Worship Wednesdays

Jealous of the Angels

This week I’m thankful…

Thankful that I am mummy to two cuties who bring us so much joy – even if from time to time they give us sleepless nights and worries.

Thankful that I am blessed to be a wife and that I have my awesome hubby walking beside me, holding my hand on this crazy life journey.

Thankful to have both of my parents loving and supporting the four of us every day.

Thankful for loyal and kind friends who support me and encourage me every day.

Thankful to have a job that pays the bills and keeps a roof over our heads.

But mostly I’m thankful I woke up this morning!

I heard of the sad passing of a beautiful young mum at the weekend and while I didn’t know her personally it’s really shocked me and made me realise just how precious life is. So today I want to share this beautiful song that touched my heart with four powerful words…

“Only God knows why”

It’s the hardest thing for me to get my head around as I walk with Christ – angels being called too soon. This song paints a lovely picture of the angels singing and praising as they welcome another angel into heaven – what a scene that would be!

We may never understand why something happens or why we lose our loved ones when we do but if we live a life of faith and put our trust in our Constant Friend then we know that we will see them again at the throne.

 

Worship Wednesdays

Counting Every Blessing

I feel like the word ‘blessing” is following me around this week. Since church on Sunday, it’s popped up in conversations with colleagues in work, chats with family/friends and then Evie’s devotional tonight (from her new book she was given as a prize at our Tribe Kids Takeover – great choice Pastor L!) had the title “What a blessing” and shared this awesome verse… 

““But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”

Jeremiah 17:7 NLT

It goes on to explain in a lovely but simple way what it means to be blessed and as I was reading it I thought about this great wee tune from Rend Collective. When I’m having a rubbish day or I’m facing challenges that seem impossible I find it so hard to stay positive at times. But the lyrics of this track remind us to find strength and hope in our Constant Friend. Aren’t we are so blessed to have him by our sides through it all? 

You’re my strength, my hope for tomorrow

I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

 

Worship Wednesdays

You Say

At our Tuesday Connect group at church last night we talked about living life with a “can do” attitude. It’s hard sometimes to see how we can overcome and achieve our dreams when our own internal voice and others around us fill our heads with “I can’ts“ or “You can’ts.”

God believes in every single one of us just like he believed in Moses, Joshua, Ruth, David, Esther – the list could go on and on… They may have seemed ordinary and unimportant but God took them and made them great. He gave them all a “Can Do” attitude and encouraged them and inspired them to do great things for him no matter what they thought of themselves or what others thought of them.

You see, no one else’s opinion matters, including your own doubt and fears – when God says we can then we better prepare ourselves for what’s coming next when we simply believe…

““Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because GOD, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.””
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

 

 

Worship Wednesdays

Old Church Choir

Ally McBeal was of my favourite TV shows when I was a teenager. It was really quirky, absolutely hilarious and at times the storylines were heartbreaking – but the best bit was the fab music!  Last weekend I was talking to some friends about the importance of having a life verse or life verses to live by and to help us stay focused and encouraged. It reminded me of Ally McBeal because the main character and her chums all had life songs that they used to motivate them and help them through the challenges in life. At different stages of my life I can recall using that approach, inspired by the show, to help me through life by repeating a song over and over in my head. Sometimes the song would be a war cry to help me fight mental battles, other times a nice happy upbeat song to help me skip through life remembering how blessed I am and on occasions when I’m emotional it might be a song to help me have a good cry to clear my head and tear ducts!

I first heard today’s Worship Wednesday track a few weeks ago but when I heard it again at the weekend and I really listened to the lyrics I thought about what a wonderful life song this would make…

I got an Old Church Choir singing in my soul
I got a sweet salvation and it’s beautiful
I’ve got a heart overflowing ’cause I’ve been restored
There ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

If I sang this song to myself every morning and all day long and truly believed that line  – “ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy” – how different would life be?!

When the craziness of balancing everything as a full time working mummy and wife hits me and sends me into a diva strop, wouldn’t it be fab if I could imagine that gospel beat and fight the temptation to allow someone or something to steal my joy!? Easier said than done though – when we face challenges it’s so easy to fly off the handle and forget how we should show gratitude to our Constant Friend for all that he’s done for us!

So I’ve been listening to this tune on my morning drive to work this week to get it into my head in the hope that I can hold on to my joy from Sunday to Sunday!

 

 

 

Thoughts & Ponderings

Love Wins

I’ve always been a massive Carrie Underwood fan – I remember watching American Idol Season 4 with my Dad and being totally captivated by this beautiful bubbly country singer who wasn’t afraid of talking about her love for God.  In fact, I think it’s fair to say that her Some Hearts album played a pivotal role in the transformation of my heart that ultimately led me to the Lord.

A lot of her songs carry really powerful messages; Jesus Take the Wheel, Something in the Water, Temporary Home – the list goes on. But her latest single has blown me away and it is exactly what our broken, messed up world needs to hear…

I, I believe you and me are sisters and brothers
And I, I believe we’re made to be here for each other
And we’ll never fall if we walk hand in hand
Put a world that seems broken together again
Yeah I, I believe in the end love wins

Love is power, love is a smile
Love reaches out, love is the remedy
Love is the answer, love’s an open door
Love is the only thing worth fighting for

I only heard it for the first time yesterday but I couldn’t wait to share it and I hope it inspires or encourages someone who needs a reminder that Love Wins!

“Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense.

Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-5, 7‬ ‭TPT‬‬