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Colossians 3:12-14 NKJV

“Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

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And Jesus Gave to Us | All Remains Praise

December 12, 2017 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, ‘Take, eat: this is My body.’
And He took the cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
And He said unto them, ‘This is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.'” Mark 14:22-24 KJV

I cut my hair
my heart
one day.
Bled tears of joy
more tears of pain.

What sorrow, Lord,
is this I taste?

“Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.” Psalm 90:8 KJV

Lord, cut the
bindings from my head.
Lord, bleed away
my dreams misled.

What spaces, Lord,
have You so graced?

“Return, O Lord! How long?…O, satisfy us early with Thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:13a, 14 NKJV

I cut into
much doubt
much rage.
Bled tears of youth
and tears of age.

What sweetness, Lord,
makes way, makes haste?

“Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us…” Psalm 90:17a, b KJV

Lord, cut the
shackles from my hands.
Lord, bleed away
my misplaced plans.

What sickness, Lord,
bides far from waste?

“Make us glad according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil…So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:15, 12 KJV

There will be nothing left, save
for myself now saved…
yet out of all the remains,
for this to remain…

Most Holy God,
my God,
is a gift. A gift I will
strive and race and run to lift
to You in praise
for the rest of my days in
forever as I
–Lord have mercy–
as I pray to proclaim:

Blessed be the name of the LORD
from this time forth,
and even forever more.

“O King of kings and Lord of lords,
how great is Thy goodness!
To the praise of the glory of His grace,
wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved,
blessed be the name of the LORD
from this time forth and even forever more.”
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God, Amen.

1 Timothy 6:15, Psalm 31:19, Ephesians 1:6, Psalm 113:2 KJV

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Breathe, Sing, Dance | Alive in Christ

April 22, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“…for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12b KJV

Heart sing, come dance, breathe again, vibrant and alive.
Heart dance, come breathe, sing again, vibrant and alive.
Heart breathe, come sing, dance again, vibrant and alive.

Lift your weary head.
Feel the weight release.
Stand up straight,
and pour out all the anguishing debris.

Let’s breathe soundly to salvation-hued freedom tunes.
Lord have mercy. Have mercy on us. Hear us and have mercy.

Breathe in
(Kyrie)
Breathe out
(Eleison)
Inhale and exhale, inhale and exhale
Have mercy.
Lord hear us.
Have mercy O Lord.

Look up at the sky.
Feel the glowing light.
Be still, soul,
and dance tenderly, anxious beating heart.

Let’s sing a deep-rising hymn of our faithful Friend.
Sing heartbeat — lub dub, lub dub, lub dub.

Softly
(Lub dub)
Tenderly
(Lub dub)
For Jesus calls earnestly
Lub dub,
Heartbeat
Sing.

Come dance in the rain.
Feel the raindrops cleanse.
Embrace the grace
and the bright hope falling into place.

Let’s dance in the circle of God’s unending love.
Rain on me, Lord. Rain in me, Lord. Reign in me, Lord.

Eastward
(Rain)
Westward
(Rain)
Throughout the spaces in between
Rain on,
Rain in,
Reign in me Lord.

Let Christ restore green pastures,
And so sing and dance and breathe in joy again.

Vibrant and Alive.

“I will sing unto the Lord, because He hath dealt bountifully with me.” Psalm 13:6 KJV

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How is God guiding your future?

February 22, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it.” Psalm 90:16-17 KJV

Hello everyone!

You know those moments when you don’t know what the next step is — what God wants for you — but you know you have all the information you need to figure it out?

Yet the answer still eludes you, and the problem grows bigger.

I know how frustrating it is.

We pray, we struggle, we cry out to God, we wrestle some more…
Then beautiful inspiration strikes.

Notice how that inspiration, that gifted moment, tastes a lot like grace?

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 KJV

Megan Freeman has those struggles and those moments too. The link leads to her illustrative contemplation about what it means to embrace the adventure of growing in grace:

Puzzles by Megan Freeman at Life in Metaphors
“The puzzle of life is a beautiful thing. Sitting next to the Father, I scour the jumbled pile of pieces looking…”

We grow in these moments when we take off our blinders and let God show us that next step onto a firm foundation.
Those outlines of vibrant bluebells and fragrant daphne.
Those ever-filling pictures of vibrant purpose and fragrant joy.

How beautiful and empowering it is to open ourselves to the grace of God’s plans in our lives!

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 KJV

So, fellow explorers in faith, I ask you:

How can our lives, in the mundane, in the spectacular, reveal grace’s beauty?
How do you let God put together the puzzle pieces in your life?
What is your foundation?
How is God guiding your future?

Comment below, or you can contact me with your insight!

May your day be brighter and your dreams sweeter. God bless

“Whosoever cometh to Me, and heareth My sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: he is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” Luke 6:47-48 KJV

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Jesus, take these words… | A Life of Love

March 2, 2015 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.'” Galatians 5:13-14 KJV

Jesus, take my ears —
Comfort with them, make patience.
Help me hear better.

Jesus, take my eyes —
Understand with them, make light.
Guide me to see more.

Jesus, take my lips —
Encourage with them, make joy.
Let me minister.

Jesus, take my feet —
Outreach with them, make brothers.
Direct me forward.

Jesus, take my hands —
Heal with them, make melodies.
Shape me to do so.

Jesus, take my heart —
Inspire with it, make kindness.
Teach me compassion.

Jesus, take my mind —
Seek with it, make discernment.
Show me Your wonders.

Jesus, here’s my life —
Fulfill my purpose in You.
I give You my love.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 KJV

Jesus, take these words

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Faith in Our Future | Hope in God’s Plans

December 23, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6 KJV

We all face trials or disquieted spirits at some point in our lives.
Maybe you know what you want but can’t figure out how to get it, or are discouraged in realizing it.
Maybe you are frustrated because you don’t know what you want.
Or stuck in some combination of the aforementioned.

Right now, I want to run fast again. Play music again. Not hurt every time I blink, or smile, or breathe. I want to feel strong and capable again.

But it’s not about what I want.
It’s about God’s will for me. About what He knows I need.
So there is only one thing deserving of ever being wanted.

It should be yearned for, craved, sought after.

And that is God’s will.
That is powerful to want.

It means nothing is in vain. When you walk with God, you are never left alone to figure out the path for your life.
There is no aimlessness, there is no mistake.
There is a purpose.
There is a plan, and you will reach your dreams. Dreams He has placed in your heart, or will once He has prepared you (that is for another post — update 9/1/15: see Praying for a Dream | God’s Purpose for Your Life).

“But always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:17b-18 NIV

Time and time again we see how surely that hope is not cut off.

From the paralyzed man whose friends lowered him through a roof to bring him to the Healer:

When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, ‘Son, thy sins be forgiven thee’…But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (He saith to the sick of the palsy), ‘I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.’

And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all…” Mark 2: 5, 10-11 KJV

The man and his friends followed through with a risky idea, which could have failed in many ways, in pursuit of the hope for healing Christ brought.

The paralyzed man was completely immobile.

And he walked.

From the girl who was proclaimed dead:

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Be not afraid, only believe’…And He took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, ‘Talitha cumi’; which is, being interpreted, ‘Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.’

And straightway the damsel arose, and walked.” Mark 5:36, 41-42 KJV

Her parents spent the last living moments of their daughter’s life in pursuit of the hope for healing that Christ brought.

The girl had died.

And she walked again.

“Be not afraid, only believe.”

Be not afraid about where you are. Be sure of your future. To believe in God’s perfect will, to have faith in His evident mercies and plans for us, is powerful to want.

It means I want my Shepherd to wrap me in His arms as He walks me from my pain to the fulfilling of my calling.

It means I want my Comforter to whisper to me constant reminders of His love for me as He encourages me to step forward in faith.

It means I want my King to call me His daughter to join the inheritance of a whole and joy-filled life starting today.

Lord, may the only ‘I want’ in my life be a passionate desire for Your will, to know and trust you more and more!

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:10-14 NIV

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