The subtle trap of religion
Is to seek perfection
And not the holy Christ himself –
Only our purest reflection.

-DRadaker

 

 

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Now and Forever

Blessed redeemer
Jesus my Lord
Oh the Great grace
Your love affords!

You are so faithful
So good and so kind
I could never thank You
Enough for my life.

Blessed Redeemer
Jesus my Lord
My heart is Yours
Forever more.

Your tender mercies
Greet me each day
And I cannot help but
Be ever amazed.

Blessed Redeemer
King of my soul
I live for Your glory
Your praise to uphold.

You are my Maker
You are my God
You will not leave me
O Faithful One.

Blessed Redeemer
King of my heart
I live for Your kingdom
Your life to impart.

Wherever I go Lord
Whatever I do
Will I not cease
To live only for You.

Blessed Redeemer
Who died for me
You saved my life
And now I am free.

I live for Your mercies
I live for Your love
Jesus I thank You
For Your precious blood.

Blessed Redeemer
O Friend of Mine
Now and forever
Am I alive!

Keep Us Connected (Livin’ Large)

Lord keep us connected
To the vine, to the vine.
We’ll do our part,
Trust You’re right on time.

May not know where we’re going
But we know who’s in charge.

With Jesus we have everything
Don’t you know we’re livin’ large.
With Jesus we have everything
Don’t you know we’re livin’ large.

So Lord keep us connected
To the vine, to the vine.
Fill us with Your love, Lord,
Let Your glory shine.

Make us into Your branches
As we faithfully abide.

With Jesus we have everything
Don’t you know we’re livin’ large.

Just do what You will Lord
You are in charge.
Just do what You will Lord
You have our hearts.

-DRadaker

Faithful Still

Nothing matches the joy
You give
The freedom of heart
To fully live.

Where once I was bereft,
Thought left for dead
You were faithful still.
 
You answered my flailings
With continued grace
Brought me to the next place

And I’m beyond amazed.

Where I wouldn’t give
You pushed me.
When I wouldn’t listen
You wooed.

I don’t deserve this blessedness
This state of being at peace
Finding that-though I doubted –

You were saving me.

I Love You, Jesus.

-DRadaker

 

Undone

Can this be real?
I ask with a smile.
It feels good now.
Great even
To come out and play.

Is this the product
Of acting on faith?
Sure seems that way.
Gee, I may try this
Again sometime. Soon.

That unrequited feeling?
I finally understand it.
Why it happens.
I think things
But there’s no return.

There’s no return
With no doing,
No saying –
Remaining silent
When it’s on your heart.

The thing is undone.
Still unchallenged.
Unseen, unheard,
Unappreciated.
Useless.

What’s the point?

Lord give me faith
To go again
At any moment.
Without hesitation
Put my heart out there.

Sure it’s shaky ground
At first.
But requited love,
Love You return,
Is worth it in spades.

-DRadaker

In Surrender

If we could abide in Your arms
Go each day without one sin
Then we would know the sweetest life
Nestled in Your loving hands.

But ours frames are fickle ones
Ones so stubborn too
That we disregard You at every turn
In what we say and do.

To abide is to surrender
Even when we think we have
For the lot of pride runs deep
Requiring mercy’s salve.

Only You can make us clean
And clean and clean again
Yes, we must let You wash our feet
To renew the life within.

So let us come to You, Jesus –
Not to a woman or a man –
To seek dispensation and forgiveness
Finally, the eradication of our sins.

-DRadaker

After All

Those secrets You tell me
Throughout the day
Special impressions
Made on me.

Make me feel seen
Make me feel known
By the most wonderful God
This Prince of Peace.

May Your gentleness
Be mine
As it’s not always.

May I reflect
The kindness
You show me.

Those words You whisper
About things that we know
I count dear, sincere:
A call to praise.

May I open
My mouth
And speak Your name.

May I carry on
With life
As a grateful nod to You.

Those revelations You give
About life
Surprise and delight me:
I am enthralled!

-DRadaker