Monday, May 7, 2012

Songs in the Night...

Sometimes night doesn't always mean nighttime. It means dark times, hard times, overwhelming times, times of questioning and wondering why. During these times, I often ask the Lord to give me a song, a promise that I can hold on to. Music is a big thing for me. The words and music of songs often express what my lips cannot. I wanted to share a few of the songs that God has used in my life to encourage me and keep me going. It is amazing what choosing to worship in the middle of hard, sad times does for your perspective & attitude. I hope they will be songs during your "nights" as well.

  • Already There- Casting Crowns
  • Blessings- Laura Story
  • 10,000 Reasons- Matt Redman
  • Steady My Heart- Kari Jobe
  • I'm Still Yours- Kutless
  • When The Stars Burn Down- Phillips, Craig & Dean
  • Take Me Over- Michael W Smith
  • Find You On My Knees- Kari Jobe
  • Trust In Me Now- Anthony Evans
  • Job Suite- Michael Card
  • Fear Is Easy, Love Is Hard- Jason Gray
  • The Hurt & The Healer- Mercy Me
  • Carry Me To The Cross- Kutless
  • After All (Holy)- David Crowder Band
  • Hold Me Close- Twila Paris
  • Oh God, You Are My God- Fernando Ortega
  • Jesus, Thank You- Sovereign Grace Music
  • A Way To See In The Dark- Jason Gray (my current favorite)
"But each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing His songs, praying to God who gives me life." -Psalm 42:8

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Burdened For My Babies

Do you ever sit and wonder how in the world you actually got to the place you are at, with little ones running around calling you "Mom"? In so many ways, I still feel like a child myself and it scares me to think that these precious ones rely on me for their every need. When I focus on the fact that it is I who will be their example of how to respond to all that life brings, I am literally terrified. With me as their example, I wonder that they ever have good attitudes about anything. Everyday, I am realizing more and more how incapable I am of raising my kids to be decent and responsible adults for Christ. But then I realize that, I am exactly where I need to be. At a point of utter helplessness. I can't do it.
Isaiah 54:13  "All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children."
Guess who teaches my children??? The Lord himself does! One of the things that I have been praying for my kids is that they will learn to recognize God's voice and hear and respond to Him. As I have been thinking about this truth, it has taken such a burden off of me to know that regardless of how I fail, the Lord teaches and speaks to my children. I know that He will never fail or be a bad example. 
Please pray with me for our children. Pray that they will know the Lord, not just know about Him. Pray that I will show Jesus to them in every situation, no matter how stressful or frustrating it may be.