Sunday, August 10, 2014

What? Hands in the air?

God continually amazes me.  I have no idea where our printer is hiding . . .so I've been emailing the sunday school lesson to myself and I've been stopping by my office to print it out.  I printed in a very large font and double spaced so the lesson was about 40 pages long.  I walked to the copier and all that printed was 15.5 pages.  I ran back into my office and opened the email on my phone thinking that surely there was a mistake . . .nope - I somehow screwed up and only emailed the work I did at first . . .not the completed work.  So I had from 8:45 until 10:15 to worry  pray about the lesson.  I MADE myself focus on the sermon (and it was good) and I prayed feverishly until the service was over.  I then picked up a pen and scribbled some notes on the back of that page 16 . . .and prayed some more.  It wasn't the best lesson that I have ever taught but God showed up.  He is faithful.  Yesterday, that phrase was in my head all day long -- He is faithful.  Yes, he is.

So that was this morning.  We spent the rest of the day with family and now Mark has gone to the storage unit to bring another load home.  (are we ever going to get all our belongings into this house?  Maybe I should have asked him to look for the printer!!!)  The house is totally quiet - even the washer and dryer have ceased to make noise.  I just watched this week's lesson from "The New Rules of Love, Sex, and Dating" by Andy Stanley.  Oh my goodness - so very powerful.  Andy Stanley ended his sermon by having the praise band sing the song below.  I already have powerful memories from a prior Discovery weekend of this song.  I'm sitting at the dining room table in the dark . . .listening to this song . . .weeping . . .and holding my hands in the air (what?  I don't do that!!) OH HOW HE LOVES US!!

Anyway . . .wow!  God is amazing.  The words to this song are amazing.  Andy Stanley's sermon was amazing.  Get the point yet?  Wow!  Just Wow! 



He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us, oh,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us, oh,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.

And we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If his grace is an ocean, we're all sinking.
And Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don't have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about the way...

He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us...
Oh, how He loves us...
Oh, how He loves us.

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