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Was feeling defeated.  Then this song:

[Chorus:]
If this life has anything to gain at all
I’ll count it loss if I can’t hear you, feel you, ’cause I need you.
Can’t walk this earth alone.
I recognize I’m not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone.

[Verse 1:]
With every breath I take, with every heart beat,
Sunrise and the moon lights in the dark street.
Every glance, every dance, every note of a song.
It’s all a gift undeserved that I shouldn’t have known.
Every day that I lie, every moment I covet
I’m deserving to die, I’m just earning your judgment.
I, without the cross there’s only condemnation.
If Jesus wasn’t executed there’s no celebration.
So in times that are good, in times that are bad
For any times that I’ve had it all I will be glad.
And I will boast in the cross. I’ll boast in my pains.
I will boast in the sunshine, boast in his reign.
What’s my life if it’s not praising you?
Another dollar in my bank account of vain pursuit.
I do not count my life as any value or precious at all.
Let me finish my race, let me answer my call.

[Chorus]

[Verse 2:]
Tomorrow’s never promised, but it is we swear.
Think we holding our own, just a fist full of air.
God has never been obligated to give us life.
If we fought for our rights, we’d be in hell tonight.
Mere sinners owed nothing but a fierce hand.
We never loved him, we pushed away his pierced hands.
I rejected his love, grace, kindness, and mercy.
Dying of thirst, yet, willing to die thirsty.
Eternally worthy, how could I live for less?
Patiently you turned my heart away from selfishness.
I volunteer for your sanctifying surgery.
I know the Spirit’s purging me of everything that’s hurting me.
Remove the veil from my darkened eyes.
So now every morning I open your word and see the Son rise.
I hope in nothin, boast in nothin, only in your suffering.
I live to show your glory, dying to tell your story.

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
Glory was solely meant for you.
Doing what no one else could do.
With All I have to give, (With all I have to Give)
I’ll use my life, I’ll use my lips. (My Lips Yeaaah)
I’ll only glory in your Word. What gift to me I don’t deserve.
I’ll live in such a way that it reflects to you, my Praise.

“Boasting” by Lacrae

Your Love Never Fails

I felt entitlement and resentment yesterday and God ministered to me all day today with this song: while I was driving to work, driving to the Melee on the Bayou, and when I was finally driving home like Cinderella:

by Newsboys

nothing can separate
even if i run away
Your love never fails
i know i still make mistakes
You have new mercy for me everyday
’cause Your love never fails

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
there may be pain in the night
but joy comes in the morning
and when the oceans rage
i don’t have to be afraid
because i know that You love me
Your love never fails

the wind is strong and the water’s deep
but i’m not alone here in these open seas
’cause Your love never fails
the chasm is far too wide
i never thought i’d reach the other side
but Your love never fails

You make all things work together for my good
You make all things work together for my good

Held

“Daddy, when it get’s scary, will you hold me?”
John M

My children and I enjoy watching superhero cartoons together.  Two of our favorite shows are Super Hero Squad and Justice League.  The kids like to mimic the characters and sing the song during the introduction sequences.  However, along with each superhero comes a super villain, and the battle against the super villain can often be scary.  My youngest child James wants to watch with his older sisters.  However, some parts may get scary for him.  Rather than go away and do something else, he asks “Daddy, when it gets scary, will you hold me?”

James’ question made me think of my life and my attitude to God.  Many times our life can be difficult causing fear and anxiety.  We can face trials and disappointments such as uncertainty with school or work, relationship issues, or health problems.  God does not promise a life without trials.  In fact, as Christians, He tells us to expect trials.  However, God also reminds us He has overcome the world.  When life gets tough and trials come my way, do I run away to somewhere I perceive that it is safe?  Or do I face my fears and run to God’s arms and ask Him, “Daddy, when it gets scary, will you hold me?”  God, our Father, welcomes us with open arms.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  [John 16:33]

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  [Deuteronomy 31:6]

Beautiful Thanksgiving

“His Kind of Love”
Group 1 Crew

there are no words, no phrase i could create
there is no melody that i could make
how do you sing about the love so deep
without feeling like you missed something
i could try but i could not explain

His kind of love (His kind of love)
is reckless for us
His kind of love will never give up
‘til the whole world knows how far He went to show
His kind of love
His kind of love

His kind of love
His kind of love

tell me what kind of God would choose to save
the bruised, the broken, the sinners, the runaways
how do you ever try to comprehend this love that knows no limit
i could try but i could not explain

His kind of love (His kind of love)
is reckless for us
His kind of love will never give up
‘til the whole world knows how far He went to show
His kind of love
His kind of love

His kind of love
His kind of love

this is our God
He is strong and His mercy is our song
He won’t stop chasing us
that’s just His kind of love

His kind of love
His kind of love

His kind of love (His kind of love)
is reckless for us
His kind of love will never give up
‘til the whole world knows how far He went to show
His kind of love
His kind of love

His kind of love, His kind of love
His kind of love, His kind of love
this is our God, He is strong and His mercy is our song
His kind of love, His kind of love

Father

“Forever Reign”
Hillsong

You are good You are good
when there’s nothing good in me
You are love You are love
on display for all to see
You are light You are light
when the darkness closes in
You are hope You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You are peace You are peace
when my fear is crippling
You are true You are true
even in my wandering
You are joy You are joy
You’re the reason that i sing
You are life You are life
in You death has lost its sting

[Chorus]
Oh i’m running to Your arms
i’m running to Your arms
the riches of Your love
will always be enough
nothing compares to Your embrace
light of the world forever reign

You are more You are more
than my words will ever say
You are Lord You are Lord
all creation will proclaim
You are here You are here
in Your presence i’m made whole
You are God You are God
of all else i’m letting go

[Chorus]

my heart will sing
no other Name
Jesus
Jesus

The Prayer

by Saraliza Anzaldua
Praise be to the Father,
Who loves us so well.
Glory be to the Son,
Who for our sake went thru hell.
Thanks be to the Holy Spirit,
Who fills our lives each day.
May the Lord grant peace
to each of us I pray.

Rejoice!

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
by Matt Redman

[Chorus]
bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
worship His holy name
sing like never before
O my soul
i’ll worship Your holy name
the sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
it’s time to sing Your song again
whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
let me be singing when the evening comes
[Chorus]
You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
for all Your goodness i will keep on singing
ten thousand reasons for my heart to find
[Chorus]
and on that day when my strength is failing
the end draws near and my time has come
still my soul will sing Your praise unending
ten thousand years and then forevermore
[Chorus x2]
 
Jesus, i’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, i’ll worship Your holy name
sing like never before
O my soul
i’ll worship Your holy name
Jesus, i’ll worship Your holy name
i’ll worship Your holy name