Saturday, December 6, 2014

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus


I am starting to wonder if I am secretly ADD. I started decorating for Christmas finally and have taken a pumpkin pie break and then was cruising the internet. Now I am blogging while 50% of my cats are out wandering on the balcony (don't worry they cannot jump off). Did I mention I was wanting to be done by 3 pm? So not going to happen.
Last night I stayed up entirely too late. While up past my bedtime I happened upon Chris Tomlin's Christmas album on You Tube. So now I am making a list of things to get on pay day. His Christmas album is one of them. Oooo that makes me want to see if they have Thanksgiving socks. I have been wanting to get some. Yep they have them. Gotta order online. Add that to my list of things to get on payday. 9 more days. Well maybe 8. So cannot wait. Along with my upcoming break for Christmas. I will be pet and house sitting over part of my break and am looking forward to it being a mini vacation of sorts. Gonna bring the guitar, my laptop, some baby bibs to cross stitch, and my book to write/type. Ooo and my bathing suit for the hot tub that I expect they will have.
So today is better than the day before which was better than the day before. It has been kind of a long semi-rough week. God is helping me to have peace and leave things in His hands regarding my friend. I had a good talk with my friend Julie last night and my friend/former student Robbie this morning. It has really helped to verbalize out loud that I trust God with my friend and that I have hope and faith and belief. And of course bringing forth to mind Proverbs 3:5-6 and Philippians 4:6-7. I got a coupon for 2 free movie tickets that need to be used by tomorrow and was hoping my friend might want to go, No response. That is okay, As I have learned that he is my extra grace required person (thank you God for my early Christmas gift!) and that this is a prime opportunity for me to practice exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit. How fun! I am determined to be peaceful and kind and long suffering and joyous and patient towards him. And I think one day he will notice. I continue to have peace and trust and faith and hope and belief. Plus it has helped to listen to Chris Tomlin's Christmas album.
One of the songs on the Christmas album (all Christmas for the first 24 days of this month then back to regular stuff) is Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. I have sung the song before and know the words, but for some reason heard the words in a different way. And I thought of my friend. I wish he could hear this song the way I am hearing it. So I pray and continue to trust God. And listen to songs that will encourage me. Many out there. Thank you God. I think one of the things that stuck out to me is where once again in the place of Israel you can insert your own name. And how the lyrics are full of God's promises. How they speak of the hope that we have in Christ and how no matter what it is we may go through down here on this earth we can take comfort in His presence. Oh how I cry out to God for my friend to be changed by Him. And that I will have the words to say to him when the time is right. Maybe it is good that my friend is not wanting to talk to me. It gives God time to grow me and prepare me for when the day comes that I can share with my friend. And share again. However many times it takes. I got the feeling last Saturday as we were walking along together that this was going to be a long road. Good. I will do it. And I will have peace, joy, patience, kindness, long suffering, gentleness and self control.

I wanted to find something that was live from the Chris Tomlin Christmas album for this, but could not. But there is a great acapella group. They are pretty good.
Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel's strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart
Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a king
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine own sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne
By Thine own sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

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