Posted on 05/29/2016 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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I will bow down
hail you as king
I will serve you
give you everything

I will lift up
my eyes to your throne
I will trust you
I will trust you alone

I will give you all my worship
I will give you all my praise
You alone I long to worship
You alone are worthy of my praise


When I think about the Lord
how he saved me, how he raised me
How he filled me with the Holy Ghost
He healed me to the uttermost

When I think about the Lord
how he picked me up, turned me around
How he set my feet on solid ground

Makes me want to shout
Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!
Lord you're worthy
of all the glory
and all the honor
and all the praise!


You dance over me
while I am unaware
You sing all around
but I never hear the sound

Lord I'm amazed by You
Lord I'm amazed by You
Lord I'm amazed by You
how you love me

You paint the morning sky
with miracles in mind
My hope will always stand
for you hold me in your hand

How deep (how deep)
How wide (how wide)
How great (how great)
is your love for me

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Exposed. Revealed. Uncovered. Lay bare. Unprotected. Unsheltered. Undefended. Defenseless. Vulnerable.

I exposed myself to reticule when I spoke up. I revealed the secret I had hide for so long. I uncovered the hidden part of me that caused so much pain for me. I lay bare all that I was, all that I am, and all that I ever hope to be.

I became unprotected in that court room. I felt unsheltered even though I was in a building. I felt undefended by some of my family members. I was defenseless, a little girl. I was very vulnerable.

And every word I spoke was recorded and I felt like it was going to be used against me. I was exposed. I was vulnerable. I was broken in so many places.

There is a good way to be exposed and a bad way. I've experienced both.

The bad way is when everything is revealed and the one exposed feels empty and in need of healing. The good way is when everything is revealed and the one exposed feels whole. The good way is usually felt during a time of closeness with God.

Have you ever been exposed in the presence of God and felt whole even though everything was uncovered?

God has this cool way about Him. When He exposes us, He does so for our good. He doesn't want us to be empty or feel alone. He may allow us to feel ashamed for a time, but He uses that to show us something. Sometimes He does things we don't understand, but it's okay. He's God. He knows what He is doing.

There is a part of a book which was made into a movie that I think goes with this. It's from C.S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Eustace has been turned into a dragon. Aslan comes and starts to scratch him with his claws. Aslan uncovers the Eustace underneath.

I believe that at times, just like Aslan, God has to use His "claws" to uncover the us underneath. We have covered ourselves with so many things from this world. The real us is hidden. He wants to reveal ourselves to us and the world around us. He wants to take the mask off of us so that we can be vulnerable to those around us.

We can't truly be friends if we hide ourselves away. If we cover ourselves and make sure no one can see the real us, we distance ourselves from people. But more importantly, we distance ourselves from God or so we think.

Personally, I think that God see us all covered up and shakes His head. Like He is saying "You foolish, Child. You do know I can see you!" He must chuckle at me. I try to hide from Him. Hide from Him?!?! I must be ridiculous.

Adam and Eve tried to hide from Him. Ananias and Sapphira tried to be greedy, hiding their true intent. Nothing is hidden from Him.

Anything done in secret, He knows. He will uncover it.

So, if you have anything you need to tell Him, now would be a good time.

Maybe you are wearing a mask. You are covered up so much that no one knows the real you. You even forget who the real you is.

I implore you to allow God to expose you, to uncover those places, to reveal yourself to everyone. To reveal yourself to you. But more importantly, allow God to scratch off all that junk that is covering you so the real you can be seen. Expose yourself to God. Allow Him to heal you. Allow Him to hold you. Allow Him to love you.

You don't need to be where you are. Let Him guide you into the Light.