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Blessed March 4, 2010

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Friends.

Spring is HERE… I can feel it! I just know that my family in Ohio is hating me as they read this, but it is simply a perfect day here in Dallas, Texas. My fingers are slightly frozen while I’m typing because it is chilly, but it’s awesome! We opened all the windows in the house yesterday and the smell of spring is nestling down into our blankets and couches and in every room, nook and cranny. The sun is shining. The breeze is soft. I just had a toasted ham and cheddar croissant for lunch.

Beautiful weather + winter leaving + yummy food = a wonderful day for Beth. : )

Seriously, though, I think I have more of my Mom in me than I realize. The weather has always deeply affected her… and who doesn’t it? I mean, after months and months of cold and rain, it gets to you. Growing up in Ohio, you have about four months out of the year that are truly beautiful — and the rest (especially the colder months) are mostly gray skies, rain/snow, and mud. Which, yes, has its own kind of beauty (trying to be positive here, people), but after a while you are desperate for sunshine … spring quickly becomes summer, which quickly becomes fall, which in a flash is winter again. Such is Midwest life.

All of that to say, today is a great day. And I know 80% has to do with the weather. I feel light and joyful. I want to sit with a cup of tea and smile at the sunshine warming our bare trees. I don’t know if you can relate with me in this, but sunshine, a crisp breeze, and the smell of grass, earth, and new life … I just can’t imagine anything better.

It so perfectly set the stage this morning for me to be with Jesus. Yesterday was a terribly distracted day… the second I sat still, I started writing to-do lists in my mind… and then staring at certain spots in the house that needed dusting/vacuuming/picking up. Yep. : ) Have you had those? … they’re very frustrating, huh. But they definitely make a good morning even better. Kind of like a long, cold, dreary winter turning into a beautiful spring day.

I felt led to read Psalm 145 today… and man, it messed me up. It’s sometimes hard for me to not hum the tune to Shane’s song “Psalm 145” (which is amazing, and which you have probably already heard) as I read it … but what a rich, rich chapter. Full of promises and truth and a stunningly beautiful picture of who God is. Some verses that stuck out to me today:

“Every day I will BLESS You and praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.”  145:2-3

“The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is GOOD to all, and His mercy is over ALL that He has made.” 145:8-9

“All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, and all Your saints shall BLESS You!” 145:10

(This one ruins me…) “The LORD is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works.” 145:13

“The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand; You satisfy the desire of every living thing.” 145:15-16

“The LORD is near to all who call on Him…” 145:18

“My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh BLESS His holy name forever and ever.” 145:21

Okay, I know I almost just wrote out the entire chapter… every sentence is breathtaking… but I was especially struck today by the snapshot of this worship time that David had before the Lord. What HUGE things are being shared about Him! That He is gracious and merciful… that He’s good and merciful to all… that He’s near to us who call on Him in truth… what amazing, amazing things to cling to. Strong promises.

But, what blows me away is David’s heart to bless GOD back… I mean, verses one and two are verbatim to that: “I will extol You… and bless Your name… Every day I will bless You…”

Is it just me, or is it a pretty lopsided exchange? Like all things between us and the Living God, I know … but really. When the word “blessing” ever shows up on my radar, I quickly think about one of my husband’s favorite passages that he brings up a lot … it’s in Ephesians 1 …

“Blessed be the GOD and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…” 1:3

We are blessed in Who He is, and in Jesus, He has blessed us also with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places! Geesh! Certain verses can become too familiar for me and I skim over them, but if you stop and take a few moments to read Ephesians 1 and Psalm 145… I’ve got a feeling it will hit you as hard as it me right now. We have so MUCH in Him! Actually, we have it ALL! And not only in what He gives us, but in HIM… in Who He is. In the “glorious splendor of His majesty” as David puts it.

I get David’s response to want to be a blessing back … after all, what more can you ask for? God, bless me with… uhh…

HE ALREADY HAS! And it’s deep and satisfying and glorifying to Him! So, our response is: thankfulness … praise… longing to be a blessing in the every dayness of our lives. It’s a sweet exchange, and I love it and feel spurred on in it this morning, but I gotta tell you … it’s a very lopsided exchange as well.

Jesus gets our sin — we get His righteousness.

Jesus was condemned — we get accepted and adopted into the family of God.

He loved us first  (when we were unloveable, mind you) — we get to love Him back.

The Father blesses us in every way in Christ — we get to bless Him back.

… and that’s all I got, folks. I’m just excited about that today. I want to bless Him today, because I’m blessed.

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24 Responses to “Blessed”

  1. Henry Says:

    Great post, Beth!

  2. Brooke Shepherd Says:

    It’s true, God asks so little from us after giving us His everything! We complain at times that life doesn’t seem fair. God probably agrees with us on some extent. Life isn’t all about being fair. God will bring justice in the end. After all, like you said, it was a lopsided exchange. Thank God for His mercy and grace! The least we could do is give Him our everything in return even though our praise can’t thank Him enough! We have all eternity to thank Him though! 🙂 Thanks for your blog. It was very encouraging to me, Beth. Keep blessing God in your music and your life! Love ya~

  3. Emily Says:

    and THIS blessed me 🙂 you are beautiful.

  4. Amy Says:

    Would you believe it, the sun is shining in Ohio today! I actually thought that we had missed day light savings time or something because when i woke up it was so sunny. haha.
    thanks for the post, Beth. He is so good.

    Amy

  5. Gina Says:

    I so needed this. I am craving spring right now as well, and the way it’s peeking at us is so lovely…little glimpses of breezes and the birds chirping. Also, the Lord used you to confirm something He is trying to get across to me…to CLING to Him. Thanks Beth!

  6. Kate Says:

    Thank you for the encouragement! :0)

  7. Ruth Chan Says:

    =D Word! It’s awesome being a child of God.

  8. Brittany Says:

    This made me cry and connect back with God the way I needed to today!

    Thanks lady!!!

  9. Hannah Says:

    Amen and amen, Beth.

  10. Toni J Says:

    Must say I am QUITE jealous of your day today! Not only the awesomely gorgeous day you get to have down in Texas (I’m from Northwest Indiana aka Lake Effect Snow Belt U.S.A.) but the opportunity to spend more time with the LORD today than I wanted to! I suppose instead of responding to your blog, I should be in The Word, but just wanted to share with you that one thing my husband and have been struggling with lately is worship. Not that we are trying to not worship him, but making sure we are worshipping HIM and giving HIM all the glory and not letting ourselves get in the way of that. We both play 3 out of 4 Sundays on the worship team at our church, and as much as we love worshipping the LORD with voice and our instruments, we find ourselves spending so much time concentrated on “who that person was who was off key” or “who just hit the wrong note…that idiot” instead of “LORD, I choose to bless you today and give YOU the glory and not myself.” Sometimes it’s hard, but ya know, when you get out of your own way, the LORD is SO wonderful! Thank you for sharing these verses today. The bible says to make a joyful noise, and as long as that noise is in praise to the LORD, pitch shouldn’t matter…as much as my human ears want to disagree 🙂 And, I think the thing I forget almost daily is that worship isn’t solely on Sunday mornings… it should be daily, constant. Our actions should be done in worship and praise to him, not only through songs, but through the way we treat out husbands, or the person who just cut us off on the highway…that is still worshipping the LORD and bringing praise to him! Anywho, I hope you have as wonderful (or better!) weather tomorrow as you did today. Hope this weather up here gets a little warmer!

  11. Jennifer Says:

    I love these passages of scripture. Such a picture of love and joy toward the lover of our souls. I especially like this that you wrote “He loved us first (when we were unloveable, mind you) — we get to love Him back.” We GET to love HIM back. Truly mind blowing. Thank you for the sweet reminder.

  12. shohannia Says:

    What the fuck are you talking about being lopsided. Please explain, is it like tit for tat…religious stuff can be worse than rocket science. Do you think I’ll go to hell ??

  13. Courtney Says:

    Awesome blog, Beth!! I love this one! 🙂

  14. Lizi Strauss Says:

    This is so good and encouraging!! Love your blogs!

  15. Kristie Says:

    THANK YOU!! I needed to see/hear that today! Your insight rocks me to the core. You allow me to see things in a different light, and for that I am so very grateful!

  16. Lauren @ Team Giles Says:

    And I was just blessed reading this! Thanks for writing this. I was humming “Psalms 145” too. One of my favorites. Powerful, humbling. Such a amazing God. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

  17. Abbie Says:

    Whao! It’s such a nice pleasure to see you have a blog. I was so moved by “Say Your Name” I went searching the internet to read how you were inspired to write it and found you have a blog. Just wanted to say hi, since you’ll know I was here anyway and will be spending some time perusing your archives.
    God Bless.

  18. lordhereami Says:

    Spring just showed up in CA where my parents live. Praise God for a spring break from Moody Bible.

  19. Jade Says:

    this encouraged me in so many ways! :):) thanks for how excited you are for Spring 🙂 I love Spring in Tejas! All the wildflowers! Woo!

  20. Christina Says:

    Beth, just found your blog recently and am so thrilled! I’ve always admired your writing.

    I can *totally* relate to your excitement over beautiful weather. I’m this way too – beautiful weather just makes me want to jump for joy. I live near San Antonio and today is another beautimous day.

    Thank you for sharing Psalm 145. God has been doing a mighty work in my heart as of late, and sensing someone’s enthusiam for His promises is encouraging…

    Look forward to more blogs from you!

  21. Hillary Says:

    Thanks so much for this Bethany! I am just now reading this, which is of course, the Lords timing. Thanks for the reminder that He is faithful! Keep them coming!

  22. Elise Says:

    Bethany, everything you wrote hited me as much as those verses.
    I live in Guatemala, and this country has been named as “the country of eternal spring” and i think it truly is. So maybe i just got used to the blessing that is EACH day! So i just want to say thanks for posting this 🙂 you are the person i admire the most… Seriously. May God bless you and give you lots of years of beautiful life 😀

  23. Hi! (this is the girl from the concert at the Zion church in pa where you sang with your hubby :)don’t know if you remember running into me in the restroom haha! so I thought maybe you dropped off the face off the earth since I haven’t seen any blogs anywhere..and I come to find out you’re now blogging through twitter!yay! anyway, congrats on the baby! I’m so excited for you! and I really needed to hear your thoughts on Psalm 145 today. thanks for sharing!
    -Bethany

  24. Jamie Forbes Says:

    I agree, a beautiful day brings me so much joy. Warm sun, a breeze, the green in the trees, the sounds of the birds outside… all of it reminds me how loved we must be by God, for him to have given us this beautiful place.


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