Let me share (side note-still thinking, do I make the coffee or not) what a beautiful day at church we had yesterday! We had a "Rally Day" which consisted of a beautiful breakfast (which my sweet hubby cooked over 8 pounds of meat for-nothing like some bacon and sausage---ohh, if only we had had some biscuits and gravy...oh how I love the South :)) The day was to kick off the Fall season for Sunday school-it was lovely!
So yes, as much as I enjoy meals, that's not what was amazing (though it was pretty high up there!) We were blessed to have worship led by John Waller and his wife, Josee (read here about them). I believe I've mentioned it here before but if there is something I miss about our last church it is the worship. I love music, I love how the Lord ministers to us, how it stirs my soul, how when our eyes close and our hearts hear His word, we praise Him, hands raised, spirits filled...oh, it can leave you speechless can't it!
We are blessed by our church here so please don't get me wrong, just a different type of church and more importantly an entirely different culture (South to New England...very different..and quiet :) )
This dear man and his wife sang blessings over the men and then over the women and then asked everyone to raise their hands to Heaven and follow him in song. All hands raised in the church! It was precious, precious, precious! We were then blessed by a message given by a missionary who, along with his wife translate the Bible into over 24 native languages! Can you imagine the gift this is?
The Spirit was moving...
The Lord reminded me, especially as of lately, that He is right here, big and mighty, I just need to pay attention. Though we don't have the large worship band here (we are truly blessed by the one we do have) I have seen more professional artists in our sweet little church then ever in my life. I am amazed by this, but our precious Father is not. He sends us "love notes" in all places, a sweet song, a call from a friend, a bird's song over an entry way, the vibrant color of Spring flowers or Autumn leaves, a hug from a little one, a surprise meal and even the quiet with a good cup of coffee.
Let us not miss Him. Our day should begin, end and be filled with Him and His Word-it truly is a gift from God--the creator of the Universe, the Creator of Life! This is humbling and full of His grace and mercy.
Praising Him :)
|life...a sweet gift to us (acorns growing at the park)|
1 Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
2 Sing the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious!
3 Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
that your enemies cringe before you.
4 All the earth bows down to you;
they sing praise to you,
they sing praise to your name."
5 Come and see what God has done,
how awesome his works in man's behalf!
6 He turned the sea into dry land,
they passed through the waters on foot—
come, let us rejoice in him.
7 He rules forever by his power,
his eyes watch the nations—
let not the rebellious rise up against him.
8 Praise our God, O peoples,
let the sound of his praise be heard;
9 he has preserved our lives
and kept our feet from slipping.
10 For you, O God, tested us;
you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison
and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let men ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance.
13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings
and fulfill my vows to you-
14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
when I was in trouble.
15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you
and an offering of rams;
I will offer bulls and goats.
16 Come and listen, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what he has done for me.
17 I cried out to him with my mouth;
his praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened
and heard my voice in prayer.
20 Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!