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Broken and Spilled Out

Father, we sing the Doxology every Sunday at both churches but that’s what comes to mind as I sit before You this evening.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Matthew 26:6-13 (<<click to read the passage)

Back when I sang a lot more solos this was one of my favorites. In regards to this passage, this song says it all…

Click on the link to hear Steve Green’s beautiful rendition. You can watch the lyrics on the video or follow along below.

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BROKEN AND SPILLED OUT

One day a plain village woman
Driven by love for her Lord
Recklessly poured out a valuable essence
Disregarding the scorn

And once it was broken and spilled out
A fragrance filled all the room
Like a pris’ner released from his shackles
Like a spirit set free from the tomb

Broken and spilled out
Just for love of you Jesus
My most precious treasure
Lavished on Thee

Broken and spilled out
And poured at Your feet
In sweet abandon
Let me be spilled out
And used up for Thee

Lord You were God’s precious treasure
His loved and His own perfect Son
Sent here to show me
The love of the Father
Just for love it was done

And though You were perfect and holy
You gave up Yourself willingly
You spared no expense for my pardon
You were used up and wasted for me

Broken and spilled out
Just for love of me Jesus
God’s most precious treasure
Lavished on me

You were broken and spilled out
And poured at my feet
In sweet abandon Lord
You were spilled out and used up for Me

In sweet abandon, let me be spilled out
And used up for Thee

Written by: Bill George and Gloria Gaither

Nov 4th, 2018, Sun, 6:25 pm

We Have Got to Dig!

Father, thank You for the good night’s rest. Thank You for the new day, as well. Enable me to be and do all that You need today to spread Your love and compassion to a world that so desperately needs it. Amen.

Matthew 13:52 (<<click the green)

He said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things that are new and fresh and things that are old and familiar.” AMP

Then he added, “Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.” NLT

One of the most wonderful aspects, Lord, of being a student of Your Word is that we can never say that we’ve completed our study of it. I cannot begin to count the number of times I have read a passage for the umpteenth time – I know it, I’ve read it before – but, out of the blue, You open my eyes to something I’ve never seen before!

My life is full of concepts of truth from Your Word. I have built my life upon them but just because Your “treasure” contains many “things that are old and familiar” surely doesn’t mean that I won’t find “things that are new and fresh.”

If we are to truly be moving onward and upward in our relationship with You, Lord Jesus, we can’t just be satisfied with scratching the surface – we have got to dig! I’m sure people have found valuable gems that have washed out from their underground hiding places but for the serious seeker, time and energy have to be invested to get down to where the real pockets of gems can be found.

But, Lord, do we bury them once again? No way! We store them in the treasuries of our heart and eagerly share those new gems of truth as well as old” with all that will hear!

May 4th, 2018, Fri, 6:27 am

Great Treasure

Father, this hymn by Haldor Lillenas came to mind as I thought of You this morning.

I have found a deep peace
that I never had known
And a joy this world could not afford
Since I yielded control of my body and soul
To my wonderful, wonderful Lord.

My wonderful Lord, my wonderful Lord
By angels and seraphs in Heaven adored
I bow at Thy shrine
My Savior divine
My wonderful, wonderful Lord

Matthew 13:44 (<<click the green)

A while back some friends of ours were talking with Karen and me about another couple whom we both know. We are all about the same age and it’s interesting to see how our thoughts change about things as we get older.

The lady we were speaking of runs a business out of her home. One of her lifelong dreams was to go to Hawaii and she had scrimped and saved for many years with the hope of one day making that trip. As time has progressed, their children have grown and they are married and now have children of their own. This couple loves their family dearly.

One thing they have struggled with over the years is that their home was small and family gatherings, as their family has grown, had become more difficult. So this lady made a decision. She traded her dream for something far more valuable…family. The money she had set aside for Hawaii paid for a family room addition to their home. And now they have plenty of room to share in the many blessings of their family.

In our lives, we have goals and dreams of this and that, but as we take it all in – if we really see what is of greatest value – we will see that You are worth more to us that everything else put together. Lord Jesus, the Kingdom of Heaven – and the intimate relationship with You at its core – there is no greater treasure to be found in all of life.

I would pray that You would be my greatest area of investment. I would pray that I will never hesitate to give up everything I claim as my own for the far greater “treasure” of You. Nothing in my life is more important.

May 1st, 2018, Tues, 6:29 am

Investments of the Heart

Tonight as I sit at the PC, Father, I think back on a day where Your grace carried us from beginning to end. Karen and I had the opportunity to travel with family to see more family. We are blessed to be able to do so. Our times of fellowship were fulfilling and we were given traveling mercies to and from. May we cherish the times we have been given and give You the praise for all we have been given.

Matthew 6:19-21 (<<click the green)

Each day, Lord, I make investments. I invest my time and energies into a variety of things. The question is, am I investing in things that are temporary or things that are of eternal value. Today we invested in eternal things.

We visited with an uncle of Karen’s who is recovering from a stroke he had last spring. It has been a long and arduous trip for him and his wife. But great strides have been made. And though there are still many opportunities he is doing so well. We may not have contributed to his physical advancement but the time taken, the words of encouragement spoken, just seeing him so much further along than he was at the beginning, each of those things are eternal investments in ones we love – we are storing our treasures in heaven. We were uplifted and I pray we lifted them up as well. Each of us is blessed to be a part of the whole.

The benefits of those investments are obvious to see. But what about tomorrow? I am back to work. We are in a time of transition – cutting back one line of product to make room for another new line of product. How in the world can I store my treasures in heaven in that setting? By doing my job well and with a joyful heart, I cast a reflection of You to those around me. I will interact with fellow associates and customers throughout the day and once again I will have opportunity to invest in them. I can choose to lift them up. I can reflect Your presence in my life by loving them and being an encouragement to them in their lives.

No matter what I do, may my heart show where my treasure is. Amen.