Living with chronic illness means mornings waking up with pain and stiffness. On such mornings, I give the day to Jesus and ask him to help me be a blessing. I love this song Come Alive-Dry Bones by Lauren Daigle. Some mornings I listen to it as I ask Jesus to help me be a blessing.
Dry bones is a reference to Ezekiel 37 in the bible where God shows Ezekiel a valley of dry bones and that God will breathe new life into them.
Jesus can breathe new life into us, into our dried up lives. He can restore broken relationships. He can give strength to the weak. He can lift up those who are down in spirit.
May this song be a blessing to you as you start your week.
This is the truth I’m standing on Even when all my strength is gone You are faithful forever And I know You’ll never Let me fall Right now I’m choosing to believe Someday soon I’ll look back and see All the pain had a purpose Your plan was perfect all along This is the truth I’m standing on
I love these lyrics from Truth I’m Standing On by Leanna Crawford. The truth that God is more than enough. The truth that God is in control even when the world seems crazy. The truth that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purposes even when life is falling apart around us. So many truths about God that we can count on.
When we are in the midst of the struggle, we need to focus on Jesus not our circumstances.
When I’m sure I’m forgotten and forsaken When I find myself all alone and scared When the chains of anxiety have brought me to my knees Sweet Jesus, meet me there
I love the lyrics of Meet Me There by Lydia Laird. Jesus indeed meets us in our struggles, in our troubles, in our difficulties. There is never a moment Jesus is not with us. He has promised to always be with us, but we get bogged down in life and it is too easy for us to lose sight of the truth that Jesus is always with us.
This song is a reminder to look to Jesus in our struggles. He is waiting for us to do so.
In our day-to-day life there are angels around us, ready to stand with and for us when in dire need. It might be your spouse, your immediate neighbor, general shopkeeper, cab driver, domestic manager, your boss, name it. Looking back, I’m sure you can state an instance someone decided to pay your bill, school fees, […]
In the midst of life’s problems, we can still express our gratitude to God. I love the message of Lydia Laird’s song Hallelujah Even Here. It expresses the truth that no matter what happens in this life we can still be thankful.
We can be thankful because God is always with us. We can be thankful because we have Jesus. We can be thankful because we have eternal life in Jesus.
I share these sentiments as a person who has been through many battles in life. Since I stepped out to follow Jesus’s call on my life, I have had health struggles, downtimes financially etc. We can be thankful because God is with us in the struggles.
When I read the about section for Lydia Laird’s site-lydialaird,com, three things got my attention. First she is a Christian. The other two things I related to, 1-she lived in Romania part of a missionary family, and 2- she has struggled with depression and anxiety which for me were side effects of chronic illness.
Whatever we go through in this life, we can know God is with us. We can look to God for help, comfort, and strength. Laird’s song I’ll Be Okay is a reflection of that borne out of her experience looking to God for help, comfort and strength.
May this song bless you as much or more than has me.
I will tremble at no other name My heart’s surrendered to no other reign I will bow at no other throne Rest my heart at no other home Let these hands lift no other crown Let these knees fall on no other ground Draw these eyes from the gold that won’t shine You turn this life from water to wine
When I think about Jesus on his throne in all of his glory, I think my reaction would be the same as The Apostle John when he was taken into heaven and given the Book of Revelation.. Revelation 1
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.
Jesus has all power. He is our creator. He is holy, all powerful, all knowing, present everywhere. There is nowhere we can go that Jesus is not there.
But the good news is the awesome all powerful Jesus loves us. His response to John in Revelation 1 was:
Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.
Similar to his response to Peter, James and John when they saw him in his glory talking with Moses and Elijah in Matthew 17:
But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”
I hope I never lose sight of that fact that while yes Jesus calls us friend, he is also the all powerful creator. Being the almighty God, he is more than able to help us in our times of need.
It is so easy to get bogged down in this life as we focus on concerns we have. It helps me to remember that this life is temporary. This life is but a whisper compared to what awaits those who have come to trust in Jesus.
I love worship songs like Revelation Song that focus on the majesty of Jesus and the wonders surrounding Jesus as he sits on his throne in heaven. Songs like that lift me up and help me keep going.
May this song lift you up today and this week and help you to focus on Jesus being our all powerful Savior who loves us.