Mountain of Stones

 Tiia Monto [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Tiia Monto [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons

The sorrow of my heart cries out to the deep

In the darkness, in the shadows, I weep

Hopeless and torn

Broken and worn

I feel my world crumbling around me

 

Tired is my mind, tired is my soul

Spiraling down into a black hole

Weariness seeps into my bones

Carried around like a mountain of stones

 

They weigh on my being

All joy fleeing

Emptiness encroaching

Hopelessness approaching

 

But in all the despair and despondence

There’s a light that breaks the night

Through the clouds of daily worry

There’s a wind blowing new air

Blasting away the thunderhead

Breaking away the smothering smog

 

The radiance of the sun lights up the valley

It chases away the shadows of anguish

It brings new life to the weariness of my soul

It soothes away the woes of my mind

 

The sun, my light

The wind, my kite

Blessing my heart

Making me soar

 

The Son, you are my light

The Lord, you are my wind

Speaking through love of those around

Toppling down the mountain of stones

And lifting up my weary bones

 

To be filled and merry

Hopeful and airy


Troubled (O Faithful Father)

O faithful Father of mine

Can You see this child thine

In the mud of a worrying heart

Keeping me far away, apart

 

O faithful Father, my heart

Is troubled with so much

My mind is clouded

My eyes shrouded

 

I know Your love is there for me

Yet I cannot seem to find peace

The thoughts of uncertainty filling my being

Making me restless and reeling

 

O faithful Father

Help me, my Lord

To bring peace to my weary mind

To trust Your faithfulness with my wary heart

 

You are my comfort

Yet I cannot find it

Not for the lack of Your promises

But the lack of my own faith

 

O Lord, my great Father

I must set my eyes to You

Trust that it is You, dear Jesus, not I

Who makes all things happen

 

For no thing is too small, dear Jesus

For no thing is too great, my Lord

For You are the Almighty and All Knowing

I lay my life at Your feet

Servant (Return to be Redeemed)

From the east I summon a bird of prey;

from a far-off land,

a man to fulfil my purpose.

What I have said,

that I will bring about;

what I have planned,

that I will do.

Listen to me,

you stubborn-hearted,

you who are now far from my righteousness.

See,

my servant will act wisely;

he will be raised

and lifted up

and highly exalted.

I will place on his shoulder

the key to the house of David;

what he opens no one can shut,

and what he shuts no one can open.

He said,

“Listen to me, Jacob!

Israel, whom I have called:

I am he;

I am the first and I am the last.

I offered my back to those who beat me,

my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;

I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.

Because the Sovereign LORD helps me,

I will not be disgraced.

Therefore have I set my face like flint,

and I know I will not be put to shame.

This is what the LORD says to me:

‘I will remain quiet

and will look on from my dwelling place,

like shimmering heat in the sunshine,

like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

Although you have been forsaken and hated,

with no one travelling through,

I will make you the everlasting pride

and the joy of all generations.

I have swept away your offences like a cloud,

your sins like the morning mist.

Return to me,

for I have redeemed you.’ “

Quote of the Day: We Have Different Gifts

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;

— Romans 12:6-7 NIV

In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

— Titus 2:7-8 NIV

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

— Colossians 3:12,17 NIV

In The Last Days


In the last days

the mountain of the LORD’s temple

will be established as the highest of the mountains;

it will be exalted above the hills,

and all nations will stream to it.

For with fire

and with his sword

he will execute judgement on all people,

and many will be those slain by him.

The fields of Heshbon wither,

the vines of Sibmah also.

The rulers of the nations

have trampled down the choicest vines,

which once reached Jazer

and spread toward the desert.

Their shoots spread out

and went as far as the sea.

The Lord will wash away

the filth of the women of Zion;

he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem

by a spirit of judgement

and a spirit of fire.

Give him no rest

till he establishes Jerusalem

and makes her

the praise of the earth.

The LORD has sworn

by his right hand

and by his mighty arm:

“Never again will I give your grain

as food for your enemies,

and never again will foreigners drink

the new wine for which you have toiled;”

All your children will be taught by the LORD,

and great will be their peace.

In righteousness you will be established:

Tyranny will be far from you;

you will have nothing to fear.

Terror will be far removed;

it will not come near you.

The Sovereign LORD declares—

he who gathers the exiles of Israel:

“I will gather still others to them

besides those already gathered.”

He allots their portions;

his hand distributes them by measure.

They will possess it forever and dwell there

from generation to generation.

The LORD will cause people

to hear his majestic voice

and will make them see his arm coming down

with raging anger and consuming fire,

with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail.

It pleased the LORD

for the sake of his righteousness

to make his law great and glorious.

The LORD’s justice will dwell in the desert,

his righteousness live in the fertile field.

The living, the living—

they praise you,

as I am doing today;

parents tell their children about your faithfulness.

Shout aloud and sing for joy,

people of Zion,

for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.


A Cry For Help

Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;

Lord, be my help.

Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,

that I live among the tents of Kedar!

Is it not you, God,

you have now rejected us

and no longer go out with our armies?

But as for me,

I am poor and needy;

come quickly to me,

O God.

You are my help and deliverer;

Lord,

do not delay. 

 

Our days come to seventy years or eighty,

if our strength endures:

yet the best of them are trouble and sorrow,

for they quickly pass,

and we fly away.

 

I wait for the Lord,

my whole being waits,

and in his word I put my hope.

For the Lord is good

and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations.

I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;

I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.

I do not conceal your love and faithfulness

from the great assembly.

May we shout for joy over your victory

and lift our banners in the name of our God

praise him with the clash of cymbals,

praise him with resounding cymbals.

She (The Prudent Wife)

She took hold of him and kissed him

and with a brazen face she said:

“At the end of your life you will groan,

when your flesh and body are spent.

Do not let your heart envy sinners,

but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.

There is surely a future hope for you,

and your hope will not be cut off.

The poor and the oppressor have this in common:

The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.

for their feet rush into evil,

they are swift to shed blood.”

 

A kind-hearted woman gains honour,

but ruthless men gain only wealth.

Her ways are pleasant ways,

and all her paths are peace.

Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,

but a prudent wife is from the LORD.

She gets up while it is still night;

she provides food for her family

and portions for her female servants.

She considers a field and buys it;

out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

Better a small serving of vegetables with love

than a fattened calf with hatred.

 

She took hold of him and kissed him

and with a brazen face she said:

“Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;

teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it

but whoever respects a command is rewarded.

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;

so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”

Quote of the Day: Rejoice! Let Your Gentleness Be Evident

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

— Philippians 4:4-9