Worship Wednesday #10

Hey all!

It has been another busy week in virtual teaching world. I am sure hoping it slows down some in the coming weeks so I can return to blogging on a more consistent basis! I am hoping to implement some of my organizational strategies to help me get on track with blogging!

For this worship wednesday, I wanted to share some Gungor music with you. I have been re-listening to some older Gungor music and I am just LOVING their lyrics and musical stylings. (It doesn’t hurt that they are a husband & wife team, which just tugs at my heart!) 🙂

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I hope you enjoy worshiping today with these songs – check out my post later this week on some of my favorite Bible reading plans/apps, too!

May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face to shine upon you, and give you peace….today and every day ahead.

Gungor – Beautiful Things

Gungor – Jesus and John

Gungor – Please Be My Strength

Gungor – Dry Bones

Worship Wednesday #9

As my work life has gotten quite busy these past few days, I have been reliant on the Lord now more than ever. The strength He has given me, the peace He has provided….it has been phenomenal. The precious friends who have graciously prayed for me as I sent frantic texts to them, asking for help….what a blessing.

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One of my favorite worship songs that we do at church is an amazing song written by Martin Smith, lead singer of Delirious?. It so touches my soul. It speaks of those struggling, who can find comfort in letting go and letting God take over. It speaks of a place of surrender.

I pray you are blessed by this song. Whatever you are going through, know He sees you. He has everything under control. You are loved.

Find Me In The River – Delirious?

Non-Blogging Passion

Today, I am participating in another Girl Behind the Blog!

Today’s Topic:

What is your non-blogging passion(s)? Why are some things you do not always share on the blog, but you are passionate about?

I hope you enjoy! Check out the other blogs participating by clicking the icon below! 🙂

Blessings,

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Worship Wednesday #8

Since I am going through a season of transition while still waiting on the Lord for our future endeavors, I often find myself during the day feeling overwhelmed at frustrated. I don’t think that is uncommon, nor do I believe I should feel ashamed for feeling this way. I think this is apart of the process as God teaches me to trust Him and to rely on Him.

In the meantime, God has been using worship music (and His word) to bless me and to calm me as I move through this process and season of my life. One of my favorites lately has been “God I look to You”, sung by Jenn Johnson at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. I am linking a YouTube video below. Please take a listen. It will encourage you and bless you, especially those of you who are going through something similar.

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I pray God shows Himself to you today. I pray He uses you to be a blessing to others, too. Don’t forget to thank Him for who He is and what He is doing in your life! He is faithful! Hallelujah!

Blessings,

God, I Look To You – Bethel Music (feat. Jenn Johnson)

Worship Wednesday #4

Did you know that you are loved?

Loved  by God with an everlasting, unchanging love?

And this God wants so badly for you to draw near to Him?

He wants you to have confidence in His love for you!

He says….”Stop acting as though you could earn it, I don’t love you cause you deserve it. I love you cause that’s who I am, LET LOVE WIN.” (Jon Thurlow, Confidence In Love)

Let us take time today to sit down and commune with God today. He desires nothing more than our full attention, our trust and our devotion.

Spend time thanking Him, praising Him, honoring Him…giving Him glory.

He will fill you up with such a peace, one that goes beyond human understanding.

He is also saying…”All things are possible here…so come on. Draw near to me, for I draw near to you.” (Jeremy Riddle, Draw Near)

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Don’t forget to link up with me on instagram today. Share a photo of what you’re worshiping with today – a song, scripture, sermon, blog post…whatever. I can’t wait to see how you’re worshiping God!!!

Songs that I am blessed by today – please listen and be blessed!

Jeremy Riddle – Draw Near

Jon Thurlow – Confidence In Love/Mighty Hand

How to Bless Your Spouse

This weekend I had the opportunity to really bless my husband. He recently turned thirty but didn’t get the chance to really celebrate due to some work obligations on his actual birthday.

You see, my husband’s love language is gifts. This doesn’t mean that he is materialistic or overly values “things.” However, it does mean that he see love through giving and values gifts with sincere meaning behind them. By giving him a sincere gift, it shows him that I truly love him. As our marriage has progressed, I have become better and better at learning his love language. We have opposite gifts, so it definitely took me some time to speak his “language” correctly! 🙂

Over the years I have known him, he has had one major bucket list item that he would want as a gift: to see Third Eye Blind in concert. My husband is a HUGE Third Eye Blind fan, but has never had the opportunity to see them live. He has either missed a concert, or the band was not touring or was touring overseas, or we had a previous commitment when they would come to town.

I have spent many years trying to surprise him with tickets, to no avail. Finally, when he turned thirty in January, I found out that the band would be playing a concert at Sea World in Orlando this February. I decided to go ahead and purchase tickets for him as a surprise! I even managed to secure overnight babysitting so we could go on a mini-weekend date to the show.

When I finally told him, he was SO EXCITED because he knew this would be a big life event. We made the trip to Sea World this weekend, and were able to spend some time in the park before the show. The sea animals were amazing to see, and I am excited that we will be able to go back later this summer to take our daughter to see the dolphins, turtles, and various other sea creatures!

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We saw some cool sea animals before the show. We even got to feed some stingrays!

The best part of the concert was our seats. Sea World offered a VIP seating package for a reasonable price, so I went ahead and purchased it as a special additional treat for my hubby. We were thrilled to discover this meant we would be inches from the stage! We were SO close to the band, we could see face pores and nose hairs! HAHA. What an honor for my man to have such great seats.

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What a thrill to be so close! Well worth the money to see my husband so blessed & happy.

The best part of this weekend was getting to spend some quality time together. We are so thankful for friends and family who help us with our daughter so we can take these trips once or twice a year.

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We have such fun together. I am so glad I married my best friend. What a great weekend we had!

What are you or your spouses love language? How do you bless your spouse? Feel free to share in the comments below or start-up a chat with me on twitter (@waitingwithjoy).

Blessings,

Worshipful Wednesdays, Part I

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Today I am launching a new weekly series called Worshipful Wednesdays. In this series, we will discuss all things related to worship and worship leading, evaluate all types of worship songs & albums, and above all, use this series as a platform to honor and glorify the Lord, through His word and song.

Discrepancy – When I listen to new music, as a worship leader, I have to admit I’m highly critical. I am looking for music that is well written, scripturally based and well sung/played. Also, as a part of my personal style, I also look for music that isn’t too “techy driven,” meaning that it doesn’t sound like it was digitally mastered in a studio. Maybe you like that stuff, but I highly value acoustic settings and live-band worship albums. 🙂 I plan only to share the album info and what I love. I do not plan to do critiques, as this blog’s mission is to use social media to encourage and uplift others. Also, all opinions are my own, and I was not given this album; I evaluated it of my own free will.

Today’s Review – Bethel Music’s The Loft Sessions

Before my blog launched, I posted on the Influence Facebook page asking for worship song recommendations. Moriah Sunde recommended I listen to Bethel: The Loft Sessions when I asked for some new worship music to listen to. I was extremely excited about trying out some new worship stuff. Although I was pretty familiar with Bethel Redding Church, I had never listened to their worship music/albums. I decided to go ahead and give the CD a whirl and see how I liked it.

CD Background Info:The Loft Sessions album is an acoustic-driven album that was recorded in a small loft in front of a live audience.

Musician(s) Background: Bethel Music is a collection of worship leaders and musicians who play/lead worship at Bethel Redding Church.

What I love:

The lyrics were what stood out to me when I began listening to this CD. Each song cut straight to the point, and are songs that anyone can sing along to. The lyrics were carefully crafted, without being too wordy. I’m not a huge fan of overly complicated lyrics, and really appreciate when musicians and worship leaders get straight to the point in songwriting. The musicality is lovely, as the music is mostly acoustic and not overly synthesized or loud for no reason. The best part of the entire CD is that the songs never seem to get old to me. I can listen to them almost every day and it’s like a new experience with the Lord.

My two favorite songs on this album were “One Thing Remains” (Brian Johnson) & “Come to Me” (Jenn Johnson), because they resonated with my soul. I can relate to these songs and they speak so clearly to where I am at in my walk with Christ right now. The emotion that pours out of these two particular songs is refreshing and it is such a joy to hear how Brian & Jenn Johnson used God’s word as the basis for writing them.

Take a Listen

Favorite line from “One Thing Remains”

In death, in life

I’m confident and covered by the power

Of Your great love.

My debt is paid

And there’s nothing that can separate my heart

From Your great love.

Favorite line from “Come to Me”

Don’t look to the right or to the left

Keep your eyes on Me

You will not be shaken, You will not be moved

I am the hand to hold, I am the truth, I am the way.

Come to me, I’m all that you need.

Other songs I liked on the CD

Bethel: The Loft Sessions:For more information or to buy the album, click below to check it out! 🙂

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