"It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep." Psalm 127:2
Yesterday, I missed writing my blog. I had been coming down with a cold, and my mind and body were exhausted. I felt like my head was going to explode. I needed rest. In weighing whether I should make myself get up and write at 4 am, or sleep another 1.5 hours, the following song came into my head, "How He Loves Me" by David Crowder Band. I decided that I would listen to God and show myself mercy and grace. I would love myself the way He loves me. I would not allow perfectionistic expectations and obligation to dictate my current circumstance. I chose to rest. The extra sleep gave me the energy I needed to start and finish the day with increased energy and substance. This morning, I'd like to do a quick 7-minute meditation & reflection on the lyrics of "How He Loves Me" by the David Crowder Band. Again, in choosing a mindfulness exercise, I am giving myself the gift of self-care.
How He Loves Me Lyrics
He is jealous for me - Loves like a hurricane - I am a tree - Bending beneath
The weight of his wind and mercy - When all of a sudden I am unaware of these
afflictions eclipsed by glory - And I realize how beautiful you are - And how great your affections are for me - Oh how he loves us so - Oh how he loves us - How he loves us so - Yea He loves us - Oh how - We are his portion - And he is our prize - Drawn to redemption by the grace in his eyes - If His grace is an ocean we're all sinking - So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss - And my heart burns violently inside of my chest - I don't have time to maintain these regrets - When I think about the way He loves us - Oh how he loves us so - Oh how he loves us!
Thank you Lord for helping me to know who I am in Christ. Through Christ, I am able to come before you and accept the gifts you have for me. My perfection is found only in your perfection. I surrender and want to know you Lord. Your peace surpasses all understanding. In stillness, I find you. Help me to let go of all tasks and expectations that prevent me from being with you. I long to stay connected to the vine, at all times, in sickness and in health. I am a tree bending beneath the wind of your mercy. Thank you for looking in my direction and paying attention to me. My identity is in you. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for teaching me. Thank you for guiding me. Thank you for knowing me. Thank you for knitting me. Thank you for loving me. I feel like it is time to stop, but I can not. Every ounce of my being wants to praise and worship you. When I close my eyes and accept your love, all I can do is revel in your glory. The feeling you impose is greater than any joy I have experienced in my human life. Nothing compares to the promise I have in you. Oh Lord, how the praise and worship songs are flooding my mind. My Jesus, my Savior, there is nothing in this world that compares to you. My comfort, my shepherd, tower of refuge and strength, let every breath, all that I am, never cease to worship you. Shout to the Lord all the earth let us sing. Power and majesty praise to the King. Mountains bow down and the seas will roar at the sound of your name. I sing for joy at the work of your hands. Forever I love you, forever I stand. Nothing compares to the promise I have in you. Thank you Lord for your power and energy this morning.