Tell Your Heart To Beat Again

Begin Again

2015 is about to end.  So many emotions come to surface as I reflect on the past 12 months.  It was, indeed, a roller coaster ride – emotionally and spiritually.  There were times of depression and bitterness. There were times of spiritual testing and emptiness.  But there were also times of joy, peace, comfort and hope.

God is truly faithful, even if and especially when I was faithless and unfaithful. And because of His unfailing love, I choose to be thankful rather than dwell on all the “what could have beens.”

This morning, as I sat and poured out my heart to Him, He brings this song to me  by Danny Gokey entitled, Tell Your Heart To Beat Again.  The lyrics sprang to life and spoke to my heart to remind me to keep trusting, to keep hoping, to keep surrendering.  After all, HE is our heart’s beat.

Danny Gokey says,

“I dedicate this song to all those who need 2016 to be a better year than the years before. Disappointments, past failures and broken relationships may have left you feeling hopelessly stuck, but God has a plan for your life in spite of it all. Allow God in the dark hidden parts of your heart to heal past wounds so you don’t have to walk with a limp anymore. Let Him remove the pain of the past once and for all. Come in agreement with your Heavenly Father and tell your heart to beat again, to hope again, to dream again and to believe again. It’s time for you to get back up again because it’s never too late to become all that God has destined you to be.”

Here are the lyrics of the song:

You’re shattered
Like you’ve never been before
The life you knew
In a thousand pieces on the floor
And words fall short in times like these
When this world drives you to your knees
You think you’re never gonna get back
To the you that used to be

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday’s a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again

Beginning
Just let that word wash over you
It’s alright now
Love’s healing hands have pulled you through
So get back up, take step one
Leave the darkness, feel the sun
Cause your story’s far from over
And your journey’s just begun

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday’s a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again

Let every heartbreak
And every scar
Be a picture that reminds you
Who has carried you this far
‘Cause love sees farther than you ever could
In this moment heaven’s working
Everything for your good

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday’s a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again
Your heart to beat again
Beat again

Oh, so tell your heart to beat again

Sing it out as you listen or watch the video:  Tell Your Heart To Beat Again

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Unrelinquishable Crown

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On the evening of December 20, 2015 7/6c, majority of the world’s population watched with anticipation as each country’s respective contestants vied for the crown of Miss Universe. It was a night filled with the usual excitement expected in a beauty pageant– until the last few minutes where the host, Steve Harvey, announced the wrong name as winner. That was the highlight of the evening.

Both real and cyber worlds were abuzz. Interesting comments and opinions were expressed. The whole mix up became the most trending topic to date!

For some, it provided amusement. For others, It evoked pity for Miss Colombia. For Filipinos, pride for their candidate. And then for a great number, judgmental assumptions on what went wrong and accusations toward Steve Harvey’s carelessness.

The world is in a constant battle to claim that sole representation of glory – whether it be the Miss Universe crown, the seat of the Country President, the gold trophy at the Olympics, or the position of CEO in a multinational company – while it brings a promise of fame, power and fortune, it does not last. They all soon enough, deteriorate.

For us Christians, the God’s Word is clear in encouraging us that our aim must not be for the temporal, but for the crowns that God has promised the believers in eternity.

The Bible mentions five of them:

  1. The Crown of Life – to the believer who perseveres under trials.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)

  1. The Soul-Winner’s Crown – to believers who labored to save souls from the fires of hell.

You are our hope, our joy, and the crown  we will take pride in when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.  (1 Thessalonians 2:19)

  1. The Crown of Righteousness – for those who look for and love Christ’s return.

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.  (2 Timothy 4:8)

  1. The Crown of Glory – for those who faithfully teach and preach God’s Word.

And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive  the crown of glory that does not fade away.  (1 Peter 5:4)

  1. The Incorruptible Crown – for those who “run a good race” in the Christian life.

And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. (1 Corinthians 9:25)

If this won’t encourage us enough to love others and not live for our own glory, nothing will. After all, these crowns are just bonuses for our true Treasure is Jesus Christ, Himself.

The bible further reminds us that the pursuit of temporal glory and gratification is all vanity.

Philippians 2:3 says:

Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory;   but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.

Psalm 119:37:

Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me in Your ways.

Let us all strive to find our True Treasure – one that leads to eternal satisfaction and fellowship with the King of the universe. One that is given to us without mistake. One that cannot be relinquished.

Video reference:  Wrong Winner in Miss Universe 2015