Monday, July 30, 2007

True Love

True love manifests itself in spontaneous expressions of delight and commitment. It needs no coaxing, no prompting, and no effort to produce. It's life is consumed in the loved one, and nothing deters it from spending as much time as possible in the presence of the one who is all the world to them.

True worship also springs from a love relationship. If it has to be forced, or worked up by circumstances, it is not true love, and it is not true worship. The kind of worship that delights the heart of God, is the kind that flows without thought or effort from a heart deeply in love with Himself.

If we try to prove to God how much we love Him, it is a sure sign that we really don't love Him. The evidence of our love for Him is the absolute spontaneity of our love, which flows naturally from His nature within us. And when we look back, we will not be able to determine why we did certain things, but we can know that we did them according to the spontaneous nature of His love in us.
swald Chambers

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Fairtime Chapel in Depth

Regrettably, I did not have time to get into any depth in my last post about our time at the fair. Thank you again to all of you who prayed - the time went wonderfully without any major problems, and we were praising the Lord for the comfortable, non-demanding atmosphere. We truly enjoyed playing, and did not feel hindered in the least by nervousness!

We are only hearing snippets so far, but it appears this time could open the doors to other ministry opportunities in our area. This is what we were praying for, and we are anticipating seeing the Lord's leading in the days ahead. The Lord seems to be slowly moving our family into active ministry in this area, and we are excited!! :-)

Many changes are being worked through right now as a family, and also personally. Life is rather in limbo at this point, as we seek what direction the Lord is leading us corporately and individually. Once life slows down a little bit and I actually have time to just think, I will be posting about some of these changes - both that which affects my own life, and what you can expect here in the future.

Until then, blessings to each of you!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Fairtime Chapel

O my brother, do you know the Savior,
Who is wondrous, kind, and true?
He’s the Rock of your salvation!
There’s honey in the Rock for you.

Have you tasted that the Lord is gracious?
Do you walk in the way that’s new?
Have you drunk from the living fountain?
There’s honey in the Rock for you.

Do you pray unto God the Father,
“What wilt Thou have me to do?”
Never fear, He will surely answer,
There’s honey in the Rock for you.

Then go out through the streets and byways,
Preach the Word to the many or few;
Say to every fallen brother,
There’s honey in the Rock for you.

Oh, there’s honey in the Rock, my brother;
There’s honey in the Rock for you.
Leave your sins for the Blood to cover;
There’s honey in the Rock for you!!

Thank you everyone for your prayers!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

22 hours and counting....

Tomorrow is the big day we've been preparing for this whole last month. It's with excitement and trepidation we step into this totally new world of family music ministry. More and more we are realizing how completely it is ALL Him! From 5:00-6:00 tomorrow evening, we will be singing, quoting Scripture and poetry, and sharing testimonies onstage at a local county fair. Prayer would be appreciated - not so much for us, but that God would bring along people whose hearts are tender, and that whatever we do would point away from anything that we are or do, and onto Christ alone. He is the author of this opportunity, and it is to Him all praise belongs!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Except the Lord....

If I did not see the LORD kept watch over the ship,
I should long since abandoned the helm.

But I see HIM!

Through the storm,
Strengthening the tackling,
handling the yards,
spreading the sails -
Aye, more, commanding the very winds!!!

Should I not be a coward if I abandoned my post?

Let Him carry us forward,
Let Him hasten or delay,
We will fear nothing!
-Martin Luther

Graphic Credit - Snapshots of Joy

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Surprise Uncovered!

Nearly five weeks in the making, last night was the culmination of a long-schemed evening surprise! Three pairs of eager eyes have been glued on the tracking updates for a special FedEx delivery, and July 11th marked the long-awaited day.

Immediately after arriving home from work, I whisked my brother Matthew to town for a promised trip to Caribou Coffee. He thought he had earned this trip, which in a sense he did, but in reality it was all a cleverly disguised cover-up to allow my parents time to prepare the events back home. Matthew's dobro had arrived, and he had no clue!

Against all odds, Dad was able to get everything in place without any one of my other siblings observing. They were clueless as well! The dobro replaced his guitar on his stand in the corner, and a blanket was "carelessly" thrown in the corner to conceal the secret. Practice time that evening was filled with more excitement than we had ever previously known!
Surprises are fun! Family memories are priceless! That's what I love so much about playing together. Our first big concert at the fair is exactly a week away, and it has provided us with more family-together time than the busyness of summer would have allowed otherwise. We are pushing ourselves to the very limit to get ready, but it has drawn us together in a way that is exciting for us all to see! We've found out that God doesn't usually wait until we feel ready for something new, but springs it on us when we feel the least capable and unable. It's teaching us that when we are at our weakest, His grace is the most abundant! Isn't that His purpose all along! :-) The frustration of feeling completely at the end of our limits when practicing is so often turned to awe as God provides just the inspiration we need!

Family, joy, busyness, stress, surprises, laughter......I am learning that they are all meant for one supreme purpose. In a sense, they are just part of life on this world, yet part of a life that is meant to reflect one thing. As Oswald Chamber says:

"In Christian work our initiative and motivation are too often simply the result of realizing that there is work to be done and that we must do it. Yet that is never the attitude of a spiritually vigorous saint. His aim is to achieve the realization of Jesus Christ in every set of circumstances."

Every part of life, big or small, joy-filled or tear-stained, is meant to reflect Him.

"A spiritually vigorous saint never believes that his circumstances sim
ply happen at random, nor does he ever think of his life as being divided into the secular and the sacred. He sees every situation in which he finds himself as the means of obtaining a greater knowledge of Jesus Christ, and He has an attitude of unrestrained abandon and total surrender about him."

The older I get, the more I am realizing that walking with God does not mean a life of continual, mountain-top spiritual experiences, and unending "saintly" work. A true, ever-fresh, vibrant relationship with God is experienced only when we learn to find Him in the everyday, nitty-gritty details of life and living. Watching and sharing in the unrestrained joy on my brother's face can be just as much a moment of worship as a song service Sunday morning. And somehow, learning that our Lord joys and delights in these spontaneous times of worship, brings my heart a little closer heavenward!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Apron Giveaway

With extremely little time for blogging, I was happy to stumble across a tidbit I can quickly pass on to all you ladies! A very dear friend of mine in CO is hosting an apron giveaway on her sewing blog. Cheri has run and owned a sewing business for several years, and quality and beauty can be depended on from her hands! Check out her apron post for more details!

With a hope I can blog more soon, I bid you all farewell! :-)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Oswald Chambers on Discipleship

Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a Person - our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a vast difference between devotion to a person and devotion to principles or to a cause. Our Lord never proclaimed a cause - He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself. To be a disciple is to be a devoted bondservant motivated by love for the Lord Jesus.

Whenever the Holy Spirit sees an opportunity to glorify Jesus through you, He will take your entire being and set you ablaze with glowing devotion to Jesus Christ.
-Oswald Chambers