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my heart’s cry

When will the world
See that we need Jesus?
If we open our eyes
We will all realize
That He loves us
When will the world
See that we need Jesus?
When our hearts are as one
And believe that He’s the Son of our God

(Chorus)
The Lord is our God
And we shall never want
The Lord is our God
And we shall live forever
When we share the love of Jesus
See each other as He sees us
Then His love will see us through
His love will see us through

When will the world
See that we need Jesus?
When sister and brother
Love one another as one
When will the world
See that we need Jesus?
Will we ever understand
Jesus is the Son of man?
We must live in the shadow of His love

When will the world
See that we need Jesus?
If we open our eyes
We will all realize
That He loves us
When will the world
See that we need Jesus?
When our hearts are as one
And believe that He’s the Son of our God

When will the world
See that we need Jesus?
When sister and brother
Love one another as one
When will the world
See that we need Jesus?
Will we ever understand
Jesus is the Son of man?
We must live in the shadow of His love

This is just about all I have tonight, but it is most certainly the truth.

God in my living,
There in my breathing

God in my waking, God in my sleeping



God in my resting, There in my working

God in my thinking,
God in my speaking



Be my everything,
Be my everything

Be my everything,
Be my everything



God in my hoping,
There in my dreaming

God in my watching,
God in my waiting



God in my laughing,
There in my weeping

God in my hurting,
God in my healing



Christ in me,
Christ in me

Christ in me, the hope of glory

You are everything

Christ in me,
Christ in me

Christ in me, the hope of glory

Be my everything
-Tim Hughes, “Everything”

A Confession

            Hi.

 

James 5:15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

 

            On Valentine’s day this year, I posted a blog about my philosophy on driving. In this post, I declared my personal conviction that I should never speed. I stopped speeding completely two Mondays before then. I’m sorry to say this lasted only a little over a month and a half. I have sped many times since the end of March. I have honestly been ignoring this conviction for a while now, and I can do it no longer. Holiness is holistic. I can’t separate my life into little parts where it’s important to do what is right in one area, but in others it’s ok to fudge it a little bit. It’s not ok.

 

—God, I’m sorry for how I’ve sinned. I want my life to be all for you…all of it. Please forgive me, and help me. I can’t do this on my own. I turn from this, reminding myself and proclaiming that You are King in my life, and You always will be. Keep me in Your ways, Lord.—

 

Father I can remember when
I made a lifelong promise
To follow You all the way
But I hear so many other voices
There are so many choices
Pulling my heart away
I am tempted by
The worldly ways around me
By philosophies and powers
That surround me
Won’t You lead me

 

Keep me in the narrow way
Keep me in the Jesus way
I need Your help today
Keep me in the narrow way
Keep me in the Jesus way
I need Your help today

I hear wisdom is calling me
Leading me on the highway
Of righteousness and peace
I feel the battle is raging on
I’m asking You to be
The captain of my will
I am tempted by
The worldly ways around me
By philosophies and powers
That surround me
Won’t You lead me

I want to follow You
To keep my eyes on You
I want to live my life for heaven
Your everlasting truth

Is what I’m holding to
I want to follow You forever

 

Keep me in Your way
Keep me in Your way
Keep me in the Jesus way

It’s A Sign! or is it?

I know it’s been awhile since my
last post. I haven’t avoided them intentionally, by any means, I’ve simply not
had time to write.

 

            I want to
talk about signs and coincidences. What do the things you have in common with
someone really mean? As always, you can trust that I don’t know everything. In
fact, I don’t even know a whole lot. Bear with me as I hash through this a
little bit. Give me your input, too.

 

            You find
out that the object of your romantic interest grew up with the same favorite
kids T.V. show- You and your sweetheart wear the same size shoes- You both eat
cheese on your potato chips- It’s a sign! You’re destined for each other! Right? How much stock do you put in the
things that you have in common with someone? What does it mean when you and the
person you like share a lot of interests and favorites, dislikes and tastes,
events and thoughts and words?

           

            I’ve had
several of these things come up over the last…little while. My lady-friend and
I have come across many things that we share. One of the first that comes to
mind is that we both have always loved the constellation Orion. We both favor
the color green. Both of us typically have a particularly difficult time with
Wednesdays. We’ve shared very similar musical tastes, we’ve said the same thing
at the same time (Jinx!!). Wind-chimes, Chris Rice, 26, Florida-’02, Love Languages, and many
others.

 

coincidence -an event
that might have been arranged although it was really accidental.

 

            Here is the
bottom line with what I think of these things, and I really believe this: I
think that coincidences and things you have in common with someone don’t mean
that you are a “perfect match” or that you’re “made for each other”. It’s not
even going to make your relationship any easier (except maybe sometimes not
having to discuss what restaurant to eat at because you both love Tex-Mex). I
believe that these “signs” are in our lives for us to smile about. Don’t get me
wrong, this is nothing to sneeze at. We should relish the things that God puts
in our lives that are a joy and a pleasure. What I’m saying is that decisions
and relationships cannot be built on coincidences. You have to work at knowing
someone and communicating well with them, and most importantly, first seeking God’s will and His heart for
you and for the other person.

 

            I think
about relationships (and life, in general) sort of like buildings. You must
have a strong foundation. This must be Christ. Your building must be
constructed with materials that will last. (Reference:
1 Corinthians 3:10-15
). You want to build the majority of your structure
using materials like gold, silver, and costly stones. When you build with wood,
hay, and stubble, it is burned up in the fire, and it doesn’t last. Honestly, I
see “signs” sort of like very pretty wallpaper. It would be foolish to live in
a building with walls that are made only of paper, but the pretty patterns and
designs are good to look at and smile about. It makes you feel good. This
really is a good thing. It’s just not a substantial thing, in the structural
sense.

 

            I have a
lot to smile about with my Special Someone, and I pray you have much to smile
about too. I’m praying that God helps me build wisely on the Foundation that is
laid, and I pray the same for you.

 

-d

What a wretched man I am

I keep trying to find a life
On my own, apart from you
I am the king of excuses
I’ve got one for every selfish thing I do

Whats going on inside of me?
I despise my own behavior
This only serves to confirm my suspicions
That I’m still a man in need of a Savior

I wanna be in the light
As You are in the light
I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens
Oh, Lord be my light and be my salvation
Cause all I want is to be in the light
All I want is to be in the light

A disease of self runs through my blood
Its a cancer fatal to my soul
Every attempt on my behalf has failed
To bring this sickness under control

Tell me, whats going on inside of me?
I despise my own behavior
This only serves to confirm my suspicions
That Im still a man in need of a Savior

I wanna be in the light
As You are in the light
I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens
Oh, Lord be my light and be my salvation
Cause all I want is to be in the light
All I want is to be in the light

Honesty becomes me
theres nothing left to lose
The secrets that did run me
in your presence are defused
Pride has no position
and riches have no worth
The fame that once did cover me
has been sentenced to this earth
Has been sentenced to this earth

Tell me, whats going on inside of me?
I despise my own behavior
This only serves to confirm my suspicions
That Im still a man in need of a savior

 

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

 

 

===Yes, praise be to You, Lord. I surrender all to you. Transform my mind, renew it every day. I love You.===

 

-d