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You Raise Me Up

I almost wasn't going to post today because I was just feeling overwhelmed with life and didn't want to take the time to blog. But, as you see, I am here, not out of obligation, but out of a love for sharing what God is doing in my life in hopes that someone else may benefit from the good, the bad, and the ugly (the bad and ugly reminds me of the MU-KU basketball game yesterday.  MU basketball =Ugly). 

Today I got home from church with the same thoughts I've had for awhile now: my desk is a mess, my house is a mess, my laundry is piled up, my desk at work is a mess, what am I going to do with __________ (fill in the blank - new small group study, MOPS, ladies' retreat, leadership training, etc.), my home office is a mess, hmm...at least my dog just had a bath.  Lots of thoughts.  Lots of things going on, most of them good, but just a lot of things going on. 

Now, I want to make sure you know that I'm not complaining.  I do love to live my life on the verge of being out of control, after all, and I love all that I am doing.  Let's just say that in this season of my life I am learning to lean on God more than ever before.  I am needing that time with Him more and more. That is a good thing.

My quiet time today started in Galatians and led me to the following verses that God knew I needed:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Strangely, I wonder "Lord, can you fold and put away the 4 loads of laundry I did today?"  As I write this post on my break from folding, I wait for the answer.  He may not give me folded clothes, but He will give me peace as I listen to Selah's "Hiding Place" as I do my housework.  God gave me the song "You Raise Me Up" from their CD today. God will raise me up and make me strong on His shoulders...as I glimpse eternity in His presence.  Come and "listen" awhile with me...

You Raise Me Up -by Rolf Lovland & Brendan Graham

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary
When troubles come and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until You come and sit awhile with me

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
I am strong, when I am on Your shoulders
You raise me up...to more than I can be.

There is no life - no life without its hunger
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly
But when You come and I am filled with wonder
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
I am strong, when I am on Your shoulders
You raise me up...to more than I can be.

As I often like to do, I'm going to pose some final things to think about.  As always, I've been "smacked" with them before I share them here:

1) When was the last time I just sat awhile with God in silence?
2) Whose power am I trusting in? Mine or God's?

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