Good morning, my blog sisters...
I have talked with some of you and found that many have yet to receive your books. That really is no problem since this is pretty much a "no rules blog." What that means is that you can start anytime and comment on any week we are addressing or have addressed. Anyone who has entered their email address in the "keep up by email" for this blog will receive an e-mail alert whenever there has been a new post or comment. We can discuss back and forth over the weeks as the Holy Spirit leads. I will put up an "Introduce yourself" post sometime today so that even those who have yet to receive their books can interact with us a bit. We have some friends joining us from outside the state this summer, so it would be wonderful to get to know each other a little better. Look for this post sometime today (hopefully:)
This week's chapter, "My Worship Awakening," is worthy of at least a couple of posts. This morning what is on my mind is the "ABCs of Worship" exercise she encourages us to do. I'll be honest with you...I thought this morning for devotions I would "zip" though this because I had what I thought was limited time to accomplish it, so I sat down, Bible opened to the A section in my concordance ready to do some devotions on the fly. But the Word has a way of changing you...it's powerful like that...even when you aren't expecting or looking for it. That is exactly what happened to me. As I began to go through my concordance looking for words that would describe God...all of a sudden, it got personal. It took all the way to...C.
I started out with some that came quickly and easily to mind: A-You are almighty, great and awesome. B-Beautiful and beloved, but then came C...You are the Creator who says to Your creation, "Cast all your cares on me." That just got to me. The Creator of ALL THE UNIVERSE bends down to me so that I might cast my cares on Him! And then D-A divine Deliverer who delights in His people...in me!!! I sat back in wonder. My Lord is divine and I am oh so...NOT divine and yet this Divine One delivered me from all my sin and then goes beyond deliverance to delight in someone who is as undivine as me???!!!! For cryin' out loud! Four letters in and I found myself in awe and adoration for the God I was worshiping. I had gone into this time of worship halfhearted and in a hurry, but now I found myself wanting more...more time...more letters:) I found out one amazing truth this morning...God will more than meet you half way when you have even that smallest glimmer of desire and give Him a moment.
So here I sit writing to you girls thinking to myself, "It will all wait...all the stuff I thought I NEEDED to get to this morning." Anytime I am in a "worship funk" I think I will pull out a sheet of notebook paper or one of my journals and begin with A-You are God...and see where the Spirit leads me in worship.
There is so much more to talk about for this week, but this was on my mind this morning. I hope you have a wonderful, worshipful week, my blog sisters!!!
Love to you....