God, I say yes.

I got my instructions.  They were clear.

I am not going to keep on asking for confirmation

I got enough

Cause see

That asking for confirmation thing

Well that was me trying to delay what I know you told me to do

That was me allowing my fears to be bigger than my faith.

But today I am looking fear square in the eye

And telling it

NO. It’s more like COMMANDING it

To GO

To loose it’s hold.

Because God has big things He wants to do in and through me

I believe it

I receive it

I declare it

So then I go to PRAISING like I have lost my mind

But really I have

I am letting go of thinking too much

Thinking my way out of what you have promised

Thinking I am less than, forgetting that I was called before I was born

Thinking about what others think of me; paralyzing me

Thinking it’s not perfect enough so why even try

In my crazy loud I don’t even know what to do with myself PRAISE

I magnify you

I declare your goodness

I rehearse what you have done for me

In my praise I laugh

Laugh because you have given me beauty for ashes

Laugh because you have redeemed my life from destruction

Laugh because you chose me

YOU
CHOSE
ME

I laugh at the enemy

Because He tried, REALLY HARD

BUT

HE

DID

NOT

WIN

So yeah

You gave me instructions

They were clear

And I say yes

Yes I believe it

Yes I will do it

 

 

 

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Adoration leads to loud praise

Oh come all Ye faithful.  Have you been found faithful?  Come let us adore him..for He alone is worthy, Christ The Lord.

My adoration for Him manifest in praise.  LOUD. PRAISE.

It is not a cultural thing. It’s a I have been redeemed  and forgiven of my sins fact.

He left the splendor of heaven to be born in a stinky stable. He came on a mission to save me.  That same baby grew to be the man Jesus…from Bethlehem to the cross.  That was a LOUD statement of adoration, I am honored.

He didn’t die a quiet death.  He was openly humiliated for sins he knew I would commit.  The insults they spoke. The false accusations.  The nails they pierced through his hands.  The crown of thorns placed on his head.  The blood that He shed. They were all LOUD.  Very LOUD!

The moment the earth quaked and the veil of the temple was torn in half, giving me free access to come  boldly before the throne of grace . Now His grace flows through every aspect of my life in a very LOUD way.

He didn’t silently heal my babies. Yes, I am talking about that again because you weren’t there when this mother cried very LOUD tears begging Jesus for a miracle.  LOUDLY petitioning him to reverse the prognosis.   And he did.    Perfectly and LOUDLY.

When I silently reflect on all he has done for me, the quiet reflections manifest in LOUD praise.  It’s not that I can’t contain myself, it’s that I choose not. After all, he chose not to withhold his blessings from me.

Please don’t get annoyed when I praise.  It was not meant for you, only for an audience of one…the one I adore.

 

 

Pay Attention…God is Answering!

My church  is doing a 40 day prayer challenge and I have been keeping a prayer journal. In it, I record prayer requests, answers to prayers, and any insights the Lord gives me during my prayer and bible study time. When writing in my journal, I don’t focus on proper grammar and format. As I put ink to paper my unedited thoughts flow. I am writing for an audience of two, me and God. This approach allows me to write without any inhibitions…very liberating experience. Its amazing because as I write, thoughts and feelings come to the surface that I didn’t realize was there. There is something about being deliberate with recording prayer request and the answers that come. It makes me more aware of how God is responding. So often I pray, God answers, and for various reasons, I miss it. Sometimes it’s because I was not praying in faith and I didn’t expect God to move. Or I pray and God answers but not in the way I wanted and expected him to. My prayer journal helps me to be more sensitive, more alert to the ways God is moving. Everyday I have something praiseworthy to record. EVERYDAY! It’s amazing. And as I go back and read the answers to prayers, it builds my faith and encourages me to keep on praying. He is listening. To me. I have an audience with the creator of heaven and earth. Now, how awesome is that?!