Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1

Archive for October, 2006

A Scheduled Life!

As teens and twenty somethings we live for a life without a schedule.  If only we could do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted to do it, life would be so much better….

It’s amazing how life’s view changes as we get older…get married…have kids…move up in our career…

Sitting here a 29 year old wife and mother of two I realize how much I need a schedule in my life.  How much happier and smoother my life seems to go when I have a schedule. 

Our pastor preached recently on how different life can be when we have a schedule.  He talked about the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur and how it is a day of atonement.  As Americans we look to the future and say “these are the things I’m going to start in my life”.  We never want to look at the past and see what we did wrong that needs to be fixed or changed.  The Jewish holiday is all about that.

As I look at the past year I see how crazy things have gotten in our life.  We felt the leading of God to move from the metro area where we had both been all our lives to a small town an hour and a half away.  I got pregnant shortly after and we realized that we needed me to go to work part time to help with our finances.  Also shortly after moving here we began a new church with some friends of ours and when I say began a new church I mean starting a church from the ground up, with Brad and I as the children’s pastors.

Wow can life take a crazy turn in a short time.  As I look back at this year I realize how hectic it has been and how much I need a schedule in my life.  To start I need God time!  Before we moved I had set aside time everyday to spend with God…just me and Him.  Well that has taken a back seat lately and needs to be brought back to the head of the list.

My prayer today is that you and I both see the needs we have in our life and begin to put a schedule into place and make sure that God time is at the top of that list.

Mel

Answers through worship!

Ok, this will be my last post about the accident….unless God gives me more insight through remembering it.

This morning marked one week since my car accident. As I waited for a friend to come pick up Naomi and I for church I was listening to my new Chris Tomlin CD See the Morning. Being goofy I was dancing around the room, holding Naomi…then I started listening to the words he was signing.

“You and I are made to worship
You and I are called to love
You and I are forgiven and free
You and I embrace surrender
You and I choose to believe
You and I will see who we were meant to be”

As I danced with Naomi and listened to the words I began to cry. How awesome is our God. He was using worship to completely release me from all the worries I have had regarding the accident. He may not have caused the accident but He allowed it to happen, knowing I could handle what was happening, knowing I would come out the other side closer to Him, knowing I would realize that He made me! He didn’t make me to worry, to stress, to live in depression. He made me to worship Him and that just happens to be my favorite thing to do. I absolutely love putting on a worship CD (preferably Chris Tomlin) and signing to Him. My favorite part of Sunday morning services has always been worship. Coming together with other Christians and singing praise to our God!!

Sharing that moment with my daughter this morning, though she’ll never remember it, will be something I’ll never forget….her first introduction to worship.

Take a few minutes of your day and put on a worship CD, maybe you aren’t one to dance around the living room, but at least listen to the words and find something in what God is trying to tell you through a song.

Mel

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