‘Blessings’ by Laura Story

Felt very blessed and encouraged by the song ‘Blessings’ by Laura Story. Really felt that it spoke to me so much. The lyrics and melody are really beautiful.

Particularly moved by the line:

“What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy”

To me it was like a deeper revelation of God’s purposes when He puts us through trials. It gave me a different perspective of the disappointments, discontentment, disillusionment, discouragement that I sometimes feel.

Heard the story behind the song and how it was birthed out of a trial – about a year after she and husband were married, he had brain tumour. Encouraged that as we walk through dark moments – these can be times of great intimacy and where there are treasures of darkness, where the Lord teaches us lessons of life that cannot otherwise be learnt. In all, am encouraged and reminded that that there is a purpose for every trial that we go through.


“Blessings”

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Experiencing the Lord’s goodness at KI 2013

Will never forget the Lord’s kindness towards me during this year’s Kingdom Invasion (KI). Did not experience any dramatic healing, but it was a special time for me for different reasons.

I was not that excited about KI this year as I could not attend the day sessions. It was not during the school holidays this year, so I could not attend since I did not have any leave apart from school hols and childcare leave.

I could only attend the night sessions, which we would have to bring Daniel. I was grumpy as bringing Daniel means I am only 20-30% present and 70-80% babysitting. My parents were away for holidays, so could not leave Daniel with them. Since Ivan was singing it also meant that I was on my own to pick Daniel and have dinner before the meeting.  It was daunting to handle Daniel on my own!

I started grumbling to my husband about whether the effort of going was worth the 20% that I could get from the meeting. He said just being there, and to experience the Lord’s presence and work is better than not going at all. He felt that it was a significant meeting that we ought to be there even if we could not give 100% attention. That silenced me and I decided to go.

Am glad that I determined to go. Am overwhelmed by the Lord’s goodness and how he made provision.

On the first night, I had dinner with Lynette Yeo. Short but good time of catching up and also feeling her baby bump! Gasp! So happy for my friend and shared in her joy. Ivan took Daniel to the backstage after he finished singing, so I could focus on the message. Had fun listening to Heidi Baker preach that night  . Particularly loved the word that was given about many children being born and singles finding their life partner. Claimed that word for all my single friends who desire to be married and am looking forward to more wedding invites. Also claimed the word on children for myself and for couples I know that are wanting and waiting for kids. After two miscarriages, the word given on children and wombs being healed certainly struck a chord in me.

There was only one day session – Fri afternoon that I might be able to attend. And my cell member managed to get a pass for me as her friend had a pass but could not make it for Fri afternoon session. Was much blessed during the session. The Lord spoke to me concerning my call and I was much encouraged. I had to rush back to settle some work matters in the evening before picking Daniel up and coming back for the night session so I decided to take a cab back. The queue for the cab was terribly long and there were not many cabs coming. Lo and behold, I saw a dear friend at the front of the queue who was heading towards the same area as me. Thus I skipped the queue and hopped on to share the cab with her. What a blessing. I was really overwhelmed by the Lord’s goodness in these little things which meant so much to me.