When we evaluate people, we evaluate them on what we have experienced. Therefore, our evaluations are ALWAYS limited to some degree. If you were to look at my mistakes and judge them based on your experience, my mistakes may appear catastrophic! But if you were to compare my mistakes today to my mistakes from 15 years ago, you would be astonished at my growth! Therefore evaluations are always relative. And that is where perspective plays such a huge role in our judgments. We seem to always be praising the idea of not judging one another until it doesn’t make sense to us. Then judging seems the right thing to do. I get it. I do it too. But I’m trying my best to understand that just because I don’t understand someone’s actions doesn’t mean I have the right to judge them but to try my best to give them understanding, forgiveness, compassion and kindness.
Where’s the depth?
My spirit feels dry
I need some resuscitation
Bring me back to life
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a]enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
I’d rather have peace
Rather be wrong in my faith
than selfish in my doubt
Rather be judged for childlike faith
than for my life when I am faithless
I’d rather believe the Bible
than the guesses in my head
I’d rather seek an invisible God
Than seek fruitless desires instead.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
He greets me with no judgement
But a nudge and a call to what’s right
He watches and waits patiently
As I work through the trials in my life
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Because of You
I have stability, security and strength
I know where and to whom I belong
Storms are used to strengthen me
Heartaches turn into song
Because of You
All troubles find their purpose
All questions are met with grace
All sins are cleansed and forgiven
There is hope in each new day
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
When I reach emptinessIt’s time to look up
When I find myself searching
It’s time to be reminded of Your love
I come to You empty handed
So You can pour into me
I find fulfillment in none other
So I can be reminded it’s You I seek
And this hope will never disappoint us. We know this because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts through the Holy Spirit he gave us.
It’s taken me captive
Been ruthless and cold
Gripping my heart
Unwilling to let go
I’ve pressed on despite it
Used it to grow
Gotten used to its presence
And welcomed it home
It’s had purpose, made gains
Inspired me to change
Been my friend, left me slain
My daily reminder, my pain
2 Corinthians 12: 8-10
8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I love the place I’ve found
I’m thrilled with the changes I’ve seen
I love that any residual pain
Continues to sharpen me
Don’t think, just do
Don’t analyze, just move
Don’t pretend, just be you
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
You are above my emotions, above all that I think or feel.
My future is not dictated by my circumstances, but by your will.
Elevating my beliefs to your truths requires turning away from lies
Lies that say life’s only goal is reaching self satisfaction
That all must be well around me before following through with godly action
Earthly troubles are my perimeter, all that my earthly eyes can see
Looking beyond to the heavenly is what You are asking of me.
Scripture says your ways are above mine and your thoughts are not as my own
That You surpass all understanding, that You sit on your royal, heavenly throne.
This earthly plain I so clearly see.
Let me leave it behind to rest beside Thee.
I’ve been here before
And I know which way to go
So how come everytime I step my foot out
The rest of me doesn’t want to follow
Hindered by self
And the desire to be filled
Doubting Your promises
And fearing Your will
What if it is not what I want
What if it’s full of sacrifice
What if I’m never happy
What if I could create a better life
Do I choose trust
in this uncertainty
Do I trust
You love me abundantly?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I have seen the heavy weight of sin
I’ve allowed it to pull me in
It’s blinding and alluring
Unrelenting and dangerously bold
I chased it and I needed it
Until it grabbed a hold
It started to pull me under
Till I couldn’t come up for air
And everything around me
Crumbled with despair
I was left in the wake
Feeling empty but not alone.
For then is when I saw it
Jesus sitting on His throne
I’ve seen sins power and destruction
Felt my heart blinded and controlled
Seen devastation in life
When I don’t believe and let sin unfold
But He’s offered me freedom
He has overcome
He defeats the darkness
And He’s the Only One.
To rescue, redeem and set me free.
To break all chains and bring me peace