Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Little Opinionated.

A few weeks ago, it was a regular Monday night in our home. Mondays are one of the few days that neither JD nor I have something planned and we thoroughly enjoy rotting our brains in front of the TV and eating cookies for dinner. We talk and joke and enjoy the other's company on Mondays.
On that particular Monday, I happened to be a little opinionated, as I'm apt to do every once in a while.

And this is how people feel about my opinions!
Okay. Let's not lie here. I'm extremely opinionated. It's by the grace of God and a good husband that I don't open my mouth more. I'm so opinionated that I got used to the taste of my foot in my mouth for a while. I realize what an annoying quality it can be, so I try to temper it. But not around JD. He's part of my "free space" where I'm allowed to "share my feelings" - or some excuse that I made up like that. 

So I was sitting on the couch while the evening news played, blabbing on and on about a blogger that writes terrible things in the name of Jesus and how everyone re-posts his really mean, hateful blogs. While I was wagging my mouth, JD was processing half of it and processing the news as well. If you'll remember, a few weeks ago, another plane went down.

I'll never forget the moment that the commercials went on and I finally stopped talking. JD turned around, knelt in front of me and said, "Courtney. I'm sorry that this blogger is driving you nuts. I'm sorry that he is misrepresenting Jesus and leading people astray. But our job is to represent Him well. And today, we will be thankful that we are not in the midst of war or poverty. We will be thankful that we and our families are safe. We need to be grateful to God that one of us wasn't on that plane and pray for the families who face that reality. We will pray for the people around the world who have some bigger problems."
Then he just walked off like he hadn't brought the house down with his words. He acted like it was no big deal and just his normal thoughts.

My little pea-picking brain and my unfocused heart were instantly snapped back into reality. Sometimes I get so upset about things that I think are a huge deal. I get too focused on things that do not even come close to mattering for almost the rest of the world. I get caught up in small matters that don't matter at all.

So today, and everyday since he said that, I've been trying to focus on the bigger pictures. I've tried to focus my prayer life more on other people and less on the things that frustrate me, because I realized that I can avoid and eliminate a lot of the things that frustrate me. I can open my eyes and see more of God and His people around me and less of the mess that folks like to stir up. I can lift my eyes above and see the Lord.

July 13th, we sang:
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" by Matt Redman
"Beautiful Things" by Gungor
"At the Cross (Love Ran Red" by Chris Tomlin
and "Want to be Real" by Chris August

On July 20th, we sang:
"Lay Me Down" by Chris Tomlin
"Our God" by Chris Tomlin
"Sing and Shout" by Matt Redman
and "I Am" by David Crowder

July 27th, Adam led worship and we sang:
"Heaven Fall Down" by Phil Wickham
"Lord I Need You" by Chris Tomlin
"You Never Let Go" by Matt Redman
and "I'm Getting Ready" by Michael Kiwanuka Here's the original song!

On August 3rd, I braved the waters by myself and we sang:
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" by Matt Redman
"Not For a Moment" by Meredith Andrews
"How Great Thou Art"
"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"
"We Still Believe" by Kathryn Scott
and "This I Believe" by Hillsong

And last week, August 10th, we sang:
"Savior's Here" by Kari Jobe
"Whom Shall I Fear" by Chris Tomlin
"Cornerstone" by Hillsong
and "Thank You God for Saving Me" by Phil Wickham

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