Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Are You 'Breathless & Amazed' Too?

I'm there today, once again, trying to comprehend all of  WHO GOD IS! I take deep breaths and shake my head in amazement of what is written in the Psalms about WHO HE IS! 

Yep,  another day, another privilege to run to my Father to seek His Face for nourishment, guidance and strength for the day. I always begin my private time with Him with the Psalms because I want, no, I can't wait to start my day with the worship of my Father. Yep, joyfully on my knees, the lifting of my hands, sometimes even sangin' somethin'. Well, no one but God can hear me so it's always a joyful noise to Him! Ain't no god like our God. Nope. 

But I can't comprehend His greatness. It makes me get teary that Someone so much greater and more powerful than my imagination would take such loving care of me!

And so, this morning it happened again when I found myself reading Psalm 93, and it spiritually took my breath away as I was soaking in the powerful words of God:
 "The LORD reigns, He is robed in majesty;
 and is armed with strength.
The LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength.
The world is firmly established;
it cannot be moved.
Your throne was established long ago;
You are from all eternity.
The seas have lifted up, O LORD, 
the seas have lifted up their voice;
the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, 
mightier than the breakers of the sea--
the LORD on high is mighty.
Your statutes stand firm; 
holiness adorns Your house
for endless days, O LORD."



Then it hit me. 

My sweet SistaFriend Alison Everill is a gifted songwriter and a worship leader. She has a CD/album called "Breathless and Amazed." 


The presence of God in my life really does leave me breathless and amazed! And Alison is obviously so blown away by God's presence in her life she has already written all the lyrics, composed the music, and produced an album about it!

But, Sistas, that's what God does to all of His children who are hungry for Him. He feeds and nourishes our souls with WHO HE IS and equips us with gifts to share with the world. 

Do you know Him? Have you surrendered your life to Him?  Do you live for His glory? Do you know Him like that? 

"Glorify the LORD with me;
Let us exalt His name together!"
Psalm 34:3
Your Sista,

Friday, April 10, 2015

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Built by God, Built for God, Made to Worship God

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31

We were built by God: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male & female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). And,everyone who is called by my name whom I have created for my glory, whom I formed and made” (Isaiah 43:7).  This is why we were created. We were created for His glory.
We were built for God: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). Now why would the Lord have to put this in the Bible? In the beginning He already established that He is God! It’s because He knows us. He knows our weaknesses and our tendencies to wander. He had to put this in the Bible for us because He knows our tendency is to look everywhere else but to Him to get peace, joy, contentment, and fulfillment. We’ll run to people, look to money, power, position, job, cars, houses, clothes, drugs, and alcohol to help us feel good about ourselves and it doesn’t work because we always want more. Nothing satisfies our longings but God.
When we’re with other people, we often forget about God. We become fearful people-pleasers and enslave ourselves to their whims. We give them power over us. We allow them to become huge in our lives and that’s not a good thing.
When Jesus was teaching in a crowd one of the people asked Him, ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’ Jesus said, ‘The most important one is this, The Lord our God is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”’ (Mark 12:28). That means we are built for God. We were built to love Him, to worship Him.
You and I are here for His glory alone. Each one of us has gifts and talents and abilities that He has equipped us with to use for His purposes and to bless other people in His name. That’s why we’re here. We were created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever!  
We were made to worship God: He put longings in our hearts that beg to be fulfilled. We have desires to be loved and cared for. We want faithfulness and love.  Only He can deliver those desires of our hearts; we can’t receive them unless we know Him.  We want to love and be loved. Only He can teach us how to do that. When we read our Bibles, we will discover this for ourselves. It’s the truth. Start with the book of John and look at the relationship between Jesus and His Father. We need to learn to relate to others through His love and not ours. Our human love is conditional and full of flaws. When you know God, you find out He’s a God of abundance. He never runs out of provision. His love is unconditional and He will never run out of love or be too busy to hear us and take care of us. His capacity to bless is limitless. No one else is like that. This is who wants us to worship Him!
We are going to worship something. I’m going to say it again: we are going to worship something. God put longing in our hearts and that longing is only satisfied by falling in love with Him. That’s how He’s wired us. We were made to worship Him and whenever we begin to worship anything other than Him, it eventually breaks down. It doesn’t work. It doesn’t satisfy because it’s idolatry. We just keep wanting more of whatever it is that we are craving, and that, dear Sistas, is not from God.
Do you know why we have these longings? Because we are made in the image of God and He has longings. As women, we long for romance, we long to be loved and cared for, we long for approval and affection…we long to be appreciated...we long for peace and contentment. If there is a void in our hearts, only God can fill it. And He invites us to come to Him because God does have longings. He has longings for His children to draw near to Him and love Him and worship Him:  Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you, He rises to show you compassion” (Isaiah 30:18).Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters...” (Isaiah 55:1).Give ear and come to Me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you” (Isaiah 55:3).
These are tender and gracious invitations from the Lord: “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I,’  ‘Here am I.’ All day long I held out my hands to an obstinate people who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations [women deceived, women believing lies about themselves, strongholds] – a people who provoke me to my very face” (Isaiah 65:1-3).
God promises to never leave His children even when we rebel:…when you and your children return to the Lord and obey Him with all your heart…then God will restore your fortunes and restore your soul ... and He will gather you again where He scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant lands…from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back” (Deuteronomy 30:1-3). And He says, “Woe to them, because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak lies against me. They do not cry out to me from their beds (Hosea 7:13-14).
Yes, we have longings to worship because that’s how we’re built!  “My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times” (Psalm 119:20). This is the right kind of longing.  When we are seeking Him, we find that He “satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles” (Psalm 103:5).
What is our hunger pang? Only He can fill it:
“… for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” (Psalm 107:9).He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat” (Psalm 147:14). Now here’s an invitation to us and it’s a longing of our Lord: “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). We were made by God. We were made for God. We were made to worship this God who longs for us, as His people.  Sistas, let’s worship Him now in every area of our lives!
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Monday, April 6, 2015

Are We Gonna Worship Him or Walk Out on Him?

This song,   "Can't Stop Talkin' Darlene Zschech pretty well visually and audibly describes why I do what I do.  I am compelled by the Holy Spirit of God inside me to keep talking about my Spectacular God and Savior Jesus. 

I know Him. I KNOW Him. I know what He has done for me and the way He continues to love me and take such tender care of me!  And most of all I know I don't deserve it! But by His grace I have been saved through faith and as it is written: "For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch" (Isaiah 62:1-2).

So there ya go! That's why I'm here I am again on my blog, talkin' about living a life of worship (instead of leading worship singin') because although God has blessed me with many gifts, the gift of a magical voice is not one of them! But that has NOT stopped me from living a life of worship and daily lifting up my joyful noise in songs for the glory of God. :) 

During my personal time this morning with my Lord and my Bible I found myself saying, "Lord, there is no one like You, there is no one who can do what You can do, there is no where else to go but to You, there is no one greater than You!" 

And quickly a passage of Scripture that makes me tremble -- well there are really a lot of those -- came to my mind was John 6:60-69. The sentences leading up to this passage describe Jesus telling His disciples He is the Bread of Life, and many of His disciples said "the teaching was too hard" and "couldn't accept it."  

"For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray Him. He went on to say, 'This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless the Father has enabled Him.' From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him" (v.64 -66).

And then came the shocking question from the Savior of the World, "'You do not want to leave me, too, do you?' Jesus asked the Twelve."  Imagine hearing those words as one of His followers. 

And then, "Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God" (v. 68-69).

Peter had learned the truth! There is no one else to go to for help and hope! There is no where else to go but to Jesus! For all things. That's the living truth. There is no other.

And yep, of course I found a song that says the same thing...

So, Girlfriends, are we going to persevere and live a life of powerful worship that can bring Him glory and move mountains? Or will we walk away from Him because we don't believe He is who He says He is?

"Glorify the LORD with me; 
Let us exalt HIS name together."
Psalm 34:3