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Verse of the Day – Romans 5:3-4

Romans 5:3-4

Romans 5:3-4

What a difference a week makes, this time a week ago I was in a real place of despair, it felt like all hope was lost, each day since has been a trial and many tears have been shed, but in persevering each day I feel hope for the future return, my soul is finding peace once again.

THE HOPE THAT LIES IN YOU by THE GLORIOUS UNSEEN
We can hear the sound of all creation sing
A song to heal the earth, a song to spark a dream
Where are you optimists? We need your strength in this
There’s a stirring in your soul that cannot be controlled
This is the hope that lies in You

We can hear the sound of all the earth rejoice
With angels all around lifting up their voice
Where are you hopeful ones? Have we come undone?
There’s a stirring in your soul that cannot be controlled
This is the hope that lies in You
This is the hope that lies in You

And through all the questioning You’ve been the hope in me
Despite uncertainty You’ve been the only constant thing
And when I’m struggling You keep on loving me the same
This is the hope that lies in You

Hallelujah, hallelujah
(This is the hope that lies in You)

Hallelujah, hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
(Come down, we need Your hope to come down)
(We need Your grace to pour out)
(We need Your love to shine down)

Hallelujah, hallelujah
(Come down, we need Your hope to come down)
(We need Your grace to pour out)

Hallelujah, hallelujah
(Come down, we need Your hope to come down)
(We need Your grace to pour out)
(We need the face of God now)
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Well That Was All A Bit Of A Mess

I can safely say that following the excitement and celebrations of Christmas Eve and the mile stone of passing the 1000 days sober mark, it all went a little pear shaped from that point onwards, it wasn’t a Christmas particularly worth remembering.

About a week before Christmas I started with a cold and cough that had been going around my work.  I had had a few days of work, as I had holiday days to use up, only to go back with the early signs of a cold to find that everyone seemed to have it in my absence.  Over the next few days the cough got worse, until on Christmas Eve I felt pretty rough, but put it aside to concentrate on celebrations.

Yet as Christmas Eve ticked over at midnight into Christmas Day, I found impossible to get to sleep, the cough was getting worse and I just couldn’t sleep for any period of time, at the most I got about an hour and half sleep, but about 45 minutes was the longest I remember sleeping for.

I just laid there with the TV on, there was nothing I could do.  By the time the kids and Victoria got up to open presents I was feeling really bad, I was aching, shivering and more than a little unsteady, so I went back to bed, I got up I few times to watch them, but each time just lasting a couple of minutes until I went back to bed.  So Christmas Day I just spent there in bed, sleeping at odd times and just laying there coughing at others.  My Mum and Dad dropped off a couple of plated Christmas Dinners, I did manage to eat one, that was the only thing I ate that day.

Boxing Day followed pretty much the same pattern, indeed the next few days did, I couldn’t sleep because of the cough and had very little appetite.  Come Saturday and Sunday the cough was that bad that each time I brought up any mucus it contained blood.  Also due to the excess coughing, it was making my ears and my eyes ache.  The fever had gone, other than the cough I felt okay, it was just the cough was almost none stop, it was getting me down.

Come Monday I felt well enough in myself to go back to work, with the mindset if it got any worse I would make an appointment with the Doctor’s.  The cough was a little inconvenient and the fact I could barely speak, but as it wasn’t busy at work, I didn’t feel that bad.  When I got home the I was shattered, obviously over the last few days I had napped during the day to make up for lack of sleep at night, I couldn’t do that at work.

Over Monday night and Tuesday morning though, the pressure on my eyes finally told, when I woke in the night, my right eye had been watering that badly the sleep had stuck the lids together, the eye was badly bloodshot and swollen too.  I went into work again and made an appointment for the Doctor’s that morning.  It turns out I’ve had some sort of virus, they gave my antibiotics to help fight any infection causing the ear ache etc and also eye drops for my eyes.

So now although I feel okay, unless I go into a coughing fit that feels like my head and chest is going to explode.  My eye is slowly going back to normal, it is still a little red, but not anywhere near like the other morning.

I have kept my Verse of the Day posts going over the last week (although I won’t be continuing with that feature over this next year, I have other plans), but I haven’t posted about my illness, partly because I haven’t had the inclination to spend much time on the computer and partly because I didn’t want to sound as though I was after sympathy.  After all my Uncle is laid in his hospital bed, in a lot of pain, with part of his lung removed and three ribs that were also infected with cancer, whilst he is fighting that, what right do I have to complain!

So even then when I put together my verses, although I think initially I was thinking verses for myself, I felt prompted to look for verse of hope for everyone, regardless of where we are and what we are going through.

Still given where I was last year when I was getting grips with my anti-depressant medication, I still think that this is a better ending to the year than last year and a better ending than any of the years where I was losing myself.

THE HOPE THAT LIES IN YOU by THE GLORIOUS UNSEEN
We can hear the sound of all creation sing
A song to heal the earth, a song to spark a dream
Where are you optimists? We need your strength in this
There’s a stirring in your soul that cannot be controlled
This is the hope that lies in You

We can hear the sound of all the earth rejoice
With angels all around lifting up their voice
Where are you hopeful ones? Have we come undone?
There’s a stirring in your soul that cannot be controlled
This is the hope that lies in You
This is the hope that lies in You

And through all the questioning You’ve been the hope in me
Despite uncertainty You’ve been the only constant thing
And when I’m struggling You keep on loving me the same
This is the hope that lies in You

Hallelujah, hallelujah
(This is the hope that lies in You)
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
(Come down, we need Your hope to come down)
(We need Your grace to pour out)
(We need Your love to shine down)

Hallelujah, hallelujah
(Come down, we need Your hope to come down)
(We need Your grace to pour out)

Hallelujah, hallelujah
(Come down, we need Your hope to come down)
(We need Your grace to pour out)
(We need the face of God now)
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Please Continue To Pray For My Uncle’s Fight With Cancer

A few nights ago I asked for prayer for my Uncle Andy, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer and I thank all those who have prayed for him.  I understand that next Monday he faces surgery to removed part of his lung, which the Doctor’s hope will be sufficient to eradicate the cancer, I’m sure my family would appreciate your continued prayer.

My Dad has told me that he was actually scheduled to face heart surgery on a defective heart valve, as he like my Dad and his other brother and sister have a history of heart related problems, indeed I was myself diagnosed at 26 with a heart strain and chronic high blood pressure which they found no obvious reason for, it seems as though heart problems run right through our family.

As part of the pre-operation tests they performed a scan on my Uncle and only then found the cancer in his lungs, so now instead of the heart operation he faces an operation to remove part of his lung just three days before Christmas.

I pray for a successful operation which will fully eradicate the cancer and for his speedy recovery.  I thank you all that have prayed and for your continued prayer.

THE HOPE THAT LIES IN YOU by THE GLORIOUS UNSEEN
We can hear the sound of all creation sing
A song to heal the earth, a song to spark a dream
Where are you optimists? We need your strength in this
There’s a stirring in your soul that cannot be controlled
This is the hope that lies in You

We can hear the sound of all the earth rejoice
With angels all around lifting up their voice
Where are you hopeful ones? Have we come undone?
There’s a stirring in your soul that cannot be controlled
This is the hope that lies in You
This is the hope that lies in You

And through all the questioning You’ve been the hope in me
Despite uncertainty You’ve been the only constant thing
And when I’m struggling You keep on loving me the same
This is the hope that lies in You

Hallelujah, hallelujah
(This is the hope that lies in You)
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
(Come down, we need Your hope to come down)
(We need Your grace to pour out)
(We need Your love to shine down)

Hallelujah, hallelujah
(Come down, we need Your hope to come down)
(We need Your grace to pour out)

Hallelujah, hallelujah
(Come down, we need Your hope to come down)
(We need Your grace to pour out)
(We need the face of God now)
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Verse of the Day – Job 11-18

Job 11:18

Job 11:18

Just a reminder, whatever lies ahead, have hope.

THE HOPE THAT LIES IN YOU by THE GLORIOUS UNSEEN
We can hear the sound of all creation sing
A song to heal the earth
A song to spark a dream.

Where are you optimists?
We need your strength in this.
There’s a stirring in your soul that cannot be controlled.
This is the hope that lies in you.
We can hear the sound of all the earth rejoice
With angels all around – lifting up their voice.

Where are you hopeful ones?
Have we come undone?
There’s a stirring in your soul that cannot be controlled.
This is the hope that lies in you.

Through all the questioning, you’ve been the hope in me.
Despite uncertainty, you’ve been the only constant thing.
When I’m struggling, you keep on loving me the same.
This is the hope that lies in you.

Come Down – we need your hope to come down.
We need your grace to pour out.
We need your love to shine down.
We need the face of God now.

The Hope That Lies In You – A Sound In The Darkness

Last Saturday evening I posted about the song Accidents Can Happen and it’s place in my life just prior to slipping into a darkness that would last a couple of years, until I had nowhere left to turn except to God.  Again I post about a song that featured in my bleak world, that I don’t really know how it fitted in, why I held onto it, but didn’t understand it, it’s message was clear or it is now anyway, but despite listening to it dozens of times in those lost years, I never grasped that hope, not until that whisper.

When I look back I see that I added this song to my iPod in June 2010, right in the middle of the turmoil, not before, but right in the heart of it.  At that time I was into Christian rock music and contemporary Christian music, but at that time I stayed away from anything that I would now consider worship music, inspirational music yes, but anything that openly worshipped God or Jesus I would maybe add to my iPod, but not to my regular playlist, a few made it through, mainly by artists like Casting Crowns, Third Day and Tenth Avenue North, etc, but not many, I have rediscovered many since embracing God, looking back I’ve found many songs on there which I had previously dismissed, songs of both inspiration and worship.

But this song made it to my favourites playlist and it actually became one of the songs that I would just listen to, not wait for it to come around as part of a random shuffle, I would actually search for it, play it and even sing along to it.  I obviously heard the music and the words, I would sing it, but I still found myself lacking any hope.

It is quite simply a beautiful song with a fantastic message, a message that this week is more relevant than ever.  This week has seen our own small town have it’s community rattled by an explosion, seen parts of Oklahoma reduced to rubble by a tornado and then in Woolwich, London, a young soldier brutally murdered in broad daylight, quite simply this is what we need right now:

We need your hope to come down
We need your grace to pour out
We need your love to shine down
We need the face of God now

I don’t know why, but I loved this song when I first heard it, I loved it in my darkness, maybe subconsciously I was holding on to the hope the lyrics talked about, but I didn’t feel the hope, I sang the words, but didn’t believe, but I love the song now as much as I ever have.

I’ve wanted to use the song a few times before, but again I couldn’t find a youtube video, so with a little time this afternoon to relax, I thought I would put one together for it, as I thought it was time to share the sentiments, I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do.

THE HOPE THAT LIES IN YOU by THE GLORIOUS UNSEEN
We can hear the sound of all creation sing
A song to heal the earth
A song to spark a dream
Where are you optimists?
We need your strength in this
There’s a stirring in your soul
That cannot be controlled
This is the hope that lies in you

We can hear the sound of all the earth rejoice
With angels all around
Lifting up their voice
Where are you hopeful ones?
Have we come undone?
There’s a stirring in your soul
That cannot be controlled
This is the hope that lies in you

Through all the questioning
You’ve been the hope in me
Despite uncertainty
You’ve been the only constant thing
When I’m struggling
You keep on loving me the same
This is the hope that lies in you

Come Down
We need your hope to come down
We need your grace to pour out
We need your love to shine down
We need the face of God now