To the cross I cling

No day of my life has passed that has not
Proved me guilty in your sight
The best I have to offer are these filthy rags
And yet you love me

All things in me call for my rejection
All things in You plead my acceptance

I am guilty but pardoned, by grace I’ve been set free
I am ransomed through the blood you shed for me
I was dead in my transgressions, but life you brought to me
I am reconciled through mercy
To the cross I cling

No more am I a slave to sin
But bought with a price
Redemption that was purchased through the blessed cross
that You bore for me

-“To the Cross I Cling,” The Village Church

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Renaissance Church: Will you pray for us?

Here is the video that was just completed which documented our friends, Rob and Lauren, as they moved to plant a church in Pittsburgh, PA.

We joined the Maines, along with 2 other couples that we are close with, to scheme and pray forward this church plant for the past year. Since January we have been seriously considering moving with them, instead of just being financial supporters and praying from afar.

Please pray for us as we consider this option for our lives. We both feel a call, but saying “yes” means great sacrifice. It means not moving home to be near my parents and it means not raising our children alongside our longtime friends and church family at the Oaks. It means committing many years and laying down roots there.

Also, will you pray for our friends? Rob and Lauren and the Binkowski family have recently moved, and many have joined their core team already! Praise God! They hope to begin launch services in the Fall. Pray that their team grows, that the Holy Spirit would give them influence in the city, and that they would receive the financial funding they need.

casting cares on the lord: psalm 55:22

After reading Steph’s post today, I wanted to share with her (and whoever else is out there) a verse I have been memorizing this week for Women’s School. And thanks to Seeds Family Worship, I have been singing these words of truth all over the place:

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved.”

I have a lot of fears and worries right now, specifically revolving around my recent miscarriage and the hope having another child. Sometimes I don’t even know how to, or if I can, cast all of my fears on the Lord. It has been such a relief knowing that Jesus has sent me His Holy Spirit for help in that area! This verse reminds me that whatever happens to me or to my children, the Lord will sustain my faith in Him and care for us. While He may let trials come, He will never let anything move us from His presence and sovereign protection, in heaven or on Earth. Amen!

Shelter

About a year and a half ago, I found myself in a season where I fell asleep to this song on repeat every night. Recently, after my miscarriage, I have been going back to this song by Sandra McCracken and it’s beautiful lyrics as a source of comfort. In the midst of suffering and questions about God’s sovereign, loving care for me, I know that I can find shelter in Him.

In the arms of a good Father
You can go to the deep water
Where the questions, we have left unspoken
Come out in the open
We will find shelter here

So I lay down, what I cannot hold in my hands
Every sorrow and hope spinning out of control
And here I find sweet resolution comes in letting go
And we will find shelter here

When I look back I can see,
And when I am old I’ll remember these things
Like a mountain of stone
And the longing that makes me believe…

There is a tree by the blue river
Where the shade stretches wide over
In this breaking we are hand and glove
Come with me my love
We will find shelter here
We will find shelter here…

this one is on repeat this month.

Happy Fall! Driving along streets with multi-colored leaves and windows down with a jacket and listening to Joe Purdy are some of my favorite things. Here is my favorite song to drive to of all time and it’s perfect for the next few fall months. Put it on your next mixed cd and enjoy….and if you get to listen to it as you drive to and from Oxford, you are the blessed ones.