“Father Sing Over Me”

Within the past week or so, four people that I know died: two from cancer, one from another illness, and the son of a couple we know committed suicide.   Somebody taking their own life is a senseless tragedy. A little two year boy wondering where his Mommy is after her battle with breast cancer ended is heartbreaking.  I’ve been feeling back to back  sadness and grief for each of these folks…yet thankfully in all four cases all of them had placed their faith in Christ dying on the cross to pay for their sins and God raising Him from the dead, so there is an element of joy too, knowing that these four precious people are now in Heaven and free, perfectly whole in mind, body, and spirit again, dancin’ on Streets of Gold,  and with the Lord for all of Eternity.   I’ve been thinking about how the Real Deal kind of hope and peace through life and death is all wrapped up in Jesus.

I also find the fact that God sings over us a lovely thing.  Thanks for sharing the song in the above link, Beth!

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Matthew 5:4 NASB

You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Psalm 32:7 NASB

Zephaniah 3:17  (KJV)

17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17  (MSG)

Your God is present among you,
    a strong Warrior there to save you.
Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love
    and delight you with his songs.

Father Sing Over Me

Verse

;You are Living Water in a dry and weary land

In the shaking times You’re Solid Rock where I can stand

When the storms of life come You’re a Shelter over me

You are Light in darkness Watching over me
In the times of wounding You come healing me

When fear would come surrounding

You come singing over me

Chorus

Father, sing over me when I’m losing it!

Father, sing over me when I’m wounded!

Father, sing over me with Your presence!

Father, sing over me with Your love!

Father, sing over me love unending!

Father, sing over me! I’m surrendering!

Father, sing over me with Your presence!

Father, sing over me!

Father, sing over me!

Father, sing over me!

Verse

You are Living Water in a dry and weary land

In the shaking times You’re Solid Rock where I can stand

When the storms of life come You’re a Shelter over me

You are Light in darkness Watching over me

In the times of wounding You come healing me

When fear would come surrounding

You come singing over me

Chorus

Father, sing over me when I’m losing it!

Father, sing over me when I’m wounded!

Father, sing over me with Your presence!

Father, sing over me with Your love!

Father, sing over me love unending!

Father, sing over me! I’m surrendering!

Father, sing over me with Your presence!

Father, sing over me!

Father, sing over me!

Father, sing over me!

Bridge

I will be your Righteousness and you be My redeemed!

I will be your Holiness and I have washed you clean!

Child, hear Me singing!

This is what I’m singing over you!

I will be your Hiding Place! My love concealing you!

I will be your comfort! Let My love come healing through!

Child, hear Me singing! This is what I’m singing over you!

I will be Provider! I will meet your every need!

I will be your Champion! Find in Me your victory!

Child, hear Me singing! This is what I’m singing over you!

I will be right with you! I will never, ever leave!

I will be your Shepherd! If you let Me, I will lead!

Child, hear Me singing! This is what I’m singing over

Chorus

Father, sing over me when I’m losing it!

Father, sing over me when I’m wounded!

Father, sing over me with Your presence!

Father, sing over me with Your love!

Father, sing over me love unending!

Father, sing over me! I’m surrendering!

Father, sing over me with Your presence!

Father, sing over me!

Father, sing over me!

Father, sing over me!

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“Speak”

Lord, “I wanna hear You, louder than the noise.  I wanna feel You, closer than the air….”

I love the words to this worship song.

 

Some hospital gown humor:

“I was sitting here minding my business,
Kind of letting my mind go slack,
When in comes a nurse with a bright sunny smile
And a gown with a split down the back.
“Take a shower,” she said,
“And get ready. And then jump into this sack.”
What she’s really talking about
Was the gown with the split down the back.
“They’re coming to do some tests,” she said.
They’re going to stretch me out on a rack
With nothing twixt me and the cold, cruel world
But a gown that’s split down the back!
It comes only to the knees in front.
In the sides there is no lack.
But by far the greatest shortcoming
Is that blooming split down the back.
Whoever designed this garment
For humor had a great knack,
But I fail to see anything funny
About a gown that is split down the back.
I hear them coming to get me,
The wheels going clickety clack.
I’ll ride through the halls on a table
In a gown with a split down the back.
When I get to heaven, I’ll make me no odds
If my robe is white, red, or black,
The only thing I ask is please!
Give me one with no split down the back.”

Source: Jeremiah, David (2013-10-01). What Are You Afraid Of?: Facing Down Your Fears with Faith (pp. 35-36). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

You are Always Only Good

Looking back, I can see Your fingerprints
Upon my life, always seeking my best.
There were times when Your way would make no sense,
But as You said, You have never left.

Refrain
You are always good, You are only good;
You are always good to me.
Though my eyes can’t see, help my heart believe
You are always, only good.

Looking in, I can see my frailty;
My sin is great, and my strength is so small.
Still You stay, and Your mercy shelters me;
You hold my hand, and You hear my call.

Looking up, I can see Your sympathy;
I doubt myself, but I’m sure of Your love.
Lavish grace was poured out at Calvary,
Securing me for our home above.

Chest Port Coming Out Today!

Senior on a Moped

An elderly man on a Moped, looking about 100 years old,
pulled up next to a doctor at a street light.
The old man looked over at the sleek shiny car and asked,
‘What kind of car ya got there, Sonny?’
The doctor replied “A Ferrari GTO.
It cost a half a million dollars! ”
‘That’s a lot of money,’ said the old man.
‘Why does it cost so much?’
‘Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!’ stated the doctor proudly.
The Moped driver asked, ‘Mind if I take a look inside?’
‘No problem,’ replied the doctor.
So the old man poked his head in the window and looked around.
Then, sitting back on his Moped, the old man said,
‘That’s a pretty nice car, all right… But I’ll stick with my Moped!’
Just then the light changed, so the doctor decided to show
the old man just what his car could do. He floored it,
and within 30 seconds the speedometer read 160 mph.
Suddenly, he noticed a dot in his rear view mirror.
It seemd to be getting closer!
He slowed down to see what it could be
and suddenly WHOOOOSSSHHH !
Something whipped by him going much faster!
‘What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari ?’
the doctor asked himself.

He pressed harder on the accelerator
and took the Ferrari up to 250 mph.
Then, up ahead of him, he saw
that it was the old man on the Moped!
Amazed that the Moped could pass his Ferrari,
he gave it more gas and passed the Moped at 275 mph.
He was feeling pretty good until he looked in his mirror
and saw the old man gaining on him AGAIN!
Astounded by the speed of this old guy,
he floored the gas pedal and took the Ferrari
all the way up to 320 mph.
Not ten seconds later, he saw the Moped
bearing down on him again! The Ferrari is flat out,
and there’s nothing he could do!
Suddenly, the Moped plowed into the back of his Ferrari,
demolishing the rear end.
The doctor stopped and jumped out and,
unbelievably, the old man was  still alive.
He ran up to the banged-up old guy and said,

‘I’m a doctor…. Is there anything I can do for you?’
The old man whispered,

‘Please Unhook my suspenders from your side view mirror!’.

 

 

John and I are  heading to the out patient surgery center this morning and arriving at 8 am  for my breast surgeon to remove the chest port she put in there a little over a year ago for IV cancer drug infusions.  I’m happy to have those Round Two Treatments wrapped up (hoping that there never is a Round Three)  and glad to be getting rid of that extra hardware!  🙂  Thank You, Lord for carrying this child of yours close to Your heart  through deep, deep waters!

I’m going to keep on  hangin’ on tight to the One who loves me most of all, is my precious Savior, and is always up to something good in all that He allows in my life, including the rough stuff.  He is the only One who can make any of those cancer treatments work and I know that He is just as wise, good, and loving if all these measures I’ve taken are completely effective or not.    It brings me great peace to remember that I could not be in more excellent Hands than I’m already in and I’m not going to die one day before He says so and then, oh the joy when He brings me  Home Sweet Home to Eternal Life in Heaven  by whatever means He deems best!  Hooray for the truth of John 3;16!

I would very much appreciate your continued prayers when you think of me.  Thanks, friends!

OOOOOPS on the Hair Coloring Experience!

I had an OOOOOPS experience with hair coloring yesterday and silly me did not associate “auborn brown” with pinkish/orangish/red hair!  Oh my!  We got a good belly laugh out of it all even if I did feel like crying from the shock of seeing myself in the mirror at first.  
 Joy does a beautiful job dying my hair periodically and it was totally my goof in my hair color  selection of auburn and perhaps also the chemicals in my hair from chemo didn’t mix well with the dye.  I’ve seen people with this color hair but honestly don’t care for it and initially felt like putting a brown paper bag over my head with peep holes for my eyes and mouth for my dental visit which unfortunately was scheduled immediately after dye job #1 of 2 yesterday.   We quickly rushed out for another box (hoping all the while I wouldn’t bump into anybody at Walmart that i know) and re-did with plain ole’ medium brown which was what I was aiming for initially  which helped tone it down “some” but I imagine it’s going to take a long, long time to get all  the red pigment out even though it’s the semi permanent kind.  I then got a hair cut and the hair dresser said she LOVED the color, that many clients aim for that shade that I achieved with my back to back home coloring dye jobs, and how popular red hair is right now!   After chemo this time my hair came back curly and  very dark in the back and white and gray in the front—too old lady a la skunk-ish for me.  Ah well!  I am so thankful to have hair again and consider all hair on my head a blessing and a gift. I much prefer any color to shiny-scalp-chemo- bald!
—Paula

https://kindredgrace.com/wisdom-on-waiting-from-elisabeth-elliot/

 

This is from a little book called When Days Seem Dark:

“…There are times when we…do not know which way to turn. It may be just then that we shall learn for the first time how to stand still in perfect peace and quietness of soul, not idling away our time, not hopelessly limp and heedless of the outcome, but working on in such ways as may be given to us, observing with eager joy the way in which God will work it all out to a perfectly glorious ending.”

Joni and Leah the Overcomers

An old snake went to see his Doctor. “Doc, I need something for my eyes…I can’t see well these days”. The Dr  fixed him up with a pair of glasses and told  him to return in 2 weeks. The snake came back in 2 weeks later and told the doctor how depressed he was. The Dr said,“What’s the problem…didn’t the glasses help you?” “The glasses are fine doc, but I just discovered I’ve been living with a garden hose the past 2 years!”

Wisdom from Joni Eareckson Tada:

“There isn’t a pain you endure or a disappointment that you face that God has not already overcome. He fully and completely understands your fears and frustrations, your hurt and weaknesses, and even your anger. So today, join me today in thanking and praising God for loving the world so much that He would give His one and only Son. That’s enough to calm all of our hurts!”

“God only gives me grace for today; He expects me to live this day, right now, in His strength, leaning on His wisdom and drawing on His power.”

 

 

 

He Does the Holding, We do the Trusting.

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing *right now,* and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” – Matthew 6:34 (The Message):

 

Where in the Bible does it say that men do the dishes?
2 Kings 21:13 “…and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down to dry.”

There’s also a whole book verifying  who should make the coffee–“Hebrews” 🙂

 

 

 

 

Isaiah 41:13(NIV)

13 For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.

Isaiah 41:13 (MSG)

That’s right. Because I, your God,
    have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go.
I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic.
    I’m right here to help you.’

Isaiah 41:13 (NLT)

13 For I hold you by your right hand—
    I, the Lord your God.
And I say to you,
    ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.

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Don’t try to hold God’s hand; let Him hold yours. Let Him do the holding, and you do the trusting.
H. W. Webb-Peploe

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Sooooooo…

The way it’s supposed to work is that He does the holding  and we do the trusting. He’s got a firm grip on us and He won’t let go.  No need to ever to be a scaredy- cat about anything. He’s told us in His Word not to fear or panic.  He guarantees us that He’s right here with us and will  help us through everything.

Paula

Trusting the Same God Who Parted the Red Sea

A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!” he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.

A man came along who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his joy.

“Hey” asked the boy in return with a bright laugh, “Don’t you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle.”

The “enlightened” man, (not!), foolishly trying to negate a miracle in the Bible,  laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy, and began speaking. “That can all be very easily explained. Modern scholarship has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10-inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across.”

The boy was stumped. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible laying open in his lap. The man, content that he had opened the eyes of a poor, naive young person to the finer points of scientific insight, turned to go. Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before. The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed jubilation.

“Wow!” exclaimed the boy happily, “God is greater than I thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in only 10 inches of water!”

😉

“And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and Jehovah caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left” (Exodus 14:21-22).

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“The floods stood upright as a heap; the deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea” (Ex. 15:8).

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“He clave the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as a heap” (Psa. 78:13).

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Article discussing this topic: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/612-parting-of-the-red-sea-miracle-or-natural-event-the


 

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It was even way better than Hollywood’s portrayal I’m sure.  It’s amazing and faith building  to think about what that must have been like for God to part the Red Sea.  He cares about every detail of our lives too and is still capable of “parting the waters” and making a way for us even when there seems to be no way which reminds me of this old song that I love:

 

Have a great day!

 

Paula