It is comforting to know no matter where we are or what is going on in our lives, that God is still God. I have been so strongly reminded of that recently and because of that, there is peace in the midst of the storm.
Love this new song by Avalon
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.
I have always been fascinated by the life of Moses, especially the years that he spent in the wilderness preparing to lead the Children of Israel out off Egypt. In Exodus 3, God comes to Moses in the form of a burning bush and this is when he gets his commission from God to go Pharoh and to lead His children out of captivity. Like most of us, Moses had excuses for why he was not qualified to do what God was asking him to do. Then he asks God what he is supposed to say to the people of Israel and God tells Him “I AM has sent me to you.”
In this time of unrest and unpredictability in this world today, it is good to remember who God is in our lives. This song has been getting a lot of play on my Ipod lately. I listen to this at least once a day. It helps me to remember who God is and that my life in Him is secure no matter how unsecure the world around me may be.
Holy is a word that is used quite a bit to describe God, but do we really grasp what this word means. I dare say that too many times we do not. I came across this song recently and it provoked a serious conversation for me. I know that I have not always understood the holiness of God and I am not sure that i still grasp the whole concept…..after all what do I know of Holy?
Apparently TS Fay is not the only headline in the news this week. In Christian circles, the word has spread about worship leaders fabricating they had cancer to promote a song, and a key figure in the Lakeland Revials was recently found to have had an “unhealthy relationship” with a female staff memeber. There was a time in my life when I would have become judgmental over information like this. Then there was a time when I would have been cynical about the deal. So, where am I now with all this information? Humbled…….while it is disturbing to me, I am humbled because “for the grace of God, there go I.” While my sin my noe Holy God and fractures relationships. I am not anyone special. I believe that whether you stand before thousands and preach or to lead worship, or stand in a church of 50, it is our responsibility to ensure that we walk worthy of our calling. We are all flawed vessels that God has chosen to pour Himself into too. We are full of cracks and some of us a little more broken than others, but God has made us worthy.
What is resonating with me at this moment, is how easy it is to counterfeit the presence of God. Most of the time what people call the presence of God is just emotions. Emotions fade and when the rubber meets the road it has not made any difference in the way we live our lives. Throughout the Bible, those who had a true encounter with God were never the same again. Look at Abraham, Moses, Jacob, and Gideon. They had an encounter with God and went on to be great men of God. The really cool thing, is that they still made mistakes but God continued to use them.I want my life to be truly changed by the presence of God. It is a daily process. The more time that I spend getting to know who God is and what He is doing in and through me, the more I see myself becoming the person that God has created me to be.
My desire today is to know God and experience Him in a way that I never had before.
I live 35 miles from work and with this impending storm, I decided the smart thing for me would be to stay close to work just in case. I called one of my friends that I used to work with and she took pity on me and let me crash on her couch! This has been a really crazy, draining emotional week here at work, and I was empty when I got there. We sat on the couch eating Captain Crunch, catching up on each other’s lives since we had last seen each other. We started talking about what God was doing in our lives and what God has been showing us and it was amazing. The really cool thing was, we both confirmed things for each other that God had been showing us. It was during this conversation, that I knew my crashing on her couch was not a random act spurred by an impending storm but a divine appointment. It was an opportunity that God used to encourage and uplift. We both had an opportunity to pour into each other’s lives and to speak truth. We stayed up way later than I normally do on a work week, but then again this week has been anything but ordinary.
This passage of scripture in Phillipians 1:3-6 sums up our friendship.
3-6Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.(The Message)