Tuesday, November 23, 2010

When I Survey

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
Music: Lowell Mason, 1792-1872
Tune: HAMBURG, Meter: LM

1. When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

3. See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown.

4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

We sang this in church on Sunday... the words always get me.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Not About Me

This is not about me –
not about being understood
or even about understanding.
The goal is not my happiness –
it’s not about what I want;
how I feel is not the issue here.
I need to take myself completely out of the picture
and put God in center focus.
His Will and His Plan
are at the center.
My job is to watch the plan unfold –
to praise Him for His works,
to forget myself.
It’s His work, His story, His plan,
not mine.
He invites me into His masterpiece;
I play the part He gives me –
to bring Him glory,
not to bring myself anything at all.
It’s not about me.

©Rebecca A Givens, 11/01/10

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Prayer by John Greenleaf Whittier

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Recolthe us in our rightful mind;
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
Beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word,
Rise up and follow Thee.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness
Till all our strivings cease.
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

Monday, November 1, 2010

True Woman 2010 Indy

Well, yesterday finished up my random thoughts and notes from the conference. But I am thrilled to report that it doesn't have to end... all the conferences are now available online for free! You can watch, listen, or read transcripts of everything! I have been listening to 2010 Chatanooga lately (while I clean house)... and there are several that I will need to go back and take notes on. I don't get the atmosphere like being there live, but God has really been speaking to me through these messages. The whole focus of Revive Our Hearts addresses an area that I have struggled with, whether I realized it or not, since I became a believer as a teenager. Everything in my sin nature, everything in the world, and everything Satan tells me oppose what Scripture calls me to be as a godly woman. Thank you Lord for bringing this ministry into my life!