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Today I had the privilege of entering into a time of musical worship with fellow believers before a most holy and wonderful God. It was a refreshing and rejuvenating time before a potentially crazy week.

God is so good.

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne
Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own
Awake my soul and sing of Him who died for thee
And hail Him as they matchless King through all eternity

Oh Lord, how it has been my prayer to let my soul awake and sing of you in all my encounters. How I have struggled for years upon hearing the truth and been ashamed of my not acting and letting go of fear.

Crown Him the Lord of love, behold His hands and side
Rich wounds yet visible above in beauty glorified
No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight
But downward bends his wondering eye at mysteries so bright

Lord this love you display for me is so magnificent. Who could not sing of a God who died for the wretched lost? I don’t deserve it, but you let go of sheer perfection to take on the dirt of sin.

Crown Him the Lord of Light who triumphed o’er the grave
Who rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save
His glories now we sing, who died and rose on High
Who died eternal life to bring, and live that death may die

Live that death may die. You took on the burden that I was supposed to take and rose to conquer that very same death. I was condemned to die, and you freed me from sin’s captivity. Oh Lord, this is your gospel and I praise you that today I was able to win over yet another thing which was the fear of man that held me captive. That fear that has withheld me from spreading and furthering your kingdom. Yes, crown the rightful King with many crowns for he truly is the King of all!

Crown Him the Lord of Heaven, enthroned in worlds above
Crown Him the King to who is giv’n the wondrous name of Love
Crown Him with many crowns, as thrones before Him fall
Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns for He is King of all!

Don’t wallow

A real woman does not wallow in self-pity or make a habit of voicing complaints, but radiates cheerfulness and joy. (Proverbs 15:15, Proverbs 17:22)

Thanks to my women’s ministry coordinator, I recently found the below post: http://www.therebelution.com/blog/2006/02/three-teens-define-a-real-woman/

Upon reading it, I was blown away. In particular by the above quote about self-pity and voicing complaints. You know when God hits you on the head with the sharp realization of how you’ve been sinning? It definitely happened… and just in case I didn’t get this truth the first time around, God spoke through Pastor Danny using James 4 1-11 to remind me how selfish I truly am. The sin that causes drama and frustrations has led me to become a complaining spirit, and it’s time that it stopped.

What does it mean to wallow in self-pity? It means that I think my life sucks so much, and that I deserve so much more than I have right now. It shows discontentment with who I am or what my situation is, and demonstrates a lack of faith in the creator who can conquer death.

I was reading Psalm 91 recently and was reminded of just how powerful God is. There is a reference in the psalm to abiding in the shadow of the Almighty. Just think about it. The shadow of the Almighty can protect us from the looming darkness that is sin. In a sense, I can hide in a shadow and the utter destruction and darkness of sin can’t find me. Yay for winning at hide and go seek.

If this is who God is, who am I to wallow in self-pity. Who am I to say that the gifts and blessings I’ve been given (such as the shadow of the Almighty) is not good enough. Don’t wallow in self pity, but radiate with cheerfulness and joy. Yes, I am resolved to do that.

How He Loves Us

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree…
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.

When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

We are His portion and He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
And Heaven meets earth like an unforseen kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about the way….

That He loves us, oh how He loves us.

 

Have you ever stopped to consider the beauty of this love? Ever stopped in your day to wait and consider the glory of such a mercy and grace, a grace that you’re forever sinking in? God, does love us. The truth is simple, yet powerful enough to change the most depraved of lives. Yes, oh how He loves us.

Insecurity

“The problem isn’t that you aren’t good enough, but that you think you should be better.”

I was talking to a friend today who pointed out this truth in my life. In seeking to understand what it means to be confident in Christ, I need to realize that Satan’s whispers are not true, and that I need to be wholly reliant on God’s wonderful creation in me.

Robots are blind

I never realized how stupid wall-e was. I thought his love was cute and he was just smitten, but he is actually quite…. single-mindedly silly and not intelligent. lawl. There is more to life than your significant other. Way more, wall-e. However, I guess since his world of trash is supposed to go away (as shown by the end of the movie), he needs a new “purpose” in life. How sad.