Praise You in This Storm

June 30, 2008 at 8:40 pm (Inspiration)

I have really been thinking lately about the song by Mercy Me called Praise You in This Storm.  Here are the lyrics:

 

I was sure by now, God, that You would have reached down and wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day.

But once I again, I say amen and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls I barely hear You whisper through the rain, “I’m with you”

And as Your mercy falls I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away.

 

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands

For You are who You are no matter where I am

And every tear I’ve cried You hold in your hand

You never left my side and though my heart is torn

I will praise You in this storm.

 

I remember when I stumbled in the wind You heard my cry to You and raised me up again.

My strength is almost gone how can I carry on if I can’t find You.

As the thunder rolls I barely hear You whisper through the rain, “I’m with you”

And as Your mercy falls I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away.

 

I life my eyes onto the hills.  Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,  the maker of Heaven and Earth.

I life my eyes onto the hills.  Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,  the maker of Heaven and Earth.

 

I LOVE this song!  What a way to live- to praise Him even when it seems so unbearable, like nothing’s going right, like you want to give up.  This song has become my prayer- that I am able to praise Him in the storm.

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Experiences- Part 2

June 16, 2008 at 7:44 pm (Inspiration)

The second use for our experiences are to use them to motivate others.  1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Encourage one another.”  Our experiences give hope that we have gotten through problems.  Rick Warren gives a good example of this:  “When you go on a roller coaster that you’ve never been on, it’s comforting when the guy in front you you in line says, “This is a great ride.  I’ve been on it five times.”.  You realize that you’re going to live.  If the guy in front of you lived, you’ll probably live too.  That’s encouraging!” 

 

The third use for our experiences is to use them to model for others.  Phillipians 3:17 says, ”  Dear brothers, pattern your lives after mine and learn from those who follow our example.”  We are natural imitators.  The first several years of our life are spent imitating others…learning lessons based on others’ actions. 

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Experiences

June 10, 2008 at 8:05 pm (Inspiration)

A friend of mine recently gave me the Purpose Driven Life on CD so I’ve started listening to those on the way to work in the mornings. I read the book several years ago but thought this would be good. Granted, I’m only on day 2 but the one this morning was so good! It was talking about how God has each day of your life planned out and it got me to thinking…if God has each day of our life planned out, is it planned to mess up or does He plan on us following His will perfectly. Did He have it planned out that I would stray from Him and make some very poor decisions or did He have it planned out otherwise and have to redo his plan when I did stray?

 

Then I began to think how God allows us to go through certain things.  I got online when I got to work and found a really good article about using your experiences.  It says there are 3 ways to use your experiences.  The first one really got to me and it had an incredible verse listed.  The first one is to use it to minister to others.  The verse used says, “We are in deep trouble for bringing God’s comfort and salvation.  But in our trouble God has comforted us- and this, too, to help you:  to show you from our personal experience how God will tenderly comfort you when you undergo these same sufferings.  He will give you the strength to endure.”  2 Corinthians 1:6-7  Put that way, it makes everything I’ve gone through worth it- the straying from God, the sin I’ve committed, the divorce- all worth it if I can help others cope through similar situations. 

 

Man- good stuff!!  The other 2 uses are good too- maybe I’ll share those throughout the week.

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Bathroom Pet Peeves

June 5, 2008 at 8:13 pm (Everyday)

I have these bathroom pet peeves and they drive me INSANE! 

1.  People who talk on the phone in the bathroom-  I do not want other people hearing me use the bathroom. 

2.  When there are 10 stalls open and someone goes in the stall right next to you- leave a little space.

3.  When people dribble on the toilet seat and leave it- if you don’t want to wipe it up, I for SURE don’t want to wipe it up!

4.  When people leave the tissue seat covers on the toilet- again, if you don’t want to touch it, I don’t either.

 

Most of these things happens at work and it drives me crazy!  Anyone else agree?

 

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Having Good Friends

June 2, 2008 at 8:29 pm (Inspiration)

This weekend was another great weekend!  Friday night I had some friends over for pizza and a movie.  We watched Elf…the funniest movie EVER.  I know, it’s June…  Saturday I did a walk for the cure for diabetes then went to on another micromission with my church.  We went to Oak Grove Apartments.  The team I was on did landscaping.  It was hard work but it was so much fun.  I got to meet a gentleman who lives there named Marvin.  He just couldn’t believe that we would give up our own time to come out and help them out.  I love getting to know other people from church that I normally wouldn’t have the chance to talk to.  It’s amazing how much we get done in what seems like a very short time. 

 

One of my newest friends, David asked a couple of us to go to a cookout at his family’s place.  So we went out there.  David was introducing us to his family and I hear a screaming, “Oh my gosh, April!”  It was one of my Switch girls.  I was like what the heck are you doing here.  She said I live here.  David’s her uncle.  What a stinkin’ small world!  I was so excited to see her!  They live on quite a bit of land so we hung out outside.  It was a blast!!  I love hanging around family and getting to know other people’s families.  We played a little bit of horseshoes (I learned I am no good!) and we played a game called corn hole (awesome game!).  When the sun went down they had a little bonfire and had smores…YUMMY!  It was just so beautiful and peaceful out there.  Being outside like is such a worship experience for me.  

 

Sunday was church.  Right after the 11:30 service got over we lost power at the church.  We ended up having service out in the lobby and the praise and worship team got on some cabinets and did some acoustic worship.  It was absolutely breath taking.  Our campus pastor, Trevor, got up and spoke after that in a megaphone.  It was just so amazing!  We had lifestock last night.  A group of us went down to Frontier City for that.  We rode some rides and had some praise and worship in the evening.

 

All of that to say, I have made some really good friends in the last week.  They, along with the micromission to Jacob’s Ladder, have lit this fire for Christ in me.  They give me this yearning to be in the Word everyday and to be in prayer.  They are an amazing group of friends! 

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