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You’re Lovely Even With Your Scars

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Having just come off a week that rated high on the emotion scale I was angling to get back to the reality of my basic life. I’ve just returned from a trip to see family and friends that I left a few months back in pursuit of a new job opportunity with my family.

As I meandered through my lengthy list of in box messages I came to this video that a dear friend sent me shortly after I moved. It was one I hadn’t opened for some reason. It’s bold subject title was jumping off the page surrounded by a sea of previously read messages that I like to keep close at hand. I don’t file them so I have immediate access.

I suppose that might explain why I sometimes miss the pearls, like this one. Maybe the message was deliberately hidden from my view until just the appropriate time, and that time is now. Amy Grant is singing right to me. Her words poured right into my heart with a message as clear as a fresh spring.

Don’t try so hard- you’re lovely even with your scars. This was a week where I felt the source pains that had been covered over by the toughness of years of scars tissue. Going back to a place that I loved so much to people I care for so dearly brought back memories, both good and bad.

I was trying so hard- on many fronts. I couldn’t savor the beautiful time I shared with so many dear people because I was trying so hard. I would love a “do-over”. It won’t happen. I lost hours that are so precious. I was focused on too many things that took away from the blessings of being present.

So this song and its words are pressing against me in hopes that I will learn something. I tried too hard…to measure up, to do it all, to be a great daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, friend, listener, jokester, consoler, counselor…I grabbed for it all and I ended up empty. I tried so hard. I couldn’t be the person I’m designed to be.

Part of trying so hard was due to my emphasis on the causes of my scars. They must have been bulging. I forgot that underneath those scars is newness, protected goodness that resides within.

It takes a lot to admit that God created me, loves me, wanted me, gave me a purpose and family and friends. I am to be here. I partner with others to be a voice in the chorus. I’m lovely even with my scars to Him who matters most.

So tonight I need to spend this time with myself reorganizing my plans- not trying so hard to measure up. I am lovely even with my scars and so are you.

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Are you ready?

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Since I’m on my Anointed kick I had to add this video to offer a “two-for” at no extra charge! This song is the one that turned my ear to Anointed. It had so much soul and feeling. This song led me to Take Me Back showcased in the prior post. They are completely different in style, but an equally important message. The Lord is coming so get ready. We don’t know when it’s going to be…tonight?

1 Thessalonians 5:2
…for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Take Me Back

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I have loved this song for years. I don’t remember when I first heard it, but it caught me red-handed at the time. I don’t love God as a I ought to. I put myself ahead of Him…but I’m ready to learn how to faithfully love Him with my heart, my soul, my mind. Take a break from whatever you are doing and enjoy. He’s waiting for us.

Through It All

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I came to know of Andre Crouch from years of singing contemporary Christian music. He’s probably best classified in the Gospel music genre, but I’m a suburban Lutheran girl so we call it contemporary Christian. Andre’s music has been a source of inspiration for me certainly because of his musical stylings, but mostly because of his message.

Today I was thinking of a friend I’ve known for years who lives in China. She became a Christian a few years back though I’m not certain she really understands it all. I try to share a thought here or there at the appropriate times, but I just let the Holy Spirit take care of it mostly. She wrote me that her husband just passed away. He had been ill for some time but was improving. All of the sudden his worn out body gave up. I provided a weak message of my sorrow for her her though an email. I didn’t know what to say. My heart aches because I know how much she misses her husband already. Then today one of my favorite Andre Crouch songs popped into my head and I decided this will be my gift to her.

I pray this video and the Psalm I’ve featured below will give you strength and comfort through the trials you are walking through this day.  Thank you for your beautiful gift, Andre.

Psalm 138

I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing praises to You before the gods.
I will bow down toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.
On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.

All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O Lord,
When they have heard the words of Your mouth.
And they will sing of the ways of the Lord,
For great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is exalted,
Yet He regards the lowly,
But the haughty He knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

 

Center of It- Chris August

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Psalm 86: 1-10
Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God. Be merciful, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. Give me happiness, O Lord, for my life depends on you. O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask your aid. Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry. I will call to you whenever trouble strikes, and you will answer me. Nowhere among the pagan gods is there a god like you, O Lord. There are no other miracles like yours. All the nations- and you made each one-will come and bow before you Lord; they will praise your great and holy name. For you are great and perform great miracles. You alone are God.