Sunday, October 31, 2010

You Will be SAFE in His Arms!




To the one who's dreams are falling all apart
And all you're left with is a tired and broken heart
I can tell by your eyes you think your on your own
but you're not all alone

Have you heard of the One who can calm the raging seas
Give sight to the blind, pull the lame up to their feet
With a love so strong he'll never let you go
oh you're not alone

Chorus:
You will be safe in His arms
You will be safe in His arms
'Cause the hands that hold the world are holding your heart
This is the promise He made
He will be with You always
When everything is falling apart
You will be safe in His arms


Did you know that the voice that brings the dead to life
Is the very same voice that calls you to rise
So hear Him now He's calling you home
You will never be alone

Bridge:
These are the hands that built the mountains
the hands that calm the seas
These are the arms that hold the heavens
they are holding you and me


These are hands that healed the leper
Pulled the lame up to their feet
These are the arms that were nailed to a cross
to break our chains and set us free





During the time my parents traveled to Ethiopia to get my brother and sister, this was our "key song."  It reminded us that even though we were thousands of miles apart, we would still be safe in His arms. Recently, I heard this song for the first time in months.  It reminded me of the comfort it gave all during that time.  This song applies to all of us.  I know many who are going through much harder things than having parents across the world for ten days.  Maybe it's losing someone you love, or having to step up with courage and do something you never thought you could do.  Whatever it is, you are safe in his arms!  There are no exceptions! Even if you think you've fallen too far, or your heart has strayed too far from His way, he is still holding you.  But you will only realize it when you come to him.  God's hand holds everyone in this world.  But many do not even know it.  People around the world live in fear that could be conquered if they only knew that they have a loving Father in heaven, who will hold them safe in his arms.  Now don't take this to mean that nothing bad will ever happen.  God has called us to a hard path.  It says in John 16:33, "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.  In this world, you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world!"  God tells us not that everything will be perfect, but that when troubles come, we can be secure in him, and know that we are safe in his arms.  For his will is perfect, and when we realize that, we can sit back and have faith, in the safety of his arms.  

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Work of God



Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"  

Jesus answered them, "The work of God is this, to believe in the one he has sent."

John 6:28-29




Friday, October 15, 2010

How Great is Our God!!





Aurora Borealis Alaska



"How Great Is Our God"

The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

Name above all names
Worthy of our praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I Have Enough




I remember when we first brought Sunshine and Little Buddy home to America.  Although they did not speak much English, one of the first phrases we taught them was "I have enough." Coming from a country where they never had enough, they learned that it is possible to have enough food, clothes, toys, etc.

I believe this is something we all struggle with.  In America, we are infatuated with "getting more." There is always a bigger TV or that new pair of shoes or a tasty kind of candy.  And what about activities?  Why is it that we cannot simply be content? It says in Philipians 4:11b-13,

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Do you think you have learned the secret of being content?  If you were stripped of everything but your relationship with God, would he be enough?

For me, I don't struggle with wanting things,  per say, but I wish for talents or looks or friendships I don't have.  God has been revealing to me lately that HE is all I need.  I need to trust him with everything in my life, and when I do, I will truly have enough.  I believe trust and contentment go hand in hand.  If we know that everything will turn out alright, it is easier to be content.  Why is it then that although God gives us that very promise, we do not truly trust Him.   When you think about it, discontent is trying to make ourselves better without the help of God.  Often, when someone purchases a new item or wants a different talent, they want to make themselves better.  We think that some new shoes can make you look cooler.  We think that if we had a better voice, we could obtain that coveted solo in the choir.  Or if we looked prettier, we could be a part of that popular group.

All these assumptions demonstrate a lack of trust in God, and implication that he didn't make us good enough.   What we need to remember is that God doesn't make mistakes!  He made you PERFECT!
You are just right in his eyes!

'Beautiful' by Mercy Me says this in its chorus,

You're beautiful
You're beautiful
You were made for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful
You're beautiful
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are his
You're beautiful

This really is true.  Today, your Savior is asking you to come to Him and trust him.  Only then will you be able to say, "I have enough."

In His name,
See ya!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Just something......

You know me
When no one else does

You cover me
with your love

You fill my heart
with peace from above

I can't get enough.



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

YOUR LOVE


 by Brandon Heath
I felt it first when I was younger
A strange connection to the lie
I tried to satisfy the hunger
I never got it right
I never got it right
So I climbed a mountain and l built an altar
Looked out as far as I could see
And everyday I’m getting older
I’m running outta dreams
I’m running outta dreams
But Your love
Your love
The only the thing that matters is Your love
Your love is all I have to give
Your love is enough to light up the darkness
It’s Your love
Your love
all I ever needed is Your love
You know the effort I have given
And you know exactly what it cost
And though my innocence was taken
Not everything is lost
Not everything is lost
But Your love
Your love
The only the thing that matters is Your love
Your love is all I have to give
Your love is enough to light up the darkness
It’s Your love
Your love
all I ever needed is Your love
You’re the hope in the morning
You’re the light when the night is falling
You’re the song when my heart is singing
it’s Your love
You’re the eyes to the blind man
You’re the feet to the lame men walking
You’re the sound of the people singing
It’s Your love
But Your love
Your love
The only the thing that matters is Your love
Your love is all I have to give
Your love is enough to light up the darkness
It’s Your love
Your love
all I ever needed is Your love
But Your love
(Your love is all that I needed)
The only the thing that matters is Your love
Your love is all I have to give
Your love is enough to light up the darkness
(Your love is all that I needed)
It’s Your love
Your love
It’s all I ever needed


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Another Speech

Suppose tomorrow Congress passed a law that everyone must buy little red wagons.  You think that I do not want to buy a little red wagon.  I don’t like wagons.  I don’t like red.  the government can’t make me buy something!  Absurd as this seems, this is exactly what is happening with the new health care law.  This has been debated over and over again since before the bill became law.    Many people are questioning whether the government has the constitutional power to force us to use health insurance.  What is truth and what is false? In this speech I will show you:
What is actually in the health care reform law
 How it affects you
 If it is really constitutional
To truly analyze the health care document, we must first know what it says.   In short, the health care will provide a new sort of government funded health insurance.  All doctors and nurses will be made from the government’s purse, at no cost to you.  Additionally, anyone, even people who are currently sick, can obtain health insurance.  If you have your own plan, you can keep it.  Everyone will share the cost of the nation’s medical bills.  This may seem like the greatest plan in the world.  Who wouldn’t want to save on medical costs?  As wonderful as it may seem, there are a multitude of problems with this plan.   The first problem is that “free” health care isn’t free, for we must pay for it with our taxes.  Although our doctor costs may go down, our taxes will rocket sky-high, for we will be paying for not just our own, but for many other people’s medical bills.  Beyond the financial problems, this is socialism, the very thing Americans want to avoid.  
All this information is important, but how does it affect you?  Initially, you will be FORCED to have health insurance.  Some may say, why is that a bad thing?  But suppose you are a person who takes good care of your body, exercises, and doesn’t participate in dangerous activities.  You rarely get hurt or sick and don’t feel the need to bother with insurance.  When you need a doctor, you can pay for it yourself.  Under the new government mandate, you would have no choice but to use the government health insurance or find some of your own.  Secondly, you may have to wait for long periods of time at the doctor’s office.  Canada now has a health care system similar to the one we are planning to implement, and patients there have been known to wait for months to get medical treatment.  Three other things you may encounter are: little patient flexibility, less doctors, and government restrictions on food.  Surely this is not what we want for our country, for once socialism starts, it will only get worse.  
Finally, is this health care mandate constitutional?  The section over which there is concern, is the fact that the new plan requires U.S. citizens to purchase health insurance.  Never in United States history has there been a time when the government has mandated a purchase. This case has gone to the Supreme court, as Florida and Virginia have both filed lawsuits.  Recently, studies have shown that Americans agree with these lawsuits and are dissatisfied with the new health plan.  Also, there is another problem.  As I stated already, the new law guarantees That even people with pre-existing conditions can obtain health insurance.  The problem with this is that some people would only purchase health insurance when they are hurt or sick.  Think of it this way.  You are driving along the road and get in a horrendous accident.  You don’t have car insurance, so you go buy some and say, “I want you to pay for my repairs.”  The car insurance company will tell you, No, no, no.  We won’t pay for something that happened already. That’s not the way insurance works.” Yet, this is what is happening with this new health care.  The solution to this says the law ‘that everyone will have to buy insurance already, so this won’t be a problem; however, the fine for not having health insurance is MUCH lower than the cost of insurance itself.  Consequentially, many people will simply accept the fine and only purchase health insurance when they need it.   Then the health insurance companies, having not enough money to cover their patients will raise their prices, making health care more unaffordable.  The law will be make more problems rather than solving any.    With elections on the horizon, this mandate has become a huge issue that many representatives and senators have spoken on.  Current Democratic position holders have done their best to build support for this new law, although the controversy only seems to grow.  Is this new mandate constitutional? Only time will  tell.  
Through this speech, I hope I have opened your eyes to what is going on in our government by explaining what is truly in the health care law.  Now that you know how it will affect you, you can make up your mind to stand for or against it.  As to it being constitutional, that will be for the Supreme Court to decide.  Ultimately, though, you have the power to take a stand for what you believe is right.  So I want to encourage you to find out what is happening in the world around you, for you can only make a difference when you know the facts.    

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A New Member of the Family- Brownie!





Our newest addition- Brownie

Today my sister came home from a sleepover at a friend's house and brought with her a little caterpillar, which she gave to Little Buddy. He was enthralled and spent every moment possible watching "brownie."  Everything is a delight from "He's eating the leaf!" to "He's climbing up the stick!"  Little Buddy had misunderstood the part about Brownie turning into a butterfly.  When he woke up from his nap, he asked, "Is he a butterfly yet?"

In His name,
See ya!

Through him all things were made, without him, nothing was made that has been made.  John 1:3