The Heart’s Mind | No. 14

Following up on last week’s post on drinking from polluted pot holes, I came across ‘The Only One’ by Jimmy Needham, which captures everything I was feeling:

I’ve drank water from sewers and gutters,
Too shameful to utter.
But You’re not like the others.

So if You’re the bread then fill me up. 
If You’re the water fill my cup. 
‘Til lesser loves are washed out to sea.
Why can’t I see You’re the only one?
You’re the only one,
Father, Spirit, Son, 
Who satisfies me. 

Sometimes it’s almost shameful to admit the different ambitious dreams we’ve been secretly (or not-so-secretly) pursuing. It’s shameful because we think we should know better by now that these things don’t satisfy. However, each time these desires for something other than God shifts (such as focusing on career to focusing on relationships), we forget the lesson we learned and think it’ll be “different this time.” Drinking from different polluted pot holes does not make them any less polluted just because it’s different. God is so holy that even a tinge of any essence that is not Him makes the entire source of water polluted. Continue reading “The Heart’s Mind | No. 14”

The Heart’s Mind | No. 12

All I am Lord here before You
Reaching out for more
You’re the promise never failing
You are my reward,
Jesus, You are my reward

I let go of all I have just to have all of You
And no matter what the cost I will follow You
Jesus everything I’ve lost I have found in You
When I finally reach the end I’ll say
You are worth it all

 

[‘Worth It All’ – Worship Central]

The Heart’s Mind | No. 10

I’ve been listening to worship music more and more recently. When walking to class, when doing work (even though I know lyrics can be a little distracting), before falling asleep. I think He created our capacity for music for a reason. Something familiar strikes in my soul when I listen to worship music. A song I’ve been listening to this week, and actually played today for worship at a church I serve at, is “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship. Our world refuses to see Jesus for who He really is, and it continues to use His name to represent anything other than His pure and holy nature. His name is like no other, His is ‘beautiful,’ ‘wonderful,’ ‘powerful.’ May we not use it in vain.

‘You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, Our God reigns
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names
What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus.’

The Heart’s Mind | No. 9

The song of my heart lately. I find myself just quietly singing in everything I do, ‘Oh your grace so free, washes over me.’ May this song bless all of you guys like it did me.

Released from my chains I’m a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom he faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and he called me his friend
When death was arrested and my life began

Our savior displayed on a criminal’s cross
Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That’s when death was arrested and my life began 
That’s when death was arrested and my life began 

Oh your grace so free
Washes over me 
You have made me new
Now life begins with you
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with you.

[‘Death Was Arrested’ – North Point]

The Heart’s Mind | No. 8

My pastor shared about the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 today. Rather than running away from the daunting task of what to do for these 5000, He lifted His eyes up (John 6:5) and saw the crowd. He saw their needs, both physical and spiritual, and fulfilled them. Sometimes we want to just ignore the problems around us, the seemingly impossible tasks ahead of us, but when we give what little we have and just trust God, He does amazing things.

 

My foes are many, they rise against me. But I will hold my ground. I will not fear the war, I will not fear the storm. My help is on the way, my help is on the way. Oh, my God, He will not delay, my refuge and strength always. I will not fear, His promise is true. My God will come through always, always. I lift my eyes up, my help comes from the Lord. [‘Always’ – Kristian Stanfill]

The Heart’s Mind | No. 7

He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. [Psalm 103:10-13]