Open Eyes

As I opened the eyes of my body this morning, I was hearing “open the eyes of my heart, Lord.

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You
To see You high and lifted up
Shinin’ in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy

Michael W. Smith’s song has now become a praise and worship standard, yet it’s so simple. The version he recorded is different from the one in my head this morning. Mine is much more quiet and prayerful, but then I’m an audience of one instead of 20,000!

I’m reading through Max Lucado’s book, Come Thirsty, right now. This morning I read, “The problem is the agenda of the human race. We pursue the wrong priority. We want good health, a good income, a good night’s rest, and a good retirement. Our priority is We.” GUILTY!! Reading Max’s words and hearing Michael’s song at the same time have brought me to my knees this morning.

When, how, why did I ever get to the place where I thought this life was all about me?? What I need, what I want, my desires, my hopes, my dreams? I have hopes. I have dreams. I have wishes, desires, plans… But, God, I want to glorify YOU in them. Open the eyes of my heart this morning and every morning. Show me where You need me to be.

This world… This life… Is not my final destination. God use me here, love me here, and leave me here until Your work is finished in my life.

Lift My Life Up

Sometimes it’s really hard for me to see things that aren’t right. I always wonder where God is in that situation. Most of the time I can get there, but sometimes I’m just left wondering, and praying. Sometimes it leaves me humble and thankful.

I woke up this morning with the band, Unspoken, singing Lift My Life Up in my head.

I lift my life, lift my life up
I give it all in surrender
I lift my heart, lift my heart up
You can have it forever
All my dreams, all my plans
Lord, I leave it in Your hands

This song is a new take on the old hymn, Take My Life and Let it Be. Listen to the acoustic version of this song here.

I love what Max Lucado says about worry… It means to “divide the mind.” Anxiety splits us right down the middle, creating a double-minded thinker. Perception is divided, distorting our vision. Strength is divided, wasting our energy. It wears me out just thinking about it!

I don’t think there’s room in any life for both worry and peace. If I’m worrying, then I’m not trusting God! If I’m at peace, then I know that God is in control, and I don’t have to be. Lifting my life up to The Lord also lifts all the burden off of MY shoulders and places it squarely on God.

Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you… Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” This is what I want. The peace that Christ offers me here, the peace that passes all understanding. Like my song this morning says, “if peace is a river, then let is sweep over me.”

Read all the lyrics here.