The Lord Is My Portion. I Will Wait For Him…

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Wait For the Lord (My Portion)

The last song off my record, “My Praise” – the second of two projects I put together and am selling to raise funds for marriage counseling, for some couple or couples I may never meet.  🙂  You can read about it here:

Wedding Coat Campaign

Know the Truth Ministries

This is a celebratory, praise song, fitting for an end of a record.  And also fitting for my announcing THE MONEY HAS BEEN RAISED!  God is so good!  $1000 raised, plus my match of $1000, makes 20 marriage counseling sessions.  I trust God will use these (or has), for His glory and the good of others.

The Lord is my portion.  I will wait for Him…

I’ll write more about this topic, in future posts.  I would love to see a revolution in our society, where marriage is not looked at as a “contract”, but a covenant.  Where we would teach our children this, in word and action.  Where we stand by our spouse, even through the worst of times (they will happen). Where we humble ourselves, admit our failures, give and accept forgiveness, from each other.  Where Christ is put first in our hearts, so that we can put our spouse first (doesn’t make sense?  Two firsts?  But bottom line, if we don’t put Christ first, we will put ourselves first, and our spouse a very distant second at best.  And we all lose).

THANK YOU to all who have helped along the way.  You are a blessing.  And please, keep those you know in marriages, good or bad, or even embarking on marriage, in your prayers.

The Lord is my portion.  I will wait for Him…

 

The Cowardly Lion, and Grace…

A little over a year ago, when the mission team I was part of met in preparation for our trip to the Dominican Republic, the ice-breaker question was, “Who is your favorite super hero”.  Super heroes are the rage these days.

When it came to me, I said “The Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz”.  Partly, because everyone took the cool ones like Batman or “Dad”, before I got to answer.  Partly because I thought it would be funny or cute, and get a reaction (I often go for stupid joke mode).  But mainly because – well, he was a complete COWARD, who in the end set aside his cowardice for the good of others.  There is something really noble about setting ones deeply rooted fears aside, to help another.  Dare I compare the lion in the forest, to the Lion in the garden of Gethsemane?

So – my lovely wife watched this movie with me the other night, because I LOVE it, and she LOVES me.  The scene that struck me this go-round was when the lion is bullying the tin man and the scarecrow.  He moves on to Toto, which lands him a smack on the nose by Dorothy, who then lays into him for his bullying.  In tears, he then goes on to explain what a coward he is.  Humility…

The next thing you know, he’s invited to come along to see the wizard, because maybe the wizard will give him courage!

DID YOU GET THAT?  This bully, who was a complete d-bag just a minute ago, is WELCOMED!  Love…  Grace…  Love covers a multitude of sins…

We could learn a lot from this band of misfits, in this day of social media villian making.

Cheers!

 

I Will Remain Confident of This…

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Land of the Living

Another song off my record, “My Praise” – the second of two projects I put together and am selling to raise funds for marriage counseling, for some couple or couples I may never meet.  🙂  You can read about it here:

Wedding Coat Campaign

Know the Truth Ministries

I wrote this song around the verses in Psalm 27, that have been resonating in my heart and mind now for almost a year:

I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord
(Psalm 27:13-14)

Every time something upsetting, or tumultuous, would happen in the news, or in our lives – this passage came to mind.  It’s a passage of hope.  Sadly, it’s not a hope everyone has….

We see this today, all over us.  Donald Trump is getting headlines for something he said.  Some are violently for him, others violently against him.  Most of the time, the vitriol for or against, causes me to wonder, are we putting our hopes or fears too much in one man?

A young man was killed in Minneapolis back in November, by a police man.  This sadly is not an uncommon occurrence.  It’s caused an uproar among many who have a distrust for our authorities, and the system we have in place for law enforcement.  This young man was black, which leads to suspicions that race was a driver and contributes to more distrust in the systems we have in place.

I bring this story up from November, because just last week the decision was made that the police officers were not found guilty of murder – that given the evidence they acted as they had to.  Agree or disagree – the thing that comes to my mind is that those who knew and loved this young man have had his death replayed, over and over, in the news and social media.  I wonder how I’d feel, if he were my son…

Add to this – the young man was black.  Another black person killed by police.  I won’t weigh in on this, because to be honest I don’t know much.  I saw the evidence, in this case.  I made up my mind.  But to be honest – I don’t know.  I don’t know what it’s like to be a black person in America today.  I also don’t know what it’s like to be a police officer in America today.  I simply don’t know what happened that night, or other days or nights, when officers were responding to whatever it was.  But the bottom line is this – we have an issue with our fellow man today in America. We MUST deal with it.  I must deal with it…

Abortion videos have been the rage now for months.  The affects have been – interesting.  Many have seen these videos, and had to re-think their stance on what they see as “women’s rights”.  Others have dug their heels in, making heroes out of those who promote this choice.  Both sides are building their armies, and especially in an election year.  Please – let’s not forget, lives are affected here.  Sure, it’s a legal, and even political, discussion.  But really, it’s about LIFE here.  The life if the child.  The life of the mother.  The life of the FATHER, and all the family.  Everyone is affected…

Divorce is celebrated more and more.  Marriage is becoming something people don’t even see a reason for.  Why get married, when we can just shack up?  I know this is nothing new.  But think about this – when we as people learned about how smoking affects us and those around us – we started to re-think how “cool” smoking was.  People just don’t associate smoking with “cool” anymore.  Divorce, which has just as much of a disastrous affect on us and those around us, is still considered “cool”, or “OK”.  “Do what makes you feel good, that can’t be wrong”. ..

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.  They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; (Romans 1:28-30)

This is us!  We are not going here.  We have BEEN here, and for generations.  We have decided we don’t need God.  And God has allowed us to – go our own ways.  That’s the “wrath of God being revealed” in our time – the turning over to our wickedness, more and more.  People are scared, worried, filled with rage, discontent, entitled, self-preserving, self-absorbed, judgmental, condemning – the complete opposite of how Jesus lived while here on earth.

I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.

So I wait.  And I do whatever it is I can, that the Lord would have me do, according to HIS will, not mine.  While that does mean helping those who are left out, forgotten, “the least of these” – the ultimate goal is not to make THIS world better.  Sorry to say, it ain’t going to get better.  There will be no “utopia on earth”.  Not until Jesus comes back.  Sure, we can and must help those in need – but anything we do according to the world’s view of “good”, is temporary at best.  The “land of the living” mentioned in Psalm 27 is not here and now.  It’s the new heaven and new earth that Jesus Christ will usher in upon His return!

I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.

Yet God has not forsaken us.  He is still SEEKING us.  And He’s still seeking YOU.  I beg you – please don’t shut Him out…

Land Of the Living
God is man’s creator
Still we craft our gods
God is man’s redeemer
Still we choose the dark
But I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living

God reigns over all things
Lord, don’t let us deny
God is dwelling in us
Don’t let us choose to die
I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living
The Lord is my salvation
There’s nothing left to fear in the land of the living

I lift my eyes to the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord

God, You see the murder…
God, You see the hate…
God, you feel our heartache…
God, you feel our pain…
I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living
The Lord is our salvation
There’s nothing left to fear in the land of the living
I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living
Be strong, take heart, wait for the Lord…

As I mentioned in the other posts, I am selling this record to raise money for marriage counseling.  Please prayerfully consider giving to this cause, to save maybe just ONE marriage.  You can buy my music here:

My Praise

Wedding Coat EP

Or, if you like, you can donate directly to the ministry here:

https://northlandcounseling.us/Donate.html

I have a goal to raise $1000, and I will match that dollar for dollar.  As of today, we only need $136.50 to make that goal!  Will you help me obtain this goal?

I love you!

T.