“Holy Spirit, come abide within;
May Your joy be seen in all I do—
Love enough to cover ev’ry sin
In each thought and deed and attitude,
Kindness to the greatest and the least,
Gentleness that sows the path of peace.
Turn my striving into works of grace.
Breath of God, show Christ in all I do.”
– Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Me and my husband love Keith and Krystin Getty’s music. Their lyrics are powerful, filled with biblical truths and Krystin has an angelic voice that just makes you soar in the spirit as you worship along 🙂
The quote comes from the song called “Holy Spirit, living Breath of God” which I can only recommend you to listen to. The very line saying “Turn my strivings into works of grace” is speaking to me as of late in many ways. As my husband and I have been asking the Lord to help us walk more in the Spirit, ridding us of all that is displeasing in his eyes, God has started to point out idols in my heart that I hold so dear on to.
As a wife, mother and homemaker I have learned about the importance of order in my home, healthy nutrition and providing free times for my husband and I to get away without the kids. These are all good things that are right pursuing. However, I have realized that I can get stressed out easily when these things don’t happen as I like them to or don’t happen immediately. I love having a clean kitchen, toys straightened up and the bathroom sinks clean. As it so happens, they mostly are not so for a very long time. In fact, once I straighten the toys, clean the dishes and the bathrooms, within minutes, I could start all over again.
I am asking God to turn my strivings in the particular area into works of Grace, that I would rest in him as things are not perfect in my home. I want to learn to be dependent upon God for my happiness and peace despite imperfections around me.
The same applies to healthy nutrition. I am a strong believer in being my family’s nutritionist and making sure we all get enough of every food group to stay healthy, energetic and serving God well. Often I find peace of mind and comfort in food when I have done well to provide healthy meals and when weeks come where our budget is tight and I have to compromise, I catch myself being more worried. Thankfully God is the ONE who keeps me alive and shows grace where I have failed to eat as healthy as we should according to his beautiful divine design.
Recently my husband started praying that God would allow us to sleep through the next night but should he allow our babies to cry, that we would respond in the right way and would also glorify him through our attitude and actions. This is a very big thing for us. Naturally, being sleep deprived, we don’t always react joyfully when our sleep is taken from us but I have seen God answering my husbands prayers and am so grateful for that. God is more concerned with our sanctification than our comfort.
You see, I can have idols of comfort, order and health in my heart. I desire to be independent of all of these. I want to solely depend on Jesus for my joy and peace.
Oh God, turn my strivings into works of grace, Breath of God, show Christ in all I do. Holy Spirit, you alone are the fountain of living waters. When I drink from you, I shall never thirst again. Thank you for doing a work in my heart! Amen.