It being very very hot today, my mowing hour has changed to now. I usually wait until my coffee is finished but I believe I will melt n if I wait that long. Yesterday at church, I filled in on keyboards for worship and was blessed by it. I love leading worship. It makes me happy to worship with other family that loves my precious Savior! So I will merrily mow now remembering sweet collective worship and fellowship yesterday. Churches are not perfect by any stretch but I am sure thankful to have one and bye a part of love and worship of God with others. That is precious. And so will the bath be after mowing. Lol Here goes. Have a beautiful day! 🙂
I was taught piano by my mom (music conservatory trained) from a young age, before preschool, to play the piano. I am classically trained but also trained to play for church/worship. These are two differing philosophies. While both are fun and rewarding, one, classical, is played to show off your skills and the composer’s skills and one, worship, is to show off God. The key to being successful in leading hearts into worship lies in whether or not you have adequately prepared, and I do not mean having the chord sheets or notes ready or memorizing the song, though that is a tiny part of it. “You cannot teach what you do not know.” You will never lead another to worship if you are unfamiliar with the concept. You must worship as a lifestyle. Loving God, studying the Bible, praying, serving Him and others, loving people are all forms and extensions of worship to God. When you live in that and keep humble, God will play through your fingers when the time comes to smooth out any imperfections or distractions during live worship after you have practiced ahead of time and lived in this state of worship. As you are diligent to God, He rewards with blessings of being able to share that and draw them in. And do not underestimate the power of a sustain pedal and inflection- building up a song vs. quiet moments of contemplations. Be ok with pauses. Be comfortable in your skin. You play for God and not people. That is a key ingredient. I always sing, out loud or in my mind, while I play. When you mean it, you play from the heart fearlessly and just play for Jesus, like it is you and He in the room. I do this whether I play for Jesus alone or play before thousands of people gathered to worship Jesus. Same thing. Numbers never matter, but your heart does. I detest emotionless playing for worship. God deserves our passion, our putting of ourselves and intention into what we play for Him. We represent His worthiness to be worshipped when we play so it must reflect that. It is an honor and a privilege to lead worship from the piano and He blesses those who do it well, meaning from a heart of constant worship and dedication to God. Nothing is better, so do it right, do it well. Go with God!! ❤
Leaders, whether of churches or government, make decisions that affect us for good or bad. We need to make a point to pray for them daily because we want them to make decisions that are wise and good, fighting evil and promoting goodness and growth/healing of our land. Plus these leaders are extra responsible for their actions when they face God. Please pray for our leaders. May God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
The truth is hypocrites are everywhere. They are in vhurch and out of church. They are in bars and temples. The real issue is who is working on it? Going to church is putting in an effort to stop screwing up. Yes, sometimes just making it there is all the effort put out, but a lot of people in church are really trying to be better. And when you judge those inside the church for being a hypocrite, aren’t you yourself judging too? And that makes you a hypocrite also because no one is perfect. Not one person, except God. And church is one way to grow closer to God and improve our chances of getting better. So really, not going makes you resolved to remain a hypocrite whereas going to church is a decision to do something about it. So there it is.
Love is a whole, a unity, a common purpose for the benefit of everyone and for God. That sounds utopian or cheesy but it is true. How do I know? Because God is love and He is whole, united, purposeful and beneficial. Love is also good. So it is good to be whole, united, purposeful and beneficial for everyone and God. And this is always true, so it is true for countries, marriages, relationships, communities, churches. So what divides? Well, anything, even things that look good, that diminishes the importance of destroys the unity, whole, purpose, benefit for everyone and God. Pretty basic and simple, I think. Who would want to divide? Someone who pridefully wants their benefit to outshine everyone’s benefit is one. Distractions of entertainment or tech or social media or gossip or other distractions that draw you from the purpose and unity. The enemy of love or God is another. People who glorify their ideas above truth, whether because of mental problems or their own philosophies’ importance to them. The thing is truth is truth. And because love is good and whole and united and purposeful and beneficial to everyone for God, these thing provide what love provides, which is peace and joy and hope and self control and gentleness and faithfulness. It is beautiful when it works well. Thing that can divide marriages are lies, prideful self gratifications separate from your spouse, disrespect by treating yourself as more important than the feelings of your spouse, or arguments about money or raising children, etc. Things that can divide church are lies, marital division, denominations, gossip, traditions, dogma, false accusations, disagreements and personality clashes, or distractions, etc. Things that can divide countries are lies, separate government parties, misrepresentation, damaging media (more lies), false accusations, injustice, glorification of hate and evil, church division, marital division, etc. So there is a lot of work the enemy is putting in to dividing our marriages/families, church and country. But as damaging and successful as it seems that is, the cure is actually much much much stronger. Love is the answer. Being good and loving to each other is the start. Being united and whole and purposeful and beneficial to each other for God is the outcome. Overcome evil with the much stronger force of good. God, the most powerful and smart and loving force in the entire universe is on the side of good, love, unity, purpose. Choose to be good and kind and respectful in every relationship of your life, starting with your spouse then children then church then country. It is a choice. It is worth every effort you put into it. We cannot change anyone but we can change ourselves. We can love! Everything starts there.
Tonight, I saw a broadcast about a particular church in Idaho, I believe, who saw their church sleeping and dying off and prayed sincerely about it. They converted their church building into a multi culture, multi language church to house people who needed to gather together to pray. It moved my heart and my spirit warmed and stirred to write this. God established followers of Him and His risen Son Jesus Christ to spread His message of love and hope, peace and joy, truth and light to the world. Somewhere in there we have become a nation of sleeping churches, laxidasical and content churches that are more concerned with critiquing the music, watching the clock on the sermons or the comfort level of the building. I believe that is why God warns against the bridesmaids sleeping and not being ready and I wonder if we all realize just how soon Jesus is returning? Would He be happy with lazy whiners asleep on the job? Would you be? And where are those standing for Israel, our Ally and brothers and sisters and fathers in faith? Those for Israel are protected by a promise from God. Those against her are cursed by Him. Is that where we want to be? Where is the outrage at these de isions being made against our will and deep seated desire to stand with our friends? We need to wake up. I mean me. I mean you. Not a nod of agreement and a somber “Amen” but a fasting and praying collectively and doing some serious work in the communities we live, mission work we are all called to do. It is time to awaken. It is imperative. I do not want anyone in hell on my watch.
The small, quaint Michigan town I grew up in was so small that everyone knew everyone, maybe once removed, but love and respect for each other thrived. People helped people, people knew people, people were there when you needed them and open to your help when they needed it. Of course exceptions exist, not everyone having the same commitment to morality as happens everywhere, but for the most part this was true. The town for the most part respected God and America and our people and military. It was a great place to live. I miss that. But even in that beautiful town, outside influences have damaged many of the town’s people’s commitment to church attendance. I noticed that many of the faithful still go to the best church I have known, but many choose not to. I would encourage everyone to be a part of a church. I understand many are turned off by imperfections of people. If you think people are perfect anywhere, I have some land to sell you. But hard times are coming and church family is a vital source of encouragement and focus on God. Imperitive under any circumstances, we need to band together in unity, even if it is a few couples in their homes. Just a thought.