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Offering Sweet

 

Joining Kate and the Five Minute Friday community this week with my offering:

 

Isaiah 52:7 ESV

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Offering Sweet

 

Count your blessings
I tell myself
Be thankful for the gifts
My heart, it longs to sing.

And yet impoverished
Poor in spirit
What can I bring
What can I offer You, My King?

Blessed, My child
Are you, the poor in spirit
For the Kingdom of heaven
Is yours: Come!

But I am filled with grief
My LORD
What thankful gift can I here bring
When tears fall like rivers from my cheeks?

Blessed, My child
Are you who mourn
For I shall comfort you
And hold you in My arms: Come!

But even in my longing

You alone in worship to raise
I see my weakness, LORD

And know my love is weak?

Blessed, My child
Are the meek of heart
For they shall inherit
My earth: Come!

But LORD, I cannot get enough
I thirst and hunger for more of You
Each day it only grows
What’s wrong with me?

Blessed, My child
Are you, who hunger and thirst
For Me, true righteousness alone
For I will satisfy, each day anew: Come!

But LORD, my heart aches
It bleeds each day
For all those turned away
Your sons and daughters shunned?

Blessed, My child
Are the merciful
Those who turn toward
For I will show them mercy too: Come!

But LORD
Every day I am clothed in sin
All I bring to You is shame
And to my fellow man?

Blessed, My child
Are you, the pure in heart
The ones who confess your sin
For this reveals your righteousness in Me.

But LORD
Each day I bring Your truth in love
But silence shames and anger hits
They keep me on my knees.

Blessed, My child
Are the peacemakers
Those who come in My Name
For you shall be called My Son.

But LORD
Each time Your call I heard

And walked toward Your truth to speak

They turned me cold away.

Blessed, My child
Are those who are persecuted in My Name
For yours is the Kingdom of Heaven
Just wait and see My people in love return.

My blessing is poured
Not in easy and worldly gold
But in bowed down low
My hand will raise.

Count your blessings, My child
In My Kingdom Come.
Each time your knees are bowed
My strength is poured.

For My Power is not perfected in strength
But in weakness bowed here low
In yoked to perfect
And tethered strong
To Son of Truth and Grace.

Bring your offerings
Pleasing and sweet
Each day anew
And watch Me build

My Temple True.

Poor in spirit
Pouring your tears
Humbled of heart
Hungry and thirsty for more of Me
Mercifully weeping My many tears
Purely clothed from shame to grace
Bringer of Peace to softening hearts
Persecuted, reviled 

This is My Son in you. 

These are the blessings
Upon which I build
A worship in Spirit and truth
To swing wide My gates.

The stone builders reject
My Son in you
But I have made Him, My cornerstone
My Temple True in you.

So raise your hands
And praise My Name
Rejoice and be glad
Count your blessings each day anew.

For blessed is He who comes
In the Name of the LORD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Comments Post a comment
  1. This is such a beautiful outpouring from the Beattitudes. I love the way that Jesus spoke it to you through a prayer. Thank you so much for sharing this today. He truly brings such Good News to us. Love and hugs Dear Friend!

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    April 5, 2019
  2. Visiting as your FMF neighbor. Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed week!

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    April 5, 2019
  3. Oh, Anna, this is beautiful!!!! Like Bettie said, I love how you applied the Beattitudes to your life and shared it with us. My spirits were definitely lifted as I read your offering today. Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear sister! xoxo

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    April 6, 2019
    • So thankful He uses our meager offerings to His glory. Love and hugs to you too, Gayl. So thankful for you xoxo

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      April 6, 2019
  4. Athira #

    Thanks a lot for sharing it with us..’Count your Blessings’, really a good start in the beginning itself.Its reminds me His blessings on my life…so grateful to Him.Focus more on our Blessings rather than the problems.

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    April 6, 2019
    • So many blessings, aren’t there? He is so good to show us that our biggest blessings are in fact the treasures to be found in our trials and pain – it’s there we discover more of who HE is. Take us deeper, LORD.

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      April 6, 2019
  5. So beautiful and uplifting, this poem encourages my heart. Thank you.

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    April 6, 2019
    • Thank you for visiting, Mary. So glad it encouraged you. God is so good to us.

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      April 6, 2019
  6. Beautiful words and inspiration to sit and ponder and to never quit coming to our Father!

    Thanks for sharing your heart.

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    April 6, 2019
    • Thank you for visiting, Deborah. Glad to hear it inspires you.

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      April 6, 2019
  7. Hi Anna, this was such a lovely interpretation of the Beatitudes. You really captured my attention and my imagination, and challenged me to read the Word with fresh eyes. Thank you!

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    April 9, 2019
    • So glad to hear it blessed you. God is so good to keep opening the Word afresh to us. Thank you for visiting.

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      April 10, 2019

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