Just Be Held by Casting Crowns

              So I downloaded the new album Thrive by Casting Crowns and have been listening to it over and over again the last few days.  And the song below “Just be Held” is speaking VOLUMES to me.  It is my heart and my pain all in one.

               So many times in this life we are just struggling to hold it together.  We are struggling to be ok when in actuality we are falling apart on the inside.  I know I for one try to keep a strong face for the world and then I make the mistake of falling apart in front of my children.  (Hence “I am crazy” theme of my life). 

               Every time I turn around I feel like something is hitting me.  I feel like I will never get a break and I am always wondering when the next storm is going to hit.   What is next?  And how far will the next thing tear me apart?

               But God is here and He is asking us to just allow ourselves to be held by Him.  He is telling us to just lay down the control to Him and He will make things if not better than easier.  He is saying that everything we are going through is for a reason and it will all be an AHA moment in the future.  But during this time just let him hold you.

               I know it is easier said than done but we need to remember that He loves us more than anything or anyone could ever love period.  We need to let go of control and just let life work its way through keeping our eyes on Him and His promise that all these tears and this pain will go away.  We will have peace eventually.  He promises us that.

               I HIGHLY recommend that everyone get this new album.  This song is only one of many on there that speaks so much truth and comfort.  It is exactly the album I needed right now. 

 

Just Be Held 

Casting Crowns.

Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on

And when you’re tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There’s freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

If your eyes are on the storm
You’ll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You’ll know I always have and I always will

And not a tear is wasted
In time, you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands

Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where you’ll find Me
And where you are, I’ll hold your heart
I’ll hold your heart
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who wont let go

Advertisements

Pleasing

Popularity, a status that most just attribute to teenagers.  All most teens want is to be popular.  “If I am just pretty enough” “if I wear the right clothes” “if I am the best athlete.” “If I hang with the right people.”  These are all things that so many teenagers say.  Not just in today’s society, either, but even back when I was a teen or our grandparents or great grandparents were teens.  Everyone has moments like this in their life.  And not just as a teenager either.  Even as adults we wonder if this person likes us or if I just do this or that I will get somewhere.  All of it stems back to wanting to be popular.

Striving for popularity I believe also starts some form of codependency in us.  We want to be popular so we strive to please others.  Striving to please others then turns to feeling like you aren’t you if you aren’t making someone else happy or controlling someone else by doing everything for them because it makes them happy.  Even if it means sacrificing our own happiness.

 Trying to be everyone’s friend or please everyone just to keep the peace or whatever it is that you are doing is NOT HEALTHY for you emotionally, mentally but mostly it’s not healthy spiritually. 

 

Paul says in Galatians 1:10 “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

 

Reading this verse today hit me smack dab right between the eyes.  All my life I have strived to please people.  I have become codependent because I do not know how to live without pleasing other people or controlling other people to please myself.  Because of this I have NOT been a good and faithful servant of Christ.  I have worried more about what other people think than what my God thinks. 

We all try to please people.  It seems to make life more peaceful.  But does it really?  What if we really didn’t care what people thought and only worked on pleasing God?  I know that many people may turn away from us and call us Jesus freaks or Bible thumpers but if that is the case then God doesn’t want them to be around us anyway. 

Biggest thing, though, how would we feel?  Think about how much less stress you would have trying to please God only and not everyone around you.  You would have less emotional baggage.  Yeah there would be some because we all have it but truly imagine the peace you would have in your heart, your mind and your body.  Please God and God alone could truly heal our souls.  People are not what matter the most.  Yes we must love them and try to bring them to God but when it comes to you and how you behave or what you do there is only one that you must answer to and that is God Almighty.  So I aim to and I challenge you to as well, to just leave your life in His hands and don’t worry about what others will say or do.  He will take care of them and anything else that needs done.  Just focus on loving Him and only Him and the rest will fall into place.