Friday, December 28, 2012

Worship Freely Tunes {6}


Another lovely Friday and I am the bearer of new tunes. Originally Bryan and Katie Torwalt wrote this song and have it available on their CD, which is equally beautiful, but I wanted to share with yall Jesus Culture's live interpretation. I loooove it! Have a listen and I'm sure you'll just get in the worship mood instantly. Enjoy and let me know what you think.


"Holy Spirit"- Jesus Culture

With A New Year Comes New Wisdom




(Kings 3:28) When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.

(1 Kings 8:61) And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.”

(Proverbs 1:23) Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,  I will make known to you my teachings.

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With 2012 coming to an end and a new year only a few days away, thinking about what's to come brings much enthusiasm and excitement to my soul. I'm so hungry for the Lord's presence and craving all things God. In this year I've learned how to really listen to God's voice and began reading the Word of God from beginning to end. By His grace alone so far I've read all the way to the first book of Kings. If it were about simply finishing a reading plan I could have sped up my reading but I really wanted to meditate as I journeyed through each book, chapter, and verse. And so I find myself here today, realizing how much God has changed me through His perfect love. I'm not who I used to be: I don't sing like I used to because my voice has matured and overcome its "greenness", I don't see Worship the same as I once did (Worship Blossoms In The Garden), my eating habits are different, and I've learned to serve others and give my life for others. I can't even fathom the wondrous things that the Lord has in store for me next year, for us all! Dear God, what are you doing?...


The Lord has been showing me what He wants to pour out on His children for the next year and He's been saying, "Wisdom." God wants to give us His wisdom so that we can represent Him here on earth. All of last week I've had this word on my heart, meditating on Proverbs 1:23 and it's various versions but one thing is constant in all three and that is the fact that God wants to give us all of who He is so that we can act like Him. He wants to share His heart with us and pour out His Spirit over us so that we can know His vary words and be wise. But first, says the Lord, you must listen to me. God doesn't want us to just hear Him, He wants us to listen to Him. It's the difference between recognizing His voice and obeying it. Wisdom. God wants to give us wisdom. There's a cry out from God's heart to ours calling out for those who are willing and ready to be fully committed to God. The whole Sunday, Wednesday, and Retreat Days Christian lifestyle is long dead and gone. Who is ready to be fully committed to God? It's not dropping everything your doing, but rather handing everything your doing over to God so that He can reveal to you the desires of His heart which will become your desires. Wisdom to speak to those who appear deaf, wisdom to handle any challenge, and wisdom in every branch of life. Because God loves us, He wants to pour out His Spirit over us so that we can be wise. The earth is crying out to see God's glory and we have to be the living proof, we are not yesterday's but today's testimony of the living God. With all that God wants to pour out over us comes great responsibility. Yes, responsibility. God gives the wisdom, wisdom itself is not our God. What do I mean by this? I mean that, God is always first. No matter what gift I have been given I cannot and will not put it before my God because that would be the end of me. How can I worship what God has given me? This means that I have given my life over to what has been given to me. I worship God for who He is, so though God wants to give me wisdom I can't take it and then do my will with it. The most important question is, God now that I know that you want to give me wisdom, how do you want me to us it for your glory? As of now I am learning this, and so far God has been confirming the word He has given me. On Sunday afternoon, after leading and ministering during the first half of praise and worship, Pastor Eddie did a preaching on wisdom. He spoke about how God wanted to give us wisdom for the upcoming new year so that we would enter it not falling into the same old patterns. Right then and there as I sat in my chair up on the altar I looked up and just new it, "Bang! Confirmation!" After Pastor talked about wisdom for a good while and prayed over the entire congregation, he began to talk about something that I deeply fell in love with: It's important for us to go up to our mountain because there we will see things differently from being on the ground, surrounded by the situations we face. He talked about how Marry, after receiving news from the Angel about her bearing a child, quickly went up to the mountain to spend time with God. I really love that sermon and I know that together with the Worship and the Holy Spirit being poured out the service was set into the course that God had in His heart. Wisdom. God is giving us wisdom. I hope that you all have an amazing time with your family and friends, reflecting on what God has in store for us all in 2013 and after. Thank you God, for this new found wisdom!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Dear God, Where are you taking Worship?



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It is almost the New Year and I know God is taking us higher and higher, wider and wider, deeper and deeper. How high can we go God, how wide, and how deep? Lead the way Holy Spirit. 


I have two blogs that I keep up with, "Worship Blossoms In The Garden" and "The Psalmist Journal." The first blog that I ever made was "The Psalmist Journal" and there I talk on a more personal level sharing the lifestyle of a Worshiper living my day to day. But here in my second blog I talk specifically about Worship and it's intricate branches in the secret as well as in the public. Here I write about how true worship begins blossoming in our hearts during our intimate time with the Lord and how that transforms our public worship into a living and breathing testimony of the living God. Though I hardly talk on a personal level here I feel to do so when it comes to Congregational Worship so that the presence of God can begin to flow in our churches. This is so important. Because what we do in our secret time with God affects the spiritual atmosphere when we join in fellowship both private and public go hand in hand: You cannot have one or the other, both need to be further developed so that we can give fruit. 
Our fruit from our private time is our actions and reactions to our day to day lives, while our fruit from our public time like in church for example would be how we conduce ourselves there. We all need instruction when it comes to both, but like the Holy Spirit has taught me everything first begins with our private and intimate time as our wellspring. Because I've focused first on our quiet time with God now my Spirit knows that it's time to talk about our public form of Worship when as a body we come together and offer our lives as a pleasing sacrifice to God. I know for a fact, because I thought this way also, that when somebody thinks of a Worship blog they picture music and fellowship but now that we've learned the true Worship that God is seeking we can climb and begin to nestle in between these branches. And to kick start our new adventure I really want to share with you all a blog that I truly did stumble upon..."I Will Worship My King". If you are like me over here and have been called to be a Psalmist, Worship Minister, leader, or anything that falls in a praise and worship label then you will love Mrs. Jennie Lee's blog! I personally read from oldest posts to latest because she details her experiences at the "Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry" and after. I know that many churches do not move in the full power of the Spirit of God but where better to start than within our own hearts? Before we can impact others we must first let God impact us with the totality of who He is. I'm so excited for what God is doing and I am in a complete mode of expectancy. If anyone has any questions about anything be sure to let me know but very soon I will be going into deeper detail of my experiences from past to present, from where I started to where God has placed me now. God is more than good! 

<<<-My Spirit Rejoiced All Through Christmas->>>



I'd like to say I had the most amazing Christmas but the reality is that Jesus was the light in our darkness that made the holidays worth celebrating. Things are rough because of some of our ill family members but we prayed as a family and celebrated as a family with faith, declaring what isn't as if it is. I reflected so much on the love of Jesus all the days leading up to Christmas Eve and Day. With all our flaws and goodness Jesus loves us and takes us in so for that, for my born hope, I so so so so very thankful.


10:00PM

We came home from my Christmas Concert and Psalmist School Awards Assembly and decided to get in a few pictures since we were all dressed up.




8:00PM

Christmas Eve! Whoop whoop! I just had to take some pictures before leaving home. Once we arrived at my Grandma's house my family just talked and my sister and I played Loteria with our cousins. My sister and I hung around in my Grandma's room for a bit to escape and watch a nice quiet movie and lie down in a warm bed. Might as well get some pics, right?





 12:30 AM

Soon after my Daddy came home from visiting his parents he brought me my present and I opened up the bag to find a Bible and car stereo. My dad knew how much I'd been hoping for a Bible and he also knew that I'd really love to listen to my ipod instead of burning gazillions of CD's (A worshiper's got to worship even in her car). I just hugged him so much because though Christmas isn't about the presents my Mom and Dad have always had something to give us with all their heart.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Love Has A Name




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(Luke 2:6-7) While they were there, the time came for the baby 
to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped 
him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because 
there was no guest room available for them.
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(Luke 2:17-20) When they had seen him, they spread the word 
concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who 
heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered 
them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying 
and praising God for all the things they had heard and 
seen, which were just as they had been told.
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(John 3:16-17) For God so loved the world that he gave his 
one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but 
have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to 
condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
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For God so loved me...you and I. For He so loved. These words make my heart want to sing right this minute. I'm going to be meditating on this love not just throughout Christmas but every day of my life. It was the love of Jesus that revived me and gave me life. I bless the day that He came to this world to rescue me. I thank the Lord because Jesus lives and He lives in me. I want to shine as bright as the star that pointed the three kings on their way toward salvation and I want to leave a big trail of love just like my sweet Jesus has. We may not have the best to offer our Lord, at least not what He deserves, but we do have our lives. Our lives are worth more than anything because Jesus gave it that worth. So this Christmas and every day after I want to make my heart that humble stable for my Jesus to be born and reign in. Though He's already there, I always like to remember the moment that He found me and that the manger of my heart opened up its doors for Him. For years Jesus searched and pursued me until finally I realized that all I want to do now is pursue Him. It's not about giving Him the best of what you have, it's about giving Him all that you are. Just like Mary, I've grasped every single thing that Jesus has done for me and continues to do and I've stored up these treasures in my heart so that I never forget my first love. Jesus is the reason for it all because the word says that He came to save the gentile. You and I, unless we were Jewish, had no hope until hope was born. It's not about which day we celebrate His birth on because, like my daddy says, we should be celebrating every day. Joy! Our hope was born and lives in us! Let us celebrate Jesus every day and demonstrate our love for Him through obedience. Let us celebrate the day that grace was born! Oh my sweet Jesus, thank you for existing and thank you for being born in my heart.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Package


I wish all of you a merry, peaceful, and loving Christmas! From my heart to yours accept the warmest of greetings and of course a little something for being great friends. I really do hope you all enjoy this Christmas package, check it out you just might find an unexpected surprise. Most important words to say ummm...yup these are perfect: Jesus is the ultimate and legit reason for this beautiful season and any other season that may follow. Hugs and smiles! God bless!

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"Do You Hear What I Hear? (What Does It Sound Like)" 
- Steffany Gretzinger & Jeremy Riddle


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Have a moment to meditate on the tremendous
love package sent to us here on earth. Think
about our Savior who came to set us
free and share this life-changing message
with those you love.

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Jesus came to restore the relationship
between God and humanity and to
demonstrate with His own life
what true Worship is.

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Gaze at your Christmas tree and have a grateful heart.

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Wear your favorite sweater in this chilly weather.

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Be sure to journal! Always have one at hand...you never
know what the Holy Spirit wants to say & reveal.


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Have a homemade cookie and hot chocolate on me:)

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May you celebrate the birth of Jesus exuberantly!

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A fun, super easy snack recipe.

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(Isaiah 9:6) For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;And the 
government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called 
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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A sneak peek into a little of what I do...My family, 
friends, and I playing music for the glory of the 
Lord in our garage. I don't come out on camera but 
I am the one singing in Spanish (Perfume A Tus Pies).



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lifestyle Change



It's been over two months since I started this crazy change in my life. Crazy because I never could have imagined the plans that God had in store for me. In my October posts I talked a little about how the Spirit of the Lord convicted me to fast: He had something amazing planned, my spirit knew it all along. When these moments come and God opens doors we can either obey and walk through them or ignore the calling and miss out on a great opportunity. My whole life I've struggled with insecurities about my weight until finally at this transforming point in my life God just woke me up and said, "it's time." All I could say was, "yes Lord," and so the story unfolded and my new journey began.

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(1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

(Romans 12:1-2) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 
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In this new season God gave me the strength to first complete the 21 day Daniel fast which consisted of fruits, veggies, and tons of water. And again, this was like sailing through fog, all I knew was that the Holy Spirit was guiding me. And thank the Lord that my mom is no stranger to fasting so she walked me through it. Literally, right after 21 days my mom got me an appointment with a Naturopathic Doctor who turned out to be an incredible woman of God who just can't get enough of God's glory. I laugh because my mom and I are exactly the same, in that respect. In addition to all of this, I also had been watching a show called "Desafio 90d" on the Spanish Christian Channel (Enlace TBN) that truly inspired me to start exercising again and for good. Can you imagine? The Lord just aligned everything so perfectly. When we obey God all of His blessings follow, but we've got to respond to Him in the exact moment when He speaks to us. Because if God is the one guiding us then He will provide us with the strength to jump through any hurdle. For anybody who's struggled with the same problem all I have to say is that with God it is possible for you to change your life. I just told my best friend a week ago, "How can we expect to be used by God if we're dead? How can the Holy Spirit move within us if we've turned our bodies into a trash can?" How much more can we give God? What more can we offer our Lord...is there really a line that we must draw? I needed a good mind renewing session with the Lord and He woke me up to conquer my reality instead of just letting me survive it.   As christians we can not let the enemy take control of our health because whether we'd like to admit it or not, this situation becomes a disability that keeps us from freely jumping during praise, attending family outings, and restricts us from so much more. Now, especially because I'm going through this I can say that it's not that God doesn't love us for who we are and how we look but God cannot accept anything that keeps us from the freedom that Jesus Christ gave to us. Our freedom was worth the blood of Jesus, we were worth it to Him. Why would we not take care of our bodies if Jesus paid for them with His body, with His whole life? One thing that spoke deeply to me was what Pastor Cash Luna said at His conference:

(Isaiah 7:14-15) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right

The blood of Jesus, his wounds, healed us. What would have happened if Jesus did not take care of His health? What kind of blood would He have been able to offer us? Jesus knew what was right for His body and He continued to live a lifestyle of true Worship in which He offered Himself as a living and breathing sacrifice. God asks the same of us. There has to be a moment in our life when we wake up and realize that we no longer live for ourselves. More than anything I want to encourage you. You can change your life, age does not matter. Choose to live a healthy life and choose to live in the freedom that was bought for you at a high price. Start conquering things in the natural (running or walking more than usual, eating healthier, etc.) and you will conquer things in the spiritual. Read the Word and ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom in this area and because you are seeking you will find what you're looking for. With God ALL things are possible! I have already lost over ten pounds in these two months for the glory of the Lord so I know this to be true! I recommend that you seek professional help because each body is different and requires a different meal plan.

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"Motivate the mind and the body will follow."

Friday, December 14, 2012

\\\\The Spirit Knows Best: Breathing Once Again////



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Exhaustion...a product of over working one's self to the point of running out of energy. To find joy in these moments, however, is not that hard for this girl. Yes, the girl there to the side really wishes there were hot chocolate in her mug but no, no, she can't have that, so instead...water. Water. Anyways, what I really wanted to get to is a little of what's been going on. I know I've been posting a lot of updates lately but there's a lot going on in this girls life. I mean, finals in themselves have been mind boggling and crazy. Never in my college career have I had a harder semester. Has it been worth it though? Yes. I know the Lord has me right where He wants me. Though it may be hectic attending Pan Am and Psalmist school I enjoy the moments of triumph and learn from the times of perseverance. The best part of doing life with God is knowing that your part is the natural and His is the supernatural. I study and He keeps me awake. I get psycho-stressed and He makes me laugh or moves someone to call me up and shake me back into all things sane. The Lord is...my everything. Honestly, if God does call you to do something He will get you through it victoriously. Never settle for anything less than that. We may stumble, but the word says we can no longer fall because the Lord's hand will sustain us. My last final was supposedly today but when I showed up and walked into a dark auditorium I began to question myself. I called up my Music Appreciation Prof. (because he's cool like that) and asked what was going on. And so there I figured out that there was no final because he counted our last exam as such. You can imagine how I felt right? Ecstatic! And once that wore off and reality set in, I wanted to just fall to the floor and cry. It was relief with a hint of frustration. God bless the Lord's heart for allowing me to live only fifteen minutes away from my University, seriously I was in need of some bed time. For some reason as tired as I may be there is always one thing that I'm not too tired for: writing. Imagine that? How can something that takes so much thought be relaxing?

There. Exactly right there is the connection that I was trying to make.

Times are tough. Some days brighter than others. And no, no I'm not going to say, "but the Lord is there with you," though it is true. What I will say is this: It is possible to love what is unlovable, enjoy the unenjoyable, and find peace in the midst of chaos. Our mind says go, go, go because when stress kicks in our brain is programmed to run without looking back. Right then and there is exactly when we should stop. Right when your mind says, "but look at the time," you should be hitting the floor on your knees and seeking the Lord's peace and strength. Your spirit knows better than your flesh, though your flesh thinks it knows it all. Spiritually we break chains when we let Jesus be the anchor that stops us from drifting farther and farther out to sea. Listen to your spirit and the Lord will glorify Himself, I am living proof of that for sure.

Worship Freely Tunes {5}


The story behind this song: my friend gave me a burned CD one day, I popped it into my car stereo, and when this song came on I just said, "Yes, exactly." This tune, I truly feel, describes the heart of many of us who long and crave that intimate time with the Lord throughout daily living. Enjoy!


"In Your Arms"- Meredith Andrews

Thursday, December 13, 2012

My Expression: {2}



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The words that come out of our mouths have power. What were to happen if we were to speak life 100% of the time? Unmeasurable and glorious things for sure. I challenge you and I as children of God, as worshipers, to choose our words wisely. Let us glorify the Lord with our mouths. Guard your heart and store inside of it all that will cause your lips to bless the Father.

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(Psalm 103:1-5)
Praise the Lord, my soul;all my inmost being, 
praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—who forgives 
all your sins and heals all your diseases, who 
redeems your life from the pit and crowns you 
with love and compassion, who satisfies 
your desires with good things so that your 
youth is renewed like the eagle’s
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Our souls should have many reasons to sing! The Lord here promises us six beautiful benefits: to forgive our sinsto heal our diseasesto redeem our livesto crown us with love and compassionto satisfy our desires with good things so that all of these things together will cause us to be renewed like eagles.

Let us be grateful. In the natural sense before I even step up to an altar to sing before the Lord I remember how good He has been to me, how faithful, and how loving. From all that love welled up inside of me come real lyrics that bring liberation by the Holy Spirit and ultimately lead to spontaneous and intimate worship (lyrics often times prophetic or more personal that the Holy Spirit wants to convey or a song from me to Him). We have many reasons to sing, to play our instrument, and to express our worship in whatever way that we do but the greatest of these reasons is love. Never forget your first love. Don't sell it, trade it, push it aside, or substitute it. There is only one God who can do the things that God can do and for this and for who He is, all praise and honor are directly for Him. So may the words that come out of our mouths glorify the Lord. If we stumble then let us change our mentality and try again because before we even get a chance to touch the cold floor God's mighty hand will sustain us.

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(Psalm 37:23-24)
The Lord makes firm the steps

    of the one who delights in him;
24 
though he may stumble, 
he will not fall, for the Lord 
upholds him with his hand.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

My Expression: {1}


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We express our love to and for God in so many various ways: some of us sing, others play an instrument, there are those who dance, paint or draw, bake, journal, exercise  eat healthy, or maybe even volunteer. Whether it be through the arts or through our every day work this all comes together, our life is our ultimate worship. We say to God, "I love you," with every brush stroke of a paint brush, through every heart felt song, and with kind smiles between strangers. Looking more closely at the two kinds of worship that we know of, the most common is congregational "worship", the kind that we see at church, and then there's  the type of worship that we've been called to live by Jesus. Really there is only one kind. Somewhere along the way churches began to refer to certain types of songs as Worship when these songs are simply an expression of our Worship: 

"the act of giving love to God...bowing down, kneeling, and lifting hands."
                    —John and Carol Wimber

In church or in any other form of fellowship we all come together and "worship." Growing up, any time the word worship was mentioned I knew it was time for the closing of eyes, slower music, and the raising of hands. This was what I thought worship was, that is, until I drew closer to God and our relationship blossomed. My heart learned to love God in such a way that separation from Him would be impossible. Though in church we say it is time to worship, here, we are simply being trained for an instant of what we should be doing on a daily basis. Daily, our lives should be in a state of bowing down before the Lord in surrender and in awe of who He is. Daily, we should be kneeling before Him in prayer. Daily, we should be lifting up our lives as a living sacrifice. And daily, we should be growing in intimacy with our Lord in a constant overflow of love through prayer and conversation. Because love is the most important thing to God, of course worship would be void with out it, because without love we are nothing. Because he loved us first it is our turn to constantly worship God by loving Him in return through all that we say and do. So establish this thought in your mind and meditate on it: "When I worship God in church through any form (music, dancing, painting...etc.) I am simply being prepared and equipped for what I should be doing on a daily basis, and this will ultimately give me a glimpse into what awaits for me in eternity." So, take it from a girl who's been there, don't take any form of fellowship whether it be at a church or with a group for granted. This is an opportunity for you to prepare yourself before walking back out of those doors and back into school or work. Take advantage of every moment that you spend filling yourself with joyful and intimate music so that when you step outside of a Godly environment, no matter what you face, your spirit will know exactly what to do; Your spirit longs to worship every moment of every day. Your morning prayer, that A in English, your friendly disposition, how wholeheartedly you sing on your way to work or school, and your obedience to God's voice, all of these essences combine to produce a fragrant aroma that fills God's heart with joy. Make every moment count.

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what are some of the specific 
ways that you love expressing 
your Worship to God?

Music: singing, playing an instrument, prophetic worship

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Prophetic Painting
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Prophetic Dance
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Your very life

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