Archive for January, 2012


Jesus, be the Center of my life

Over the Christmas break, I had one of those days. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. The day started with great plans to put up our Christmas tree and begin all the great Christmas fun with my family. But then my little boys got strep throat and my wife began feeling under the weather as well. Next, I got some bad news from a family member and it just seemed like it was one thing after another. I got really frustrated and felt overwhelmed. Have you ever had one of those days?

I played this song called “Jesus be the Center.” It really put things in perspective. Even when things are chaotic, you can always find something to be grateful for and on this particular day, Jesus once again showed me that it is all about making Him the center in every situation. One of my favorite lyrics in the song is, “Jesus be the center of my life, from beginning to the end, it will always be, it’s always been You Jesus.” It is true – Jesus is always there, ready to be the center of our life when we let Him. So often, I feel I need to fix things or figure things out on my own. I am so glad that Jesus is always faithful to remind me that I can leave it in His hands and trust Him.

The truth is, when I am the center of my life, everything is out of balance. Nothing can satisfy my soul like truly living for Jesus, putting others first and making Jesus the center. When Jesus is the center of my life, I have indescribable joy and peace. He sustains me with His love even when I have trials and testing.

Christmas is such a wonderful time with family and friends. I love all the time with family, the Puerto Rican food (lol), the giving of gifts, and all of the great memories to be made. But at the end of the day and even beyond Christmas…it’s all about Jesus. He came down from Heaven to demonstrate His love for us so that we would love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind. Our life has purpose, peace, and joy when we put Him at the center and lead others to do the same.

Will you pray this prayer with me today?….”Jesus be the center of my life, help me love those that You have placed in my life and bring a smile to Your face in everything I do. Show me by Your grace, what it is to truly live with You at the center of everything I do and say”.


Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!  –Isaiah 26:3, NLT

Everyday, every minute is an opportunity to fix our eyes on Jesus!  Do we struggle with this fixation?  Did we go all day shopping for Christmas and never ask God for help?  Do we go thru the day at work and never talk to God about blessing others, healing others, needing patience to deal with others, needing guidance on a particular task, wanting direction for a need, asking for blessings on those who are angry?

Fix our eyes on Jesus.  An idea that may help with “fixing our eyes” is to focus on a verse for the day or/and a song for the day. Make the words to a song personal – a prayer – just between me and our Savior:

Joy To The World the Lord is come,

Let me receive you as king.

Let my tiny heart

make room for You,

and heav’n and my heart sing,

and heav’n and my heart praise,

and heav’n and heav’n and insert your name sing.

Post by Valerie Johnson, CBC Choral Librarian & Amplify Band Admin.

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