The Great Beholding

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This past year has been one of the darkest, most heartbreaking and scariest seasons of my life. It’s felt suffocating and overwhelmingly exhausting at times. But I give glory to God that I can truly say, in spite of crippling circumstances, my husband and I are learning  beautiful lessons about the grace, mercy and sovereignty of God,  in ways that we never have before. It’s been very easy for me to lose heart, depriving my soul of the joy, hope and peace that Christ gives, but I have seen and tasted of His goodness in the midst of hardship and am so thankful and awed by Him for that.

At the end of last year, I was in a really dark place, questioning anything and everything about myself, but also putting a lot into question about what I knew (or thought I knew) about God. It felt like a constant tug of war, fighting against my doubts, trying to remain confident in not only the character of God, but His genuine heart and affections towards me as His child. During this season, I was searching the scriptures, desperately digging for some sort of solution or answer that resonated with what I was going through and how I was handling it. Years ago, the Lord laid John 15 on my heart to meditate on and memorize, so I began intently reading it and became deeply connected to its message. Each time I am brought back to these verses, they always take on a new and deeper meaning for me. This time in particular, I began reading through them over and over, doing my best to cling tightly to their truth and the Lord immediately gave me inspiration for a song.

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For as long as I can remember, God has used music specifically to speak to me and gave me the passion for worship and songwriting at a very young age. I’ve written a numerous amount of songs, but the songs that I feel deeply connected to and that God has used most in my life,  are the ones that have been written in the dark and devastating seasons that I’ve faced. The song that came from John 15 is one of those timely, life-giving ones for me. God is so good and so gracious, that when I am at my weakest and my heart is the most fragile, he stoops to meet me and plants inspiration. After finishing this song,  I shared it with my husband and we began the process of adding some sort of music to it. My husband and I recently started a band together called The Great Beholding and are slowly but surely preparing for pursuing this aspect of ministry together. Once we finished the writing process, I knew that it was something I needed to share. I know that this song is simple and nothing mind blowing, but  I think that the simplistic, profound words of Jesus in this passage are easily forgotten and we all need to be reminded of them.

IMG_8673Jesus lays out in a nutshell how we are to live our lives and what gives them purpose. When we are in Christ and abiding in His fullness, we are lacking nothing and are overflowing with joy. Submitting our lives to Christ’s call and remaining faithful to Him, brings a satisfaction like nothing else and it gives us the ability to be fruitful and pleasing in His sight. So many times I have fallen short and missed out experiencing His goodness in this way, by taking my own path and losing sight of this truth. It is so applicable and convicting to me on a regular basis and that is why I wanted to share my song on the blog today and be transparent with you all. Praise God that His grace is sufficient and that even in our weaknesses and brokenness, He is mighty to save us from our mess and bring us back to where we belong in Him. I pray that this little tune is an encouragement and comfort to the body of Christ and that it draws you closer and takes you deeper in your walk with Him.  

Listen to our latest song: Abide

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 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. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete…” John 15: 1-11

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Photos & Words: Danielle M. Cosgrove  || Additional photos courtesy of The Great Beholding

Broken Hearts, Broken World

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“Christianity affirms that at the heart of reality is a Heart — a loving Father who works through history for the salvation of His children. Man cannot save himself, for man is not the measure of all things and humanity is not God. Bound by the chains of his own sin and finiteness, man needs a Savior.” // Martin Luther King, Jr.

Romans 12:15 urges us to rejoice in times of rejoicing, and to mourn in times of mourning. We are heartbroken over the loss of so many lives in recent days, weeks, and months. Between corrupt politicians, many injustices, and so much death we are seeing that the days are indeed evil. Ephesians 5:16 affirms this but we are also given a command: make the most of every opportunity.

IMG_8389Another great quote by MLK Jr. tells us how we can do just that: “We need to pledge ourselves anew to the cause of Christ. We must capture the spirit of the early church. Wherever the early Christians went, they made a triumphant witness for Christ. Whether on the village streets or in the city jails, they daringly proclaimed the good news of the gospel.”

This is our purpose, friends — spreading the good news. Recent headlines prove that the heart is desperately wicked and beyond cure on our own. Many devastated people are asking why? They are seeking answers for peace and so some point to gun control, activism, and other human means to remedy our broken world. If you are in Christ, we hold the answer! We have a hope within us that we should be ready to share. We have a Savior that bridges the gap between us and God! He is the healer of hurts and the embodiment of love. Oh, let us mourn. As the church body we should cry alongside the world – for lives were wrongly taken – but let this spur us on to greater love.

We have promises of a day with no more tears or pain. Let our light shine and our love pour down on men, women, and children of every color. The greatest way we can show love is to point others to the Gospel, to Love Himself.

Written by Dianne Jago, founder of Deeply Rooted Magazine.

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“Made this yesterday, not even dreaming of what
could’ve happened last night.

My Father is constant and faithful. He will never change, no matter what the circumstances. I weep for this broken world, a world that desperately needs Jesus. he is mourning with us. he is the same, yesterday and today and forever.”

-Charlotte Pell

 

Photos courtesy of Charlotte Pell. Wall hangings ↠ Etsy Shop.