Forever Reign

Confession: I had a serious blogging comparison pity-party this morning.  One of those I-get-overwhelmed-by-all-the-talented-bloggers-out-there-and-start-to-get-down-on-myself-because-I-will-never-measure-up-to-real-blogger-standards (I’ve exceeded the legal limit for dashes, so I’ll quit) moments.

The good news is that I recognized how skewed my outlook was pretty much right away.  I could acknowledge (with my head, if not my emotions) that even if no one were to ever read another thing I write or look at another thing I make, I wouldn’t be any less valuable to my Creator (or my amazing family or friends, for that matter). 

And the really good news is that I was heading to worship with said amazing family, where God had this song waiting to address every single self-absorbed, insecure, wrong-focused thought I’d entertained this morning:

Forever Reign

You are good, You are good
When there’s nothing good in me
You are love, You are love
On display for all to see
You are light, You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You are peace, You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy
You’re the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life,
In You death has lost it’s sting

Oh, I’m running to your arms,
I’m running to arms
The riches of your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

You are more, You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord, You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here, You are here
In your presence I’m made whole
You are God, You are God
Of all else I’m letting go

My heart will sing
no other name
Jesus, Jesus

Did you get that?: “You are God, you are God, of all else I’m letting go…” I may not be much good at remembering this some days, but I can’t deny its truth.

not a big deal

Whether the above statement is a whiny plea for attention or a recognition of something incredibly freeing is almost entirely a matter of perspective.  Thank you, Lord, for a heaping dose of perspective today!

In addition to having fantastic lyrics, it’s also a beautiful tune. You can hear/watch it (performed by the ridiculously talented Hillsong band) here.

 

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17 thoughts on “Forever Reign

  1. this song has been in my heart all day since I watched a video with it last night! A pastor of mine used to say that we might be shocked when we get to heaven and realize that people thought about /talked about us a lot less than we expected! :)

  2. I’m new to the blogosphere. I’ve come across a lot of blogs by mothers and I can’t help but compare myself to them, not just the blog itself but how much they are doing aside from raising kids. They’re crafty, business-minded, stylish, great cooks. I think to myself, “Geez, I can barely keep my head up with all the housework, let alone come up with a creative or profitable project!” Thanks for the reminder that the bottom line should always be who we are in Christ. I will add your blog to my reading list.

  3. I know I’ve been commenting on your blog a lot lately, but rest assured, I’m no stalker ;)
    Anyhow, this post really spoke to me because this is exactly how I feel a lot of the time (esp. when I read your blog..you just inspire me with so many of your projects!). I just started my own blog –> http://notfromholland.blogspot.com and only my facebook friends read it now (which I’m already happy about)
    Next to that, the Netherlands is a really secular country so me saying anyhting at all about Jesus already gets me the worst and weirdest comments, so I’m always really excited to read a blog like yours which isn’t only inspiring in a creative way but also in an inspirational way. Keep up the awesome work!!

  4. Thanks, ladies for all your sweet comments and encouragements. I knew I wasn’t the only one to struggle with this, but sometimes sharing burdens helps, doesn’t it! : )

  5. Oh my goodness! I was at home this last weekend (southwest Texas desert) and went to my old church and they sang this song. I loved it and wanted to look it up but somehow after church all the lyrics magically left my mind and I couldn’t figure it out.
    I’m very glad you posted this :) Thanks!

  6. This was the perfect post to comment on as I have wanted to comment for some time. A few months ago I stumbled upon your blog and have followed since. I think you are most adorable – what a lovely handmaiden of the Lord. I have just begun to blog & I am somewhat computer illiterate – so it is a little struggle. I too, love Jesus, my family, thrifting & DIYing. I have found such camaraderie among a few of the blogs I follow – I can’t wait each day to check the new post of my “friends,” in spite of the fact that we have never even met. You do a great job & I will now be following your new blog also & telling others about it. And by the way, your kids are gorgeous too! Have a blessed day! Tam

  7. Isn’t it so easy to get caught up in what others do/have that we lose sight of the big picture? I am a music director at my church and it’s so easy to compare and think I’ll never be as good as someone else. But then I have to stop and think about what I’m doing it all for. Anyway, I love your blog. It’s so cute and you write wonderfully. I have those same my-blog-will-never-measure-up moments, too. Thanks for the inspiring post. Great song!

  8. I’m afraid to admit I know exactly how you feel. I too have to days, many of them, when I feel I’m not talented enough to even have a blog, or if anyone would even read it.

    I for one, am a new follower of your blog and I absolutely love it! So keep on keeping on:)

  9. I often look at pics on my favorite sites but haven’t taken time to read much lately. Tonight I opened yours to see if you’ve posted more pics of your house yet – especially that amazing kitchen (hint, hint) – and, instead, I read first. Thank you for being real and sharing your heart. You are a treasure. P.S. I AM coming to get the chairs, I promise, the trip to E TX has been delayed until around the 19th of this month.

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE this song. One of my fave worship songs. It makes me tear up every time. The words are SO powerful. I struggle with the same thoughts about my own blog sometimes. But, by the way, I love reading your blog. I wouldn’t worry about not being one of those talented real bloggers…because you are!

  11. Wonderful-I should apply this to a lot of things. I really needed to hear this right now. This is my time of the day to pray and I know what my focus will be now.

  12. What a great reminder…loved that song! I was having the blogger blues today too, wondering why about my lowish following. Sometimes it’s hard to get my head going in the right direction. This was great. Thanks! : )

  13. I struggle with this as well. {FYI, I do consider you a “real” blogger! You’re famous!}
    That is why I am trying to write a little more about eternal matters- because even though I may have a cute desk, etc., what does that really mean in the grand scheme of things?
    Thanks for bringing perspective!
    PS Why weren’t we friends when I lived closer to you?!?!

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