Give Me Jesus

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My family and I attended a church as guests a few weeks ago.   At one point in the service, an elderly gentleman went to the stage, cane in hand, to sing a song that was special and dear to him.   He began to sing, "Give Me Jesus" and as he did tears began to roll down my face.   You see those very words hang on my bathroom wall - so I see it when I am getting ready for the day, and I often sing it in the shower to begin, and even end my day.    It's become 'my song that I sing to Jesus'.   What made me cry so heavily was watching this older gentleman sing it, I watched his face, and as I did -  it was like I was seeing flashes of a life that has experienced so much.... a life that was full of ups and downs, good and bad, victory and defeat, tears and laughter, pain and joy.   As I watched him - clutching his cane in one hand to keep his balance, I saw a determination in him - it was a determination that I am certain came with knowing that ALL he ever wanted or needed was found in Jesus.  

This world has a lot to try to entice us with - we can be attracted to beauty, money, position, power.... but as we grow older we realize those things are momentary and fading.    They do not bring happiness nor bring fulfillment.    You can go at them for awhile, but you will quickly tire and feel as if you've never accomplished it all.  

As we grow older there is a satisfaction in knowing that Jesus is really all we need and all we want.   Growing closer to him - communicating with him - knowing him more each day than we did the previous one ..... that is where true fulfillment and happiness comes from.    

We can chase pretty things from now until we fall exhausted.... or  we can choose to chase the face and heart of Jesus, the one who gave everything for us (because He really does love us that much).   

No matter what you may be facing in life - know that He is the ONE and ONLY thing that you need.  When you wake each morning - when you feel alone and abandoned - and especially when you  die..... Jesus Is ALL You Need....  He is ALL You Have Ever Needed..... He is ALL You Ever Will Need!   

Give me Jesus - Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
But give me Jesus .....

You, LORD, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.  How wonderful are your gifts to me; how good they are!  

I praise the LORD, because he guides me, and in the night my conscience warns me.  I am always aware of the LORD's presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me. 

And so I am thankful and glad, and I feel completely secure, because you protect me from the power of death.  I have served you faithfully, and you will not abandon me to the world of the dead. 

You will show me the path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure for ever.  Psalm 16:5-11 (GNB Version) 

Hurricane Harvey -Where Was God?

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We watched last week as Hurricane Harvey ripped through Texas causing wide spread devastation and damage, catastrophic flooding, and the loss of at least 51 people.   It is being called the worst disaster in Texas history and it is expected to take many years for recovery.   We cried as we saw people stranded in vehicles, on rooftops, sitting in water to their chest in nursing homes, and so much more.    We saw looks of devastation on peoples faces as we scanned the news articles to see people who had lost everything they ever worked for.   We shed tears for them, and we prayed for our fellow American's.  

When crises like these happen we often hear people say, "Where was God in all this?"     Have we as a nation turned so far away from God, that he has turned away from us?     Yes, as a nation we have turned from Him and it is past time now for repentance.   But I do not believe that God has turned from us.    Scripture tells us in Deuteronomy 31:8, "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."  

During Hurricane Harvey, I saw God.   I saw him in the Gallery Furnitures Store owner, Jim McIngvale, better known as, "Mattress Mack", who opened his furniture galleries to the public making them shelters.  He sent out 10 of his delivery trucks in an effort to help bring hundreds of  people in and provided them with a place to stay and food to eat. 

I can also see God in the human chain that was made to rescue a man stuck in his vehicle in the flood waters.   John 15:13, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."

Then there is our AMAZING Military and even civilians (neighbors) who risked their lives for one another.  We watched, in tears, as they rescued hundreds upon hundreds of people.   

There is no greater love than to lay down ones life for one friends. John 15:13

We watched as two people went into a shelter to spread  the love of Jesus and lift the spirits of people by breaking out into gospel singing and praise to Jesus.    

We may hear questions like "Where is God in this?" However, in reality - it's not hard to see Him.   Neighbor helping neighbor, risking their lives in high waters, every race loving each other, and embracing each other - THAT IS GOD.  That is HIS LOVE shining forth in the midst of tragedy.  God is love and He was right there helping people, and loving people through the hands and feet of his servants. 

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these. Mark 12:30-31.
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