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Verse of the Day – Galatians 5:18

Galatians 5:18

Galatians 5:18

Christ came and gave His life for us so we would be free from the laws of the past, the Holy Spirit came to be our guide through life.

We must live with the spirit as our guide to be truly free.

SPIRIT SPEAKS by KNOW HOPE COLLECTIVE
Your spirit speaks, it moves in me
And I’m awakened to Your love
You’re drawing me onto my knees
And I’m astounded by Your love

‘Cause You spoke life into my lungs
You are the air I breathe, You are the air I breathe
Still You move inside of me
You are the song I sing, You are the song I sing, yeah, yeah

You cover me with arms that reach
And I’m amazed by Your sweet grace
You set me free, You washed me clean
And I’m forgiven by Your grace

‘Cause You spoke life into my lungs
You are the air I breathe, You are the air I breathe
Still You move inside of me
You are the song I sing, You are the song I sing, yeah

With every breath I breathe, with every song I sing
I want to shout it out, Lord, I am listening
To every word You speak, I’ll go where You will lead
To love the least of these, my greatest offering

With every breath I breathe, with every song I sing
I want to shout it out, Lord, I am listening
To every word You speak, I’ll go where You will lead
To love the least of these, my greatest offering

With every breath I breathe, with every song I sing
I want to shout it out, Lord, I am listening
To every word You speak, I’ll go where You will lead
To love the least of these, my greatest offering, yeah

Offering, offering

Verse of the Day – Romans 12:16-18

Romans 12:16-18

Romans 12:16-18

If we do not reach out to the people who do not know God, then who will and how will they come to know His amazing love?

Sometimes we Christians like to live in our own “clean” community, we don’t want to get dirty with people who are struggling, thankfully my Pastor came to me in all my dirt, he told me of God’s amazing love and showed me the way to find it, I am thankful for that night almost five years ago.

JEALOUS GOD by KNOW HOPE COLLECTIVE
Now I know You would stop at nothing
To pull me close, steal my heart away
So here I am, broken and listening
Held captive here and I just want to stay

You’re a jealous God, You’re a jealous God
You are a jealous God for me, yeah
And nothing else has ever felt this real to me
You’re a jealous God, oh, You’re a jealous God

Through this life everyday You’ve chased me
Like a treasure underneath the sea
When hope was gone, Jesus, You came running
To the ends of the earth for me

‘Cause You’re a jealous God, You’re a jealous God
You are a jealous God for me

And nothing else has ever felt this real to me
You’re a jealous God

You’re beautiful and furious
I tremble at the thought of this
That You would go to Calvary
How deep Your love must be for me

You’re a jealous God, You’re a jealous God
You are a jealous God for me
And nothing else has ever felt this real to me
You’re a jealous God, You are a jealous God

Now I know You would stop at nothing

 

Verse of the Day – 1 Peter 4:19

1 Peter 4:19

1 Peter 4:19

Sometimes it’s easier during times of suffering to lose our spirit of perseverance, when we should draw closer to God and praise Him for what we have, rather than what we have not.

SANCTUARY by KNOW HOPE COLLECTIVE
I’m frightened in Your presence
Humbled by Your power
Longing for Your sacred love
My heart is Your cathedral
Dark and full of mystery
Echoing the sounds of one and in this very moment

This is Your sanctuary
I am Your sanctuary
Jesus, You are worthy
And You have made us holy now

These walls have been my refuge
Offering an anchor
Resting in Your sacred love, ooh
You’ve drawn me to Your altar
I’m here but I have nothing
Crying for the sounds of one in this very moment

This is Your sanctuary
I am Your sanctuary
Jesus, You are worthy
And You have made us holy now

I can feel You here, I can feel you right here
In this moment, in this very moment
I can feel You here, I can feel you right here
In this moment, in this very moment

This is Your sanctuary
I am Your sanctuary
Jesus, You are worthy
You have made us holy

This is Your sanctuary
I am Your sanctuary
Jesus, You are worthy
And You have made us holy

This is Your sanctuary
I am Your sanctuary
Jesus, You are worthy
And You have made us holy now
You made us holy now

Verse of the Day – Zechariah 13:9

Zechariah 13:9

Zechariah 13:9

I know that with every test, I am being refined like a precious metal.  I sometimes still wonder why, why would our Lord do this for someone like me?

JEALOUS GOD by KNOW HOPE COLLECTIVE
Now I know you would stop at nothing,
to pull me close, steal my heart away.
So here I am broken and listening.
Held captive here and I just wanna stay.

You’re a jealous God, You’re a jealous God.
You are a jealous God, for me.
And nothing else has ever felt this real to me.
You’re a jealous God.
Oh, You’re a jealous God.

Through this life, everyday, You’ve chased me.
Like a treasure underneath the sea.
When hope was gone, Jesus you came running,
to the ends of the earth for me.

Cause You’re a jealous God, You’re a jealous God.
You are a jealous God, for me.
And nothing else has ever felt this real to me.
You’re a jealous God.

You’re beautiful, and furious,
I tremble at the thought of this.
That You would go to Calvary,
how deep Your love must be for me.

You’re a jealous God, You’re a jealous God.
You are a jealous God, for me.
And nothing else have ever felt this real to me.
You’re a jealous God, You are a jealous God.
Now I know You would stop at nothing.

Verse of the Day – Psalm 37:23-24

Psalm 37:23-24

Psalm 37:23-24

I may have stumbled so many times, but I’m still standing, by the Grace of God, I am still standing.

 SPIRIT SPEAKS by KNOW HOPE COLLECTIVE
Your Spirit speaks 
It moves in me 
And I’m awakened to Your love 
You’re drawing me 
On to my knees 
And I’m astounded by Your love 

You spoke life into my lungs 
You are the air I breathe 
You are the air I breathe 
Still You move inside of me 
You are the song I sing 
You are the song I sing Jesus 
You cover me 
With arms that reach 
And I’m amazed by Your sweet grace 
You set me free 
And You washed me clean 
And I’m forgiven by Your grace 

With every breath I breathe 
With every song I sing 
I want to shout it out 
Lord I am listening 
To every word You speak 
I’ll go where You will lead 
To love the least of these 
My greatest offering

Verse of the Day – Job 32:8

Job 32:8

Job 32:8

When I feel lost, scattered or drifting, it is that breath of the Lord that awakens the spirit within me, that makes me realise that in Him I am already home.

SPIRIT SPEAKS by KNOW HOPE COLLECTIVE
Your spirit speaks, it moves in me
And I’m awakened to Your love
You’re drawing me onto my knees
And I’m astounded by Your love

‘Cause You spoke life into my lungs
You are the air I breathe, You are the air I breathe
Still You move inside of me
You are the song I sing, You are the song I sing, yeah, yeah

You cover me with arms that reach
And I’m amazed by Your sweet grace
You set me free, You washed me clean
And I’m forgiven by Your grace

‘Cause You spoke life into my lungs
You are the air I breathe, You are the air I breathe
Still You move inside of me
You are the song I sing, You are the song I sing, yeah

With every breath I breathe, with every song I sing
I want to shout it out, Lord, I am listening
To every word You speak, I’ll go where You will lead
To love the least of these, my greatest offering

With every breath I breathe, with every song I sing
I want to shout it out, Lord, I am listening
To every word You speak, I’ll go where You will lead
To love the least of these, my greatest offering

With every breath I breathe, with every song I sing
I want to shout it out, Lord, I am listening
To every word You speak, I’ll go where You will lead
To love the least of these, my greatest offering, yeah

Offering, offering

The Sun Rises Once Again

Just as I said in yesterday’s post, The sun may set, but it always rises again!

The Eye Beyond

The Eye Beyond

Early Riser

Early Riser

Framed

Framed

Morning Glows

Morning Glows

Edged In Gold

Edged In Gold

Crossing The Lake

Crossing The Lake

Beam Afloat

Beam Afloat

The Eye In The Tree

The Eye In The Tree

The Four Geese

The Four Geese

In The Light

In The Light

Yet another peaceful sunrise before a busy morning at work, just a great way to start any day.

ATTENTION by KNOW HOW COLLECTIVE
You call me here from all the things I’m chasing, 
You bring me to this place to lie down 
You pull me from the wars I’ve been waging, 
And remind me there’s a table set for us 

Exhale, 
Shut my eyes and make me 
Slow down and be still 

Speak, 
You have my attention 
You have my attention 
You have my attention 
Speak, 
You have my attention 
You have my attention 
You have my attention 

You call us here so we could find our purpose 
You bring us here, one body, to find rest 
You pull us close to you, close together 
So close we hear your whisper, feel your breath 

Exhale, 
Shut our eyes and make us 
Slow down and be still 

Speak, 
You have our attention 
You have our attention 
You have our attention 
So speak, 
You have our attention 
You have our attention 
You have our attention 

More than I need, 
More than your love. 
More than I need, 
More than enough 
Are your words, oh God 
And all that I am, 
All that I have are your words 

You have my attention 
You have my attention 
You have my attention 
Lord 

So speak, 
You have my attention 
You have my attention 
You have my attention 
Lord

Community

On Sunday our little community here in the heart of Newark was torn apart by a gas explosion which although minor compared to the tragedy that has affected Oklahoma in the USA, has had far reaching effects in our local community.

Two people died in the explosion on Sunday afternoon, another is seriously ill in hospital, but families still remain homeless until their homes are made safe, if ever, some will be homeless for the foreseeable future.

Gas Explosion - Newark

Gas Explosion – Newark

This is when community does what it is supposed to do, it comes together to pull it’s resources, to help it’s own.  The small Church at the end of my street has become the hub of that community endeavour and Victoria has become the lynchpin of the process, she has taken one of the leading roles in coordinating the effort and I couldn’t be more proud of her, the only problem is, I don’t know how to tell her anymore, I want to tell her, but just can’t seem to find the right moment or the right time, but believe me, I am so proud of her.

The amazing thing is how things change at times like this;

Out of Tragedy Comes Community.

 But why do we have to wait for Tragedy, why can’t just have community pulling together all the time, what happened to our society when only tragedy brings us together, what happened to the old sense of community where our Grandparents stood together defiant during the War, why now do we seem to seek to always stand alone.

I will continue to pray for the families affected by the explosion here, just metres from my home and also for the thousands affected by the tornado in Oklahoma although thousands of miles from where I live, may the community there pull together like they have in this small area of my town has in the last few days.

BUILD US BACK by KNOW HOPE COLLECTIVE:
We’ve been crumbled, we’ve been crushed
City walls have turned to dust
Broken hands and blistered feet
We walk for miles to find relief

When the thief takes, when our hopes cave
You build us back
You build us back
When the earth shakes, when the world breaks
You build us back
You build us back

We are scared, we are poor
All our safety nets are torn
We’ve been humbled to our knees
From these ruins, we believe

Redeemer, redeem us
Restorer, restore us
Oh build us back
Though the mountains be shaken, the hills be removed
Your unfailing love remains
After all that’s been taken, Your promise, still sacred
You build us back with precious stones

SoberDay 270 – Christmas Eve

So here we are, I’ve made it to Christmas, 270 SoberDays, I can’t really believe where I am with all this at the moment. When I look back, as I have a lot over the last few months, through my Blog entries, the differences in who I am and who I was is beyond comprehension, quite simply unbelievable.

I can’t remember the last time I would have gone through a Christmas without a drink of some sort. Even as a young teen we always had beer in the house at Christmas for visitors, my Dad would allows us one every now and then or make a shandy and I guess I sneaked a few into my bedroom.

In recent years my Christmas Eve tradition would be to go into town and buy a decent bottle of sparkling Rose wine or two for Christmas dinner, when I was in town on Saturday it crossed my mind, just a memory not an urge, but today it was only as my pen dragged across the paper of my journal, that I realised I hadn’t even thought about that today.

So I guess that this is Festive Test No 2 – Passed, those old traditions have been left where they belong, in the past, life moves on, recovery moves on, I’m moving on.

Christmas Day will definitely be Festive Test No 3, maybe even 4, 5, 6 and so on, I don’t know until I face each one, but I will tick each one off as a pass, failure now is not an option. I am 270 days sober, Christmas Day will make it 271, Thursday will be 39 SoberWeeks, I say will because I am determined to continue, to make it through this next week and into the New Year, then there is no reason that I can’t make it through the rest of my life.

I have a lot if people to thank, firstly the love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus, then Gareth, James and everyone at Everyday Champions Church, together with all my new Blogging friends, without any of these people, I would have fallen long ago.

Redeemer, redeem us
Restorer, restore us
Oh build us back
Though the mountains be shaken, the hills be removed
Your unfailing love remains
After all that’s been taken, Your promise, still sacred
You build us back with precious stones
(Build Us Back by Know Hope Collective)

Thank you and Merry Christmas to you all.
Wayne