on every side
Lord, I’ll count it all joy
When this road of faith
Runs through the darkest night
For I know You’re at work in me
Yes I know You’ll provide
All the grace I need

You have always been my Rock
I will trust You forever, forever
You have never failed me God
I will trust You forever, forever

Lord I’ll count it all joy
When the weight of sorrow
Drives me to my knees
Every heartache and pain
In Your mighty hands
Is forming Christ in me
And I know that Your Word is true
Yes, I know every trial
Will only prove

Another great song that goes along with this is Bring the Rain by Mercy Me. :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Burden For Prayer

This is a more personal post, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to post it. And I don't want this to sound all weird or anything. But I decided to post it.
Something that hasn't happened very often to me, but yet I remember each and every time as though it was yesterday...is when God places on my heart a burden to pray for someone.
I'm not talking about a burden as Christians we feel to pray. It's really hard to explain, but it's a burden so great it's as though you feel the pain of the person you are praying for.
And it really really  hurts. I can't describe how it feels. It's a feeling of hurt, lost and empty, with no cure. But when I feel it, it's not coming from me. I'm feeling someone else's pain. That might sound really weird, but that the closest way I can explain it. I feel the pain, and with it comes the extreme need to pray. To pray for that person.
I wrote these songs tonight based off what I feel. They aren't wonderful written songs or anything, they're more my thoughts and prayers.

Galation 6:2, "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

Praying for You Tonight

Please understand this isn't easy
Please understand it hurts
Please understand that I know
The pain you feel tonight

I'm here to share your burden
It's not yours alone
God has opened up my eyes
To see the hurt

I cry for you tonight
I hurt for you tonight
I pray
I pray for you tonight

Maybe I barely even know you
Maybe I saw you only once
But I feel as if I've know
Every pain within your heart

So I'm praying for you tonight
I'm asking God to show you
That he loves you tonight
I'm praying for you
Asking God to opened up your eyes
To know a truth beyond the pain
I'm praying for you
Praying for you
As the tears fall from my eyes
Your pain is mine
So I'm praying for you
Praying for you


On My Knees In Prayer 

Dear God I have a letter
But I'll write it in a song
Oh Lord why have you placed me here
Why in this place right now?

I feel like I can't stand the pain
Why do I feel it  now?
Is it a curse or a blessing
I've asked myself before

When I'm down on the floor
And the pain they feel becomes my own
I'll listen and bear he burden
Here on my knees in prayer

And when the tears are fallin', but they aren't my own
When my heart is aching, but the pain isn't mine
God I'll be on my knees in prayer
Praying you'll open up their eyes

I'm not asking for you
To take away the pain
I'll gladly bare the burden
And stay on my knees in prayer

But God I'm asking
For the strength, courage and wisdom
To bare this burden
To stay on my knees in prayer

And I'll be on my knees in prayer
For a burden I don't always understand
For a pain greater then I've ever felt
I'm on my knees in prayer.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Praise Him Continually

     So in a little less then 3 weeks I start college(wh00t!). Between now and that time I have a ton of free time. It's so weird having absolutely no school! I've been wondering what to do with all this free time and the Lord just really convicted me to spend more time in prayer and His word. It's been awesome! :) Not only that, but I've had more time to spend with my siblings (which in turn quite often supplies an endless array of funny quotes).
     I'm excited about starting college, but I'm also a little sad that I won't have that time to spend with God and my family. I know once I start college I'm just gunna feel insanely busy.
     But I know that God will give me the time to read my Bible, pray and spend time with my family...I just have to remember to keep my priorities straight and take the time he gives me and use it for him.
     A song I really love is Mercies Anew(lyrics below). One of my favorite lines in the song is, "At the end of each day, When my labors are through, I will sing of Your mercies anew." All day long I want to sing of God's mercies. Of his greatness shown to me. Of his blessings in my life. And when the day is over, when I have finished all my tasks, I want to have that same song in my heart. To praise God continually day and night. 
     Often it seems easier for us to do that when there are no distractions(such as school or college). It's so easy to get wrapped up in the things of this world. But we need to remember to continually see Christ. To continually spend time in his word. No matter how busy we are!
     My hope and prayer is that once I start college I can remember to do this. And to continu to do it all my life. :) I hope it will be your hope and prayer also.
     Psalm 143:8, "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I  should go, for to you I lift up my soul."

Mercies Anew
Every morning that breaks,
There are mercies anew.
Every breath that I take
Is your faithfulness proved.
And at the end of each day,
When my labors are through,
I will sing of Your mercies anew.

When I’ve fallen and strayed

There were mercies anew.
For you sought me in love
And my heart you pursued.
In the face of my sin
Lord, You never withdrew,
So I sing of Your mercies anew.

And Your mercies, they will never end

For ten thousand years they’ll remain.
And when this world’s beauty has passed away
Your mercies will be unchanged.

And when the storms swirl and rage

There are mercies anew.
In affliction and pain
You will carry me through.
And at the end of my days,
When Your throne fills my view,
I will sing of Your mercies anew.
I will sing of Your mercies anew. 

Deuteronomy 4:29, “From there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.”