Prophetic Word

On Sunday the speaker at church had a word for me, so I figured I would just quick talk about it so that a) It’s semi-public so that means that I will actually stick with it and stay motivated in it; and b) So I can clearly remember how it went.

 

Basically what he said was:

There is an anointing on my life for the music ministry, and I have a calling on my life to minister to people through my guitar. I am to start writing music as well, and even though it will be different and not necessarily what people are used to, it will be powerful for my ministry. I need to be certain that I use this anointing to bring God glory, because either way my music will make a big impact, and I need to be sure that it is going to make the right impact and that it is for God’s glory, not my own personal satisfaction.

For the song-writing part, I was advised to just start in the Psalms and sing and play Bible verses, and spend lots of time with God that way. Then begin to write my own lyrics and songs.

 

Thats the just of it, and I’ll elaborate later, just wanted to get that out there!

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Starting Small, and Habits

Just a recap of what we have been talking about in the Proving Ground. I figured if I re-wrote a bunch of stuff out that I would remember it more 🙂

– We can choose what we think about,, and we need to decide to think about worthy thoughts

-Choosing higher thoughts is the very first step to healthy habits

-Our feelings come from our thoughts. We can change thoughts and therefore change feelings.

Steps to changing

1) Arrest the old thought as soon as it comes to mind; identify it immediately

2) Begin to replace the old pattern with new thoughts

3) Direct the new thoughts until they become a pattern

We do not need to stay in bondage of a thought pattern of the past

My behaviour is my responsibility

-it gets easier to make a change once you realize that your bad behaviour is only your own responsibility

Our mind, will, and emotions need to be in check if we want to control our behaviour. If we check and guard ourselves then other people don’t have to stop and control us for us.

I cant choose to have the mind of Christ

In tough circumstances there is no room for excuses, you must always have good thoughts and behaviour

1 Chronicles 19:13 “be of good courage and behave ourselves”

 

One more thing:

Yes, God is omnipresent, but he is not everywhere. Don’t take God into places that He doesn’t want to go, because he simply won’t come along. Even a moment without God can have devastating results.

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Proverbs 12

-how shortsighted to refuse correction

-the speech of the upright saves

-better to be ordinary and work for a living than act important and starve in the process

-the one who stays on the job has food on the table

-the gossip of bad people gets them in trouble

-wise people take advice

-quietly shrug off insults

-truth lasts

I know that I have a hard time admitting when I’m wrong, especially if I think that I am right for the longest time, but I also know that it is wise to accept correcting (duh!), and it’s something that I need to pray about to improve on. I ask God that I can use my words to be uplifting and encouraging, never hurtful or foolish. Thinking before I talk and taking into consideration other people’s opinions and feelings is extremely important, especially when trying to shine God’s light into the world, and I pray that my words only bring God glory, and never disappoint Him.

I love that this chapter of Proverbs has a lot to say about working and having a job, because that is something that I and people close to me have been doing a lot of lately. It’s really nice and reassuring that God is pleased with people who aren’t afraid or ashamed to put in a lot of work in order to maintain a living and a lifestyle. I really like my job, and I thank God for that, because (especially in my situation) it could be really easy for me to get frustrated and discouraged in my work, but I know that God is with me and my family and that this is all going to work out, so I may as well enjoy it :). I just need to improve the days that I don’t work, because right now those days aren’t exactly productive…

I have a great set of friends that offer great advice, and I have a really close relationship with my parents and other adults around me who I can always go to advice for, and I thank God for those relationships. Shrugging off insults is sometimes hard for me to do (I’m assuming it isn’t exactly easy for everyone…) but I know that whenever insults come my way, they really aren’t worth listening to, and the people saying them probably should’t be associated with.

TRUTH LASTS.

My parents always told me that if you always tell the truth you never remember what you said in the first place. That has saved me from so many sticky situations it’s insane. I think this also applies to gossiping and talking behind people’s backs and such. I am so thankful to be grounded in the Lord and to have a family that brought me up with great values. Watching what I say and who I say it to and making sure that it is always truthful is so much easier than being all sneaky. Proverbs really knows what’s up.

That’s all I have to say about that.

Good thing God is still awake at 2 am 🙂

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Praise & Worship

1 Chronicles 23: 23-36

“Sing to God, everyone and everything! Get out his salvation news every day! Publish his glory among the godless nations, his wonders to all races and religions. And why? Because God is great- well worth praising! No god or goddess comes close in honour. All the popular gods are stuff and nonsense, but God made the cosmos! Splendour and majesty flow out of him, strength and joy fill his place. Shout Bravo! to God, families of the peoples, in awe of the Glory, in awe of the Strength: Bravo! Shout Bravo! to his famous Name, lift high an offering and enter his presence! Stand resplendent in his robes of holiness! God is serious business, take him seriously; he’s put the earth in place and it’s not moving. So let Heaven rejoice, let Earth be jubilant,

and pass the word among the nations, “God reigns!” Let Ocean, all teeming with life, bellow, let Field and all its creatures shake the rafters; Then the trees in the forest will add their applause to all who are pleased and present before God
—he’s on his way to set things right! Give thanks to God—he is good and his love never quits. Say, “Save us, Savior God, round us up and get us out of these godless places, So we can give thanks to your holy Name, and bask in your life of praise.” Blessed be God, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.  Then everybody said, “Yes! Amen!” and “Praise God!”

One of my favourite parts of my week has always been praise and worship at church. I think it’s such a refresher, and a really good way for me to start my week. Recently I’ve felt that I’ve been needing a refreshing of some sort, like I feel that I really just need to go to YC or something and have corporate worship with awesome bands and about 16,000 other people. But I found this passage really encouraging…

The first part of these verses talks about just praising God and makes it pretty clear that it needs to be made not necessarily public, but definitely noticeable that you are living and praising the Lord. “Publish his glory among the godless nations, his wonders to all races and religions.” I found this part really interesting and encouraging, because I have a lot of friends who have a different set of beliefs than I do…This verse makes it seem like my focus should not be to present my beliefs to my friends, but simply to make noticeable God’s glory. Whether this is just through simple “thank you’s” to the Lord throughout the day, or marvelling  at His awesome creations, I am going to make a conscious effort to recognize God more in simple little everyday things, because not only will that help to keep my focus on God, but it will be a really good witness to others and a simple but effective refresher for myself and those around me. It’s pretty obvious that God is the only one worth praising, but that pretty much goes without saying. Constant praise and continual thankfulness is something that I am beginning to strive for. (Side note, maybe another blog actually, but NOT taking advantage of God’s grace is another topic I might touch base on…I just thought of it again for some reason…)

About taking God seriously…for me, praise and worship is the furthest thing from a joke. This is the time that I connect deepest with God, and I try not to waste one second of it. God is so steadfast and concrete, and I love that about Him. No matter how much drifting I might do and no matter how many times I try to do things my way, God is always there, where He always was and always will be. In this crazy world it’s really nice to know that there is someone that I can always depend on, that’s going to have my back no matter what, and especially is always going to listen to me, no matter how much venting I have to do. I try to be as thankful as I possibly can, but I have to admit sometimes I take advantage of what I have been given and I don’t give God the credit I should. Bottom line is that I’m just so glad that God is who he is and that I am able to praise him whenever, wherever I want.

God’s just so great. That’s all I have to say about that.

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I’d Rather Be Boiling, thanks

Today I was reading Revelation 3:15-17, and I found some really interesting things:

I always knew that God despises a luke-warm Christian, but I think that these verses make it pretty clear:

“I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot – far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.”

I don’t think it really gets much more obvious than that. This passage is really motivation for me to take a good look at my life and make sure that my actions are fitting in with my decision to follow Christ and to bring Him glory. It goes without saying that God knows my every thought, action, wish, dream, etc, and I can only pray that each of these please Him and make Him happy. I want to make sure that I am hot for God, not simply a Christian that goes through the motions but doesn’t live fully for her King.

This was really short and not much of a discussion, but more just a random thought and a little realizations I suppose.

=)

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Making it through the Storm

So tonight there was a wicked thunder storm, and it’s no secret that I’m terrified of storms. After I finished having my little dramatic freakout I sat down and started fishing around for Bible verses about peace, fear, and courage. I didn’t really need to look very hard…it’s pretty clear that God really has our backs when it comes to stuff were afraid of…not that that’s surprising anything, it’s just really reassuring. So here’s what I found (short, but oh so sweet):

Psalms 56:3-4

When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I’m proud to praise God: fearless now, I trust in God

John 14:27

My parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left – feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

Hebrews 13:5-6

“I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you”… God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?

I remember my dad and I used to recite some of these before I would go to bed at night, because I got nightmares pretty bad when I was younger. It’s amazing how it actually works.

I’m just so happy to know that I serve a God who is totally cool with me being afraid sometimes, He knows that sometimes I’m gonna get scared, but He’s all over that situation.  I just really thank the Lord that I am able to call on Him whenever I get scared, and it amazes me how quickly that calms me down.

This was really quick, and there wasn’t much discussion, but it’s pretty self explanatory…

= )

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July 19

Proverbs 19

Stand-out verses

1 “Better to be poor and honest than a rich person no one can trust”

8 “Grow a wise heart…keep a clear head”

11 “Smart people know how to hold their tongue…forgive and forget”

12 “mean-tempered leaders are like mad dogs; the good natured are like fresh morning dew”

14 “a congenial spouse comes straight from God”

18 “Discipline your children while you still have the chance; indulging them destroys them”

19 “Let angry people endure the backlash of their own anger; if you try to make it better, you’ll only make it worse”

20 “accept correction”

21 “God’s purpose prevails”

26 “Kids who lash out against their parents are an embarrassment and a disgrace”

Discussion:

I always seem to be tempted to highlight all of Proverbs when I am doing my readings, but I think this 19th chapter had some really good parts that I would like to focus on.

As I start to grow up more and I am more aware of my financial situation and my parents financial situation I am beginning to evaluate how important money actually is to me. Yes, I want to be financially secure, but I am starting to realize that happiness is much more important than money, and let’s be honest…I shouldn’t really expect everything to fall into place and be stress-free (financially speaking) right off the bat. I am going to focus more on being honest and honourable than being concerned with being wealthy and being shady because of the money aspect of my life.

Growing a wise heart and keeping a clear head is some advice I am really going to take to heart, especially starting University full time in September. I will need to rely completely on God in order to ensure that I become friends with people in the right crowd, and that I am able to stay academically on track. Living an honest and integral lifestyle is really important to me, and I will continue to ask God for guidance and wisdom and these areas.

Keeping certain things on the DL is sometimes a struggle, but going back to the honesty thing, that is clearly more of an attraction to people than materialistic qualities. Sometimes I think I am being challenged by God to see if I can be trusted with other people’s secrets in order to prove that I can be trusted with bigger things, not only from other people but from God too. Forgiving and forgetting has never really been a challenge for me, I don;’t get angry or hurt very easily, and grudges are not really something that I struggle with, but this is definitely a reminder to keep on with my strength in that area.

The passage talking about mean-tempered leaders really spoke to me because I need to learn how to apply this concept to my work place, as well as my church. I think I am a pretty chill-tempered youth leader, but at work I can sometimes get rather frustrated with certain employee situations and I need to work on solving them assertively rather than fuming in secret.

It seems like everyone in my church that I am friends with is getting married off, and the passage about how the perfect spouse comes from God himself is such a breath of fresh air; it takes some of the stress and pressure of dating and stuff like that because I can know for a fact that God has that whole situation under control. Going along with the spouse from God thing, children are obviously going to come after marriage. I was having a discussion the other day about how I am going to raise my children, and I am going to remember to rely on God to give me guidance as to raising my children, and how to discipline them. I am concerned that I am going to spoil my children too much with materialistic things and that it will transfer into their personalities. At least I can trust God to show me how to raise my children. Although that is a long ways down the road, I need to continue working on respecting my parents right now. Sometimes I have troubles accepting their rules, as I usually feel that I am mature and responsible enough to make some big decisions on my own. I really don’t want to be an embarrassment/disgrace to my parents,  so I am going to make a conscience effort to respect their opinions and rules.

I have a really hard time admitting that I am wrong, but it says in verse 20 that we should accept correction. This is pretty self-explanitory. I guess if someone is wiser than me and is willing to correct me on things that they see need improvement I should be thankful and work on changing my ways.

I pray tonight that God will show me wisdom when it comes to making certain big decisions, will help me to choose my words wisely and time them accordingly, and stay focused on the important things in my life this summer, instead of silly indulgences and pointless excursions.

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