Thursday, March 17, 2011

in which i just share some songs...

I've tried forever to figure out how to embed a playlist into a post...and can't. So...I'm giving in and just using two YouTube videos. Not what I wanted, but it shall do. (unless of course there's a genius out there that can tell me how to do a playlist in a post and then I can change it.)

So it's no secret that I LOVE...and easily identify with music. I'm the girl that announces that every other song that's playing is my favorite. Cause...it's pretty much true. And I'm kinda convinced that pretty much every song out there was written just for me. 

There's two songs in particular that truly does something for my Spirit and soul. When I'm feeling overwhelmed and unfunctional...when I'm in that place that I have so much I WANT to say to God...but just can't seem to find the words...I turn on these two songs and just put them on repeat. They can play for HOURS and occasionally...days. I don't know why these stick out to me more than others...but there's a definite soothness and healing it brings. And I just thought I'd share them with you today....

Both are from Vineyard and are sung by Kim McMechan.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

L-O-L-O-L-O-L-O-V-E

Don't just glance over these all to familiar words...stop...and pay attention...

Love is patient and love is kind. Love is not jealous or boastful. Love is not arrogant or rude. Love does not act unbecomingly. Love isn't selfish, demanding its own way. It is not irritable or quick tempered. Love keeps no record of being wronged. Love does not rejoice about injustice or unrighteousness but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up. Love never loses faith. Love is always hopeful, always supportive, and love endures through every circumstance.

I love 1 Corinthians 13. Love. I love the love chapter. It has gotten me through so many issues and seasons. I've read it countless times. I've looked up each word in the Greek to see what the deeper meaning was behind the words. I've prayed it over and over and over again.

When I was sorting through the differences between my earthly Father and my Abba, Father...I would read this chapter over and over replacing the word 'love' with 'My Father God'...and it brought great healing to my soul.

In the midst of a precious relationship falling apart in a harsh and painful way, God had me pray this everyday. It was my lifeline. It kept me from being bitter and resentful and refusing reconciliation.

Recently, I was reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan...and it reminded of another exercise I have occasionally done in the past (and had forgotten about it, honestly)...but this time...it struck me to a new depth.

Read the passage again....but replace 'love' with your name.
'Jennifer is patient....Jennifer is kind...."

For me, there is truth to those statements...but there isn't NEAR the standard that there needs to be. And my heart was deeply grieved by this.

How different would we be if 1 Corinthians 13 was slapped up everywhere...constantly in our face...and we truly embraced the standard for which it is calling for.

How would our attitudes as individuals and as a corporate body be different toward one another (Love isn't selfish, demanding its own way)...toward sinners (Love never loses faith, never gives up)...toward the hard to love (Love is not irritable)...toward homosexuals (Love is always supportive)...toward the ones that hurt us (Love keeps no record of being wronged)...toward the religious (Love is patient and love is kind)...toward our President (Love is not arrogant or rude. Love does not act unbecomingly)...towards ourselves. (Love is ___)

I challenge you to stop and examine yourself. Does your life line up with the standard God is calling for? Are you walking out love in the way it should be walked out??

"If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge? What if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing, unless I loved others. What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive? I would gain nothing, unless I loved others."