Throwback Friday: Yearn

This is the very first post I have on my blog, it dates back to June, 2008. I wrote this for the University Master’s Commission Newsletter, posted it on here then, but I think this will be a good one for now. I was starting to write today’s post, and realized that I was almost writing this one word for word. So, without further adieu, Yearn:


Holy design
this place in time
that I might seek and find my God
my God

Lord I want to yearn for You
I want to burn with passion
over You and only You
Lord I want to yearn

Your joy is mine
yet why am I fine
with all my singing and bringing grain
in light of Him

oh You give life and breath
through Him You give all things
in Him we live and move
that’s why I sing
~ “Yearn” by Shane and Shane

I love the lyrics to this song. I think it describes a place we all often find ourselves at, but we rarely realize we are there, and even fewer songs are written about to describe it, or if we do know that is where we are, we don’t know how to describe it. It is that stage between not caring about God, and wanting God, it is the wanting to yearn stage. We tend to go through 3 major stages in our walk: 1) we want nothing to do with God. 3) We want God, we yearn for him. But 2 is one we don’t realize often, 2 is wanting to yearn for God, or wanting to want him. So many times we are here, and we just don’t know where we are. We want to want God, but we just don’t quite want him yet. “Lord I want to yearn for You, I want to burn with passion over you and only you”.

So how do we get out of this stage? How do we move from wanting to want God to actually wanting him? I wish I knew the answer, there are so many times in my life that it would have been easier had I known the answer to this question. But I don’t know, all I know is you just have to ask and pray that God would give you a desire for more of Him, and He will give it to you.

2 comments on “Throwback Friday: Yearn

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  2. I used to often have this rad prophetic dude come to my leadership training school (like master’s commission, called DOVE Leadership Training School).

    I learned more by how he did things than what he taught:
    He would take command of his heart and spirit. He would intentionally drive it into God, especially where he was unwilling, so that the Holy Spirit became his full-leader. It was a willful choosing. Not a “fake it til you make it.”

    I’m gonna go do some of that now, so I can get my heart back on my work here in my office. 😉

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