I really like their version of this hymn for some reason… and the cover…
…Some days we have the privilege of experiencing this common grace more than others… yay
Those of you who have gotten to know me the last 2 years may have noticed that I enjoy music… a lot. I spend an inordinate amount of my free time just browsing music.
Anyways, I just thought this was worth posting. If you haven’t heard of Josh Garrels, he’s a very gifted folk artist that I stumbled upon a while ago. When his most recent album “Love & War & The Sea In Between” came out, he decided to give it away for free for a year… which ends tomorrow, June 15.
So for today (and possibly tomorrow… a bit unclear) he’s giving away his album for FREE. Go to the link below and listen to a few tracks and look at the lyrics. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s personally one of my favorite albums. Enjoy :)
Free Music: http://joshgarrels.bandcamp.com/
It’s 8:00 in the morning and I’m tired… I’m not that close to finishing my finals and I’m not ready for everything I have to do.
But as I was negligently distracting myself from my studies, I was reminded that even now I can find joy in the abundant grace that I’ve received:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
It’s morning, and I’m grateful merely that I’ve been given another day of life to live. It reminds me of the continued faithfulness of our Father in Heaven, now and forever.
Good Luck With Finals Everyone :)
Well… my birthday just passed. And for me, birthdays have never been a big deal. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoy them. But I never really feel any different before or after. After all, I’m still the same person (except now I can drink. yay…)
So I sort of went into this birthday with this same mentality. But then I had a random thought: 21 years is a very long time…
Not a crazy revelation I suppose, but a revelation nevertheless.
So, naturally, I began looking back on the last 21 years. And as a sinner, redeemed by grace, here’s what I realized:
But what was the point of me posting all this? Well, I now truly have a new reason to celebrate each and every year of life that God gives to me. But, by no means does this need to be confined to just a birthday.
I often take for granted the continual grace that I receive. But I hope to let each day I’m alive remind me of the steadfast love that God has shown me. Let us not forget this simple fact: Everyday, there is reason to rejoice.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice! - Philippians 4:4
I’m slowly learning that, even if I feel like I’m failing at everything, God still loves me unconditionally
like a father loves his son.
I can’t understand why. I’m useless, foolish, and undeserving.
And yet he still loves me.
Grace is so incomprehensible
But I’m beginning to think that maybe it’s a good thing that it doesn’t make sense to me.
It makes me realize what a great blessing it truly is.
That we have a great God who loves us greatly
Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever -Psalm 136:26
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” -Ephesians 5:15-17
Time to get my act together…
Generally, lack of sleep may result in:
- aching muscles
- confusion, memory lapses or loss
- hand tremors
- bloodshot eyes
- periorbital puffiness, commonly known as “bags under eyes” or eye bags
- increased blood pressure
- increased stress hormone levels
- increased risk of diabetes
- increased risk of fibromyalgia
- nystagmus (rapid involuntary rhythmic eye movement)
- temper tantrums in children
- symptoms similar to:
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD)
-Wikipedia on Sleep Deprivation
So here’s what I got out of this list:
Based on how relevant this list is to my normal sleep habits, God has been so gracious to me in that I haven’t started hallucinating yet (or at least i don’t think i have…)
Praise God! :)
“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” the old spiritual asks. And we must answer, “yes, we were there.” Not as spectators only; but as participants, guilty participants, plotting, scheming, betraying, bargaining and handing him over to be crucified. We may try to wash our hands of responsibility like Pilate. But our attempt will be as futile as his. For there is blood on our hands. Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us (leading us to faith and worship), we have to see it as something done by us (leading us to repentance). Indeed, “only the man who is prepared to own his share in the guilt of the cross,” wrote Canon Peter Green, “may claim his share in its grace.” - CJ Mahaney
I heard this quote at Lighthouse. I think this was the first Good Friday to ever truly affect my heart. My own sinfulness leads me to repentance, and, because of grace, I worship.