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Bend My Will, O Lord

I’ve traveled thru this life doing self-serving deeds.
Now stop, this mountain is nothing but weeds.

Bend my will, O Lord, I want to be in your glory.
Bend my will, O Lord, I want to finish your story.

I’ve faltered and struggled because of my selfish ways.
My life has been full of darkness for too many days.

Bend my will, O Lord, I want to be in your glory.
Bend my will, O Lord, I want to finish your story.

In this wilderness I chose to no longer stay.
From this point my selfish deeds I put at bay.

Bend my will, O Lord, I want to be in your glory.
Bend my will O Lord I want to finish your story.

Now I have surrendered my life to you,
And because of that forever more I have life anew!

Thanks to Linda M., who shared her original poem with us on Facebook, reminding us of the freedom to live obedient lives as Second.

I Am Second joins Matthew West!

We are so fortunate here at I Am Second to be able to sponsor Matthew West’s 2011 tour: An Evening of Stories and Songs.  We first met up with Matthew at I Am Second’s 2nd Birthday Celebration last December.  He’s got an amazing collection of songs out right now that tell about the power in our personal stories.  Joining together was a no-brainer. 

Grab your friends and get your tickets fast!  His concert series ends on April 3rd.

Check out these dates:

3/17/11- Franklin, TN

3/18/11- Naperville, IL

3/19/11- Valparaiso, IN

3/20/11- Paducah, KY

3/24/11- Lima, OH

3/25/11- Waukesha, WI

3/26/11- Sioux Center, IA

3/27/11- Sheboygan, WI

3/31/11- Cedar Rapids, IA

4/01/11- Saint Paul, MN

4/02/11- Fargo, ND

4/03/11- Kearney, NE

Find out more about the tour and purchase tickets at  www.matthewwest.com

Have you heard music from The Story of Your Life?   Tell us about it!

The Shanes

I’m not here to promote bands or anything, but during my morning routine, I was listening to Shane&Shane on random. As I’m sitting there putting on my make-up (don’t tell anyone I wear it, okay?) and complaining to myself about how much I need sleep, I hear “Arise! And awaken. He is King!” in other words “Shay wake up! You get to serve the Lord today!” After that, a string of songs played, each hitting me a little bit harder with this idea of truly being second. It was a reminder that you can do all of the churchy stuff you want, but if your heart is not putting Christ first, what’s the point? I want to share these with you.

“Less of me is more of Jesus.”

“Teach me to number my days
At the most 80 years
Who cares about meaningless things?

I do and I care about art too and I care about yahoo*
Things that are fleeting and
Fading away

Awaken my soul
Awaken my soul”

“Make me the breath of God, and I’ll show them the one that means the most to me.”

“We’ve come to declare the beauty of the Lord.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a hobby that I am passionate about. Don’t laugh at me, but I love to swing dance. You can catch me out several nights a week dancing the night away with my crew. When I’m not around it, I talk about it. I try to encourage others to come try it out because I’m thoroughly convinced it will make their life better. It’s so much fun. But wait. Less of me? Is this a meaningless thing? This last quote is the part that gets me, “I’ll show them the One that means the most to me.” I’m quick to tell people about the hobby that I adore, but Christ should is the One that means the most to me. So why don’t I share Him that way?

Sara Groves has a song called Conversations. It’s about her talking to someone who isn’t a believer. She says: “We’ve had every conversation in the world about what is right and what has all gone bad, but have I mentioned to you that this is all I am, this is all that I have.” It seems crazy that w can be so crazy about our God, but aren’t willing to share it. But if He really is all that we have, shouldn’t we share Him that way? I know I’m guilty of this. I love telling people about Jesus, but I share Him as a cool thing that they should check out, like swing dancing.

My challenge to you is to act like your days are numbered, and talk about Christ like He is all that you have. (Because they are—and He is.) Share your passion for Christ with someone today!

I’m humbled this morning by this slew of messages from the Lord. I just thought I’d share my heart with you.

-Shay J

Changing your Prayers

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom
every family] in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” –Ephesians 3:14-19

That passage makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Look at how passionately and how thoroughly Paul is praying for others to know Christ! It’s not a “Dear Lord, please help me be a light in my friends life that he may be saved. Amen.” No no no. He passionately is praying that they will fully understand who Christ is and that they will “be filled with all the fullness of God.” How often do we pray like that? How often do we even hope like that? When I see someone who I know doesn’t know Christ, my desire is meager, “I hope they’ll find themselves one step closer toward You.” But what if I prayed like Paul, who had an incredibly fruitful ministry. What if I prayed that those who don’t know Christ that they have the Spirit in their inner being? I would argue that the way we pursue those who don’t know Christ would change. More than that, Christ could answer those prayers. Here are the next two verses:

” Now to
him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

He can do “far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.” So don’t be afraid to shoot for moon in your prayer life! My challenge is that you think of three people today that either don’t know Christ or who have fallen away from Him, and you say this prayer for each of them. Let me know how it goes!

If you haven’t ever felt this yourself, or don’t know Christ personally, let me say that this is my prayer for YOU. If you need to talk or have any questions, please call us 1-866-633-3446, or email us at first@iamsecond.com.

Come around

Around here, one of the biggest things we try to drive home is that everyone needs Christ. Everyone. So don’t miss an opportunity. The sad thing is that sometimes we get caught up in the “how” and miss the heart of the matter. We need to show love. This song has been on my heart lately so I thought I’d share it with you!


Let me know what you think!