Monday, February 14, 2011

Spring is Coming

We planted the seed while the tears of our grief soaked the ground
The sky lost its sun, and the world lost its green to lifeless brown
Now the chill in the wind has turned the earth hard as stone
And silent the seed lies beneath ice and snow
And my heart's heavy now
But I'm not letting go
Of this hope I have that tells me
Spring is coming, Spring is coming
And all we've been hoping and longing for
Soon will appear
Spring is coming, Spring is coming
It won't be long now,
It's just about here...

Spring is Coming

Hear the birds start to sing
Feel the life in the breeze
Watch the ice melt away
The kids are coming out to play
Feel the sun on your skin
Growing strong and warm again
Watch the ground
There's something moving
Something is breaking through
New life is breaking through

"Spring is Coming"
words and music by Steven Curtis Chapman

1 Peter 5:10 ESV

After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Just Have to Wait

Well I can't wait to SEE your smile again
The one when your eyes disappear along with all my troubles
And I can't wait to hear you sing a song
Maybe "Jesus Loves Me" or a song you learned up there

Well I can't wait to hear your mama laugh
The way that only you can make her laugh when you get silly
And I can't wait to SEE you in her arms
And know the wound so deep inside her heart is healed for good

And I can't wait to dance with you again
Knwoing that this time the dance will never have to end

And I can't wait to SEE your sisters play
The way they do when all of you are playing all together
And I can't wait to watch your brother's face
When he can finally SEE with his own eyes
That everything's okay

But I, oh, I just have to wait
'Cause I know that day is coming
So I, oh, I just have to wait

from "Just Have to Wait"
words and music by Steven Curtis Chapman

God Is It True (Trust Me)

God is it true that You're thinking of me at this moment?
God is it true that You hear every prayer that I pray?
God is it true every time my heart beats You know it?
We if it's all true
Then that must be You I hear saying
"Trust Me"

"God Is It True (Trust Me)"
Words and music by Steven Curtis Chapman

Sadness

Even the saddest things can become, once we have made peace with them, a source of wisdom and strength for the journey that still lies ahead.
    Frederick Buechner

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Shattered Dreams

Shattered dreams are never random. They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story. The Holy Spirit uses the pain of shattered dreams to help us discover our desire for God, to help us begin dreaming the highest dream. They are ordained opportunities for the Spirit to awaken, then to satisfy our highest dream.
Larry Crabb

Close to Your Heart

Though hope is clouded
It has not left us
Though pain runs deep now
You're deeper still
And You are holding
All things together
Hold us together now

"Close To Your Heart" Words and music by Steven Curtics Chapman and Matt Redman

Psalm 33:20-22 ESV

Our sould waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.

Friday, February 11, 2011