Monday, March 28, 2011

Music for Monday

"I Will Offer Up My Life" by Matt Redman

I will offer up my life
In spirit and truth,
Pouring out the oil of love
As my worship to You
In surrender I must give my every part;
Lord, receive the sacrifice
Of a broken heart

CHORUS:

Jesus, what can I give, what can I bring
To so faithful a friend, to so loving a King?
Savior, what can be said, what can be sung
As a praise of Your name
For the things You have done?
Oh my words could not tell, not even in part
Of the debt of love that is owed
By this thankful heart

You deserve my every breath

For You've paid the great cost;
Giving up Your life to death,
Even death on a cross
You took all my shame away,
There defeated my sin
Opened up the gates of heaven
And have beckoned me in

Jesus, what can I give, what can I bring
To so faithful a friend, to so loving a King?
Savior, what can be said, what can be sung
As a praise of Your name
For the things You have done?
Oh my words could not tell, not even in part
Of the debt of love that is owed
By this thankful heart

The weeks since Valentine's Day have been full and we've all been cycling through illness. It has been a l o n g s t r e t c h. We are all eager to be well. At the same time. This morning Quinn and Sela are still asleep. I'm actually all ready for the day. Ryan is gearing up for a return to work after a week and a half off. The house is quiet.

This week Quinn turns 5! Sela has been talking up a STORM including yesterday waving goodbye at the door and saying, "Thanks for coming...See you later!" What! Sela will be 19 months on Friday!

We have a new little nephew...Phinehas Luther...who arrived on Saturday morning. And we got to have a family shower for my sister-in-law and brother-in-law on Sunday for their little boy who will arrive in May. Awesome to celebrate new life.

Thinking about margins, rest, John 11, and what is life-giving. Thinking about Japan. Thinking about Libya. Thinking about Newberg.

Hope to write some more soon...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Music for Monday

"Beautiful" by Phil Wickham

I see Your face in every sunrise

The colors of the morning are inside Your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
I look up to the sky and say
You're beautiful

I see Your power in the moonlit night
Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
It's all proclaiming who you are
You're beautiful

I see you there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now you are sitting on Your heavenly throne
Soon we will be coming home
You're beautiful

When we arrive at eternity's shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We'll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we'll sing
You're beautiful

I see Your face, I see Your face, I see Your face
You're beautiful, You're beautiful, You're beautiful

Listen to the song along with a time lapse video of God's handiwork...

Our small group has begun to read "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan. I've been challenged already...I get caught focused on the tasks and stuff of life and forget to look out at what God has created. To see it. That He is revealing himself through His creation like Paul wrote to the Romans. The wind, the clouds, the sun, the moon, the grass, the daffodils, the rain, the beauty, the power, the soft, the strength, the unique...all of it.

God is beautiful.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

honey...

So the Dougherty household has been fighting illness for about a month now.

Quinn had bronchitis and an ear infection. I'll admit when the doctor ordered a chest x-ray after hearing something in his lungs, I freaked out. After a round of high powered antibiotics he is doing well.

Sela has had a cold since Valentine's Day. The never ending cold. A trip to the doctor confirmed a cold. A trip to the ER one night because she was holding on to walls when she walked and seemed disoriented revealed an ear infection. A round of antibiotics later and she was good to go...for about 24 hours and now the cold is back. She is in bed right now coughing in her sleep.

Ryan has pneumonia. Pneumonia! UGH! He doesn't feel good. He is trying to take care of himself and do some half days at work here and there. Both lungs have "the gunk".

I was sick. All four of us sick at one time...first time and I hope it is the last time. So I was sick and now I'm just really tired. It has been a long stretch without much consistent sleep. I expect Sela and I will be up tonight because she is uncomfortable.

Everyone has something. Right now our focus is on getting healthy. Prayers are of course very welcome!

Here is our little medical tidbit via our pediatrician...spoonfuls of honey are as effective when tested against cough medicine. Seriously. If you're coughing, pull out the honey.

Off to bed!