Escape Artists

My cats are wannabe escape artists
They dream of being outside cats,
but they’re not.
That does not stop them from trying though.
Every day when my wife and I get home,
they try to get out.
Sometimes, they double-team us,
figuring with our attention divided
they could finally succeed.
Sometimes they get out as far as the porch
and freeze,
as if utterly awestruck at their own accomplishment.
They have tried this enough times
that finally the day came
where one of them managed to escape detection,
slipping past us into the front yard.
My wife was the first to notice, but not until the following morning.
She walked around the house with a can of tuna,
then outside the house.
Finally the cat appeared, covered in cobwebs while trying to seek shelter
from the elements.

We’re not all that different from out feline friends.
We go against ourselves, telling ourselves we are this or that
when we’re not.
God entertains us for a time,
but eventually the truth hits the fan.
And we wander back a little wiser,
with our own tale of woe to tell.
Still, God is patient and kind and has a can of tuna ready.
We’re His after all.
He always is glad to see us return.

New Worship Song!: “In Rising Tide”

Hi friends,

I am so excited to share this new song with you. I wrote it with my dad, who is an absolutely amazing musician.

Never before have I been so pushed to get a song just right. I encourage you: share it, sing it, the words and chords are listed below.

Love you all,

Aaron

Summary

V1.I’m tired of running.

V2.I have doubts.

B.In light of who You are,

V3.I will trust in You.

In Rising Tide

Intro

Dmaj7 Bm7 G Dmaj7

Verse 1

Dmaj7                 Bm7

God, my Father, Jesus, His Son,

G         Dmaj7

Won’t you guide me into your love?

Dmaj7                  Bm7

I’ve been running since I was a child

G         Dmaj7

Now I am weary of being so wild

Chorus

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Verse 2

Dmaj7                    Bm7

I’ve got questions, assuage my doubt

G         Dmaj7

Spirit, please fill me when I am without

Dmaj7             Bm7

I’m insufficient without your grace

G         Dmaj7

So I am holding onto Your face

Chorus

 

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Bridge

Dmaj7

At the sound of Your voice,

Bm7               Cmaj9

mountains shake, hearts quake

Dmaj7

At the air from Your breath,

Bm7                   Cmaj9 Dmaj7

mountains rise, we drop all disguis es

Instrumental/Prayer

Dmaj7                         Bm7

Dear God, thank you for bringing me into Your presence

G                             Dmaj7

Fill me with Your essence, I am Yours

Verse 3

Dmaj7                       Bm7

Jesus, I’m here now giving my all

G               Dmaj7

I trust you completely, into Your arms I do fall

Dmaj7                       Bm7

When I reach heaven, I will exclaim

G                 Dmaj7

Praise God my Father, praise Your Holy name

Cuz…

Chorus

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Dmaj7…. (fade)

(Amen)

Drinking Dobrá with Jeremy

We sit in the tea shop. Jeremy reflects on his mission trip and the vacation that followed.

“It’s funny,” he said, “when I went to Kentucky, I wondered what I would do there, and they told me ‘just be.’ When I went to Hawaii, I was searching for a feeling, and missed all the wonderful things I did.”

Life isn’t one thing or the other. Every situation calls for a different response. The trick is to listen, to be present, and let God instruct us on the specific way we should go.

FitBit

A few months back, my wife bought a FitBit-type apparatus

It tracks how many steps she takes per day;

sets a weekly step goal;

and beeps whenever she has been sitting too long.

Her persistence to the program has yielded amazing results

She is fitter than ever, has a huge boost in energy,

and relishes the competition of meeting and exceeding her step goal

each week.

In everything worth pursuing in life,

I think we need a FitBit,

keeping us on track,

giving us steady encouragement to succeed,

and giving tangible goals that we can celebrate.

It’s so easy to base our success of fictions,

fictions too low that we never really achieve our true potential

or fictions too high that we simply give up out of pure dismay.

While we pursue these fictions,

the FitBit is waiting, extending its silent invitation

to rise to its challenge and reap its rewards.

LORD, be my FitBit. Keep me accountable to my calling.

Challenge me. Encourage me. Let me know how I can grow

in You.

No Matter What

Some people think we will be raptured out

when times get back.

Some people think we will have to face the darkness

til the night is through.

Both have argue fairly compelling arguments.

The fact remains, today, we will have seasons

where we experience both:

seasons where we must face the giants

and seasons we are saved from them.

I guess the main question is, do we have faith enough in God

that He will sustain us no matter what occurs?

Have Faith in God

Have faith in God:

-when the journey is long

-when the lights are all gone

-when you’re hurt & in pain

-when you’re left out in the rain

Have faith in God:

-when you experience wonders untold

-when you inherit all of the gold

-on days when you do not feel old

Have faith in God:

-in every season

-for every reason

-because He is pleasing

Have faith in God