Beautiful Worship {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Today, I want to talk with you about worship. Worship is such an important part of our lives. God designed it to be this way. Before we can reach a place of inspiring others, we have to meet our Savior Jesus Christ for ourselves. We have to exit the spotlight, and sit at the feet of Jesus. Let’s read today’s passage, shall we?

Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him (Ps. 100:3-4, MSG).

We need to fully live in the reality that there is a God. Not only is there one magnificent God, He cares deeply for you. He is madly in love with you. He created you, but that isn’t the end of our love story with our gracious God.

In order to worship God, we need to meet Jesus. We need to draw near to Jesus Christ and spend time with only Him.

One-on-One time with Jesus Christ is what we need the most. We need to sit down with our Bibles and hearts open, and be ready to receive whatever God is going to give us.

Gaining more intimate One-on-One time with my loving Savior – is something that has definitely been on my heart lately. While this world can breed fear in our hearts, Jesus wants to give us His peace. We need to remember our deep need for our Deliverer.

We may be facing a multitude of messes in our lives right now, but God is far more powerful. We can say the sweet name “Jesus,” and be given a whole new perspective. Jeremiah reminds us that when we seek after Jesus, we find Him (see Jeremiah 29:13).

When we worship God for who He is, we are inviting the Holy Spirit to guide us through our lives. The best part of this is – everything else can fade into the background if we allow it.

We can be filled with the Holy Spirit, and find an abundance of peace in our circumstances. The circumstances may not have changed, but God is changing us and placing His power upon our lives.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27, NIV).

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:18-20).

Friends, we are invited to worship our great God who has reconciled us through His Son Jesus Christ. May we joyfully come.

In Christ,

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Goals for April 21-25

drlb2Do: Nothing. Really? Yes, really. I will begin editing my book in a couple days, but want to just step back a little bit for a couple days. To enjoy good rest. To mentally process whatever needs to be processed. To come away with Christ. To physically recuperate. To refocus on Christ, and the joy that is found in His Presence.

Learn: how to “come away” with Christ. Matthew 11 shares with me that I can boldly come despite my life’s messiness. “Come all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (and life)

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Read:

  • Finish “The Set Apart Woman”
  • Begin “Falling in Love with Jesus”

Be: purposeful in how I choose to live. While I may battle things others don’t, my life still very much has meaning… and my life needs to reflect that. My choices need to reflect that. How am I spending my days? What kind of choices am I making? Just as I need to number my days, am I mindful of God’s gift of time?

How do you purposely choose to live? How does it reveal the purpose God has for your life?

Jeremiah 29:11 says:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

2/4/15 – Intimacy with Christ

Intimacy with Christ

As much as I’d like to put the emphasis of “talking”, it’s about something much more… The threshold of my responsibility and much do – doesn’t have to go that high. All I have to do is simply “be” with my Creator. That’s where intimacy begins. That’s how I wlll come to know and experience the God of the Universe. It’s about just coming and being with my Creator. Even when words fail. Even when I am too weak in human frailties to come up with anything clever to say. I just need to come and be with my Creator… And, He will stay with me. He will fulfill His promises to me. No matter what my circumstances are, He will fulfill His promises…. My problem is learning the lesson that “being still” before God is okay. It is acceptable. It is pleasing to my Creator. He doesn’t mind if I am quiet, and just sit before Him. He delights in me. His grace is what covers me, and He just wants to be with me. I don’t have to “do” or “say” anything to earn that privilege. It is a free gift from the God of the Universe!

In Psalm 46:10, God says:
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Priority of My Prayer Life

Today, I have been thinking about my own intimacy with my Creator. It dawned on me how the many needs of this world can affect the quality of my prayer life. The intimacy I can experience, is not as strong as it could be. The many needs in our world, can take priority over my need to be with my Lord. It can be fairly easy for me to make those needs my prayer focus – instead of focusing on my Creator. And, I think I have approached my time in prayer all wrong. Where has my priority for intimacy with Christ, hearing from the Holy Spirit, and learning my Father’s ways? My intimacy can get lost in the midst of knowing there are many needs. I realize there are many self-focused words in this post, but this aspect is taking care of my walk with God. Placing my spiritual needs at a higher priority. My need for Christ is greater. In order to bring others to Him, I must first bring myself. I must search for the intimacy I crave. Meaning: My way of approaching prayer must change.

But, what if:

  • I allowed my spirit to chill out, and just enjoy His Presence?
  • I trusted God’s Word when it says the Holy Spirit intercedes for me too?
  • we slowed down long enough to not only grow in our intimacy with our Creator, but to learn just how big God is.
  • we took another route to our prayer lives?

Praying for others is a good thing, don’t get me wrong? I just don’t want to lose my intimacy with Christ in the midst of it – by focusing on the wrong things.

Instead of quantity prayer requests, I should be focusing on my intimacy with my Creator and the quality of my prayer time. My focus needs to be on developing a Spirit – led prayer life, where the focus is not on mental prayers of the many needs that we want God to meet.

 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

As we experience Him, we can grow in our relationship with Him – no longer cold and distant, but hearing Him clearly and closer than ever. As we keep Him the Main Thing, we will grow in our faith and connect with God. Our prayer life needs to be about more than throwing needs God’s way. We need our prayer life to be life-transforming.

John 15:4- Stay with Me

You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you.
No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.
Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
-John 15:3-4

I am already clean.
That is what the Scriptures are teaching me.

There is nothing I could possibly do to be more spiritually clean than I am at this very moment. The moment I heard the Word, repented of my sin, and turned my life over to Christ, I became wholly, beautifully clean. It can become fairly easy to believe the lie, that I am somehow not clean.

It is easy to believe the lie that… God is displeased with me. A friend shared this quote a while back, and it shines brightly today: “You are doing better than you think.” I think of it pretty often. It’s not because of me that I am doing better than I think, but it is because of God and His work in my life.

God is not done with me yet, either.

When life breaks me, I can trust God is working beneath the surface. He works in all these troubling circumstances that I find myself crawling somewhere in the middle of it all. God has this. More important than the stuff I find myself in the middle of. The hard stuff my life is entangled in. God has me! There is no greater treasure than that. I know to whom I belong. Though I may forget more often than I remember. I know where my identity lies. I am a child of the Most High God!

God has cleansed me.
He loves me with an everlasting love.

In this love letter from my Abba Father, the words I feel being whispered to my spirit are these:

“Stay with me. You are clean. You are made new. You are mine.”

I may struggle to believe or have faith, in the midst of life-crushing situations, but God has all of this and holds me near and dear. In the middle of the hard stuff, I know I need to make my time alone with Jesus (spending it in His Presence basking in His sweet intimacy) a priority. I need to cry out to Him. I need to not allow emotions to build up. I need to just run to God. There isn’t anything can really do about the circumstances themselves, but knowing to make my intimacy with Christ at the top of my list is a starting place.

And… it is the hardest, yet most rewarding, thing I can do in the middle of the hard stuff.