The Treasure

I’ve wandered through the valley
I’ve scaled the mountain heights
I’ve travelled down the rivers
Below the stars so bright
In all my earthly travels
And exploits far and wide
Jesus is more beautiful than all

I’ve tasted of the finest foods
I’ve smelled sweet odors vast
I’ve heard the songs of whippoorwills
Deep in the heartland grass
In all that I’ve partaken
Throughout this blessed life
Jesus is the sweetest of them all

Diamonds don’t compare to Him
Rubies fade away
Emeralds lose their luster
Gold is dull and gray
He shines as brightly as the sun
He glimmers in my eye
Jesus is my treasure
Today and for all time

I’ve been with men of high estate
I’ve tasted of that life
I’ve had my days of wealth and fame
I’ve scaled the corporate heights
With all the people I have met
Their power and their might
Jesus is the mightiest of all

In all of His greatness
His mercy covers me
In all of His grandeur
His grace is all I need
Powerful and Mighty
King of Kings is He
Yet He loves me more than I can see

Diamonds don’t compare to Him
Rubies fade away
Emeralds lose their luster
Gold is dull and gray
He shines as brightly as the sun
He glimmers in my eye
Jesus is my treasure
Today and for all time

The Present

Today is the day
Not tomorrow
Not yesterday
Today is the day
To praise the Lord

Today is the day
Not next week
Not last week
Today is the day
To worship Him

He is the one
Who gives us the present
He is the one
Who gives breath every day
He is the one
Who gives rythm to heart beats
Only my God
Can show me the way

Today is a present
All wrapped up in hope
His peace calms my spirit
His joy overflows

This wonderful present
Is mine for the asking
It comes every moment
From Jesus my King

He is the one
That showers with mercy
He is the one
Whose love reigns divine
He is the one
Who gives grace amazing
Only my God
Will always be mine

Today is the day
Today is the present
Today is my gift
From Jesus my Lord
Today I will praise Him
Today I will worship
Today is my chance
To give thanks to my Lord.

In response to the daily prompt Present

Give Them Away

He gave to me mercy
So I could be free
He gave to me grace
So my eyes could see
He gave to me joy
It gushes in me
On top of all that
He gave me His peace

Oh what a blessing to live for the Lord
I am so glad He’s the one I adore
He gives me so much
He tells me I must
Give to others what He’s given me

He gave to me hope
Now heaven is mine
He gave me forgiveness
He’s good and He’s kind
He gave me His love
So faithful and true
He gave me all this
So I’d give it to you

Oh what a blessing to live for the Lord
I am so glad He’s the one I adore
He gives me so much
He tells me I must
Give to others what He’s given me

These things that He gave me
These gifts of His love
Should flow out of me to touch you
These things should give life
To all who know me
If His will I’ve decided to do
They’re not for hoarding
Or holding on to
I need to give then away
When I follow Him
With all that I am
I’ll give them away every day

Oh what a blessing to live for the Lord
I am so glad He’s the one I adore
He gives me so much
He tells me I must

The Ultimate Test

I could fight a lion, a tiger or bear
I could scale heights up to the sky
I could go deep in the oceans below
Or out of an airplane dive

I could go into a deep and dark cave
To explore where no other has gone
I could walk into the jungle so vast
Then try and find my way back home

If I would do any of these lofty things
Most would say that courage is mine
But courage is more than a feat done by me
Just to make me seem bigger than life

Courage is giving oneself for another
To fight someone’s battle for them
The ultimate test of courage was shown
By Jesus of Nazereth

He came to this earth the King of all Kings
Then He gave His life for all mankind
He was tortured and beaten for your sins and mine
Then He hung on a cross to die

Don’t let His courage just drift from your mind
Because He was your sacrifice
He did it for you
You’ve just one thing to do
Accept His love for it brings life

 

In response to the daily prompt Courage

Close To You

When my eyes are weary and I lay me down
I can trust in you, Lord, to bring the calm
From a busy day to a quiet night
Knowing you’ll be near until the light

When I raise my head to the newborn day
I will look to you, Lord, to find my way
You will lead me on through the day ahead
As your Spirit speaks and my heart obeys.

Close to you, close to you
Every moment, this I choose
Never far from your sweet call
Close to you, you’re my all

When my way is lonely, and I’m feeling sad
I can look to you, Lord, and I’ll be glad
Just to know you walk every step with me
I can go through life knowing you are near

You will never leave me,
Never desert me
Never stop loving me
Never stop giving
Never be angry
Never give up on me

Close to you, close to you
Every moment, this I choose
Never far from your sweet call
Close to you, you’re my all

No Excuse

It doesn’t  take a rocket scientist
It doesn’t take a city boy
It doesn’t take a college professor
Or a person who’s self-employed

It doesn’t take a big jet pilot
It doesn’t take a sporting star
It doesn’t take a foreign leader
Or a rube who does not travel far

All you have to do is look up
At the heaven’s some starry night
To know that there’s a design
That put them all to flight

Then wake up in the morning
To the splendor of the dawn
At evening brilliant sunsets
Declare that there’s a God

On judgment day there’s no excuse
That your were never told
You’ve seen it every day you’ve lived
From youth to very old

So today if you’re not right
With our God who reigns above
Ask Jesus to forgive your sins
And accept His gracious love

 

In response to the the prompt Rube

Mercy Overwhelms

Every second of the day
Every moment when I pray
Every hour that goes away
His mercy overwhelms me

Every word that my mouth speaks
Every time His will I seek
Every day of every week
His mercy overwhelms me

Mercy at my every turn
Flows into my life
Mercy more than I can see
Helps me to survive
Mercy grand and glorious
Like a wave that swells
Washes down all over me
Mercy overwhelms

Every week that passes by
Every month that hears my cry
Every year for all of time
His mercy overwhelms me

Every breath
Every sound
Every touch
Every word
Every prayer
Every song
Every sight
Every thing

Mercy at my every turn
Flows into my life
Mercy more than I can see
Helps me to survive
Mercy grand and glorious
Like a wave that swells
Washes down all over me
Mercy overwhelms

Mercy grand and glorious
Like a wave that swells
Washes down all over me
Mercy overwhelms
Mercy overwhelms
Mercy overwhelms

Hairless

If I would shave off my mustache
Then shave all the hair from my head
I would look quite the same
As when cancer came
I my hair was found even in bed

I never needed a costume
To go out and trick or treat
With all that head clean
The difference was seen
By all who saw me on the street

But now it has all grown back
Better than ever I think
God has been good
His mercy has stood
With me through thick and through thin

I’m in remission now
I feel quite terrific in fact
Just 8 short more months
For chemo maint’nance
I’ll be cured of cancer at last

 

In response to the daily prompt Costume

Release and Replace

Release all things that trouble you
They put you in a bind
Replace them with the Holy Fruit
The Spirit plants inside

Release the fear that follows you
Through every passing thought
Replace it with a lasting love
That only comes from God

Release the sorrow of past sins
That come back just to bother
Replace it with abundant joy
That’s given from your Father

Release the worry that you feel
When thinking of tomorrow
Replace it with the peace of God
That’s permanent not borrowed

Release frustration that demands
You shouldn’t have to wait
Replace it with longsuffering
To guide you through each day

Release the harshness of your tongue
That lashes out at friends
Replace it with His gentleness
Which speaks with good intent

Release the hurtful things you do
When someone does you wrong
Replace it with His goodness
Which makes others feel strong

Release the doubts that creep in
When things just don’t go right
Replace it with unfailing faith
That guides you to His Light

Release all things that make you want
More than you should have
Release the temperance that helps
Your lifestyle to behave

Release the insecurity you feel
When facing unbelief
Replace it with a meekness that
Speaks with authority

Release all things that trouble you
They put you in a bind
Replace them with the Holy Fruit
The Spirit plants inside