Monday, 26 January 2015

music monday// make something beautiful

This song is such comfort to me when I feel like I’m slipping into the depths of despair. I have a story to share someday. My story. A story which might be hard for you to believe. a story which leaves me sometimes wishing badly to be adopted by a fairly functional family filled with the genuine love of Jesus. The dysfunction is like acid with the tendency to eat at my veins, but I’m thankful for Jesus. Without Him, it would be extra hard! I’m in the throes of it but I know the Lord is the One who is lifting up my head and gathering me from the ash heap.
make something beautiful~ laura story
When I’m at the point of breaking at the place where I resign,
When I’m at the stage of shaking my head as I look back on my life,
When I’m halfway through the grieving, but not quite through the ache,
When I cannot see the ending, or which road I’m supposed to take,
All I know to do is lift my hands to You.

Take all of my life, all of my life,
And make something beautiful.
I open my hand, trusting Your plan.
Make something beautiful so all will see
Your work in me, as You make something beautiful

When I’m tired of pretending, and I can’t recall my lines
Do I say, I’m barely breathing, or just say, I’m doing fine.
I admit there is a yearning, for the hurting to subside,
But not at the risk of missing what You’re doing with my life
All I know to do is lift my hands to You.

Cause all I know to do is lift my hands to You,
all I know to do is lift my hands to You

“and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

“may my prayer be set before You like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” Psalm 141:2

“I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:4

“many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’ but You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” Psalm 3:2-3

“heal me, Lord, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved, for You are the One I praise.” Jeremiah 17:14

“He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; He seats them with princes and makes them inherit a throne of honor…” 1 samuel 2:8

When I don’t understand why God is allowing me to face terrible, hard things, I remember Hannah in the Bible. 1 samuel 1:10 says: “in her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, ‘Lord Almighty, if You will only look on Your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life…”

I love how she was not ashamed to admit to Eli, the priest that she was hurting and troubled. 1 samuel 1:15 says:” …I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.’ “

Even In the pain, I’ve resolved to trust with my hands held high in faith and praise. This is not the time for me to wallow in the hurt and resign myself to it. I choose to lift my head and look up to my Helper and take Him at His Word when He says: for I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

What do you do when you’re facing a horrendous mountain? Well, I sure hope you look to Jesus., pouring out your heart to Him, lifting up your hands to praise Him for the breakthrough coming your way. In the course of time, you’ll see the beauty He’s been weaving out of your pain and anguish.

xoxo, gen delali.


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