Today Chris and I took the kids to see “Horton Hears a Who”! Our ride to the theater was interesting just as all our rides are if our youngest daughter Gracie is with us.
Earlier in the week our oldest daughter Marybeth got a new i-pod and so graciously decided to share her old one with her sister, Gracie! I think Marybeth earned MAJOR cool points with Grace. Gracie has been dancing and singing non-stop to her tunes unaware of how LOUD she is being to all the others around her who’s unable to experience what she is experiencing! During our ride today Gracie was singing to the top of her lungs majorly disturbing everyone else in the car. At this point she is totally OUTNUMBERED! After the third time of telling her to quiet down or I would remove the i-pod from her possession she proceeds to pull the ear phones from her ears and says, “ Uh, YOU are keeping me from singing and praising the LORD”!
I thought to myself how often throughout my daily routine does something I do or say get in the way of someone else singing and praising the Lord. Though I am not responsible for everyone else’s personal relationship with Christ, my personal walk can either or be a hindrance or a help to others. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (prov.27;17)
Think about this……. what are you doing or not doing that is keeping someone from singing and praising the Lord?
I have been sitting,reading and pondering about Easter and ALL that my family does this time of year to celebrate what I believe to be the most profound 3 days in the history of LIFE!! Certainly the most profound in my life, because of such a time as this I have experienced Christ! I have experienced grace, hope, love, peace, passion, purpose, comfort, humility, freedom from fear, compassion, gentleness and OH SO MUCH COMPANIONSHIP! A friend like no other. I am so overwhelmed with thankfulness for that 3rd day that I don’t even know how to express how I feel.
I know it not about an Easter bunny or hiding Easter eggs. It’s not about a pretty new dress with matching shoes. It’s not about cooking a bunch of food and eating until I am totally miserable. It’s not even about all the songs I will sing in the morning and the message that will fall upon my ears.
It’s about JESUS who interceded for me. Who was beaten to a pulp with gashes of flesh ripped from His body and nailed by His hands and feet to a cross. HE DIED for ME! I can’t get over it. It’s about the 3rd day when He arose from the grave and now He is ALIVE! He is not on a cross or in a tomb. He is ALIVE in me! I can’t get over it!
Is resurrection on your mind?
AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING!
I certainly did not feel like I was at a concert, it felt more like a WORSHIP SERVICE! They opened with the Altar And The Door with the stage setting of chandeliers and red velvet curtains to set the atmosphere for tender moments with the Lord.
Mark Hall and the members of the band prayed encouraging words over the audience and the the drummer, Andy Williams, rocked it out with his drum solo! Boyz got T-A-L-E-N-T!
Here are a few things I took away from last night:
1. A song can get me through the afternoon but it’s JESUS that gets me through LIFE!
2. My relationship with Jesus cannot be based off of someone else’s relationship with Jesus! (Gotta get your own)
3. The body of Christ pours their life into others so they too will become apart of the body!
Great time, I highly recommend the time and money spent to attend one of their concerts.
Catchy title of a new ministry being offered to the youth at WAC.
Often my children will “mimic” the not so good in me. Talk about a slap in the face! Sometimes I need help getting up off the ground after I swallow the HARD -COLD- FACT that they are doing as I do and not as I say! I’m sure I am not the only one who has experienced this but just in case I am let me share a HARD -COLD- FACT from Ephesians 5:1 (The Message)-“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. We as Christ followers should always strive to “mimic” Him and take note of others who are mimicking Him too!
The world is craving someone to mimic. Someone to follow after! Where are you leading people and who are you leading them to?
I tagged along with the staff at WAC last week to the UNLEASH O8 Conference at Newspring church. It was AMAZING! I sat in on a Blogging session since I have officially entered this world. Much to my suprise I’m not doing too bad! The only thing I NEED to work on is blog MORE FREQUENTLY, which is an ongoing joke with those of you who read my blog! That, I will do!
I wanted to share a new word added to my vocab, TWITTER! What in the world is TWITTER? Surely I had not missed out on a new dance move! Sounds like one. Twitter is kind of like being in an on-line chat room twittering away about whatever you choose to twit about! Don’t know if I will be twittering any time soon, still trying to get the blogging thing down!
Nuggets of truth that I cannot help but share!
1. We see so little because we BELIEVE so little!
2. My faith closes the gap between my theology and my reality.
3. STOP whining and wishing, start BELIEVING and RECEIVING!
4. We will be reflections of the God we perceive!
5. I am who He says I am! ( Praise GOD!)
6. God is either going to do the external or the internal.
7. Everything is possible with God!
8. What does not kill me will make me stronger.
9. God is not as concerned with my happiness as He is with my holiness.
10. I should seek God to find Him not to see Him perform!
When I stand before God, at the end of my life ,I would hope that I had not a single bit of talent left, and could say, ” I used everything you gave me”! Erma Bombeck