I face a giant…in over my head. Help me to look up. I take a deep breath and take the next step though I may be weak, I know who is with me. Greater is He living in me than he who is in the world. Whatever may come, His strength is enough. My heart is at peace for greater is He. I face an ocean….the waves are raging. Help me to look up. You’ll do what I can’t and I’ll walk on dry land. I’ll step out on the sea cause I know Who is with me. Greater is He living in me than he is in the world. Whatever may come, His strength is enough my heart is at peace, for greater is He. In His name, giants will fall. In His name, oceans will part. in His name, there’s nothing we won’t overcome. This is our God. This is our GOD.  – Blanca, Greater Is He

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[S]he had become something of a legend…the girl that got away. Gentlemen, never give up hope…getting over a crush can be a remarkable catalyst for personal growth. 

Brad thought Heather would forever be the one who got away. Where she was there simply watching the game, he was there falling in love. Their story was a testament of patience and the ability to delight in what the Lord is doing in one’s life. As they walked the streets of Rosemary Beach, hand in hand, with their wedding mere days away, they truly were the embodiment of love the Lord, allow Him to shape you and do life with the one you cannot live without.

 

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It always amazes me how connected life becomes. The people that you’ve known throughout different walks of life manage to intertwine into your life…this is the case for Rachel and James. Rachel and I were college roommates for a time. Her morning grinding of her coffee beans always scared me awake no matter how many different ways she tried to muffle the sound – it was an ongoing thing in our apartment, her coffee addiction and my incessant need to throw things out of the fridge that were going bad. Rachel, Andrew and I all “grew up” in the same church – we spent our middle school and high school years together in choir, youth group, and missions trips. For Rachel, those mission trips were God’s gentle nudges for what would later become her calling. After college, Zambia became Rachel’s home, her calling and where the Lord placed her for the next few years. Andrew and I met James when he first came to our church what feels like forever ago. He was the new guy and admittedly, we were dragged along for a lunch date with him along with another friend, you know, in case he turned out to be crazy.  The more we got to know him, the more involved in our lives he became. I remember one day over a rainy three hour long brunch, days before the army took him to Afghanistan, we shared our plans, our hopes for our futures…and for James we heard of what he wanted in the woman he would marry. Little did any of us know, that woman was right around the corner.

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I remember trying not to stare the night that I first met you. You had me mesmerized. I hadn’t told you yet but I thought I loved you then. Now you’re my whole life. Now you’re my whole world and I just can’t believe the way I feel about you. Like a river meets the sea, stronger than it’s ever been, we’ve come so far since that day…and I thought I loved you then. And I remember taking you back to right where I first me you. You were so surprised. There were people around but I didn’t care. I got down on one knee right there and once again, I thought I loved you then. I can just see you with a baby on the way. I can just see you when your hair is turning gray. What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more…but I’ve said that before. And now you’re my whole life. Now you’re my whole world and I just can’t believe the way I feel about you. We’ll look back someday at this moment that we’re in and I’ll look at you and say “and I thought I loved you then.” – Then by Brad Paisley

 

 

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When I look into your eyes it’s like watching the night sky or a beautiful sunrise – there’s so much they hold. Just like them old stars I see that you’ve come so far to be right where you are – how old is your soul? I won’t give up on us. Even if the skies get rough, I’m giving you all my love, I’m still looking up. When you’re needing your space to do some navigating, I’ll be here patiently waiting to see what you find. Even the stars they burn. Some even fall to the earth. We’ve got a lot to learn – God knows we’re worth it. No, I won’t give up. I don’t want to be someone who walks away so easily. I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make. Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use the tools and gifts…we’ve got a lot at stake. In the end, you’re still my friend. At least we did intend for us to work; we didn’t break; we didn’t burn. We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in. I had to learn what I’ve got, and what I’m not and who I am. I won’t give up on us. Even if the skies get rough, I’m giving you all my love, I’m still looking up. God knows we’re worth it. – Jason Maraz

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6/18/2014

Look Back

Feels like it’s been miles and miles, feels like it’s an uphill climb – sometimes I get weary on the way. But when I look back at where I’ve been…when I look back, I’m sure of it – I was right there in Your arms and I can say: Every moment of my life, God, You never left my side. Every valley, every storm, You were there. I don’t need to know what’s next. You’ll be with me every step. Through it all I can see You carry me.  – Moriah Peters, You Carry Me

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