There are going to be times when people won’t have your back. There will be moments when you feel like you are going alone. Rest assured, God knows where you are in life. Encourage yourself in the Lord even if no one else is supporting you! “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD.” 1 Samuel 30:6
Stand your ground, be firm,
don’t settle or rest.
Wear your resolve as an emblem
mounted on your chest.
You know who you are.
You know Who knows you.
And, you know in your heart
you have nothing to prove.
Don’t let their words sway
how you feel about self.
Don’t let their thoughts control –
For time will tell.
Your character, your work,
will speak for your stand.
Believe in who He made you,
Opinions of others,
their views of you,
pale in comparison
to Creator of skies so blue.
Let them judge and baulk,
throw verbal stones at you.
You are committed in faith
and God will see you through.
So, stand in your beauty
from the inside out.
Rest your heart in God’s thoughts,
under your feet, place their doubts.
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;).” Hebrews 10:22-23
God knows your importance even if others don’t.
God knows your importance if you, yourself won’t.
God values you completely, through and through.
In His sight, you are treasured for the who that is you.
All of creation, He spoke, each part was good.
But, when He looked at you, He saw everything that could…
Everything that could dream…
Everything that could love…
Everything that could hope to the end.
He saw everything that could, with potential from within.
An original creation, the beauty of His eye.
Someone who has His heart, that He was willing to die.
Your value can’t be measured by man’s purpose or plan.
Your value stands only by what says the great, “I AM!”
And, He says you are gifted and loved, cherished and held.
Please, know it’s your importance that makes His heart swell.
Swell, because He can see more than anyone can.
Plant your faith, YOU ARE IMPORTANT, in His heavenly plan.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
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It should be me there on that tree
to perish for all eternity.
Bearing the burdens of all my wrongs,
crying and wailing the sinner’s song.
It should be me who suffered on that night
bearing the brunt of the whipper’s stripes.
But when He looked down through the ages,
passing by the kings, wise men, and sages,
He saw something special in me
that compelled Him to still mount that tree.
It should be me who readily paid the cost
because I was the one that was truly lost.
But Jesus didn’t see it that way,
which is why on this earth He could not stay.
Doing all at the Father’s holy will,
mounting higher and higher on Calvary’s hill.
He was lifted up that we might be free,
to draw men to Himself, that was the key.
It should be me is what we need to say,
because we are the sheep that have gone astray.
Doing everything in our own stubborn way,
far from the King’s heavenly highway.
But Jesus stepped in looking down from the cross,
viewing with battered eyes all that were lost.
He and His Father they did agree,
for the world to be saved, it should be Me!
Thank you, Jesus, for stepping in for me!
John 3:17 “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
John 10:17-18 “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
John 6:38 “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”
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Not by my own strength,
it’s failing, it’s fleeting.
Relying on myself,
my life takes a beating.
It’s against the wind I fight,
expending all my fleshly might.
It’s only by His Spirit I can win,
supplied by God, the power within.
Many are searching
for the prosperous way,
with striving each day.
The plans of man
are but weak and futile.
Relying on God will carry you
to the very last mile.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of Hosts,” Zechariah 4:6
Whatever is a word
used with disregard;
it comes as an answer
when life seems hard.
Whatever is a comfort
I take to heart;
a word I treasure
when life falls apart.
all my pain and sorrow.
Whatever sows seeds
of hope for tomorrow.
Whatever, no matter
what the burden is,
I cast them to Him,
and now they are His.
I don’t have to worry,
I don’t have to fear;
shouldered upon His love,
whatever the frets, they disappear.
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you,” 1 Peter 5:7
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The God who touches me is the God who loves me.
Saved, my sins He has thrown into the deep sea.
He carries my soul in His hand day by day.
He wraps His strength around me; my fortress, my stay.
He covers me in light that shields from the dark.
He is the armor that protects from all fiery darts.
He’s my Shepherd and the Lamb, who leads and sacrifice.
My safety; my salvation came at His high price.
The God who touches me cares beyond what we know.
His love on display is the grandest show.
In it we see eternity play out.
His best became our rest; no reason to doubt.
On His throne He sits in heaven where we bow at the knee.
Never forsaking us, in His presence, till we are there home free.
The God who touches me, I reach out for Him too.
As the woman grabs His hem and is healed through and through.
To feel His virtue; His power; His love – it’s so real.
His Spirit overwhelms; on my heart is His seal.
Taking me to heights in heaven to know,
where for eternity I bask in His unimaginable glow.
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How many times have I missed the mark?
How many times have I chosen the dark?
How many times have I despised what’s right?
How many times have I lived for the night?
How many times has my life taken an ugly turn?
How many of your graces did I willingly spurn?
How many times do you love me still?
How many times do You draw me to do Your will?
How many times has Your Spirit poured out,
To quench the thirst of this soul in drought?
How many times, in my life, Your victories have won,
To reach in and save me by the blood of Your dear Son?
How many times have you drawn me to stay
By Your side, because You’re the only way?
How many times have you redeemed me from my sinful plight,
To allow me to relish in Your Son’s holy light?
How many times can I say I love You?
Numbering them one by one just won’t do!
How many times is a question I ask,
Because keeping this soul is an awesome task.
How many times . . . oh, I’m so grateful You do,
Never to give up on a love between me and You.
“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again,” Proverbs 24:16
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