365 ribbons.

Years ago a thoughtful fan gave me a gift bag full of what I like to call “scripture scrolls.”   There were 365 of them, one for each day of the year.  I can’t imagine how long it must’ve taken her to roll up that many little pieces of paper and then tie each one together with a small, white ribbon.  But, the encouraging Bible verses, quotes, and song lyrics were much appreciated.

I enjoyed reading them in the beginning, but as life goes, eventually the bag ended up on a shelf in my closet.  Rediscovering them during the move of 2010, I decided to resurrect the little notes and I now display them in a decorative basket in my kitchen.  Whenever I need a boost, the scripture scrolls rarely disappoint.

Last night, looking for inspiration for blog #4 of my once-a-week blogging resolution, I unfurled another scroll and this is what I read . . . “But as for me I shall sing of Thy strength:  yes, I shall joyfully sing of Thy lovingkindness in the morning, for Thou hast been my stronghold, and a refuge in the day of my distress.  O my Strength, I will sing praises to Thee; for God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.”  (Psalm 59:16-17 NASB)

Tomorrow when I rise, I will head to the studio to sing the final lead vocals on my new album.  Last week, while singing the line, for He is good, His love endures forever, I got so choked up with emotion that I had to stop in the middle of the session.  After a brief tissue break I was able to continue.  Like the psalmist, I have known distress, but the tears came because I have also known the goodness of God and that is precisely what compels me to carry on.

So, in the morning, “I shall joyfully sing of Thy lovingkindness” once more.  Perhaps one of my song lyrics will give somebody a boost.

Looking to Him, from one ribbon to the next . . .




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