THURSDAY TUNE #5: What If by Jadon Lavik

What if I climbed that mountain, what if I swam to that shore
What if every battle was victorious then would you love me more?
Would you love me more?
What if I were everyone’s first choice, what if I went farther than before
What if I stood high above the rest than would you love me more?
Would you love me more?

You say I belong to you apart from the things I do
You say I belong to you I’m in awe of why you do
Why you do, why you do, I’m in awe of you, ooh

What if I ignored the hand that fed me, what if I forgot to confess
What if I stumbled down that mountain then would you love me less?
Lord, would you love me less?

What if I were everyones last choice what if I mixed in with the rest
What if I failed what I passed before then would you love me less?
Lord, would you would you love me less? oh no oh no oh no

You say I belong to you apart from the things I do
You say I belong to you I’m in awe of why you do
You do you do you do

What have I done to deserve your son sent to die for me?
What can I give I want to live give me eyes to see?
In a world that keeps changin’ there’s one thing that I know is true
Your love is stayin’ there’s nothing else I’ll hold onto

You say I belong to you apart from the things I do
You say I belong to you I’m in awe of why you do
Why you do

You say I belong to you apart from the things I do
You say I belong to you I’m in awe of why you do
I’m in awe of you I’m in awe of you

The way you love me, the way you do
The way you do , the way you love me, you love me , you love me
The way you do the way you do the way you love me,
the way you love you love you love

1 Samuel 16:7 “…The LORD does not look at the things man looks at.

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

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Exactly eight years ago today…

…our whole house burned down. I can still clearly remember what happened that day. We woke up at around 1:30 in the morning; heard loud, crackling sounds; and saw the family den and dining area covered in bright, orange-colored flames.

Dad instructed us to get out of the house as he tried to put the fire out with a few buckets of water. But, because the fire was already too big, he decided to go to the garage instead and got the car out of the house too.

By God’s grace, we were able to get out of the house safely. :)

God allowed our family to go through the fire for his good purposes. Throughout the years, I’ve seen how God used that situation to encourage other people to know Him too; to teach our hearts about contentment and gratitude; and to constantly remind us of what is most important in life: WHO GOD IS and WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR US. Indeed, every November 19, I am reminded of how He has been so faithful in our lives.

Thank You, Lord, for blessings in disguise.

Thank You for being who You are in spite of who we are. :)

 

“As I look back over my life,
I can see how Your love has guided me. 
Even though I’ve done wrong, You never left me alone,
but You forgave me, and You kept on blessing.
This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope, 
it is because of Your mercies that we are not consumed;
because Thy compassions fail not, 
they are new every morning,
great is Thy faithfulness,
great is Thy faithfulness.”

-Eddie James

 ( Lamentations 3:22-23 )

 

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THURSDAY TUNE #4: Hold Me Together

Hello Mercy

I have been searching for you lately
I’ve been wounded and from what I hear
You have the remedy

They told me You would be for me
So now I need to know
Is this a love that can save me
Or say You will then don’t
Will You stay with me when nobody is around
If this is real, then tell me now

Can you hold me together?
Can your love reach down this far?
Can you hold me together?
Cause without You holding my heart
I’m falling apart
Falling apart

Saying so long, been lost, been gone
Not sure what to pray
It’s not easy but I know You see me
When I lose my way

I keep on floating not knowing
If there is more for me
Don’t want to sink beneath waves of negativity
I’m going under
I’m afraid that I might drown
If this is real
I need you now

Can you hold me together?
Can your love reach down this far?
Can you hold me together?
‘Cause without You holding my heart
I’m falling apart
Falling apart
Oh, Lord

I’m feeling stronger
With you by my side
And I realize you are my hope
I need to know

Can you hold me together?
Can your love reach down this far?
Can you hold me together?
‘Cause without You holding my heart
I’m falling apart
Falling apart
Hold me together Lord

Without You
I’m falling apart
Falling apart


1 John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

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The Very Thought of You :)

I opened the refrigerator a few minutes ago and saw a container filled with pink, plump, and peeled pomelo wedges. It was a lovely sight! I always enjoy eating the sweet and sometimes sour, juicy fruit. I like pomelo, but, I have to say that peeling the fruit does require a lot of effort.  However, I’ve learned that God can use even the most random things, like peeling fruits, to speak to us and encourage our hearts.

The last time I peeled a pomelo was when one of my sisters and I watched Fantastic Four at home. At that moment, I wondered why it was so complicated to peel the fruit. I mean, God could have made pomelos like bananas, so that we can easily peel them too! But as I continued to peel and eat the fruit, I found myself being more amazed by the fact that God DID make pomelos the way they are because He is God! He knows best. :) The thick pomelo skin, the Vitamin C and potassium in it, the thin inner peels that protect the fruit, and even the juicy fruit itself are all part of his plan when He thought of creating it.

It reminded me so much of how creative, indescribably intelligent, and awesome our God is as a Creator! He could have made the pomelo fruit with just one layer of covering, but He didn’t. He carefully designed and thought about it when He made the pomelo. And it amazes me to see how He can use fruits too to remind us of who He is in our lives.

 

“Those who know your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” – Psalm 9:10

I realized that just like how I reacted and got easily frustrated with the hassle of peeling the pomelo, I still sometimes find myself dwelling on negative thoughts about me, others, or the situations I am in. Sometimes, I am even tempted to complain about how “complicated” life is too, or I tend to compare myself to other “bananas” and “fruits” out there. But, God encouraged me to focus on who He is.

 

“What we believe about God is crucial because it affects what we believe about everything else.” – Nancy Leigh DeMoss

When I started to think about God being an amazing Creator of the pomelo fruit, I slowly began to appreciate the process of peeling it. I appreciated the fruit more, even if it had a lot of “complications”. It was a good reminder for me to dwell on God’s Character than on me and my “complications in life”. Life is about who God is and what He has done for us.

 

God made us exactly the way He wants us to be.

God made us because He loves us.

 

What characteristic of God would you like to dwell on today? :)

 

 

Encourage yourself one treat at a time.