O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free! Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me! Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore! How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore! How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own; How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best! ’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest! O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heaven of heavens to me; And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!
EVEN THO' THE RAIN COMES DOWN IT BRINGS LIFE INTO THE GROUND AND I KNOW THE SUN WILL SHINE AND THAT BRINGS HOPE AGAIN TO THIS HEART OF MINE....THIS HEART OF MINE
I KNOW GOD CAN HEAL ALL THINGS BROKEN LIVES AND BROKEN WINGS ONLY HE CAN MEND A HEART THAT THIS WORLD HAS TORN APART....TORN APART
AS THE SEASON MAKES THEIR TURN THERE'S A LESSON HERE TO LEARN BROKEN WINGS TAKE TIME TO MEND BEFORE THEY LEARN TO FLY AGAIN ON THE BREATH OF GOD THEY'LL SOAR THEY'LL BE STRONGER THAN BEFORE
WHEN WE LOOK INTO THE PAST LOVE'S THE ONLY THING THAT LASTS AND THIS LOVE WILL KEEP US STRONG WITH GOD'S HELP WE'RE MOVIN' ON...TIME FOR MOVIN' ON
ON THE BREATH OF GOD WE'LL SOAR ...WE'LL BE STRONGER THAN BEFORE
October 17th, 2003
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." ~~James 1:2-4
"Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." ~~Philippians 4:4-9
I heard the most beautiful song today. As soon as I figure out who sings it and can give proper credit and direct you to a copy for yourself, I will let you know. Hopefully I will be able to find a way to post the song here for you to listen to it. For now, here are the words:
Can you imagine up in Heaven, God is sitting on his throne anticipating another sinner will soon become His own. Years of wasted living and years of toil and strife are just about to be over as he receives the gift of life!
Go sound the horn! Strike up the choir! A sinner is saved, saved from the fire.
No more in darkness, he's received My Son. All Heaven's rejoicing, that's the value of one.
The Holy Spirit has been working to soften up their hearts. All he needs is a willing vessel to simply do his part. Can you imagine up in Heaven, all the joy there will be that day? As a sinner bows his head to pray. Can't you hear the Father say?
Go sound the horns! Strike up the choir! A sinner is saved, saved from the fire. No more in darkness, he's received My Son. All Heaven's rejoicing, that's the value of one.
Start construction on his mansion there on Hallelujah Street. He doesn't know yet what is waiting when the Savior he will meet.
Go sound the horn! Strike up the choir! A sinner is saved, saved from the fire. No more in darkness, he's received My Son. All Heaven's rejoicing, that's the value of one.
This life is not really about the white picket fences that we try so desperately to build around our families and our lives. I learned that four years ago.
Our second child was due to arrive on April 3, 2004. During a normal doctor's visit, we learned that she was terminally ill. I carried her for several weeks before she died on October 17th, 2003. God revealed more of Himself to me in those weeks than I could ever describe.
You see...every moment, every relationship, every conversation... Everything!
It is all about eternity.
One day we will look back upon our lives and wonder why we spent so much time, energy and effort on the things of this world. This world and it's things will pass, but we will continue in eternity...whether spent in Heaven or Hell will last forever.
"1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4Who will have ALL men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.7Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. 8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety." ~~I Timothy 2
Is it not amazing and humbling that the very angels in Heaven rejoice when a man, a woman or a child "walks" through the gates of Heaven? Can you imagine it? I cannot but I look forward to the day that I will see angels rejoicing. I pray, for myself, that I might always remain focused on the Lord and remember that each day is not really about me or my schedule or my plans but it is about how I will spend eternity, how my husband and my children will spend eternity...how my parents, siblings, their spouses and their children will spend eternity...how my neighbors and my friends and their children and their families will spend eternity...how the postman or the librarian will spend eternity...
It is really about bringing glory to God. Our compass for this life is prayer and our map is God's perfect word.
I have never been one for the television and now that children have arrived, I find nearly everything on the television to be either unnecessary mind-clutter or inappropriate for their minds and hearts as well as my own.
We do enjoy music a good part of each day. A couple of wonderful online sources that I wanted to share:
Bible Broadcasting Network - We really enjoy BBN. There is music and a few sermons. You will find a show for the children and there are bible readings and book readings.
I just recently learned of Abiding Radio while stopping in to visit Mrs. Wilt in The Sparrow's Nest. I have enjoyed the music at Abiding Radio but have not yet had the opportunity to hear the sermons or other spoken word there.
We must be ever-so-cautious of what we take into our minds. It may not be that the particular television show or music impacts us negatively but I often ask myself if what I am doing, what I am saying, what I am hearing and what I am seeing are bringing glory to the Lord.
"But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night." ~Psalm 1:2
"He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live." ~Proverbs 4:4
I have found a most wonderful website and could not wait not one minute longer to share it with all of you! Truthfully, I have not read and reviewed every page so make sure you read and proof each page against God's perfect word. I haven't been able to get past this page: Ten Commandments Song. I have never heard this song before. We have been singing it all morning and I think we shall sing it at least once each day. :0)
Mrs. Stevens has created this site that seems to have a wealth of resources for teaching your children, whether you homeschool or not. There are musical scores, piano lessons, Spanish for kids, literature-based reading lessons, a script for a patriotic play (!), lessons to teach children about famous paintings and so many more things. Ms. Stevens offers these things for free as long as they are used for classroom or homeschool teaching and are not sold.
Now that is enough from me! Go and look at all the resources that Ms. Stevens has for your family at Garden of Praise.