Friday, January 29, 2010

A Standing Ovation

It was yesterday that I was on an airplane flying from Pasadena, CA, to our home in Canton, GA, and I was listening to an old song from the group Kool & The Gang called "Celebration". I think that all of my life I have been greatly inspired by music. I thoroughly enjoy listening to music and I seem to naturally want to dance to it or at least tap my toe or bob my head....something to keep with the beat!

Since Jesus Christ saved me from the 'old me' and I became HIS, music has taken on a whole new meaning to me. Worship music can really inspire me to 'rock' my body with a very thankful heart for what my LORD has sacrificed and given to me.
Now I can interpret in my 'new' mind songs like "We Are Family", "Celebration", "Ain't No Mountain", and they can become songs to my LORD with great exhiliaration and thankfulness. That's just me.
So you get the point that I'm at a point in my life where I am really ready to thank God for WHAT He has actually done for me and for all HIS children. I am ready to par-tay! HE is so good.
I believe that our God not only deserves our PRAISE but I am a believer that our God deserves our STANDING OVATION!!!!! Yes! This inspiration began when, a few years ago, I watched Pastor Louie Giglio and his team fill up entire stadiums and massive conference halls with college students who were hungry for answers and he would always serve them the nutrition they needed to thrive and survive: JESUS CHRIST, the Risen Lord. Pastor Louie and his team founded and hosted PASSION, now a world-wide event for the upcoming generation.


I watched the PASSION 2010 CONFERENCE on-line while our daughter Mary was there as a member of the mulitudes at Phillips Arena in Atlanta this month. I saw Pastor Louie exhort the sea of students to keep standing and to give God a standing ovation for HIS greatness. As I watched this in my home office at my computer, I thought, "Wow. Not only is God working to rescue the next generation, but Louie Gigilo is trying to tell the next generation to not only stand up and stop worrying about what other people think of them but to literally stand up in front of everyone and give GOD a standing ovation. Wow. I was very moved by that act. And this is something he does regularly!
After attending a couple of his Passion City Church worship services here in Atlanta and watching thePASSION 2010 conference on my computer, it appeared to me that Pastor Louie absolutely delights in publicly giving God a standing ovation.

God was impressing my heart in this and I knew it. The King Of Glory DOES deserve a standing ovation from each one of HIS children everyday, and not because of what HE does but because of WHO HE is!

I began to give God standing ovations during my own personal devotional times and it continues to bring tears to my eyes...probably because I know it pleases HIM but also because I know that HE must become greater and I must become 'less'. Something happens to me when I do this and it's a good thing. It's a very good thing.

Well, I didn't tell anyone about this until I was reading a new book by Max Lucado called 'Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot'. Mr. Lucado has a whole chapter called Applaud God, Loud and Often.

Max Lucado wrote, " Worship gives God honor, offers Him standing ovations. Worship can happen every day in every deed. We can make a big deal about God on Sundays with our songs and on Mondays with our thoughts. Each time we do our best to thank God for giving HIS, we worship." (pg. 73.)

"The chief reason for applauding God? He deserves it...Worship God. Applaud Him loud and often." (pg. 76.)

Between the worshipful example of Pastor Louie Giglio and Max Lucado's mirrored exhortation I've been inspired --no spiritually driven -- to show God in a new way (for me, that is) that I AM THANKFUL FOR HIM.

So of course, now, all the Sistas from all over the community who attend That Girl's lightlunch are joyfully willing to join me each week in giving thanks to God for WHO HE IS with a standing ovation during our weekly get-togethers!

We Sistas give GOD a standing ovation because we know we wouldn't be there if it weren't for HIM and we know it .....because we KNOW HIM. Please join us, Girlfriends, each Wednesday, at the office of Southeast Restoration Group office in Holly Springs. For more information please contact: polly@thatgirlmarketing.biz

With love & blessings, Polly

Thursday, January 14, 2010

911. Katrina. Tsunami. Haiti. What is God saying?

(Graphics copyright AFP)

It's very difficult to comprehend what I am hearing and seeing on the Internet and TV about what has happened in Haiti. The devastation. The countless losses of of lives. Broken bodies. Broken bones. Broken hearts. The number of deaths are growing as news updates flood the airwaves! And yet, Almighty God is still ruling and reigning in the universe while we are seeing untolled suffering. I am asking, "What are you saying to the world, Lord?"

I surely don't have the answer to that question. But God does. He always knows what He's doing and according to His Word he always has a purpose for what He's doing. (Romans 8:28)

In the U.S. we are hearing about this catastrophe that is affecting the world but we have not experienced this particular gargantuan calamity firsthand. However, as God's people we have compassion, hearts of mercy, the power of prayer, and a Christ-driven love for the suffering as we are seeing and hearing about the growing number of widows, widowers, and orphans who are many of the survivors in Haiti right now.

(Photo copyright Reuters)

How do we handle this? First, as His children we all are already linking ourselves to God by dropping to our knees to cry out for mercy for the Haitians. Secondly, as God leads each one of us, of course, we can link ourselves to giving financial help as well. Here's a suggestion to visit: www.worldmag.com/webextra/16287

As God's people we already know we're to pray and to trust Him and love Him with all of "your heart, soul, strength, and mind," and we're to "love our neighbors as ourselves." We are trying....help us, Lord, and have mercy on Haiti and be glorified in all these things.
We love you, Lord. Amen.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

"Shine the Light" in the NEW YEAR!

"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven."
Matthew 5:16
This verse is the mission statement and vision for That Girl Marketing, LLC, a market consulting/ marketplace ministry passionate about building God's kingdom by helping others shine their light. The way I see it we are the body of Christ and as That Girl is used to help others discover and develop their God-given gifts and talents --we build each other up so together, can become radiant, scatter the darkness of this world and bring HIM glory.

One day while I was cleaning our house I turned on WATC-TV 57 to watch Babbie Mason's show, Babbie's House. The singer/songwriter/musician always opens her show with a song and this day she was singing "Shine the Light" and it was my first time hearing it. I stopped what I was doing and sat down in the family room to watch and listen to her anointed, silky voice sing the words that were/are very dear to my heart! Yes, my eyes teared up a little cuz this message is a calling on my life!

(I took this photo at the Atlanta New Year's Eve 2010 Concert @ First Baptist Woodstock. Babbie's at the piano in this picture, and is standing on stage in the picture below.)

After I heard Babbie sing "Shine the Light" on her show I went to my computer to find the song and the lyrics. I found out later that Babbie co-wrote the song and she has given me permission to print the lyrics:
"Shine the Light"
copyright Babbie Mason

"In the parking lot of a coffee shop
Just the other day
She smiled and she said, "Well, I'm doin' okay"
But I felt her pain
I took her hand in mine
Said, "It's gonna work out fine"
But as she turned I wondered
Did I just hand her a line

What she needed most was a word of hope
And a prayer or two
A little more time and a timely word
could have pulled her through
So I think of her
And I wonder too
Is anybody hurting
And sitting next to you?

Shine the light, share the faith
Show the world that Jesus is the answer
That Jesus is the way
Together we can make a difference
Be a beacon in the dark of night
Share your faith
Hold it high
Shine the light

Anywhere you go, any country road
Or city street
Any lonely life, a hurting heart
Somebody in need
They all ask one thing
Where is love and truth
But if you know Jesus
Then you know what to do

Shine the light, share the faith
Show the world that Jesus is the answer
That Jesus is the way
Together we can make a difference
Be a beacon in the dark of night
Share y0ur faith
Hold it high
Shine the light

Let your light so shine
So everybody will see Jesus
Let your light so shine
To glorify your Father in Heaven
Shine the light, Share your faith
Show the world that Jesus is answer
That Jesus is the way
Together we can make a difference
Be a beacon in the dark of night
Share your faith
Hold it high
Shine the light"

Babbie Mason is a wonderful example of someone who shines the light.....she's using her gifts and talents to glorify our Father in Heaven and she's very gracious about it, too. I went with a dear friend who is also a That Girl Marketing client, who was going to be a guest on Babbie's House. We had a few minutes to speak to Babbie and I shared with her that I play "Shine the Light" on my computer while I'm writing and that I've been deeply moved by the music and the lyrics. She has another song on her "All the Best" CD called "It's Good to Be Alive" and I really do play them over and over as I write!

Babbie's response to me was, "Wow!" Then she said, "I'm going to sing that song for you today!" And she did. Whew. Yep, I was crying and praising God.

I pray that as you discover your God-given talents you'll prayerfully work at developing them -- because God has given everyone gifts to be used for His glory.

To view Babbie's music, concert schedules, and CDs contact: http://www.babbie.com/ or e-mail her @ babbie@babbie.com.

With love & blessings, Polly