9.15.2007

cast. your cares.

Jesus, I'm frail, I'm so very weak
My faithfulness fails, my courage will flee
But You are my rock, my shelter and shade
When I'm burdened down, You'll carry the weight

So I will cast my cares on You
Yes, I will cast my cares on You
I will rest within Your arms
Knowing I am safe from harm
I will cast my cares on You

When I'm overwhelmed and I cannot stand
You hear every cry and You lift my head
I'm desperate for grace and mercy anew
I must have Your strength, Oh I must have You

c. stephen altrogge from in a little while

This song (i know i say that alot but my life changes alot) says exactly what God has been teaching my fam. It's far better written, but the essence is the same as what I just recently wrote in my journal. How kind of God to thus encourage me-confirming He is at work. My pride wants to say the second line doesn't apply to me. Oh, but it does. Very much so. How often my faithfulness fails! Every single day, there is an area I'm trying to "un-surrender", something I'm not trusting God with, something I'm making an idol...yet. His faithfulness is steadfast. He is faithfulness. Faithful to correct, faithful to forgive, faithful to never give more than we can bear. I cling to His promises. First the promise of His gospel. Then the promise of His unchangingness. Amazing truth!

9.11.2007

oh happy day

post script:

even as i type, my fam is slumbering peacefully in a hotel on the south carolina/georgia line. tommorrow when i come home from work, i won't let myself into a quiet little house. i'm looking forward to a ginormous mess and more noise than i remember. plus a red maple leaf the kids brought home for me, so i can pretend to have a real fall.

"happy thought indeed!"

(thus end the missing-my-fam posts. sigh of relief from my few faithful readers.)

9.08.2007

{Isaiah 43]

((photocredit:beks))
"But now thus says the LORD,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel
'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name,
you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
I am the LORD your God...
Because you are precious in my eyes...
and I love you...
'You are my witnesses,' declares the LORD,
'and my servant whom I have chosen,
that you may know and believe me...
I declared and saved and proclaimed...
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.' "

(the most glorious promise of all, the one that makes all others possible:)

"I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
and I will not remember your sins."

*please keep the james family in your prayers as mrs james battles cancer. please continue to pray for ian murphy and the haughery family.*

9.06.2007

a letter to the best siblings in the world:

(they posed. after a long day of getting lost in downtown baltimore)


(photocredit: mum.)
Hi kids.
41 days. And counting. I'm homesick. Technically, as I am the one home; I think it's familysick. That sounds weird...anyway. Thank you Mum, Joe, Bre, and N for serving by going to upstate New York and taking care of great-grandma. Thanks for remembering your dad and "biglittlesister" that you left behind. We enjoyed the box of goodies. Enjoy the smell of fall in the air for me. And the sight of mountains. Say hi to the boys when you visit Aunt Lori. Bre: Don't bring home any snakes. There's a big fat one living in the garage sink drain and some small black racers in the hydrangeas. That should be plenty. Joe: Keep your chin up! "Cheerio, and all that sort". N: Keep everybody else laughing, 'k? I love ya'll. Dad and I aren't lonely. But we are sick of peaceful dinners. {{ps. i know the photos stink but they're the easiest to find.}}
~Kangeroo. psalm 27.
"August evenings bring subtle warnings to remember
to kiss the ones you love goodbye
you never know what temporal days may bring...
when my life is in discord I'll praise You all the more"

9.01.2007

words

..."The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended. Your people shall all be righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I might be glorified..."
Isaiah 60.19-21

{{you really need the context of previous chapters. the verses become even more amazing.}}