Being humbly reminded again how deep my Father's love and watch care is, this verse from the hymn "Come Thou Fount" has been going through my head this morning.
"O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above."
Ephesians 1: 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ,according to the purpose of his will,
6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Faith Academy had its first band concert last night.
Kirsten plays percussion in the middle school band.
Mikayla is in the high school orchestra but they did not perform last night.
The band concert was excellent.
Kurt was asked by the band director to video the concert, so he did.
Kirsten heading up on the stage
High School Jazz Band
5th Grade Beginning Band
Middle School Band
The hymn, "Jesus Shall Reign" by Isaac Watts was going through my head as Kurt recently shared with the high schoolers at a recent high school chapel that Jesus Christ is ruling and reigning now, as well as forever more, even though here on earth it can seem that he isn't ruling yet. Truly, His Kingdom is everlasting!
"1. Jesus shall reign where'er the sun does its successive journeys run; his kingdom spread from shore to shore, till moons shall wax and wane no more.
2.To Jesus endless prayer be made, and endless praises crown his head; his name like sweet perfume shall rise with every morning sacrifice.
3.People and realms of every tongue dwell on his love with sweetest song; and infant voices shall proclaim their early blessings on his name.
4.Blessings abound where'er he reigns; all prisoners leap and loose their chains; the weary find eternal rest, and all who suffer want are blest.
5.Let every creature rise and bring honors peculiar to our King; angels descend with songs again, and earth repeat the loud amen!"
James was wearing his daddy's shoes yesterday. He is in that wonderful stage of life where his Daddy means all the world to him.
He loves to follow Kurt around, play with him. He calls out for him during the day when Kurt is at work. It is very sweet.
It makes me humbly aware of how much our actions as earthly parents instill in our children the image of their Heavenly Father.
I think in hymns and songs. This song chorus was going through my head yesterday as I saw James walking around in his Daddy's shoes.
"I want to be like my Daddy (like my Daddy)
To walk and talk in every way
He loves me more than I'll ever know
I'm growing more like Him everyday (everyday)
Let me say I want to be like my Daddy (like my Daddy)
And it's clear for all to see
The reason I want to be like Him
'Cause He's so much a part of me
I wanna be, I wanna be like my Daddy (just like my Dad)
I wanna be, I wanna be like my Daddy"
Our Filipino friends have taught me so much about rejoicing in trials and being content with what we have.
As you know, a typhoon went through Manila on Saturday. It was the worst rains they've had in 40 years. There has been much flooding, loss of possessions, home, life.
Today, the administrator from Faith Manila campus sent an update on how they all are fairing up there. He included this quote from a Filipino colleague when asked by her supervisor how she was doing.
"We are fine sir. Our appliances are floating around the house downstairs. I went to my sisters place and it was the same. The good thing is, there are plenty of fish to catch!"
This demonstrates the tremendous Filipino spirit which I admire so much.