like all days, we need to be reminded of God’s presence: his power, his love and his sacrifice for our hearts. this morning “in christ alone” brought that message to me. bringing comfort in the knowledge that i have a cornerstone, a comforter and a victorious father.
“In Christ Alone”
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.
things have been challenging lately. in a myriad of decisions, i have felt that we should stick with foster care for a while longer–see it out instead of seeking other options to grow our family (i just don’t have the emotional capacity to start anything new right now). it seems that we have finally ironed out some larger details like the difference between foster-to-adopt vs. foster care with our agency and are finally (fingers crossed) making progress in the right direction. i am not sure if we would have gotten this far, if it hadn’t been modeled for us in nebraska by so many families who God led to choose this path, because quite frankly 17 months of paperwork and waiting have been difficult, maddening, etc. (and they say the fostering is the hard part….). to be fair we have received a couple emails about kids–we just didn’t feel we were the right family for them (that is a whole other post).
with that being said, God has been doing great things lately–i just need to take a look around. God brought me a friend lately who would like to start praying together once a week and reading the bible together. i realized this was exactly what my heart needed to be doing: seeking and repenting–giving all of this ache and worry over. it would be nice to see what the end result of all this is going to be, but that is not how God works. he told Abraham his children would be as numerous as the stars in the sky, but not the how.
so for now. i am going to try to focus on thankfulness. let’s start now. hope y’all had a great holiday weekend.