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God Believes in You

This post is apart of Sunday Setlists.

Some highlights from the message today:

  • Our God is a God of second chances! Just ask Jonah, and countless other Christians here today!
  • Hearing testimony through a song written and song by a woman visiting our church today who’s come out of addiction, and also a man who is a Katrina hurricane survivor.
  • God believes in us more than we believe in ourselves!
  • If you’re alive, it isn’t too late, no matter how far away from God you’ve gotten. He is a God of second chances!
  • God is in control of every single circumstance in our lives!

I think today God was doing some powerful things, though unseen to our eyes. God is working for sure.

Early service:

  • Lead Me to Calvary (Hussey/Kirkpatrick)
  • At the Cross (Hudson/Watts)
  • How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Townend)
  • I’m Forever Grateful (Altrogge)
  • Choir: Calvary Is the Sea (Alexander/Clark/Wood, arranged by Sterling)
  • Ladies Ensemble: We Are the Body of Christ (Brown/Hampton)
  • Response: Cleanse Me (Orr/Maori melody arranged by Douglas)

Went speechless today especially after all of the songs reminding us of God’s love for us and Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Almost couldn’t pray prior to the offering time. Wow, God, I can’t believe You even care about me. I’m so not worth it–none of us are–but dang, You love us so!!

Contemporary service:

  • Mansion (Springer)
  • Freedom (Bushard)
  • Everybody Praise the Lord (Brewster)
  • Send the Fire (Booth)
  • Show Your Power (Prosch)
  • ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (Kirkpatrick/Stead)
  • What Only You Can Do (Edwards)

Praying Dangerously

I’ve been praying some dangerous prayers lately.

By sharing these I’m not trying to be super-spiritual or anything. It hurts to pray these prayers! It scares me to pray them! I just want to sleep off the time it takes in the process of getting where God wants me. Some of what I’m finding is just how impatient I am when I pray such things! I so want to just be there–but I fail constantly, and not a one of us will “arrive” until Christ returns and changes us in the blink of an eye!  As the Word says, my spirit is willing, but my flesh is oh so weak!

What I’m praying lately:

Purify me. In all things. Mind, heart, soul. Motives, will, EVERYTHING. Erase all the desires in me that are not of You. Give me the discernment to know the difference. (Psalm 37:3-5) My heart’s cry: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” and “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3, Matthew 5:8)

I want to love You more and more, God. I want to live for You without selfishness or pride. A servant’s heart, and seeing others as You see them.

I want to want You alone. Not merely the blessings You give, though they are so wonderful. Not merely the feelings that accompany being in Your presence and loving You. But You alone. I want to enjoy the things that come with a relationship with You, but I want to want You above all those things.

I want to want Your will for my life. For the call You have placed on my life. For the man You have chosen for me to marry. For whatever I’m supposed to do in living for You, both the big and small, in all aspects of life.

In all these things, patience. Help me to enjoy the process of You working in me, and the process of growing into a deeper relationship with You.

What are you praying? Do you need prayer? Share your own requests by commenting or contacting me here. I’d love to pray for you!

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
(Romans 12:1)

Let the Flowers Grow: Emptying Ourselves of All That Hinders Love

Last night at our small group, I felt like God brought a great metaphor to us that I thought was worth sharing here.

We felt that God was speaking about our needing to truly empty ourselves of all things that hinder our relationship with Him to make room for all that He wants to fill us with.

We need to empty the inside of us of all burdens of worry, unbelief, sin or other things that hinder us from truly blossoming in our relationship with God. We need to clean ourselves out so that God has an empty vessel ready to be filled.

The metaphor was this: We need to empty out our “basements” full of junk that we are hoarding or holding onto, and allow God to turn us into beautiful gardens blooming with flowers of all kinds in every season.

He wants to fill us with the fragrant aromas of all He has to pour into us, that will may then blossom in & through Him! In essence, He wants to renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2), filling us with His Word, His Truth to bring us life as His children.

Lay all burdens & other hindrances to your being closer to God at His feet, & refuse take them back up again (as we often try to do)! Then let God renew your mind through His Truth, letting yourself blossom as He grows a garden of His love, truth, grace & peace in your heart & renews your mind with His Word!

He wants to take every burden you have (1 Peter 5:7) & have you just rest in Him (Psalm 46:10), growing you closer to Him & living in His Truth. Let the garden of your heart blossom! Let the flowers grow!

More encouragement from God’s Word:

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy & peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13