I asked for Your protection
And You allowed me to see it was already there
I asked for Your provision
And You showed me all the ways you made me prepared
You’ve been working all this time
Thank You for allowing me to see
All the millions of little ways
in which You care for me.
My weights are heavy
And my words are insufficient
To bring about any change
So in Your arms I lay
Unworthy of this love
You’ve so freely given
I shackle myself to shame
You still hold me and promise
To give me a new name
From trapped to freed
Ashamed to forgiven
Weighted down and burdened
To a child of God
My thoughts alone can’t bring this change
So under Your wings I lay
Sometimes You’re silent
Even when You’re working
Sometimes life’s a mess
Even when You’re there
Sometimes I don’t see the answer
Even when You hear my prayer
Sometimes You show up
With just a nudge
A glimmer of hope
A reminder of Your love
Thank You for seeing me
Show me Your heart today
So I can love others the same way.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
For all the times You spoke
And I didn’t hear
The times You tried to get my attention
And I came nowhere near
For the times You shouted
Waving Your hands in the air
And in the silence You still whispered
Reminding me You cared
For the times You held me gently
As I wept in Your arms
The times You sent me warnings
To keep me out of harm
The times You’ve made me laugh
With Your wit, humor and charm
Your love, Your strength, Your kindness
Because that’s just Who You are.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
We are only responsible for half of this equation but we are responsible for 100% of our half.
So seek peace
Seek it with all you have
Chase it through every door
And then keep forgiving more
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
You are inscribed on my palm
Your name is before me day and night
Your soul calls out and I hear it
Your heart has needs and I want
To move the mountains to meet them
For you are precious in my sight
For who can express the great love of God… unrelenting, unequivocal to anything else. Grab hold, see it, feel it, hear it, it’s yours.