Restless Hearts


Psalm 139 (AMP)

O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up [my entire life, everything I do];

You understand my thought from afar.

You scrutinize my path and my lying down,

And You are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

Even before there is a word on my tongue [still unspoken],

Behold, O Lord, You know it all.

His Love Can Never Fail


I do not ask to see the way

My feet will have to tread;

But only that my soul may feed

Upon the living Bread.

’Tis better far that I should walk

By faith close to His side;

I may not know the way I go,

But oh, I know my Guide.

Refrain

His love can never fail,

His love can never fail,

My soul is satisfied to know

His love can never fail.

And if my feet would go astray,

They cannot, for I know

That Jesus guides my falt’ring steps,

As joyfully I go.

And tho’ I may not see His face,

My faith is strong and clear,

That in each hour of sore distress 

My Savior will be near.

Refrain

I will not fear, tho’ darkness come

Abroad o’er all the land,

If I may only feel the touch

Of His own loving hand.

And tho’ I tremble when I think

How weak I am, and frail,

My soul is satisfied to know

His love can never fail.

Refrain
E.S. Hall (1897)

For original lyrics and tune, check out:
http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/h/l/hlcnfail.htm

God Likes Us

We must understand that God does not “love” us without liking us – through gritted teeth – as “Christian” love is sometimes thought to do. Rather, out of the eternal freshness of his perpetually self-renewed being, the heavenly Father cherishes the earth and each human being upon it. The fondness, the endearment, the unstintingly affectionate regard of God toward all his creatures is the natural outflow of what he is to the core – which we vainly try to capture with our tired but indispensable old word “love”. -Dallas Willard

FAITH

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” – Martin Luther

Make the Most of your Minutes

Today, see that you live with honor, purpose, and courage; Resisting disturbances and interruptions. Make most of your minutes, wisely recognizing and taking each opportunity because the hours are filled with distractions (Eph 5 JEV)

Bible time management courage purpose focus Ephesians 5:15-16

Courage

Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. -Matthew 10:39

Take the case of courage. No quality has ever so much addled the brains and tangled the definitions of merely rational sages. Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. ‘He that will lose his life, the same shall save it,’ is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. This paradox is the whole principle of courage; even of quite earthly or brutal courage. A man cut off by the sea may save his life if we will risk it on the precipice.

He can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine. No philosopher, I fancy, has ever expressed this romantic riddle with adequate lucidity, and I certainly have not done so. But Christianity has done more: it has marked the limits of it in the awful graves of the suicide and the hero, showing the distance between him who dies for the sake of living and him who dies for the sake of dying.

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy