Monday, June 9, 2014

Take Me Back Lord

Do you ever think about the day you accepted Jesus and what an awesome day that was?  Tonight I've been doing that.  It seems that whenever I'm going through a rough place....wondering about it all....just about ready to go into a head first downhill slide....something happens that starts bringing things back into focus a bit.  Tonight it was a song that brought the day I first believed back to memory....a flashback moment.

Take Me Back (Andre Crouch)

Take me back, take me back dear Lord
To the place where I first received you.
Take me back, take me back dear Lord where I
First believed.

I feel that I'm so far from you Lord
But still I hear you calling me
Those simple things that I once knew,
Their memories keep drawing me.

I must confess, Lord I've been blessed
But yet my soul's not satisfied.
Renew my faith, restore my joy
And dry my weeping eyes.

Take me back, take me back dear Lord

To the place where I first received You.
Take me back, take me back dear Lord where I 
First believed

I tried so hard
To make it all alone
I need your help
Just to make it home.

Right now this song really says it all for me.  When it came on I knew it was for me.  If you could open my the words would see this song!  I have been thinking these very things but just couldn't get them out. 

I'm only sharing this because I think there are others out there feeling the same way.  We all have different journeys and different reasons we get to this place.  And really....I don't think it's a bad place because it's in this place that we really see our own need for our Savior.  It's in this place that we realize what Jesus has done for us....where He has brought us from and where He is taking us too.  Like the last couple of lines say....

We can try hard but we will always need HIS help to make it home!

Take me back dear Lord and renew my faith.  Restore me to what you want me to be....not to what I believe I am.  Amen....

"until we see JESUS....face to face"

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Let The Holy Spirit Guide

Today I decided I was going to need to adjust my perception of things....or take a long nap....because my day was not going real well.  I haven't been sleeping much and then I had a 8a.m....from a customer that wouldn't believe anything I said.  She thought I surely didn't know what I was talking about and nothing I said helped....when I could get a word in edgewise!  Finally I passed her off to someone else that had more patience than I did this morning.  So when I had lunch I decided maybe I should read my Bible a bit....

None of my Bibles are just regular Bibles.  They all have study notes of some kind in them.  This one has different notes and prayers and what I will call....little tidbits of wisdom and encouragement.  I opened it up....flipped through....and stopped on the last page of Galatians.  There in the margin it said....

Because God is called Holy Spirit I will let Him guide my life and attitudes.  

Galatians 6:16 NLT
May God's peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle;
they are the new people of God.

Then I read the verse above it....

Galatians 6:15b
What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.

There it is.  We need to let God transform us into who we need to be.  We can't do it on our own.  We can't be the person we need to be....the person that others can see Jesus in without first letting Him change us....our life and our attitudes....our old nature. 

After reading the 6th chapter I turned back a page and started reading at....

Galatians 5:16 NLT

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.
Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves.

That's the secret....let the Holy Spirit guide us.  We need a guide to be able to live a holy life in this world.  He helps us along the right path in life if we let Him.

When I read all of this today it made sense to me and I immediately thought I needed to share it.  I hope that somehow what I wrote makes sense to those who are reading this now.  

"until we see JESUS....face to face"

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Psalm 68:19

I found a new verse tonight....

Psalm 68:19 NLT

Praise the Lord; praise God our Savior!
For each day He carries us in His arms.

This verse was almost jumping off the page at me tonight.  When I read it I knew it was the Lord telling me not to worry....He's got me!  I just need to stay close to Him....walk with Him....and keep praising Him!  There is nothing more important than Him! 

I heard an old song today that fits for this.  Whether you live in a city or in the country....whether you are young or old....listen to the words.   

Just A Closer Walk With the link.

"until we see JESUS....face to face"