Need You Now

By now, you have probably picked up on my love for music since my previous posts include a song or two. Sometimes the songs come easily, and other times I have to do some searching. I love getting pleasantly surprised by a new find that seems to fit just perfectly. Music makes me happy and speaks directly to my soul so it’s a natural addition to my posts. This time the song is coming first and was suggested by my dear friend. She told me it was speaking to her, and could I listen and possibly be inspired to write. What she didn’t know before hitting send on that request was that the song she was asking me to listen to was already etched in my soul. But I chose to take a listen with fresh ears...Need YOU, ​NOW! ​Need You Now ​ by Plumb

Well everybody's got a story to tell

And everybody's got a wound to be healed

Remembering when I first heard this song, I was in a place where I definitely had some wounds and was desperate for healing. I was smack dab in the middle of a chapter I didn’t want written. In fact, I would have given just about anything to have pulled that paper right out of the typewriter and crumpled it quickly to toss across the room into the metal trash can. I’m dating myself, but if you took typing class back in the day you are nodding at that image. During that season, I needed a fresh page to create something fluffy, warm, and predictable. Now, as I’m listening with a renewed spirit and much farther down the healing journey, I am drawn to the word ​‘everyone’. ​ We all have a story, and unfortunately hurt is part of certain chapters, but so is redemption...Need YOU, ​NOW! 

I want to believe there's beauty here Cause oh I get so tired of holding on

I can't let go, I can't move on

I want to believe there's meaning here

Even when my walk with God has been ​‘less than,’ ​ I have been aware of how He uses circumstances in our lives for good. ​In the midst of a trial, I’m learning to expect and even get excited knowing that God is going to show up and show off. Real-life can be like that suspense novel you just can’t put down...especially when you release the keyboard to the true author. He not only doesn’t lose a battle but He doesn’t waste a battle. The outcome is always way better than we can hope or imagine with God as the author of our stories. We just have to be patient as it unfolds. 

I am part of an online mentoring group, and we have challenges throughout each month. Today our challenge is to savor a memory. I believe that memories are truly a gift from above. As I began to savor some memories, of course, the happy memories began to flood in of past adventures, loved ones, and special places. But I also began reminiscing of how God has used seasons of hardship for His glory. He has and will continue to orchestrate events and connections that just blow my mind. Many of my ‘real deal’ friends are the result of a hard chapter in my story. There truly is ​meaning here ​ ...Need YOU, ​NOW!

How many times have You heard me cry out God please take this

How many times have You given me strength to just keep breathing

Oh I need You

God I need You now ohoh

Whew...yes God has heard me cry out to Him so many times...​please take this! ​ Each and every time He has been there to provide exactly what I need. But if I am being honest, there are times when ​‘what I need’ ​doesn’t look at all like what ‘I’ thought I needed. My expectations and assumptions leave me feeling disappointed. The truth is He won’t always take it because what I need is to ​keep on keepin’ on ​ till I get through the difficult situation. ​John 16:33​ ​but take heart, I have overcome the world

God sees with a wide supernatural focused lens, and most of the time we have foggy tunnel vision. Pretty sure I’ve been stubborn a ​couple ​ of times in my life...anyone else? I’m guessing I am not alone. Thankfully, God is so very patient even though I am not. He just hangs out at the end of the tunnel shining His light waiting for me to blink away the fog and focus. If we are willing to surrender and receive His offer to supply what is needed, the exact amount of strength, patience, and peace for each day will be supplied. And occasionally, what is needed is the strength to just keep breathing...Need YOU, ​NOW! 

Standing on a road I didn't plan Wondering how I got to where I am

I'm trying to hear that still small voice

I'm trying to hear above the noise

Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth. ​ Psalm 46:10

I love the wording of Psalm 46:10 in The Passion Translation. ​‘Surrender your anxiety’! ​ Who feels anxiety from time to time? Yep, me too! God truly does want us to release all our anxiety to him. Daily...moment by moment...as often as needed. Surrender it to Him!

Have you ever wondered how you got on a certain road? You were just following along with your GPS and BAM! there you are lost and bewildered. The cause of the ​GPS malfunction ​ could be of our own doing or possibly someone else’s mishap that now includes you. In either scenario, it takes time to recalculate. The noise of ‘rerouting’ ​ on repeat certainly doesn’t help the situation at all. Or you have the voices of your backseat drivers giving you all sorts of directions. Pulling over somewhere to regroup often is just what you need. Stop...shut down the noise...be still...listen to the most important sound of all...and know where your strength comes from. Jesus...Need YOU, ​NOW

Though I walk,

Though I Walk through the shadows

And I, I am so afraid

The Passion Translation of ​Psalms 23​ adds a layer to this well-known scripture. ​The Lord is my ​ best friend ​ and my shepherd. I always have ​ more than enough. He offers a resting place for me in his ​ luxurious love. His tracks take me to an ​oasis of peace, the quiet ​ brook of bliss. ​ Psalm 23:1-2

I have come to a place in my life where Jesus is truly my best friend, and I know that God provides more than ​enough ​ each and every day. Even during the hard days and the less than favorable chapters-​enough! ​ Especially when my life feels out of control like a text message plagued with autocorrect-​enough! ​ I was spending time with a beautiful group of women the other night that I share a common hard season with. We were discussing our prayer needs,

and each one of us desires more peace in our lives. The peace that only comes from heavenly places. Yes, I’ll take an oasis of peace by a brook of bliss please, and thank you! ​ The only thing that would make this picture better would be if it included a dish of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Need YOU, ​NOW!

Please stay, Please stay right beside me

With every single step, I take

Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near. ​ Psalms 23:4

I am filled with the comfort of God’s love, peace, and strength, and the assurance that no matter what or where the next chapters of my earthly life take me, I will not be alone. Along with this truth in Psalm 23, I have always been drawn to the ​Footprints poem​. Even though we don’t see God’s hand when we are in the thick of it all, He is so very faithful to never leave or forsake us. His love and comfort is provided perfectly every step of the way. In fact, He carries us more often then we realize. Need YOU, ​NOW!

As we end this song together, I just want to take some time to thank our creator. I’m so thankful for this time to savor the gift of memories. I’m thankful for the music that He provides at just the right time to minister perfectly. I’m thankful for the many people--like you that he continues to bring into my life...​for such a time! ​ I am thankful that He never leaves or forsakes me. I am thankful that He is the ultimate author of my life. I truly am thankful for every chapter because without them I wouldn’t be who I am today. I am also very thankful for mint chocolate chip ice cream...another challenge for this week is to savor a special treat. Hmmm...any idea what I may choose? 

How many times have You heard me cry out God please take this

How many times have You given me strength to just keep breathing

Oh I need You

God I need You now oh oh

need You now

I need You now

I'm crying out

Oh God I need Your strength

Oh God I need You now

Heavenly Father, Thank you for all that you have done and continue doing in my life. I know that your strength is exactly what I need to get through any valley. I continue to trust You to turn every GPS malfunction into an amazing journey to the oasis of peace beside the brook of bliss. Thank you for showing up and showing off mightly in my life. You have always been faithful. I praise you In Jesus’ Name...AMEN!

Blessings-

((Hugs)) Kim

*This blog was written by Kim Reiners at Chosen...For Such A Time

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