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Something Simple

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear

Lord, I needed something simple– nothing long and involved – to express myself to You this morning.

Here’s a very nice video of the song and I also found a lovely “Story behind the song…” Have a blessed day!

Story behind the song: ‘I Love You Lord’

By age 24, Laurie Brendemuehl had met and married Bill Klein, and the Lord had given them their first child, a little girl. Bill was a student at Central Oregon Community College studying Forest Technology, and… well, let me have Laurie tell you the story, as she told it to me:

“It was a dark time in my life. We had no extra money, no friends nearby, no church home and my husband was busy all of the time with his studies. I didn’t drive, so I couldn’t get away. We lived on a highway in a mobile home, so I couldn’t even put the baby in a stroller and go for a walk. Our only neighbors were people long retired and tired of life. When I needed some encouragement there was no extra money for long distance calls to family or friends. I was lonely. The only thing I was committed to was trying to get up each morning before our baby, then a toddler, and spend some time with Jesus. I knew that was where the ‘life’ was.”

“The day the song came, I had gotten up early and was sitting with my Bible and my guitar. I realized that I didn’t have anything in me to sing to Jesus. I just didn’t have anything in me to offer Him. I was so empty. So, I prayed and said to the Lord, ‘If you want to hear me sing, would you give me something that you would like to hear?’”

“I started strumming on the guitar and the first words came out of my mouth with absolutely no effort. I love you Lord, and I lift my voice to worship You. I scribbled them on a piece of paper, just in case I would want to remember them, and sing them again. Those words meant a lot to me.”

I wondered if I could play the melody again — if I would even remember. I played and sang the two lines again. They were still there, in my mind. The last two lines just followed as effortlessly as the first two had come. It was a gift from God that just wrote itself.”

“Though it is a very simple song, it changed everything for me, and it still is changing life for me. When you are in a dark valley and the Lord gives you light, it makes all the difference, and you keep growing.”

Then Laurie shared with me this heartwarming story:

“The most meaningful time that I ever heard anyone sing my song was in the fall of 2000 while my husband and I were in a Discipleship Training School. Late one night in the dormitory, I heard a baby crying. I slipped down the hall to the outside of the door just to pray for the baby, that it would be able to sleep. As I was praying outside the door, I heard the mother singing a song, but the little one kept crying. She then began to sing “I Love You Lord,” and while she was singing, the baby fell asleep. The mother had no idea that the one who wrote the song was just outside the door.”

“We love Him, because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

Apr 18th, Tues, 6:42 am

My Widow’s Mite

Sometimes…many times, Father, the struggle, even at the beginning of the day when little has happened, the struggle is to be still and to listen…to You and not myself. The prayer I read in The Valley of Vision included these lines today,

“Thou bottomless fountain of all good,
I give myself to thee out of love,
for all I have or own is thine,
my goods, family, church, self,
To do with as thou wilt,
to honor thyself by me, and by all mine.”

In the totality of all the world – all that is Yours, all that is given You – in many ways my gifts are small and they are relatively insignificant. But only a God like You can cherish and appreciate the importance of my simple offerings amongst the vast multitude of offerings. To You I am important. To You I am significant. The widow’s mite I bring (Mark 12:41-44) is my all. It is not lost amongst all the many gifts, it is noticed, it is appreciated.

Lord, this week is full of too many things – my beloved family, preparation for worship Sunday and church reports in preparations for pending meetings. Help me to balance them all as You would have me do. Work through me, guide my actions, help me to use my time wisely. May I invest wisely in what is important and accomplish what needs to be done in a timely manner. And most importantly, may I keep You at the absolute center of it all. Amen.

August 2nd, Tues, 6:10 am

Grace and Peace

grace and peace

Thank You Father, for that extra 30 minutes of light thoughts. Just the comfort of closing my eyes helped!  Let’s see what you have for me today!

Philippians 1:1-2

Grace and peace…

Grace – God’s unmerited favor to us

In Paul’s simple greeting he asks that we receive Your grace. Simple, but by no means shallow!  Where would I be without Your grace!  It is truly AMAZING!! Thank You, that You extend Your favor to me, I definitely don’t deserve it but You give it to me over and over again. When I’m good, when I’m bad, thoughtless, loving, careless, ignorant, when I fail, fall, stumble.  When I’m obedient and do what is pleasing in Your sight – You always extend Your grace! I’m grateful – help me to live out my life in gratitude.

Peace – to be complete and sound – a right relationship with God.

Not just an absence of conflict but a completeness found only in a right relationship with You. Lord, I would ask that today, no matter what comes my way, that I would have a peace in my life that can only be found and lived out in You. May the peace lived out in my life be a witness to You and bring You glory!

May 11th, Monday, 6:33 am