May the Glory Be Yours

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I had the privilege of sharing my testimony with a complete stranger recently.  I love how He orchestrates these ordinary situations to talk about what an extraordinary Savior He is!  So much of this young girl reminded me of myself years ago. She told me she believed in God, but that she didn’t go to church.  I told her that I used to say the same thing, until one day someone pointed out to me that even Satan believes in God.  You most certainly don’t have to go to a church to find Him- I found Him sitting alone in my room with a Bible in my lap.

I told her how I felt like there had to be more to being a Christian than just believing God existed.  So one day, I decided to pick up my Bible and I started reading… and then I committed to praying- something I hadn’t really ever done with any consistency.

And then it happened… over a period of days and weeks, I began to see this Living God that I had heard about. His Word seemed to come to life before my very eyes.  Instead of winding down and watching TV after I would put the kids to bed, I took out my Bible and read.  I loved seeing where He would lead me and what He would say to me each night as I read the Word.  I began praying and truly started to feel a connection to Him in a way I never thought was possible.

But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

I wrote this song May The Glory Be Yours years ago, when I first began the journey of seeking and wanting to know more of Him.    It was a time of metamorphosis- feeling Him changing me and molding me… I felt like I was finally waking up from sleepwalking through life.  All the things I once thought were important paled in comparison to knowing Him and experiencing His presence in my life.

 Sometimes I think we can make it so complicated.  He gave me simple words to share with this young girl, and I could see a tiny spark in her eye.  I praise Him every day for His mercy and grace in my life- and for a wonderful opportunity to share the Good News with a new friend!

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all of your  strength, and with all of your mind.  Luke 10:27

“May the Glory Be Yours”

Every morning I wake

my thoughts turn to You

how You restore me and fill me

and make Your mercies new

I pray that there would be more of You

and less of me

and that Your will would be done in my life

how You’ve set me free!

So break me, and bend me,

Prepare me and send me

refine me, shine through me

I give myself to You.

And may I never forget, Lord, 

just what You’ve done

how You have saved and redeemed me

through the blood of Your Son

So break me, and bend me,

prepare me and send me

refine me, shine through me

I give my life to You

I put my trust in You alone

I give my life to You

may the glory be Yours and Yours alone.

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Julie is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She has a passion for leading worship, writing songs, preaching, teaching, and thrift store shopping. Julie has two amazing teenage daughters, two dogs ("fur babies"), and one wonderful hubby :)

22 thoughts on “May the Glory Be Yours

      1. I have two that are taking lessons now. My oldest plays violin beautifully. Now, she and her brother are taking guitar. My two little ones are the piano players. 🙂

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  1. This is so beautiful Julie!! Thank you so much for sharing this. It has set me for my day to remember to walk with love in my heart, and to remember that I am His!! Blessitude 🙂

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