Create in me…

How are you doing these days? I am a bit weary.

I can tell because I am getting really annoyed with people, particularly if they are online and being really snarky.

And it is a perfect time for me to ask God to create in me a new heart….Of course, this can be a daily prayer. And, in these days, it can be an honest, hourly request.

I love the simplicity of this version of this song as well as the harmony. I hope you enjoy it!

John Michael Talbot — Create in Me

Let’s pray for those who have been laid off. I am sure they are stressed. This is a time where there are so many unknowns. I am thankful that God knows and sees. May the world see Him as we tend to the needs of others!

At the feet of Jesus

Hello!

I pray we are all spending more time with Jesus these days. Of course, it is Holy Week but since most of us are in a time of great restriction it is easier to find time to communicate with God. In fact, I believe this situation has a lot of people asking questions and looking for answers to some big questions.

I think we will all be changed through this experience and I hope it is for the better. Time will tell, of course. I know that in times of great stress and instability, I always seem to lean on God more than when things are going fine.

As you move about your day today, reach out to someone and offer to pray for their concerns. If you have a particular concern you would like me to pray for, send me an email at vospower6@hotmail.com and I will be happy to do so. Now, more than ever, it is important to stand alongside one another and be in community, even if we are not face-to-face.

I have always appreciate Christy Nockels’ music. I most familiar with her music through her group Watermark but this is a nice, new find:

Christy Nockels – Find Me At The Feet Of Jesus

A blessed Holy Week to you!

Hosanna

Another great song — click on the link Hosanna (Praise is Rising)

Hosanna to the King of Kings!

It is Palm Sunday!

This Lenten season has been so different for the entire world. And it looks like Easter will be different as well.

One of the unexpected benefits to this crazy time in life is that the rituals we have created have been disrupted. Sometimes we create rituals and we are nearly immovable when it comes to changing them.

But many of those rituals we have previously insisted on…they can probably go. Sure, they are our little opportunity to maintain some sense of control over our lives. And they might bring comfort. But are they essential?

What is essential? What is it we truly need? Is our identity wound up in how we celebrate? In how we worship? In how we serve? In how we love?

I think it is natural and ok to be disappointed in the losses we are experiencing but I think it is important not to let these things define us. Many of us have gone on for so long being able to do what we have wanted and achieved the things we were hoping for. We’ve made our plans and have had a false sense of security because they have come to pass.

Now is a great time to pay attention to what God is doing and join Him in His work. I know we are all being asked to do things differently. I know it isn’t always fun. But the whole world is on this journey. And He is with us every step of the way.

Pray for those who are in situations of abuse and addiction. It is harder to find help with all of the restrictions in place and financial strains only add to the tensions and stress.

A bonus song — The Blessing

The Great Exchange

Lent looks so different this year. In fact, everything looks different.

I have some things that are causing me stress but I can’t do anything about most of them except hand them over to God to work out. And I am thankful I can rest in knowing that He sees the picture and He knows the needs. But it is good for me to speak them aloud. And it is always

What are you giving to Him to redeem? For me, half the battle is letting go!!!

Letting go of my guilt and shame…

Letting go of my right to be mad…

Letting go of my instance on being right…

Letting go of how I think things should be…

Enjoy this sweet song from Bruce Carroll

Bruce Carroll — The Great Exchange

Let’s pray for all the small business who are struggling. Pray for the wisdom of the owners and the decisions they are making!

At the Cross

I don’t know where this pandemic finds you, but we are in a time of quiet. I know everyone isn’t in that space. My schedule has changed dramatically. I was supposed to be in Hungary for three weeks, starting April 1st, and my schedule was supposed to be pretty hectic leading up to that time.

So, here I am. Here most of us are. And, as I watch spring unfolding around me, I am thankful that God is always tweaking my perspective. He knows what I need and sometimes He makes us lie down in green pastures.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.
Psalm 23

Below is such an amazing song. I just love it! I hope it becomes a new favorite for you too!

At the Cross

Today, let’s pray for those who have wildly new routines that cause an incredible amount of stress in their lives. I am thinking of those families who have children with differing abilities that take extra care and planning and adjustments. My nephew has autism and he is just now adjusting to this major change in his schedule and life. ~ Liz

Come

My music choices were very diverse when I was 13-16 and still are. I was influenced by my brothers, Top 40, choir music, band music, Casey Kasem, as well as a number of other people. But I am always drawn to guy singers and I love acoustic guitar.

I don’t remember who introduced me to John Michael Talbot but here he is and I would encourage you to explore his music. It is very meditative and simple. It is awesome for times of personal worship.

Come to the Quiet

I don’t know about you and your situation as we deal with all the complications this virus brings. But this time does beckon me to sit at the feet of Jesus and think and pray for a few things.

Let’s pray for the grocery store workers and the truckers and the warehouse people who are working hard to keep store shelves stocked. Here they are, on the front lines of this epidemic. Because we are all so much more dependent on everyone else for our food, they are our lifeline to nutrients. When you see them, say “thank you” or “we appreciate you”. They are putting their lives on the line every day.

Egypt

I don’t know who first introduced me to Keith Green, but I was pretty young, probably about 14 years old or so, when I first heard his music. It was the first time I really realized that God can use your personality and creativity for fun and music — it wasn’t all organs, stained glass windows, and liturgy.

And that was when I realized that God could use me as me. Of course, He has grown and shaped me in and through my life and experiences and He continues to do that for me. But the me who is me — my interests and personality and abilities — are a part of what He can use to reach others with His love, forgiveness, and grace.

In this time of restricted activities, I am thankful the opportunity to pray and fill my mind with good things is permitted! Have you been missing opportunities for Bible Study? There are some amazing options out there! And churches are working on offering sermons and Bible studies. And, believe it or not, we might miss church and gathering together but God’s Word is still the base of what we need. When it comes right down to it, the gathering is nice but The Word is what is essential! Find ways to surround yourself with God’s Word and use this time to dig deeper and discover more about His love and grace — how it applies to you and how it can be shared with others!

There are a lot of great, thoughtful, and meditative songs by Keith so be sure to check his stuff out on YouTube, but, three super fun but deep songs are linked here — LISTEN TO THE WORDS!

So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt

He’ll Take Care of the Rest

No One Believes in Me Anymore (Satan’s Boast)

Has God blessed you through a certain musician on musical group? I would love to know one of your favorite songs performed by your favorite artist!

Today, let’s pray for those who are bringing God’s Word in new ways to those who are desperate for some Good News! Hopefully, you are one of those people! ~ Liz