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If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking today is Monday. You’ve probably had to remind yourself a few times already that it’s Tuesday and you’ve been busy running around playing catch up all day trying to recover from the busy long weekend. You’re probably scrambling to figure out what to make for dinner tonight and how to get it all done before you need to take your son to swim class later this afternoon. If this sounds familiar, I’ve got a hymn for you:

O Jesus Christ, grow Thou in me,
  And all things else recede;
My heart be daily nearer Thee,
  From sin be daily freed.

Chorus –
Each day let Thy supporting might
My weakness still embrace;
My darkness vanish in Thy light,
Thy life my death efface.

In Thy bright beams which on me fall,
  Fade every evil thought;
That I am nothing, Thou art all,
  I would be daily taught.

More of Thy glory let me see,
  Thou Holy, Wise, and True;
I would Thy living image be,
  In joy and sorrow too.

Fill me with gladness from above,
  Hold me by strength divine;
Lord, let the glow of Thy great love
  Through all my being shine.

Make this poor self grow less and less,
  Be Thou my life and aim;
Oh, make me daily through Thy grace
  More meet to bear Thy name.

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn.php/h/395#ixzz2tiKvpJCQ

This hymn has been in my head for the last couple of weeks so I’ve been using the words of the chorus as my prayer to the Lord. How wonderful that each day we can experience the Lord’s supporting might embracing our weaknesses, our darkness vanishing in His light and His life effacing all our death. Every day, whether it’s Monday or Tuesday, we can learn that we are nothing and He is all. May this be all our prayers this week – “O Jesus Christ, grow Thou in me and all things else recede!”

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This morning we all woke up later than usual and when you have to rush a four year old out the door to school, it’s never pleasant. On top of that, the friend CC usually carpools with was sick today, which meant that I had to drive him and so when we both finally got out to the car, I was flustered, annoyed and very very cranky.

As we both sat in the car, I decided that being annoyed at my son was no way to start the day. So I began to tell him about how his friend was sick and that it might be a good idea to pray for her. And then he reminded me that we had forgotten to thank the Lord for ten things last night before bed. (He decided one night that he wanted to thank God for 100 things, so I told him we could break it up and do 10 a day for 10 days.) So we took turns thanking the Lord…he thanked the Lord for things like the aquarium and the jellyfish, and then he started to say, “Thank you for my spirit, thank you I can pray.” That of course caused us both to break out in song –

Good morning, Lord Jesus
Thank You for today.
Thank You for my spirit.
Thank You I can pray.
Good morning, Lord Jesus
To You I love to sing
Thank You, Lord for everything!
 
(http://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn.php/ns/115)

As we soon approach this season of giving thanks, I’m reminded that the act of thanksgiving is often an exercise and that we have to make a conscious effort to do it. By nature none of us are thankful beings. But the more we acknowledge the Lord as our source and thank Him, the more our view is turned from ourselves to Him. Three simple words – “Thank You, Lord” is the secret to changing a cranky mama to a happy mama. I’m thankful to the Lord for giving me a four year old to remind me of that.

“Always rejoice, unceasingly pray, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

 

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This morning I enjoyed a hymn in my time with the Lord. Since no one was home and Turner was napping, I really let it loose and sang my heart out. Some days you just need to do that. If you’ve never done it, I highly recommend it. It’s so good for the heart and spirit and really helped me to get out of myself. Anyways, this was the hymn I enjoyed:

Thou Breath from still eternity
Breathe o’er my spirit’s barren land –
The pine tree and the myrtle tree
Shall spring amid the desert sand;
And where Thy living water flows
The waste shall blossom as the rose.
 
May I in will and deed and word
Obey Thee as a little child;
And keep me in Thy love, my Lord,
For ever holy, undefiled;
Within me teach, and strive, and pray,
Lest I should choose my own wild way.
 
Thy Spirit, Stream by Thee, the Son,
Is opened to us crystal pure,
Forth flowing from the heavenly throne
To waiting hearts and spirits poor;
Athirst and weary do I sink
Beside Thy waters, there to drink.
 
My spirit turns to Thee and clings,
All else forsaking, unto Thee;
Forgetting all created things,
Remembering only “God in me.”
Thy living Stream, Thy gracious Rain, 
None wait for these, and wait in vain.
 
(To learn the tune for this song, you can go to this link)

Often when I come to the Lord, I feel dry, thirsty, barren…my heart a desert. But He is so gracious, coming as rain to water us and a stream to quench our thirst. I’ve started to recognize that many times my inner complaints, murmurings, disappointments and self-pity are just a result of my heart being parched and dry. So the answer is not to condemn myself or vow to do better, but to come to the waters and drink. In fact, the Lord never condemns, but as the Lamb shepherds us to the springs of waters of life (Rev. 7:17). When we drink of Him as the living stream, He not only satisfies us but also causes the desert and wasteland of our heart to blossom and bring forth all kinds of life.

And as I experienced this morning, singing is a wonderful way to drink. So as a challenge, at least one time this week, sing your heart out to the Lord until it begins to blossom as the rose!

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