Early morning, waking up I rise from off my bed And realize quite instantly That I am not dead So I shake my head real slowly From side to side it flows And a smile comes upon my face It's time to praise the Lord I praise Him that He gives me breath To wake me up this day I praise Him that my eyes still work To see me on my way I praise Him that I hear the sounds That filter through my room I praise Him that He's there with me That I am not alone I praise Him that my arms and hands Still have the strength to hold I praise Him that my legs will work To take me where untold I praise Him that I feel His love Still shining from above I praise Him that His spirit Still comes in like a dove And now, five minutes in the day I know His wondrous grace Has kept me through the night again So I can praise His name
I have travelled here and there But I can’t find anywhere That is more reassuring than your arms I have seen some gorgeous sights But you are my guiding light I can’t find a better place than in your arms In your arms I’m safe from danger In your arms I find my peace In your arms no enemy can bring me harm In your arms I am no stranger In your arms I know your grace I can’t find a better place than in your arms Now each day I look to you For you show me what to do As I walk the path you planned for me I can know all things are good I have finally understood That your arms are where I truly need to be In your arms your mercy rests In your arms my healing lies In your arms there is no reason for alarm In your arms I’m always blessed In your arms I’ll never die I can’t find a better place than in your arms
Through the night I rest assured That you alone will give me every breath Through the storm I am secure For you alone provide me with your strength In every situation I trust in your salvation To guide me down the pathway of my life You’re my Lord You are my King You are my Savior My everything. And I will trust In you alone Lord I adore you.
This was the very first song God gave me back in 2010. After this, the flood gates opened and the songs and choruses just kept coming. I thank God for the advice of my Pastor, who told me to just keep listening when I told him the story of this song. Best advice I ever received!
I never will forget the day I found you Fifteen hundred miles away from home The preacher made me realize That I was headed for the fire I knew that place was not where I should go Later on that week the preacher stopped by The house where I was staying with a friend We prayed the prayer of faith I’m glad He came that day For the next day I’d return back home again I prayed that he’d forgive me of my sin That He would wash me thoroughly within A sweat built up inside It drenched me like a tide I had no doubt that I had been redeemed The next day I struck out to go back home The drive was long and filled with many tears My tire was wobbling bad And I was driving fast I just wanted to get home and did not fear When I got home I checked with my mechanic He looked and said I can’t believe you made it This care should not be driven Your tire will soon be missing A tie rod underneath is loose and split My mind just started thinking of my Savior And how He rescued me that day from death Not just a death of soul But He spared my life I know If that tire had came off I would be dead Jesus comes to wash my sins away Then He protects me every single day So I will lift His name And give Him all my praise I know that He will guide my on my way
I found a place, a quiet place Where I could rest, where I feel blessed No enemy could harm me there Safe in the arms of God I found a song deep in my heart That lifted up to heaven’s hearth I hope I never will depart Safe in the arms of God There is no reason to despair No trouble can alarm me here My refuge and my fortress near Safe in the arms of God A place of grace boundless and free A place where mercy covers me A place I’ll live eternally Safe in the arms of God Come join me in this joyful place Come look at His adoring face Come know His mercy and His grace Safe in the arms of God
My enemy is standing at the door Grumbling and complaining to get in I could feel the evil he would pass to me I didn’t freeze Got on my knees Then I heard a voice I had heard before Saying get away from him, he is mine I knew it was my Savior and my Lord He heard my prayer Down on my knees The place for me is down on my knees I can’t stand before the Son of God His throne is where I want to spend my time Giving Him praise Lifting His name He raised me to my feet and held me tight I could heard the devil as he walked away A smile came on my face in that moment He say me there Down on my knees The place for me is down on my knees There’s no other place I would rather be It is there my Savior hears my every word I need to stay Down on my knees I know my enemy will return someday I know he won’t give up that easily But when he does I know I have a weapon A humble prayer Down on my knees The place for me is down on my knees There is victory when I surrender all So I’ll lift my voice and bow my head And pray to God Down on my knees
I have a big brother who calls me by name Whenever I need Him He comes with a plan No weapon against me will ever stand My brother will save me by His mighty hand I have a big brother and He has my back When resources dwindle I have no lack Because of His mercy the world gives me slack And I have relief when the lender attacks I have a big brother no doctor is He But when sickness does come all symptoms will flee When Pain tries to curse me His blood I will plead Because by His blood I am healed and set free I have a big brother with Him I’ll abide When trouble comes near me in His arms I’ll hide A refuge and fortress in He always provides I know I am safe when he stands by my side I have a big brother Jesus is His name Once I cam to know Him I’ve not been the same Each day I will rise up and give Him my praise For He is on my side all of my days
Hide me in your presence Hide me in your love Hide me from the plot of the enemy I can feel secure Lord In the shelter of your wings With all my heart I pray Hide me There’s a peace that comes from knowing the Lord has surrounded you. In His presence, the enemy can not come near. He cannot harm you, torment you, trouble you or tempt you. The enemy is held at bay by the presence of the Lord. God has a desire to always have you in His arms, but often we find ourselves prying those arms open and walking off on our own. Just as we see the nation of Israel wander away from the Lord and then back again, so we wander in and out of His protection. I can’t tell you how many times I have been curious how Israel could possibly forget how God delivered them from Egypt, or how He parted the Red Sea and the Jordan River. How could they constantly turn away from a God who did so many miracles, over and over again. Yet He has done many miracles in my life and before my eyes and I still sometimes walk away from His sheltering wings. I need to nestle myself in His love. I need to be captured by His everlasting joy. I need to be captivated by the boundless hope that only comes from knowing Him. And I need to reside in the peace that only comes from abiding in the vine. I pray you find that place as well, because there we are hidden from the enemies attacks. There we are safe! Colossians 3:3 King James Version 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
In my trials and tribulations
In my sorrow and my pain
In the midst of all my battles
You are always there with me
When I feel like I’m abandoned
When it seems I’m off the road
When my fear and doubt have risen
You are always there with me
You will calm the storm that rages in me
You will heal each dread disease
You will hold me up in the shadow of your wings
Because you are always there for me
We remember the words of Jesus so easily. He told us He would never leave us or forsake us. There are times in our life when it would be easy to think that God has forgotten us. When I go t that cancer diagnosis in March of 2016, it would have been easy to think that God has pulled His protection out from under me and I was alone. But than I remembered that Jesus wasn’t the first one to recognize God was always with us. David had many times where he could have doubted God was with Him. When Saul threw the javelin at him twice, I’m sure he wondered, When Nathan came to him and exposed his sin, he went into mourning. When he had to flee from his own son to avoid death, I’m sure he wondered where God was in all of this. But he knew God was there with him, as witnessed by these beautiful words from Psalm 139.
Psalm 139:7-13 KJV
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
When you’re facing your battles, do not fear and do not doubt. The everlasting God Surrounds you with His love and will always bring you good out of every situation. He will always guide you back to His path if you just trust Him. He is always for you and never against you. When it seems like He is not there usually He is doing His greatest work. So rest in Him, be still and know that He is God!
My life has ups and downs
Like a yo-yo spins around
Falling closely to the ground
Then back into His hand
My life is like a boomerang
That flies by its own plan
The circles back again
Back into His hand
I have a tendency to wander
Every time I turn and stray
I yearn again to find my way
Back into His hand
When I seem so far away
I fall on my knees and pray
Father please bring me safely
Back into your hand
There’s no place I’d rather be
When my troubles surround me
Then returning home again
Back into His hand
The nation of Israel is an amazing story of a people who had plenty of ups and downs/ The were captive in Egypt for over 400 years, slave laborers to Pharaoh. Their burden was heavy. Then God called Moses to bring His people out of that bondage, a fulfillment of a prophecy given to Abraham 400 years earlier. Through a series of 10 miracles, God freed them from their slavery only to lead them into the wilderness. For 4 years He led them circling around the wilderness before they finally got to their destination. Once there, they faltered and wandered even more. Only this time it was their spiritual life that faltered. They forgot the God that saved them, freed them and delivered them. The forgot the God who fed them , protected them and fought for them. God assigned judges, then kings to guide the, but they never could be consistent. Up and down, close to God then far away.
I am too much like them, unfortunately. I have days when I feel real close to god and others I walk way from Him. It’s not that I want to be outside of His protection. I just find myself wandering there and then wishing I had not. I cry out to Him and every time He brings me back into His loving hands. What mercy He shows, what grace He bestows whenever I call on His name!
Matthew 14:31 King James Version
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?