Let’s Get to It (The Better Part)

Let’s get to the better part

Let go of the chores and chatter;

Let’s get to the better part

To the heart of the matter.

Why do we run here and there

Chasing life around

When mercy sits and simply stares

Waiting to be found?

Let’s get to the better part

Let go of life’s demands;

Let’s get to the better part

Resting gently in His hands.

Why do we go without feeding

On His undying love

When manna is fresh every day,

Sent from heaven above?

Let’s get to the better part

Let go of what used to be;

Let’s get to the better part:

Jesus and “me”.

(Why do I want to run away

From intimacy with Him

When He has gone to such great lengths

To pay the price for sin?)

Let’s get to the better part

Let go of fear and control;

Let’s get to the better part

And find rest for our souls.

(Inspired by Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World)

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Don’t Move: Bloom!

Bloom where you’re planted
Be all you can be;
Don’t get too far ahead
Just let Jesus lead.

Bloom where you’re planted
Don’t even look that way –
That grass is no more greener
Than the field you’re in today.

Bloom where you’re planted
You’re there for a reason.
It won’t be like this forever –
God gives us different seasons.

Bloom where you’re planted
Don’t be too far above
Getting down in the dirt of the ordinary
To show God’s mercy and love.

Bloom where you’re planted
Give your heart today.
The present is all you have:
Tomorrow is not here,
Gone is yesterday.

Bloom where you’re planted
Though it may seem pointless;
God creates beauty out of nothing –
Why He made the universe!

Bloom where you’re planted
There’s plenty that needs to be done;
Don’t be so quick to walk away
From where it is you’ve come.

Bloom where you’re planted
Brighten up the scenery;
Cause you’re needed right where you are –
Out in the field,
Flowering among the weeds.

Bloom!

Update

What I’m reading:  Get Thin/Stay Thin  (Halliday) pertinent passage: The boundaries have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:6

About to Study with a group:  Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World (Weaver)

Didn’t Finish (or even get halfway through; timing issue?):  Have a New Kid by Friday

Praying for:  my husband’s business (Radicomm); the upcoming group study

Lean In (10/8/09)

Lean a little bit closer to Jesus

He is ever so near;

He will not leave nor forsake you

To His side hold dear.

   When the world encroaches

On your sanity,

When the demands of the day

Threaten to overwhelm

   Breathe deep

And lean a little closer to Jesus

Whisper your heart to Him;

He knows the burdens you carry

To your troubles He gives ear.

 

 

 

 

When all about you is confusion

When others start to despair,

You have the calming of Jesus

His ever-presence, His continual care.

   So lean a little closer to Jesus

Make known your anxieties

To the One able to help you

The One whose love was declared

When the nails were driven,

When such innocent blood was shed.

   He will take you back

Don’t worry

Just lean a little closer to Him

Confess your heart completely

He’s waiting –

Go on, let Him in.

 

We Will Worship (To Fortifiers; 10/4/09)

I was reminded this afternoon of a song that the choir once performed as part of the program “We Will Worship”. Finding the practice cd that we’d used, I put it in my player in the kitchen, to listen while doing laundry and cooking. (Yes, women are the master multi-taskers!)

I remembered most of the songs. As I listened to certain ones, they still evoked an emotion from me that I can’t define or label; they stirred up a deep response from me to the God who loves me more than I can imagine.

This is what worship does: it brings us to stand before God and acknowledge His greatness, His goodness, His lovingkindness and mercy, relieving us of ourselves in the process. Worship transforms our hearts, minds, and souls to be more than we thought possible in character, in love, in showing mercy. Worship makes us more like Christ. For Christ looked to The Father, did as His Father asked.

We are asked to worship Him, as fall comes in, making the air lightweight and breezy. As nature winds down, preparing for winter, it doesn’t fail to glorify God, but brings a new beauty and color to the world, beckoning our eyes to take in His greatness. For the Lord measured out the universe; He didn’t simply throw it together. He knows its heights and depths.

My Creator King made it clear what we are designed for, what purpose we serve.

At this moment, I do appreciate that we’ve been given a choice in the matter of who we will worship. I feel loved that God would desire to know me, to help me grow and mature. That He would show me more and more of Himself, bringing me to a place of worship. And if knowing Him as little as I do evokes such response, it seems right that when He appears, when I see Him face to face, I will be filled to the utmost with worship. I will worship in total spirit, in total truth. There will be no separation.

This brings me to another thought: worship brings us closer to God, sets us in harmony with the Spirit, and leads us to obey. How can you worship without obeying God? This helps me now, to realize that the obedience that I long for from myself will come about as I seek Him, remain in worship, and live my life to please The Father, as did Jesus Christ.

Yes, Lord, we will worship. It’s only a matter of when. Thank You for responding to my choice.