Friday, August 05, 2011

he's faithful to complete it

this is one of my favorite scriptures. this promise, i cling to it.

when i was little, my parents had a steve green cassette tape.
one of the songs was based on this verse.
a light metallic blue boom box, on top of the fridge, made that music sail through the house. 
i would often sing along at the top of my voice.
sometimes all six of us would be singing. we all love to sing.
the soothing music and comforting lyrics etched themselves deeply onto my heart and mind.
the crazy thing is, later i spent years of my life fighting this promise. i didn't want god at work in my life.
i didn't want anyone in control except for me. i ran hard away from christ. all during my tiresome running years, i never forgot this scripture, those songs or any other scripture i memorized as a child. it's like it wouldn't leave me the heck alone. like jesus was drawing me closer to himself as i tugged for my life to be my own.
today i'm so thankful that mercy came running to me, at my lowest moment. i was incapable of taking care of myself. only my creator could do that. he showed me my sin and my need for surrender to him. he showed me his anchoring love and free forgiveness. he gave me a brand new life, in himself. he turned all that knowledge i had of him into a relationship. an eternal connection to himself, my king.

he began a good work in me. and he will finish it.
he is daily molding me into who he created me to be. sometimes i don't see what he sees, and sometimes it hurts to grow. but i can trust him. i take him at his word. when i am low, he lifts my head, when i am weary, he gives me rest. praise jesus.

below is one of the songs from the tape our family owned back then-and i found a video so you can hear the music, too. i'm not crazy about the video, but i am crazy about the lyrics and the promise of god!
be encouraged, happy weekend to you!

He who began a good work in you
He who began a good work in you
Will be faithful to complete it
He'll be faithful to complete it
He who started a work
Will be faithful to complete it in you

If the struggle you're facing
Is slowly replacing your hope
With despair
Or the process is long
And you're losing your song
In the night

You can be sure that the Lord
Has His hand on you
Safe and secure
He will never abandon you
You are His treasure
And He finds His pleasure in you

He who began a good work in you
He who began a good work in you
Will be faithful to complete it
He'll be faithful to complete it
He who started the work
Will be faithful to complete it in you.
WORDS & MUSIC by JON MOHR

19 comments:

  1. Always love your sincerity in your posts, Hannah. Always straight from your heart.

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  2. I can look back and see the ways God had his hand on me even when I was rejecting him. Luckily for me I couldn't run far enough. eternally grateful!

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  3. Love this verse as well! Thank you for the reminder! :)

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  4. it blows my mind that He loves me so much, but Lord I'm so LAME....He just never gives up on me and for that my heart is so grateful.

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  5. Love the bible verse & the song lyrics. Life is hard, but God is with us!

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  6. Hannah, I am definitely a work in progress..so glad that He doesn't give up on us...love your heart. :)

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  7. Amen! I think I live by that idea of being a work in progress. I totally get what you are talking about. It's one of the many things that gives me hope, confidence and peace. Thanks for the encouraging words this morning. Just what I needed to hear :)

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  8. I love this promise. I cling to this promise. thanks, sweetie!
    <3

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  9. deuteronomy 29:29 says "the truth that has been revealed to you will not be taken from you or your children's children."

    that's what this post speaks to me. praise Jesus that he does not let go, but runs hard after us!

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  10. one of the most encouraging verses in all of scripture. thanks for the reminder. i officially forgive you for the french fries.

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  11. Thanks for your honesty and encouragement. Praise God for his faithfulness to us!

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  12. This is awesome - the second I saw this verse at the top of your blog I immediately started humming old Steve Green, having no idea that's what you'd be talking about! Yessss!! Gotta love cousin-hood. Btw, Candance and I have been discussing family reunion plans - be prepared!!

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  13. **Candace - why does that "n" always sneak itself in?

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  14. My first solo airshift at the Christian radio station began with that Steve Green song. My parents were, of course, listening and were touched at that song being my inaugural one. I immediately screwed up and played the song a second time, so it was even more appropriate than my folks had thought!
    You're always an encouragement to me, dear Hannah. Thanks (be to God!) for your writing and your open heart.

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  15. did you make this mrs fancy pants? what an awesome reminder of God's faithful promises.

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  16. I just keep reading through your posts... I can't help myself! Thank you for your vulnerable heart. I used to sing this song in college... it is bring tears to my eyes, and I needed to sing it today! :)

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  17. HANNAH! You are an amazing woman! May God continue to bless you! I have poured over all of your posts, including the ones about your incredible journey with Elijah Grey...there are tears running down my face! I used to listen to this song too as a kid! We had all of Steve Green's music, including his Spanish tapes! AMEN! This has given me the boost, I've been needing. I've been feeling like everything is just going wrong...but He's not done with my life just yet! Thank you for your words; they have made me realize I need to be patient and wait for Him, as He is working on me still! :)

    Oh and I'm your newest follower! :)

    -Evelin
    http://sweetsongbirdofmine.blogspot.com/

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