Monday, September 15, 2008

Authentic Worship

I can always measure my spiritual and emotional health by my ability to worship God. For the first time since June, my mind and heart were totally focused on God during my time of worship this weekend. Praise God!

And can I say for the hundredth time....I LOVE MY CHURCH?! And I love that I love my church, especially wondering if I would ever love my church again! My pastor is cool, he is honest, funny, and teaches God's true and Holy word. I am so grateful for his teaching style, the way he does not mince words and the way he makes us laugh about it. I pray for him, and his family daily, that they will be strong in Christ and not tire of what God has called them to do. (it is so clear that he is called, his gift is great) The Village Church is a No Frills church (his words), growing by leaps and bounds with new believers coming to know God every day. It is beautiful to be witness to it and be a part of it.
I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.
O how marvelous!
O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be
O how marvelous!
O how wonderful!
Is my Savior's love for me!
He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary,
And suffered and died alone.
When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
’Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me.

1 comment:

Lorinda said...

My dear friend Liz,

I feel for you. Some people move on from our lives but we hold them forever in our hearts. Grieving takes its own sweet time. Perhaps you are also grieving a promise of a friendship that never was. There was alway someone getting in the way. Someone who always damaged the promise of this perfect friendship. Someone who ended the promised of this perfect friendship. There was always a third person in this friendship. Someone who had much more control over the friendship than you dared to accept. Someone who was able to end the friendship. I do hope you are dealing with this during your grieving process. I believe you need to do what is right for you . My advise is not to turn a cold heart to your friend. You know the circumstances. I believe there may come a day she will be strong enough to walk away from her abuser and she will come to her friend. God would want you to open your heart to her and let her in. Just never forget the promise of the perfect friendship. It may knock on your door one day God willing. Love You.