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China and “Always Enough” thoughts March 27, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — beyondtheoutside @ 10:25 PM

I’ve been doing two things a lot lately. The first is thinking about China. The second is listening to music, particularly Casting Crowns. Particularly the “Until the Whole World Hears” album. Particularly “always enough.” The two things seem to go hand in hand. I just love music. For India, we had a team “theme song” which was “let your kingdom come.” For the China trip, we’re also hoping to have a team/theme song. We haven’t come up with one yet, but “always enough” has become my personal “theme” song. I have the song posted below. I encourage you to listen to it. The whole album is actually extremely excellent and totally worth the couple bucks to buy it on Itunes. Anyway, here are the lyrics and my personal commentary of the lyrics ūüôā

In the drying weary land
LORD You are the rain
In the sea of shattered ones¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† (<–shattered families, shattered parents, shattered widows, orphans, and weak persons)
Your love comes rushing in
You hold the world within Your hands¬†¬†¬†¬† (<— China, orphans, widows, hurting people, me)
And see each tear that falls
Through every fire and every storm
You’re Always Enough
Always Enough¬†¬†¬† (<—for everything. for everyone. For the widow, for the orphan, for the weak, for leaders, for missionaries, for churches, for ME)

Your love is peace to the broken
Faith for the widow
Hope for the orphan¬†¬†¬† (<—what my trip is about. This reminds me so much that this is what we’re coming to bring. God’s love is hope for the orphan. We get to go and bring that awesome truth of God’s love, and therefore His hope, to these hurting children who are in dire need of hope. God’s love is enough.)
Strength for the weak

Your love is the anthem of nations¬†¬†¬†¬† (<—I like that it says this. I’ve been thinking about nations a lot kinda of lately. Nations means people groups. God’s love is for all people groups. For groups of Chinese. For orphans. For me. It’s never failing and its always there. It’s always enough)
Ring out through the ages¬†¬†¬†¬† (<— I’m carrying a message with me. It’s not a fading message. It wont go away. It will always be true. Yesterday, today, tomorrow. God’s love has always been there. Back in the days when the Bible was written, God’s love was their anthem. God’s love was enough. It’s eternal. It’s never failing. It’s enough. If I’m carrying a message, I want it to be strong. I want it to be real. I want it to be enough for the widow, for the orphan, for the weak, for the hurting, for the nations, for all ages, for the sinner, for me. God’s love is the only message I would want to carry. His gospel is so powerful, it’s amazing. I have been touched by it and I want to tell everyone. I want people to experience the one thing that goes throughout all ages. What other truth applies to all nations (people groups) and has always been true? What else is enough? Nothing. God’s love. That’s the message I will forever carry.)
And You’re Always Enough for me

In the watches of the night
LORD You are my song
Hope is in the morning light
Your love shines like the dawn¬†¬† (<— I love this verse. God’s my song. God is the only thing that is enough in the hard nights. God’s love is the only thing that will always shine. God’s love is hope and eternal and so I can always declare it as my song. It’s not always easy, but it’s truth. It’s enough.)

You keep my heart in perfect peace
My life is in Your hands
When confusion hides my way
You’re Always Enough
Always Enough¬†¬† (<—- trips like this are hard. Preparation is hard. Flying is hard. Teamwork/unity is hard. Loving is hard. Being bold about my faith is hard. The upcoming trip can potentially cause a huge amount of anxiety. I mean, I still have $1500 to raise, I have to get along with about 20 other people, I have to face one of my biggest fears of flying, so it all could be intimidating. God’s love and faithfulness is the only reason I can have peace. My life is in His hands. I don’t understand how He works. I just know that He is enough of everything I need and for every part of my life. He is love. He is enough.)

Your love is peace to the broken
Faith for the widow
Hope for the orphan
Strength for the weak

Your love is the anthem of nations
Rings out through the ages
And You’re Always Enough for me

I rejoice for my for my Savior reigns
I rejoice for He lives in me
God on high He set me free and
Worthy is the LORD¬†¬†¬†¬† (<—– BECAUSE this is all so true, I can go to China and declare it the orphans and the workers. I can rejoice. Some people would look at their lives, or my life, and say there is nothing to rejoice about. God lives in me! God is on His throne, keeping my life in perfect peace and working my life for good and His glory–at the same time! God has set me free. I have reason to rejoice. I just want others, whether in China or at home or wherever, to have the opportunity to be set free. It’s so selfish to keep it to myself. It’s not fair. God has set me free. God is worthy. I can’t wait to be a blessing and used by God in China. What a blessing!)

I rejoice for my Savior reigns
I rejoice for He lives in me
God on high He set me free and
Worthy is the LORD

Your love is peace to the broken
Faith for the widow
Hope for the orphan
Strength for the weak

Your love is the anthem of nations
Rings out through the ages
And You’re Always Enough for me

Your love is peace to the broken
Faith for the widow
Hope for the orphan
Strength for the weak

Your love is the anthem of nations
Rings out through the ages
And You’re Always Enough

I rejoice for my Savior reigns
I rejoice for he lives in me
God on high He set me free and
Worthy is the LORD

In the drying weary land
LORD You are the rain

I guess I had more thoughts when I was listening to this earlier. I’m not good with words which, if you my read my blog, you already know. I wish I could my thoughts into words, but oh well. This will do. Those are some of the reasons I love this song. Those are some of the reasons this is my personal “theme song” for my trip this Summer.¬† I would also encourage you to listen to some of the other tracks on the CD. I will post “if we’ve ever needed You” which is another song from their album. I’ll also post “God Alone” which is another one of my favorites. I just love music. Please, again, be praying for my upcoming trip. It’s coming up quickly and more than anything I ask for prayers. Anyway, that’s all ūüôā

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