One of my all time favorites is “It Is Well” by Bethel. It is such a good reminder that in this world there will be trouble…earth quaked, seas shaken and stirred, and seemingly unmovable mountains will threaten and intimidate us in order to get our eyes off of the source of all hope, love, joy, and peace.
Like so many of Steffany’s worship songs the lyrics and melody are so honest and raw they are almost haunting. The first words grip me. Because of multiple layers of shame we hide and so often live with the bondage. We long for rescue. The God of unfailing kindness simply says, “Come out of hiding you’re safe here with me.”
The artist has arranged several popular worship songs into piano pieces that work really well to have on in the background while reading/thinking/journaling, etc. For me, I can’t have music on with the lyrics being sung while I am trying to practice the solitude and hear from God. But the familiar melodies are comforting and inspiring to me.
Amanda Cook and Steffany Gretzinger from Bethel Worship sing this song “Perfect Peace”. This song has helped me remember that perfect peace comes from God and I need to seek it out in Him before I try to manufacture it myself. Spend some time in worship.
In the search for understanding the false and true selves Richard Rohr has been a wealth of knowledge and healthy challenge. In this daily meditation, Richard talks about the vulnerability of allowing yourself to be known by God
Steffany Gretzinger and Bethel Worship sing about God’s reckless love. Some of our favorite lines in this song are: I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still You give yourself to me. Connect with God and receive His love through worshiping with this video.
John Eldredge talks about his new book All Things New. He describes the loss of hope being so detrimental to our society and the return of God and Heaven on earth being what we should be hoping for.
We know that suffering is part of our everyday lives, but we still try to ignore or numb it most of the time. What if suffering had a purpose in our lives? What if we could become stronger, better people through our suffering? This Richard Rohr daily reading resonated with us on this topic.