One Desire: Worship on Wednesday

Worship on Wednesday is a time to come together and lift our hearts with song to the Lord.

Have you ever walked in late to worship at church? I have on a few occasions and honestly I found it difficult to enter in, almost like I was trying to play catch-up bringing my heart into line. Well today I feel like I am playing catch-up with the Worship on Wednesday post.

Life happens, we procrastinate and time goes by so we decide to put things off until tomorrow. Today is my tomorrow so to speak and my plans to write early went by the board with one phone call.

Daughter: “Mam, the baby has a temp, don’t think she should go to daycare.”

Me (sighing): “Bring her to me.”

The baby who will be three in July is now fast asleep, and so here I am playing press the keys as fast as I can before she wakes up. I know those of you with young children understand where I’m coming from.

This week for Worship on Wednesday I have chosen One Desire, from NLC Worship album Our God & Our King.

“Yours is the love of my heart, Lord Jesus. Desperate I pour out my life. To gaze on your beauty and worth forever. You’re my one desire.”

May Jesus be our one desire.





Forgiveness: The Key to Healing

Forgiveness. We love to receive it, but it’s so hard to give when we are the one who hurts. Instead we hold onto the offense nurturing the wound on a minute by minute schedule. We rehash the scene/words over and over and practice what we will say when next we meet the person. Quite a mini series playing out in our imagination. Oh yes, I have been there and done that too.

“And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment]. Matthew 6:12

Forgiveness: The Key to Healing. Offense hurts, we can choose to wallow in unforgiveness or be healed. Misconceptions regarding forgiveness.

Use the Key

The key to healing is forgiveness. Choosing not to allow the offense to fester, but rather to nip it in the bud. This had worked for me on many occasions, sparing me the pain of a rotting wound.

I have been on the receiving end and have also been the offender many times. Some offensives I have done on purpose (shocking I know). I have also been totally unaware that I had offended, but offend I did. Could it be that when I have been offended, the other person had no clue to the offense they had caused.

One such occasion comes to mind. I was already stressed; frazzled to be exact. I was sleep deprived and my skill set was stretched way outside its normal comfort zone. I was emotionally, mentally and physically spent while at the same time trying to cope with everyday life and look good doing it. It’s just like Satan to kick us when we are already feeling down.

I felt betrayed, but instead of forgiving on the spot, I busied myself with the task at hand. As I lay exhausted in my bed that night my mind replayed the scene. The already gut wrenching hurt increased with each negative thought.

Jesus answered  him, “I say to you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven. Matthew 18:22

By morning I had chosen to forgive, more out of obedience to the Lord than a deep love for the person. Forgiveness is a choice not a feeling and I chose often, sometimes, several times a day. It took seven months before I felt release from the offense.

Though the person had not intended to hurt me by their action, it was nevertheless painful. It was a perceived offense but a very real hurt. Had I not obeyed God’s word to forgive, I would still be holding a grudge today.

Not all offenses are perceived, many offenses are intentional. Either way they hurt. Both perceived and intentional offenses need forgiving if we are to receive healing.

More Than a Business Deal

When we choose to forgive it doesn’t mean the offense or hurt wasn’t real. No-one is going to perform a lobotomy on our brain so we forget, but with healing from the Lord it will become a memory viewed from the side of victory. The offender does not have to do anything in order for us to forgive them, if they do, then it’s not real forgiveness on our part, rather it is a business deal.

I have heard people say that they won’t forgive because they cannot trust the person. News Alert! Forgiveness does not mean we have to trust the offender again. Sometimes trust can be rebuilt over time, but in some instances distance is best.

Father, help us learn to forgive quickly, like you. Heal our broken hearts and renew your spirit of gentleness and love in us. Help us to live in the light of your radiance and not in the darkness of unforgiveness. We can choose to forgive because we have been forgiven by you.


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Worship on Wednesday: Reckless Love

Windshield wipers were full-on working hard to give me a clear view of the road as dark, heavy clouds continued to empty their water load upon an already wet Central Arkansas. I was not going to let the rain deter me from going to the worship night at church.

Worship on Wednesday is a time to come together and lift our hearts with song to the Lord.

When you are familiar with a song it’s easier to enter into worship as you don’t have to concentrate on the words. With my hands still raised and my eyes still closed, one of the worship team members began to sing these words;

“Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me. You have been so, so good to me.

Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me. You have been so, so kind to me.”

Gentle, reassuring words. Words I knew were true in my own life. He has been so, so good and, oh so kind to me. Not knowing the song I opened my eyes to read the words on the large screen.

“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”

I was hooked. So much truth in one song. God’s love for you and I overwhelms us in a good way. I am so glad that God chases us (me) with His love. A love that stays the course throughout eternity.

Listen to Cory Asbury sing Reckless Love. Let the words sink deep into your soul and be encouraged today that God is for you.



Out With the Old and In With the New: Healing our Thought Life

While I can’t claim that Arkansas has had a hard winter, I can say it certainly has been a wet one. I’m glad the temperatures have been above freezing as I’m not a fan of icy road conditions.

Nevertheless, I was happy to see buds and little white blossoms on the trees lining the main boulevard. Spring was letting the world around her know the old had gone and the new had arrived. Still the temperatures plummet at night to low 30’s F as if winter couldn’t let go.

Healing our thought life. We bring our old way of thinking into our Christian walk, how do we renew our minds? #healingourthoughtlife #Godkickswallsdown

When Old Thoughts Refuse to Go

As Christians we see evidence in our lives of the new life we have in and through Jesus. The freshness of His spirit infusing and regenerating our own spirit. We know we have been changed, yet, old thought patterns clings to us like a winter virus that refuses to go. Galatians 5:1 informs us, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free…” Don’t know about you but I don’t feel free when my mind is in bondage to lies.

Lies that left me feeling insecure, unwanted and ashamed. I needed healing in my thought belief system. Do you need healing there too?

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

Savior for Mind

For years I struggled to improve myself as a Christian by trying to do all the things I thought a Christian should do, I didn’t want God to be displeased with me. Try as I did, it didn’t work, my old thought pattern was well established with deep roots. I needed a savoir not only for my spirit, but also for my mind.

I knew the scriptures, had read all the way through the bible several times and memorized many verses, but it wasn’t until I asked God to teach me and show me who He says I am did I see any change. The verses I had learn years before took on new meaning and I claimed them as my own.

And the Walls Came a Tumbling Down

Walls that had built up were now tumbling down though some took longer than others to fall. I would love to tell you all my walls are fully down but they are not. They are weaker than they once were and are in the process of collapsing. The Lord is at work healing me as my mind stays fixed on Him and who His Word says I am.

Stop trying to change yourself, the Lord will do the same for you. He is madly in love with you and wants you to be truly free in Him. I leave you a few lines from the song Reckless by Bethel Music.

“There’s no wall You won’t kick down. Lie You won’t tear down. Coming after me.”

Thankful that our Heavenly Father is in the demolition business on our behalf. Thankful the old has gone and the new is here.

What walls has the Lord kicked down or lies has he torn down for you? You can brag on God in the comments.


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Reminder: Clocks go forward one hour on March 11th for all living in the USA. Suggestion for you, change your clocks before you go to bed on March 10th. That way you won’t be late for church on Sunday.

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Worship On Wednesday: Bless Your Name

Worship on Wednesday is a time to come together and lift our hearts with song to the Lord.

I read a Billy Graham quote this past week, not sure if I remember it exactly but it was something like this. “I have never met a person who has given their heart to the Lord and regretted it.”  I have to agree, I too have never met anyone who knows God’s grace and forgiveness first hand regret knowing Him.

What’s to regret? Knowing His faithfulness, or His mercy? Knowing His love and kindness? Knowing that He accepts us because of Jesus? His love for us is vast and unmeasurable. He gives us His joy in place of our sorrows, sweetness to replace our bitterness. He takes our heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh. I have no regrets, only gratitude.

Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. Ps: 104:1

It’s our privilege to honor Him with praise, to bless His name. Think about that for a moment; we, you and I get to bless the One who created us. He could of created us like robots with no choice but to worship Him. Instead He gave us the freedom to choose.

This week get up on your feet, dance before the Lord as Charles D King leads us in praise to the Lord as he sings Bless His Name.



Choosing Life When Lies Invade

My eyes grew wide, while my bottom jaw dropped, “She said what about me?” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I made a joke and dismissed the remark, only for it to invade my thoughts later that day.

I searched my mind hoping to find the answer as to why this person would say such a thing. Had I verbally snapped at her? Purposefully been mean? Looked at her the wrong way? I could think of nothing.

“The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground-trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden He placed the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil…but the Lord God warned [Adam], ‘You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden-except the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Genesis 2:9,16-17

My mind told me I was a horrible person, not easy to get along with. Though I may never win the ‘Miss Congeniality’ award, I honestly thought I had left the ‘Mean Person’ title behind years ago.

When lies of the enemy invade our thoughts, how do we choose life and find rest?

Would I continue beating myself up, and let condemning thoughts cloud my mind and invade my emotions? Or, would I take the situation to the Lord where I could rest mentally and emotionally in Him? I had a decision to make.

Life was my tree of choice. I chose to believe what God says about me. I chose to think on those things that are lovely, true and of good report. Though I still needed to clear the air with the person concerned, I rested in the Lord while I waited.

“Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19

Everyday we have a choice to make, do we choose the way of life or the way of death? To believe the best of people or the worst? To live in rest or turmoil? It’s hard to let go of the condemning thoughts, somehow, they get right under your skin and feel so right, yet so wrong. They are definitely wrong and only stay there with our permission.

Evict the Scoundrel!

As children of the Living God, Satan no longer has legal rights to us. Don’t entertain his lies. Send him packing by choosing to live in the Tree of Life.

As for the lady; all is well. The situation was nothing like my thought were conjuring up. So glad I didn’t waste time and energy in the land of turmoil.


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Photo Courtesy of Ornella-Binni, Unsplash.



Worship on Wednesday: No Longer Slaves

Worship on Wednesday. A time mid-week to enter in to His presence and be encouraged in your spirit.

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15

It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

Live free in the Lord dear sister and brother-in-Christ. Stand firm knowing you have been set free from bondage. You are His child and His spirit is in you. If we are going to be slaves, let us be willing slaves to Christ and His righteousness.

Father, thank you that you loved us first. We are your children, made new by the blood of Jesus and your Spirit lives in us. Now we call you Abba. Thank you that we can now say, I am a child of God! Amen.

May the words of the song, No Longer Slaves by Bethel Worship minister to you today.