Song + Verse: 05.25.2020

This week’s Song + Verse. Your reminder to make time for Jesus today, give Him the praise He deserves and consider all He’s done. Consider listening to this song and meditating on these verses when you see this. I’ve written a snippet at the end, and I would love to hear from you guys in the comments here or DMs on Instagram (@gabrielle____r). What are your thoughts? What songs and passages have been on your mind lately? Share what God is doing. Enjoy!

The Cost – Rend Collective
I’m saying yes to You
And no to my desires
I’ll leave myself behind
And follow You

I’ll walk the narrow road
’cause it leads me to You
I’ll fall but grace
Will pick me up again

I’ve counted up the cost
Oh I’ve counted up the cost
Yes I’ve counted up the cost
And You are worth it

I do not need safety
As much as I need You
You’re dangerous
But Lord You’re beautiful

I’ll chase You through the pain
I’ll carry my cross
’cause real love
Is not afraid to bleed

Take my all
Take my everything
I’ve counted up the cost
And You’re worth everything

2 Timothy 3:10-13
You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Matthew 16:24-28
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

What I was originally going to write about this song and these verses has shifted pretty dramatically. What I was originally planning to write still applies I believe, but this new path felt more appropriate for the time. Recently I’ve felt so heavy. I think anyone who has spent time around me would have noticed that. I’ve felt burdened each morning choosing to surrender to the Lord because my flesh is screaming for me to do otherwise – to let it take the reins. I haven’t wanted to bother being persecuted or pushed away or any other “negative outcome” that could possibly come from openly living how God has called me to live. I’ve wanted the (temporary, surface level) satisfaction of doing what I want to do. I’ve been fighting to find comfort in God instead, but I felt dry recently and like the grasp I have on my motivation to spend time with and rest in God’s presence was weakening day by day.

It came to me after reading these lyrics and verses again (specifically Matt. 16:24-28) that if I try to hold on to the life I’m living on earth, if I prioritize it over God, I’m ultimately going to lose it. If I surrender it to God, He’s going to lead me to even greater things than I could ever imagine for myself. A life that is so much more fulfilling than I could ever create. Those “negative outcomes” don’t seem so negative any more. They are more than worth it (Romans 8:18, James 1:2-4). It’s an honor to face those things knowing that they are a part of God’s name being glorified. At the time that I’m writing this, I’ve been reminded over and over that these dry seasons are not something to feel ashamed of, and they are not the time to seek comfort in the world. They are an incredible opportunity to be challenged and press in even more to God’s Word and create even more intentional time to be still in His presence and learn from Him.

Thank you for taking the time to read this today. I’ve heard so many friends telling of how dry and distant from the Lord they’ve felt the past couple weeks. I feel it’s important for the people who recognize those seasons to be open about them to encourage those who may not be so sure about what they’re experiencing. If you’re feeling this way, do not feel shame in it. Know that God is still with you and will still use this time to deepen your relationship with Him. Continue to seek Him. If you need encouragement, guidance, or have any questions feel free to message me here or DM me on Instagram @gabrielle____r! Abide in Him, may He bless you and keep you. Have a wonderful week!

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