Posts Tagged With: Jesus

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

We all have a story. Some have been lucky enough to have experienced relatively few hills and valleys and other’s life journeys have been so wrought with destruction you have to wonder how the person is still standing. Today, I’m pulling one out of the personal folder. No, not a heart breaking story – although I do have those – but a special song. When I was coming out of a really awful season of my life I used to cling to this song with hope and I would crank it uppp.

Who said all worship music has to be “Christian”?

If you listen, the words of this song are full of praise and thanksgiving. The title alone corresponds to the Christian walk: I can see clearly now, the rain is gone.  🙂  Hallelujah!

Do you treasure any special worship songs that would be deemed “secular”?

 

I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

 

Psalm 34:8
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”

Psalm 86:5
“O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.”

Nahum 1:7
“The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes.
He is close to those who trust in him.”

Jeremiah 33:11
“The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.”

Jeremiah 31:12
“They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem.
They will be radiant because of the Lord’s good gifts—
the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil, and the healthy flocks and herds.
Their life will be like a watered garden, and all their sorrows will be gone.

Look straight ahead! With Jesus, it’s nothing but blue skiessss!

Blessings!
Bethany 🙂

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Prison

“Every prison has a door”

You don’t have to stay in your hell

There is hope,  there is joy to be found

Stop the pain

Every prison has a door

Let Christ unlock your prison and lead you to freedom

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Hot Cocoa of Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Cocoa of Me
Let my loving presence warm your heart
Soothe your tired hands and warm your toes
Let the comfort of my Son fill you
I Love you
I Provide for you

Come snuggle with me
Let me blanket you with my love
Let me comfort you
Let me warm your heart to forgive those who hurt you
TRUST ME
I will soothe your aching heart
I will heal your pains

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Blossoming Spring

Just as the cherry trees and apple trees are blossoming

So are my people!

The vines are about to burst forth with my fruit and provision

The sweet juicy fragrance of my presence

It is the spring of the last year in my time

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Until My Arrival

My promises will not be broken! 

Tell my people that my promises will come to pass!

The curtains have opened to showcase my glory and splendor.

The city on the hill is MINE! 

The sun and stars may shine for awhile until my arrival

 

Matthew 5:14-15

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”

Matthew 24:29

“Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”

Isaiah 13:10

“The stars of heaven and their constellations
will not show their light.
The rising sun will be darkened
and the moon will not give its light.”

Isaiah 34:4

All the stars in the sky will be dissolved
and the heavens rolled up like a scroll;
all the starry host will fall
like withered leaves from the vine,
like shriveled figs from the fig tree.

Revelation 21:23

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it,
for the glory of God gives it light,
and the Lamb is its lamp.

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I call you MINE

I call you mine.

I am yours.

You in me. Me in you.

We are together.

You are not alone.

I am always here to talk to you.

It’s my gift to you.

Use it!

Cultivate it!

Oh! The blessings I want to give to you! Joy.. peace.. provision.. favor..

The things the world can’t obtain by their strivings.

So are you going to take it?

You can hear me.

Start trusting me.

I will help you discern.

I will let you know when it is not of me.

You’re going to have to move beyond wondering if it is yourself.

If it lines up with the Bible, then it’s me.

I am here to help you.

I’m here to love you. To wrap my arms around you.

To accept you.

You forget that I created you.

I know you.

I know your thoughts, feelings, dreams…

even those you’re not aware of or about to begin.

I want to love you.

But I cannot petition to you because I am a gentleman.

You have to choose.

You have to jump.

You have to trust.

You’ll learn to trust my voice.

jump

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Faith to see

During worship today I saw an ugly frog in my mind’s eye. These are the words that came to my mind:

The world sees me as a frog

But your faith is the kiss

That activates your eyes to see your prince


Your bridegroom
Your lover
Your friend
Waiting with arms wide open
Waiting for you

John 14:17
“The world cannnot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. “

 He is in pursuit of YOU!  🙂

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Come to ME

These words started to came to me at church last Sunday but I wasn’t able to finish and I wasn’t sure if it was God or not. So I set it aside. Returning to it, I do feel it was God. I’m just stepping out in this so it takes courage to share. I’m the first one to say I may not always get it right! I hope that the following will encourage and lift you up. He LOVES you so so much!

I long to speak to my people (those who don’t know me)
If only their hearts would be open
If only my children who call me Abba would open their mouth to speak of me

I come close enough that they should feel my breath
But they don’t
I come close enough that they should hear my heartbeat
But they don’t

At heaven’s gate
They will say, but Lord! Where were you? Why didn’t you make yourself known to me?

I have.

You feel the longing
You feel the yearning for something more
You’re restless and yet you ignore it
You’re empty but you won’t admit it
The thing, the person, the focus of your eyes, you think you need
WILL NOT put an end to your hunger

I am calling you!
Yes, you can ignore it
Yes, you can keep the yearning you feel a secret
But I am everywhere

I am calling You! You!
Come to Me!
I will not hide from you
I WILL be found by those whose hearts are turned to me

I will give you rest
I will give you rest from the search

If you seek me, you WILL find me

I long to spend time with YOU
You and Me, Me and you
The way it was meant to be

Jeremiah 29:13
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 24:7
“I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.”

Deuteronomy 4:29
“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

1 Chronicles 28:9
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”

My FAVORITE worship cd

Come to Me song is on The Loft Sessions cd by Bethel Music. If you click on this image, it will take you to their website with more videos and music. Enjoy!

 

 

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Longing

“Much of this world’s angst is actually a longing for the perfection of heaven.”

“BLATANT SIN IS OFTEN A MISGUIDED ATTEMPT TO FILL THAT EMPTINESS.”

– Sarah Young, author of Dear Jesus

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“Angels” by Brian Johnson

I’ve listened to this song so many times and it never gets old.
“Come sing that the Lord is good”
“Come sing that His love endures”

Oh my heart melts. While running errands I’ve pulled up in parking lots and stayed in my car until this song was over.

 

Song is from the cd, The Loft Sessions. If you click on this picture, it will take you to their website which has more videos.

Song is from the cd, The Loft Sessions. If you click on this picture, it will take you to their website which has more videos.

 

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