I believe what You say of me, Lord!! In You I find my worth and identity!! I believe!!!
“Lord, make me a house of prayer! May the fire on my altar never burn up!” This is the cry of my heart!!
I am sitting here the day after my birthday feeling a renewed sense of purpose. I desire to be all that God wants me to be! I don’t want to hold myself back with my own limited expectations. I want to live out GOD’S expectations of me.
LORD, I place myself in Your hands! Empower and Anoint me for the days ahead to be Your vessel of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…”.
May You be honored in everything I say and do. Forgive me, Father, where I have fallen short! Manifest Your purposes in and through me, O LORD!!
I’m willing…I’m ready! I stand with an open heart, an open spirit, an open mind, and arms opened wide! Fill all of me with YOU, LORD!
I worship and adore You!!
Who am I , LORD,
that You would show me favor?
Who am I, LORD,
that You would speak to me
and let me know Your love?
I am so humbled, LORD,
that You would turn Your Face toward me
and rest Your eyes upon me.
Who am I, LORD,
but one who adores and worships You!
I cannot express how honored I am
that You have chosen to have a relationship with me.
I cannot express how much I love You…
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
Sometimes we get so busy doing things for the Lord that we forget to take time and just “sit” in His Presence.
When we still our bodies, our minds, and our spirits and focus only on Him…we begin to feel that sweet Presence that draws around us like a cloak of Love.
In our stillness, we can feel God moving in us and around us. We can tune out all of the “noise” of the world and hear that soft whisper flowing in our minds. Peace that passes all understanding begins to settle upon us. Strength that seemed to be gone begins to rise up in us. The guidance that we have been searching for begins to unfold.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh…can you sense His Presence, Beloved of God? He is drawing us closer and closer to His Heart.
He wants to be as close to us as the next breath. He IS our breath! Breathe Him in all who are weary…breathe Him in all who are ill…breathe Him in all who feel lost.
He is so ready and willing to BE all that He has promised us He would be in our lives. He is so ready and willing to DO all that He has said He would do in our lives.
May we BE STILL and draw near to Him. He has promised that He will then draw near to us.
The time is now!! He WILL be exalted among the nations and He WILL be exalted in the earth!
May we choose this day to exalt Him within our “temples”…our body, soul, and spirits.
Be still and KNOW that HE IS GOD!!!!!!!!!!
“Enthusiasm is contagious – and so is the lack of it.” (John Wesley)
The definition of enthusiasm is “a feeling of excitement.”
I don’t go to sports events (although I did when my children were young). And when parents are cheering for their children, there is much enthusiasm to be seen and heard.
We witness the same thing at adult football games, baseball games, basketball games, and other competitive events.
Sports and entertainment elicits much enthusiasm! Laughing/crying, shouting, clapping, and jumping up and down is not uncommon.
There are many things in life to get excited about – to show much enthusiasm over – births, weddings, graduations, and other milestones.
It is hard to show enthusiasm without an outward expression of excitement! Stillness and silence simply do not go along with enthusiasm.
I am talking about all of this to lead up to our behavior in church. There absolutely are times to be quiet and worshipful. But, there are also times to show enthusiasm!!
Why is it so easy to show enthusiasm at sporting events but not show enthusiasm in church? There are times during praise and worship when I want to SHOUT! What God has done for us; is doing for us; and will do for us is as exciting as someone catching a football!!!! I would say more so!
There are times during the Pastor’s message when I must shout out an “AMEN!” I get EXCITED over God’s promises and faithfulness!
During a lively praise song, I have been known to jump up and down and yes – even dance a little. 😃 (even though I am 66 years old!). There is no age limit on getting excited over the LORD!!
I want to show ENTHUSIASM for my God and for all He is!! I would rather be found guilty of too much enthusiasm than not enough. How about you?
If enthusiasm is contagious, I want to be a carrier and make everybody catch it!