There is Freedom



All things were created by Him and for Him  (Col. 2:!6)


There is freedom in the outstretched wings of an eagle.

There is freedom in the stars and the stripes;

There is freedom in one nation under God's guidance;

There is freedom forever in Christ.         


There is freedom in the downpour of rain on the earth;

There is freedom in the ocean wave’s rolling ride;

There is freedom in a river flowing forever onward;

There is freedom forever in Christ.


There is freedom in the blossom of spring’s first flower;

There is freedom in the butterfly’s flitty flight;

There is freedom in the song of the sweet red birds;

There is freedom forever in Christ.  

       

There is freedom in the first steps out of a dungeon;

There is freedom in allowing a caged bird to fly;

There is freedom when any stronghold is broken,

There is freedom forever in Christ.


There is freedom in the all-out race of an athlete;

There is freedom in the dancer’s twirl of graceful might;

There is freedom in performing any God –given talent;

There is freedom forever in Christ.


There is freedom in bellowing out a favorite love song;

There is freedom in one long blubbering cry;

There is freedom in gut-wrenching, knee-slapping laughter with a friend;

There is freedom forever in Christ.


There is freedom in a hammock beneath a thriving shade tree;

There is freedom in a screen porch with a chair, rocking, inside;

There is freedom in a lazy, old, painted bench swing;

There is freedom forever in Christ.


There is freedom in a newborn’s first plea for a start on this earth;

There is freedom in finding God’s call for one's life;

There is freedom in a believer’s last breath that he takes;

There is freedom forever in Christ.


Chris Baxter

September 2001

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Thursday, September 12, 2013
By Chris Baxter

Building a Home with Prayer

Foundation of Love

May every floorboard of every room be founded on the love of Jesus Christ;

in Him alone we will not be shaken.

Walls of Joy

May the joyful and contagious laughter of the abundant life of Christ ring

throughout the walls of our home.

Ceilings of Peace

May You seal each room, dear Father, with Your sweet blanket of peace,

and may Your protective hand rest on our rooftop.

Hallways and Stairways of Patience

Please give me Your patience with each child as they pass through

each of the stages and phases of growth. Also, please fill my children's hearts with

genuine patience towards one another as they walk life together.

Windows of Kindness and Doorways of Goodness

May all who look into this home be enthralled by Your warming light;

and when these welcomed guests enter in, may the feel surrounded by

the goodness of Your love.

Playrooms and Schoolrooms of Gentleness

May Your tender touch abound in the hearts of my children as the play, learn,

and live together. And dear Father, may I lead gently--the way You so

gently lead me.

Bedrooms of Faithfulness

Please bless our marriage with a beautiful love for one another--the kind

You planned from the beginning. And may my children's bedrooms never be

a place of secrecy; rather, a sanctuary, filled with quiet times with

their faithful Redeemer.

Kitchen of Self-control

May You be the King of the kitchen, not me.

And as we gather around our table, may we feast on Your abundant

grace and love.

AMEN.

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Friday, October 16, 2009
By Chris Baxter

Daily Prayer

Luring

And Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight--why the bush does not burn up." Exodus 3:3

Dear Lord,

Turn our heads to see your holiness. Pull our hearts towards your glory. Make us curious enough to walk towards you and willing enough to respond to all that you have in mind. Call us, challenge us, change us. Amen.