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.
Jesus is with me
because I have the greatest need
He didn’t come for the Saints
For those strong in good deeds
He came for sinners
He came for me
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
This is not the path I had in mind
These are not the troubles I would have designed
But my easy roads would never have known
The beauty your paths have shown
so I will trust in you
Give me a rule
And I’ll try not to break it
Expect too much
And you’ll not be pleased
Show me my debt
And I’ll toil to pay it
But convince me of your love
And I shall never leave
Nothing can take me from You
No sin too great
No fall too far
No heart too broken
You’ve covered it all. 💗
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
I never discover a solution
My battles never find resolution
My actions never match my words
My thoughts are always disturbed
I never write a famous song
I never find a place to belong
My worry doesn’t cease
My soul never finds peace
Promises are fulfilled
I perfect the art of being still
I continue to grow and gain
I find purpose in the pain
I gain insight and faith
I discover new strength
I hold fast to the truth
I stay beside You
We want magical
Mind blowing days
We want mysterious
Beyond the mundane
the in between times
Full of contentment and grace
We want answers
Purpose, Wanna make a dent
in this place
I always come back to You
You are the highest good
I can think or see
You are my heart’s home
You are my shelter
The safest place for me
The other day I was approached by (I assume) a homeless man asking for money. I rarely have cash but happened to have some that day so I felt compelled to give him $5. Someone with me made a comment like “ya we know what he’s going to do with that!” And it was said in a not so nice way.
I understand that thinking and I’ve struggled with it myself. But at the end of the day, I don’t know his story and I don’t need to. I’m just called to help others in need, not just with my money but with compassion as well.
The beggar is an opportunity for me
To offer my help to a person in need
Will I glance away pretending not to see
Assume the worst and count him undeserving?
Or will I give simply because he is in need
No judgement or condemnation, no expectation
Just help for a man life has knocked to his knees
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Will You do it for me
Will You be my strength
Will You face my enemies
And counsel me at length
Will You bring redemption
And hold me safely there
Will You offer forgiveness
Will You hear my prayer?
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You are the warmth I feel
when driving at night
The hope I feel
when nothing is right
The melody in my song
When I don’t have a tune
The vision in my head
When I don’t know what to do
I desire immediate gratification.
But often Your timing is different than mine.
Please help me to remember in my struggle for pleasure,
That Your will be done, not mine.
In my need, I surrender my heart to You.
One broken area at a time.
In Your grace, I offer my thanks to You.
For being patient when I am so stubborn and blind.
May I trust You enough to ask every day that Your will be done, not mine.
You don’t want me with a million masks on
To prove my worthiness to You
You want me to accept Your grace
And sometimes that’s all I can do
Do not promote guilt
When I died to set you free
Who decides which sin is worse
When this wasn’t even clarified by Me?
It is the condition of the heart
That only the Father can see
And He deals with it in grace
Not in condemnation to imprison thee
1 Samuel 16:7
“…The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
“Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
I see your beauty
I see your vulnerability
Your desire to be loved
Your hope for acceptance
Toughness that covers it up
I see you standing tall
And gifted in all you do
I see your beauty
I see you
When it comes to things
I don’t understand
I give them to You
and trust what You say
When worry is tempting me
To care what others think
I remember your thoughts
Are all that matter anyway
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
You were in front of me
Proving You’re true
Then You hid and allowed me to be tested
My blinders came on
And I forgot all I knew
James 1: 23-25
Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
Stillness takes discipline
Waiting when I want to go
Pausing to take things slow
But it’s so good when I do stop
When I stop to look for You
When I stop to remember truth
Pride quiet yourself
You will not be entertained
Suffer silently through
your offense and inflated pain
Regret you’ve been replaced
This is no longer your domain
You ruled uselessly for years
Now turn and go on your own way
And last but not least
I am abandoning you fear
For all the missed opportunities
You caused me while here
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I long to follow
my own dreams
Hoping my fairytales
will come true
But I’m concerned
That way of thinking
to the truth of You
Culture says I can have it all
It says to follow my heart
Your Word says my heart is deceptive
To not trust in myself but in who You are
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their lifef will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”
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.’”
This world brings much trouble
And the fights not over yet
But I’ve remembered Who’s I am
And He’s not finished with me yet.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
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.
Never quite belongingComfier on my own
Not fitting in the crowd
Resisting any mold
Foot usually in my mouth
Heart on my sleeve
My pen is oft too revealing
Love me or let me be
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.
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.
Leave your bag at the door
Leave your burdens
All you carried here
Think of them no more
Tomorrow when you come again
Leave it at the door
And when you leave
You may pick it up once more
My hope for you one day
As you’re treading back and forth
Is that you see it’s not required
To carry your bag from door to door
Run run run away from all you know is not right
Don’t look back, Don’t hesitate
at your intuition to take flight
The wrong way comes easily
Sometimes it will fall at your feet
Don’t misinterpret it as the way to go
It will surely lead to your defeat
Stay on the path I’ve paved for you
I’ve planned for all your provisions here
Trust me and follow my guidance
Keep your heart covered in prayer.
Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.
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.”
It’s not with my eyes
My touch or my nose
It’s something down deep
It’s not something I heard
I read or was told
Its a truth buried deep
In my soul
You are our Creator
Defender of the weak
You love beyond measure
You rescue, forgive and seek
He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
Nearer and dearer each day
Until finally Your face is seen
Tiptoeing closer and closer to You
Until I’m caught in Heaven’s beam
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.
I’ll dream a dream of heaven brightOf merry souls full of light
I’ll dream a dream that sparks my soul
Of smiles revealing all untold
I’ll dream a dream of visions true
Of things to come with me and you
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.
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.
I think it’s all been saidEvery lesson, every truth
Every heartache, every bruise
My processing is done
Life’s been torn apart, paralyzed
Put back together and analyzed
Now silence is golden
I can rest amid the lack of chatter
And focus on the things that matter
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.
He came to me again
He showed me His hand
in the things I’ve been experiencing
He helped me understand
He loves, He frees,
He relentlessly loves.
He heals me
He is bound to no man. He is subject to no law.
He destroys boundaries, He is above it all.
The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
Just when I think I’ve found the right to judge
The right to hate, not forgive and not budge
You pull me aside and remind me of my sin
You remind me of your love and the grace You keep me in
1 Corinthians 13:2
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
I no longer have to apologize
To the world for my every mistake
And seeing where I’ve gone wrong
No longer causes me to break
I don’t like it and I’d rather be perfect
But I’ve yet to find one who is
Thank the Lord He is gracious
That He sees, knows and forgives
Guilt and fear are getting weaker
While strength is taking their place
It’s not Your will to live in shame
But to walk in confidence and grace
Where do you run when your heart is searching?
I’ve looked to friends
Looked to family
Looked to religion
Looked to destiny
I’ve played nice
I’ve taken revenge
I’ve taught peace and love
I’ve found my zen
They all lead me back
To the same dead end
In my heart, in my mind
When I give things to You
You change them
You change me
And You become the only One
I ever want to run to
Certain things I’ll never understand
And some of them cause me pain
But when I place them in Your hand
They never quite feel the same
The sting is dulled, hope gets brighter
Faith feels renewed and restored.
So I’ll keep placing life in Your hands
And keep my torn heart at Your door
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
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.
Grateful for trials
For hard times and growth
Grateful for treasures
For pleasures, for both
Grateful that falling
Finds wings to take flight
Grateful the valley
Gives way to great heights
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.