Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rawr.

In the middle of March, I introduced a "new to us" song called "Like A Lion". It's an older tune, about 3 years old, that has been incredibly popular for a while. At first, I thought the song was very much for teenagers. The pressures of being a teen and coming into your own person often creates this sense (even if its for a short time) for Christian teens as if their faith must be very publicly displayed. Screaming "My God's not dead/He's surely alive/He's living on the inside/Roaring like a lion!" is a wonderful way to express that feeling. However God changed my view on this song in the beginning of March.
My parents joke around and call Jim and I "professional Christians" since we work at a church. I like to think people with much longer walks with the Lord are the pros at this. For pros and younguns' alike, we get to this point in our walks with Christ where the power of the Lord is readily available for other people who do not know Him.

We know in our souls that God is able to do miraculous things.

For other people.

I got this sense around me after seeing so many miracles that maybe God rolled out the red carpet in the beginning of our friendship, as a young man does for a young lady when they first start dating. But I felt as though my red carpet days with God were over. We had settled into sweatpants and pizza on the couch. Very much still loving one another and enjoying every moment, but He was done taking me out to creative, new places. He had stopped working in marvelous ways.
What He reminded me early this month was that it was my own eyes that didn't see the marvelous ways. His ways were still marvelous but the repetition had caused callousness within me. I had grown comfortable and somewhat unresponsive to the marvels. I didn't love Him less. I just didn't appreciate Him as much.
My God's not dead. He's surely alive. He's living on the inside. Roaring like a lion.
It hit me. He hasn't stopped rolling out the red carpet for me. He's still doing wonderful and miraculous things in, through, and for me! I had grown so used to the roaring that it was as if it was falling on deaf ears. I could tell people to listen for it and how beautiful the sound was, but I couldn't hear it myself.
So next time we sing this song in NewSong (which will be on a big holiday coming up..) I encourage you to remember the power that comes with the Holy Spirit in your heart. Remember that he is living on the inside, roaring like a lion. Not only so that other people will hear Him in you, but so that you'll hear Him!
All that to say, on March 18th, we sang:
Like A Lion by David Crowder Band (or Kristian Stanfill has a good recording!)
Desert Song by Hillsong (an oldie but a goodie!)
Where Would We Be by Matt Redman (Man.. I love that song. For an explanation, click here)
10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman (the modern hymn)
and Kelsie lead One Thing Remains by Kristian Stanfill.

That last song is an incredible one. I strongly encourage you to go download and be reminded that His love never fails, never gives up and never runs out on you.
I hope you all have a good week!


Until next time :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

So I left for two weeks.

That first sentence is a lie. I only left the States for a week. But boy! It sure did feel like two weeks. Probably because getting to Casa is so exciting and leaving is so awful that actually feeling strong emotions is unavoidable and makes me very tired. IF you ever watch the show "Whitney" on NBC, 1. You probably wouldn't admit it because it's not very churchy and 2. I'm a lot like her. I'm emotionally stunted. And my arms are long like hers.
All that to say, the new Passion:White Flag CD came out this week and one of my favorite songs is "Revive Me" by Christy Nockels. The bridge of the song says "I'm alive, I'm alive. You breathe on me. You revive me." The first time I heard the song, I got annoyed that she sang it over and over again. The second time that I heard it, I realized why this is such a freeing and wonderful statement. For those people like me, I live on cruise control so often and I am often emotionally stunted. But in the presence of the Lord, I'm alive. He breathes on me and REVIVES me. I think that's we cry in worship. It's why we dance in worship. It's why we sing in worship. It's why we smile. It's why we hurt while we worship. We are revived when He breathes on us. The callouses are removed and we are alive to the world, to our hearts, to our spirits, and to Him.
Just a by the way, we will be singing a lot of the Passion:White Flag worship songs so go buy it today and you'll be ready. You can be all proud that you know the words and the people standing around you in worship will think you're awesome. And maybe it'll allow you to worship better, but the people thinking you're some kind of Christian music expert is wayyy more important.
Not.
But anyways! Over the past two weeks, I've had the opportunity to celebrate and do lots of cool things. We celebrated JD's birthday by going to Lift (a conference for worship leaders) in Atlanta (his college town). Then we came home and celebrated our one year anniversary (I know... who would have thought that could happen to me?! He must be a saint!). The next morning, I went to Casa Aleluya in Guatemala. It's my home away from home and the people there are certainly my family. I love them very dearly. I got to catch up with Jessie Wilson, a missionary from our church (and a friend), and we got to spoil her dorm and fix stuff around her house. She very graciously allowed us to fix and meddle with whatever we wanted. It provided a large sense of accomplishment! Here is a picture of JD and I with some of our favorites. He took them out to a spectacular lunch in Antigua.


Now- I know that some of you read this blog for one purpose. And so let the crowds be satisfied.
SET LISTS!
March 5
We opened with "You Are For Me" by Kari Jobe. I think remembering that we don't have to come cowering with sin to the Father's feet is so reassuring. We took time to remember that He is for us, and wants to remind us of who He is.
Then "Awakening" - Hillsong
"Never Once" - Matt Redman
"A Mighty Fortress" - Christy Nockels

Then this morning, March 18th, we sang
"Set Free" - Chris Tomlin
"Hosanna (Praise is Rising)" - Paul Baloche
"We the Redeemed" - Hillsong
Then at 9:15 Gwen Smith sang.
At 10:40 we sang "Like a Lion" by David Crowder or Kristian Stanfill

I hope to see you next week! And don't ever be afraid to drop me a line. courtney@christumcmobile.com Tell me songs that you like, songs that you hate and then the songs that make you want to walk up on stage and say "REALLY?! Why would you pick this song?!?!" While there is a team that helps me pick songs and gives feedback, I'd much rather have yours!!
Have a great week and remember that He revives us!