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Amazed by His Spirit’s Leading

I have a God story to tell today. :)

If you are familiar with the song Dance With Me, you know that the song comes from Song of Solomon and refers to God as “the Lover of our souls.”

Before we sang it this morning, our contemporary service worship leader had something to read to our congregation. As he began reading, I started to think that it was sounding awfully familiar and emotion began to flood my heart. I had written it! It was posted on my blog!

It turns out that our worship leader had no idea that it was my writing as inspired by the Lord. Later on, I shared with him and another friend in the car about how it blessed me that God used something I had written. It was then that he remarked that he didn’t know I’d written it, and  had “stumbled” upon it via a search engine.

I was blessed, humbled and loved on by God as part of this post was read to our congregation, and that God would use it in my very church, without myself or the other worship leader knowing it beforehand. What unity that is–totally a God-thing, uniting with our hearts! How amazing our God is!

I am greatly blessed that something God’s teaching me could be used by Him for others. It was just… that God would use something like that, the mere outpouring of one’s heart. I am humbled. And I am praying that God will bring us closer and closer to Him as a church, as His beloved children!

Early service:

  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Neale/Coffin, Plainsong adapt. by Helmore)
  • The Savior Is Waiting (Carmichael)
  • I Need Thee Every Hour (Hawks/Lowry)
  • Choir: All the Earth Will Worship (Bible/Fettke/Kingsmore)
  • Offertory: Holy Spirit, Rain Down (R. Fragar)

Contemporary service:

  • You Are Good (Houghton)
  • Rain Down (Martin Smith/Stuart Garrard)
  • Freedom (Bushard)
  • Dance With Me (Chris Dupree)
  • You Won’t Relent (Misty Edwards)

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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)

First Step into the River

Give this command to the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant: ‘When you reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps into the river and stop there.’ Joshua 3:8 (NLT)

This has been quite a week. One of learning to step out on faith & learning to listen to the Holy Spirit, & it’s been quite an adventure!

I put in my two weeks’ notice at the library. Since mid-December, I’ve been working three jobs. In January, I found out I have to have wisdom teeth removal surgery, & thought I would have to stay with all three jobs financially, but it quickly became apparent to me that I needed to purify myself of some things.

All week I have been second guessing myself & what God was communicating to me. Looking back, I see it all clearly:

On break at work Tuesday, I opened my Bible, wanting to seek God in all this. God brought Joshua to my mind, an Old Testament chapter that I honestly had never read or thought anything of! Chapter 3 really stuck out to me, as well as the instances of the Israelites having to merely obey God to see victory, & the time that they did not where they failed. Yet when they did fail, God gave them a second chance & upon obeying Him, victory was won.

But Israel violated the instructions about the things set apart for the Lord. A man named Achan had stolen some of these dedicated things…

Joshua sent some of his men from Jericho to spy out the town of Ai… When they returned, they told Joshua, “There’s no need for all of us to go up there; it won’t take more than two or three thousand men to attack Ai…” …they were soundly defeated.

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid or discouraged. Take all your fighting men and attack Ai, for I have given you the king of Ai, his people, his town, and his land.Joshua 7:1-4, 8:1

God was asking me to step out on faith & trust Him with everything. My worries told me this was risky, that even though I’d be fine financially in normal circumstances, the coming surgery costs loomed over me; despite this, my body was physically screaming as it has been for many months, & it was affecting my ability to do all that I have at this time with the little energy & time available.

In all honesty, compared to other times, I didn’t feel like God was being as clear, but yet I now see that He was as clear as necessary, teaching me to live more deeply by faith & trust in Him. While reading & reflecting on Joshua, & also through wise counsel God provided, I was still afraid to make the decision to leave that job, but also felt it was the only sensible thing to do.

I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to put in my notice at work on Thursday evening, but didn’t because I was blinded by my worry & wasn’t for sure if it was God. Planning to give my notice on Friday afternoon, I arrived at work only to find that my supervisor had left early for the day!

But our God is so incredibly merciful & faithful, & just as God gave the Israelites a second chance at victory, He gave me a second chance: My supervisor returned briefly before close & I was able to give my notice!

God is so good! He has loved on me so much this week, been so faithful. I don’t know why I doubt as I do, when He always comes through & even provides second chances, too! Burdens have been lifted from my back, praise You, God!