Worship is more than a Song

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From one of my favorite songs, Clear the Stage, this line “Worship is More than a Song” tells a whole story!

Often times when I worship God, I focus so much on my singing, and the tune of the song itself that I forget what I’m doing. I’m worshiping the God who created everything, the one who sent his only son to save us all, the Alpha and the Omega.

I never stop and think, “Wow. Right now, I am praising the CREATOR OF EVERYTHING!” Instead, I focus on other things. I look at the video, or test out my piano skills as I sing, not noticing the words at all. Tsk tsk.

All around the world, people do things that they don’t truly mean. In America, some people say the Pledge of Allegiance as a habit, and don’t even understand a single word of what they’re saying. To them, it’s just something they have to do. Other times, people gossip and talk smack about others without even noticing their horrible words–but just to talk.

Let’s change that. I challenge you to mean every single word of you say or do. Don’t lie, or fake it.

Comment about how it feels!

-Mintie.

P.S. Please don’t use this as a way to talk smack about people. “I’m just telling the truth” Don’t get into things that will make you want to lie.

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Light in my Forest

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Ever feel lost, completely unsure of your decisions, or anything?

It’s like you’re walking through the dark forest, without your glasses, and everything is blurry. There’s no way out or in.

That’s how I felt yesterday. I felt like I was wading through murky water, with no idea what to do! I didn’t know which classes to choose, what assignments I should work on, and everything felt like a mystery. I couldn’t focus on my project, and I was so utterly and completely lost. I was in front of my computer at my desk, but not really there at the same time.

Feeling incapable and uncomfortable, I decided to chat my friend, Jan. Jan is an amazing person, and she’s very wise too. :) She’s also hilarious and fun to be around. I needed prayer and she just happened to be online. I told her how I felt, using unorganized examples, and she told me that she felt the same way sometimes too. 

Just talking to someone made me feel better, and the clouds started to clear up. I searched around online, clicking a few old bookmarks I had. I was reading a blog, and on the side was another great post. At first I laughed because it was titled “Invest in a pair of Earmuffs”. Then, I realized that it was talking about trusting in God and not caring about what other people say about you. This really spoke to me, and I think I didn’t come across it by coincidence. Thank you Jesus!

I also flipped randomly in my Bible, hoping to come across something helpful. Multiple verses told me to Trust the Lord, and made me feel on a path again. 

God was the light in my forest, the sun streaming through the murky water. I just needed to trust him.

-Mintie :)

I once was lost, but now I’m found.

“Remember how t…

“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands” Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV

The night before I came across this verse, I had been reading Deuteronomy 5-6, and I was wondering, “Why did God make the Israelites wander through the desert for 40 years? Isn’t that a bit tough? I thought he was loving!”

Now, I know why.

I prayed to God and asked for an answer, a reply to my question. That same night, I continued reading, and I learned about how truly wonderful he is, and how he saved the Israelites from so much. That satisfied me at that time, and I went to bed.

The next night, I continued doing my devotions. (I’m hoping to finish the whole bible by the end of 2014.) Finally, I came across this verse. It answered my question clear as day, and I was amazed at how God answered my question. The verse said that he wanted to test the Israelites and see if where their hearts lay, and if they would keep his commands.

Wow. This relates to me, in the 21st century because it tells me to keep moving forward. Even though I may feel lost and stuck in my problems, God is there and he wants me to get through it. To conquer my fears, and get past my problems.

I feel stronger already.

In 2 Corinthians 12:1-3, Paul talked about knowing someone who was brought up to the third heaven. That man was in paradise.

Now, what is the third heaven? There are three layers above people and under people. There’s God, Angels, the devil, People, Animals, Plants, and Mines/rocks. These levels are stacked upon each other, with God at the top.

What this means, is that to get to God, we need to pass through and defeat the devil. This doesn’t, however, mean that you have to meet the devil at any point in your life, but it means that you have to go through hardships to get to God.

If you feel conflicted and confused from reading all this, ask God, and he’ll answer you, or leave a comment, and I’ll do my best to help :)

-Mintie :)