Posts Tagged ‘darlene zschech’

When you’re arranging to meet someone for a meal or a coffee, what is your response if they ask you where you want to meet?

I often say, “Wherever suits you” and basically pass the decision-making back to the other person. When the person then decides on a location, am I always happy about it? To be honest, no I’m not! However having told the person to pick a location, can I really be unhappy with their choice!

This got me thinking about God and how we say to God, “Here am I, send me”. We don’t say, “Here am I, send me to a or b”. Instead by saying, “Here I am, send me”, we imply we’re happy to go wherever God wants us to go.

I’ll leave you thinking about this question…are you really ready and willing to go wherever God needs you?

Here I am

Posted: December 2, 2018 in belief, faith, life, music, religion, trust, words
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When you say ‘Here I Am’ to God, what are your expectations?

When God responds by telling you what and where He wants you to go, are you willing?

This following video is of one of my favourite songs, it called Here I Am Send Me by Darlene Zschech, and it reminds us of all we need to do to give our all to God. But just as importantly tells us how we in return must be willing to say to God, ‘Send me’.

Are you ready and willing to be sent wherever God wants you to go?

Every knee will bow
Every tongue confess
Every heart will cry out Your Name
You are welcome, You’re welcome

Every life, will see
The glory of our King
Jesus come and reign in our hearts
You are welcome, You’re welcome

Holy Spirit come, come in power
My life is Yours, my life is Yours
Holy Spirit come, start a fire
My life is Yours, my life is Yours!

God of heav’n and earth
We long for more of You
Come and meet; with us as we pray
You are welcome, You’re welcome

Holy Spirit come, come in power
My life is Yours, my life is Yours
Holy Spirit come, start a fire
My life is Yours, my life is Yours!

Here I am, send me
Here I am, send me
Here I am, send me, God!

Holy Spirit come, come in power
My life is Yours, my life is Yours
Holy Spirit come, start a fire
My life is Yours, my life is Yours

Holy Spirit come, come in power
My life is Yours, my life is Yours
Holy Spirit come, start a fire
My life is Yours, my life is Yours!

Here I am, send me
Here I am, send me
Here I am, send me, God!

Send me to the nations
Send me to my neighbours
Send me with Your love!

Here I am send me
Here I am send me
Here I am send me, God!

Distractions come in all shapes and sizes.

Have you noticed though that the shape and size of the distraction is often dependent on how interested you are in what you should be focusing on?

These days we have even more things to distract us, we our friends and family can contact us 24/7 using all sorts of available apps on our phone or on our laptop or tablet. There’s also still plenty of other distractions around us that require no phone and no technology, and they can be just as distracting.

I must admit, I can be easily distracted at times. And as I suggested earlier, for me, I get easily distracted when I’m supposed to be doing something that I’m not really wanting to do, or I need inspiration for the task, but am lacking in inspiration.

Two things I can be easily distracted from are, yes, writing this blog when I’m lacking inspiration for something to blog about. The other I’m sorry to say is, spending quality time with God – That tends to happen when I’m tired, or feel I have nothing particular I want to talk to God about, but I forget I need to leave time for Him to talk to me too. i.e. I should always be ready and willing to listen to God, not just put aside time for me to talk to God.

Are you being easily distracted from God? Make time just to listen to God because He always has something to say to us.

Do you consider yourself to be unique?

You may have noticed the tagline on my blog tells you whether I consider myself to be unique:

I’d actually go further and say that I know I am unique – yes, I know many of you who know me will be saying thank goodness just now!

When we think of potters we think of them making each piece of pottery by hand on a pottery wheel, meaning each item is individual and unique.

In the bible we read about God being the potter and us the clay, so it stands to reason then that in making us, God has made us all unique.

Still, God, you are our Father. We’re the clay and you’re our potter: All of us are what you made us. ~ Isaiah 64:8 (The Message)

The world would be boring if we were all the same, wouldn’t it!

The world seems to be becoming a darker and more desperate place by the week. Not a week seems to go by without us hearing about a shooting, stabbing or an act of terrorism.

I wonder how this world has got into such an awful state, but then I remind myself that I know why – The world has forgotten or dismissed Jesus as not relevant anymore.

Because of the state the world is in just now, Jesus is in fact even more relevant that he ever was, because He is the hope this world needs.

The world needs Jesus, so let’s take the message of Jesus to the world, and show the world that there is hope.

I’m sure many of us have said at some point, “This is hopeless”, many when we’ve trying to do something for while but despite your best attempts you haven’t succeeded and you’re getting frustrated. Our use of the word “hopeless” in those types of situations isn’t really what I want us to think about today.

Sadly there are many people in the world for whom life itself seems hopeless – maybe because they  have no money, no food, limited clothing, no job, maybe they are seriously ill, suffered a bereavement, a broken relationship, maybe they are lonely…the possibilities are endless.

When someone else looks at the lives of someone who feels hopeless, the chances are they won’t see someone without hope, but instead they will see someone who’s maybe down on their luck just now, and simply needs a break.

Jesus sees hope in every situation, and in every life. So if you feel life is hopeless, remember Jesus, because He alone can bring hope to broken lives.

In this last week I’ve spoken about ‘walking by faith’ a couple of times. When you are ‘walking by faith’ you need to have a strong determination to follow God’s plan, regardless what life throws your way.

God teaches us to trust him so he can do something bigger and better than we ever dreamed possible. He wants us to let go and trust him with our all – our heart, our soul, our life.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

We can do more and more through us if we simply trust Him each and every day. God is trying to make us into someone who can be his beacon of light and hope in a world which desperately needs to see Jesus.

No matter where we are in our journey of walking by faith, we must surrender our all to God. That way we can let God take our life, our pain, our loss and use them all for his glory. Pray to God, and ask Him to do amazing work in you so he can do an amazing work through you.

In spite of us, God manages to make some good in all of us

We may thing we make a positive contribution in all we do, but do we really?

God has plans for us, but sometimes we think we know better and do what we want to do instead of what He wants.

Have you noticed that when we go our own way, that’s when things don’t normally work out well. Yet God puts up with our stubbornness, and continues to find the good in us, despite our best attempts to sabotage His plans for us.

Imagine we were left to our own devices with no belief or knowledge of God…do you think you’d be half the person you are today?

Looking back on my life, there have been several times in my life when I could have completely turned away from God and gone my own way. However I’m pleased I stuck with God and allowed Him to mould my life further, as I believe I would never have achieved what I have without God by my side.

I’d urge you today, work with God, not against Him as He will help us find the good in ourselves.

Is there a particular seat or chair in your house that is your go-to seat, your comfy seat?

How about shoes, do you have a favourite pair of comfy shoes that you always wear when you know you’ve got to do a bit of walking?

Comfortable is something we all like to be isn’t it – Whether that is a particular chair, or pair of shoes, having enough money to live by, or even in our friendships. But what about your relationship with God, is “comfortable” a word you’d use to describe that?

I was reminded recently of a quote I found a few years ago by Francis Chan:

But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we will live comfortable lives, and this is confirmed Matthew 5:3-5 (NIV), as we read:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Our life may not always be comfortable, even though we’d love it to be, but be assured that God will always comfort and strengthen you.

this-is-christmas

This picture really sums up what Christmas is about. I hope you had a lovely Christmas with your family and received lots of lovely gifts, however I hope that in amongst the gifts you took time to remember Christ, and celebrate his birth.

Let’s celebrate His birth and listen to Hallelujah by Darlene Zschech.

He is here
The Savior has been born
The one we’ve waited for
Surrounded by our praises

He is here
The promise of the king
To You our lives we bring
Let your glory be revealed

Joy to the World
Peace to all who love Him
The savior has been born
And all the heavens smile

Glory to God
We bring an offering to You
Join with all the angels
Singing Hallelujah