It has been a great first week. I had a couple busy days earlier this week, but was able to keep up with the book part of the study, I just need to get on here and continue the threads. Last time I didn't make it all the way through, so my prayer is that I would stay with it this time. This is a fantastic study on worship and I look forward to how God is going to change my life and ministry through it. I'm so thankful for technology and that we all can virtually pull up a chair and go through this study together. This is definitely an instance where technology is making a difference and being used to advance the kingdom of God.
I absolutely love Isaiah 6. I hope every worship leader would. Here Isaiah got a glimpse of what worship will be like in heaven. Though I think it has great implications and encouragement for our times of worship here on earth. We know that God is present with us and we've come into the sanctuary of God. We must confess and focus on Him. Let God come and touch our hearts as we worship Him on Sundays and throught out the rest of the week. Ultimately we just need to refocus on lives and especially our heart on Him.
My Daily Praise
The worship service that has had the greatest impact on me was from this past years All About Worship Retreat. I came into that retreat completely burnt out and just kind of in a low place spiritually, not all that excited about ministry. I left that retreat rejuvinated and it reignited a fire within me. The retreat and the times of worship reminded me that God was still there and rooting for me. All I had to do was refocus my life and heart on Him. Let me share something I wrote on my blog about this time of worship.My Daily SurrenderHe [Dwayne Moore] also shared a personally story of a family from his worship team who had a young boy who battled and beat cancer in his leg on two different occasions. Then he said after that he was diagnosed with leukemia and this time he did not win that battle. He told us that the faith of that family during this huge trial was amazing and how they had asked the worship team to play, and ultimately to worship, at the memorial service. One of the songs they asked Dwayne and the team to do was Blessed Be Your Name. Dwayne said that an amazing thing happened as the team reached the bridge of that songs, "You give and take away, You give and take away, my heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be Your name!" At that point the father stood up with his arms reaching out towards heavens. What an awesome thing to hear. At that point Michael Farren came up and led us in an absolutely awesome time of worship. He transitioned straight into that song. The presence of the Lord was huge in that room at this time. It has been a long time that I have been that moved during a time of worship. We had a very moving time of worship, confession, thanksgiving, and prayer for one another. One of the times I will remember the most from the retreat. Thanks to Dwayne and Michael for following the Spirit's leading even though it meant changing everything they originally had planned.
Lord, I confess that I try and do way to much on my own and not looking to You and Your strength and power to help. Especially when planning times of worship through song for Sunday morning. Lord, I pray that You would show in a mighty way this Sunday. Open my heart to truly see that all I need is You. Change my life and my focus on ministry back to You. I desire to be Your hands and feet. Amen.