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Whom Shall I Fear? (Happy Hump Day)

Happy Wednesday aka Hump Day!  Anyone else notice the increase in camel pictures on Wednesdays?  Maybe it’s just my FB friends, but I swear the last few weeks I see at least 2-3 camel pictures on Wednesday – new trend?

That all being said, I’ve strayed away from my typical Sunday posts the last few weeks.  And thought I would try to post when I felt most inspired, or when I need it the most, and today that just happens to be on a Wednesday!  I will try to post weekly though as it helps me and hopefully some of you!

I have been encouraged by many songs this last week, particularly some of THESE AWESOME ONES, but I’ll save a post on one of those for another week.  This past week at church we sang this one – Whom Shall I Fear – and I also hear it daily (maybe hourly) on the radio.  It seems those are the songs I’m drawn most to posting about, but when I think that through, it makes sense because it gives the song time to sink in and after a few (hundred) times hearing it, it’s made an impact.

This week at a couples bible study we were discussing two types of Facebook posters.  One was deemed the overly, happy almost fake sounding, that only posts about good things.  The other is the opposite, using it as a platform to complain to ask for sympathy.  No one wants to raise their hand for either, but if I had to label myself it would be the positive one.  I hope not fake, but my Facebook friends (be them real or virtual) don’t need to see that side on my life, so I’m guilty of only posting happy things.  Not that I want to be a negative poster, but I save my issues for my friends and family off-line.  Neither of these is right or wrong or healthy or not (I’ll leave that for you to decide).  I do believe by airing grievances, you may find sympathy and/or support, and definitely get some extra prayers.   But is there a point where it is TMI or you’re just boasting (if it’s on the positive side)? Which one are you?  (And I’m sure there is an argument in here that’s anti-social media, a highly debated topic in many of my groups – but we’ll save that for another day!)

That being said (yes I know I already started a paragraph with those words – it’s my transition today!), things aren’t always happy and shiny in my life.  These last few posts (Here and Here) focused on great things that we did.  I need to do that sometimes (often) to refocus and spend time praising God for the good things in my life, which there are WAY more than not.  But other days, and more this past week, I’ve been consumed with panic and fear.  Of unknowns and of trusting God.  And this song – Whom Shall I Fear – always brings it back into focus for me.  Who should I fear when I have God – the God of Angel Armies albeit, by MY side?  I love the imagery of that.

Here is what Chris Tomlin says about the song:

The Scripture really came to life for me after we wrote the song. I may have read that Bible passage from 2nd Kings before, but my eyes weren’t really open to the story. When Elisha is told about the army camped outside the city, and sees the fear in his servant’s eyes, he tells him, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then he prays for the Lord to open the eyes of his servant. Then he saw the angel armies all around their enemies.

Remember that if God is for us, who can be against us? We raise our hands to celebrate and in surrender. We can lift up our hands in confidence to God and know that His mercy is unfailing. His love is never-ending. He is our refuge and our strength. God’s ultimate will is not to bring affliction upon people, but to restore us so that we may experience His unfailing love.

May you always remember that you believe in God – the God of the Angel Armies, and that He’s got your back.  Always.  Amen and Happy Hump Day!

Whom Shall I Fear
Chris Tomlin
You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
 
Whom shall I fear
 
You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my Sword and Shield
Though trouble lingers still
 
Whom shall I fear
 
I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always on my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
 
My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory
 
Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear
 
And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding onto Your promises
You are faithful
You are faithful
You are faithful
 
I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always on my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
 
The God of angel armies is always by my side

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It may be hot outside, but it’s still winter for some.

Psalm 23:1-6

Happy Sunday (ok it’s Monday now – hope your week is starting off well).  A bit of a bittersweet message and song for you all today.  I just returned home from a great week of sun, friends, and good times (post on that to come soon).  Not quite settled in, still piles of laundry and many bags to unpack, we headed to the 3rd evening contemporary service of the New Church of Peachtree City held at Heritage Christian Church.

Pastor David is preaching a series titled Seasons of the Soul.  We started with Summer, missed Fall, and tonight’s message was Winter, which could not have been timed more appropriately.  The service started with Psalm 23 (see above).  This verse has been read at many funerals, including my father’s, which appropriately timed, was 12 years ago this week.  And today is the anniversary of my father’s passing (that is him below shortly before his death around 48 years old).  12 years ago was a “winter” period of my life.  The season of winter in one’s life can be full of uncertainty, unmet expectations, feeling of hopelessness (nothing more we can do), and just lack of control.  It basically is the lowest of lows and sucks, to be frank.  Psalm 88 tells us winter is a part of life and offers a prayer for help.  God often seems silent and we are desperate for answers.  (Remember Job?)

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Like all things though, God sends us through the winters of our lives to teach us some lessons and really appreciate the summers.  David presented 3 lessons (taken from John Ortberg) we learn during winter:

  1. We learn that we are not running the show. (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14)
  2. We learn we need community the most when we desire it the least. (Romans 12:12)
  3. We learn to cling tenaciously to hope. (“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time.  Invite one to stay.” Maya Angelou)

My prayer today is for all of those in the winter season of your life.  Cling to your faith, pray ferociously, lean on those around you, and KNOW God is there and you will come through even stronger.  I find comfort today knowing that my Dad is in heaven looking down on us, watching his grandkids grow, and not suffering any longer.  And I know we will be reunited one day and can rest in that knowledge.

And a special prayer to friends of ours that lost a loved one yesterday too.  I pray for comfort, peace, understanding, and patience as they wait for answers.  Love you guys and we are praying hard for you and your family.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs that always bring tears to my eyes and goosebumps as the words to just so raw and true.  The tears, the storms, the sleepless nights, and trials are truly YOUR mercies in disguise, and for that we exalt YOU always and declare YOUR GLORY!

Blessings
Laura Story

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

AMEN!

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