So Will I: Worship on Wednesday

Worship on Wednesday, a time to honor and be refreshed in the Lord. #singanewsong #worshiponwednesday

 

Sparkling Jewels

I wondered why were stopping as we traveled northwards from Queensland. I was tired and ready for the next hotel on our tour. I just wanted to close my eyes and sleep. You know the feeling, you have enjoyed the day and don’t want to appear rude to your host, but in all honesty it was time to say goodnight and put the day to bed.

Stars like sparkling jewels lit up the night sky with the brilliance and beauty of a gem covered ball gown. My friends left the car to stand and gaze upward, I viewed from the open door of the car too tired after my international flight to fully appreciate the wonder of what I was seeing. Though appreciate I did but not with the same enthusiasm as they.

We are surrounded by so much natural beauty on this planet we call home, majestic mountains, beautiful lakes, winding rivers and rolling oceans. Trees of all kinds, flowers from the sought after exotic to the humble daisy. Interesting cloud formation and blue skies,  sounds of thunder and flashes of lightening, they all declare the glory of God.

Unexpected Visitor

I woke up the other morning to birds chirping as they sang their morning song. Hmm! How come birds never sound off key? One night not too long ago I got up around 3am needing something to drink, so I headed for the kitchen. As I sat there with my cup of milk the outside light came on, I looked out the window to find out why. There waddling down the garden path and onto my deck was a raccoon, though not sure if my garden was the place for him to be, I had to admit he was beautiful.

He is loving and kind, longing for each of us to know Him in a deeper way each day

Creation is beautiful and the One who created it all is beautiful. He is loving and kind, longing for each one of us to know Him in a deeper way each day. We think nothing of standing in awe of a beautiful sunset, or a magnificent waterfall. Words fail us, we breath out a wow as our eyes widen to take in the beauty of our surroundings.

How much more is our creator, our Heavenly Father worthy of a breath taking wow from us? He is worthy of praise from the depth of our being. Worthy of our adoration. Worthy of unconditional obedience. I love how David encourages us in Psalm 100 to worship the Lord.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations.

It is our privilege as the redeemed children of God to praise Him. Will you worship Him today? So will I.

I give you So Will I by Hillsong United

Enjoy

Helena

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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.

Helena

 

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.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

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.

Photo Credit: Shendy Subroto/Unsplash

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Helena

 

NLC Worship song Thankful: Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Wanted to share the song Thankful from NLC (New Life Church) worship album Our God and Our King with you today. Though not all who read this post live in the USA and so will not be celebrating the holiday of Thanksgiving. We can all say thank you to our Heavenly Father for His daily provisions no matter what part of the world we live in.

As fellow believers in Christ, lets raise our hearts in thanksgiving not only for the day to day provisions of our physical needs, but also for our mental and emotional needs.

He has set our feet on solid ground through Jesus. Let the praises to the One and Only begin. Or to put it another way…get your praise on!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

Leaning into Thankful: Part 3 of 3

Returning Home to Grace

NLC Worship CD, Our God & Our King song Thankful, describes where I was, and where my heart is now. I have written the words to the song in bold throughout this post, I pray you are encouraged by them.

Though I accepted Jesus as my savior in my teens, I would be in my late forties before I realized what grace was about and Who grace is!

For ten years I was away from church. It wasn’t something I decided to do one Sunday morning; it was a slow walking away. Missed a meeting here, missed a meeting there, and before I realized it ten years had gone by. Ten years away from fellowship with the saints of God and ten years away from personal fellowship with my Heavenly Father. My bible gathered dust and my prayers were not powerful, they were; Pitiful. Worrisome. Complaining prayers. Sometimes they were cries for help, but mostly they were pity-party style.

I was homesick. A foreigner in a foreign land and I longed to go home where people understood me. I had moved countries and hadn’t settled in a church, I had visited many but none seemed a good fit, so it was easy to miss meetings. No-one was going to miss me.

Nightly muffled tears ran down my cheeks as I silently prayed, “Lord, I wanna go home.” I was referring to my earthly home. He knew better. I needed my spiritual home. I needed Him.

I was invited to attend a bible study group in a neighbor’s home; I went because I didn’t like to say no to my sweet neighbor. The group met weekly and I returned each week even though most weeks I reckoned it was going to be my last week. Slowly I was being drawn back to the Father. I knew I needed to find a church home.

I visited two other churches before I walked into New Life Church (NLC). As soon as I walked into the sanctuary I felt the presence of the Lord, something (someone) I had not felt in ten years. A sigh went out from deep within me as I breathed out the words “Home.”

I was lost, Jesus you found me. In your mercy you sought me out, lifted me out of the ashes, to your unfailing love. To your unfailing love

I was lost, but He knew where I was and He was patient with me. He didn’t leave me but drew me quietly back to Himself. The song talks about the Lord lifting us out of the ashes and pulling us out of the wreckage. That is exactly what He did for me, and He will do it for you if you are willing.

 You came for me when I was lost, hopelessly lost. Your life for my liberty on the cross traded on the cross.

I was the guilty-one not Jesus, yet He died for me, trading places so I may live in His liberty and freedom. He did this for you too.

King of Kings, rising in Glory. To the darkness your light has come, pulling me out of the wreckage to your unfailing love. To your unfailing love

His love is truly unfailing, He is not fickle like me, and the pressures of this life don’t control Him. He is light and He brought me out from under the dark cloud that engulfed me.

For your love everlasting, I will be thankful. For your mercy unending, I will be thankful. For the cross that you carried, I will be thankful. All my sin has been buried, I will be thankful.

I am thankful God did not give up on me, thankful He pursued me before and after I asked Him to be in my heart. I am forever thankful for His love, His mercy, His sacrifice and His forgiveness. I am thankful for His unfailing love. I am thankful I came face to face with Grace.

Our Heavenly Father waits for us with eager eyes and a longing heart for our return home to Him. He pursues us with His love and gently draws us closer to Himself. Come home dear one, back into fellowship with the One who loves you. He’s waiting for you.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

I had the privilege of sharing this article a few months back on Alice Standford’s blog mesetfree.com be sure to check her website out. Oops! sorry my link button is not working to connect you straight to Alice’s blog, but type in her web address in a search engine, you’ll be glad you did.