Where’s Jesus?

Let me tell you a story of that time men were on a boat during a storm, in pitch black darkness, with howling winds and strong rains. And they were missing one person in the boat. The horror. Spoiler: the “missing” one got them out of the storm

To steady the fears of the disciples in the boat, Jesus did not say “You guys can weather this storm, hang on.” (Trusting on our own strength isn’t enough. And maybe he won’t use ‘guys’.)

He did not say “This storm shall pass, trust that it shall pass.” (Sometimes it’s hard to gather peace from a circumstantial silver lining that is still distant despite how sure it may be.)

Instead, he said that it is him with them during that storm. The rock. The maker and holder of all things. The compassionate father who hears every prayer.

“It is I.”

If the great I AM is for us, who can be against us? Neither strong wind and rain outside, nor any raging storm inside us. That’s his promise. And the only way to find out if a promise is true is holding on to it until it happens.

Who are you trusting with your storms?

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Midweek Music: Never Stop by Urban Rescue

Re-post from Saved.ph

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Feel-good, light, joyful, festive.

From Urban Rescue’s full-length album WILD HEART, Never Stop is the perfect song for anyone who finds themselves in a dip or a slump. Does your bes feel like God doesn’t love her anymore? Put earphones on her, play this on your iPod and see a smile etch across her face. The song reminds us of God’s relentless, endless and persistent love. Regardless of the place we find ourselves in—the valleys and the shadows– God will chase us and bring us back to His love, conquering canyons of fears and oceans of tears. He will be there in the lowest places and darkest hours because compared to His love there is “no mountain higher, no river wider”.

Never Stop perfectly depicts the awesome God who is bigger than anything and yet closer to us than anything else in this world. The song describes God as the sunshine on our skin, as the moon that pulls anything close to it, and—much closer—He’s closer than the air we breathe.

Following the simple but meaningful verses, the song’s bridge perfectly depicts the finished work of Christ in which we are victorious over sin as He has paid the price on the cross, making sin lose its foothold over us.

“I see my chains unraveling
All of my shame for victory
I feel my heart run wild and free
There is no place I’d rather be”

The song’s upbeat melody balances this impactful reminder of God’s love for us.

Never Stop helps one sing praise for the daily renewing of our souls, the re-installed communication line we have with God and the hope against all the world’s hopelessness, all made possible through Jesus Christ.

For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 6:23


Writer’s Bio: Joy is a freelance marketing consultant who writes songs about Jesus, and curates play lists on Spotify, outside of work hours. She keeps a blog (joycamillegomez.wordpress.com) to journal her days of being young-in-the-Lord.

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Celebrate

Some people throw parties to celebrate. While I, uhm, make play lists. I’m just so happy (ASDFGHJKL!!!!) that a close friend of mine dropped by Church. The power of prayer was evident.

Dear Kath,

I’m glad He’s in your life now and you’re in Him. God isn’t going to stop seeking you and your loved ones. I know you like music like me, if not more. So here’s a sample of the songs contemporary Christian artists have written. And because you asked about the songs.

Here’s to friendship, love and faith. ❤

Love,
Joy
_______________________________

Wherever it may be more convenient. 🙂

Play list for Kath on Spotify
Play list for Kath on YouTube

  1. All this Time – Britt Nicole
    I felt love, I felt Your grace
    You stole my heart that day
    Lyrics | Video
  2. Not for a Moment (After All)
    And every step every breath you are there
    Every tear, every cry, every prayer
    In my hurt, at my worst
    Lyrics | Video
  3. All I Ever Needed – AJ Michalka
    Cause all I need is waiting in your arms
    A place to hang my heart, where I am known at last
    You’re the one true thing I have
    Lyrics | Video
  4. Touch the Sky – Hillsong
    Come sweep me up in Your love again
    And my soul will dance
    On the wings of forever
    Lyrics | Video
  5. Where You Are – Hillsong Young and Free
    I lived heart on a wire, hand in the fire for so long
    But You’ve shown me better,  new kind of love
    Lyrics | Video
  6. Alive – Hillsong Young and Free
    I was lost with a broken heart
    You picked me up, now I’m set apart
    From the ash I am born again
    Forever safe in the Saviour’s hands
    Lyrics | Video
  7. Alive – Glo Anne Guevarra
    Don’t lose heart, we’ll soldier on
    And every battle you’ll face, I have won
    Lyric Video