Closer to You

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It’s a new day, what comes my way,
What do You have in store for me?
Blue skies or rain, great joy or pain,
What do You have in store?

Every morning mercies are new,
Living one day closer to You.

Lord, draw me nearer every day,
Draw me closer to You,
Show me the way,
Show me the way,
Draw me closer to You.

When all seems wrong, I’m not alone,
You are there in mercy and love,
Though my heart aches, Your grace shapes me,
For I am in Your love.

Take me, change me, teach me,
Guide me, and correct me,
Draw me closer to You.

Behind the lines

(Lamentations 3:21-41 ESV)

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him; let him put his mouth in the dust—there may yet be hope; let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults.

For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men. To crush underfoot all the prisoners of the earth, to deny a man justice in the presence of the Most High, to subvert a man in his lawsuit, the Lord does not approve.

Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come? Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins?

Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD!  Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven.

Time

pocket-watch-3156771_1920The moon waxes and wanes again,
The tide comes in and then descends,
There is a time for everything.

The mountains rise and sleep again,
The sun will climb and then descend,
There is a time for everything.

Time, time, there is a time,
Time, time, there is a time,
A time to cry and grieve through pain,
A time to laugh and joy to sing,
There is a time…
Time for everything.

Children will grow and move away,
We must account for all our days,
There is a time for everything.

At the right time, Christ would descend,
On the cross He took on our sin,
Then He rose, yes, He rose again…

There is a time He’ll come again,
The Risen Lord will soon descend,
There is a time when time will end.

Behind the lines

Another year has come (2013) and we do not know what it will bring. We don’t even know what tomorrow will bring, but the Sovereign certainly does. He is outside of time, He created time and will be there when time ends (as we know and understand it).

Time is such a precious thing, yet we are often stressed by it. Going everywhere  in a rush is the norm in our culture today. We’re in such a rush that “as we are going” we have very little time to serve and minister to others.

Take some time to enjoy the moon, stars, mountains and sunshine. Spend quality time with your children, parents, and family. Make time for God’s Word and prayer and consider the spiritual and physical needs of others. Consider He’s coming back. Will He find us so doing?

As you go, minister to others and share the love of Christ.

It’s His time. Be a good steward of it. Redeem the time…

[11] He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. [12] I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; [13] also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man (Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 ESV).

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