In the morning when I rise, in the morning when I rise
In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus
When I am alone, when I am alone
Oh when I am alone, give me Jesus
When I come to die, when I come to die
Oh when I come to die, give me Jesus
If you have taken the time to look at my 'About Me' page, you would know that I recently lost my Mom. This song is one that was played during her funeral service, as it truly gives a perfect picture of her life.
In the morning when she rose, she would sit and read her Bible, along with her devotions for that day. She knew her trust in the Lord would give her peace. "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you." - Isaiah 26:3. She knew that by seeking God first, all her other needs would somehow be met. "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:33. She knew that if she remained in Jesus, she would bear much fruit, giving Him glory. "Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." - John 15:4-5.
When my step-father passed away, she found herself to be alone. Of course, sadness and mourning were experienced, continuing at times throughout the remainder of her life, but she always held on to her faith in the Lord. In her weakness of losing a loved one, she knew where her strength came from "Jesus said, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." - 2 Corinthians 12:9. She found that in the last season of her life, a season of solitude and silence, her connection with God became even stronger. It became closer and much more intimate. "The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green." - Psalm 92:12-14.
Her goal in life was to love and glorify the Lord. "Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you." - Psalm 63:3. Through the strength that she received from Him, she was able to do this....no matter her circumstances. Most people find it easy to give the Lord glory when all their circumstances are good, but she knew the secret of true peace. She knew the secret of true wholeness and life. She knew the secret of forgiveness. She finished her race and completed her task. "I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace." - Acts 20:24.
What a teaching she has given me and what a legacy she has left to me. Oh, that my life could resemble hers.....even just a little bit!
So, in the morning when you rise, in your times of loneliness, and in all the days that God sees fit to bless you with.....
What are you asking to be given?
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