Lord of this hour

Jesus is Lord of my life.

There are times, though, that I subtly take back the power and authority I have given Him. I step out in faith of me, rather than trust in God. It’s easy to compartmentalize my heart and then conveniently overlook what is tucked in the shadows. I take back what I owe Him, trying to better organize or clean up the mess myself, as if I could do a better job.

Surrender is a daily decision. Though my salvation is complete and eternal, the fullness of God’s peace and depths of His grace can only be experienced when I am entirely living under Christ’s lordship.

I want to wake up saying, Jesus, be my Lord today. Be Lord over my words, my attitudes, my reactions. Be the Lord of my long to-do list, and my responsibility to nurture and invest in the children You’ve entrusted to me. Be the Lord of my marriage and my workplace. Be the Lord over my thought-life and my temptations. Be the Lord of this home and the ministries you’ve given for me to serve.

Be Lord over every detail and every dream.

Jesus is the Lord of my life, but I can’t only depend on Him to be in charge of my future. I need Jesus to be Lord of this very hour, this exact moment.

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

Jesus takes my punishment (Day 10 of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross)

Oh the wonderful cross

Oh the wonderful cross

Our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey has finally led us to the foot of the cross.

It was difficult to read our Scripture passage today in Matthew 27:27-37. Jesus was flogged, mocked and spit upon. A crown of thorns was pressed into his head and then beaten down with a rod. He was so weak that someone else had to carry the cross to Golgotha. His arms were stretched out across the wooden beam, and nails driven through his wrists and ankles. Finally, he was lifted up, for all to see His agony.

My children’s little faces were downcast as I read, and all the chatter and wiggles stopped as they listened to what Jesus went through.

Day 10 Connection Icon: The Cross

Day 10 Connection Icon: The Cross

Jesus did it all for us. Jesus took the punishment we deserved for our sins. He went through all that suffering because there was no other way.

The charge written against Jesus and hung above Him on the cross said, “This is Jesus, King of the Jews.”

The Lord of All willingly laid down His life so that we could have abundant life.

After praying and thanking Jesus for His amazing sacrifice for us, we made sun-catcher crosses so that we will remember that our life and light only come through the cross.

(To create a sun-catcher cross, glue pieces of tissue paper onto wax paper, and then glue black construction paper cutouts on top of that. Trim, and hang on a window that gets a good amount of sun during the day.)

Learn more about our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey, and join us as we turn our hearts to Jesus this Easter!