Saturday, August 22, 2009

Full Day, Full Heart...

Mom Smith, Davey, Barak, and I were at Child Evangelism Fellowship International Headquarters in Warrenton, MO today for a day long workshop in preparation for this year's Good News Clubs. Dad and Mom Smith have been doing clubs for the last three years, and I'm prayerfully planning to join the team this year. We'll see what the Lord works out about a work vehicle for Jonathan so I can take the van/kids to Club with me. :-) Anyway, it was a day full of learning, and very profitable.

As is usually the case, spending all day thinking on the gospel message gave me such a thankful heart. That the Creator of the universe would love me so much that He sent His only Son to take my place, to pay the price for my sin, is overwhelming. That He not only died, but rose again triumphant and is seated at the right hand of the Father - wow! What a joy to know that the price for my redemption from the sin that separated me from God and doomed me to an eternity without Him, has been paid for, and that because of His precious blood, I have eternal life!!

I have several friends, from two families, who are facing the possibility/likelihood of loosing their earthly fathers in the near future. With them on my heart, and my heart so full of thankfulness for my Saviour, these two precious hymns came to mind tonight...

O That Will Be Glory For Me
by Charles H. Gabriel

When all my labors and trials are o'er,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore,
Just to be near the Lord I adore,
Will thro' the ages be glory for me.

O that will be glory for me,
Glory for me, glory for me;
When by His grace I shall look on His face,
That will be glory, be glory for me.

When, by the gift of His infinite grace,
I am accorded in heaven a place,
Just to be there and to look on His face,
Will thro' the ages be glory for me.


Friends will be there I have loved long ago;
Joy like a river around me will flow;
Yet, just a smile from my Saviour, I know,
Will thro' the ages be glory for me.

and another favorite...

Nothing But the Blood
by Robert Lowry

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

and finally, a wonderful song shared on FB that was a blessing. I'd never heard it before...


Wayne and Genene said...

Thanks for sharing your heart and the songs.
We like the utube video.

Laurie said...

I taught a few Good News Clubs when Tab and Liv were young and Tab and Liv taught when they were older. What an opportunity to speak truth and share the gospel with children. It was a good time. One of the best lessons from those times is a reminder of something I already knew, but often forgot... No amount of my clear gospel presentation, telling stories as excitingly or factually as I can, turning the pages at the right time, singing the right songs, being convincing, saying the right prayer or putting it all together will ever lead a child to Christ... it is God Who calls and it is He Who saves!! Yes, I KNEW that, but I always thought or felt I had to do/say all the right things and that if I did, children would run into His arms! How freeing it is that it's His work and His irresistible grace through His Spirit that draws and saves! I'm just a conduit... (Oh dear, I'm rambling on again!) Blessings as you share His gospel! (John 6:36-40, 65; 1 Cor. 1:18-2:16; 2 Thess. 2: 13,14; 1 Peter 1: 1-5)
What a great rendition of "Good to me"!

Laurel said...

I treasure your "ramblings" and always look foward to reading them. Thanks esp. for the list of passages. I'm going to go savor them now. :-)