Everyday I get a text message from someone in our church. Here’s one of them…
“Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”
Psalms 141:2-3 KJV
Oh how sweet our words can be to God. Our prayers can be like sweet incense that rises before Him. At the same token however if we delve into corrupt communication the smell is not so sweet. Words matter! Our worship is wonderful and pleasing but our cursing is dreadful and distasteful not only to a civilized society but in the ears of God for your words are never idle they all make their way to His ears. So the prayer becomes set a watch, a guard before my mouth. Keep the door of my lips! May my words be ever pleasing to God. May yours as well.
A couple of months ago I decided that I wanted to lose weight and get healthy. My diet was (still is on occasion) not the best. As a housewife I wasn’t as active as I could have been. Even doing housework wasn’t burning calories for me. My skin was awful and I didn’t like what I was seeing in the mirror. I woke up one day and said “No more!” I got in contact with a friend of mine who is a Beach Body coach. I ordered the products and I was on my way. I was walking five days a week, doing cardio dvds a couple times a week. Crunches, wall push-ups, squats ; you name it, I did it. Or at least tried. I lost 10 1/2 inches in my midsection! I was doing really great, then I crashed. Stopped walking, stopped using the dvds. I went from eating smaller portions, to ignoring portion control all together! That was about a month ago.
While I haven’t gained all of the weight back, I’ve gained some of it. I’m not where I used to be but I can feel myself slipping back that way. My other friend and I are kind of each other’s accountability partner. She really helped me to get back on track. I can’t walk bc the weather here is awful!! It’s been raining everyday for almost two weeks. I have my dvds though so they’ll suffice for now. I’m determined to stick with it this time!
Too many times in our lives when something gets hard, or we’re met with an obstacle that we see as insurmountable, our natural instinct is to quit. Our walk with God can be that way. Maybe you prayed for something and it didn’t happen right away, or didn’t happen the way you wanted. Maybe it didn’t happen at all! In those moments you want to give up on God because you think he’s not listening. He is friend! You just have to be patient and wait on him. He’ll give you WHAT YOU NEED when the time is right!
So here’s to a healthier lifestyle, and a healthier walk with God!
“Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let everything that have breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”
Psalm 150: 3-6
So recently on Facebook I happened across a video of gospel singer Erica Campbell performing her single “I ‘Luh’ (Love) God’. The poster called it “Trap Gospel”. Now I don’t pretend to be an expert in any type of music but from what I can understand “Trap Music” glorifies a certain type of lifestyle. A lifestyle that is very unChrist-like.
The song itself still glorifies God but the vibe, in my OWN PERSONAL OPINION, lends itself to a more secular and worldly sound.
The very next morning I heard a Christian rap song. They were dressed in bandanas and covered in tattoos. That sounds judgemental. I’m really not trying to be. I only mention their appearance because it speaks of a particular way of life.
As Christians, the ones we want/need to reach are the ones who are lost; the ones that don’t know the truth. Oftentimes those people can only be reached by approaching them in a manner that they are familiar with. In this instance it’s making music that sounds like what they are used to hearing. I get it. The younger set aren’t always fans of what they consider “old school” gospel/Christian music. Artists nowadays seem to be making music that share similar beats and rhythms. Ok. Great! All genres of music must and will evolve. At what cost, though? You’re composing music that has secular tendencies. You’re still singing about a positive message of God’s love but what’s stopping you from taking it a step further? Then another step? Maybe that soul you’re trying to reach is a little more stubborn than you thought. You have to go just a little bit further. Maybe it’s your style of dress. Maybe it’s your mannerisms. Maybe it’s the way you’re wording your message. You think changing a word or two will be more effective. Suddenly you’re sending an entirely new message. The wrong message. Now you’ve lost them entirely. What’s worse, is that in your attempt to reach them on a level that made them more comfortable, you may have inadvertently lost yourself.
Music is going to change. As a man/woman of God attempting to reach someone through song, don’t let that change, change you.
It’s been almost a year since my initial post. Been kind of busy. I’m hoping to be able to keep up with this now.
So things that are new:
My son is about to finish 1st grade at United Christian Academy, my husband has finished his next to last year in grad school. Also, he’s almost finished with his first year teaching.
Things are going great at church! I attend First United Pentecostal church in Port Arthur, Texas.
What you missed @ FUPC:
Roundup Sunday- we all wore rodeo and western attire. We had a cookout, games, and horse rides!
On the very same day we also celebrated the elders in our church with a supper just for them. I was asked to prepare a couple of desserts; banana pudding and peach cobbler (recipes will be in another post).
Easter- Unfortunately the children were unable to put on a skit, but we were treated to a lovely sermon about the resurrection. HE LIVES!!
Recommitment Sunday. We are going to build a new church!!
It’s Saturday so tonight will be our weekly youth led service. We have awesome youth! They are filled with the holy spirit and are not afraid to show it!
Our service just ended a little while ago. As usual the holy spirit moved through the congregation touching souls left and right! It was awesome to experience! One of our pastors sons Bro Jonathan McCoy spoke about not being afraid to step out and talk about God; winning souls.
I’d like to end this post asking if anyone reading this has a prayer request. Leave it in the comments and I’ll make sure to add you to my personal prayer list. Have a blessed night!
This is the first of many posts on what I’m hoping will turn into a successful blog. It’s going to be about being a housewife/stay at home mom in 2014 (something I’ve noticed is frowned upon nowadays). I’ll also be posting recipes, bible scriptures, and interesting things I find on Pinterest lol! As a new convert, (I was baptised in Jesus name two weeks ago Wednesday and received the holy ghost one week ago Wednesday) I’ll also be talking about my daily walk as I continue to grow closer to God.
Come on! Walk with me…