Ya, Ya, Ya, Ya.

“Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.” -1 Chronicles 16:23-25

 

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Picture courtesy of Sunlight Community Church

 

Do you like music?

Do you like letting God know you love him?

Do you know that music and songs are a huge, amazing, and fun way to worship God?

Worship is different for everyone.

We all like to worship and sing praises of our wonderful God in different ways: some like the very traditional hymns sung from hymn books in pews with an organist playing, some enjoy the worship that is loud almost like being at a rock concert, while others like it more of a soft and acoustic kind of thing.

No matter what kind of praise it is, God loves it all.

I am kind of a mix of loud rocket concertish music, and quiet acoustic music when I am worshiping my One true love, my One true God.

I have also been known to dance too in the most ridiculous and embarrassing way possible because sometimes the love hits me so hard I just cannot help it.

Here are some of my favorites to sing out loud (in church, or by myself, or whenever the mood strikes):

No Longer Slaves.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).

See You Again.

Touch the Sky.

You’re Beautiful.

Ever Be.

Greater.

So raise those hands high, throw your head back in adoration, drop to your knees with thankfulness, dance when it feels you cannot contain it anymore.

…or quietly hum and sing those beautiful songs…

Whatever works for you, but just do it.

What a privilege and honor it is to be a Child of God.

-Kristin

 

For Nothing.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” -John 10:10

kIt amazes me how much emotions can overtake us.

When extreme joy hits us, it can totally consume us.

When extreme grief hits us, it can also totally consume us.

I have found it hard to write the last few weeks, because both of these extremes have hit me so hard, and it has made it difficult to put into words what to say.

God has been faithful, and as of right now, my sicknesses are somewhat under control. I am getting to parts of my life I was promised. I am getting to watch some friends and family go through incredibly beautiful things.

& In other parts of life, I am wondering where God is. A storm has brewed up the worst, most cruel thing I could possibly imagine. It is not fair. It makes no sense. It chills me to my core, because I do not understand.

I would be lying if I said that God has not heard tears, prayers, and questions as to why things happen the way they do from me lately. Why does this great thing happen to this person, but another receives horrible news constantly?

Joy & grief would be my catchphrase right now for what I am feeling, because things are so good but I see and feel the pain around me.

Has anyone ever felt this?

To feel deeply is truly an amazing blessing, and a horrid curse.

I have been letting the grief win of the two, but I am really choosing to try to focus on the joy, because I am beginning to realize (through the strength and vulnerability of others) that joy can be found even in grievous times.

What is your joy or another’s that has been found in grief? How has it helped you to love/praise God even when all seems awry?

-Kristin