Monday, May 16, 2011

Moving Forward

Things have been pretty hectic/crazy/hard in our church the last several months. I was crying out to the Lord about all of it the other day and He spoke this to me. I got to share it at the annual business meeting at church yesterday and I pray it encouraged others there as it did me. I didn't blog last week and there isn't anything else more heavily on my heart right now so I figured I would share it here. Be blessed. Be encouraged.

Why chase after what is lost
and neglect what we still have?
What we have is not much, but
it is time we start taking care of it.
We are called to be good stewards and
not to long after what is not ours.
Yet we keep living in the rear-view mirror
wanting what was.

The Lord gives and He takes away.
If we keep longing after what's been taken
we are going to miss what's being given.
Let's look aroundus and be thankful
for what we have left.
And let's look ahead with hope and faith
that the Lord gives good gifts to His children

Let bye-gones be bye-gones.
We are not nothing without "them."
And if we are, we need a paradigm shift.
We are nothing without God
and His ways are higher than ours.

Pain is real.
Grief is natural.
Suffering is part of this life we've chosen.
But joy comes with the morning.
We cannot allow pain, grief or suffering
to overtake us or to keep us from His joy.

Renew our hope, O Lord, renew our faith, joy, strength.
The joy of the Lord is our strength.
We are more than conquerers to Jesus.

We will lift our faces to You, O Lord
and walk boldly ahead in the path You have provided.
Even if it hurts and doesn't make sense.
We will carry on as good soldiers,
continuing in our good works.
Laying down our pride and differences.
We will collectively take up our cross
and pursue hard after You
with all we have left.
For all we need is You.

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