Quiet Heart

And just like that, the one thing you were looking forward to all year is over.

I’m still readjusting to my normal time zone, still tripping over stuff I haven’t unpacked, and my head is still spinning.

You see, my adventure wasn’t just fun. I learned something very important.
It’s always good to do the right thing, even if no one’s watching.
Even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard.
That’s called integrity, and it’s worth having.

But my head is still spinning, like the days that follow after Christmas.
All I want to do is sleep. In sleep, my brain will stop racing. I can slow down enough to gather myself so I can function as a normal human being.
But I can’t just sleep my days away to escape life. There are things that must be done, but my mind is too heavy.
And I need more that a quiet, rested mind. I need a quiet, rested heart.

Here’s the prayer I had for my adventure. Here’s the prayer I have for tomorrow and the day after that.

“Father, I know that all my life
Is portioned out for me.
The changes that are sure to come
I do not fear to see.
I ask thee for a present mind
Intent on pleasing Thee.

“I would not have the restless will
That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do
Or some great thing to know.
I would be treated as a child
And guided where I go.

“I ask Thee for a daily strength
To none that ask denied.
A mind to blend with outward life
While keeping at Thy side,
Content to fill a little space
If Thou be glorified.

“In service that Thy will appoints,
There are no bonds for me.
My secret heart is taught the truth
That makes Thy children free.
A life of self-renouncing love
Is one of liberty.”
~Anita L. Waring – 1850

You know…

life is more than a heartbeat.

Life is in the second and the minute, the everyday and the year.
Life is the mundane and the special, the average and the extraordinary.
Life is in the laughter in the morning and the quiet sobs past midnight, the joys and the sorrow that pass through your heart more swiftly than blood.
Life is when you fly and when you fall, in reaching the stars and in not quite.
Life is in the easy choices and the hard, in saying yes and in saying no.

And sometimes, life is saying no to what your corrupted heart desires.

Life is hearing the voice your prideful heart had forgotten, hearing him whisper, “You are mine.”
Life is knowing why you were made.
Life is knowing you were fashioned one way and you cannot be another.
Life is realizing that the world will turn without you.
Life is lifting up what you have and giving.
Life is being content to fill a little space, if he is glorified.
Life is knowing who took your lifeless shell and breathed life in it again, who took your hand and lifted you from the grave.
Life is knowing who died to transform your stony heart into a heart that beats, that lives, that loves.

Life is loving, because he loves. Life is living, because he lives.

Life is more than a heartbeat.
Life is your soul.

Happy New Year

Have you seen the Google tribute to 2013? (Watch it here) Also, you can see a collage of the most searched for names and items this year.

Ah, yes. We’ve said goodbye to some notable people, such as Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela (and a cute actor, apparently). We’ve said hello to a royal baby. We’ve done the Harlem Shake, and we still don’t know what the fox says. And several brave, brave pro athletes and others have spoken out about their private lives. “When you get to the point of acceptance, there is nothing more beautiful.”

Bars at the bottom of the New Year’s countdown list the most heartbreaking celebrity breakups of the year.
Miley Cyrus stuck out her tongue at me.
Strangers kissed to kick off 2014.
Oh, pop culture. Where would we be without you?

In other news, God is still good.
He is still working in this broken world.
Through all the degradation, all the vulgarity, all the good, and all the bad.
He will have his way this year, and every year to come.
God will not be thwarted.

What did He do for you last year?

A New Song

I collect songs.

Literally. I don’t know very many people who do it like I do. I hear something. I like it, and when I do, I make a mental note to memorize it. Being a band player, I also sing songs without lyrics on occasion, just cause I feel like it.

Here’s one of my recently memorized songs.

 

I Will Glory in my Redeemer

VERSE 1
I will glory in my Redeemer
Whose priceless blood has ransomed me
Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails
And hung Him on that judgment tree
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who crushed the power of sin and death
My only Savior before the holy Judge
The Lamb who is my righteousness
The Lamb who is my righteousness

VERSE 2
I will glory in my Redeemer
My life He bought, my love He owns
I have no longings for another
I’m satisfied in Him alone
I will glory in my Redeemer
His faithfulness my standing place
Though foes are mighty and rush upon me
My feet are firm, held by His grace
My feet are firm, held by His grace

VERSE 3
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who carries me on eagles’ wings
He crowns my life with lovingkindness
His triumph song I’ll ever sing
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who waits for me at gates of gold
And when He calls me, it will be paradise
His face forever to behold
His face forever to behold

Credits:
Words and music by Steve & Vikki Cook
© 2000 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)



I sang this song on Sunday, but somehow, I think I didn’t realize exactly what it was trying to say.
To be honest, I’m painfully prideful in many ways. I feel God starting to teach me what it means to be humble, to give him the glory for the things I do. The very words “I will glory in my Redeemer” suddenly come to light when I realize all that he has done, and how much glory He truly deserves.
It is tempting to take to glory for our gifts and accomplishments. After all, weren’t we the ones who did all the work?
God made us. He made us to glorify Him. He gave us our gifts, and He granted us the accomplishments because, well, because He wanted to. His plans are perfect.
To glorify God is the reason we were given gifts and accomplishments in the first place.

Here’s another song I want to memorize, and maybe even add a tune of my own. (this one’s much, much older)

“I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
The LORD is my strength and my song,
And he has become my salvation.”

(emphasis added by me)

Wanna know what that song is?

Too bad. Go and look it up.

 

In Christ,
Melody

 

Fighter Verses

I thought I’d share something tonight that has been a valuable tool for months now. Fighter Verses. (see their website below) {and this is not an advertisement}

At my house, we have a family Bible time every morning around eight, in which we pray, and memorize catechism and Bible verses. Although we have gone with Fighter Verses for years now, my dad informed us that there was a Fighter Verse app (he knows these things). It turns out that included with the app are Fighter Verse songs. (they are also on the website)

Songs. 🙂

If something is put to music, my whole family, even the three year old, can memorize it pretty easily. These songs have opened up a whole new world for me since January.  They have made Scripture memorization so much easier for me and my family. I can now recite or sing two whole Psalms!

No, I’m not advertising. If I was, I wouldn’t say this. They are definitely….creative. They aren’t rock songs or even really the style of popular Christian music. But they work, I tell you. Yes, indeed. If it helps me hide God’s Word in my heart, hearing the same song for Psalm 103 over and over and over again is worth it.

http://fighterverses.com/set-2-core-esv/week-45/  (link includes this week’s verse)

Melody

Random Musings of Melody

I’ve been thinking.
I’ve been known to do that.
I’ve been known to do that…a lot
I’ve been known to call it pondering

Perhaps I’ll try this “blogging” gig again.

I’ll still go by Melody, instead of Mercy
I’ll probably still post things on Anna and Karen’s blog
Perhaps it’s time to get personal
To create something
To jump in with both feet
Unafraid

Maybe I should try again
Maybe it’s worth doing
Maybe it’ll be fun

Metamorphosis (love that word)

Why not?

Why not get personal?
Why not try?

In the hopes that someone, somewhere, will want to read what I have to say.

Even though I am far from the best blogger
The best Singer
The best Writer
The best Christian
The best…anything
But I’m me
I’m Melody

And that’s fine with me

More to come soon!

Have a wonderfulicious night!

Melody

The Unborn

The Unborn
By: Kate Weber
 
Before my first smile,

My mother thought

I wasn’t worthwhile.

 

Before my first breath,

A burden to the world

That resulted in death.

 

I had a life,

God had a plan,

That Satan spoiled,

Through deeds of man.

 

I will never love,

Before I’m born,

With Him above.

 

Never dream,

Never sleep,

Never walk,

Never scream,

Never talk,

Never laugh,

Never cry,

Never wipe a tear-stained eye.

 

I will never be,

If I am not helped

One single request,

My only plea,

Is for you to help,

Please, Save me!

Learn the TRUTH about abortion at abort73.com.

 
Sadly, this is true. America is a country that has legalized the murder of unborn children. Please visit the website to find out more.
 
Blessings,
 
Mercy 
 
Thanks for posting this, MK.