Evil is not good at all. There is no redeeming value in evil. It is not cute, funny, fun, interesting, mystical, magical, or valuable in any way at all. Flirting with evil is evil. Evil is dark, disturbing, ugly, grusome, and people genuinely kill and hurt other people for its master. Evil is horrifying, horrible, hideous. Celebrating any part of it supports it’s force and what it represents. Evil is destruction and violence, in direct opposition against the goodness of God. Not one iota of evil is in any way good or worth celebrating. It should be opposed at every turn. It should mortifying us. Evil should turn our stomachs. I say this truth to prove a point only and not to give evil more attention than it deserves. Our focus, rather, should be on God and His goodness, love, hope, salvation through Jesus Christ. This should be celebrated and praised all the time now and forever!❤
In our band, we play oldies rock (and variety) tunes. One of the songs we do that has always given me grief on my organ lead was Runaway. It was our old drummer’s favorite song, so it sticks out in my head and I always got it right on the repeat but always screwed it up the first time. It plagued me. But something happened. I was led to study it. It sounds pompous, but I rarely study a song, just play it, make it happen. So this is not on any planet my norm. And for the first time ever, I easily and smoothly and perfectly performed the lead both times and can do so without complication or stress every time. I could play it now for you. Lol So, this was my gift. I don’t give myself glory for it was so out of character to think of figuring it out that I know it was a gift from God. A rock song? Yes. Because it was a stress for me and I asked for help and He helped. So it was more about God’s provision and answer to prayer and less about what He was helping with. God cares deeply about us, about me, about you. He loves specific humble prayers and requests. He loves surprising us with creative answers. And it was a moment of sunshine in an otherwise impossibly busy and stressful day. Well done, Lord God! I love you!❤❤❤
It has been impossible for me to stop talking about my Heavenly Father. I am sure you are tired of hearing it but my love for Him deepens every day, often every hour, and I long to share of His greatness. The perfection of God cannot be overstated, for it is the perfect blend of powerful love, beautiful glory, and sobering holiness. His creativity also embolden the breath of Him and nothing escapes His notice. He is everywhere and His grace and generosity accompany Him wherever He goes. Nothing is better than time alone with the Lord. Nothing fulfills like it or is sweeter.❤❤❤
So, as I am allowing someone else who wanted to play the piano in the church band, I was freed up with time. And never fitting in at all sitting in a congregation, I asked where there was a need. And I am in children’s ministry. So now I am a 2nd and 3rd grade Sunday School teacher and am starting up a children’s choir. This morning we sang one praise song just to get our feet wet in front of the congregation. It was fantastic. The kids did great and the people encouraged them a lot afterward. That is the best thing you can do for your children… lovingly encourage them doing well and I might add what most adults are afraid to do. So that was beautiful. And Wednesday we start choir practice for the Christmas musical. I am super excited. Kids are amazing, even now in the midst of difficulties we never had. It is such an honor to work with them and help lead and encourage them and get really good truth lyrics locked in their heads to help with bad times. How many times God reminded me of truth from a song from childhood. To allow another generation to have that same luxury and experience is fantastic. I am super excited God trusted me with that. He is so good! ❤
Isaiah 42:8. ‘”I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. 10. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them. 11. Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops. 12. Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim his praise in the islands. 13. The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies. 14. “For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant. 15. I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools. 16. I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.’
My own agenda is thrown out the window. I submit my will to God’s will and pray His plans for me are the ones I seek. I want to do God’s will and keep in humble prayer all day long and keep in reading God’s Word. He is the only hope we have, the solution to every problem, the Truth and love and everything good, the perfect One, the Physician of the sick and Deliverer of the oppressed. God made everything we know of. That means the most majestic mountain peak, He is more majestic. The most beautiful rainbow or sunset, God is more beautiful. The most tender and precopus baby, God is more precious. The deepest depths and highest heights we know if, He is deeper and higher still. Praise God!❤❤❤
The scene is set. The curtain up.
Your happy eyes now looking up.
You have no cares, your life is pat
There is no problem. You hang your hat.
The curtain down, the play is done.
And now the crying has begun.
No one understands, you think
And into darkness now you sink.
But, dearest heart, before you die
Open your heart for one last try
And cry out for the God loving you
The One who made you before the blue.
Pray, dear heart, you’ve naught to lose.
In doing so, you just may lose
The hopelessness and darkness too
For light is what He is for you.
There is another better way
And you will make it through this day.
And then the next and light invades
And soon your heart restored will praise!❤