“I Breathe You In, God” – Bryan & Katie Torwalt

In midst of our busy lives, may we always remember to stop, rest in the Lord, and breathe in His presence.  May we feel the rise and fall of our chests… feel the breath that He provides.  It’s His breath that he gave to bring forth life, and it’s His breath that remains inside.

I hope that you will take the time to rest for just a moment, listen to this song, and be blessed through the reminder of God’s goodness and love in an involuntary action so taken for granted yet so necessarily–our very breathing.

The presence of the Living God
Satisfies the depths of my heart
And all of me I changed when you came
And I’m made free by Your glory and grace

I breathe You in,God
‘Cause You are there all around me

I breathe You in,God
‘Cause You are there all around me

The brightness of Your love’s pure light
Pierces through the darkest of nights
And everything is possible now
For God is here
And God is good

I breathe You in,God
‘Cause You are there all around me

I breathe You in,God
‘Cause You are there all around me

And You are good, God
For You are good to me

For You are good, God

For You are good to me

And when I don’t understand
I will choose You

When I don’t understand
I will choose You, God

When I don’t understand
I will choose to love You, God

When I don’t understand
I will choose You

When I don’t understand
I will choose You, God

When I don’t understand
I get to choose to love You, God

 When I don’t understand
I will choose You

When I don’t understand
I will choose You, God

When I don’t understand
I get to choose to love You, God

For You are good, God
For You are good to me

 For You are good, God
For You are good to me

Its my honor

It’s my privilege
To worship You
To worship

For You are good, God
For You are good to me

For You are good, God
For You are good to me

Advertisements

Thriving even in the drought

 

 

Life is full of changes.  One of the most popular passages in Ecclesiastes (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) refers to how there is a season for everything in our lives!  In the midst of all of this change, how can we ever find constancy, rest, and security?

…through trusting in the Lord!

***

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.  He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come.  He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

 

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,

whose trust IS the Lord.

He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream,

and does not fear when the heat comes, for its leaves remain green,

and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:5-8

Isn’t this passage of scripture great?  The image of the tree planted by the stream was so powerful to me, just as the description of the shrub in the desert was so humbling, as well.  All too often, I rely on man and on my own flesh.  Just like the shrub in the desert, I have felt the withering effects of finding sustenance in the temporal, rather than the eternal.

But when we place our trust completely in the Lord, we are connected to the Living Water!  Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” and Hebrews 2:8 says that everything has been placed in subjection under his feet.  No matter what, Jesus is the Lord, and He is the King over all of creation.  Nothing is outside of His control, so rest in the blessed assurance that “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Do you feel as though you are going through the uninhabited, salt land?  Then check your heart!  Are you trusting in men and yourself or are you trusting in the Lord?  Only when you trust in Him and your trust IS Him, will you be connected to the Life-source that can and will sustain you through even the roughest and driest seasons of life.

Praying your day is filled with SONshine,

Sarah 🙂

“…I will be their God!” – The Lord’s provision

 “Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation.  I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety.

And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them.

I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them.  And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.

I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.”

Jeremiah 32:37-41

After reading this passage, I was struck by the promise of His words.  Even though the children of God had been rebellious and rejected Him time and time again, the Lord redeemed His people.  How and why?  He made a provision for them because He loved them.

Think of Abraham’s story.  When God told Abraham to sacrifice his own son, Abraham went willingly and faithfully to follow the Lord’s command.  When Abraham bound his son and raised the knife to kill him, God stopped him.  He provided a ram to sacrifice instead; He made a provision.

So why did God test Abraham in this way?  Why did God make Abraham experience that pain of preparing to kill his own son?

I believe that up there on that mountaintop and while looking down into Isaac’s eyes, bound on the altar to be sacrificed, Abraham had a taste of the pain of having to give up his very own, beloved son.  Yet God in His mercy provided the sacrifice to say, “You see, Abraham, you don’t have to give up your son because I will give up mine.”

Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one has access to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).  Why?  Because when you know and believe in your heart that Jesus paid the debt of your sins, He becomes your covering.  It’s Jesus’ sacrifice and having Him as your Lord that makes you precious in God’s eyes.  You will become one of His children, and He will be your God.  He will keep you in His safety.  And though He will rebuke you, He will discipline you as a father disciplines his children out of compassion and care for his well-being (Hebrews 12:7-11).

Rejoice today in God’s provision–the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ–so that we may become His children through faith alone given by grace alone.  The Lord is faithful and just.  With all of His heart and all of His soul, He will rejoice in you as you cling to Him as your loving Father, knowing that in Him, you have everything that you need… and more.

Praise be to God!

Praying your day is filled with SONshine,

Sarah 🙂

Thankful for His hands

-Thankful Thoughts-

Today I am thankful for God’s healing hands!  Three weeks ago, my grandfather had a bleeding stroke and was rushed to the hospital in Memphis.  Praise be to God, though, that he is making a wonderful recovery in the rehab unit at Baptist Hospital in Nashville!

While navigating through the many hallways of the hospital, I reached the elevators with ease.  Stepping inside and pushing the button for floor 6, I stepped inside of an old memory, as well.  Who would have ever thought my family and I would be back there again this summer just like last summer?  But I pushed the button and closed my eyes, remembering the days I spent visiting my grandmother in the very same rehab unit.  I remembered watching her therapy sessions, learning how to feed her with the PEG tube, and spending the night in the hospital with her.  Going back to that place made the wound of grief fresh again, but it also made the taste of His grace and strength even sweeter.

 “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

-Bill Keane-

Although we can do our best to be prepared, we can never truly anticipate what each day holds.  So seek the Father!  Go to Him and rely on His strength alone!  Acknowledge that He is everything that you need and more.  His grace is more than sufficient, and He loves you dearly!

“The steps of man are established by the Lord,

when he delights in his way;

though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,

for the Lord upholds his hand.”

-Psalm 37:23-24-

So today I am thankful for His healing hands, but I am also thankful for these very same hands which also sustain and uphold His children.  Praise the Lord!  Let’s be thankful for His hands 🙂

Praying your day is filled with SONshine,

Sarah 🙂

“Cut to the heart…”

WEDNESDAY

-Word of the Week-

.faith.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Over the past week this word has been heavy on my heart, so I went straight to Hebrews 11. Even as I read that first verse though, I realized that I needed to read more than a few sentences above and below to get the context; I needed to read the whole book.  Turning to the first page of Hebrews, I read each verse carefully, eager to gain new insight.

Although my human mind will probably never be capable of comprehending it, I can say with confidence that faith is more than saying that we believe in God.  Having faith, also, involves more than saying that we trust God when times get tough.  Even though these are certainly aspects of having faith, it’s so much richer than that.

You see, truly having faith is a conviction.  Maybe it’s a lightning bolt of newfound understanding that stops you in your tracks.  On the other hand, maybe it’s that pause of awe and reverence that holds you speechless.  Either way, faith is being “cut to the heart” with three simple words: Jesus is Lord (Acts 2:36-37).

There is so much more that the Lord has been teaching me recently about faith, especially in this time of my life.  With this being said, I hope you will visit again soon to read even more about faith!

With warmest thoughts and prayers for you, dear reader,

Sarah 🙂