All That Really Matters

So many things happen along this road we call “life”  –some great  and some not-so-great — but one song keeps singing over and over in my head and it seems — at the end of the day —  this is  all that really matters. Only  “One Thing Remains”

Jesus. Loves. Me.

His love for me “will never fail … never give up … never run out on me.”

Moving a lot has taught me to pack only what really matters.  Life is just too short to keep hauling the same old baggage around from house to house and state to state.

Letting go of all that is unnecessary frees me to take hold of  what is really important and most of that doesn’t fit in a box or suitcase.

And when it all comes down to it …the only thing that has truly remained constant …and dependable … and faithful … and loving …and present is Jesus Christ and His love for me — for us!

People come and go.  Positions come and go.  Possessions come and go but Jesus  comes …and never leaves !

His love stays through the happy times when we think life can’t get any better.  His love stays through the rough times when we think life can’t get any worse.

He is the same yesterday, today and forever — constant !         (Hebrews 13:8)

The same One Who “knit me together in my mother’s womb”  will see me through and complete the work He began in me and present me to the Father — redeemed !

Every day is  part of the bigger picture that God is painting  with  shades of brilliant color mixed with blurred grays but   His love bleeds  through it all.

I can stress and worry or whine about the things each day holds or alternately take for granted or take credit for the times of peace and blessing — as if I have any control over either.  But in reality,  my Father holds the universe and holds me and each day’s events  in His hand.  I’m resting in that.

“All’s well that ends well,” they say, and I know the beginning and the end and all really is well because  … it is well with my soul — “In death, In life, I’m confident and covered by the power of Your great love.” 

And I’m understanding to greater depths … “My debt is paid, there’s nothing that can separate my heart from Your great love…”

I live in the shadow of the cross and it’s there I’m sheltered and covered.

“One Thing Remains”

(Written by Brian Johnson, Christa Black & Jeremy Riddle — Bethel Music)

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant in the trial and the change
One thing… Remains

On and on and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul 

And I never, ever, have to be afraid
One thing remains

Your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me

In death, In life, I’m confident and
covered by, the power of Your great love
My debt is paid, there’s nothing that
Can separate my heart from Your great love

(From: )

I rest my case …this  is all that really matters!
Scripture used in this post:  Hebrews 13:5 ; Hebrews 13:8 ; Psalm 139:13 ; Philippians 1:6 ; Jude 1:24 ( New International Version)
Music/Lyric credit:  “One Thing Remains” (by Brian Johnson, Christa Black and Jeremy Riddle — Bethel Music Publishing, 2010)

Joy Waters Martin

My kids tease me sometimes that my definition of a situation going well is often described as, "It was 'life-giving' " -- meaning, it may have had some conflicts or uneasy moments or stress but all in all , something about it breathed life into the situation and the people involved...something of the heart was moved in a good direction. I'm all about LIFE ... life with my husband, life with 4 adult children, their spouses and 8 grandchildren (to date, that is :), life in our home and life in a wild adventure we tend to label "ministry". In reality , all of these categories mesh together to make up the "organic me". Relational , redeeming and restoring are some of my favorite words and they give life to my soul as I walk it all out with Jesus Christ, the Giver of all life. Profile Photo by: Melody Martin

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  1. philh2os

    Good one. thanks

  2. phyllis kramm

    Joy!! love this post.It reminds me of 7 yrs ago when boh & i were working through what we would really need to bring to Bailey Manor (a christain retirment home)where we would only have a 2-rm apt.we had a small house (3 bd rms & 2 bath:s)but it was not a large house & we gave things like china & all of the things children or family mambers get after we have passed on to them then & brought only what we needed.We have been very content here & Boh had to have open heart surgery the month after we moved in.He said he did not think he would have made it to recover if we had not moved here.God will lead us if we let him.blessings to you
    ps- i asked your brother Paul to sing It IS Well With My Soul one evening at martha franks where my was there for re-hab & your Father was there.Paul would sing for residents when he come & we all sure enjoyed it.

    1. Joy Waters Martin

      Great example of living this out, Phyllis ! Love to you and your family !

  3. Roger

    Favorite line: “Every day is part of the bigger picture that God is painting with shades of brilliant color mixed with blurred grays but His love bleeds through it all.” Really good post.

    1. Joy Waters Martin

      Yup …I loved that quote too as the Holy Spirit gave it to me …He gets the credit 🙂

  4. sheryl

    funny how I read this right after posting that song on Facebook , still reeling from the miracle He provided me this past year.

  5. Carrye

    You speak well of what is in my heart lately- I hope you inspire me to let go of my unnecessary baggage as well, Mom.

    1. We’ll keep “unpacking” together Carrye ! It’ll be part of our story , especially some of our baggage came together 🙂

  6. Kelly Gustine

    So true!!! Through all the ups and downs, all the lost relationships and hurts, Jesus is the only one that remains!!!

  7. Becky Miller

    I loved reading your blog now that I know you have one. We will have to get together sometime and share blogging notes. This is great. I can identify with moving stories for sure.

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