Lift up your eyes

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:

Who created all these?

He who brings out the starry host one by one

and calls forth each of them by name.

Because of his great power and mighty strength,

not one of them is missing.

Isaiah 40:26 NIV

Drawing of night sky

I came across this Bible verse recently, and it made me think of the song Your Love Oh Lord by Third Day.  Something about hearing that song gives me peace.  You can listen to the song here:

Some of the lyrics, from Psalm 36:

And I will lift my voice to worship you my king

And I will find my strength in the shadow of your wings

Your Love Oh Lord reaches to the heavens

Your faithfulness stretches to the skies

May you find strength in the shadow of His wings today, and above all the peace that only He can give.

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Save Saeed

Video of Naghmeh Abedini speaking about the imprisonment of her husband Saeed Abedini at the UN Human Rights Council.  Saeed Abedini is an American pastor who is imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith.  Even at this difficult time, she gives a beautiful summary of the gospel.

She says Iran has kept Saeed imprisioned “because Saeed believes in forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ and that whoever accepts this forgiveness of sin can be reconciled to the God of peace and love.  This is the God of peace we are all searching for.”

Please visit  http://savesaeed.org/ for more information or to sign the petition to free Pastor Saeed.

Writing Challenge: Starting Over

This week’s Writing Challenge is about Starting Over.   You can read about the challenge here.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/writing-challenge-starting-over/

The Importance of Prayer

Praying Hands PlaqueWhen I first started this blog about a year ago now, (wow, time flies!) I prayed about it.  I prayed over the blog to be a source of encouragement and peace, and for it to reflect what God would have me say.

At church last Sunday, the sermon was about the importance of prayer.   I realized something I have been neglecting for quite some time is prayer!  I haven’t taken time to pray much, not just about this blog, but in my personal life and for others as well.  And especially, I have forgotten its importance as an act of praise.

Lately I have been thinking about this blog and where it’s going, what it should communicate.  Before Sunday I had already decided that I didn’t want to post stuff just to be posting stuff.  What’s important is that it be in God’s will, what He has called me to do.

So, please join me in praying to be a blessing to others, to help encourage and to share God’s peace.

“I Will Rise”

I’d been working on this post for a while, and then last week my cousin passed away after a brief battle with leukemia.  This song has a more special meaning to me now when I think of him and his family.  We are all taking comfort knowing he had a strong faith in Jesus and that he is in a better place now.   I’d like to dedicate it to him.

Chris Tomlin performing “I Will Rise” live in concert.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful song!

Some lyrics from the song:

There’s a peace I’ve come to know

Though my heart and flesh may fail

There’s an anchor for my soul

I can say, it is well

Jesus has overcome

And I will rise when He calls my name

No more sorrow, no more pain

There’s a day that’s drawing near

When this darkness breaks to light

And the shadows disappear

And my faith shall be my eyes

…for we walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 14:27 (ESV)

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33 (ESV)

Today I pray that you will rest in God’s peace, the peace that passes understanding, and that remembering “I will rise” gives you comfort.