Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A God of no coincidences

This past Wednesday, our third child Eric was born. We were planning on delivering him via C-section on Thursday, but my wife went into labor Tuesday night at 11:30, so the operation got moved up a day. Now, my work schedule at the group home I work at usually has me working Thursday afternoon, through the overnight (sleeping) and until 9 a.m. on Friday. However, I had switched shifts with others weeks in advance so I could have all those hours off. One of the switches had me working Tuesday as my overnight. The Sunday before, though, the person doing that overnight called and said she was very sick and needed to switch. We ended up swapping that night with the Tuesday night. It didn't even dawn on my until this past Sunday when my wife mentioned it that had I not switched those two overnights, I would not have been home when she went into labor (and it probably wouldn't have been too easy trying to find someone to come in for me). God truly was watching out for us.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Different

I have had the right
To stand and fight
But it would have still been wrong
I've had the chance to prove
A hurtful truth
I had to let it go and just move on

'Cause there's a gift called grace
That's captured my life
Though the way of the world is power and pride

I want to be different, Jesus
Just like You
I want to be tender with mercy
Guiding all I do
So when others talk about me
Let it be because
I am different
Let the difference be love

Let me have the kind
Of heart that shines
The light and shows you're real
And where hope is dim
And fear sets in
Will you use me Lord to help and heal

I don't want wealth or fame
To define the life I live
Oh let me be known
For what I give

I want to be different, Jesus
Just like You
I want to be tender with mercy
Guiding all I do
So when others talk about me
Let it be because
I am different
Let the difference be love

Every day is a chance to serve You
By caring for someone else
I will make the choice to surrender
And not live for myself

I want to be different, Jesus
Just like You
I want to be tender with mercy
Guiding all I do
So when others talk about me
Let it be because
I am different
Let the difference be love


Mollye Rees - Different

Friday, November 14, 2008

Just an awesome, awesome passage

My Mom helped introduce me (and our church's adult Bible study) to these verses. They're just so beautiful!

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Habakkuk 3:17-18