Monday, February 23, 2009

A Potpourri and a Prayer Request

Anybody who has read me for long knows that music is a huge part of my life. I love the old hymns, gospel songs, southern gospel quartet music, some of the contemporary choruses (if they make musical sense). What I love most is that so often just the right song is on the schedule for Sunday services, or the choir song is just what I need.

Yesterday morning I was praying and telling the Lord that I needed him more than ever before. Suddenly it hit me that these were the exact words we were going to be singing in choir just a bit later. It was a medley of "I Need Your More" and "I Need Thee Every Hour." My hubby has a lovely voice and he had the solo part in this song.

I need You more,
More than yesterday;
I need You more,
More than words can say.
I need You more
Than ever before,
I need You, Lord,
I need You, Lord.

More than the air I breathe,
More than the song I sing;
More than the next heartbeat,
More than anything.
And, Lord, as time goes by
I'll be by Your side,
'Cause I never want to go back to my old life.

I need You more,
More than yesterday;
I need You more,
More than words can say,
I need You more
Than ever before,
I need You, Lord,
I need You, Lord.

I need Thee every hour,
Most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine
Can peace afford.
I need Thee,
O I need Thee!
Every hour I need Thee!
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee!

Everything else we sang just fit in and soothed and/or challenged my soul. I am so thankful for music and for those who have the gift and inspiration to write and compose.

As a bit of an update, the babies had a fussy week-end, but we're convinced that it is the teething process now more than the flu. They are each cutting really big molars in their really tiny mouths - more than one each. I can only imagine how much it hurts. Thanks for your prayers.

I am doing a study with Chuck Swindoll that I found in my stash of devotional books recently - it's called Living on the Ragged Edge, and it is an intense look at Ecclesiastes, the journal written by Solomon. We all think of Solomon as the wise king who prevented the baby from being sawed in two and gave him to the real mother. But Solomon really struggled with life, and let it all out Ecclesiastes. Chuck Swindoll says this in the first paragraphs of the second chapter of his book:

"God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (I Samuel 16:7b). . . . We frequently act out a role, seeking to falsely impress others rather than truly reveal ourselves. In doing this, we may appear to be stable and successful when we are actually troubled and frustrated. Some of us peel off our masks and admit our struggles from time to time, but few of us remove them permanently and make vulnerability a hallmark of our lives. Solomon chose to take this step when he made his journey available for all to read. The result is a book that reveals the hopelessness of finding genuine happiness apart from God."

We all enjoy this blogging adventure or we wouldn't spend so much time composing posts, visiting our friends, commenting, even e-mailing and phone calling people who we may or may not ever meet in real life. So many of you inspire me with your writing, and with your devotion to God, and with your prayers for all of the requests.

When I told God that I needed Him more, I was very serious. I want so much to be transparent to Him. Sometimes we don't let everything "hang out" in this venue, but we do catch a lot of each other's hearts and souls. I don't want to be one who gives the impression that I have it all figured out - because I certainly don't. Having been a Christian most of my life, and wanting to do His will at all times, I still have such a long ways to go. Many of you are truly helping me in this journey.

Kristen and I, as you know, had to go private on our blogs a few months ago. It was hard for me to do that, because I love doing the kinds of posts that bring new people over, such as Show and Tell Friday, for one. But I so appreciate those of you who have stuck with me and make the extra effort to log in and read and comment.

Now for the PRAYER REQUEST part of the package today:

Kristen has created a new public blog today, in hopes of generating some prayer partnership for her new journey - she was inspired by Barb's honesty and transparency of the last two weeks with her STOP SMOKING challenge. I have been so concerned for Kristen's health because of this destructive addiction that she developed somewhere in her life's journey. But she is finally at the point of knowing she has to quit. Nothing anybody else says or does to convince someone they need to quit does much good. But seeing someone else, someone who has smoked longer than she herself has been alive, succeed and bare her soul has been an inspiration to Kristen.

Please go over to her new site, Smoke Free Mama and join her in the journey. We know we can count on your prayers!

19 comments:

Barb said...

I have a Charles Swindoll book of devotions called Bedside Blessings and it's one of my favorite. Very short but meaningful devotionals.

Kristen can do this, if she can get through the first 3 days. That's the key right there. Once there's no nicotine in your system, all it takes is will power to not smoke again. I know she can do it but I'm praying that it goes as smoothly for her as it did for me.

It was the prayer. I atribute being able to quit directly to two things - a little determination on my part and a lot of prayers on their parts.

I think we're going to start cutting some molars around here any day now. I hope she does as well with those as she did with her first front and bottom teeth.

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Dawn I do apoloogize that I don't come around more often. I get so caught up some days that I forget I have private blogs just waiting to be read out there.

I've missed so many of your posts in the last few weeks. The girls are growing so and you all have been quite busy. I hope every single one of you is feeling better for I know how bad it can get when everyone is sick. lol! It's quite challenging to say the least.

The song is beautiful and I will hop over and check on Kristen too! Have a wonderful week!

Sammy said...

Hi Dawn,

I am so happy for Kristen that she has made this decision. I've already left her a note on her new blog and I will most certainly be keeping her in my prayers.

And you too, of course! :-)

SentimentsbyDenise said...

I sent you an email earlier this evening.
Thank you for being transparent, Dawn, and acknowledging your need for more of Him. I'm in the exact same spot,yearning for God to work His will in my life - more of Him and less of me!
I am praying for Kristen even now as she prepares for this journey, and will continue to pray for her.
May God be glorified in her life!

Diane@Diane's Place said...

I've already visited Kristen's new blog and left her a comment. She's so fortunate that you're willing to take the kids for her while she gets through the first 3 days. Actually, she's blessed that you help her with them so much anytime!

I know with our prayers that Kristen can quit smoking.

Good job on your blog makeover. I know how nerve wracking it can be to fiddle with your blog innards, LOL!

Have a great week, Dawn.

Love and hugs,

Diane

Jess said...

So glad that church was so wonderful for you...I have been missing your long-winded posts! LOL

I am pryaing for Kristen... and I hope that all is well with you, and that you have a good week!

nancygrayce said...

as an ex smoker, i know how hard it is to give up....on the other hand, having helped with the care for Russell's father dying of lung cancer, i urge Kristen to stop now! It isn't a pleasant death.

Angela (Gran) said...

Hi Dawn,

I have missed you and your family when I was away from blogging. It was so good this morning trying to catch up a little on you and DC and the beautiful girls.

It was great to read that Kristen has made the decision to alter her lifestyle and health situation. I will pray that she will have a victory over this very soon!

Hope that you have fully regained your strength from taking care of everyone else... You were Super Grandma Dawn : )

As grandparents we will give all it takes just as long as we can.
The girls are all growing up so fast, Dawn.

It was great visiting today.
May you have a blessed day filled with lots of love, family, friends and laughter !
Angela

Robin said...

Oh Dawn - what a beautiful and inspirational post you wrote! I need Him every hour too - more than I ever have before.
I'm praying for Kristen and you and the babies during these challenging days ahead. But it will be worth it all in the end!

Midlife Mom said...

We sell a lot of Chuck Swindoll books in our Bible Book Store. He is so good and makes things easy to understand.

Prayers for Kristen will go out! She can do this if she is ready and it sure sounds like she is ready. Having never smoked I don't understand the addiction so I liken it to my eating things I shouldn't and too much to boot. It's as much an addiction as smoking.

Oh to be more like Him! Music can sometimes speak to my heart even more then a sermon. Our music likes are so much the same!!!

Well I guess I should watch the president speak so I will close for now. Take care Dawn and I will hop over to Kristne's tomorrow!

Mary said...

Dawn,

I have visited Kristen's blog and left a comment for her. I have tried many times to quit smoking but so far haven't been successful. I am going to follow along to see if both of us can beat this thing. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
Mary

groovyoldlady said...

I'll pop by Kristen's new blog in a moment.

Transparency is a tough thing. Even though I have authored and teach a seminar on Guilt versus Grace, I STILL feel guilty when I am discouraged or fed-up or depressed or angry. I KNOW that while we are in this world we will have tribulations and I KNOW from Job and Psalms that it's OK to feel low. But somehow I still hear that lie being whispered in my ears that I "should" feel this or I "should" be like that.

Thanks for the reminder - on a severe PMS day during a tough week - to admit that I NEED HIM! I can't do it on my own. period. (or during my period!)

You are a blessing to me!

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Dawn, thanks for stopping by again. When you have a moment, can you send me your email addy? I often like to respond to our comments, but its a no reply one.

Thanks!

crackerjacks51603 at yahoo dot com

Tammy said...

I'll be praying for Kristen, Dawn...

And just last week, I though of that old hymn you posted here. It is SO beautiful...

Hugs,
~Tammy

Hootin' Anni said...

Wonderful and enlightening Dawn! I would love to have heard your hubby sing his solo part. There is something about singing that soothes the soul in so many ways, that I agree.

As for your blogging, I'd follow you no matter where you roam dear lady. You blog from the heart!!!

Hope the teething will finally cut through the gums and they feel better. I too can only imagine the pain they're going through.

Good luck on the no smoking for Kristen.

Maine Mom said...

Your posts are always uplifting and real, I love that!

I love the song "I need thee every hour". So true and a very beautiful song.

I will check out Kristen's site right now.

Nancy said...

I have started my prayers for Kristen and they will continue. I've read that nicotine addiction is worse than heroin, so I know she has a battle on her hands. I know prayer can help and I count you as one of my prayer warriors, so this is the least that I can do.

I love Charles Swindoll. I listen to him quite often on our Christian music station. Thanks for sharing his inspirational words today.

Our twins are cutting molars too. Fussy, fussy, fussy, so I will keep the twins in my prayers too.

I will head over to Kristen's new blog to offer encouragement with this new hurdle.

You are a blessing to me Dawn, thanks for all of your encouraging words through your blog and your comments.

Linda said...

I've just come from Kristen's. I'll be praying for her, for you - for the family.
How dear of you to take the girls so that she can have this getaway. You have a precious servant's heart Dawn.
I know just what you mean about music. There are times it is so powerful it just drops me to my knees.
Our Pastor has been going through Ecclesiastes for the past several weeks. There is so much practical wisdom in it. I know you'll enjoy the study.
We all have a long way to Dawn. I'm thankful that this life is a process and that the Lord never, ever gives up on us. There is always a higher place He wants to take us to. We just keep on walking.

Linds said...

It is after 1am and I am awake after sleeping on the couch all evening. Groan.There is never a time when we don't need Him, Dawn. The older I get, the more certain I am of that.

I have also been over to Kristen. She can do this. How blessed she is to have you there to cheer her on!