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You don’t give Your heart in pieces

You don’t give Your heart in pieces

There are songs that we simply like to sing because of pretty or relatable words, others that are so catchy they get stuck in our heads for days on end, and then there are songs that change who we are and redefine the world as we know it. “Pieces” by Steffany Gretzinger and Amanda Cook of Bethel Church is very much the latter.

And we are changed, not because of the melody or clever lyrics, but because we’ve been apprehended by His unmatchable Love.

This song reminds us, there’s no doubt… He never withholds a single thing from us because He only knows how to love with all of His heart, soul, mind and strength. He wants to heal His broken and tattered Bride and make each of us — the objects of His deepest affections — whole again.

I see His hands gathering pieces of hearts
And putting them back together

He knows what breaks our hearts
Where to find all the pieces
He knows what broke your heart
He knows just where to find all the pieces

When we are aware of our brokenness we are right where we need to be.

It is then that we live desperately aware of our need for Christ.

This is a really hard way to live in America. Most of us don’t wonder where our next meal will come from, if the water from our faucets will make us sick or if the roof will stay on our home during the next rainstorm. We are more concerned with if our Starbucks is hot enough, our cars (multiple) are clean enough and if we should use buy regular or organic milk at the grocery store. But when we can get our eyes fixed on heavenly things, divine appointments and God’s purpose/plan for our lives, it shines a light on the things that keep us stuck here on earth. It is then that we can see that He’s putting our broken pieces back together again.

He redeems all things for His good. So, get ready… He’s coming for all of us! No more pieces.

“Pieces” by Steffany Gretzinger
Bethel Music

Unreserved, unrestrained
Your love is wild
Your love is wild for me
It isn’t shy, it’s unashamed
Your love is proud
To be seen with me
To be seen with me

You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

Uncontrolled, uncontained
Your love is a fire
Burning bright for me
It’s not a spark
It’s not just a flame
Your love is a light
And all the world will see
All the world will see

You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

Your love’s not fractured
It’s not a troubled mind
It isn’t anxious
It’s not the restless kind
Your love’s not passive
It’s never disengaged
It’s always present
It hangs on every word we say
Love keeps its promises
It keep its word
It honors what’s sacred
‘Cause its vows are good
Your love’s not broken
It’s not insecure
Your love’s not selfish
Your love is pure

You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

Chasing after the heart of God

Chase Study2

DC METRO AREA LADIES: whether you go to DC Metro Church, another church in the area, or you’re just at a place in your life where you’re wanting “more” but you have no idea what that “more” is or how to get it — I want to invite you to join me these next 6 weeks.

I’m leading a group with the amazing Kiki called Chasing After the Heart of God. Here’s the premise:

We’re all chasing after something that we think will make us happy — comfort, success, a bigger house, or someone’s approval. But if we are all honest, it feels like trying to catch the wind.

God has carved out a space in each of us that only He can fill. God is invisible, and yet He is the only thing we can chase that won’t leave us feeling more empty.

Our study of “Chase” by Jennie Allen will look at David’s life as it weaves throughout the pages of Scripture to reveal that David was a man who spent his life chasing after God. Through David’s example we’ll discover what God really wants from us.

So whether you have a relationship with God and are ready to take it to the next level, or you can’t even fathom what a relationship with God looks like but you’re tired of sitting asking yourself what’s the point of… everything — join us for a life-changing, friendship-building, amazing 6 weeks!

You can sign-up here https://dcmcva.infellowship.com/Group/Show/1841424 or check out other available groups using the “Find A Group” tab at the top of the page.

Six hours, one Friday

Six hours, one Friday. Mundane to the casual observer. A shepherd with his sheep, a housewife with her thoughts, a doctor with his patients. But to a handful of awestruck witnesses, the most maddening of miracles is occurring. God is on a cross. The creator of the universe is being executed.

It is no normal six hours. It is no normal Friday. Far worse than the breaking of his body is the shredding of his heart. And now his own father is beginning to turn his back on him, leaving him alone. What do you do with that day in history? What do you do with its claims? They were the most critical hours in history.

Nails didn’t hold God to a cross. Love did. The sinless One took on the face of a sinner so that we sinners could take on the face of a saint!

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

from Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado

Jesus’ one-on-one with my heart

Tonight I was driving home from my book club (love my GPBC gals!) and Jesus just decided it was time to have a one-on-one with my heart. I was listening to Laura Story’s song Blessings and boy did it speak volumes to me.

As per the usual, when Jesus is speaking that loudly and that directly — I’m was in tears. But it was the good kind of tears. The cleansing kind. The fortifying kind.

Lately I’ve been dealing with a lot. I feel like I’m always dealing with a lot, and more often than not I’m convinced my lot in life is so much harder than those around me. And maybe in some ways it is. But geez, am not extraordinarily blessed? How much good is in my life despite the trials? SO much I tell you. But oh how I forget.

But tonight Jesus reminded me –

what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know Your near?

Is that why I’m not sleeping God? Is it because I so easily forget what’s really important. I so easily rely on the things of this world when I really ought to be relying on you because I’m so quick to forget You are here for me? Always.

What if trials of this night, are Your mercies in disguise?
How often that has been that case… It’s not a lie when I say I’ve always felt like on the other side of my hard times comes great things. That almost tit-for-tat I can run through the bad things and find the good that comes on the other side. That doesn’t make going through the bad any easier. Any less painful.

Below is the song Jesus found a way into my heart tonight through. You don’t need to be a Christian to listen to it. So I ask of you — please take a moment to listen. Maybe Jesus is looking for a way to speak to your heart tonight too. xxoo.

If nothing else, skip to the very bottom for something else.

And for those who’d like to see the lyrics:

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace.
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep.
We pray for healing, prosperity.
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering.

All the while, You hear each spoken need.
Your love is too way too much to give us lesser things.

Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?
What if your healing comes through tears?
What ifa thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if trials of this night, are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear.
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near.
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love.
As if every promise from Your word is not enough.

All, the while, You hear each desperate plea.
And long that we’d have faith to believe.

Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?
What if your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if trials of this night, are Your mercies in disguise?

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win;
We know that pain reminds this heart, that this is not, this is not our home.
It’s not our home.

Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?
What if your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if my greatest disappointments, or the aching of this life;
Is a revealing of greater thirst that a world can’t satisfy?

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All of this said — if you’re in the DC metro area this holiday season and you don’t have a church home… you’ve not found your place in this world and you’re desperate for something better…. you can’t even fathom who God is, and it seems like the most unrealistic thing in the world to think that there’s a God who would give his son Christ Jesus to die on a cross for YOU — for your sins… then please accept my humble invitation to come to church with me. I belong to a great church family at DC Metro Church. I know it’s not the place for everyone, but the people and the experience is amazing.

You don’t need to be a believer. You don’t even need to think you have a chance of ever believing. You just need a pause in your heart to be willing to give something a try because you’re so ready for something better.  I promise you, if you’re going through a bunch of crappy things right now (like me) — there’s something better to come. Even if you don’t believe there’s a God out there who can help make things better.

I may just be talking to myself right now, but know this is a personal invitation to YOU. I feel so compelled to write this right now, that I know it’s for YOU even if you’re still not sure.

Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

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