I have decided to pick a theme song for my life and there is no better song than Natalie Grant’s “I Will Not Be Moved”. Not only does this song rock, it is a declaration that no matter what happens in my life or happens in the world around me, that on Christ the Solid Rock I stand and I will not be moved!
Today ended our 21 day fast and our service was a celebration service. I almost didn’t make it to the service. I had run to the bathroom between Sunday School and chuch and while I was waiting, one of the other ladies had put her Bible on the back of the toilet and it had fallen off and hit the water pipe behind the toilet. Water started spraying everywhere and the lady freaked out and my other friend was well, occupied so I took it upon myself to try to fix the problem since water was running out everywhere. I was trying to cut off the valve in the back but water was spraying everywhere and I was getting soaked and the water kept hitting me in the eyes and I had to keep shutting my eyes so the force of the water wouldn’t pop my contacts out. Finally we got someone to turn it off and there I stood with church about to start looking like a drowned rat. Luckily, my friend Joy, who happens to be my personal hair consultant was in there and she helped me dry it enough and fix it so I wouldn’t look ridiculous. We heard the music start and the choir was starting to sing and we had to run up there late and wet! It was interesting to say the least but it was a great service. Our pastor talked about crossing the Jordan. It was a great sermon and encouraged us to keep going forward! Tonight we had Larry Ford in concert. He has sung with several Southern Gospel groups and has sung with the Gaithers on there videos that they do. He was really good. A nice change of pace.
Your Are Good-Israel Houghton
This is How We Overcome-Hillsong- We had a little fun with this song. The chorus says “You have turned, my mourning into dancing. You have turned my sorrow into joy.” When we got to the turn, we all turned around in a circle. It was fun! I’m sure all you dignified church folks are just trying to picture it!
Mighty to Save-Hillsong
Moving Forward-Ricardo Sanchez/Israel Houghton
Magnify Jesus-Clint Brown
He is Wonderful
This is apart of Sunday Setlist over at fredmckinnon.com
I have to admit that 2009 has gone from 0 to 100 in about 2.5 seconds. It seems that I am getting hit on all sides somedays. In the past, I would have let these things get to me and end up in a funk. This time though, I have determined to do things differently. I am learning to cast all my anxieties on Him. Hey, after all that is what He told us to do, but some of us (especially me) are hard headed. Yeah, I get frustrated, lose my cool, but after awhile I come to my senses and after ask for forgiveness, I turn it over to God for Him to work out. That is difficult for me sometimes. I am not a control freak when it comes to other people. You can feel free to do what you want to do, but when it comes to me, I am the total control freak. I am slowly improving on this s I come to trust God more and more each day.
I have been participating in an online Bible study on a book called Pure Praise by Dwayne Moore. It is based on 2 Chronicles 20. The first time I read the whole passsage, this verse just jumped off the screen and smacked me up side the head. (By the way, YouVersion is a great way to study the Bible. You can look up any passage in any version and you can highlight and make notes and even keep a journal) The passage is 2 Chronicles 20:17 you will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.
WOW….what hit me was that so many times we are fighting battles when we should just be standing firm and holding our position. I think alot of us are like Don Quixote thinking that every windmill is a dragon and we waste our energy fighting a battle that is not ours to fight. It is a ploy of the enemy to keep Christians tired, frustrated, and ineffective.I’m not sure why we think we can fight these battles better than God anyway. So, when I judged, misunderstood, or have my motives questioned; I just have to stand firm and let God fight that battle!
Yesterday morning we had an incredible time of worship. Over the past few months, it has been a challenge for us to get the congregation to engage in worship and not just be spectators. I have noticed that during our corporate fast that people are more focused on God and on the act of worship. The whole atmosphere really changed when we began to sing a song by Hillsong called ‘When I Think About the Lord” This is an incredible song. As I sang, I began to think about the all the things that He has done for me. The chorus opens up with “It makes me wanna shout, Hallelujah, thank you Jesus, Lord your worthy of all the glory and all the honor and all the praise.” He is the only one that is worthy of all the glory, honor and praise. We then went back to the chorus and sang it accapella. Our little 15 member choir sounded like a 100 member choir at that point. Each person was singing with all their heart, soul, and might to the Lord. It wasn’t about performance, it was a true, genuine awe of God and what He has done in all of our lives. I think if we all stop and think more about the Lord has done for us, we will worship Him out of a heart of thankfulness and not out of obligation.
My life has been in overdrive since the beginning of the year, but I have lots of blog posts stored in my head but actually getting them down is another story!!
Anyway, thought I would share with a song that has rocked my world lately. It is by Sanctus Real…..the song is Whatever You’re Doing. When we ask God to conform us to His image, it can sometime be a painful and tedious process but the end result is worth it. Sometimes it does feel like chaos is going on inside us,but yet there is a peace that God is doing something that is so much bigger than us! This is a great song to start out the new year with!
One of my new favorite Christian artists is Francesca Battistelli. Her album My Paper Heart is fantastic. Not a bad song on the album!! One of my favorite songs is one called Time in Between. There is one part of that song has stuck in my spirit.
Don’t take much for this crazy world
To rob me of my peace
And the enemy of my soul
Says You’re holding out on me
So I stand here lifting empty hands
For you to fill me up again
But it’s the time in between
That I fall down to my knees
Waiting on what You’ll bring
And the things that I can’t see
I know my song’s incomplete
Still I’ll sing in the time in between
It is so difficult sometimes to wait on God can be hard. We know deep down that God is good and the things that He has for us are the best, but it is easy to get ahead of God and take things into our own hands. That is when we make a royal mess of things! Satan tries to tell us that God is holding out on us, but He is not…..He is just waiting for the right moment to bring the right things into our life. So, in the time in between I will wait for God to bring me the good and perfect things that He has promised me.
Our church started a 21 day fast yesterday. We have been doing this for several years now. I find that it is a great way to start a new year. It helps to get me focused on God and what I want Him to do in my life over the next year. It also helps me get more disciplined with Bible reading and spending time with God. They say if you do something for 21 days then it becomes a habit.
There are many different reasons to fast as well as ways to fast. I have in years past done what is called the Daniel fast where you only can eat fruits and vegetables. This year I am doing something a little different. One of the things that I really want to focus on this year is being more healthy. When you live alone and are carry a pretty hectic schedule, it becomes easy to let good eating habits go down the drain. I eat way more fast food and junk food than I should and I am paying for it in my health. I realize that I am not getting any younger and I better get a hold of it before it is too late. I also have found out recently that my family is prone to certain food allergies, so I have decided to eliminate those foods that may be a potential food allergy for me. This includes wheat (gluten), dairy, sugar, processed foods, and eggs. I am going to stick to fruit, vegetables, nuts, and lean meat. I will also include brown rice . I have been drinking more herbal teas and cutting way back on coffee and diet drinks. I am trying to cut back on the amount of artificial sweetners that I use. Not sure that stuff is too good for you. I can drink tea unsweet or add a little honey if needed. I decided to go with this plan because it is something that I can stay with beyond the 21 days.
On the spiritual side, I have some very specific things that I am asking God to in my life as well as in the life of my friends, family, church, and work. I will not go into specifics here but maybe at some point share some things. I am listening to only Christian music and limiting the amount of tv that I watch also. I am trying to be more intentional about the way that I live my life, instead of just going through my day in a daze as I am prone to do.
I would greatly appreciate your prayers at this time as I seek to know what God wants for me in this season. If there is anything that you would like for me to pray for you about, then please feel free to email and let me know.