postheadericon Be Bold

Be Bold
Be Bold (as an echo)
Be Strong
Be Strong (as an echo)
For the Lord thy God is with thee
Be not afraid
Be not dismayed
Walk in Faith and Victory
come on now
Walk in Faith and Victory
For the Lord, thy God is with thee...

There is not much better than sing-a-longs. It's just the way it is. I was so blessed to have a pretty epic one tonight. It started in the kitchen, and then moved to the campfire. There was one point, when I felt God's presence very powerfully. We happened to be singing "Be Bold." Here are the lyrics.

Be Bold
Be Strong
For the Lord thy God is with me

Be not afraid
Be not dismayed

Walk in Faith and Victory
Come on now
Walk in Faith and Victory
For the Lord, thy God is with me

First of all, the lyrics are pretty fabulous. It's definitely something I need to remember. God is always, always with us. We have nothing to fear. Through Him, we have should have the courage to walk in faith and victory because He overcame the whole world, and even death. Hello. If He is with us, then nothing can stop us!

Anyway, we were belting out the song at the top of our lungs, but we were off key and having a blast with it. It made me think that sometimes, maybe God likes our off-key singing better than "pretty church singing." I mean, we were so filled with the Spirit and praising God in a way that we didn't care what we sounded like. Sometimes, I think that's a very good thing :)

So I'm giving you permission... Sing off key. Because I think that is definitely being bold for Christ. Let your love for Him overtake you enough so you don't care what anyone around you thinks.

This is a verse that I read a few months ago and carried around on a piece of paper in my pocket. I kind of love it. Be bold for Christ. I know you can!

"For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed,
but that I will continue to be�bold�for Christ, as I have been in the past.
And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die."
- Philippians 1:20

Last Updated (Saturday, 19 June 2010 01:34)


postheadericon Hurry Up And Wait...

"Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord."
- Psalm 27:14

I think it's easy to forget that it takes both bravery and courage to just wait. It seems like waiting should be easier than taking action, but that's not always true. To be patient and wait for what God has promised does sometimes take courage. It does for me, at least. All to often, I find myself frustrated when God makes me wait. I get distracted by the things around me and what I think I want for my life. What I'm forgetting is that God has my life in His hands. My life isn't really mine to begin with; it's His. So take a breath...and wait.

"Patient endurance is what you need now,
so that you will continue to do God�s will.
Then you will receive all that he has promised."
- Hebrews 10:36

patient (adj) bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like

endurance (n) the ability or strength to continue or last

Until earlier this spring, I hadn't ever really used those two words together. But it has become something with a great deal of meaning. To have patient endurance, God is telling us we need the strength to continue on in delay, hardship, and pain with fortitude and calm. Hmm... That's a tough one. And on my own, I can't do it. But He is where that strength to keep going comes from. So ultimately, He is telling us that we need Him, and that when we use His strength to patiently endure, He will fulfill all His promises to us, and in us. Kinda cool.

My prayer for all of us today...
"May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding�and expression
of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ."
- 2 Thessalonians 3:5

Last Updated (Thursday, 17 June 2010 22:31)


postheadericon Redeemed

I often find myself praying for God to redeem a situation. I'm not even sure where I picked that up from, although I think it may have been a concert. Regardless, I really like it. Nothing is too big for God to redeem. No matter how bad, or hopeless a situation may seem, God can redeem it for His glory, for His will, for His plan.

After great tragedy and loss, it somehow brings comfort to know that God can and will redeem our loss. When nothing seems to be going right, there is hope that God will turn things around. And when sorrow creeps in and begins to take over our being, we can find joy knowing that God will use all things to bring Him glory.

In Isaiah, God tells us that in our suffering, He suffers, and that Jesus personally came and rescued us. He didn't send someone else to do it; He himself came for us. How cool is that?!

The next time you feel down, or have challenges coming at you from all directions, remember this: God can and will redeem whatever it is you are facing. And then, you just may be the instrument He uses to bring glory to Him. Which is pretty legit, if you ask me.

"In all their suffering he also suffered,
and he personally�rescued them.
In his love and mercy he redeemed them.
He lifted them up and carried them�through all the years."
- Isaiah 63:9

Last Updated (Thursday, 17 June 2010 11:28)