With everything

April 17, 2010 Leave a comment

This has become one of my favorite songs.  I encourage you to get alone sometime today, and really think and pray these words to Christ.  “With everything, with everything, we will shout forth your glory.” 

My prayer is that my life from the inside out, from head to toe, loves God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.  Truly with everything.  From the places I go, to the people I talk with, to the words that come out of my  mouth, to the thoughts that go through my mind, through the things I view, through the way I use my hands, my time, my resources.  EVERYTHING.  No matter what time of the day, no matter if everything is going right or everything is going wrong, my life reflects my Jesus.  

Close your eyes, Raise your hands, open your heart, Sing to the top of your lungs, Sit quietly, whatever it takes, Let God know that you want your life to count, from the inside out,  With everything. 

With everything, With everything, I (Sam) will shout forth your praise.  Let hope rise, and darkness tremble in Your Holy Light, that EVERY eye will see, JESUS OUR GOD! 

That gives me chills. 

Here are the lyrics:

Open our eyes
To see the things that make Your heart cry
To be the church that You would desire
Your light to be seen

Verse 2:
Break down our pride
And all the walls we’ve built up inside
Our earthly crowns and all our desires
We lay at Your feet

Pre-Chorus:
Let hope rise
And darkness tremble
In Your holy light
That every eye will see
Jesus our God
Great and mighty to be praised

Verse 3:
God of all days
Glorious in all of Your ways
Oh the majesty the wonder and grace
In the light of Your Name

Chorus:
With everything
With everything
We will shout for Your glory
With everything
With everything
We will shout forth Your praise

Chorus 2:
Our hearts they cry
Be glorified
Be lifted high above all names
For You our King
With everything
We will shout forth Your praise

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Unexplainable

April 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Have you ever had anything happen or not happen in your life that was Unexplainable?  Something that you didn’t understand, something that you didn’t plan, didn’t get, something that was clearly unexplainable.  Words could not bring to reality what had happened or what you were experiencing

What if we lived a life that was Unexplainable apart from God?

I have been reading this book called, Unexplainable and I’m going to write about it over the next week as I read it, mediate on it, and allow God to re-form and re-shape my life to a life that is lived Unexplainble apart from God.  A life that the only answer I can give people is, ‘It was God.” 

Did you know that it was 24 years before the promise that God made to Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child and the payoff, them having the child?  24 years?!  Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90.  A little old to be having children huh?  Why did God wait 24 years from the promise to the payoff of there son Isaac?   I struggle with patience sometimes, so I can’t imagine receiving a clear vision from God and waiting 24 years before it happens.   Wow.    “I believe that God had them wait because He wanted to do that which could be explained only by HIS involvement- that which is unexplainable apart from Him.”  There was no other way it could be explained! 

He wants to do the inconceivable, the uncommon, the unexpected, the remarkable, the incomprehensible, so that He-God- is the ONLY explanation for what occurs in our lives.  In this way, our lives point to Him.

God wants to take your life beyond you.  Beyond the common.  ‘Common people become everything but common when God gets involved.’  Is there anything in your life right now that is Unexplainable?  Are you praying with such faith that the only way it will come to reality is if God steps in and takes complete control.  The amzing thing is that our Father wants to step in our lives.  He wants to do the unexplainable apart from Him.   Let Him.

I am allowing God to re-shape my life, actions, prayer life to a life that is unexplainable apart from Him.  I’m praying specifically about a few things and to be honest, the only way they will happen is if God steps in and takes over.   Let’s live our lives with the expectancy that God wants to use us beyond what we dream, imagine…a life that is unexplainble apart from Him.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither my ways your ways, declares the Lord, For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaish 55:8-9

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Overcoming Spiritual Strongholds

March 24, 2010 1 comment

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Spring weather.  I could get used to this!   I was reading this afternoon an article on Overcoming Spiritual Strongholds in our life and thought I would share it with you.  The last few weeks, God has brought to my attention some spiritual strongholds that are in my life.  This article gives a description of what a Spiritual stronghold is and then how to overcome it.  How to overcome fear, worry, anxiety, and any other stronghold that we may have.  Here are a few quotes from the article: 

“A spiritual stronghold is a mind-set impregnated with hopelessness that causes us to accept as unchangeable, situations that we know are contrary to the will of God.”  

“Strongholds weaken our lives and make our prayers ineffective by causing us to become double-minded.  We try to balance our own agenda with God’s rather than dying to ourselves with a whole-hearted commitment to follow Him.  In doing so, we build our lives on a shaky foundation and find ourselves praying prayers that waver through indecisiveness and unbelief.”

“We overcome strongholds in our lives by allowing God’s Word to be final authority in our lives.”

Click  HERE  to read the article.  It’s a little long but great stuff.  

If you have other thoughts, I would love to hear them.  Thanks!

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Above all…Seek Christ!!

March 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Hope you all are having a great Friday.  Spring has arrived and it is beautiful today in Columbia, SC!  I could get used to this weather.  I wanted to take a few minutes today to share some of my heart with you.  When I hurt my knee a few weeks ago, I knew I would be out of work for awhile, so I wanted to spend a lot of time praying, reading, talking with others about what God was doing in my life and hearing what God was doing in others.   I truly want God to get the most glory through my life….I really do.   So if that requires me to go through pain, then glory to God.  If that means I  give up everything, then glory to God!!  I read this verse that really has challenged me…

And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.  For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father KNOWS that you need them.  Instead…Seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.  Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  Luke 12:29-31

God knows my needs.  Why?  Because He loves me so much.  How encouraging!!  The more I study about who God is, the more I see His love for His children and His love for me.  I didn’t ask for it, He freely gave it to me.  I don’t have to pay for His love, He just loves me, no matter what and His desire is that I seek Him.  If I am seeking Him, I will be in His will.  I don’t always have to understand His will!  I heard a Pastor say a few weeks ago, “If you can explain what God is doing, God may not be in it.”   Our God is indescribable!!!  Uncontainable!!  What God tells us sometimes doesn’t make sense.  If we are at a place to where the only way it will work out is if God comes through, then you are in a great place!!!   God says in the verse above, “Fear not, God wants to give us His kindgom.”  We serve a mysterious God, He has called us to Above all, SEEK HIM!!  I know that sounds so basic and simple, but it is so true.  If I truly am seeking Him above everything, everything else seems so insignificant.   

Above ALL, Seek Christ.  God loves us so much.  Cling to that love….never let go, because He has never let go.

Have a great Friday!!

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Last three weeks = Really refreshing for me! Check it out!

March 18, 2010 Leave a comment

 

So I took a break from blogging for a few weeks for a few reasons, but I am back now!   God has given me a fresh word, a renewed vision, and a stronger desire to see Him move not only in my life, in the city of Columbia, but through everyone God has graciously placed a long my path.  I want to see people take steps forward, for the sake and name of Christ.  

For those that don’t know, I hurt my knee almost 3 weeks ago and have been out of work.  It is so beautiful to look back and see God’s hand all over me getting hurt. I praise Him for it.  God knew that what would happen the next three weeks would be life changing for me and a breath of fresh air.   Over the next couple of days, I’m going to unpack some of the things God has continued to challenge me with the last few weeks.  I’m going to unpack them in a few categories.  My personal walk.   Touch Columbia (something I have been praying about for several months that I want to begin with my employees at Olive Garden, will share more later!)  And lastly, where God is leading me.  I look forward to sharing with you what God has shared with me over the last three weeks.  Cannot wait to see what God does!!!!  

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and NOT harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Hold on to the promises of God!!!!

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What God is doing in me.

March 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Wow, where do I begin?   Can you believe it is already March!?! When 2010 began I was praying that God would stretch..challenge..and develop me in three different areas:  To have Steadfast Faith, to show Selfless Generosity, and to demonstrate Sacrificial Love. I prayed that God would give me opportunities to give to others as He guided me and it would come from a selfless heart.  I prayed God would give me opportunities to show His love to others, expecting and wanting nothing in return, and I prayed that whatever would come my way or God would place in front of me, that it would not shake my faith, trust and dependance in Him.  Well God has put me to the test and I’m so thankful for it!!  

I have never been more stretched in my life than I am now.  Last Saturday night I prayed a simple prayer and wrote this in my journal….

Lord, do whatever it takes for You to get glory.”  

I’ll be honest, I hesitated to pray that because everytime I had prayed that prayer, something happened that usually brought me pain.  But I truly want God to get glory through my life, no matter what.   I am realizing more that what often brings us pain, brings God the most glory because it is in those times that we learn to fully trust Him.  Well, I prayed that right before I left to go to work.  That night, right before we closed, I fell and messed my knee up, putting me out of work for at least a week, if not longer.  I obviously don’t like having a hurt knee that is swollen like a softball!! lol  BUT I am thankful for it and I know that even through this, God will get glory.  My flesh wants to respond, well how are you going to pay your bills being out of work for so long? You were moving this week, what are you going to do now?  God is good.  God is faithful and God loves His children.  When you pray God, do whatever it takes to get glory, God will do whatever it takes.  I want you to get glory Father!  

It is easy to say you trust God.  But do we really?  Do I really?!  Is my faith steadfast?  Is it immovable, unshakeable, unbendable?  No matter what.  Is it determined by circumstances or things that happen to me?  “On Christ the SOLID rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”  Christ is my rock.  Christ is my fortress.  Christ will hold me up when I don’t have the strength to.  Christ will help me take another step when I don’t think I can.  

Keep praying for me please.  God continues to stretch me and I still have no clue what He is doing but there is great comfort and encouragement in His arms. 

Jesus wants to get glory, no matter what! : )  This is a little bit of what God is doing in me.

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I’m so unworthy, but STILL you love me. Great song!

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

For some reason, this song came to my head yesterday.   In fact, I was singing it all last night at Olive Garden.  I try to pick at least one song and one verse that I keep in my mind each night at work.  It helps me when I’m about to go crazy…: )  I will probably sing this one again tonight….haha  

Here is the chorus of this song…“You are holy, great and mighty, the moon and the stars declare who you are.”  If we just take time to stop, sit back, look around and see this beautiful creation, we see God’s hand, we see more of who God is.  “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”  Psalm 19:1  Take time to just stop and look around outside today.  The trees….the sky…the sun…the moon…God is good and God is big.  He created this world and He created each of us for one purpose, to bring Him glory.  

“I’m so unworthy, but still you love me.”  How great is the Father’s love for us.  His love is steadfast, unmoveable, and unshakeable.  No matter what we do or don’t do, it will never take away His love for each of us!!

I’m so unworthy, but STILL you love me!!  

Have a great Saturday!

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