Category Archives: Lover of My Soul

He’s Alive!

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Believe It!!

And Base Your Whole Life Around That Truth!

(We did a human video drama of this song for Fine Arts Competition several years ago…)

So Powerful!!

John 19:35

“The man who saw it

has given testimony,

and his testimony is true.

He knows that he tells the truth,

and he testifies so that you also may believe.”

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The gates and doors were barred
And all the windows fastened down
I spent the night in sleeplessness
And rose at every sound
Half in hopeless sorrow
And half in fear the day
Would find the soldiers breakin’ through
To drag us all away

And just before the sunrise
I heard something at the wall
The gate began to rattle
And a voice began to call
I hurried to the window
Looked down into the street
Expecting swords and torches
And the sound of soldiers’ feet

But there was no one there but Mary
So I went down to let her in
John stood there beside me
As she told me where she’d been
She said they might have moved Him in the night
And none of us knows where
The stone’s been rolled away
And now His body isn’t there

We both ran toward the garden
Then John ran on ahead
We found the stone and empty tomb
Just the way that Mary said
But the winding sheet they wrapped Him in
Was just an empty shell
And how or where they’d taken Him
Was more than I could tell

Oh, something strange had happened there
Just what I did not know
John believed a miracle
But I just turned to go
Circumstance and speculation
Couldn’t lift me very high
‘Cause I’d seen them crucify Him
Then I saw Him die

Back inside the house again
The guilt and anguish came
Everything I’d promised Him
Just added to my shame
When at last it came to choices
I denied I knew His Name
And even if He was Alive
It wouldn’t be the same

But, suddenly the air was filled
With a strange and sweet perfume
Light that came from everywhere
Drove the shadows from the room
And Jesus stood before me
With His arms held open wide
And I fell down on my knees
And I just clung to Him and cried

Then He raised me to my feet
And as I looked into His eyes
The love was shining out from Him
Like sunlight from the skies
Guilt in my confusion
Disappeared in sweet release
And every fear I’d ever had
Just melted into peace

He’s Alive!  Yes, He’s Alive!
Yes, He’s Alive, and I’m forgiven
Heaven’s gates are open wide
He’s Alive!  Yes, He’s Alive!
Oh ,He’s Alive, and I’m forgiven
Heaven’s gates are open wide
He’s Alive!  Yes, He’s Alive!
Hallelujah!!  He’s Alive!
He’s Alive, and I’m forgiven
Heaven’s gates are open wide
He’s Alive!  He’s Alive!  He’s Alive!
I believe it!!  He’s Alive!
Sweet Jesus!!

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John 20:19

“On the evening of that first day of the week,

when the disciples were together,

with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders,

Jesus came

and stood among them and said,

‘Peace be with you!’

After He said this,

He showed them His hands and side.

The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.”

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Acts 1:8-11

“But you will receive power

when the Holy Spirit comes on you;

and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem,

and in all Judea and Samaria,

and to the ends of the earth.

After He said this,

He was taken up before their very eyes,

and a cloud hid Him from their sight.

They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going,

when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.

‘Men of Galilee,’

they said,

‘why do you stand here looking into the sky?

This same Jesus,

who has been taken from you into Heaven,

will come back

in the same way you have seen Him go into Heaven.’”

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Acts 2:33

“Exalted to the right hand of God,

He has received from the Father

the promised Holy Spirit

and has poured out

what you now see and hear.”

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Revelation 1:18

“I am the Living One;

I was dead,

and now look,

I am alive for ever and ever!

And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

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He’s Our Risen Savior!

Allow Jesus To Be Alive In Your Life!!

Amen!

It’s Simple! Just Call His Name!!

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Jesus!!  Jesus!!  Jesus!!

Can’t Breathe???

Don’t feel loved???

You belong…

In His arms!!

Feel alone?

No one cares?

 Just want to get away ?

CALL HIS NAME!!

JESUS!

Your hope has died?

He’ll give your heart all it could ever want!!

And so much more!

Call His Name!

Say it now!

Whisper it!

Or say it loud!

Never doubt!

The love He has for you is so alive!!!

Just Call His Name!!

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Philippians 2:9

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place  

and gave him the name that is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.”

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Colossians 3:17

“And whatever you do,

whether in word or deed,

do it all in the Name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

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Acts 2:21

“And everyone who calls  

on the name of the Lord will be saved.

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God grant our requests…

We come You…

In the Name of Your Son…

In the Name of Jesus!

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Amen!!

Beautiful Mess We Are!!

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God loves a lullaby
In a mother’s tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

God loves the drunkard’s cry
The soldier’s plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

The woman holding on for life
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

The tears of shame for what’s been done
The silence when the words won’t come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

Better than a church bell ringing
Better than a choir singing out, singing out

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

(Better than a Hallelujah sometimes)
Better than a Hallelujah
(Better than a Hallelujah sometimes)

Amen!!

Can You See A Change In Me???

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Oh, Yeah!!

I’ve been Reborn!!

If you see a change in me…

Don’t wonder…

There’s Someone in my life…

A Peace I can’t describe…

 I’ve been Reborn!

I’ve found a whole New Life

And Hope that I can’t hide!!

 Have you ever felt…

A longing

A searching in your soul…

For something more?

But, you don’t know what for…

There’s One who will reach across the distance…

From Heaven to the earth…

Because He loves you…

He loves you!!

A Peace I can’t describe… 

Have you ever felt that something’s missing

Within your soul?

You want something more..

But, you don’t know what for…

There is only One you need

But, you’ve got to Believe

That He loves you!

Enough to give His life!!

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Oh Yeah!!
It’s time for a change!!
Go ahead!
He loves you!!!
 Be Reborn!

Lord, It’s Always Been About You!!!!

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Revelation 1:8

“I Am the Alpha and the Omega,”

says the Lord God,

“who is,

and who was,

and who is to come,

the Almighty.”

John 1:1-3

“In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

Through Him all things were made;

without Him nothing was made

that has been made.”

Song lyrics:

Out Here, The Greatest Love Is Bold…

Out Here, The Greyest Skies Are Gold…

Out Here, It’s All Laid On The Line…

Out Here, You’re Always On My Mind…

And It’s Always Been About Love…

It’s Always Been About Grace…

It’s Always Been About Hope

And It’s Always Been About Faith

It’s Always Been About Peace…

It’s Always Been About Truth…

Oh, Everything That’s Ever Been Before

It’s Always Been About You…

Out Here, We’re Running With The Light

Out Here, We’re Breaking Up The Night…

Out Here, The Lost Are Coming Home…

‘Cause Out Here…

No One Goes Alone…

And It’s Always Been About Love

It’s Always Been About Grace…

It’s Always Been About Hope…

And It’s Always Been About Faith…

It’s Always Been About Peace

It’s Always Been About Truth…

Oh, And Everything That’s Ever Been Before

It’s Always Been About You!

We Will Run For You!

Always Been About You!

We Will Go For You!

Always Been About You!

We Will Fight For You!

We Will Run!

We Will Go!

Oh, We Will Fight!

Oh, With Everything!

It’s Always Been About You!!!

Psalm 90:2

“Before the mountains were born  

or You brought forth the whole world,  

from everlasting to everlasting

You are God.”

Lord…

In my life…

It still is…

All About You!!!

Amen!

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Nicaragua

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Our friends from church,

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Mike and Janene Harper and their family (Brittany, Bethany, and Nataley)

are in Nicaragua working with

YWAM (Youth With A Mission)

http://www.ywam.org/

for about 10 days.

Many in our church family have helped sponsor and support them

on their last couple of trips.

Our Pastor shared last Sunday

about being the “Salt & Light” of the World…

Now they’re sharing the Light of Christ in Nicaragua.

He asked for prayer for them and the team that is there,

along with the country they’re serving…

Prayer for their safety,

for the people there who do not know Jesus,

and that lives will be forever changed!

Here’s the latest update from the Harper’s

and it’s truly amazing to read.

“Boy, are we beat!

 

We spent yesterday in the town of Masatepe learning the town.

 

We began prayer-walks all over the city that we’ll distribute Bibles in.

 

They’re hard covered whole Bibles,

 

and the people are so excited we’re coming.

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The churches were asked to respond, if they wanted to help.

 

Over 35 churches and 180 people responded! 

 

Amazing!

 

Today our 4 teams of 12 will start distribution.

 

My team will be at the construction site

 

and at the YWAM base, building a home,

 

 and working on updating the base.

 

This town is Dirambe. 

 

It’s a very poor area,

 

where the base started its vision in 1996

 

of getting a Bible into the hands of every Nicaraguan family by 2020.

 

This first city reached, has seen dramatic changes in crime and violence.

 

They have become a city with Hope!

 

 They love Jesus!

 

And now reach other cities!

 

I can’t wait to visit this city again.

 

Kelly, the director, should be there today.

 

 He has been a missionary in Nicaragua

 

through YWAM for a long time.

 

We’ve worked with him before,

 

so it’s nice to know a face there.

 

The YWAM school we are considering is his school.

 

It’s a bilingual school.

 

 My husband, Mike, preached last night

 

for about half an hour

 

on the importance of relationship with Christ,

 

and allowing that overflow to pour out to others.

 

The Nicas “Amend-ed” and agreed! 

 

He had a translator, who is our team leader.

 

She’s from Spain.

 

Her name is Gail.

 

They worked great together.

 

The church was an Assembly of God.

 

It was a whopping 1 1/2 hour worship time.

 

Wow! 

 

We sang,

 

‘Open The Eyes Of My Heart, Lord’

 

in English and Spanish

 

Wow! 

 

How it pleases God’s heart to hear our worship!!

 We’re all still well, so far.

We’ve eaten many foods and styles of foods.

It was hard on the tummy at first,

but it’s getting better.

We’ve had an amazing several days.

God’s given the girls great boldness in witnessing.

We’ve been distributing Bibles with churches.

My team has 2 precious Nica ladies.

They helped me lead a family

to Jesus, who

they had never even heard of.

I got to tell them the whole story.

They cried,

and were excited to give their lives to Christ.

When we left,

we saw them reading the Bible already.

Amazing!

Their names were taken down by the local church,

who saw many families already added to their numbers.

The church had new people show up for the Wednesday service to hear more.

The Pastor could not stop thanking us,

and the people in America who sent us.

It put feet to the ministry God started for him.

Some locals and our team ministered at the dump with about 100 children.

I met Eduardo (an 8-year-old boy) there,

and again God allowed my heart to break.

Oh, my heart!

We fed them and played with them.

It was such a day!

I so could have packed him up and kept him.

I could have kept all of them!

Today was distribution and school ministry.

The Principal allowed us to minister to 250-300 kids.

This was a public school!

It was unheard of before.

We went from class to class with the Gospel.

Only God allowed such favor!

We talked to the children about how the world labels us,

and how Jesus cuts those labels off,

and calls us His children!

Each of us spoke.

Brittany gave the Gospel to high schoolers.

What boldness!

Please keep praying.

When I felt very low and overtired,

I prayed,

and God revealed to me

that there are so many lifting us to the Father

right at that moment!

I so needed that.

Thank you for agreeing to do that for us.

We love you

and thank you all for believing in this mission.

Live from Nicaragua (Tuesday PM)

“Today was a very long day for us,

but we saw God do great things.

We had the privilege of teaming up with several local churches

to hand out Bibles door to door.

We told many people the Gospel,

encouraged them to read their shiny, new Bibles,

and laid hands on the sick.

Many gave their lives to God!

In spite of our poor attempts at the Spanish language,

God still used us to do great things!

Later in the day, 

we went to one of the city dumps,

where many families live by digging through the garbage for their food and belongings.

One person said it well, 

‘It was hard for us to take, but it was well received by them.’ 

We fed them,

demonstrated God’s love for them,

and made them feel important.

Here, many consider them ‘garbage.’ 

Yesterday, we helped build a house for a needy family,

did some much needed painting at the YWAM base here in Nicaragua,

and did street ministry.

We are definitely not sitting around wasting time

and, as you can see, neither is God!! 

He is answering your prayers,

working in our hearts

and moving in Nicaragua! 

He is a great God to say the least!!

Love, Janene and familia”

 

Please pray for our friends…

For the children and people of Nicaragua…

That Jesus would become real to them!!

Isaiah 52:7

“How beautiful on the mountains  

are the feet of those who bring good news,

who proclaim peace,   

who bring good tidings,   

who proclaim salvation,

who say to Zion,   

‘Your God reigns!'”

Amen!

 

Oh, I So Agree!!!

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My Beliefs by Bella Grace

http://walkingonwaterwithgrace.org/graces-walk/my-beliefs/#comment-2117

Check out her entire blog!!

I am a BELIEVER first!

Romans 10:9-13 NIV

9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

I am a CHRISTIAN next!

1 Peter 4:16 NIV

However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

I believe in ONLY ONE GOD!

1 Corinthians 8:6 NIV

yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

I was called to EVANGELIZE!

Ephesians 4:11-12 NIV

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

I am a MINISTER!

Deuteronomy 18:5 NIV

for the Lord your God has chosen them and their descendants out of all your tribes to stand and minister in the Lord’s name always.

I am an OVERCOMER!

Philippians 4:13 NIV

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

I am a VIRTUOUS WOMAN!

Proverbs 31 NIV

I was called to WORSHIP HIM!

1 Samuel 1:28 NIV

So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.

I was created to PRAISE HIM!

Psalm 150:6 NIV

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

I LIVE for Him!

John 15:7 NIV

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you

My job is to LOVE!

John 15:12 NIV

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
This is who I am…
Be encouraged. Be inspired. Be who He created you to be.
With Love Always,
Bella Grace