IAM a Light

Psalms 18:28 NLT You light a lamp for me. The lord , my God, lights up my darkness.

God is our light.

He is the faithful parent that keeps the light on, so we can find our way home.

Light is such a strong force that can bring clarity to all situations.  God’s light guides us , when we have lost our way.

The Lord, My God, lights up my darkness.

God takes the darkest deepest parts of our character and being, and lights it up.

Expose those parts of my heart and life that are unworthy, the things holding me back.
The un confessed they are the sins that keep me from God.

God opens my eyes to the unworthy things with his light.  Then I can see them, and take them to the Lord.

I want to allow God to shine his light on them, heal me, and then transform them into my greatest strength

When it’s dark and you don’t know where to go.  Ever been stuck?  Ever felt frozen in fear?

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Turn to God’s word, and let him shine a light in front of you.  God wants to lead you out of the darkness.

The world wants us to cover things up.
To fake it and smile and act as if nothing is wrong.
Who are we kidding?  God knows us.  God knows our heart, and he wants to shine his light into the darkness of our souls, and bring life

For me personally, my first instinct is to feel unworthy.  When, I make mistakes, or lose my temper, or fall short.
I want to beat myself up, and have a nice little pity party for myself.  And then solve those pains in my soul with the things of this world.

But I know, that’s the path to depression and seclusion.
God’s way is confession, and 100% reliance on Him. To bring it into the Light

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IAM a child of light

IAM Filled with Light

IAM connected to the Father of Lights

IAM Truly Blessed

Matthew 1:23 NLT “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

Immanuelle means “God with Us”
We added the extra L and E to the end because, I am blessed to have another beautiful girl.

We have decided to name our 3rd child Immanuelle, because of God’s redemptive work and beautiful name.

The beautiful name of our God, that shouts to all the world! I AM WITH YOU!
I will never leave you! I am living inside of you!
I came to this earth to walk among you. To understand you

That is our God!
That God, Immanuel! lives inside of you!

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So how does anyone dare say, I’m not good enough?
How does anyone dare entertain the thoughts, that I am not worthy enough?
How does anyone dare even think their sins are so big that God can’t save them?
ALL LIES!
And the only truth you ever need to know: Our GOD : IMMANUEL is living inside of you!

 It’s not about feeling it. It’s about knowing it, and staying within it.
Back in January of 2014, we lost a baby, and it was a very painful part of our life.

There was anger and pain, so many emotions.
But, God never left us, and he had a beautiful wonderful plan for our family.
He had plans to bless our family in his perfect timing to allow us to bring another life into the world.

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That is why we chose to honor our Lord, and dedicate our 3rd child.
Immanuelle:  May she be a light to this world.
May she be a testimony to the world!  GOD IS WITH US!
May she live her live with a passion and energy for one purpose to spread the message of God’s love.

IAM blessed by the presence of God!

You are blessed with the presence of God!
Let’s live in that truth today

It’s usually a Christmas time song. But Let’s REJOICE!

“O Come O Come Emmanuel”

O come o come emmanuel
And ransom captive israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the son of god appears

Rejoice rejoice
Emmanuel shall come to thee oh israel

Oh come thou day-spring come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight

Rejoice rejoice
Emmanuel shall come to thee oh israel

Oh come desire of nations bind
In one the hearts of all mankind
Bid thou our sad divisions cease
And be thyself our king of peace

Rejoice rejoice
Emmanuel shall come to thee oh israel

Rejoice rejoice
Emmanuel has come
Rejoice rejoice
Emmanuel has come

Rejoice rejoice
Emmanuel has come
He has come
He has come

O come o come emmanuel
And ransom captive israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the son of god appear

Rejoice rejoice
Emmanuel shall come to thee oh israel

IAM in Awe Forever

Psalms 30:12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

The song writer ends this Psalm with the statement: sing praises to God, and not be silent, I will give thanks forever.
If I could think of nothing better than to do with my life for the rest of my days on earth…

Be Gratefulsq

Praise God without ending!
Give thanks to God forever!
Just when you think, that we have discovered all there is to know about God… we see some new facet of His greatness.
Do you ever just bring up something awesome that happened in the past, and it’s so good, you just can’t help telling the story over again?
That’s what praising our God is like!

If our focus is on learning to see new perspectives about God, then our eyes will continually be drawn to the beauty of life.
if our focus is on teaching our hearts to praise God in every circumstance, then you will find victory in all circumstances.

If you take the time to go back and read the whole chapter. the psalmist wasn’t exactly in the best of situations.

In the midst of all the bad situations, the main encouragement was to keep on praising God.

Summary of Situations before God intervened
1. Enemies were trying to triumph over him
2. Failing health
3. In the grave of the pit of death
4. Weeping through the night
5. Prideful and thought he didn’t need God

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If that short list was an example of how your past week, months years used to be, then take hope. You are not alone.
There is a solution! Praise God, Give Thanks unceasingly.

I AM in need of mercy
I AM in need of God’s Help
I AM Thankful
I AM in Awe of God

And then when we pass into heaven. We will have an eternity to do it all over again!

 

IAM a Hero

Jeremiah 22:16 He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?” says the  lord .

I am happy that the definition of a hero has not been watered down. Every Batman, Spiderman and Superman remake is still a blockbuster! Today the same as 2000+ years ago, what it means to be a hero is still the same:

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Give justice and help the poor and needy.

We don’t need superhuman strength, x-ray vision or an invisible jet.

Being one who fights for justice can be very daunting.  Political corruption, violence, gangs, apathy and many other things are your foes.  But it burns inside of you, the desire to make things right for those who cannot fight for themselves.

About a year ago, I wrote this down in my journal: “I WANT TO BE A FORCE OF NATURE , (empowered by the Holy Spirit)”

And that weekend, I saw a video at my church about a woman in my church who has made it her life mission to rescue and defend those in the sex  trade and human trafficking.  And in that video, I saw  force of nature.   And I understood, that I can be a modern day hero.

If you want to know more about her cause, check it out

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What burns you and makes you mad?

Someone in the checkout express line with 18 items?

Or some real big stuff?

Foster kids that are getting abused.

Kids that go hungry because of a broken system?

Young girls who are sold into sexual slavery for money?

Kids who accept less than they could be , because someone told them they were not smart enough?  Or they come from a bad neighborhood, so their choices for the future are incarcerated or dead before the age of 25?

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You want to get mad like Hulk and smash?  Do it! Get inspired and bust up the gates of hell!  Be a Super Hero.

Learn how to channel righteous anger into intercessory prayer and working through the Spirit!

Don’t allow hate to drive you. Ask God for more love

Ask God to fill you with the power of the Holy Spirit, so you can go supernatural in your Love, Wisdom, Actions, Prayer and all you do.

There is no kyrptonite for the Power of God’s Love.  No evil force can overcome it.

And every knee will bow and tongue confess Jesus, because of the Heroes of God  are spreading his Love and Gospel.

IAM A Hero

IAM Fighting for Justice

IAM A Protector of the Poor

IAM Broken for the Needy

IAM A Force of Nature

 

I AM represented and befriended by a Counselor

John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you

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Advocate: Counselor, One called alongside to help.
That’s our God!
No retainer, no contingencies.

God will never leave you. How does that feel?
Having the world’s smartest, most powerful advocate, who has your back?
Gods got this

Someone who not just your advocate when you get into problems, but someone who is a practical co-laborer and helper.
Another translation of the word Advocate is comforter.
One who lightens our burden through encouragement.
THROUGH ENCOURAGEMENT!

Who can’t use a little more encouragement in their lives?
I could use a whole lot for sure!

John 14:17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

The Holy Spirit is a HE.  Not an IT.

That He, is our best friend, and if he is not already, it is God’s desire that the Holy Spirit become your friend. Your BEST Friend.

When you think about your best friend, what comes to mind?
1. You call them when good things happen
2. You call them when bad things happen
3. You want to hang out with them during your free time
4. You want to call them just to talk

John 14:26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you

Who do we call when we need advice?  When we need clarity?
It should be the Holy Spirit first and foremost.

When you think about who you are. Think about who you are in relation to God.
And Who God in all 3 forms is in relation to us.

Let’s live in the truth about our identity.

I AM LOVED
I AM GOD’s Representative
I AM NOT ALONE
I AM REPRESENTED by the Counselor
I AM BEFRIENDED by the Advocate

It’s my prayer for ME, and YOU, that we can find a true powerful real relationship with the Holy Spirit.

First to bring life into me

2nd to bring life into this world.

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Befriended, befriended by the King above all Kings
Surrendered, surrendered to a friend above all friends
Invited, invited deep into this mystery
Delighted, delighted by the wonders I have seen

This will be my story
This will be my song
You’ll always be my savior.
Jesus You will always have my heart

Astounded, astounded that Your gospel bekoned me
Surrounded, surrounded but I’ve never been so free
Determined, determined now to live this life for You
You’re so worthy my greatest gift would be the least You’re due

This will be my story
This will be my song
You’ll always be my Savior.
Jesus You will always have my heart

IAM Faithfully Secure

PSALMS 36:5 NLT Your unfailing love, O  lord , is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.

PSALMS 100:5 NLT For the lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

God loves you with an unfailing love.

The description of that unfailing love: As vast as the heavens.
God’s faithfulness is a reflection of that Love, goes beyond the clouds!

That same unfailing love continues forever.

Forever! Without conditions of our obedient.

God’s faithfulness continues to each generation!

To your children, their children, and their children’s children!

That’s how much God loves us.

And that Love resides in of us.

I can honestly say, right now, in my sinful state,  fail to love like God loves.

But, I am improving on a daily basis.
And as I spend time reflecting, receiving and learning about God’s love.
I continue to grow more and more like Him.

The depth and height of God’s love is so vast, we are never out of the reach of it.
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Believe me! I’ve tried to run away from it

I’ve tried to avoid it
I’ve tried to sleep my way through it.
But somehow, God’s love was there.

God wants you, and He wants you to be in love with him too.
Be encouraged and develop a true identity in who we are, and how much God loves us.
Let that confidence in that Love and Faithfulness be the strength that helps us become amazing vessels that God works through.
Be faithful, as God is faithful

Love as God has loved us

HEBREWS 12:28-29 NLT Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire.

God’s kingdom is built on the same foundation of His Love and faithfulness.

And how does Hebrews ask for us to respond?
Be Thankful! Worshipping Him with Holy Fear and Awe!

Let’s get consumed in God’s Holy Fire.

That fire brings purity, strength, light to this world.

IAM the Beloved
IAM Faithfully secure
IAM always within his grasp
IAM consumed in His Holy Fire

Title: Your Love Oh Lord (Psalm 36) – Third Day – Worship Video w. Lyrics

Owner: LyricsForWorship

“Your Love Oh Lord (Psalm 36)”

Your love, oh Lord
Reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness stretches to the sky
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains
Your justice flows like the ocean’s tide
I will lift my voice
To worship You, my King
I will find my strength
In the shadow of your wings

IAM Clothed in Love

Colossians 3:14-15 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Ever had the dream when you wake up in school, and you forgot to wear clothes? As scary or humorous as that scenario might be, I believe many of us forget to leave the house with the clothing of love. God encourages us that above all, don’t forget your clothing! God asks us to put on his love as our clothing. Clothes keep us warm and protect us. God’s love works in the same way. God’s love fills us up then allows us to share his love with others. God’s outfit of Love matches with everything!

If I could put on love as a garment, I know exactly what type of outfit I would choose. The Velcro suit works for me! In order for me to stick to another person, I would have to wear the opposite Velcro material than my brother or sister. Our uniqueness in expression of God’s love binds us together.353-Family-Fun-Day11

In order for musical harmony to exist, we can’t sing the same melody. Your song and my song of love mesh together for a beautiful expression for the world to hear. The depth of God’s love that he has shown you forms a unique identity of expression in you. God wants to use your special expression of love for the world! The tighter the harmony the more powerful the song. Each singer has the skill to stay on their perfect part without comparing themselves to the other singers.

Let the peace of knowing your song and gifts rule in your heart.
Let God’s love for you and for others dominate your life.
Quiet down the turmoil of doubts and insecurities with God’s peace.
God wants a better me, confident in love. God wants the same for you.

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IAM Clothed in Love
IAM Filled with God’s Love
IAM Unique in my expression of Love
IAM Gifted to share God’s Love

The little drummer boy brought his gift for the king.  Share you gift of love with the world!

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Little Drummer Boy

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

IAM Abiding in Christ

John 15:7 NKJV If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

Abide: verb: 1: to remain stable or fixed in a state 2: to continue in a place

The word abide makes one assumption: We at some point reset our lives in Jesus. When you made the decision to enter into a relationship with Jesus, your time of abiding in him started. I don’t usually like the comfort zone as a place, but the Jesus zone works as a place of perfect peace.

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When we abide in Jesus the person, his words take hold in our lives as well. God delivers to combo deal of the real Jesus, and his powerful words to us. Jesus living inside of us, speaks to us through his words. I want all the voices in my head to originate from Jesus.

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When the voices that influence me and words I repeat to others come from insecurity, sin, anger, bitterness and hate, I lose my way. I hurt others and I hurt God. Just when I think the devil has accomplished an evil plan of hurt and lies, I still have a choice.
I can hurdle down the self hatred, depression, sin cycle. Or I can choose to run back to the place where Jesus is. I pray you have the strength to ask forgiveness, and get back into the Jesus zone. Fall on his grace and mercy for strength.

When Jesus says “if you will, then I will” He speaks a powerful promise. When the words are in the color red in my bible, I pay more attention to what’s said. The power to overcome our sins and the world’s attacks rests in God’s word. The action of allowing the living word to take hold in your life defines abiding in Christ.

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Then by the grace of God, we abide in Jesus and his words take hold of our lives, the most amazing promise waits for us. Ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

I have a long list of things to ask for, starting with internal transformation and healing for me. The power to see God’s miracles in our lives comes from the promise of abiding in Jesus. The power of God’s living word in your life, leads to the ability to pray and ask for whatever we desire!

The faith to move mountains comes from knowing God.
The power to see God change the angry hate filled person lives inside of you through Jesus!

Simple Equation: You adide in Jesus. Jesus’ words abide in you
Output: Ask whatever you desire, and it shall be done.

Ask Jesus to make his home inside of you
Ask Jesus to make you stable
Ask Jesus to strengthen you to continue in the place where he dwells

Let’s declare the truth about our identity today!
IAM Abiding in Jesus
IAM the Temple where Jesus dwells
IAM Inhabited by the Word of God.
IAM filled with the power to see any miracle done by the name of Jesus

IAM All In

JAMES 4:8 NLT Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.
It’s easy to tell when someone is truly in love with someone else. Aside from the dorky smile and daydreamy look.

Their motive and heart is as clear as day.
The promise in the word today is this.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Willingly make a step towards God, and he will make many many steps to meet us.

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And not just willing, but take it up a couple more degrees.
Joyful participation?
And it’s not about your expression, or clapping your hands or raising one hands, or two hands.
It’s about the temperature of your heart and connection to the Creator.

Now we are getting somewhere.

And as we start to warm up to things, I believe God draws us in even further.

To the All-In level.
No longer a participant, you are lost in it.
It’s funny how in a sanctuary filled with 100s of people who are all focussed only on the one who gave us life…
We are unified in that place!
And I been there, and I long for that place of worship daily!

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I know that in the past when my heart was not engaged, Sunday worship at church might have been my only spiritual time of the whole week.  So honestly.. I was barely getting warmed up.

I am still learning to enjoy his presence, and more regular time with the Lord

I am thankful that God continues to meet me.

And my degree of engagement is just a bit more intense.
I used to think, I have to spend time with God, Monday – Saturday.

Well, imagine how your loved ones would feel if you did everything because you HAD to.
Big whoop is right!

But now as I am building a relationship with the Lord, and his word.

I see it as , I want to.  It’s my lifeline.
It keeps me connected and warm.

It’s my prayer to be all-in all the time.

To be unraveled and sold out.
Joy and crazy obedience will be a part of my being. It will be my indentity, as I continue to spend time with the Lord.

God has been drawing me in my whole life, But I was trying to run away from it.

Now as I make one step towards the Lord, He is running to meet me.

IAM All In.
IAM A Sold out worshippper
IAM running towards our Loving God, SPRINTING(in spirit!)
IAM Madly , Wildly and Pasionately in Love with Him.

I proclaim that truth today, and I ask God to make it so.

And as we proclaim the truth about IAM. It’s not selfish.

It’s reflecting back to God, the amazing love and life He puts inside of us.
Every day, every moment, every sun ray that shines on my face
Every vision of beauty
Every message from the Lord, that He sees me, and he loves me.

Then we are just all in it.
We are all about it
Our hearts are beating with one heartbeat.

Let’s make our identity as one ones who are sold out! All In!
When people think about you. They will say, yeah man.. he/she  they are consumed.
I wonder what they got…

Title: Hillsong – Forever Reign (Lyrics)
Owner: MattStone712

Forever Reign from Hillsong

You are good, You are good
When there’s nothing good in me
You are love, You are love
On display for all to see
You are light, You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You are peace, You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy
You’re the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life,
In You death has lost its sting

Oh, I’m running to Your arms,
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

You are more, You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord, You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here, You are here
In Your presence I’m made whole
You are God, You are God
Of all else I’m letting go

Oh, I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

My heart will sing
no other Name
Jesus, Jesus

Oh, I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

IAM a Recipient of God’s Unfailing Love

John 1:17 NLT For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.

God loves you!
God loves you without failing!
God loves you through Jesus Christ!

Replace with word “you” with “me” and repeat those sentences out loud until they are a part of your identity.

God loves ME!
God loves ME without failing!
God loves ME through Jesus Christ!

I must repeat the truth for myself, morning, noon and night.
The love starts inside of you. God’s faithfulness holds you up.

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God’s love for you conquers every sin, weakness and addiction. Run to God’s love when temptations and the old patterns of responding to negative circumstances start to creep in. No amount of willpower compares to the strength of God’s love.

God’s love fixes every misunderstanding, angry confrontation and hatred. God’s love in you flowing into the tough situations solves even the most vile hatred and anger. God’s love turns around every argument and angry fist like a secret weapon. The world tries diplomacy and reason and forgets about love.

Love is Gods most Powerful weapon

God’s love conquers every evil plot of the enemy to destroy. God’s love quiets all whispers, doubts, anxiety and lies. Have you ever tried to close your eyes to pray and it just seems like a loud radio of negativity and worries plays in your head? That’s when we must run to God’s Love. Meditate on the truth until it sets you free. God’s unfailing love washes over you like the constant waves of the ocean. Can you see yourself in Jesus’ warm embrace? Live in the loving embrace of Jesus love.

God’s love washes away all sin, addiction, hatred, lies, anxiety and doubts. Let God’s amazing faithfulness tear away the deep roots inside of you. Those deep roots that have become a part of your being don’t define you anymore. The minor pain of tearing away the unworthy parts of our character can’t compare to the pleasure of God’s love. Can you let them go for the sake of receiving more of God’s love? I believe you can.

Then when you say these words out loud, your soul will respond
Truth: God loves ME!
Your soul: “I Know!”
Truth: God loves ME without failing!
Your soul: “Amen hallelujah!”
God loves ME through Jesus Christ!
Your soul: “That’s right! Woo hoo!”

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Friend, let’s go to the place where our soul resonates to truth together!
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Title: Power of Your Love
Owner: WorshipVideo

 

“The Power Of Your Love” DARLENE ZSCHECH

Lord I come to You
Let my heart be changed, renewed
Flowing from the grace
That I’ve found in You
Lord I’ve come to know
The weaknesses I see in me
Will be stripped away
By the power of Your love

Hold me close
Let Your love surround me
Bring me near
Draw me to Your side
And as I wait
I’ll rise up like the eagle
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love

Lord unveil my eyes
Let me see You face to face
The knowledge of Your love
As You live in me
Lord renew my mind
As Your will unfolds in my life
In living every day
By the power of Your love

Hold me close
Let Your love surround me
Bring me near
Draw me to Your side
And as I wait
I’ll rise up like the eagle
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love

Hold me close
Let Your love surround me
Bring me near
Draw me to Your side
And as I wait
I’ll rise up like the eagle
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love

And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love