Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving: A Grateful Heart


Greetings friends! I hope everyone had a blessed thanksgiving! Yesterday was a great day- I got to spend time with those I love and took many trips down memory lane with a very special someone. This morning I woke up and began to really ponder over the things I am grateful for and how sometimes I might only say thank you do God for those obviously important people and things in my life, but...I want to dig deeper...I have too. God's done so many wonderful things for me that might even go unnoticed. Kind of like those prayers that He answers that we forget ever asking. I don't ever want to forget...God is faithful! You are faithful Lord and you keep all of your promises. I just want to take this time to thank the Lord for those special and subtle petitions He's answered and blessed me with: they might not make since because it's sort of an inside-prayer type of thing between God and I but I'm sure someone out there could relate to some of these thank yous.

(Psalm 136:1) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.

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Thank you Lord for our first encounter. That day when you found me where I was and took me in your arms and promised to never leave me. Thank you for your sacrifice Jesus...for my salvation...where would I be without You?...Lost...completely lost and lonely, in need of You father. Thanks so much for placing me in the right place because many months ago I made a prayer to you in church for You to transition me and transport me like a chair where You wanted me to be. Like always you kept your promise! Thank you for being with me in those times when I felt so sensitive and fragile like a glass vase. I felt like I couldn't take the pain...I didn't want to sing anymore. It wasn't your fault! What was I thinking at that time, feeling like You'd abandoned me. You didn't. You watched as I helplessly fought to breathe through those agonizing tears and gasps of air. You broke through the silence, through the sadness in my heart and gave me once again a reason to live for. Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving be the ability to praise You, God, with my voice. Thank you for accepting my life song! I love you for putting by my side my best friend on this earth and for allowing us to praise you together. When the notes of my heart and strokes on his guitar meet our worship becomes the best part of us that we can give You. Thank you because I'm not alone. Thank you because you've not only given me family in Christ to love but for the family You have given me that lives to serve you. Thank you for that day in the bathroom when I asked you for a favor asked as a simple joke between me and I- You made it happen. My parents were blessed that day in church. Thank you. If I kept going Lord, I think Blogger would run out of text space because I could go on and on. You've done so many things, oh so many things. I want to say thank you for the little big things that You do for me: Thanks a bunch for the parking space you had ready for me at school, You know how close I was to being late for UNIV and how badly I didn't not want to walk all the way from where I was "supposed" to park. Hee hee. Thank you! Gracias Padre santo! Many many thanks for helping me exactly afford that package of scan trons right before my American Heritage quiz. Whew! That was a close call. Thank you. I'm so grateful for the opportunity that you've given me to meet these new teens at the church that you have Daniel and I worshipping in. I just want to ask you for one thing before I go on and I know that You are listening: Please guard their hearts...they've gone through so much and they need you to show them Your way. They're willing to worship you Father but a pray for a complete transformation in their life to the point that they are filled with so much love that they no longer remember their past. Keep them safe always Lord...Thank You.
All that I have thanked you for father is just a tiny truffle of what You deserve to hear, God, but all of this comes from me and from the bottom to top of a grateful heart. Thank You.



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Things:God's Promises


Updatesupdatesupdates!!! My mind is so full and stocked up with information that if my brain was a waterfall it would definitely be breaking through and flowing out at ridiculous speeds. The Lord keeps all of his promises and more than that he exceeds our own expectations!

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This whole week has been full of blessing. So much blessing. Daniel and I have been performing at this church that our Psalmist School instructor provided us with and have been instructing the other band members, (who are so awesome!) all to glorify the Lord. There have been some challenges (as was expected) but the holy spirit always has us one step ahead. I can't even begin to describe how thankful I am and how great it feels to worship God with a full band filled with youth who seek to glorify the Lord as well. By the grace of God, for right now I'm the first voice but I am training the pianist to sing with me because Daniel and I know that this is not the ministry God has for us, it's a mission that has been given to us. We've been holding practices for now three times a week to prepare ourselves and so far have been improving tremendously thanks to God.

On another note, the Psalmist school is having a Christmas Concert and Joel is looking for two singers from the school in our area to record his christmas CD with him! Oh my Lord! I've decided to just give it to God and give it all I got no matter what happens. I know that if it's His will for me it'll come to be, and if it just doesn't happen I'll be happy for whoever God has that opportunity destined for. Pray for me though!

(Isaiah 61:1-3) The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

I'll keep you guys posted!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Worshiping Through A One-Way Mirror



According to Google, a one-way mirror is partially reflective and partially transparent. When one side of the mirror is brightly lit the other side is dark, it allows viewing from the darkened side but not from the other side. We've all seen those old black and white or Lifetime movies where one detective interrogates a suspect while his or her partner is sitting in the dark room behind the one-way mirror. An Example would be the scene in Ella Enchanted, when Prince Char's  evil uncle is watching them both from behind the one-way mirror: He can see Ella and Char but they can't see him. A one-way mirror is a type of deceptive trick but also very useful for the one utilizing it. As a Psalmist and Worshiper the Lord has shown me that we tend to put on this act as if nobody is watching us. Sometimes unintentionally, but other times...not so much. Even if you don't sing or play an instrument God has still called you to worship, not necessarily by picking up a mike but through the way you live, what you say, how you treat others. Hopefully however, if you are reading this you do sing or play for God because my examples might make more sense to you. You see, God is searching for worshipers who will worship Him in spirit and in truth and one thing out of the many great things I learned from Joel, my Psalmist School instructor, this week is that, "many are called, but few are chosen." If we look around our neighborhoods and churches and turn on our T.V's we will see many "worshippers" who have been called but few of all of those have been chosen. When many go to an audition a couple get call backs and then even fewer are chosen for roles. God's looking for those who are guided by the Holy Spirit and who listen to His voice. The sweet voice of God.  

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As worshipers who worship in truth we find ourselves in that interrogation room because we are naked before the eyes of God because He knows us and sees us just as we are. He sees the depths of our hearts, every cavern He knows by memory. We can be playing our instrument or singing on stage, while we hide something deep in our hearts. Our faces may not show it and our attitudes might disguise it but The Lord knows, He knows and all He wants is for us to come clean before Him. Jesus is our lawyer, He made a way for us to have access to our Father and now nothing in earth nor in heaven can separate us from Him. While the enemy condemns us and interrogates us to bring up what we try to bury Jesus watches on the other side of that mirror and steps in to our defense right on time. Because of Jesus our worship is accepted and it is justified. He made a way. We keep worshipping thinking that nobody knows what lies deep within our hearts. Suddenly when people start talking about us and our brothers and sisters in Christ start judging us, Jesus, our lawyer, comes in to the scene and starts asking us to confide in him. He wants us to tell Him and confess so that He can defend us before the ultimate judge: God. We hesitate...we just can't bear it. Jesus, our loving and self-less lawyer, comforts us and assures us that He's going to defend us no matter what. It's hard to get up and sing Sunday morning or praise the Lord in front of friends knowing that you've messed up yesterday, but the beautiful thing is that we have Jesus. That doesn't mean that we're going to go all willy nilly and just sin uncontrollably  No, no, that means that we recognize that life is a constant battle but each day we have to decide to kneel and ask for forgiveness and for the Holy Spirit to guide our every move. The devil and the world is not our judge, God is...and our defense lawyer will never fail us. Thank you Jesus!!! Because of you our worship is accepted. Never stop worshiping but do pray to have your heart in the right place because a worshipper not only connects with God, but helps others connect as well. What are we reflecting? Like I said before, all of you worshipers out there keep praising the Lord in spirit and in truth. My respects and many blessings always.



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