Experiencing hope, leaving a life that was wild,
Loving God, and BEing His child;
Experiencing peace, submitting to a new life,
Loving my husband, and BEing his wife;
Experiencing joy, bearing and nurturing the life of another,
Loving my children, and BEing their mother…
Experiencing love, love from God and family,
A love like never before, as such I’m able to BE.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God;
and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”
1 John 4:7
I will not take things personally,
I will take ownership for my part,
I will watch the words that I speak,
and allow God to touch the heart.
I will not be rude, hateful, or insensitive;
I will speak truthfully and uplift,
I will talk graciously to all around me,
and focus on God so not to go adrift.
I will lift up with my words and actions,
I will love for the benefit of the child of God,
I will not use my words to tear one down,
and will know I am blessed when I’m called odd.
I will allow myself to be moved
at the sight of someone’s circumstance,
and be ever so reminded of the moment
when God gave ME another chance.
I will be soft and quiet and tender
and I will seek to bless the Lord.
I will be content and at peace
As my relationship with God is restored.
I’m doing what it is God calls me to do
I’m changing the way I live.
As I look to Christ as my example –
I will forgive.
~Meekness –Kindness – Edification –Compassion –Gentleness – Forgiveness ~
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:12-17
“I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8
I love, have joy, I mourn;
I serve, give mercy, I warn;
I pray, I’m tender, I grant compassion;
Yes, I partake in all of these actions.
I’ve been accused, my actions aren’t genuine;
That my thoughts are not my views or personal passion;
That I ignore my true feelings and do as I’m told;
To do anything else would be “ever so bold.”
It’s annoying when the truth is ignored;
That I have “no choice” because I serve my Lord.
I fight to forgive, and I’m frustrated until,
I choose to let it all go, and I trust in God’s will.
Of course I also have anger and struggle with fear,
But in these I trust that I can persevere.
I try not to give in to these temptations,
To treat others poorly and lose all my patience.
The Lord provides a picture of perfection
And my hope is in His resurrection.
It’s because of Him my life was formed,
And through Him my heart is transformed.
I’ve seen perfect love and can love more genuinely.
Perfect joy and can smile more readily.
Perfect peace even as the tears may fall,
And perfect patience in the midst of it all.
Perfect kindness He’s given to me,
Yes, perfect goodness is all that I see.
Perfect faithfulness in His promises,
And perfect gentleness I cannot dismiss.
His actions help me change my life,
To be a better mother, better friend, and wife.
Oh yes, it’s clear that he’s no dictator;
He came to serve even as our Creator.
So to say I do these because I am told,
Is simply wrong and bitterly cold.
That I don’t take care of me is confused,
It was HIS body that was beaten and bruised!
I have my struggles that don’t compare
To the cross that He did bear.
I give my life to Him each day,
Not to earn his love or repay.
You see, the separation of me and my sin
Are not struggles I endure to “please” Him.
It’s to overcome the ugly from sins done to me,
When I should have just been young and free.
Though I do hope to be a pleasing sight,
I know my God is just and right.
I live my life enjoying my Father.
Even when I make mistakes, I’m never a bother.
So today, I parent my children with love and with care,
Protecting them; oh the predator wouldn’t dare!
It’s God’s Word that has taught me how;
Not the world – not then, not now.
Even still, children are hurting
With evil they are dancing and flirting,
Because their parents don’t look to God
And yet I’m the one who’s seen as odd.
It doesn’t matter what God does,
There are still going to be those who put up a fuss;
They’re going to twist the things He’s said
To match up with with what they want instead.
Where standards were higher
(When men rebuked even the liar)
They refer to God as evil and unforgiving
For not allowing certain sinners to go on living.
Upon mankind lowering their standards,
God increased His grace for sinners.
Still He’s seen as powerless
For forgiving all those who repent and confess.
When God did not hide what was good and what was evil,
People then called Him power hungry and tyrannical.
Where God has given grace and forgiveness
People then claimed “the law no longer exists!”
I will stand firm in the truth, His Word, that I see,
Not just because of His decree.
I’m not struggling under harsh commands nor do I succumb,
I live for Him because in His Word there is wisdom.
I love because He made me to love,
I don’t do so because of any shove;
I have joy because victory is won,
Even as I may mourn I find comfort in His Son.
I do my best to serve others,
Not just because they’re my sisters and brothers.
I reveal what I’ve learned about the Word,
Because the misconceptions are absurd.
I know I’m not close to perfection:
I am hurtful, I’m mean, and I fear rejection.
I hate that I’m that way
Because it’s WRONG, okay!
So when you see a Christian friend
Stop and think of where they’ve been.
I’m a lot like you, I’ve experienced pain
But believe it or not, He’s broken those chains
Because the sorrow I’ve endured lasted only a “night”,
Yes it led me to turn around my life,
To stop acting scared and feeling alone
The past I’ve had I don’t bemoan.
I give God the glory to all my success.
Had I not known Him, I would still be a mess!
He’s my all! I shout it out loud.
All alone or in a crowd.
So whether someone believes the Bible or even hates it
Spreads the lies and refuses to admit it
Try as one might, they won’t succeed in tearing me down
Because I serve the Lord renown!
By Chris Whitten
Verse 1 –
I live a life I wasn’t meant for.
Driving down roads I know by name.
Wonder where it’s gonna get me.
How much am I to blame?
It’s hard to think about a someday.
When my mind it will be free.
From the ropes and chains that blind me.
From the one who lets me see.
All this noise is just confusion.
Busy-ness to sate my thirst.
All of it is a distraction.
From the day we leave this Earth…
Chorus 1 –
You don’t know me, like I don’t know me, but I know the one who does.
All the time He’s wasted on me. All the gifts He’s placed within me. I can’t begin to earn His love.
Verse 2 –
Maybe that’s the point now.
Yeah, that’s why we’re here.
I gotta look outside myself.
Gotta learn to own my fear.
I’ll stare across the ocean.
Of all my doubt.
Troubled seas surround me.
To the north, east, west and south.
If I only look within me.
At the hurt that I breed.
I can’t love like I should.
My heart can’t be free.
Gotta figure out a plan here.
My time could be next.
Learn to appreciate by
what I’ve been blessed.
Chorus 2/Outro –
So I have a question. Is this how you feel destined? Like me: in fear, in pain, alone?
Grab my hand I’ll take you with me. It’ll be a long hard journey. But we’ll find our way back home.