Jocelyn’s Journal

Stronger Every Day

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
Ephesians 2:8

The LORD has heard my cry for mercy;
the LORD accepts [our] prayer(s).
Psalm 6:9

Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.
Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.
I Chronicles 16:11-12

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Healer of My Being

Creator of all things
Healer of my being
Through your righteousness
I’ve been redeemed
Forgiven by your grace
Your joy is my strength
When everything has changed
You stay the same
You are God
Bright and Morning Star
When I’m down you lift me up
You’re the Lover of my heart

You are God
Mender of my soul
You’re the rain that makes my whole
You are God
Ever-present help
Savior of my life
Everything I have belongs to you
My time is in your hands
My purpose is your will
I know that you’ll provide
so I’II be still

You are God
Bright and Morning Star
When I’m down you lift me up
You’re the Lover of my heart
You are God
Mender of my soul
You’re the rain that makes my whole
You are God

You are the One
that delivers me
It’s not because of what I am
but who You are

You are God
Bright and Morning Star
When I’m down you lift me up
You’re the Lover of my heart
You are God
Mender of my soul
You’re the rain that makes my whole
You are God

You’re my provider
When I’m down
You lift me higher
When I’m weak
You are the fire
That turns me into gold
You are God
Alpha, Omega

Take my life
Lord I surrender
You’re the rain that makes me whole
You are God

You Are God
written and performed by The Katinas

I had never heard this song before June 8th, 2007. When my dad woke me at 5:30a, that day to be at my mom’s bedside, I still had 4 hours before I could get JoAnna at the airport to go to San Francisco. In the interim, I dusted off the old CD Library and found: The Katinas, Amy Grant, Sonic Flood, Steven Curtis Chapman, and several other Non-Secular artists that I had not listened to in quite sometime to create a ‘praise and worship’ mix for my sister and I to listen to on our way to SF that day. You Are God was amongst the mix. When it came on, just a few notes into the song JoAnna said, “Oh, I love this song!” – I confessed I had never heard it. As The Katinas sang I became immersed in the lyrics and have loved the song ever since. My stereo is broken in my car right now, so when I went

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The Sheep of His Pasture

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8

A couple days before my mom’s transfer to UCSF my dad and I were praying over her with Dave and Laura Gschwend and anointing her with oil.  Laura had prayed for my mom to have peace without even knowing that Irene is from the Greek Ειρηνη (Eirene) which meant “peace”.

When I was little and had to get inoculations or had a bad dream my dad would comfort me by singing:

In the name of Jesus
In the name of Jesus
In the name of Jesus
There is Peace, Sweet Peace.

I love you Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
O my soul
Rejoice
Take joy My King
In what you hear
May it be a sweet
Sweet sound
In your ear

This journey has required that comfort.  The first night my mom was transferred to UCSF I called my dad and asked him to sing it to her.

Recently, as I pondered all that my mom has endured and continues to battle daily, rather than get caught up in grief or worry, God called me to make a joyful noise.  While it felt silly at first shouting out HALLELUJAH in my bedroom, it sure gave me a sense of His presence and peace followed.

Psalm 100:1-5
1Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Tonight, I continue to SHOUT TO THE LORD on my mom’s behalf.

Shout to The Lord
Words and Music by Darlene Zsche

My Jesus, my Savior, Lord, there is none like You;
All of my days I want to praise the wonders of Your mighty love.
My comfort, my shelter, tower of refuge and strength;
Let ev’ry

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