Gratitude

Gratitude by Nichole Nordeman Send some rain, would You send some rain? ‘Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink again And the sun is high and we are sinking in the shade Would You send a cloud, thunder long and loud? Let the sky grow black and send some mercy down Surely You can see that we are thirsty and afraid But maybe not, not today Maybe You’ll provide in other ways And if that’s the case … We’ll give thanks to You with gratitude For lessons learned in how to thirst for You How to bless the very sun that warms our face If You never send us rain Daily bread, give us daily bread Bless our bodies, keep our children fed Fill our cups, then fill them up again tonight Wrap us up and warm us through Tucked away beneath our sturdy roofs Let us slumber safe from danger’s view this time Or maybe not, not today Maybe You’ll provide in other ways And if that’s the case … We’ll give thanks to You with gratitude A lesson learned to hunger after You That a starry sky offers a better view If no roof is overhead And if we never taste that bread Oh, the differences that often are between Everything we want and what we really need So grant us peace, Jesus, grant us peace Move our hearts to hear a single beat Between alibis and enemies tonight Or maybe not, not today Peace might be another world away And if that’s the case … We’ll give thanks to You with gratitude For lessons learned in how to trust in You That we are blessd beyond what we could ever dream In abundance or in need And if You never grant us peace … But, Jesus, would You please …

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Aaron Shust – Carry Me Home (Album)

Lord bring me home again
I’m no longer able
To bare the bitter winds
Or the heavy rains
I’ve long been settled
Lord without comfort
Just a man on an earthly throne
Headed for the grave

Carry me home
Sweet Jesus lift me
Until I’ve flown
The shadow of shame
Your love alone
Lord Jesus mends me
Lift me up
Oh Lord carry me home

Lord I’ve been branded
A loyal sinner
Seems like forever
Since I said Your name
I’m just a pilgrim
Still afraid of dying
But the sea is shinning brightly
With Your grace

Carry me home
Sweet Jesus lift me
Until I’ve flown
The shadow of shame
Your love alone
Lord Jesus mends me
Lift me up
Oh Lord carry me home

Casting Crowns – Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises One day when sin was as black as could be Jesus came forth to be born of a Virgin Dwelt among men, my example is He Word became flesh and the light shined among us His glory revealed Living He loved me, dying He saved me And buried He carried my sins far away Rising He justified freely forever One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain One day they nailed Him to die on a tree Suffering anguish, despised and rejected Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree And took the nails for me ‘Cause living He loved me, dying He saved me And buried He carried my sins far away Rising He justified freely forever One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day One day the grave could conceal Him no longer One day the stone rolled away from the door Then He arose, over death He had conquered Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore Death could not hold Him The grave could not keep Him from rising again Living He loved me, dying He saved me And buried He carried my sins far away Rising He justified freely forever One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day Glorious day One day the trumpet will sound for His coming One day the skies with His glories will shine Wonderful day, my beloved one bringing My Savior Jesus is mine Living He loved me, dying He saved me And buried He carried my sins far away Rising He justified freely forever One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day Glorious day, oh, glorious day

Third Day – When The Rain Comes

When the rain comes it seems that everyone has
gone away
When the night falls you wonder if you shouldn’t
find someplace
To run and hide
Escape the pain
But hiding’s such a lonely thing to do
I can’t stop the rain
From falling down on you again
I can’t stop the rain
But I will hold you ‘til it goes away
When the rain comes
you blame it on the things that
you have done
When the storm fades
you know that rain must fall
on everyone
Rest awhile
it’ll be alright
No one loves you like I do
When the rain comes
I will hold you

Thank you for your emails and prayers for the past 10 months.  Things have been getting very hard lately as I’ve developed post-traumatic stress disorder from the transplant, among other issues I’m facing.  Each day is a struggle, but I’m determined to rise above.  So many friends and family members going through challenging situations inspire me, and the Lord gives me hope.

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3.23

If everything comes down to love,
Then just what am I afraid of?
When I call out Your name,
Something inside awakes in my soul.
How quickly I forget I’m Yours.

I’m not my own.
I’ve been carried by You,
All my life.

Everything rides on hope now,
Everything rides on faith somehow.
When the world has broken me down,
Your love sets me free.

When my life is like a storm,
Rising waters all I want is the shore,
You say I’ll be okay and,
Make it through the rain.
You are my shelter from the storm.

Everything rides on hope now,
Everything rides on faith somehow.
When the world has broken me down,
Your love sets me free.

You’ve become my hearts desire.
I will sing Your praises higher,
Cause Your love sets me free
Your love sets me free
Your love sets me free

Addison Road, “Hope Now”

FFH – Stop The Bleeding

This song is a beautiful song written by and performed by Christian artist FFH, now  husband and wife duo Jeromy and Jennifer Deibler.  Please go to my blog to read their family’s story and Jeromy’s personal struggle with illness.  Their journey, and how they let God work in their lives, is truly an inspiration to me every time I hear it.  I hope it blesses you as well.

How much farther must I go
Till you say that I’m broken
How much heartache must I know
For you to say, “Enough’s enough,”

How many teardrops have to fall
For you to see that I’m empty
Is the reason for this all
So I’ll admit I’m not so tough

So come and stop the bleeding
I think I finally understand
So come and stop the bleeding
I know you can

How much desert must I cross
Till I come to the Jordan?
I am thirsty and I’m lost
My heart is weak and empty now

So come and stop the bleeding
I think I finally understand
So come and stop the bleeding
I’ve tried to fix this but I can’t

So come and stop the bleeding
I know you can

So come and stop the bleeding
I think I finally understand
So come and stop the bleeding
I’ve tried to fix this but I can’t

So come and bring the healing
I think I’ve had all I can stand
So come and stop the bleeding
If you can 

Come and stop the bleeding
I know you can