Thursday, January 31, 2013

Perfume: Personal Aroma



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We all have a scent that we release. God has given each and every one of us a special one-of-a-kind aroma. When you speak, sing, dance, laugh, cry, and walk you're releasing a scent to those around you. Do you release peace or anxiety, joy or sadness, confidence or insecurity, sweetness or sourness? Whatever kind of scent that you're releasing it affects the people around you and the spiritual atmosphere. If we release security then those around us will feel secure, but if we release fear then those around us will sense this and latch on to that fear. What scent do you release?

(2 Corinthians 2:14-17) But thanks be to God, who 
always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal 
procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the 
knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the 
pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being 
saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are 
an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma 
that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike 
so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. 
On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God 
with sincerity, as those sent from God. NLT

This verse is a perfect example of Worship. It's a continual overflow of giving love back and forth. This verse tells us that we are a pleasing aroma that God loves and likewise we are a sweet fragrance, an essence of Him, here on this earth. Our lives are a pleasing perfume that we offer up onto the Lord and His pure essence our one desire. His presence. When you smell a bottle of perfume that you really like it's almost as if for a moment you take a trip into a garden. When we encounter God and find ourselves immersed in His presence we experience the same effect. It's that place that nobody can describe but that we know all too well. That secret place. When I sing and for a moment close my eyes and lift up my hands and call on His name I'm there with Him and He's here with me. Not only does this happen during my intimate time with the Lord but Sunday afternoons, though we sing for up to three hours, time flies and moments pass by in the blink of an eye because my aroma has floated up to my Daddy and He's pouring all of His fragrance down on me. Those moments are so crucial in both the quiet times and the corporate times. The word of God could not have compared our encounters during worship any better than to a sweet perfume. This type of atmosphere is what we should try to create in our churches. It's not just about singing a few songs and speeding off to the Word...it's about enjoying the trip along the way. Enjoy God's presence and let yourself be taken over by the Holy Spirit. Whether you've got an amazing worship leader or pastor or not, perceive the Holy Spirit moving in and around you and jump in. If you're like me and find yourself up on the altar leading, singing, or playing an instrument then just know that you have a personal perfume. What you feel and think people can spiritually smell (perceive). When you're up there on stage do you denote confidence, love, security, passion, or mixed emotions? Something that still helps me to this day is what one of my School of Psalmist's Instructors taught me,
"Wherever you find yourself and in front of whoever you find yourself nobody knows what you're thinking but you. If you're nervous nobody knows it but you until you show it through your expressions and actions." So let all the insecurities go and depend on God's strength. He has given you the authority. Spread the sweet smell of confidence as you do your corporate Worship service, concert, gathering...etc. Share with others that same perfume that you share with the Lord so that they too can be engulfed in the Lord's presence.

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So let this be our perfume:

(2 Timothy 1:7)For God has not given us a spirit of fear 
and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 

{Power}

{Love}

{Self-discipline}

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Being On The Same Page



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(Philippians 2:1-4) Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

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So...what does being united in one mind have to do with Worship, you ask? Everything. As the worshipers that we have all been called to be, how can we love and respond to God if we are not on the same page with Him? If we don't agree with who He is and with what He's doing then there won't be a thankful heart, just a confused mind searching for answers. Kim Walker couldn't have said it any better, "I want God more than I want the answers." When you get in sync with God then everything else will fall into place because you'll know what to do and how to get about doing it. When you're in order everything you touch will be in order, when you're in love with God everyone around you will become just as love sick as you, when you're making your relationship with God the most important thing everyone around you will be influenced and on fire, and when you seek a Holy Spirit visitation everyone will be engulfed in a down-pour of God's Spirit. When you have that connection between you and God church will start to become what it was meant to be, a place of fellowship where everyone comes already connected and on fire not even needing a Worship Leader to lead them into the presence of God because, like Kim Walker stated, they will have fought all week to maintain that connection. Being in one mind with God is part of our Worship because we're offering our lives in obedience to Him. Being on the same page with God in your day-to-day will just bubble over everyone by the time you get to church. Now, speaking more on the church setting: the key to any amazingly anointed and gifted team or band is unity. Jesus Himself made it clear that there is only one way and He is it. Everything and I mean everything connects because God is the Alpha and the Omega. Everything that God teaches us to do in private is meant for us to be applying in public. That's why He said that all things would work together for our good because they do. When you're in church lifting up your hands the Holy Spirit is teaching you to live a life in surrender and when you're at home reading and getting into the Word God the Holy Spirit is teaching you discipline and self-control for a life of living like Jesus did. One mind. Being on the same page. 

What the verse above says is this: If you have received good fruit from being one with Jesus, surrendering your life to Him, then share in Christ's way of living, in which you've seen nothing but good fruit, by being a good example to others so that you can see the same good results. If being on the same page with Jesus has done you more than good then act the same as He did so that you can impact others in the same way. If you're one with God and know what that looks and tastes like then you can establish that same unity everywhere you go so that everyone can be on the same page.

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(Psalm 34:8) Taste and see that the Lord is good; 
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

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Now in church can you just imagine what would happen if the pastor(s), Worship group, and congregation were in one single mind set, one vision? Anne Hathaway from the Princess Diaries couldn't have said it any better, "Shut-up, shut-up, shut-up!" I mean, wrap your mind around that idea. How much deeper could God takes us and how much more of His heart could we know? Mind-boggling, I know. What is the vision at your church? Do you know? Ask. Ask God to give you His vision and talk to your mentors, family, or friends about it. Start getting to know others who have that same vision and calling so that together you all can start impacting your church, local area, and maybe even the nations. One mind. Those who are in one mind get to move forward. Being scattered with different mindsets might get some people farther west or east but two minds think better than one and together can move forward farther. God has those treasures for us that eyes have not seen and ears have not heard and establishing this principle of unity will get us all there faster than google maps. Be on the same page. I pray that the Lord give us wisdom on how to do this wherever it is that we find ourselves on our walk. The good thing is that being in sync never goes out of season. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Love Trails

I love, love, love, love, love...love my God. My sweet Daddy always knows what's best for me. This girl right here typing away wanted to be an architect and was ready to head off to Austin TX to make that plan happen, but (God loves this word) the Lord had something higher in mind than I could have ever imagined. He left me trails of love to follow. Because you see, when your so out of your mind passionately in love with God your eyes are so unshakably fixed on His eyes that through that intimate relationship you come to know the desires of His heart and what He loves. Those desires become your desires because Jesus no longer has to pursue you now, that hunger is born and that desire causes us to pursue Him and press through anything and everything to get to Him. I was (an still am) so love sick that just like Elisha I burned up all my desires that I had clung so tightly to and simply followed my love with a love that is so powerful that one doesn't have to be blinded to follow. You see, I followed Jesus with eyes wide open knowing that my reality was crazy but His reality for me was perfectly planned. And that's been my journey up till today. I've been following those love trails especially through my whole college career. Things haven't always been so clear as to what I should do next but what was clear was that every time I had to take a step the Holy Spirit met me right there, reached for my arm, and guided me on forward to my next task. So now here I am almost two years later in the second semester of my second year of college seeing the fruit of my trust. I love what God has placed in my hands. Because I love Him, I love what He loves, and because I love what He loves, I just simply love. Rehabilitation with a Concentration in Addiction Studies. If words could express the passion and joy that I feel as I drive to school to just soak up the lectures my words would run short. I love it with all my heart. Now I see. Now I understand.

Trust God. Follow His love trail. Cling to Him. Give Him the glory. You will discover. You will fall in love with God's plans. Because you love Him. You will be victorious. His plans are higher. Trust. Follow the love trail.

(Romans 8:28)

Friday, January 18, 2013

One Of My Favorite Psalms




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(Psalm 63:1-8)
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld 
your power and your glory. Because your love 
is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your 
name I will lift up my hands.

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you; I think of you through 
the watches of the night. Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Leadership


Wise is the one who seeks the Lord's council first. Fall to His feet and you will rise in victory.


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Now, before you read the first few parts of the scripture bellow and then skip to keep reading...I challenge you: Read it slowly and really reflect on these words for a while before you keep reading on. One of the many verses that never ceases to blow my mind.

(1 Timothy 4:12-16) Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given to you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

I love how God sees the heart. I love how he gazes into its depths. God chose you and I. He chose us to represent Him here on earth by the grace of Jesus and His amazing mercy. Jesus is the perfect example of the first part of the scripture above, glorifying God at each and every stage in His life. Though some of us lead bands, teams, congregations, or groups, what about those who feel like they have no purpose and are spiritually living in a secluded desert where there is nobody to lead but themselves? Nobody has to have a title or an assigned place to lead. One has the authority to lead in any and every season and in any and every place. I have this quote that the Lord gave me a few years back that I live by, "If your life is a song that God and those around you are waiting to hear, then what does your lifesong say about you?" This always keeps me in check and has always resonated in my heart. I think about my life's lyrics and how I hope that they touch my Father's heart. Like I've said before, our relationship with our God is the wellspring to everything else, from how we react to how we lead. I really wanted to address leadership because it's such an important role to both spiritual and natural growth. I've seen my fair share of both good and bad leaders but those that I've learned so much from and dearly admire have placed God as their number one and first love. Fear of (respect for) the Lord is their foundation and there lies the reasoning behind their wisdom and knowledge that develops discernment and good decisions. Be the kind of leader that you would want. If you would like a good example of someone who's unashamed of Christ and who boldly represents Him then who better than you? God placed that desire in your heart, so don't neglect that gift. You are what you've been searching for. Start developing that gift and fan it into flames. Where to start? Seek God and go to Him for direction, fill yourself with the Word of God because, trust, after you read other's downfalls and triumphs you-will-learn. Surround yourself with people who will inspire you along your walk with God and remind yourself each day of who you are in Christ so that you never think for a minute that you have nothing to contribute. You lead with your whole life in speech (every single word that you speak and the way you talk), in conduct (the way you act and respond to situations), the way you love (God, others, and yourself), your faith (trusting God and fixing your eyes on God's promises), and in purity (live a holy life, set apart). You and I have something to give and show. Though we can lead in a ministry, the best way to lead is by example with our very lives. 


Now, let's talk about those of you who are in charge of a Praise and Worship team, band, or group and you're looking to be the best leader you can be. First things first, Know that God did not choose you because of your knowledge or abilities, God chose you because he knew that you were a person after His own heart. You're not perfect but you are loved and love covers over a multitude of sin. I always tell myself that if I wake up every morning and strive for a 10 then I'm more likely to reach somewhere in that range, verses striving for a 6 or 5 and reaching something lower. In short, what I'm trying to say is that though we are not perfect in the natural,  fixing our eyes straight on what God says we are and His will and promises will cause us to accomplish more because of our high expectations. Trust, an expectant heart is such a powerful weapon that the Holy Spirit loves to respond to.

What are some qualities of an amazing leader?

  1. A person after God's own heart- These kinds of leaders will always have their eyes firmly fixed on God, so though they stumble they will no longer fall (Psalm 37:24). These people always, always, always seeks God's council first because He is the giver of all wisdom and has created order out of disorder (Genesis 1:2).
  2. A humble person- These kinds of leaders realize their self worth in Jesus. These people confidently shine in all aspects and give the glory to God by recognizing Christ as their head. This means that they do not have to constantly remind others of the position that they hold because they knows that it is apparent to those around them. They realize that being humble is not about playing small, but rather, making known the One who is anything but small. "Being humble is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less."
  3. A person with discernment- These leaders can recognized when to speak and when to remain silent, knowing that there is a time for everything. They know how to distinguish those times. Their reactions do not depend on what they see and they are not emotion-led because their reactions are based off of what God says.
  4. A person who keeps it real- Originality is key because God made each person different and assigned a special calling and purpose to each and every person. These leaders are confident in their identity in Christ Jesus and don't need anyone but God to remind them of how special they are. These leaders do not compare themselves to anybody else and proudly shine and radiate Jesus in them. They rejoice in knowing that they are the salt and light of the world. Be exactly who God has called you to be because you have a different lifesong meant for those that God wants you to share it with.
  5. A teachable person- These leaders remain open to the Holy Spirit and know that God can use anybody to teach them, regardless of age. They know that the minute they close themselves to the Lord's new revelations stagnation will take over. Never think you know it all because even King Solomon learned from insects. So soak up every single thing that God is leading you to so that your well will never run dry.
  6. A good communicator- These leaders do not permit language to be a barrier between their team and them so they addresses any issue clearly with backed up information if needed. The key to being a good communicator is being a good listener. If one has practiced this in one's private time with God then listening to other's concerns with spiritual eyes and ears wide open will stop any type of misunderstanding.
  7. A person who acts in God's love- These leaders know better than to let any offense spring up weeds in their heart because God's love is the medicine that this world needs. They act in love the way Jesus would in all good and bad circumstances, knowing that they must not let anything come between their relationship with God, which Jesus came to reconcile. Acting in love is about loving others the way you love yourself so be that person with others that you desire to have around you. Don't just chat with people and move on, befriend your team because they should be like your family. Love and honor them no matter what.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Dreams {I Lay Them At Your Feet}


I've received God's word for me this year and suddenly all these dreams have been born in me. Desires that I am surrendering to God and praying for. One of my dreams, that I just can't shake off because I have been asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to me the desires of my Father's heart for me, is attending the "Bethel School of Worship". It's like I shake that dream loose and then, like a boomerang, it just keeps flying back to me through other blogs, articles, songs, and random sorts of events. The truth is, we can't run from what God has called us to do and in this case, trust, I would love nothing more than to jump on a plane and fly off to Redding, California. But... the Lord's timing is perfect. In the mean time my preparation continues. My Spring Semester starts on Monday and Psalmist School two weeks after. I'm soaking up everything I can and making the most of every teaching that The Holy Spirit is providing me with. It's amazing though, how God keeps confirming my dream. Yesterday, a woman from the financial-aide office called me in the morning to tell me that after checking my fafsa she thought their might be some errors that I could fix so that I could be given a Pell Grant in addition to the grants that I already have. You see, ever since I started attending the University I never had to pay anything out of pocket, my God has opened every door and has overflowed His blessings on me by leaving me with ridiculously surprising amounts of refunds. I call it our love relationship: I give Him the glory and He makes a way for me. Well...being notified of this blessing of course my heart became too full of thanks to handle because, "there we go" I thought, more confirmation. I was saying a few days back about attending BSW, "God, this is expensive for me and I don't have this kind of cash lying around." Bam! He answered me. It's like He's always telling me, "Deya, what more do you need? What more can I do for you?" And I'm like, "No, no, God...What can I do for You?" I'm going to continue to save up and set an amount of money aside for whatever the Lord has in mind for me. God has an amazing way of doing things a gagillion times infinity times better than me, but since I'm a planner at heart (it comes from Him, I know it) I'll share my plans.
  • I plan to continue faithfully leading worship at church when University life is not all too hectic. 
  • I plan to enter my rehab program and rock that to bring glory to my God.
  • I plan to Graduate from Levi School of Psalmists (Levi Escuela de Salmistas), completing my six semesters in December 2013!!!
  • And...I plan to apply and God willing attend Bethel Scchool of Worship in the Summer of 2014.
Even to me, as I re-read these little bullets I think, "Dang, that's so far away!" But, I truly know that God will guide me and keep preparing me. If He told me to begin reading the bible from beginning to end in the beginning of 2012 and it is now 2013 then time will continue to go by in the blink of an eye. God's timing has always been perfect and I see now how he's worked everything out. Getting into the word of God sparked by hunger, the 21 day fast led to breaking unhealthy chains and getting healthy by seeing a naturopathic doctor, I mean God holds everything in His hand. I even think, how could I have hike me some mountains in California if God wouldn't have pushed me to change and to start getting healthy. ALL things work together for our good. I'm going to enjoy the now so that even when the later comes my past and present will have warm greetings when embracing my future. So...let God's amazing plans begin. My prayers start now. Anyone who wants to pray for this with me, please feel more than welcome because it is so deeply appreciated.


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(Psalm 37:4-5) Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give 
thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord
trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. KJV

(Psalm 32:8) I will instruct you and teach you in the way you 
should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. NIV

Friday, January 11, 2013

Worship Freely Tunes {8}


Happy Friday! I bring to you one of my favorite songs ever, featuring one of my favorite worship leaders ever!!!! Get ready to enter the gates of heaven because you will just want to close your eyes and go to that secret place with God. Originally Bryan & Katie Torwalt sing this song on their album but...I just can't get enough of those live worship moments. I love Spontaneous Worship and because I move in this area I just had to share. Enjoy!



"I See Heaven"- Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Gentle Whisper


(1 Kings 19:11-13) 

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
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Sometimes I wonder, "God is this you talking to me? Is it really you?" The Lord has been showing me exactly what He sounds like. His voice isn't of confusion, of a big commotion, of violent storms, of furious ramblings...it's a gentle whisper. Shhhh...So gentle that your heart and mind have to be silent to hear it. In Spanish we call it a "susurro". I love that word, I connect with that word. You see, God has never been vindictive nor rough-hearted with me. He's been nothing short of loving, merciful, patient, and gentle to the touch. Why on His green earth would His voice, the very breath that gave me life, be any different? The enemy comes to try and plant so much confusion that He actually thinks I could fall for, but the living memory of my first love is always there to send him right back to where he belongs. The voice of truth and wisdom is a gentle whisper that comes to bring peace and direction. 


Very soon I will be going back to school, university life in all its splendor, and I can't wait for God to do school with me. Honestly, thank you Jesus for the Holy Spirit because He is the best study buddy. I do the reading and He does the reminding. So, with the spring semester coming up in a few days (4 exactly) comes new challenges  hopes, dreams, experiences that I feel ready for. Ready in the sense that I've strengthened myself with God's presence and the Word over the winter break. Like I said in my previous posts, a lot of changes are coming and I can't wait to testify about those. But in the mean time the preparation continues and I rest in God's peace knowing that all wisdom He has control of. 



If you're having trouble recognizing God's voice I'm going to share with you a little piece of advice that a wise woman shared with me: When God speaks to you what He says will bring you peace and not confusion. Even if God is asking something difficult of you, His peace will overtake you and deep in your spirit you will know exactly what to do. Ask for the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the Father's desires for you and He will because He is your comforter. 


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Callings & Roles In The Worship Ministry

Ministry- The act of serving others; This word derives from the Latin word "Ministerium" which means service. 

Worship Leader- In a congregational setting, one who guides the congregation through praise and worship. Worship Leaders are in charge of organizing songs, they sing and/or play an instrument, and take the lead. The relationship between the Worship Leader and the congregation most resembles how a shepherd leads his/her flock toward the stream and green pastures and then lets them enjoy their feeding while keeping a close eye on them. Worship Leaders lead others through songs, offering praises (which God inhabits) to the Lord , creating the spiritual atmosphere for an encounter.

Worship Minister/Pastor- One who ministers on the specialized topic of "Worship" by serving others. Worship Ministers serve by leading, teaching, and providing spiritual guidance. The relationship between a Worship Minister and the congregation most resembles how a pastor leads, guides, and cares for his/her flock or any other group of people.

Psalmist- One who writes and/or composes poems out of one's own thoughts and feelings. These poems can be turned into songs and the best example of this is The Psalmist David who wrote psalms (poems), sung, and played them.

Christian Music Artist- One who writes, performs, or composes christian music. Some examples would be Francesca Battistelli, Kari Jobe (also an example of a Worship Leader), Natalie Grant, Jeremy Camp, TobyMac, and David Crowder Band.  

* (This is a new one for me) Worship Evangelist- one who spreads "The Good News" and brings revival of personal commitments to Christ through worship music. An example of this is:
(Psalm 108:1-5) My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul.Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skiesBe exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

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So let us remember that "Worship" is the act of responding to God's love with love by offering one's very life as a living and breathing sacrifice. Anyone who has been called to the Worship Ministry is leading, serving, and guiding others in a way that shows them how to respond to God's love with their very lives. They help others know the meaning of Worship. A great majority of Christian music artists are not in the Worship Ministry but they are impacting the world with what God has given them in a way that glorifies God. Being in the Worship Ministry means that one is serving, and like my Psalmist School directer says, "Ministry is really the record of your service. Many want the title but they don't have the proof of the work to back it up." You see no matter what ministry we're called to it doesn't become a ministry or our ministry until we have a record of our service, until we have invested of our time serving others.

(2 Corinthians 6:3-10) We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.


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Specifically I wrote this post because we all have questions. What's the difference between this and that? What does this really mean? I personally ask God all the time, "how can I define this?" And then...comes wisdom. The definitions that I decided to share above are some words that I myself have asked God to clarify because I'm a lover of knowledge I guess (I thank God for such an inheritance). These are cut to the chase sort of definitions to just supply a purposeful answer but of course with all things involving God we can go on and on, and deeper and deeper. I just wanted to clarify some of the visible callings that fall within the category of "Worship ministry". First off, the question I want to answer is, what sorts of things can we do that are considered to be part of this particular ministry? Just like I talked about how there are expressions of worship these same expressions, no matter what they may be, can be turned into a Worship Ministry the moment that a person begins to serve others through their artistic expression of worship. Some do spoken word, others write music or psalms, some dance, and some play an instrument or lead worship services, or maybe even actthese are all expressions of our worship to God and become a Worship Ministry only when we begin to serve others through these expressions in a way that pertains to the subject of "worship". So whatever you have been called to do, this calling turns into a ministry when you begin to serve. Maybe you've been called to be a songwriter, a worship minister, or an actor but this becomes a Worship Ministry when you, for example, teach others about worship through your songwriting, ministering, or acting. It has nothing to do with being in a church because some ministries are specifically for the congregation but others are born outside of the church for different reasons. The disciples had their own individual ministries but they all worked and served with the same purpose in mind, and that was to spread the word of God and the message of salvation. So whether some ministries are meant for the church, for a local group of people, or for the nations a Worship Ministry has to do with presenting "worship" and it's detailed branches to others through service. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Eminent Fruit


The First Book of Kings. How appropriate, right? And God keeps confirming His word to me for this year: Wisdom. Just after I lead Worship on Sunday afternoon at church my heart felt God whisper, "As you seek Me more and more all that seeking will bubble over to everyone around you." The Holy Spirit is guiding me and teaching me those hidden treasures that lie in the Father's heart.

(Romans 11:33) Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

The Holy Spirit is revealing to me the desires of the Father's heart for me as I walk along the path that God has traced out before me. My calling is ever-winding and though the time of preparation continues, the fruit is coming forth. I can't hide what God has given me because to those around me it is now visible. The authority that God has given me to release my anointing impacts me as I perceive in my Spirit and even in the natural how we draw deeper and deeper toward that secret place that our spirits know all too well. That place where we were knit and formed and where we met with God before we were born into this world to shine our light.  It's in that place that as we Worship in Spirit and in Truth that our Spirit rejoices as it meets with the Father, our creator, our Daddy, our everything. Yes I lead Worship but that's not the title that I can place on what God has called me to do. I am a Psalmist, a Worship Minister in training but even those titles can't define my calling. I've decided not to name it, but rather to live it. God will soon give me a name for it. Yes, when I finish Psalmist school in two semesters I will be classified as a Worship Minister who's obtained her license but even then God's always had a way of pushing me to expect and to seek more. That's just who I am and who He's created me to be, I can't stop it. This calling is far greater than my words can express, because, all that is born out of God's heart is far too complex to explain.


The fruit. I feel something big coming. What was prophesied to me a few short months ago has taken effect and it's fullness is coming forth. The words that I feel strongly are these: "a new season has started and there will be a time of going about...get ready for some good times...you're not going to bring men in the flesh but in the Spirit..." There's so much more that I was prophesied but this part in particular keeps ringing in my head. The first time that the same prophets came to our city ( as I explained in an older blog post) a prophetess told me that I was tenacious and a rescuer but that I had to get grounded in the Word because when the time came for me to rescue somebody the Word that I released would take care of everything. Ever since then, as you all may know, I began to read the Bible from the beginning because God confronted me ever so deeply on this subject and I couldn't say anything but yes to those loving arms that have always been there for me. And like I said, my journey continues. I don't see the clear picture but the fruit of my labor cannot be hidden anymore. Many people have already come up to me trying to explain how they feel during our times of Worship but they just can't. It's no talent nor amazing voice...it's God's anointing. I thank Him for such an honor. How can I not sing, teach, or serve with love if it's all that I've known from God since day one. The Holy Spirit has instructed me and has placed mentors and teachers around me to lift me up and strengthen that which the Lord has placed in my hands. You see, when I say to yall, "Get ready!" I'm really saying it to myself because pretty soon something is going launch, the tree will be so big, and my fruit will be so scattered that God's purpose will be fulfilled. 


The fruit...

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God has placed something in your hands. 
Seek God's council more and more and He 
will provide you with the exact wisdom that 
you will need to carry out your calling. 
declare that your fruit will be so visible that 
no words spoken against you will contain nor 
detain what God has in store for you. Trust 
that the Lord knows perfectly what He's 
doing with you and move forward. We've got 
some manifesting to do and that won't get 
done with our heads stuck in the clouds nor 
stuck in the rear view mirror. Your calling 
is now and souls are hungry for the 
fruit that you have to bear.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Worship Freely Tunes {7}


And yet another song from Jesus Culture's "Live From New York" album (which I looooove!!!). After

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listening to it on loop I realized, specifically, this song is teaching us how to Worship God. Really, no joke, I'm in love. In fact, I'm so sure it'll touch your heart to! Have a listen and soak up the Father's presence.


"Worship isn't singing songs, songs are meant to teach us about worship." 
                                                                                —Vineyard Christian Fellowships


"Oh How I Love You"- Jesus Culture With Martin Smith

///Meditating On The Word Of God///



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As I browsed through inspirational quote after quote I suddenly came upon a great little picture titled, "How To Meditate On A Verse Of Scripture." It's amazing how we find treasures when we least expect them. So after I find this I think to myself, this is too good to keep to myself I just have to share this! And so...I present to you the tips that are on the image. I've tried them myself and really do love them. I keep various journals, but for this project in particular I'm using an old sketchbook of mine. I've filled page by page with verse after verse and sketch after sketch.


                                                {1.} Picture it! (visualize, draw a sketch) 
                                                {2.Pronounce it! (emphasize each word
                                                {3.} Paraphrase it! (put it in your own words
                                                {4.} Personalize it! (put it in first person
                                                {5.Pray it! (turn it into a prayer
                                                {6.Probe it! (ask specific questions...


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A little tune...well, it's more than just a tune. I share with 
you all a song by one of my favorite worship leaders. The 
original is by Brian & Katie Torwalt which is equally 
amazing but...there's just something about live worship 
that love because it feels so near and real. 
Very anointed and don't even get me started on 
the spontaneous worship. Enjoy!


"I See Heaven"- Steffany Gretzinger

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