Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Tuesday Toss-Up

Tuesday's Toss-up is here again! It's YOUR turn to comment on my blog, and I can't wait to read your profound, funny, and at times, life changing thoughts!

Here's how it works... Read the quote (today, it's part of a song), process it a bit, and comment on how you (or we) can apply this to your (or our) lives ... or what the quote means to you. Oh, and don't worry about the length or theology behind your comment ... it can be short & sweet, or long and detailed... just GO FOR IT!!

You are my strength when I am weak, You are the treasure that I seek, You are my all in all. Seeking You as a precious jewel, Lord to give up I'd be a fool, You are my all in all.
by: Dennis Jernigan with Shepherd's Heart Music
(A.K.A. -- A good ol' Oklahoma boy!)

Be sure to visit Dennis Jernigan's site to read his awesome testimony!

Remember -- no Googling ... original "first thoughts" from YOUR heart and mind only!!! AND -- check back through out the day to see what others have shared!!!

Revised to add: Please go to Heather's blog (The Roller Coaster Ride of My Life) She is so precious! You've just got to get to know her and her blog!


Heather Smith said...

I love this song. One of my favorites to sing.It's just so true. Jesus is everything we need. No matter what life throws at us, we are able to handle it with Jesus' help. I've learned a lot about this over the last few years, and though the road hasn't always been easy, I've always known that I'm never alone! How do people make it without Him? Thanks for using this song today, GiBee! I needed it!!

kpjara said...

I love this song! More then anything it helps me remember that not only am I allowed to be weak, but I am called to be weak. That everything I am and everything I will ever be is through the one that created me.

I am called to run after Him as I would run after my most valuable treasure. He is the ultimate treasure and I can never stop searching and seeking His face in my quest for completeness!

Morning Glory said...

In recent years I've learned that I am completely and utterly helpless without Christ. He is the air that I breathe.

Susanne said...

The line "You are the treasure that I seek" really stands out to me. During the gold rush people would give up all they had, life as they knew it, for the chance that they might find the treasure of gold. Have I given up life as I knew it to find the treasure of Jesus in my life or am I settling for fool's gold in the things of the world?

The best part is Jesus guarantees if we seek Him He will be found by us and be our all in all. The gold seekers had no such guarantee. How can we refuse a deal like that? How amazing!

Susan said...

Okay, so I have all these thoughts in my head and can't really put them out there. I get kind of embarrassed. :( I think it sounds like a pretty song though!

Stacey said...

I really like this song!! I think it just reminds me to completely lean on God and know that He is in total control of everything that goes on in my life... Nothing surprises Him!!

Addie said...

OK, this is super duper deep. Are you sure your ready for it???

It reminds me of one my favorite verses (that I frequently feel the need to chant) Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."


Sandra said...

I've learnt that it's so much easier to just accept God's help and let him guide you through everything, than fight it.

As long as you have God in your life, you can do ANYTHING!!! What a wonderful feeling that is :)

shannon from rocks in my dryer said...

YOu're going to make me cry.

When I was going through my first miscarriage, and was utterly at the lowest point in my life thus far, I had to drag myself to church (where all the moms with their pretty babies were). One Sunday, only a couple of weeks after it happened, our music minister taught us this song for the first time. It took my breath away. I remember singing that line "Lord to give up I'd be a fool" from the very depths of my soul, clinging to my hope in Him. I'm not much of a cry-er, but to this day, I can't sing that song without a lump in my throat. Thanks for sharing that, GiBee.

Morning Glory said...

Tag----you're it. Go to my blog.

Shalee said...

That is one of my favorite songs too. It directs me in such a way to know that Jesus is the only thing that matters in this entire life, He is all that I need, He is all that I should ever seek, He directs my focus and only He should consume my everything. He will sustain me and bring me stength when I feel that I just can't go on another day.

My scripture thought is in Matthew 13:44-46, the parables about the hidden treasure and the pearl. "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine perals. Ehen he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it."

It tells me that Jesus is so precious that I should be willing to sell all, give up everything that I deem important and actively own Him, making him "my Precious."

Yeah, I meant it in a Gollum/Smeagle way. (LOTR series for those who don't know to what I am referring.) I should let Jesus so permeate and consume me that I am transformed into something else... a child of God. And I should be so changed that no one of this world should be able to recognize the old me.

janna said...

Hmm...what does this mean to me. Lots of things. I've never heard the tune, but the words speak volumes. Here goes:

You are my strength when I am weak - Isn't it interesting that to truly understand this we need to have been totally broken before God?

You are the treasure that I seek - God is our reward in this life, pure and simple...not the approval of our friends and family or worldly success.

You are my all in all - I am finding more each day that God is my treasure and being with Him is like breathing fresh air. He is the one thing in life I won't give up...truly.

Peach said...

I bought the album/CD simply for this song. Love this song and now several others on this same disc.

Today has been a tough day to feel like much of a jewel, so I am glad He is always one, and I am thankful for the truth that 'to give up I'd be a fool.'

When I went to a church that played this song frequently, I never made it through it without crying. I think I need to go listen to it today. Thanks GiBee!

Peach said...

One weird thing about me, I don't like to be the 13th commenter or leave someone with 13 comments, so here I am again.

Faith said...

I love this song. I've heard it several times today. He is all I need. He is everything.

momrn2 said...

I knew exactly what I would say to this as soon as I read it. There was a point in life (not so long ago) where I thought how easy it would be to give up on faith, trust, and hope. And then I found this song forever stuck in my head. The line I couldn't seem to get rid of was "Lord to give up I'd be a fool" I knew instantly the thought of giving up and ceasing the seeking of God and His plan wasn't even an option. I would be a FOOL to do so! Thanks for once again reminding me to seek and seek as though I'm seeking for a very precious jewel... a reward in the end!

Fairytales and Dreams said...

Second - My LBY lessons. God sees the "big picture" of our lives. It is not written, or spoken, but we, through faith, will come to understand His plan. If we let go, and die to Him, then His will is what will be done in our lives.

That is an excerpt from my blog this morning...He is the treasure, priceless and true...His will can lead us to His ultimate treasure...indeed we would be fools for giving up our quest for Him!
Truly Amazing!

Praying for your Prodigal said...

YES! Love this song. Reminds me that everytime....EVERYTIME I lean on God (first instead of last) I learn something new about Him. Isn't He awesome, faithful, and so good!

My challenge is, when the struggle hits, to go to Him BEFORE I start to meddle in the problem. I'm sure bringing him an un-meddled crisis would be much easier for him to untangle! :) He understands and is so willing to be there for us no matter when we bring Him our life!

He is our Redeemer, our Provider, our Protector, our Creator, our Shelter, and a few years ago He became my Father in a very real way. I discovered at the age of 48 that the alcoholic man I always believed to be my Dad...was not. Feeling like someone had amputated my left leg--I dragged myself to God in prayer...and through a process of total abandonment--He provided! I discovered what it truly means to be His child. I have written about it and may some day blog about it. It was an amazing journey--and the hole that was ripped in my heart, losing an earthly Father, loosing full-siblings...and 1/2 my family relatives...He has completely filled up my broken heart, spirit and soul! Only God can do that!


GiBee said...

Heather: I love your post that went along with this... thanks for sharing your thoughts on your blog!

Susanne: that's a great point!Have I given up life as I know it to pursue my treasure in Jesus?

Susan: Just throw out your thoughts, friend! No one is judging or looking at theology here... Just what's on your heart is all that matters! You're in a SAFE place here!

Addie: Have you gone to Heather's Roller Coaster Ride (first commentor) and read her post from yesterday? You should! You two think alike!!!

Oh, Shannon: I'm so sorry! I didn't mean to make you OR ME cry, because when I read your comment, I started to well up, too!

Shalee: do you refer to him as "Master" in a LOTRs way, too? LOL!

Peach: I'll have to remember that about you!

MomRN2: "Lord to give up I'd be a fool" is such a strong statement, isn't it???

Fairytales and Dreams: It seems as though we are thinking along the same lines, doesn't it???

Carol said...

Okay, it's probably good that I'm a day late. Just to prove I'm also a dollar short, I'll just say that I don't like this song.

I think the lyrics are fine and I especially like the "Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your name" part. (Totally gives me a way to lift Him up as worthy and reminds me how unworty I truly am.) But I cringe whenever we do this song at church. It's too CCM/P&W for me. And it's not the only one.

I know. I'm crazy. Just shoot me and get it over with.