31 Days of Worship:Day 31:Open Up the Heavens

What a fitting way to end this series.  I hope you have enjoyed the worship and His word.  Next week things will get back to normal around here.

Yes, it is Halloween, but it is just another day to praise the Lord for me. Let us worship and praise with open hearts and without abandon.

Ephesins 3:20-21 (NKJ):

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Be blessed and be a blessing,

Missy

31 Days of Worship: Day 25: Just Say Jesus

Well, I’m glad I got things off my chest yesterday.  I am even more glad that I was able to call out “Jesus.”

The very moment I called, Jesus showed up and began to work everything out.  First in my own heart, growing my desire to want to push forward and hold on to my faith.  Then he began to work on the other stuff.

I am very fortunate to have  pastor, who truly pastors, and is willing to help us walk through the yuk, make senses of it all, and draw us closer to God.  PRAISE GOD FOR PASTOR CATHY!!!!

As I was scrolling through my Facebook page I noticed so many people hurting.  Some who know God, some who have walked away from God, and some who don’t even know God.    My heart goes out to each and everyone of them.  While I may wish to be the kind of Christian where nothing in life phases me, where my faith never falters, I realized yesterday that sometimes it is those stumbles, questions, hurts, and feelings that others can relate most.

Let me never be so “heavenly-minded” that I am of little good to those I have been called to help and serve.

James 1:1-8 (NKJ):

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Clearly, I have some work to do in this area.  No, I’m not perfect.   I was too close to doubting God as I was struggling to hold on to His promises.   But I did hold on.  I did call out to God and ask for His strength.  And he gave it to me.  Did you hear me?  I called out to God and He heard me.

He will hear you too.  Call out. Call out.

Today I’m going to repeat Just Say Jesus as the worship song because I know without a doubt there is someone who needs this today.

Blessings,

Missy

 

 

31 Days of Worship: Day 24: When You Don’t Have The Strength To Fight

I honestly feel like I could have written the first of today’s worship songs, Holding Nothing Back by Ryan Stevenson.  It’s like he took a page out of my very own book or took my thoughts right out of my head.

For a few years I have been dealing with something.  It’s a problem that takes a back burner every now and again, but doesn’t really seem to go away.  I’m not going to go into details.  I made a promise to God long ago that I would not use this blog to vent and I’m going to hold to that promise, but at the same time, I cannot “get real” if I’m not honest.

I’m hurting right now.  I have been hurting for quite some time.  The words of this song have been my lifeline (even before it was out on the radio).  Giving it all to Jesus, holding nothing back,  I have been living that, but I’m starting to struggle with it.  I’m having to fight real hard against the lies of Satan and hold on to the fact that God will indeed use this for my good; that he indeed has a plan to prosper and not harm me.

Yikes! I know it is not good to admit this.  I know without a doubt it will be used against me.  But this is where I am.  I haven’t given up, I’m just having to fight harder right now.  Prayers are appreciated.

Behind this curtain there is a heart that’s hurting .It’s been taking a beating . It’s starting to fall apart .And I feel like such an easy targets .Dodging bullets , I’m exhausted .How can every moment be this hard ? ……….

I’ve got a list that goes on and on .It’s overflowing with memories of everything that I’ve been doing wrong And I’ll be the first to say , I’ve chased after so many foolish things Looking for a way to kill the pain

I really like or appreciate the honesty behind this song.   The writer is not afraid to share his hurts, his frustration, his inadequacies.  We all have problems.  Why pretend we don’t?

But, here’s why I love this song:

He doesn’t focus on the problems, he offers a solution.

I’m holding nothing back from you . Does not really matter what I lose.  Got a heart that’s open .   I’m broken and I want you to know .
Jesus , I do not want anything coming in between you and me.  .Jesus , it does not matter what I have to go through .  I’m holding nothing back , nothing back from you .

Like I said before, this “total surrender”  is what got me through these last few years.  Surrendering and focusing on God has been my lifeline.  But, today………it hurts so much……..all I can do is cry out!

Which brings me to Just Say Jesus by 7eventh Time Down.

Life gets tough and times get hard
And it’s hard to find the truth in all the lies
If you’re tired of wondering why you’re heart isn’t healing
And nothing feels like home cause you’re lost and alone
Just screaming at the sky

When you don’t know what to say
Just say Jesus
There is power in the name
The name of Jesus
If the words won’t come cause you’re too afraid to pray
Just say Jesus

Whisper it now, or shout it out
However it comes out, He hears your cry
Out of nowhere He will come
You gotta believe it
He will rescue you
Just call out to the way, the truth, the life

I may not have the strength to fight, but I do have the strength to call out “Jesus,” and I’m trusting He will give me what I need to face what is to come.

I don’t know where you all are at today.  You may be all honky-dory and cannot even relate to what I am saying.  You may be thinking “how dare she doubt God!”  and waiting to let me have it.  Okay, I understand.  But you may be like me, barely standing, and if you are, I hope this gives you encouragement to call out “Jesus!”  And this is why I write.  If it helps just one, than it’s worth any negative feedback I get.

Psalm 18:6 (NKJ): In my distress I called upon the LordAnd cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

Blessings,

Missy

 

 

 

 

 

31 Days of Worship and The Word: Day 23: Praise Him Even When Circumstances Say Otherwise

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Sometimes less is really more.

Have a blessed day,

Missy

31 Days of Worship and The Word: Day 22: From the Inside Out

Today’s Worship Song: From the Inside Out by Hillsong

This is by far one of my top favorite worship songs.  I prefer the Focus’ version(my band), but this is a close second (hehe).

A thousand times I fail…isn’t that the truth?

Sometimes I feel I get it wrong more times than I get it right.  And that is what Satan wants us to concentrate on, our mistakes.  However, this song is a reminder that our God is a forgiving God and each time we mess up we just have to get back up again and He is still there.

Amen!

A thousand times I’ve failed
Still Your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I’m caught in Your grace

Everlasting
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame

My heart and my soul, I give You control
Consume me from the inside out, Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

Your will above all else
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself
In bringing You praise

As I hit on yesterday and earlier this month, the true key to walking successfully and truly knowing the Lord is a surrender of self.  But true surrender does not start with outward actions, it begins on the inside.  The words above ( consume me from the inside, I give you control, to love you from the insideall hit on an inward surrender to God.  Your will above all else, my purpose…losing myself in bringing you praise.a full surrender to Christ!

And the cry of my heart
Is to bring You praise
From the inside out
Lord, my soul cries out

My soul cries out……..

My soul cries out for Christ.  Does it get much better?  My soul aches for more and more of Him.  That is the place I long to be….my soul crying out for more of God.  That is the place I long to stay.  Some days I am there.  Other days I am not.  It is not God, it is me.  Sometimes I let life get in the way of my longing for Christ.  Sometimes I choose the world and my own comforts and needs over Christ.  My soul can tell.  But the more I choose the world and myself, my desire for Christ can be starved out.

Where are you today?  Is your soul starving for Christ?  This could be a good thing or bad thing.  Is you soul starving for more of Christ because you are so on fire that you can’t get enough?  Or is your soul starving because of a lack of Christ in your life?

James 4:4 (NKJ): 

 Adulterers and[a] adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Today I encourage us all to cry out to God.  Cry out for more of Him.  Yes, I touched on this yesterday, but there is still someone out there needing to either return to Him or just get more focused on Him.  Today is the day.  Don’t get too busy in the everyday things of life and allow it to become your focus.  Christ is to be our focus

Be blessed,

Missy

31 Days of Worship and The Word: Day 21: More of YOU!

The Worship Song of the Day: More of You by Colton Dixon.

More of Jesus and less of me is definitely what I need right now.  When I quit my job last month, I thought I would have more time with God.  The truth is that I seem to have less time.   CRAZY.

Being at home I find myself distracted by all the things that need doing…dishes, laundry, this project, that project.  You know how it goes.  The never-ending list of TO DOs.

I feel God asking, “Where do I fit in to this new schedule?”

I need more of God and less of me, less of a To Do List, less of life.  I know some say that is not practical, but I think it is more than practical, it is a necessity.

When we are trying to fit God into our schedules then our priorities are messed up.  

I am not just talking about the pyramid with God at the top.  No, as I said before God is to be the middle of our carousel.  So, if we are struggling to make time for God, then he is evidently not the center of our world.

I made my castle tall
I built up every wall
This is my kingdom and it needs to fall
I want you and no one else
Empty me of myself
Until the only thing that’s left is

My “castle” is my life, my pleasure, my wants.  Here I am crying out to God for more of Him, but I am more focused on me than Him.  Am I willing to let go of me in order to get more of him?

More of You
Less of me
Make me who I’m meant to be
You’re all I want all I need
You’re everything
Take it all I surrender
Be my king
God I choose
More of You and Less of me
I need more of you
More of you

Deep down I want to be all God has made me to be.  However,lately, I seem to be doing a little backsliding.  Nothing major, just a little missed devotion here, a little too much TV here, and on and on it goes.  “Take it all I surrender,”  my lips are saying it, but do I truly mean it?  God knows my heart, I can’t hide from him, but I am asking myself, “Have you picked back up things he has called you to lay down?

“Be my King.”  Man those are some powerful words.  “Be my King.”  I am going to be honest, my heart wants Jesus to be my King, but my life isn’t really showing it at the moment.  I have some work to do.

Here is what God is working out in me:

It is the little things that are getting in the way of me and a fully surrendered life.  It is a little gossip here, a few ungodly words there.  It is more time on myself than with God.  It is more time on myself than my family.  It is focusing on church problems rather than the promises of God.  It is about me reading more for pleasure than reading and growing in God’s words.  It is little things, but those little things are adding up and suddenly I find myself feeling a little distant from God.

More of Him, means less of me, it really is that simple.

Galatians 2:20 (NKJ): I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

How about you?  What do you need to lay down in order to have more room for God?

Be blessed and be a blessing,

Missy

31 Days of Worship: Day 19: The Lord’s Day

Today is the day of the Lord.  The day we, as a church, have set aside for the Lord.

Oh fellow Christians I urge you to hold true to this, maybe even harder than you ever had.  Set aside your busy schedules, the kids’ games, the list of chores.  Lay it all down today and spend time with your families and the Lord.

Exodus 20:8-10 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates…”

Exodus 23:12 (KJV) Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed. 

Sunday is a day of rest, but more importantly it is a day for God.  After all, where doe we find rest?

Matthew 11:28-29 “…Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” 

Today’s worship song?  Well, if it is the Day of the Lord, one could never be enough!  Below is a link to a mantra of worship videos; enjoy!

Blessings,

Missy

 

31 Days of Worship: Day 18: It is time to Break Every Chain

It is finally the weekend and I hope you are all enjoying it.  It almost seems shameful to cover such a deep issue on a weekend, but i feel God calling me to address this issue now and not wait until Monday.

Today’s Worship Song: Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture.

There absolutely is power in the name of Jesus Christ and until we not only understand this but act on it, we will not operate under the full authority of Jesus Christ.

Too many of us are being pulled away by “little” sins.  Sins we know to stay clear of, but can’t seem to help ourselves.

Well, today is the day to lay the “it’s” down.  Come on, we all have an “it,” that one sin that trips us up time and time again.

My friend Arika shared the following on her Facebook page the other day and boy oh boy did it hit home:

The “IT” has got to go!!!! We all have that one thing…our “IT”…that is holding us back, keeping us from walking in the fullness of what God wants to do in our lives and it’s time for us to drive it out!!

Numbers 33:52-56- 52 then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their engraved stones, destroy all their molded images, and demolish all their high places; 53 you shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land and dwell in it, for I have given you the land to possess. 54 And you shall divide the land by lot as an inheritance among your families; to the larger you shall give a larger inheritance, and to the smaller you shall give a smaller inheritance; there everyone’s inheritance shall be whatever falls to him by lot. You shall inherit according to the tribes of your fathers. 55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell. 56 Moreover it shall be that I will do to you as I thought to do to them.”

We are called to break Every chain.  No sin left behind!

Psalm 2:3 (NIV)-“Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”

What chain of yours still needs broken?  Is there something you need to lay down at the feet of Jesus?  Well, if that is you, lay it down, all down today, right now.  And for your own sake, don’t pick it back up again.

Have a blessed weekend,

Missy

 

31 Days of Worship and The Word: Day 17: The Rock Won’t Move

The Worship Song for Today: The Rock Won’t Move by Vertical Church.

Psalm 18:2 (NKJ)-The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

When the ground beneath my feet gives way
And I hear the sound of crashing waves
All my world is washing out to sea
I’m hidden safe in the God who never moves
Holding fast to the promise of the truth
That You are holding tighter still to me

Sometimes the only thing we can do is hold on to the truth that despite our troubles, despite our circumstances, our God is there, working all things for good.

Romans 8:28-and we know that God works all things for good for those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose.

The Rock won’t move and His word is strong
The Rock won’t move and His love can’t be undone
The Rock won’t move and His word is strong
The Rock won’t move and His love can’t be undone
The Rock of our Salvation

Psalm 46:1-5 (NKJ)-God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. SelahThere is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

My hope is in the promise of Your blood

My support within the raging flood
Even in the tempest, I can sing
I’m hidden safe in the God who never moves
Holding fast to the promise of Your truth
That You are holding tighter still to me

1 Peter 1:6-7  “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Woah, woah
Woah, the Rock of our salvation

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
The Rock won’t move, the Rock won’t move
When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest in His unchanging grace
The Rock won’t move, the Rock won’t move

Matthew 7:24-27 (NKJ)-

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Who is your rock?  Does the evidence support these findings?

Have a blessed day!

Missy

 

 

 

 

31 Days of Worship and The Word: Day 15: God of the Impossible

Today’s song is God of the Impossible by Everfound.

I believe some where out there, someone is in need of encouragement to do what he or she  sees as impossible, impractical, or just downright crazy.

Think about it, did it make much sense that little ol’ David would be the next King?  I mean, there were many, many other young men, especially in his own family, that would have seemed to make a better king.  I’m sure David has his own hate club, full of doubters and naysayers.  We will too.  We can’t listen to those haters, we must listen to God.

Whenever we try to step out and do the work of God, the devil will try to come against us and often uses those closest to us or our fellow church members to discourage us.  Don’t let the devil win. Don’t give up.  After all, after David was picked to be King, he was sent back into the fields for a period of time.  I’m sure he was excited to start his destination, but did he grumble?  Did he complain?  No, he went about his business as usual.  Some even say he wrote his best Psalms during that time.

We can’t be afraid to do the impossible.  David wasn’t scared to go up against Goliath.  He did not hesitate; he did not listen to what others said.  Remember, some tried to convince David to do their way by putting on full armor and using their weapons.  David refused.   Why?  Because he had to do it his way.  He had to be true to who he was and use the gifts God gave him.  Same goes for us.

We have to use the gifts and talents we have been given and stop trying to be like everyone else.

I was listening to a Joyce Meyer sermon yesterday and she said,

I’ve decided I’m going to like me!”

Sometimes it is that easy.  Sometimes we just have to decide we are going to be okay with the way God made us.  Yes, there are times we have character flaws or areas of growth, but we too can accept these things and work to change them without hating ourselves or allowing the negative to outweigh all the positive.

Maybe , even more importantly, a lot of times we don’t believe we can do the work of God because we are not good enough.  Next time you start to believe that lie, take a look at who God uses in the Bible!  God uses the unlikelys all the time that way he is sure to get the glory.  If you are willing, God will use you.  All you gotta do is ask.

Just a boy with a sling and a stone,
but the heart of a lion dared him to go.
To hear the sound of the cynical,
die out with the sound of the giant’s fall.

Ohhh, oh ohh!
I dare to believe in incredible things.
Ohhh, oh ohh!
I’m ready to go, I’m ready to gooo-oh!

Here I am! Lord send me!
I won’t look back, cause I was made
to be a part, of the, imposs-ible!
You’re God, of the, imposs-ible!

Here I am! Lord send me!
I won’t back down, cause I believe
You are the God, of the, imposs-ible!
Here, I, am, send me!

Empty bones and a thirsty soul,
dreamin’ for more than the life I have known.
‘Til I tasted a burning coal,
and my guilt was erased, and my sin was atoned!

Ohhh, oh ohh!
I dare to believe in incredible things.
Ohhh, oh ohh!
I’m ready to go, I’m ready to gooo-oh!

Here I am! Lord send me!
I won’t look back, cause I was made
to be a part, of the, imposs-ible!
You’re God, of the, imposs-ible!

Where are you today?  Are you dreaming of doing the work of the Lord but don’t feel good enough?  Haven’t you heard

God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

Now what is your excuse?  I’m betting God can knock out each and every one of them!

Luke 18:27 (NIV)-Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

Step out in faith today, God is calling.

Be blessed and be a blessing,

Missy

 

 

 

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