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Music Speaks: Strong Enough

Strong Enough
by
Matthew West

You must, You must think I’m strong
To give me what I’m going through.
Well, forgive me
Forgive me if I’m wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

Well maybe
Maybe that’s the point
To reach the point of giving up

Cause when I’m finally
Finally at rock bottom
Well that’s when I start looking up
And reaching out

Cause I’m broken
Down to nothing
But I’m still holding on to the one thing
You are God
and you are strong 
when I am weak.

I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don’t have to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

I know I’m not strong enough to be
everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For the both of us

I feel that little needs to be said in addition to this song. This is very exemplary of where my heart is at right now; crying out for God to be my strength when so much has gone so wrong.

“Maybe that’s the point, to reach the point of giving up. Cause when I’m finally at rock bottom, that’s when I start looking up.” A less eloquent version of this line has been running through my head all week, as I’ve known that I am not alone in all of the troubles I’ve been dealing with. Giving up was certainly a first thought, yet it was immediately followed by appreciation for the need to rest on God.

“That 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.”
– 2 Corinthians 2:10

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Posted by on March 17, 2013 in Music Speaks

 

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Wrong Generation

I have come to the decision that I was born in the wrong decade.Decades

I can’t tell you how much I crave the good ol’ American values and wholesomeness of the 1950’s—disregarding the far superior music of past generations because that is just a whole different topic altogether.
I also know, however, that there is a reason that I was not born in a past era, and God knows exactly what He is doing.

While I may not know myself what His specific plans are for me, I know that when it is time, He will reveal His will to me, just as He will also do for you.

Remember, if you feel lost, or are struggling with where God has you at this point in your life, He has a purpose for you.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

He is getting you ready to do whatever it is that He put you here on this earth to do.
Whether or not you know what that might be.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Life in General

 

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Celebration: For a Friend & For the Father

So there’s this girl. She is intelligent, funny, beautiful, dedicated, and most importantly, she is godly. In fact, I can confidently say that she is by far one of the most godly women I’ve ever met. Oh and she’s only twenty-three-years-old.

I met her somewhere around six years ago, and even then, I had never met anyone so die-hard devoted to the Lord. She was immediately an amazing inspiration to me—even at a time when I was far too stubborn to accept it as a fact—and I have since admired her strength. As any follower knows, it isn’t easy to follow God in today’s world, but it’s especially difficult being a teenager in the society in which we live.

This girl, however, has persevered through difficult times, always knowing that God was and is her strength, and now He is rewarding her with an amazing opportunity to “go into the world” and share His word. She and the ministry which she is a part of, will be travelling to Romania this upcoming April! They will be going to the Republic of Moldova to disciple to the people, and to plant churches and bring the people into Gods loving arms.

This is such a wonderful mission and I am so excited for my friend to be a part of it, and to see the many ways in which God is and has been using her throughout the entire time that I’ve known her.

Aside from sharing my excitement for my friend, I also wanted to spread the word about this upcoming missionary trip, and to ask for prayers, not only for the people who will be going, but also for the people to receive them and the Good News which they’re carrying along with them.

You can find more information about this Ministry, this mission, and how to support them by visiting their website at www.realtruthmatters.com and by visiting their blog.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Life in General

 

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“A Day Off”

“Even preachers take a day off.”

Those words have been echoing in my head since yesterday. It isn’t the first time I’ve heard this in the past year, and whether it was directed at me or not, it has had me thinking. The most recent person who’s said this, accompanied it by also making the point that saying something numerous times does not make what you’re saying true, nor does it change the opinions of others, and it also does not mean that you’re better at whatever it is that you’re talking about (i.e….parenting, Christianity, a fan of something, etc.). The final words from this statement have also been bothering me, “Just makes you that annoying person.”

I began to think about this in terms of things that I say and share on social platforms. Aside from updates on my daughter and odd things that she does, the only other thing that I am repetitive about is God. I often share Scripture or quotes from authors/books that I am reading. I share things that speak to me, realizing that is a social platform and other people can read it, most often, I repost these things as a reminder to myself more than anything. However, sometimes I also post them because I know that I have friends and family who will also appreciate them, as well as some people, like myself, who can come across a Scripture at a random point in their day and be uplifted by it.

So, “even a preacher takes a day off.” Yes. He takes a day off from preaching. Preaching on Sunday morning is his “job”, it’s what he does as work or employment. Does this means that as a child of God, he is not to speak the Gospel at any other time? No, because while preaching may be his job, God is his life. If you are a doctor, do you refuse to save the life of someone in need simply because it’s your “day off?” I sure hope not.

In the past two years, I’ve been quite openly mocked about my faith, being called so-called insulting names, such as “a Bible-thumper”, and a “God-girl”, and I’ve been told that I don’t “have” to “act” like the “good girl” all the time just because I’m “religious”, and I’ve been told “even a preacher takes a break.” Unfortunately, sometimes when you hear something so much, you begin to wonder if it’s true. Well, yesterday in a moment of weakness was one of those times for me as these words kept ringing in my mind. I began to think, maybe I am doing something wrong, maybe I should just keep it to myself and stay quiet about what I believe. But wait–it seems like I’ve

heard something like this before. Just the opposite, in fact.

The cost

“He said to them “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation.” – Mark 16:15

“You will be hated by all the nations because of me.” – Matthew 24:9

“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” – John 15:19

Am I supposed to remain silent in my faith? Absolutely not! Am I going to lose loved ones because of this? Most certainly, if they are not believers as well (Matthew 10:32-29). But it is a price that must be paid, and one that I am willing to pay if it means that I will one day see my Father in heaven.
I will not deny Him, and I will not down-play His existence and role in my life, and I will not take “a day off”, even if that means that people won’t like me and even if I become “that annoying person”. While it’s a difficult sacrifice to make, it is one that I have made before, and one that I will more than likely be making again before my life on this earth is over.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Life in General

 

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Music Speaks: Where I Belong

Where I Belong
Building 429

“Sometimes it feels like I’m watching, from the outside.
Sometimes it feels like I’m breathing, But am I alive?
I won’t keep searching for answers that aren’t here to find.

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

So when the walls come falling down on me
And when I’m lost in the current of a raging sea
I have this blessed assurance holding me.

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

When the earth shakes
I wanna be found in You.
When the lights dim
I wanna be found in You.

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong.”

I came across this beautiful song a few months ago and while I generally skip through the songs on my iPod at a rapid rate, this is one that I can never skip. Each time I listen to it, I am compelled to sing along, and each time I sing to the Lord “this is not where I belong, take this world and give me Jesus” I experience chills and just an aching in my core. It has taken me some time to find a way to express just what that feeling in my gut is but tonight I finally figured it out. It finally hit me that this is my spirit groaning to be home with my Father. I love this simple yet imperative actuality that this world may be where my body resides, but it certainly is not my home. I do not belong here.

“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.”
– John 15:19

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Music Speaks

 

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The Truth About Security

“But what happens when the people of God do not escape from the beguiling enchantment of security? What happens if they live their lives in the mirage of safety? The answer is wasted lives.” – John Piper

This is the thought that is heavy on my heart right now.
I’ve been reading “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper for the last two days and I have been unable to put it down. It is a fantastic book and it has got me thinking so much and I have again been finding answers to questions that I’ve been asking most of my life.

A friend of mine suggested this book to me, saying that I’d really like it, and boy, was she ever right. This afternoon as I come to chapter five, I’m fairly certain that this is exactly where she was at in her reading when she thought of me.
Chapter five is titled, “Risk Is Right−Better to Lose Your Life Than To Waste It.” Those who know me, or even follow my blog likely have a sense of how much this chapter relates to me. From the first paragraph, I felt as if a magnet was drawing me deeper into the book. While I’ve been learning a lot from this book, the quotation at the start of this blog is the first point in the book where I’ve really had to pause to collect my raging thoughts.

After reading Pipers questions and answer found here, my initial thought was instant and simple. “Ouch.” bigstockphoto_risk_1072402
Sadly I know that this is exactly what I have been trying to do with my life; I’ve been attempting to hide and to live in what he refers to quite fittingly as “the mirage of safety,” even knowing that it doesn’t truly exist.

The author got me praying and wondering, How many opportunities for joy and blessings have I missed by trying to hide? How many chances have I passed up to share Gods love with others because I was too afraid to be social, too afraid to take the risk?

The answer? Too many. Even if it was only one, it was one too many. Risk for the glory of God is necessary, and something to take joy in. It’s hard for me to believe that I didn’t see that before reading this book, but I see it now and it’s time to make a change.

Here’s a new request for my blog. I ask that you please pray for me. Pray for me to have the strength and courage to step out in faith and to overcome my fear that I may bring glory to the Savior. Please pray with me, that I don’t waste my life.

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Life in General

 

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Fearing Evil

There is so much evil in the world today. My first instinct is to ask God “Why?”, but if I were honest, I’d have to say that I probably know the answer. Either way, it’s not for me to question. However, being prone to anxiety and fear on a daily basis, all of the recent tragedies have only added new layers. The past few days have been difficult for me, as they have been for many people. My first glance at media this morning was met by the “Breaking News” of a church about a mile from the Connecticut school having been evacuated this morning after a bomb threat. First a movie theater shooting, then another school, a hospital in Alabama and now this? The heaviness of my heart had finally weakened me to the point of collapse. I didn’t fight it. No, instead I just gave in. I collapsed right into Gods arms, into His Word.

The truth is, I could no longer simply “remember” the words that I needed to give me strength. I needed something to refresh me, and as it turns out-God gave me (and everyone) just the thing to remind us what we need to know.
I sat down and looked up every verse that dealt with fear, be it the fear of God, the fear of man, or the fear of anything else. After reading a few, I came across the verse that brought me peace.

“Do not be afraid of sudden fear
Nor the onslaught of wicked when it comes.”
– Proverbs 3:25

The reminder that God told me not to be afraid of wicked when it comes just resonated with me. After all, what are all of these things that are going on if not “wicked?” “Do not be afraid”, He says. That is enough for me. To know that the Father has said this is one thing, but to be able to read it over and over in a letter written to me and all of His children has a profound power that little else can compare to.

If you have fear in your heart, turn to God. You may not find what you’re expecting, but if you seek it with all your heart, He will give you peace.

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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Building Blocks for Life

 

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