Friday, April 20, 2012

Complete In Thee

Complete in Thee! No work of mine,
May take, dear Lord, the place of Thine;
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me,
And I am now complete in Thee!

There has rarely been a time I have sung Complete in Thee when I have not been convicted or taught/reminded. Tonight in my dorm, we had a dorm-wide singspiration in the study lounge (and outlying area around it... we did not all fit in the study lounge). When they passed out the song sheets, I was enthralled to see that Complete in Thee was one of the songs on the list for the night.

If you have not figured it out yet, Complete in Thee is my all-time favorite song. This is the song. The one I can listen to over and over and over again and not get tired of. The one I never stop learning from. The one that is my first choice when I want to worship my Savior through song. The one I absolutely adore. I have many, many songs I love a lot. Songs I would place under the "favorite song" category. But Complete in Thee far surpasses them all. This is my beyond favorite song. It is the ultimately best song. Ever.

Okay, back to tonight.

God has recently taught me a huge lesson. Finally reaching the poing of admitting I was wrong and had  been living with a life-dominating sin was extremely humbling. Setting things right in my life involved approaching several people in my life and doing exactly what every close to me knows I have a hard time doing: admitting that I was wrong. Maybe sometime [soon] I'll be able to share the full story. Trust me, it's one for [my] history books. :)

One of the "outskirts" lessons I have been working on applying that connects to the [big] lesson I learned is being completely satisfied in Christ. I easily grow impatient, wanting certain things in my life to move faster than they are moving right now. I know that God will not keep me where I am at in life right now a day longer than I'm supposed to be there. But the waiting can be so hard.

Tonight before the singspiration, I'll admit, I was struggling with satisfaction and patience. I was talking to a friend needlessly speculating about when when when would things move forward. I was allowing thoughts of dissatisfaction and impatience to consume my thoughts. And I'll be honest. It wasn't just when I was in my friend's room. It had been all day. Off and on for the past couple of days.

So I get to the singspiration.

And we get to Complete in Thee.

And we start singing.

And I keep hearing that phrase... complete in Thee.

As I sang, I began to become convicted. In Christ, I am complete. What more could I want? He will supply my every need. My current situation isn't all that bad, honestly. Sure, it doesn't appear ideal right now. But what about what God tells the Israelites in Jeremiah 29:11?

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, 
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

God has me in the situation I am in to teach me. Not to harm me. Where I am at in life is for my good. It may be hard now, but it will all be worth it. Who am I to doubt God's goodness? Who am I to doubt His timing? Who am I to deny Him His glory by being ungrateful and impatient?

God has gotten me this far. He will continue to hold me not only through this, but throughout my entire life. God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.

And I am complete in Him.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


I honestly hate to sound like a begger. Or peddler. Or... something awful.


I recently applied for ads on my blog. They have since appeared. I know ads are obnoxious and can sometimes take away from the atmosphere of a blog. My readers who have been around for a while know I try hard to create a certain atmosphere in my blog that can be tricky to maintain (thus the reason why I often make drastic changes in the formatting).


I am a poor college student and would like to make a teensy bit of extra money. I'm not asking you to click the ads every time you're on the blog. But, if you're reading, and there's an ad that looks kinda cool or something I would appreciate a click now and then. And this is the last time I will post about the ads.

Have a blessed week!

My Savior Lives.

And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices that they might come and anoint Him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: and they were affrighted. [The men] said unto the women, Be not affrighted. Why seek ye the living among the dead? Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified. He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulcher; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid. But Mary [Magdalene] stood without at the sepulcher weeping. She turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She, supposing Him to be the gardener, saith unto Him, Sir, if thou have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto Him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things unto her. And they, when they had heard that He was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. Now, when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, saying, say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade Him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.

[compiled using verses from Matthew 24, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20]