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Driving to church this morning, extremely tired from senior home care as well as moving all week and running ten minutes late, I was really tempted to skip it. It would have been so much easier to just head for the old house to pick up more items while listening to a sermon on my iPod.
Resisting temptation, I walked into church as they were singing the second song. It was a gift from God, handpicked just for me. One of my favorite songs, I started singing joyfully as I walked to a seat up front. It was followed by another song I love. This one was such an encouragement to me I wanted to share it with you as well. Written by Elvina Hall in 1865, it is:
Jesus Paid it All!
I hear the Savior say,
Thy strength indeed is small!
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all
CHORUS:Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone
For nothing good have I
Where-by Thy grace to claim
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calvary’s Lamb
And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete
Jesus died my soul to save
My lips shall still repeat
The two most encouraging parts of this for me were:
When before the throne, I stand in Him complete.
Some of the sermons I’ve been listening to on my iPod were Calvary Chapel’s John Miller speaking on the book of Revelation. Listening to him this past week as he taught about Christ returning in power and great glory has been exhilarating and singing about it put a huge smile on my face! I can’t wait to see my precious Savior!
Thy strength indeed is small…Find in Me thine all in all!
I can’t tell you how many times this week alone, I have told God how weak I am, both physically (because of the move my joints are all screaming at me) and emotionally (in large part again because of being so exhausted from the move).
That was a big part of the reason I didn’t want to go to church. I chose to obey in spite of how I felt and God poured out His blessings of encouragement on me. I left church feeling so much stronger.
I hope and pray that, as you deal with senior home care, grandparenting, and more, you are encouraged this week through the power of God’s love and the encouragement of these words. If you’d like to join me in learning more about Revelation, click on the words “the book of Revelation.” Scroll down about 2/3 of the way to find the links to each podcast.