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I am not much of a singer, I love to sing… especially when it’s only me around and I can sing as loud as I want with no shame in the notes I attempt but fail reaching. I joke around with my husband saying that there are only three people in the world who like to hear me sing: God, my son and my husband. Growing up I was one of those kids that thought they could sing. I was always in choir, I would sing in front of the church and I never once doubted my abilities, I was completely confident, until I got a little older and realized my issues with staying on key, especially singing by myself. I have been told that I have a “choir voice” because I can match my key to the voice next to me, but on my own it’s really just a lost cause. When I first realized this about myself I was a little bummed because I wanted to be able to sing beautifully, now I don’t care. If my notes aren’t perfect sorry, that’s just what you get sometimes from me. God made me this way and the awesome thing is He loves to hear me sing, pitchy and all! AND He isn’t the only one… my son lights up when I start to sing his favorite songs. I may not have the best voice but the love is there and that is what matters! So today for Worship Song Friday I am singing my heart out and not going to care if I am off tune, today I am taking inspiration from these verses that encourage our singing.

“Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.” Psalm 68:4 (NIV)

“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.” 1 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV)

“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” Psalm 104:33 (NIV)

Photo Credit: Lauri Rantala

Patience: First Steps

January 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:25 (NIV)

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Eli took his first steps during the Christmas holiday. We were visiting Chase’s grandparents and it was so exciting watching him take those steps. Now it is almost a month later and he is just not interested in walking. He will take a few steps now and then but for the most part he will only walk if we are holding his hands or if he is using his walker toy that he can push. I know that as soon as he starts walking all the time that things will be that much more eventful in our home, but I still look forward to the day. Most of this morning we worked on walking, he took several steps alone, and did it a few times. I think the he is gradually becoming more interested, so I am sure that it is only a matter of time.

Thinking about all the fun milestones Eli has reached and how I had to wait for him to accomplish each one when he was ready is a reminder to be patient, all things come together at the right time. He crawled when he was ready and I know that he will walk when he is ready also. Even though I know that, I am still impatient as I wait, I just can’t wait to see him walking on his own! So I guess I just need to have a little patience because he will walk before I know it!

 

As I was going through videos looking for a good worship song for today I found this great video. It is the story behind John Mark McMillan‘s album The Medicine. The video talks about the story behind his songs in the album and the inspiration he had. I particularly loved the part where he talked about having his first child, what an amazing analogy he made! If you have not checked out some of John Mark McMillan’s music you really need to, you truly can feel the passion behind the music!

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31 (NIV)

Weary: To make or become weary; fatigue or tire. Strength: The quality or state of being strong. For me this verse is one I have always turned to. I have always loved this verse and the meaning behind it. Doing anything on our own will result in nothing more than the little strength that we have becoming fatigued, or weary. Everyone grows tired at some point. When we try to rely on our own strength we all eventually lose sight of it because lets face it, we are humans and we tire. But… when we look to Him we are renewed! I love how it says we will run and not grow weary. That part in particular says so much to me about the strength He gives because I run and the thought of running without growing tired simply has me baffled. I mean by the time I am done running my entire body is tired and ready to relax, especially my legs. How is it possible to run and feel like you could never stop? With the amazing power that God has it is all possible. The tasks He places before us will be nothing more than the path that we get to run through with His strength guiding us, keeping us from “breaking a sweat.” This verse makes me rejoice in knowing that my life is in the hands of a God who will give me strength beyond comprehension!

“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.” Psalm 50:1-2 (NIV)

“I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” Psalm 146:2 (NIV)

Okay if you can’t tell I love Phil Wickham’s music! It is just beautiful and the words are so powerful. What I love about this song is that it is completely worshiping God for who He is, beautiful! We can see Him all around us, just as the first verse says. Sometimes I think we might forget to simply adore God for who He is when we worship. He loves to hear us tell Him. The last verse is just amazing. When it talks about the bride coming together to sing you’re beautiful, I believe it will be such an amazing sound all of us together worshiping Him. When I searched for the music video to this song I stumbled across this live version and it reminds me of the last verse, coming together singing. The entire crowd is singing along and it is simply, beautiful. Let’s worship Him today for who He is!

You’re Beautiful by Phil Wickham

 

I see Your face in every sunrise
The colors of the morning are inside Your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
I look up to the sky and say
You’re beautiful

I see Your power in the moonlit night
Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
It’s all proclaiming who you are
You’re beautiful

I see you there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now you are sitting on Your heavenly throne
Soon we will be coming home
You’re beautiful

When we arrive at eternity’s shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing
You’re beautiful