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SONG 33  TAKE COURAGE

My husband was drawn to this song a few weeks ago. He added it to our morning worship playlist and we began singing it. It’s becoming a favorite this week.

Do you ever talk to yourself? It’s okay. I’m sure we can all admit we’ve done it. This song is kind of like giving yourself a pep talk. A don’t-give-up-don’t-give-in talk. Sometimes we have to tell our heart, soul, and mind a few things. Like… when you are waiting and waiting and waiting for God to bring you to the other side of your situation. This is the perfect song to pray. Remind yourself out loud that He truly is in-the-waiting.

Take courage. Stay steadfast. Hold on. Sing praise. Find strength in joy. Don’t forget.


Take Courage    -lyrics-

Slow down, take time │breath in, He said │ He’d reveal what’s to come │the thoughts in His mind │ always higher than mine │ He’ll reveal all to come

Take courage, my heart │ stay steadfast, my soul │ He’s in the waiting │ He’s in the waiting

Hold on to your hope │ as your triumph unfold │ He’s never-failing │He’s never-failing

Sing praise, my soul │ find strength in joy │ let his words lead you on │ do not forget his great faithfulness │ He’ll finish all he’s begun

And You who hold the stars │ who call them each by name │ will surely keep Your promise to me │ that I will rise in Your victory

Miracles happen when we fix our eyes on JESUS CHRIST │ in the light of His face, all are questions fade.

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

how to have a merry christmas

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I came across a verse many months ago in my “Bible in One Year” plan. It stood out among all the other verses I read that day so I saved it in my blog notes. [If you haven’t read through the Bible, you should give it a try. The YouVersion app has many plans to choose from and you will actually read through the entire Bible in one year.] 

So… here’s the verse: “Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. No one was sorry when he diedThey buried him in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery.” ‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭21:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I know this isn’t a typical Christmas verse. But it is one of the saddest statements in the Bible. How terrible that no one was sorry when he died. What a way to be remembered – or should I say… not remembered. Don’t let this be your epitaph.

You only have one life to live, so live it with purpose. Be intentional about making a difference in someone else’s life.

Okay. So… it’s Christmas time. Do you want to have a Merry Christmas? Look for ways to give… not gifts wrapped in fancy boxes and beautiful bows. Give what can’t be wrapped up. Joy. Hope. Strength. Love. Encouragement. Touch the people that are in your circle of influence; the people God has brought into your life!

I promise… you will have a very Merry Christmas!!! And don’t wait for next Christmas to do it again. Stay focused throughout the New Year… Give a smile! Give a hug! Give an encouraging word!  Give a pat on the back! 

Living in HIS Joy at Christmas!     

Eva Raye

 

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SONG 32  FULLNESS

Another favorite

Fullness of eternal promise │ stirring in your sons and daughters
Earth revealing heaven’s wonders │ Spirit come, Spirit come

What you spoke is now unfolding │ all your children shall behold it
Dreams awaken in this moment │ Spirit come, Spirit come

Pour it out │ let your love run over │ here and now │ let your glory fill this house

Now the world awaits your presence │ and this power is within us
We will rise to be your witness │ Spirit come, Spirit come

Tongues of fire │ testifying of the Son │ one desire │ Spirit come

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

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SONG 31  THANK YOU
by the Katinas

Today is day 31! TYJ!!! It has been refreshing to spend some time worshiping Jesus and having you follow alongside me. The challenge was hard at times but rewarding in my heart. Thank you for meeting me here every day. I’m not sure what comes next but you can sign up to receive email updates from my blog. I’d love to hear from you, sharing what God is doing in your life. 

So here is song 31 – Just a simple song that is really a prayer. The first time I heard “Thank You” I was in the car with my radio playing, listening but not really listening; sorta preoccupied. Then when the song came to: “Here I am, with all I have, raise my hands to worship You, I want to say thank you…”  I was all ears. You can’t hit replay on the radio, so I couldn’t wait to get home and find it on my computer.

I love the times when I’m alone with my Lord and I just want a little bit longer to stay in the secret place with HIM. I’m so thankful that HE loves me. I don’t want to  forget all the needs HE has met. HE is with me when I’m down, holding me. HIS love is really amazing. It has changed me. I want to have a thankful heart! 

We all know “Amazing Grace.”  In these lyrics, it speaks of amazing grace being more than a song. That is so true. HIS grace looks beyond my fault and HE shows me mercy. 

So here I am, Lord,  with all I have raising my hands to worship You.
Thank you for loving me.
Thank you for holding me. 
Thank you for changing me.
Thank you for touching my heart.
I want to say THANK YOU!

Just a little while longer I want to pray │ can’t get You off my mind so I came to say │ thank You Lord, just for loving me, alright │ many times I do forget │ every need that You have met │ oh thank You Lord, I know You’re showing me │ You are there when I am down and out │ You’re holding me, Your love is so amazing │ oh it changed me

Here I am with all I have │ raise my hands to worship You │ I want to say thank you, oh thank you │ for everything, for who You are │ You cover me, You touch my heart │ I want to say thank you

I could have died in my sin but You saved me │ didn’t have any hope at all │ You gave me peace divine, strength to carry on │ I should have been the one to pay │ but instead You took my place │ amazing grace, it’s more than just a song │ even though I don’t deserve Your love for me │ You look beyond my fault and You showed me mercy

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

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SONG 30   RESCUE
by Desperation Band

I know this is an older song, but it always brings me into God’s presence. I think when we worship with lyrics that speak to the heart of God, He comes close and He stays around. I recognize that I need JESUS more than anything this world has to offer. No one else will do. 

Listen to these words. “My heart is Your’s for life. I need Your hand in mine. There’s no other Name by which I’m saved. I will follow You.” All of these words are spoken to Jesus. That’s what I love about my life in God. This world has nothing for me. When I chose to live for the Lord, it was for life! No turning back… (that’s another song)

You are the source of life │ I can’t be left behind │ No one else will do │  I will take hold of You

I need You, Jesus to come to my rescue│  where else can I go? │ there’s no other Name by which I am saved │ capture me with grace │ I will follow You

My heart is Yours for life │ I need Your hand in mine │ No one else will do │ Lord,  I put my trust in You

I need You, Jesus to come to my rescue │ Where else can I go? │ There’s no other Name by which I am saved │ Capture me with grace │ I will follow You

My heart is Yours for life │ I need Your hand in mine │No one else will do │ Lord, I put my trust in You

I need You, Jesus to come to my rescue│  where else can I go? │ there’s no other Name by which I am saved │ capture me with grace │ I will follow You

This world has nothing for me (I will follow You)

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

 praise YOU in the storm

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SONG 29  PRAISE YOU IN THE STORM

There was a time when this song stayed on repeat. I would play it over and over. Again and again. During the hard times in my life. When my youngest son was wrecking his life with drugs and alcohol, and I wondered if he would even live past the age of 25. I would remember that his past would be part of his testimony, before surrendering his life to Jesus. When my heart was broken and I felt like change would never come. Even now when my heart is overwhelmed by circumstances I have no control over, I remind myself, He is worthy to be praised!

Have you ever been in that place? Victory was nowhere in sight? No light at the end of the tunnel? When days move into weeks, then months become years? Keep praising Him! Even if it’s still raining and wind is getting stronger, keep praising Him! He will whisper, “I’m with you. I’m right here by your side. You are not alone. We will get through this together.”  

I can say all of this, not because I’m repeating lyrics to a song. I can say this because I’ve experienced first hand the closeness of my Savior. I’ve never walked alone through the storms of life. My help comes from the Lord. He will come and walk with you today if you will cry out to Him. 

I was sure by now │ God You would have reached down │ and wiped our tears away  │ stepped in and saved the day │ but once again, I say “Amen” and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls │ I barely hear Your whisper through the rain │ “I’m with you” │ and as Your mercy falls │ I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm │ and I will lift my hands │ for You are who You are │ no matter where I am │ and every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand  │ You never left my side  │ and though my heart is torn  │ I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind │  You heard my cry to you │ and you raised me up again │ my strength is almost gone │ how can I carry on if I can’t find You

But as the thunder rolls │ I barely hear Your whisper through the rain │ “I’m with you” │ and as Your mercy falls │ I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm │ and I will lift my hands │ for You are who You are │ no matter where I am │ and every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand │ You never left my side │ and though my heart is torn │ I will praise You in this storm

I lift my eyes unto the hills │ where does my help come from? │ my help comes from the Lord │ the Maker of Heaven and Earth

And I’ll praise You in this storm │ and I will lift my hands │ for You are who You are │ no matter where I am │ and every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand │ You never left my side │ and though my heart is torn │ I will praise You in this storm
Living in HIS Joy!

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SONG 28  FIND ME

Where do you want Jesus to find you when He returns? I pray He finds me waiting for Him. Like these lyrics, I pray He finds me with a heart of gratitude and thankfulness. I pray He finds me singing to Him with a heart of worship. I pray He finds me surrendered to HIS grace. I pray He finds me telling others of His love for them. I pray He finds me ready and watching for Him.

Recently, I came across these numbers: In the New Testament’s 260 chapters, Christ’s return is mentioned no less than 318 times. I didn’t try to find all of them, but I know that His return is mentioned many times.  Make no mistake about it: Jesus Christ will come back again, and God has given us specific instructions for what we are to do while we wait. Here are a few things:  

  1. Ready and Watching:  “The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded.” (Luke 12:37 NLT) If you are living a life that is not pleasing to the Lord right now, you will be shocked or surprised when He comes.
  2. Become more like Jesus:  “You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” (2 Peter 3:11-12a, 14) Enough said.
  3. Working:  Finally, we should be working.  “If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.” (Luke 12:43)  Watching for the Lord’s return will help us prepare our own lives, but working will assure that we will take others with us. 

These are just a few a scriptures about the Lord’s return and how we can be ready and encourage others to do the same. I do want you to be ready. I pray the Lord Jesus finds you Ready. Watching. Becoming more like Him. Working. 

I fall down upon the ground │ press my face against the earth │ till my heart, it rises over my head │ as the wheat, it bows down low │ when the autumn wind blows │ I kneel before the One I love

Find me grateful │ find me thankful │ find me on my knees │ find me dreaming │ find me singing │ find me lost in Your grace

Like the dust that You first held  │  in a garden where You knelt │ pull me up against Your face again │ till the breath of Your hope │ fill the depths of my soul │ till all I know is I’ve been found by love

Find me grateful │ find me thankful │ find me on my knees │ find me dreaming │ find me singing │ find me lost in Your grace

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye