I had my last day at my church today- Worship went really well - I'm going to miss the team, but I am ready to move on.
I'm excited to see what God has planned for me next. I'm not sure where we'll be going, it's between two churches - My kids like one, I like the other, hubby is noncommittal, he'll go to either.
It will be weird not praying over worship sets, practicing, looking at new songs. I guess I'll just enoy the freedom for a while. I'm not sure I want to continue… Continue
Added by Chris on October 6, 2008 at 1:17am —
But God spoke to me during that time...a LOT.
I am leaving my current church in two weeks - it's a decision that didn't come lightly to me, one I agonized over, and God left me PLENTY of messages that I chose to ignore...Now that I made the decision, I feel great...I won't have to be a WL anymore, I can just go to a church, worship God, and find my niche...
Lately though, I've really felt drawn to the teens and their worship. Are they being taught the biblical foundations?… Continue
Added by Chris on September 26, 2008 at 1:13pm —
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
"Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."
But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.
Then the LORD reached out his… Continue
Added by Chris on August 24, 2008 at 7:53pm —
I was thinking today about how this world is so ready to pounce on the negative. It seems like the more sensational the news is, the more we as a society eat it up. The good news is rarely mentioned. Just give us blood, guts, gore, lust, murder, and mayhem.
The same thing happens in our minds. Make a short list of all the bad events you remember happening, things that irritated you, angered you, or hurt you, or saddened you. Now make a list of all the events that brought you joy,… Continue
Added by Chris on August 20, 2008 at 8:13pm —
I still have my obsession with clouds. I've grown to look forward to looking up in the sky each morning, to see what God has left me. It also gives me some "quiet" time with God. When was the last time you had some "quiet" time?
Oh, I know most of us "put time aside" to read the bible, or do our devotional...but how about putting away the bible and the devotional, and just sitting there in peace and quiet, and just...listening?
For me, there is always noise...TV, music,… Continue
Added by Chris on August 14, 2008 at 5:10am —
My daughter and I had a rather intense textersation last night (text + conversation = textersation)
It went something like this:
"Hey mom, do you believe Obama could be the antichrist? I saw stuff about it online"
(ahh...the internet - THE place to go when you want to get your facts straight)
"ROFL no, that was a McCain commercial, and one in very bad taste" (really, I was surprised that McCain would actually make a commercial comparing Obama to Jesus and… Continue
Added by Chris on August 8, 2008 at 1:11pm —
That's a question that has been on my mind lately...
Sometimes I wonder why people do what they do...when they say they want to "do" something, and they feel they have a "gifting", yet they are not willing to put any effort into it...Is it really a "gifting" then? How can they feel good about this, and reap the benefits of using their gifts to build up the body?
This is how i feel -
God gave me gifts - He doesn't want me to keep them to myself, He wants me to use… Continue
Added by Chris on August 4, 2008 at 5:30am —
I love how God loves to surprise us sometimes...you know, do something and then give you a poke, as if to say "AHA...see...I *am* here...PSYCH!!!" And you just have to smile and say "Ok God...I get it...for now...but please don't be surprised if you have to show me *again* some time in the near future"
I often wonder how He keeps everything organized...How does He hear us? Are our prayers just a cacophony of babble? Or can he somehow hear each and every petition cos he's...God? If… Continue
Added by Chris on August 1, 2008 at 2:30am —
I was blessed today to have a rare week off the worship team, and was able to go to a new church. At the last minute, my daughter made carpool plans with another kid going to camp, so hubby & I have the "pick up duty" rather than the "drop off" duty which left me free to attend another church.
I have been wrestling for a long time with the "SISOSIG" syndrome - Should-i-stay-or-should-i-go at my present position of WL...it's been further complicated by the invasion of the… Continue
Added by Chris on July 27, 2008 at 9:00pm —
Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?" But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' "Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use? - Romans 9:18-21
Here I go… Continue
Added by Chris on July 25, 2008 at 4:00pm —
I asked you guys to lift them up in prayer a few weeks ago, and they need it again...Tricia's lymphoma (one of the possible complications from a double lung transplant) has not responded to chemo, so they're bringing out the big guns - This is not exactly easy, given all the anti-rejection meds Tricia has to take..
Please keep them in prayer...This family has a faith in the Lord that others yearn for, and their lives are a testament to God's provision for us...
Here's the… Continue
Added by Chris on July 23, 2008 at 12:00pm —
*DISCLAIMER*Please take the following thoughts as they were intended...humor with a bit of serious thrown in for good measure :-)
Did you ever notice that Christians have their own language? There are certain "catch phrases" that seem to be essential to any Christian's vocabulary, and we seem to love to flaunt our multilingual talents, especially in front of nonbelievers. Why is that? Didn't Christ exhort us to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in… Continue
Added by Chris on July 20, 2008 at 7:00pm —
I think one of the things I meditate on the most (and talk to God about the most) is the F-word...you know...FAITH...something we all strive for, but few attain? Oh, we have faith, but not that deep, unwavering faith that we all yearn for. And if you think you have it, let me ask you something - did you ever worry about anything? Because if you did, you don't have that unwavering faith.
When God & I were having our regular conversation (btw Lord, GREAT clouds today - and the rest… Continue
Added by Chris on July 19, 2008 at 10:54pm —
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. --- Matthew 28: 19-20
I was thinking the other day...and perhaps I should throw in a disclaimer before I get started...
*DISCLAIMER* - The opinions expressed here are uniquely my own, and are not intended to judge, label, or in any way, shape or form criticize, denigrate, or lessen… Continue
Added by Chris on July 16, 2008 at 4:51am —
Did you ever have one of those moments, where God does something totally unexpected? I love those moments!
There were a few things that happened to me, that I truly feel were "God" moments...it was like "wow"...And what made me realize it was God, and no one else, was how I had been praying about these things...
It would take too much time to go into detail - but suffice to say over the past two days, I have had two wonderful things happen that resolved worries or… Continue
Added by Chris on July 12, 2008 at 7:22pm —
Yes more clouds LOL! God just has me looking up lately :-) Perhaps it's a way of staying in touch with Him (every time I see some nice patterns, I am sure to give him props) or perhaps it's to remind me to "always look up", but whatever, I am lovin' it...the serenity, the beauty, the quietness and peace you get when you look up at the clouds...NOW I know why I used to spend hours on my back lying in the grass looking up at the sky!
So, for those… Continue
Added by Chris on July 10, 2008 at 12:35pm —
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt[a] water flow from the same spring? --- James 3:9-11
Ahhh...I love the book of James. If you look in my bible, that and Job are pretty well worn LOL. Do you remember the Nike commercial on TV a couple of years back? Their slogan was "Just DO it!" - those three… Continue
Added by Chris on July 7, 2008 at 1:21pm —
Did you ever feel strongly led to do something? And you pray about it, consult with others, and everything sort of just falls into place, you look at each and say "GOD!" :-)
But then, something happens, and you lose your "God" moment. Then you begin to doubt that it was a "God" moment, that maybe it was a "self" moment...and you go back and forth and generally just drive yourself nuts trying to second guess God, which is silly when you think about… Continue
Added by Chris on July 5, 2008 at 12:39am —
I went out and played 18 holes of golf this morning with my hubby. Being the early riser he is, we had a 7 AM tee time, but actually got off about 20 min earlier. It was a beautiful, quiet morning...cool...It was nice to take the time to breathe...
As I looked up in the blue sky (lately I've been telling God what a good job he's done with the clouds - perhaps he has a new designer up in heaven, but have you seen them recently?) I saw a lone bird flying high up in the sky, and for a… Continue
Added by Chris on July 2, 2008 at 6:27pm —
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid - John 14:27
You know what is wonderful about being a Christian? never really being troubled. Oh, we can fret, worry all we want, even fuss a bit...but deep down inside, God gives us His peace.
My father in law died unexpectedly and suddenly about 4-5 years ago. He was like a father to me, and it was a crushing blow to family… Continue
Added by Chris on July 1, 2008 at 7:08pm —