It's Summer Vacation

We are one week into summer vacation at my house and for the life of me I have not been able to figure out how to blog with two kids in the house all day. I'm not super awesome at transitions - even fun, good transitions like summer break! I have a couple of guest posts I'm editing now and I want to get out asap. I promise I will figure out how to be a stay-at-home summer vacation mom and a blogger at the same time! (at least I hope)

I've been hanging out in this rich Psalm lately, I hope it encourages you as it has me.

God Is My Strength and Portion Forever
A Psalm of Asaph.

73 Truly God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
    my steps had nearly slipped.
3 For I was envious of the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4 For they have no pangs until death;
    their bodies are fat and sleek.
5 They are not in trouble as others are;
    they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
    violence covers them as a garment.
7 Their eyes swell out through fatness;
    their hearts overflow with follies.
8 They scoff and speak with malice;
    loftily they threaten oppression.
9 They set their mouths against the heavens,
    and their tongue struts through the earth.
10 Therefore his people turn back to them,
    and find no fault in them.[a]
11 And they say, “How can God know?
    Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
    always at ease, they increase in riches.
13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean
    and washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all the day long I have been stricken
    and rebuked every morning.
15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
    I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

16 But when I thought how to understand this,
    it seemed to me a wearisome task,
17 until I went into the sanctuary of God;
    then I discerned their end.

18 Truly you set them in slippery places;
    you make them fall to ruin.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment,
    swept away utterly by terrors!
20 Like a dream when one awakes,
    O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21 When my soul was embittered,
    when I was pricked in heart,
22 I was brutish and ignorant;
    I was like a beast toward you.

23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
    you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength[b] of my heart and my portion forever.

27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
    you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
28 But for me it is good to be near God;
    I have made the Lord God my refuge,
    that I may tell of all your works.

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.