Encouragement

You’ve Got A Friend

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In honor of friendship, this week’s Poetry Tuesday’s feature is You’ve Got A Friend, by James Taylor. I thank God for the many friends in my life. (you know who you are)

“You’ve Got A Friend”

When you’re down and troubled
and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa, nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me
and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name,
and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, you’ve got a friend.

If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow,
keep your head together and call my name out loud.
Soon I will be knocking upon your door.

You just call out my name,
and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you.
Well, they’ll take your soul if you let them,
oh yeah, but don’t you let them.

You just call out my name,
and you know where ever
I am I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, Lord, I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend. You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Oh, yeah, yeah, you’ve got a friend.

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Let It Go

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This weeks Poetry Tuesday’s feature is from a band who’s lead singer is from right here in Fredericksburg, Tenth Avenue North. They are incredibly talented and have a heart for God. When I first heard this song years ago, it ministered to me deeply. Since then I have come a long way in letting go and letting God. Be blessed my friends.

Let It Go

I’ve been holding on so tight
Look at these knuckles they’ve gone white
From fighting for who I want to be
I’m just trying to find security

But you say let it go
You say let it go
You say life is waiting for the one’s who lose control
You say You will be everything I need
You say if I lose my life it’s then I’ll find my soul
You say let it go

Well it’s hard enough to hear
Harder still to move beyond this fear
We know there’s nothing I can bring
So tell me what do you want from me

You say let it go
You say let it go
You say life is waiting for the one’s who lose control
You say You will be everything I need
You say if I lose my life it’s then I’ll find my soul
You say let it go
You say let it go
Oh…

What do I love
What do I hate
What will I lose
What will I gain
How do I save my soul, oh
What if I bend
What if I break
What will it cost
What will it take
For You to save my soul, oh

You say let it go
You say let it go
You say life is waiting for the one’s who lose control
You say You will be everything I need
You say if I lose my life it’s then I’ll find my soul

You say let it go
You say let it go
You say life is waiting for the one’s who lose control
You say You will be everything I need
You say if I lose my life it’s then I’ll find my soul
You say let it go
You say let it go

Play the Game

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Okay. So I am a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan. I know. I know. Not always the most appropriate show, but I do love it just the same. I love how the main character always starts and ends the show with a commentary of life lessons.

I was watching an episode the other day and the life lesson was about life being like a game. It’s not a spectator sport. We can’t just sit on the sidelines and watch. We have to play. But then I was thinking of how often we do look at life as a game, win or lose. Actually life is a journey and really does fit the saying it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game.

Most of the time we focus too much on the result, when the result and destination are constantly changing. If the focus is to win and finish, then we are only setting ourselves up for failure. Instead, we need to focus on playing our best and enjoying the journey. We forget that it isn’t always about winning, being finished or a destination. It’s about the journey and the lives we impact along the way. It’s about being the best person that we can be. It’s about letting God set the standard and letting him be the coach. But most importantly, life is not a spectator sport. Win, lose or draw you have to play the game.

So go ahead, play the game. Change the rules as you go, argue with the refs, go long, break the rules, take a break, treat your wounds, but play.

Play hard. Play fast. Play loose. Play free. Play in the moment. Play as if there is no tomorrow.

And don’t forget to enjoy the journey along the way.

Trust Me to Deliver You to Your Promised Destination

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I just wanted to share this awesome word from Garris Elkins and the Elijah List. Be blessed my friends.

 
Garris Elkins: “Trust Me to Deliver You to Your Promised Destination”

Tracks in the Desert
Recently, some of you have felt like a fully loaded locomotive moving at top speed with train cars lined up behind you as far as the eye can see. There has been tremendous momentum developed in your life in this past season.
Through unforeseen events, all of a sudden, you are now seeing the end of the train tracks ahead of you. You might be seeing the end of a season of life, but have no idea what is coming next. You might be seeing the end of a ministry or the end of a cherished relationship fast approaching. The end of what is known can have a paralyzing effect.
The visible rails of this current season are coming to an end and there appears to be nothing ahead but unknown and untested desert sand. It is too late to put on the natural brakes. There is not enough time. You are thinking that in just a few moments your life, as you know it, will derail and crash into the soft sand of an undefined future. The speed of this perceived crash is taking your breath away.

“I Will Make A Way…”
As I processed these words the Lord spoke a word of hope and promise:
“I will make a way in this fast, approaching desert where no way seems possible. I will not allow what I have set in motion in your life to end in disaster. I have laid tracks under the sand of your developing future that are not yet visible to the natural eye. These tracks will rise up and catch the wheels of your life and deliver you across this undefined desert place. (Photo by Robert Bartow The Sword and Stone via elijahshopper.com)
“I have been this way before with many others just like you. I know what I am doing. Trust Me to deliver you to your promised destination. Instead of crying out in fear at the end of these tracks, you will cry out in joy for what I have done.
“Between now and the end of these known tracks let the remaining moments reveal the true colors of your faith, developing you and maturing you so that you are not deficient in any way for the coming new season. Your act of faith is to believe in the substance of tracks not yet seen.”
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness.” Isaiah 43:19

Strength

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Was going through some of my posts from an old blog and came across this one. I felt it was good for almost any season in life and wanted to share it. Be blessed my friends.

 

Through our own energies sometimes we expect far too much of ourselves. Sometimes, strength is knowing we need others, knowing that we will be alright even after we fall, and knowing that that tomorrow is a brand new day. Sometimes, strength is letting go of what no longer matters, realizing that we are not alone, and that our God in heaven loves us. It is reaching up to our maker and reaching out to those around us. Sometimes strength is admitting we are wrong, that we are weak, small, and afraid. For the Lord shows his strength in our weakest hour.

In many cases strength is standing strong for another day, getting up after we fall, reaching out to others and pulling them close, loving when we don’t want to, apologizing when it’s hard, crying for those who are hurting, praying for those who are lost, rejoicing at God’s glory, and remembering that we are created with a purpose. And most of all, never losing hope and never giving up.

So, rejoice, love, pray, laugh, and stand stronger, knowing that you are not alone. Your God loves you and so do many others around you. Look at the beautiful person you are and love yourself, and let your strength shine though.

The Future and the Past

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I love John Mark McMillan. Writer, singer, poet. This weeks Poetry Tuesday is a song off his new album. Future Past. Such a beautiful, wonderful and beautiful thought and feeling that God is our future and our past. Be blessed my friends.

Future / Past

You hold the reins on the sun and the moon
Like horses driven by kings
You cover the mountains, the valleys below
With the breadth of Your mighty wings

All treasures of wisdom and things to be known
Are hidden inside Your hand
And in this fortunate turn of events
You ask me to be Your friend
You ask me to be Your friend

And You,
You are my first
You are my last
You are my future and my past
[x2]

The constellations are swimming inside
The breadth of Your desire
Where could I run, where could I hide
From Your heart’s jealous fire

All treasures of wisdom and things to be known
Are hidden inside Your hand
And in this fortunate turn of events
You ask me to be Your friend
You ask me to be Your friend

And You,
You are my first
You are my last
You are my future and my past
[x2]

You are the beginning and the end [x3]

And You,
You are my first
You are my last
You are my future and my past
[x3]

 

Am I Wrong?

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Have you ever felt like nobody gets you? Do you ever ask the question am I wrong for thinking the way that I do? For wanting to see more than what’s in front of you? To go along with my last post, A Leap of Faith, this week’s Poetry Tuesday is about faith and vision. At least that is what this song means to me. It means think out of the box, believe in the impossible and never give up on your dreams. Enjoy and be blessed my friends.

 

Am I wrong
For thinking out the box from where I stay?
Am I wrong
For saying that I choose another way?
I ain’t trying to do what everybody else doin’
Just ’cause everybody doin’ what they all do
If one thing I know, I’ll fall but I’ll grow
I’m walking down this road of mine, this road that I call home

So am I wrong?
For thinking that we could be something for real?
Now am I wrong?
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
But that’s just how I feel,
That’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see (see, see, see)

Am I tripping
For having a vision?
My prediction
I’ma be on the top of the world
Walk your walk and don’t look back,
Always do what you decide
Don’t let them control your life, that’s just how I feel oh whoa
Fight for yours and don’t let go,
Don’t let them compare you, no
Don’t worry, you’re not alone, that’s just how we feel

Am I wrong? (am I wrong?)
For thinking that we could be something for real?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, oh)
Now am I wrong? (am I wrong?)
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah)
That’s just how I feel,
But that’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see (see, see, see)

If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right, right
If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right
If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right, right
If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right

Am I wrong?
For thinking that we could be something for real?
Now am I wrong?
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
But that’s just how I feel,
But that’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see (see, see, see)

So am I wrong? (am I wrong?)
For thinking that we could be something for real?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, oh)
Now am I wrong? (am I wrong?)
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah)
But that’s just how I feel,
That’s just how I feel
But that’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see (see, see, see)