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Weekend Wisdom: Strength

The sun shines not on us but in us.

John Muir

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Marcus Aurelius

 

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.

Marcus Aurelius

 

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

Hermann Hesse

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

Napoleon Hill 

Weekend Wisdom: “O Day of Rest and Gladness”

This hymn also comes from “A Sacrifice of Praise, Second Edition, An anthology of Christian Poetry in English from Caedmon to the Mid-Twentieth Century; edited by James H. Trott.”

Enjoy and may you find rest and gladness today and every day.

O Day of Rest and Gladness

O day of rest and gladness, 

O day of joy and light,

O balm of care and sadness,

Most beautiful, most bright!

On Thee the nigh and lowly, 

Through ages joined in tune,

Sing, “Holy, holy, holy!”

To the great God triune.

Thou art a port protected

From storms that round us rise;

A garden intersected

With streams of paradise;

Thou art a cooling fountain

In life’s dry dreary sand;

From thee, like Pisgah’s mountain, 

We view our promised land. 

Today on weary nations

The heavenly manna falls;

To holy convocations

The silver trumpet calls;

Where gospel light is glowing

With pure and radiant beams, 

And living water flowing

With soul-refreshing streams. 

A day of sweet reflection 

Thou art, – a day of love, 

A day of resurrection

From earth to things above. 

New graces ever gaming

From this our day of rest,

We reach the rest reaming

To spirits of the blest. 

Christopher Wordsworth

(1807-1885)

Weekend Wisdom: “God Makes A Path”

The following is from “A Sacrifice of Praise, Second Edition, An anthology of Christian Poetry in English from Caedmon to the Mid-Twentieth Century; edited by James H. Trott.”  It was a gift from my dear friend Amy.

“God Makes A Path”

God makes a path, provides a guide,

And feeds a wilderness;

His glorious name, while breath remains, 

O that I may confess. 

 

Lost many a time, I have had no guide, 

No house but a hollow tree!

In stormy winter night no fire, 

No food, no company;

 

In Him I found a house, a bed, 

A table, company;

No cup so bitter but’s made sweet, 

Where God shall sweetening be. 

Roger Williams

(1604-1683)

“Drink Deep” A Musical Journey Through Grief by Steve Siler; Chris Fabry Interview

My friend and GriefShare Co-Facilitator Gina, sent me links thinking they would be good to share with you. However, the stats provided by WordPress indicate my readers do not click on links to other websites.

So I have some reservations about publishing this post but decided the information is too good not to share.

It is my prayer that you will click on the links whether or not you are grieving, and listen to Chris Fabry’s program on Moody Radio with Steve Siler of musicforthesoul.org.

Hour #1

This link will take you to hour #1 of Chris Fabry’s January 2nd show which is an interview with Steve about his album entitled “Drink Deep”.   The album chronicles a journey through grief starting with finding out about someone’s death and ending with the victory we have through Christ.

The title song is about dealing with grief by drinking deep, or as we say in “Griefshare” – leaning into grief.

Drink deep of the sorrow
Drink deep of the pain
Don’t let anybody tell you
to get out of the rain
This is your cup
and you’re the one who has to drink
Though the taste may go down bitterly
Drink deep

Experiencing a deep drink of grief, expands your capacity for joy because once you know life’s bitter taste you have a greater appreciation for it’s sweet nectar.

Hour #2

This link will take you to hour #2 of Chris’s program which is about being ambushed by grief. Chris plays “Ambush” from “Drink Deep” and take calls from listener’s dealing with ambushes.

My Favorites

I purchased Steve’s album, downloaded it and listened to it in one sitting. I did not do anything else, no writing, cooking, or playing with Rommie.  I just sat and listened, enjoying every song and the emotions so beautifully captured by Steve and the other writers and singers who were apart of the project. 

While I love every song on the album, my favorites are “Every Single Tear” which is about God comforting you.

“Your heart is what he hears
When the world just hears you crying”

What a beautiful thought.

My other favorite is “Death Has Been Conquered” which is about Christ’s victory over death.

Not Grieving?

Don’t think this CD or interview is not for you if you are not grieving. “Drink Deep” will teach you about a grief journey. You will better understand a grieving person after listening to this CD.

Thank You

Thank you to Steve Siler, for a beautiful album.

Thank you Chris Fabry for not only doing a show about grief but making it your first one of the year.

Thank you Gina Koch for sending me the links to the show and the lyrics.

Are You Willing To “Drink Deep?”

Please visit Music For The Soul and either read the lyrics, download or order the “Drink Deep” CD. Then share this site with a grieving person. After all, music is the universal language that soothes the savage beast and grief is a savage beast. 

(Disclaimer – all links are non-affiliate links so I receive no compensation.)

Weekend Wisdom: The God Of Angel Armies

Last night I finally watched “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” – ugh!  What an awful movie.  Thank goodness I watched it for free on my Kindle.  I quickly found myself bored and depressed.  I was so in a funk I had no idea what to post for Weekend Wisdom.

Then at midnight I woke up with the sentence “The God of angel armies is always by my side” running through my head over and over and knew what I had to post.

So here are the lyrics to Chris Tomlin’s song,

May you find comfort in knowing God is always by your side.

“Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies)”

You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light

Whom shall I fear

You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though troubles linger still

Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory

Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding on to Your promises

You are faithful
You are faithful

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding on to Your promises

You are faithful
You are faithful
You are faithful

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

 

The Psalm 23 Challenge

This week our Pastor challenged the congregation to recite Psalm 23 the last thing before falling asleep.   Personally, I hope it calms me down as right now I am wound up like the Tasmanian Devil!

Our History Together

Psalm 23 and I have a history.  Shortly after Joe passed, I was desperately searching for comfort and where better to go than Psalm 23 – or so I thought.

Upon reading ” The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want” (that is what my NIV version states), I said “Yeah, right!”, closed my Bible and threw it on the floor.  It landed with a resounding “thud” that probably registered a 9.5 on the Richter scale. My maternal grandmother in heaven threw a major league temper tantrum because I threw my Bible.  God told her to take a “chill pill” as he understood why I did it.

The Here and Now

I will admit I have not paid much attention to Psalm 23 during the past 5 1/2 years.  So reciting this every night will be very interesting.  Maybe I can start to make peace with the psalm during this week and get back to appreciating it more.

Tonight as I fall asleep, listening to the waterfall sound on my kindle, I will recite Psalm 23.

Call To Action

Do the same thing.  Don’t remember the psalm?  Here it is, courtesy of BibleGateway.com. It is the NIV version but differs from my NIV Bible.  Guess the NIV got a makeover.

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

Extra Credit – Recite this first thing when you open your eyes in addition to just before falling asleep.

Extra, Extra Credit – Recite this during the day if the going gets tough.

Weekend Wisdom: “Empty” by Cherie Hill

I am reading “empty., Living Full of Faith When Life Drains you Dry” by Cherie Hill. (Kindle $2.99/Paperback $7.16 as of this writing.)  It is about the woman at the well‘s encounter with Jesus and how it applies to our lives when we are feeling empty.

Ms. Hill’s book is powerful and digs deep into the reason we:

  • struggle working our way through grief,
  • feel something is missing in our marriage,
  • despair over any other problems that engulf us.

I am only on Chapter 4 but felt I needed to get some quotes and scripture out to you in the form of “Weekend Wisdom.” There will be more posts about this book as soon as I am done reading it and have a chance to drink in Ms. Hills words.

Quotes:

“although difficult to imagine, physical pain can sometimes be easier to endure than the ongoing anguish of loneliness, rejection, loss, and failures.”  (Chapter 1)

“We’re empty because we’re more concerned about “feeling” better than finding God.” (Chapter 1)

“Emptiness is not the end, it’s the beginning. (Chapter 1)

“We fail, miserably, to grasp the fact that only God can supply what our soul most deeply desires.” (Chapter 3)

“We, just like the woman at the well, don’t realize that what we’re really yearning or is an encounter with God.” (Chapter 3)

Scripture:

“…or God gives the Spirit without limit.” – John 3:34 (NIV)

“Whoever believes in  me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” – John 7:38 (NIV)

“The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them.  People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT  (Chapter 3)

“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”  Romans 8:6 NIV (Chapter 3)

For Widows Only?

This book is appropriate for widows, or anyone experiencing any of life’s nasty events.

Call To Action

Don’t wait for my review – go buy this book now!  Have a pen, notebook, and hi-lighter handy as you will need them when you read it.

Closing Thought

“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis (Chapter 3)

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