Monday, February 18, 2013

Geysers of Encouragement.

First off.
I'm sorry.
I haven't written in a while.
I've been thinking about it a lot.

But on the bright side, I've gotten back into some other disciplines that I've been missing, like working out. Woohoo!
So that's my word of the month. Discipline. I'm generally a rule-breaker so it'll be nice to have some good structure back.

Well this past week in NewSong, Landon and I sang "Always" by Kristian Stanfill for the offering song. I picked especially for a few people who I know are going through a tough time.

Old Faithful
I know I can't be the only one, but whenever people share their tough times with me, I have a terrible time trying to find the right words. It's like all the cheesy Christian lines take residence in my mouth and I can't do anything but spit them out. It's like a well timed geyser. I know how long I've got until I say something dumb or unhelpful, but I can't stop it.  I've gotten better about it while working at the church, but it certainly hasn't gotten good. I know the best thing is to just sit and be with a person.

I've learned this from JD. When I'm upset, he knows just how to deal with me. He's realized that I don't need him to go fix anything. I just want him to sit there with me. Whether I'm yelling or just thinking, he just needs to sit and pay attention. He doesn't have to say anything. And goodness, does he sit there for a while sometimes. I thank the Lord for his patience everyday.

I know this is true for our friends too. They don't need us to quote the Bible to them. They don't need our advice. The don't need geysers of information or words. All they need is someone to listen. If they need something else, they'll ask. And I've got to remember that more often. But Sunday, I did have a song of encouragement. "Always" has been on my playlist for quite some time now, but I just hadn't found the right time to play it in NewSong. It's a song of faith and of confidence in the Lord's timing and direction, which are things we sometimes need to be reminded that we possess when facing hard or painful situations.

I love worship music for lots of reasons, but one reason is that there are songs like "Always" that I can sing when I need to remember the solid ground of my faith, that God loves me and that God is good. When I am speechless in prayer, the words are already written for me in the lyrics. That's why I listen to mostly worship music during the week. It helps me focus. It helps me remember. It helps ground me. It helps to guide me. It helps to encourage me. So I encourage you to find those worship songs for yourself. Whenever you can't find the prayers to pray, find the songs that already pray them for you, especially when you're going through a tough time.

Next week, I'll have some good new albums listed here in case you're a little lost on what to pick out. And as always, you can email me at courtney@christumcmobile.com and ask, or ask me on a Sunday!

Here are the songs from the past couple of weeks!
January 27th:
"God is Able" by Hillsong
"Forever Reign" by Hillsong or Kristian Stanfill
"Whom Shall I Fear" by Chris Tomlin
and "Staple It Together" by Jack Johnson (that was such a fun song! I ran sound that week!)

February 3rd:
"Lay Me Down" by Chris Tomlin
"Our God" by Chris Tomlin
"Holy, Holy, Holy (Savior & King)" by Gateway Worship
and "Thank You God for Saving Me" by Chris Tomlin, off of his newest, awesome, album.

February 10th:
Landon led us in "Like a Lion" by Kristian Stanfill
"Cornerstone" by Hillsong
"10,000 Reasons" by Matt Redman (which won a Grammy!)
and "One Thing Remains" by Kristian Stanfill

This PAST weekend, February 17th:
"Cannons" by Phil Wickham
"Whom Shall I Fear" by Chris Tomlin
"It is Well" as covered by Shane & Shane
"Always" by Kristian Stanfill
and "When I Survey (the Wondrous Cross)" the hymn.

I hope you all have a great week and I hope you find the words of encouragement you need this week!