In The Thunder

I always look forward to opening my email to see what the K-Love Encouraging Word of the Day is going to be.  In the midst of work emails, and tons of junk emails, this is the one email list I'm on that I actually read.  In a busy world where I don't spend enough time with Him, this is my sacred 5 minutes of reflection and thankfulness for such an awesome God.  Just to be clear:  this is not the only 5 minutes I spend in His presence.  I try to be in a constant state of prayer/thanksgiving throughout the day.  This is just 5 minutes of studying the Word :)

Often, there are verses that seem to fit my current situation.  If I've had a rough morning, I open the email to find "This is the day The Lord has made.  I will rejoice and be glad in it" as the encouraging Word.  If I'm overwhelmed, I find "Do not worry about anything..." Everytime this happens, I just have to smile and thank God for knowing me better than I know myself.  He knows my every need, every desire, every thought and has proven to me over and over that He's got it under control.

This morning, the Encouraging Word of the Day is Job 37:5...

"God's voice is glorious in the thunder.  We can't even imagine the greatness of his power."

On any normal day, this might not have spoken to me like it did today.  But today, I just had to take an extra few minutes to give Him glory.  Recently, it seems like so many people around me are battling with cancer.  I have been earnestly praying and seeking The Lord for healing and encouragement on their behalf.  Each situation is different in respect to the type of cancer and treatments, but ONE thing is constant:  GOD.  I can see Him at work in each one of their bodies.  Tumors are shrinking; tumors are GONE; surgeries are successful; there are only minor side effects from treatments.  I give HIM all the glory and honor and praise for these reports because HE is the ONE who made it happen.  In the midst of their times of thunder, God's voice is glorious.  Where we asked for the tumor to shrink, He made it disappear.  Everything we've asked for, He's taken one step further just because He can.  God really does have a sense of humor.  He's probably just shaking His head at us and thinking "If they only knew what I could do, they'd be asking for a whole lot more than that!"

Father, I thank you for your Word.  I thank you that you have us in the palm of your hand.  And I thank you that your power is greater than we could ever think or imagine.  I give you praise as my friends and family who are battling with cancer are being healed and delivered as we speak; that they're hearing your glorious voice in the thunder around them.  I thank you that their testimonies will be used to exalt you and glorify YOUR NAME.  In Jesus' mighty name.  Amen.

My Beloved

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I heard this song by Kari Jobe this morning on my way to work and I thought I was going to have to pull over I was crying so hard. It’s a love song from God. To us. It’s so beautiful and simple and true!!

Living Hope Church Sweet 16

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It seems like just yesterday Pastor Lynn, Pam, and I were sitting in their living room dreaming about this church.  It has been a wonderful and challenging ride, and God has been with us the whole trip.

Living Hope Sweet 16The praise team has literally gone from a transparency machine and cd player to a full fledged band.  I am so humbled to think about the journey we have been on.  I never felt adequate to be a praise and worship leader.  I think we always focus on our short comings, but God sees them as oppertunities for His strength.  God has never failed us and with every struggle He has shown himself strong.  He has continually used us and provided.  I grew up in a very traditional church, with piano and organ as our main instruments in musical worship, so I felt very out of my league when people began suggesting a praise team with live music.

Living Hope Style Baptism

Can I just say that I love Living Hope Church? 

I mean, where else can you pick the place where you get baptized and have a party to celebrate after?  That is exactly what happened last Sunday afternoon at Mike and Rhonda Bryant's home.  My sweet little 7 year old Maggie was baptized, along with Deborah Dotson and Jeffery Proffitt.  It was one of the sweetest moments I've shared with her.  We had 40 or so family and friends there, sitting with their feet in the pool, as if they too were performing this baptism service. 

Finding my place at Living Hope

I was watching television with Maggie the other day and the show was all about kids trying to fit in.  They were trying to be "popular", but couldn't quite make it work.  It's a familiar theme and  I started thinking about how we never really lose that need or desire to fit in with the world around us.  We are either trying to blend in with friends or co-workers and we just want to be loved and accepted.  Most of the time we want people to like us for who we truly are, but sometimes we go as far as changing things about us to become who we think others want us to be.  That's a complicated way to say we we change ourselves to fit the mold.  It sounds like a problem we should face in high school, but throughout our lives we tend to struggle with who we are and where we fit in. 

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Living Hope Prayer

My Beloved Lyrics

You're My Beloved
You're My Bride
To sing over you is My delight
Come away with Me My love

You're Beautiful to Me
So beautiful to Me

Under My mercy
Come and wait
Till we are standing face to face
I see no stain on you
My child

You're Beautiful to Me
So Beautiful to Me

I sing over you My song of peace
Cast all your care down at My feet
Come and find your rest in Me

I'll breathe My life inside of you
I'll bear you up on eagle's wings
And hide you in the shadow of My strength
I'll take you to My quiet waters
I'll restore your soul
Come rest in Me and be made whole

You're My beloved
You're My Bride
To sing over you is my delight
Come away with me my love