Hymns for Him-Just as I Am

Do you ever doubt your faith? The hymn, “Just as I Am” was written by Charlotte Elliott after a night of spiritual struggle. I’ve been here several times in my Christian walk, but never thought to do what Charlotte did. In the morning after her tumultuous night, she sat down to write all the things she was absolutely certain of in her faith. She made a list of sorts of all she knew about her own salvation.  The poem, “Just as I Am” was the result.

“Hymns for Him” is a series of prayers for the newlywed bride to pray for her husband. See other prayers like, How Great Thou Art, The Lord’s Prayer, and Be Thou My Vision.

Just as I Am

Just as I am—without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee—
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am—and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot—
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Repentance

Just as I am—though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without—
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am—poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find—
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am—Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe—
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am—Thy love unknown
Hath broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone—
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am—of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above—
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I Am

The Lord God is Indeed God

I’m reminded of the verse Deuteronomy 7:9:

Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps His covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes His unfailing love on those who love Him and obey His commands.

Amazingly, He does this for each of us, just as we are, if we believe and call out to Him. Billy Graham knew this. This song became the signature hymn at the close of his crusades. Many people have been moved to repentance through the words of this song. So how does this song relate to a newly wed bride as she prays for her husband? I can suggest this:

Prayer for Newlywed Husband

O Lord, my God,  just as I am, I come to You. I thank you for the blood you shed for both me and {insert your husband’s name}. Thank you for calling us into Your kingdom. You are the Lamb of God! We come to You.

Lord, we will not wait to rid our soul of even one dark blot. Your blood is powerful, O Lamb of God.  Cleanse us both of any spot that separates us from Your goodness.

Struggles Come and Go

You know the struggles we have, Lord. There are fears in our soul and fears in our world. There are conflicts every day. We come to You, for we know that Your burden is light. Thank you for sharing the load.  Thank You for blessing our marriage. Keep us safe. Give us strength for temptation and enough love for You to choose righteousness. You became our lamb of sacrifice. We come to you with any doubt and trust in You to see us through.

Just as we are, Lord. We bring You the blindness and weakness of our faith. Show us the way to spiritual sight. Heal our mind. Help us not to entertain thoughts that pull us away, but to always come to You.

You Keep Your Promises

You are faithful, O Lamb of God! I believe in Your promises to receive, welcome, pardon, cleanse and relieve. All the worry. All the angst. Are we good enough? Have we confessed it all? Is this sin to much to forgive? You receive us into Your arms. We are welcome to empty our weary souls into Your hands. You pardon our offenses. And oh, Lord, the relief we feel when it’s all at Your feet. You handle it all in Your time, in Your will and in Your way.

It is Your Love, O Lord, that breaks every barrier between us. Your love brings us into Your perfect peace. It is Your love, that makes us Yours. We can do nothing to earn Your Love. He has done all the work. Paid the price. O Lamb, we worship You.

Father, we have a breath of life here on earth. Let us come to You to experience the breadth, heighth, width and depth of Your love. We know that there is so much more to learn of You. Lord, we come. We come.

Be assured dear bride, that He hears and receives every sigh, every yearning. Go to Him.

A Prayer Warrior’s Bedroom Reveal

Remember this post? A Prayer Warriors’ Bedroom? It has proven to be one of my most popular for the month of October, second only to Hiding Those Pesky Electrical Cords. But, popularity is not what this is about. I have to say that of all the posts I’ve written over the last year, todays’ is my very favorite.  A Power greater than me decided to save the best for last. Day 31 (on Halloween)…31 Days of Flipping Out is all about a prayer warriors’ bedroom reveal.

To refresh your memory, my sister discovered that a young friend of her daughters’ was sleeping on a mattress in the floor of a dorm room. He met my niece at a church near her college campus and has since become a prayer warrior for their family. When Kristie (my sister) heard about his sleeping arrangements, she couldn’t stand it. She then shopped at estate sales, yard sales, thrift stores and Target to improve his bedroom.

She loaded a full dresser, mirror, twin headboard, box springs, bedding and nightstand in a pick-up truck and took them to her basement for improvements. Some folks might have thought purchasing the items and delivering them was nice enough, but not to my sister. It had to be painted and updated. It had to be masculine. More than once, while we were thrifting, she’d say, “I want it to be something he can keep for years if he wants to.” I found a chest of drawers and said, “This is plenty, Kristie, it has five drawers and is in good shape.” Nope! Not good enough. She kept looking until she found this…

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And these…

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31 Days of Flipping Out

She and my niece got busy painting…

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They worked in daylight and dark.

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31 Days of Flipping Out

They painted everything.

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And then yesterday, they loaded it all up again and drove an hour to a certain prayer warrior’s dorm room. A friend of his let them in so they could surprise him. This is what they found.

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Friends helped move everything in…

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31 Days of Flipping Out

Doesn’t the dresser look fabulous? Kristie found the “coconut monkeys” at a thrift store and had to add a bit of whimsey.

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She added a baseball to his nightstand because he loves the sport.

I can say that my sister thought of everything. When I asked why they didn’t get his picture with the surprise on his face; she said they didn’t want to embarrass him. She didn’t even see his face when he saw it the first time. But, just a few minutes after she headed home, she received a phone call. The line was mostly silent, but she knew who it was and why he was calling. In a speechless kind of way he said thank you. Speaking for my sister… he is most welcome!

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

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A Prayer Warriors’ Bedroom

Today’s flip is likely the beginning of my favorite re-do’s for the whole month. If there was any way to describe my sister’s heart to you, this post might scratch the surface. She has a heart for those fighting disease, the hurting, for the needy and for young college kids just starting their life. This post shows her heart for the latter. I am flipping out today because I can’t wait to hear how a young guy reacts to a brand new dorm room. A room full of furniture – purchased, painted and furnished by my sister and a few other parents.

My niece is a sophomore in college and befriended a young man through her local church. He has been a great friend to her and has become a prayer warrior for their family. Through another friend, it was discovered that this young prayer warrior has been sleeping on a mattress on the floor of his dorm room since the beginning of the semester. Well, my sweet sister would have no part of that! She spent the last 3-4 days going to estate sales, yard sales, shopping on Craigslist and thrift stores, to furnish this young man a bedroom. Don’t you just love her?

It gives me great pleasure to share this flip with you over the next few days. He knows nothing about this, so there are no pictures of his dorm room before, but I hope to have all the pictures after the room is finished.

Here is the first of the flips for a prayer warrior’s bedroom… I had this lamp that we are no longer using and wanted to give it a more masculine feel.

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So I purchased some twine to use just like my sister did on her Utensil Crock. A simple addition with a spool of gray and cream twine and a hot glue gun, led to this flip.

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She also found some bedding ($28) that had red, gray, black and cream as the color scheme. So this should make a nice lamp for the bedside table.

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And here is a sneak peak of the furniture she is fast and furiously getting ready for the move to college.

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The dresser ($100) is primed and ready for paint.

Hardware painted

Hardware is painted.

Twin Headboard

 The twin headboard ($15) has been remodeled. It had cannonball shaped finials that were removed to keep this headboard looking masculine. It’s been sanded and is also ready for paint.

There’s no way to know exactly what this young man has been praying for other than my sister’s family. But as they say, God works in mysterious ways. Some prayers don’t even have to be verbalized.

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