One Thing Remains

Rule number one in a house with a newborn: If the baby ain’t sleepin’, ain’t nobody sleepin’! Especially not his momma. I watched her all night with her baby boy, up and down, nursing, changing, rocking, burping, quieting, changing, feeding, on an endless loop. She’s a natural. Born to be a momma, though her younger brothers may have a different opinion about that, she has a naturally quiet way with her son. Quiet whispers, gentle soothing sounds, confident hands-on nurturing and loving and caring for her baby until he can care for himself someday. (And it won’t stop there!)

“Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.” I woke up with these words in my head from Kristian Stanfill’s song, One Thing Remains.

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant in the trial and the change
One thing remains

On and on and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never, ever, have to be afraid
One thing remains

Your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me

In death, in life
I’m confident and covered by the power of Your great love
My debt is paid
There’s nothing that can separate my heart from Your great love

God’s love never fails us. Ever. Like a new mother, God has a naturally quiet way with his children. He speaks in quiet whispers, gentle soothing sounds, confident hands-on nurturing and loving. His Holy Spirit guides us in the way we should go. When we are stressed, in pain, struggling to hang on, God is there in the middle of it, carrying us through until we can stand on our own. In the middle of it all, one thing remains. God’s perfect love.

Click here to listen to One Thing Remains by Kristian Stanfill.

Featured image: I love baby hands!! This is Samuel’s hand in mine. And as precious as it is to hold his sweet perfect hand in mine, it cannot compare to how God holds my hand, my life, in his hands.

Break Every Chain

“There is power in the name of Jesus… to break every chain.” This line from the band, The Digital Age, has been in my mind all through the night and still this morning. The song is called Break Every Chain and it’s from their Evening:Morning album. Having been a church musician since I was 13, every song I ever heard about the Name of Jesus has come into my head. Here are a few titles… You may remember some of them, they’re fine old nuggets…

There’s Something About that Name
At The Name of Jesus
Glory to His Name
No Other Name
Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know
Precious Name
Just Say Jesus
Take the Name of Jesus with You

This list could get long. The thing is that there IS power in the name of Jesus! I’ve felt it myself. In the middle of the night when I’m wide awake and praying for someone I love and I don’t know what to pray for, I have just spoken His name and sleep comes. When I was recovering from spine surgery and in extreme pain, His precious name settled my nerves and my pain so I could rest. Somehow, speaking His name out loud brings peace to my world.

This song also brings lots of scriptures to mind, so I’ll share some here as well…

Philippians 2:10… so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

Acts 3:6… But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”

Acts 16:18… About the girl with the evil spirit who was badgering Paul for many days, he “turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.”

“To break every chain.” Chains of oppression, chains of illness, chains of addiction, chains of evil. Anything that binds, heavy, dark, strong… There IS power in the name of Jesus. Imagine the impact to our hurting world if we all speak His name together!!

Just say, “Jesus.”

Go here to listen to Break Every Chain by The Digital Age

Hope In Front Of Me

It’s a gray dreary Friday, and it’s pouring rain, which is fine because it’s August in the bluegrass and we need rain every chance we can get! It spits against the window, drowning out any birdsong. They’re in hiding anyway, waiting for it to stop, finding shelter in the trees, hoping for a break in the action.

I woke up with hope singing in my mind this morning. A song called, Hope in Front of Me, by Danny Gokey. Here are the lyrics to the chorus…

There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light I still see it
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I might be down but I’m not dead
There’s better days still up ahead
Even after all I’ve seen, there’s hope in front of me

“Hope in front of me.” What a great line! Hope, in all it’s glory and grace, boldness and beauty, is right in front of me if I will just open my eyes and see it. If I will look up instead of down, if I will reach out instead of inward to myself, Hope is standing right there, waiting for me to grab on with everything I have! Grab on, hold tight, and stand tall in the power of the Holy Spirit! That’s a promise in the scripture we can take to the bank.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13

Click here to listen to Hope in Front of Me.

I chose the featured image because kids are our hope!

 

Praise

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain

Over and over in my head this morning. I looked it up. Revelation 5:12 says, “worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” Scholars call this the sevenfold tribute. I call it praise.

And that’s all I want to do with my music, with my writing, with my life… Praise the One who made me, Who gave me life, Who took away the sins of the world. He, and only He, is worthy of my praise, worthy of my devotion worthy of my heart. All the rest is icing on the cake.