Tag Archives: mercy

You opened my blind eyes, gave me a new life

30 Jun

You open our blind eyes, open our blind eyes
Heal all our sickness, you alone 
You opened my blind eyes, gave me a new life 
Oh yeah, our savior’s here

My favorite lines. From my favorite Kari worship song.

Has anyone had this experience? HE opened your blind eyes and gave you a new life? Rescued you from a path that was quickly headed for a downward spiral? Saved you?

“God rescued me; He is faithful.” That’s my story.

What’s YOUR story? I want to hear from my readers…

Ready, set, GO! 🙂

Jen

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Some of my favorite words from David

22 Jun

I waited patiently for the Lord;

he inclined to me and heard my cry.

He drew me up from the pit of destruction,

out of the miry bog,

and set my feet upon a rock,

making my steps secure.

He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear,

and put their trust in the Lord.

(Psalm 40:1-3)

Mercy triumphs over judgment

18 Jun

“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point becomes accountable for all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

(James 2:8-13)

Jen

No rhymes. No instruments. Just my Psalm.

5 Apr

Lord, you are good. You are a God of mercy and of peace.

Peace that passes understanding was once foreign to me,
but through my pain and now in my healing,
your Holy Spirit floods me with that very thing.
You are peace.

I did not–no, I do not–understand the enormity of your merciful goodness,
yet I have tasted and seen that you are indeed good. And merciful.
You are mercy.

You rescued me. You placed me on a new path.
You saved me from destruction and gave me new life.
You are faithful.

So here I stand, full of new life, knowing that you are faithful.
With each passing day I yearn to become more like your Son.
Lord, help me that I might have the patience to let perseverance have its perfect work in me.

And now with open eyes, I see my friends, my neighbors, my acquaintances–
I see them hurting just as I was.
I see they are hopeless, just as I once was.

But you call me to your comfort,
and then to share that comfort.
You call me to serve, just like Jesus.
To bring you glory, just like Jesus.
To use my talents to glorify your name.

Where you lead me, Lord, I will follow.
Thank you for your goodness.
Thank you for your mercy.
Thank you for your faithfulness.
Thank you that you are a constant, even when my world falls apart.

Thank you, Father, for allowing me to be called your daughter.

Amen.

Let me put on display the God of mercy

1 Apr

Today I heard some very misfortunate news regarding the child of a dear family friend. I cannot share details, but it has moved me with so much compassion for this person (and many more young people in similar situations) that I must urge you to reach out to your neighbor if you know he or she is hurting. It could mean the world of a difference. It could mean life.

God has shown us mercy by sending his Son to die on the Cross for our sins. Let us show that mercy to others around us. Let us share the hope that Christ brings us. I don’t know about you, but I am constantly needing to remind myself that faith without works is dead.

Being a youth leader, I see that there are many young people who are lost and hurting because of abuse, bad home situations, depression, insecurity, bullying, and the list goes on. Be the light to any youth in your life, even if you think that person is doing well. Show God’s mercy to them, even if it means just a smile or an encouraging word.

Lord, give me more compassion. Show me ways that I can reach out to others to show them your mercy. I know I cannot fix the anyone’s problems for them, but the best thing I could do is put you on display and tell of your faithfulness. Give me the wisdom to be able to do that with the news I’ve just heard this day.

As vague as this post is, I pray it speaks to someone today…God could change someone’s life and use us to reach them.

Jen