It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything original and demoed it out. I decided this morning to just sit down and give it ago. Wrote this one in about 10 minutes. Let me know what you think. I hope you find encouragement and hope in it. Blessings.
Drowning So Don’t be surprised if I fall at Your feet If I cradle inside and rest between Your arms Don’t be surprised if I crawl til deep cries to deep. If I hideaway my self until Your Spirit brings peace.
I’m a tired boy, sandbox and seesaw spent. With all my intentions like driftwood on the tide came and went. Like dawn and dusk cycle so does my heart. But I’m drowning in grace as You pull me back to the start
So Don’t be surprised if I fall at Your feet If I cradle inside and rest between Your arms Don’t be surprised if I crawl til deep cries to deep. If I hideaway my self until Your Spirit brings peace.
I’m a grown man, inbox and outbox spent. With all my aspirations my dreams came and went. Like 9 and 5 cycle so does my heart. But I’m drowning in grace as You pull me back to Your heart.
So Don’t be surprised if I fall at Your feet If I cradle inside and rest between Your arms Don’t be surprised if I crawl til deep cries to deep. If I hideaway my self until Your Spirit brings peace.
Drowning I’m drowning Drowning in Your grace
So Don’t be surprised if I fall at Your feet If I cradle inside and rest between Your arms So Don’t be surprised if I fall at Your feet If I cradle inside and rest between Your arms Don’t be surprised if I crawl til deep cries to deep. If I hideaway my self until Your Spirit brings peace.
All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?” But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” And the LORD said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”
We are so often Israel or worse. Every time I read through the Old Testament accounts of Israel’s exodus from Egypt I’m always struck and how stubborn and selfish they are. Here God has delivered them out of slavery. He has drowned their enemies and left nothing but dry ground so their sandals wouldn’t get wet on the way through the Red Sea. I’m amazed at them. I get frustrated with them when they whine to Moses about being thirsty… they are alive and free… water will come… instead they fight and fuss asking to themselves “Is God even with us?” What type of question is that! Did they not walk through as waters parted or gather morning manna or follow the cloud and fire through the wilderness? Yet they question God when they are thirsty for water.
I get frustrated… but I’m the same way some times. When times get tough or difficult, if I’m honest when I get tried-hot-thirsty-uncomfortable I start whining at God. I put on my pouty face like a toddler who just dropped his ice cream cone and I start hollering at God to fix stuff.
Many things are wrong with this. First thing, I’m hollering at God. Have I forgotten who God is and who I am? I am no one outside of God allowing me to draw breath in and breathe breath out. He is God… I should shut up.
SecondI have forgotten that God is good. I’ve forgotten that He’s saved me from slavery to sin. I’ve forgotten that He’s parted many “Red Seas” for me to pass through to protect me from my enemies. I’ve forgotten that He’s provided food for me to eat every day. I’ve forgotten that He’s guided me through the Holy Spirit through the wildernesses of life. I lose sight of Him. I become selfish and act as if none of those things matter. He is God… I should show some respect.
Is God with us or not? He absolutely is. I just get in my way of seeing that. God forgive us for when we forget who You are and what You’ve done for us.
“Once we are actually friends with the folks in struggle, we start to ask why people are poor, which is never as popular as giving to charity. One of my friends has a shirt marked with the words of late Catholic bishop Dom Helder Camara: “When I fed the hungry, they called me a saint. When I asked why people are hungry, they called me a communist.” Charity wins awards and applause but joining the poor gets you killed. People do not get crucified for living out of love that disrupts the social order that calls forth a new world. People are not crucified for helping poor people. People are crucified for joining them.”—Shane Claiborne (via irresistiblerevolution)
If you could tell the boys in PowerSource anything, what would you tel them? The girls?
Guys & Girls - Love God. Love People. Follow Jesus. - Everything else falls into place.
Guys - when you date a girl you will either marry her or break her heart. There is no alternative ending here. One or the other will happen. If you’re gonna date someone you’d better be darn ready to marry them. To break their heart would be a diservice to your sisters in Christ and it would be incredibly selfish on your part.
Girls - Guys are dumb. I am one I know. Your relationship with Christ is more important and has more value than any relationship you will ever have with a guy (this includes your future husband).
Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.
They’re talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken up a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear herds us into a prison of unlocked doors. Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?
Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, where you could trust more and fear less.
Can you imagine your life without fear?
Fearless is an encouragement to readers to grasp the life God has called them to. It’s a call to stop living in fear thinking about the little things or big things that go wrong in life. It’s a call to trust God in everything big and small. It’s a call to live large for Christ. Max Lucado is an excellent author. This is my first book by him and I look forward to reading more.
This morning I went bike riding with Kristin on the Black Water Creek Trail here in Lynchburg. We left the house around 5:45am and made it to the trail around 6:00am. We road about 4 miles before turning around and heading into home. It was a good time out. The first morning out exercising for me in a long time. The first morning is always easy… it’s the second and third that are rough… I’m planning on hanging in there this time. At least trying to. Saw Jeremy there as we were coming in getting ready to go out for his morning run. It felt good to get out and bike and do something with the morning. Not feeling to tired yet which is cool. It was good to be able to clear my head while riding. At one point I was riding and looked to my right and noticed a doe was walking right beside me. I slowed down and she slowed. I stopped and she stopped. It was a beautiful quiet moment. I prayed a prayer to the “Creator and Giver of Breath to All Things” thanking Him for the beauty of the quiet morning and of His creation. It was good morning. A really good morning.
“Let’s try to say one major thing each week. Not eight. It supports the local church in a better way. If the speaker is talking about forgiveness. Don’t spend 30 minutes singing about God as creator. You can always make a connection, but try to sing songs leading to forgiveness. It’s better leadership.”—Nicolas Carver: Worship Leader @ Brentwood Church Lynchburg, Virginia.
Following Jesus is not about saying walking an aisle to stay out of hell. It’s about a life change. It’s a journey into every day trying to become more like Christ. Jesus spoke little about hell but much about following Him with everything we have. If you’re not following Him with everything, if the desire isn’t there, I think your ticket out of hell may not be as anti-flammable as you think.
TheCommonCup:Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14) (via @davidnasser)
9FingerBandit:Morning buddy...just finished a discussion board & saw your tweet was similar 2 my topic. Wondering your take on Deut. 18:9-14 How does principle of OT law impact the way we do worship in Westernized church culture? Been tossing it around in my head.
TheCommonCup:The key idea in Deut. 18:9-14 is that Israel was to be a blameless and set apart nation. Holy and righteous before God and man. Trying to live blameless is another way of saying "worship as a way of life" worship of God encompasses our lives. Blameless living & worship as a way of life are the same. We're striving for holiness and ways to worship God with everything. For the westernized church we have to ask what "abominable practices" does the lost world use to "worship" that we should not.
9FingerBandit:Very well put...thanks for the input.
Afterward Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’” But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.”
There are times when God speaks into our lives. He uses His Word, His Spirit, circumstances, people, media, arts, nature, anything He wants to get our attention and tell us what He is call us to do in a defining moment in our lives. The question is… will we listen?
So often I feel like we are distracted from God’s voice I feel like whether we believe it or not, we sound like Pharaoh. We are left standing on our soap boxes shouting “Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice and do ___________?” We turn into a hard hearted egotistical god.
Pharaohs were viewed as a god by the Egyptians. Here is this god (Pharaoh) being confronted by the true God who is telling Him to do something. We just entered into a major cosmic boxing match between The Hulk and a hamster. God is greater, stronger, higher, healer, awesome in power, and above all. He created Pharaoh and is trying to teach him a lesson about who’s really GOD here.
We all need to be taught this lesson. In one way or another we all assume the role of god and begin to ignore the one true God. We trade the Creator for His creation.
The truth is we ought to stop playing God because we’re not good at it and the position is taken.
So what about you? What is the thing in your life the LORD is calling you to do?
Will you obey His voice and do ________? Or will you continue to play God?
Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Then the LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.’ But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go. And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”
Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you.’” The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. But the LORD said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— “that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” Again, the LORD said to him, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” And he put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow. Then God said, “Put your hand back inside your cloak.” So he put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. “If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign. If they will not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground, and the water that you shall take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”
But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him. And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs.”
Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Please let me go back to my brothers in Egypt to see whether they are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.” So Moses took his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the staff of God in his hand.
And the LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.’”
At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and sought to put him to death. Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.
The LORD said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which he had sent him to speak, and all the signs that he had commanded him to do. Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel. Aaron spoke all the words that the LORD had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.
What if Moses had not done what God asked? He had a choice. He could have coward away hiding behind his excuses. To an extent he still did. He hid behind his brother Aaron. I often wonder why God chose to use the burning bush. Was Moses running and ignoring God so much that he had to use something this drastic in order to get his attention? God no doubt, as we read later, had some amazing plans for Moses. He was going to use him to lead the exodus of the Israelites, God’s chosen people, out of slavery from Egypt. He was going to use him to lead a nation. He was forgiving his transgressions. He was calling him to something new.
I believe that God uses burning bushes to try and grab our attention all the time we just remain so busy that it’s hard for us to see them. We often pass by our time with God as if it’s just something to check off our list. We think “time with God” is limited to a few minutes spent alone in prayer and reading from the Scriptures. We forget that God is with us always. We forget that He is always speaking and grasping for our attentions as we remain distracted.
What are the burning bushes in your life that you may be ignoring?