Oh Rocko

God is enough for my bewildered heart and He calls me to believe I will run and play with Him again. He will meet us where we are today, just as He has met me through a fuzzy little puppy named Rocko. Though we are bewildered, He is not afraid. Though we snap at His hand, He does not leave our side. He's waiting for us to snuggle into His arms for comfort. 

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Jesus, Rock Of Ages

I am so thankful for good worship music. I just came across this song yesterday and I can't stop listening to it, so I thought I'd share it here.

Christy Nockels wrote this on her blog about this song:  

"One of the first songs that we wrote together for this record is called Jesus, Rock of Ages. It started as a moment alone with Jesus, singing my personal praise to Him at the piano, tears streaming down my face..."I rest my soul on the Rock of the Ages, my feet stand firm on a sure foundation, all my hope in this salvation, Jesus, Jesus, Rock of Ages." As I sang through my tears I felt a hand pressing gently around the back of my neck. It was Nathan, standing quietly there beside me. He knew exactly why I was weeping and singing those words because he lives the story with me. He knew where it came from. He had felt the same disappointments, the same grief over hope deferred and the ending of seasons. He stood and listened, let me cry and hope, faith and trust rose up in our hearts as we finished the song together. A side note is that you'll hear Nathan featured with me on this song vocally. He tried with all his might to get me to invite a male vocalist to feature on the song with me but in the end I just looked at him and said, "babe, it has to be you". This was a song we needed to sing together..."

My heart has been overwhelmed this week, wrestling with sorrow and grief mingled with hope and love. This song is a gift, a reminder of my firm foundation that won't be shaken. I hope it blesses your heart today as it has mine.

Just Show Up

How ironic that after I post about how busy my life was in high school, I have been too busy to write a thoughtful post here. The last week has held many responsibilities and a borderline dangerous amount of coffee. I haven't seen my children enough, I haven't seen my husband enough and I am tired. Even my sweet puppy is looking at me with eyes asking, "where have you been?!" I love my little family and I am pained that my busyness has pulled me away from them so much this week. When will I learn to do life differently? I am a work in progress my friends.

 This weekend I am leading worship for our women's retreat and I am also sharing/teaching a segment. If asked how to enter into a weekend like this, I would say, "make sure you have had plenty of rest and quiet times with the Lord in preparation." And here I am coasting in on fumes. As I bring this before the Lord an unexpected excitement is spreading in my heart. Perhaps coming to this event at the end of myself there will be more room for the Holy Spirit to guide and for the Lord to be the one who shines! Oh, please let it be so! We have been planning and praying for this weekend for months and months. I am deeply thankful for the community of women within our church and I am confident the Lord has great things in store for us this weekend. 

Are you coasting on fumes today? Our theme this weekend is God Is Enough. He is my friends! Ask Him to show you that today. He delights in revealing Himself to you, and revealing Himself to others through you. Sometimes it's all you can do to just show up, and He takes care of the rest. This weekend especially, I am so thankful that is true.