Republishing: Part 4: Chapter 2 – Day 5: With You

And may this old post from a year ago bless you also, as it has me afresh today, in seeing the fruit of God’s pruning in my life and heart growing and flourishing. Praise Him! He knows what He’s doing – even when it just doesn’t make any sense to us.

Have I ever told you that I feel the prayers of someone God set me apart from for His purposes in each of our lives years ago now? And every time I do, I thank the LORD for the sweet and precious gift of this dear sister in Christ, whom I love so deeply and so look forward to hugging one day in person, when God restores us to each other. Even when we are physically set apart, for whatever reason, our union in Christ remains and grows even more deeply, through the Spirit’s leading.

Welcome to Day 5 of Part 4’s Chapter 2 of Arise and Shine. Today, Anna is sharing the 5th offering of scarlet thread – the cleansing blood of Christ.

With You

I told You
I would go anywhere
Do anything
For You
But I didn't see
Where You would take me
I didn't see
All You'd do.

But now I know
Each door
You close so firmly
Is not Your withholding
But Your bestowing.

For when all I can see
Is pain and labor
Birthing nothing but air
You see
The Living Word
Crowning in me.

You see each dying
A resurrection birthing
Mercy meeting truth
Righteousness kissing

Blessings and prayers
Pouring from my lips
For in each trial and temptation
You are paving my path straight
Uniting my body, mind and soul
In You.

Bought with a price
Each surrender You are working
A sacrifice holy
And pleasing
In Your blood

Your Spirit in me
A sweet scent wafting
From Your dwelling place

For each closing door
Is but Your purpose for me
To be still and know
You alone are God
That You will be exalted
Among the nations.

Each closing door
Is but Your knocking
That I might hearken
To Your heart beating in me
And open the door
To dine
With You.

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