This is my story, this is my song praising my Savior all the day long are just a few of the lyrics to that great hymn Blessed Assurance. I find myself thinking about this more and more. I can’t wait until I don’t have to worry about how long a meeting or Zoom call is or how much longer I have to wait on hold to talk to someone. Heaven doesn’t have any need for clocks. I am longing for that place. Can there really be too much worship? Can songs really be too long in heaven? Just curious to know what you think?
If you’re giving to get, I hope you get this lesson. I learned a long time ago, giving is not about getting. It’s all about trusting, believing and worshipping. Giving is living, so I worship God by giving a little more to Him each day. You too can worship by giving. Try giving a moment of your time and help someone who is sick or lonely and feeling down. Help them see a better day, or even a better hour. Give of your financial resources and help someone breathe a sigh of relief, keep calm, and relax. Give of your talents and help someone get to another level. Help them live out their faith, walk in their gift and put fear aside. Give yourself some quiet time to pray for others and speak to God on their behalf. Give a smile or encouraging word to those who feel hopeless and helpless. Help them live strong by knowing God is able to give them everything they need. Each time I worship and give freely to others without any expectations of getting in return, God blows my mind with His faithfulness, unfailing love, grace and mercy. When we give to God He gets all the glory. Now that’s what I call living on pitch.
I love candles. Especially ones with a good scent. I love the fragrance they give and the light that flickers from them. I have used the indoor candles and wax fragrances too but it’s not quite the same as a true candle light. Sometimes after a long week I just want to light a candle. Candles are relaxing, they are simple decor and help create an atmosphere. I can read or listen to music by candlelight. This weekend I lost power in my home for two hours. I had to break out my candles to light up the house. I was glad I didn’t have to sit in the darkness that long. I began to think about the many flood and hurricane victims not having power for days. My two hours of being in the dark could not compare. I had just a little light in my home when there was darkness all around me. I began to sing softly this little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine. I thought, sometimes we have to worship in the dark to see the Light. I was alone but not afraid and I thanked God for being my Light and salvation.
The Bible says we are to be lights and I would much rather shine than melt away. May your light shine with confidence, joy, hope, courage and wisdom. May you shine brightly for Christ wherever you go.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
I walked in my office on Monday morning ready for the week. I prayed and I was prepared for my church’s Prayer Marathon week. My conversations with God were strategically planned with targets of prayer. I was excited and War Room ready. Bible? Check. Prayer closet? check. Then it hit me. A mountain of work, a mountain of problems and situations. I couldn’t get it together. My prayers were cut short, my quiet time got loud, A “Lord help” here, and a “thank You Jesus” there was all I could get out at times. I didn’t know how I was going to get over, around or move this mountain of work. That was Monday. By Wednesday I could tell it was going to get even more interesting. It’s now Friday and I still have plenty of work on my desk but I’ve learned to keep prayer as a priority. As the old Hymn says, I must tell Jesus all of my trials. My favorite part is the refrain which says: I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear these burdens alone; I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.
When we take everything to God in prayer, He gives us strength to climb, to run, to walk and to endure what is before us. Do you have a mountain that needs to move? Sing unto the Lord. Pray. Keep the faith, and watch God work.
Today I’m sharing this YouTube lyric video from Aaron Shust. This song is one I heard at a Women’s Conference and it became a favorite quickly. This is my song for the weekend. What song are you singing this weekend? Enjoy and have a safe Labor Day.
I love to sing and listen to good music. I can get lost pretty quick in a sweet melody that keeps me humming all day long. I can go from the shower to the car, from the car to the desk. I can sing of God's love and not even rest. From the desk to the gym, don't let it be an old hymn. I keep those in my heart for days I don't even want to start. Music is truly an amazing thing God created. Thank God we can sing our way through everyday. God gave us music, and He allows us to express creativity as we sing. No matter what your day looks like add a song to it. Encourage yourself in the car, in the shower, at your desk or as you walk down the street. Sing your way through today. Make it a concert, let your heart sing, your hands clap and your feet pat. God hears you and your voice stands out to Him.
Thought: Today, I choose to worship on purpose and give it my all.
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth.
I Chronicles 16:23
Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim His salvation day after day.
My prayer this morning is simple. The words to the hymn I Am Thine O Lord say it all. Draw me nearer Lord, Nearer blessed Lord. My favorite verse says :
Consecrate me now, to thy service Lord, By the power of grace divine
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope and my will be lost in Thine.
My morning prayer is Lord help us live with purpose and grow closer to you.
People like to hear their name called. Recognition for a job well done at work, in church, or anywhere always feels good to have your name mentioned. God deserves to hear His name called out by us and there is nothing wrong with saying the name Jesus. At the name of Jesus every knee will bow. I recognize God’s name is above every name but I don’t always let Him hear me say it out loud. When was the last time you said God’s name and recognized Him for who He is? There is something about the name Jesus, so today I choose to open my mouth and call out His name. I will verbally acknowledge that God’s name is worthy to be praised.
Prayer: God you are everything to me. I thank you for being a Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace. Thank you for being an Everlasting Father, the Great I Am, the Holy One. You are my Master, Savior, Friend, and my King. You are my Keeper, the Alpha & Omega, the Giver of Life, Jehovah, and Lord of all. You are my Healer, my strength and my song. You are my eternal Hope and I love you. Amen.
I recently attended the Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference in Jacksonville, FL. It was a great conference experience and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I thank God for Pastor H.B. Charles Jr and the entire Shiloh Church family. I have grown, been equipped for better ministry leadership and met some really great brothers and sisters in Christ. While I am no preacher and I don’t plan on preaching any sermons, I have a greater appreciation and love for pastors. To hear sound doctrine, learn from those who take God’s word seriously and carefully explain the text it makes me want to dig deeper everyday. I attended the conference’s worship track and learned so much about Worship and the Word. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from some of the best worship leaders around. They cut me just straight enough to keep living on pitch with intention to magnify the Lord. I thank God for this conference and highly recommend it to others to attend. There really is something for everyone (senior pastors, associates, ministry leaders, worship leaders, youth leaders, and women’s ministry leaders) at Cutting It Straight. To find out more just click here.
It’s Friday and I am quoting Max Lucado today who reminds me of a blessed hope in God.
“Worship is when you’re aware that what you’ve been given is far greater than what you can give.” from the book titled Hope, Pure and Simple