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All I Want

26 Dec

Then I pray to you, O Lord.
I say, “You are my place of refuge.
You are all I really want in life.
(Ps 142:5, NLT)

When I selected this verse for the jacket of a CD designed to bring comfort and encouragement to Christians going through a difficult time in life, I had no idea I would be in such a place myself, just two years later. I have had to ask myself if this true for me. Is Jesus really all I want in life? Without hesitation, I answer “yes.” You can take everything else from me, but give me Jesus.

As the old spiritual says:

When I come to die, oh, and when I come to die,
And when I come to die, give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus, give me Jesus.
You can have all this world, but give me Jesus.

The Apostle Paul put it another way.

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. (Php 3:8)

As I sit here now, not knowing whether my surgery will be successful, whether the pathologist will find invasive breast cancer, how sick the radiation treatments will make me, or whether hormone therapy will cause me to have endometrial cancer, all I can do is pray, “Lord, I’m in Your hands. Do with me according to Your will.”

Whatever happens, Father, please use me for Your glory. Give me the words to say. Help me do the things that need to be done. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2006 in Cancer, Reflections

 

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4 Responses to All I Want

  1. Isaiah535

    January 3, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    You are so sweet! His Spirit flows out of you so sweetly as I read about All I Want. I, too, have come to the place where all I want is Jesus. That was when I was diagnosed with lumps in my lungs. And several months later I was told the lumps spontaneously disappeared! I got to praise God in the Doctor’s office!

    There’s a song in one of CBC’s Praise CDs I think it’s titled When All Is Said And Done. This song has ministered to me for several years.

    I love you,
    Gaby Leal

     
  2. Star

    January 9, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Gaby,

    Is this the song:

    After all has come and gone
    I will be praising You
    After all there is to do has all been done
    After everything is over
    And we stand before Your Throne
    I will be praising You, I will be praising You

    After all, After all…

    After everything is over
    And we stand before Your Throne
    I will be praising You, I will be praising You (3x)

    Copyright © 2003 Rick Founds (used by permission)

    This is the last song on the All I Want CD!

    -Star

     
  3. Star

    January 9, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Gaby,

    Is this the song:

    After all has come and gone
    I will be praising You
    After all there is to do has all been done
    After everything is over
    And we stand before Your Throne
    I will be praising You, I will be praising You

    After all, After all…

    After everything is over
    And we stand before Your Throne
    I will be praising You, I will be praising You (3x)

    Copyright © 2003 Rick Founds (used by permission)

    This is the last song on the All I Want CD!

    -Star

     
  4. Isaiah535

    January 16, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Star,

    The title of the CD is “will you worship”. It is the 8th song titled “When All is Said and Done”. I like the entire CD because it directs my focus to worship God instead of my problems.

    This is what I listened to and wrote down because I can’t find the lyrics.

    When all is said and done
    and everyone is gone.
    LORD, You’re really all I want

    When the best the world has
    just leaves me feeling numb
    LORD, You’re really all I want

    All that I long for
    All that I hope for
    is just that sense
    of you coming near.

    All that my heart is hungry to have is
    just one more touch
    from your loving hand

    When all is said and done
    LORD, You’re all I want

    you can go to the CBC website and listen to it!!!!
    http://www.communitybible.com

     

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