Giving You my burdens may at first feel bitter sweet
Yes, My soul finds rest but restless still are my feet
My mind still churning, always yearning
Still I come to You and pause
Finding Your calmness, strength and sweet relief
As You speak to my heart and restrain my wayward feet.
I see now this path
wasn’t meant to be mine
And now it’s time to go.
Please reassure me today
That Your Hand is still here
and in control.
Proverbs 19: 20-21
20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. 21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
You will make a way through this uncertain road
You’ll clear a path and illuminate my stepping stones.
Where will you take me? You will not say.
Only that you love me and you know the way.
Along the path my Lord leads me, whispering as we go.
Invisible safety embraces me disguised as a “not now” or a “no”.
Holding me to say “wait”, releasing me when it’s time to go.
Where he is leading me, I don’t yet need to know.
I see this is by Your hand.
Though not all will understand
How You’ve led me into
Your promised land
The pasture is green
The waters so wide
A land flowing with honey
You there by my side
My soul is refreshed
My heart so content
Each labored step led
By divine Providence
Years in the storm
Now worth the wait
The desires that were born
The mistakes that were made
The changes that occurred
All through grace
Ushering me here
To this moment, this place
1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4Even though I walk
through the darkest valley, a
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Start a fire in my soul
Speak truths to me
Let them be known
What do I walk away from
What do I keep near
What step of faith do I take
Shout it so I can hear
Open my ears to hear
So that I would do things differently
Than I’ve done before
Open my eyes to see
So that I’d walk in obedience
When You open the door
You’ve been there
Waiting all this time
What was needed
To awaken this heart of mine
Oh the way You watch and love
I am captivated
I am dedicated
There’s a little extra pain in my tears
A little more sorrow in my heart
The struggle is getting the best of me
Each day I’m not sure how to start
One breath at a time
I slowly move forward and pray
That I’ll see something, hear a word
That sounds different than it did yesterday
If it’s not from You,
take it away
Before it leads me astray
If it is from You,
give me peace
As I navigate this bumpy street
I’ll wait for you, I’ll wait
Won’t do it as in the past
Won’t go my own way
Won’t jump in too fast
Your eyes see ahead
Your hand holds all the cards
You’ve made and erased all the rules
You’ve let me taste your heart
So I’ll wait, I’ll wait for you
Lest I err in my own way
I’ll take it slowly, let it unfold
And keep waiting on you today
You know exactlywhat I need in every way
You foresee my life
And You guide every day
You use my weaknesses
To accomplish Your will
You change my heart
And cause me to be still
I can’t see You with my eyes
I’ve faced many doubts
But every time I give up
You grab hold and turn me around
That’s how I know
and why I believe
That’s how I know
You see and love me
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Here I am safe
Keep me in your arms
As I clean out the messes
That cause me nothing but harm
Here I am loved
Let me never forget
As I keep walking further away
From a broken past and regret
Here I am hopeful
Fix my gaze on You
As I search to know You more
Align my thoughts with Your truth
They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.
Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
My hope points in the wrong directionIt’s simplistic and misguided
Turn my hope toward the things You want for me
And my hope will guide my feet.
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
There are times we come to a place
Where a decision needs to be made
Our natural self leans a certain way
But You tell us to stop and wait
Past my inklings
There’s your voice I think
When I don’t follow me
But I wait and trust in You
You give me the answers
And show me what to do
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Make straight the crooked paths
Fill the empty holes
Mend the broken pieces
Lord make me whole
Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
Hush be still and quiet
Wait as my plan unfolds
Keep your feet moving
Recall all you’ve been told
Remember in the night
Things I’ve spoken in the day
Walk by your faith, not sight
And I’ll show you the way
Sometimes all you want to do is fix it. You want relationships to mend, illnesses to heal and circumstances to change. You want a miracle. But a miracle doesn’t come, the relationship doesn’t mend and the illness doesn’t heal. And you are left in the wake of unwanted circumstances that seem to have no chance of recovery and your footsteps are heavy as you walk and wait for an answer. And the Lord says these are the times His grace is sufficient.
My grace is sufficient in your pain
My grace is sufficient in death
My grace is sufficient in your weakness
My grace is sufficient in brokenness.
My purpose for you will still be accomplished
although it doesn’t look the way you think it should
My purpose will supersede your desires
I’ll work this all out for your good.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.”
No more looking behind
No more wasting my time
Ask You for my bread each day
Trust that You will lead my way
Smile at You as You return my gaze
Rest in You and be amazed
I am not alone
I am not in need
I am with my Savior
He is enough indeed
Several years ago I had a dream. In my dream, I was kind of hopping through the treetops and I could see everything going on down below from a higher vantage point. What I saw below was like an obstacle course. It was very very busy and noisy. There were swinging ropes and tunnels and mazes. It was nighttime but bright neon lights were everywhere. It looked exciting and fun but also potentially dangerous. And as I was looking at it all, I wondered how I would ever know which course to take.
Some dreams, and I have a ton, just stick with me and that has been one of them. And often times I can see the parallels between my life and that dream. It is so full of activity and choices. It is full of possibilities, both good and bad. But when I am walking the ground down below and all I can see is the obstacle right in front of me, I lose sight of the bigger picture and have trouble deciding which way to go. So maybe that is when I go to the treetops. Get up higher to see the bigger picture. Get to a place where the noises are quieter, the lights are softer and the perspective is bigger and clearer.
So how do I get to the treetops?
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Isaiah 55: 9
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.…”
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Tune your ear to hear Me
And disregard all other noise
I have something different to say
I bring wisdom, encouragement and joy
Listen not to the competing sounds
They hinder, hurt and distract you from me
Give them no room, no voice in your heart
But fine tune your life to hear only Me
When You seem far off
You’re still near
When life seems beyond my control
It is in Your hands
When lessons get hard
You are teaching me something new
Thankful You never leave and
You love me the way You do