The Beauty of a Christly Family
Why do we hide our pain?
Did Job suffer silently?
Could it be we think our suffering means our faith is in vain?
Could we think that crying out means we don’t believe fervently?
Perhaps others suffer more greatly,
but that doesn’t make our pain any less.
If we bear our pain in a manner more stately,
does it honestly reduce our distress?
Even Christ asked his disciples to watch with Him when His betrayal drew near.
So why do resist sharing our fears with our brothers?
Could it be that what holds us back is fear,
fear that might lessen our perception from others?
Believers, suffering doesn’t have to be yours alone to bear.
The beauty of a Christly family, is that, even in suffering, we can share.
Suffering Doesn’t Mean Forsaken
We may suffer, but we are not forgotten.
Indeed, we were promised suffering would come.
Even if we lose all we’ve gotten,
It does not mean God’s heart has grown numb.
This doesn’t mean pain isn’t real.
It doesn’t mean we won’t wonder why.
Every living loved one will feel,
agony when the ones they love die.
It’s okay to pray for wisdom.
It’s okay to pray for pain to end.
It’s okay to seek freedom.
It’s okay to share your pain with a friend.
It’s not a sin to pray to God when you suffer;
It’s a sign that you trust Him more than any other.
He Is With You
Fear not, for He is with you.
He is greater than the one who is in the world.
No matter what man may do,
God’s Son has overcome the world.
He delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians.
He delivered David from the hands of Saul.
When one man sought to persecute Christians,
God changed that man’s heart, and thus was born the Apostle Paul.
What man does for evil; He does for good.
No suffering compares with the glory in the life to come.
Trust in His will, and do as you should,
for by this, God’s will is done.
Take heart; fear not; He is with you.
Find comfort in His grace, for there is nothing He can’t do.
Grant me wisdom, LORD, help me start my children off the way they should go.
Keep them on the path, even when they’re old.
I yearn to see them learn and grow.
Their learning is such a blessing to behold.
You are my fortress;
grant my sons shelter.
Don’t let me lead them to distress,
lest they turn from you in anger.
Change me, and make me an example,
one they can follow that pleases you.
Let my patience and love be ample,
so my teaching and instruction are true.
My son’s are a blessing I cherish;
let me lead them to You until the day I perish.
I’m a fool.
I count the minutes of the day and think them mine.
I know the world is yours to rule,
but my hardened heart covets time.
I serve, but my desire to do what I wish steals my true happiness.
Set me free.
I’m chained by my own selfishness.
Make me yours.
Grant me a heart that savors the tasks you give me.
I praise your name, and my heart soars,
but I’m not as willing to serve as I ought to be.
My heart is wrong, and only you can change it;
Help me grow, lest my desire to please you become forfeit.
Our Lord never fails to provide.
He always gives us what we need.
Our Lord is always on our side.
He always hears those who pray and plead.
Our Lord knows all our necessities better than we do.
He knows what we must have isn’t the same as what we desire.
Our Lord is always faithful and true.
Just because He denies us doesn’t make Him a liar.
Our Lord formed the earth and carefully placed every river and tree.
He formed our bodies into intricate machines.
So trust in God, who brought all to be,
for He alone truly understands your means.
Do not feel abandoned if God denies your request.
Instead trust in Him because in Him, you are blessed.
Though I Am Unfaithful
I sin, oh LORD, when I forget You.
I abandon You and let You slip from my mind.
I cry out to You, knowing You are always true,
but I forget my promises to You time after time.
I have sinned against my God, who is faithful!
My heart is grieved that I could forget You so.
Have mercy, LORD, and do not be wrathful.
In Your mercy help me to change and grow.
My heart trembles to think I have wronged You,
so I call upon your grace and forgiveness.
You are a loving God, and I see that in all You do.
You hold me and teach me even through my unfaithfulness.
Change me, Lord, so I might serve you more faithfully.
Change me, Lords, so I might serve you more cheerfully.