in sickness and in health

I woke up this past Sunday and I didn’t have much of a voice. But after leading worship for over 9 years now, I have learned to let go of any anxious thoughts about my own “performance”, and watch Him work! As I prayed that morning, I heard Him impress these thoughts on my heart-

It’s not about you. Worship is never about you… it’s about giving all you’ve got to Me. I don’t need your perfection- I just need your heart.

It might sound a little strange, but mornings like those make me love Him even more. Because I know that He is always always faithful. The weaker I feel, the more I press into Him… and the more I press into Him- the greater I sense His presence through worship.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Breath of Life

O Breath of life, come sweeping through us,

Revive Your church with life and power;

O Breath of life, come cleanse, renew us,

And fit Your church to meet this hour.

O breath of life, come sweeping through us

O breath of life, come cleanse, renew us

O love of Christ, afresh to win us

fill us with Your holiness

O Wind of God, come bend us, break us,

Till humbly we confess our need;

Then in Thy tenderness remake us,

Revive, restore, for this we plead.

O Breath of love, come breathe within us,

Renewing thought and will and heart;

Come, Love of Christ, afresh to win us,

Revive Your church in every part.

(words by Bessie Head)

These beautiful words resonated with me years ago when I first heard them.  The Lord put a “new song” on my heart and I set these lovely words to a new melody and new piano accompaniment.  My heart longs for revival- for His Spirit to revive, restore, and renew us.  May His breath of life fill us with passion and equip us for His service!

*If you would like chord charts for this song, email me and I will be happy to send them to you

He Washed Me White as (Ivory) Snow

One of these things is not like the other!

One of these things is not like the other!

I am going to share something slightly embarrassing today… yes, folks, I have been a victim of “laundry bottle identity crisis”.  I cannot be the only one that has suffered from this condition, so I felt the need to come out of the closet…

One evening when my youngest was still a baby, I was carefully switching the laundry from the washer to the dryer.  As I  mindlessly took each article of clothing out, my dear, darling husband sweetly pointed out  that the bottle of laundry detergent I had been using for weeks was, in fact, not detergent at all- it was….. wait for it…. FABRIC SOFTENER!!!!  The horror!!!

I did not know what to do!  I mean, I thought wow, my clothes sure have been smelling good!!   And then I worried- what if it was just like spraying Febreeze on them?  What if I was just covering up the stink??

And I laughed, and laughed for weeks on end about that little mishap.  And you know what? It has happened again… many, many times!

So, the real question is why do they make these bottles so similar?  Come on, guys!!! Those of us who are keeping you all in business are sleep deprived mommies and caregivers who just need a little extra sign on the front of the bottle.  It is really hard to tell the difference between these bottles… same color, shape, size, and sometimes they even have similar pictures on the front!  And the word “laundry detergent” is in the smallest print possible!!

Then I got to thinking about this “laundry bottle identity crisis”…  it’s not that it isn’t labeled… it’s just that I fail to pay attention to details.  But-  I don’t want my laundry to just smell clean, I want it to be clean!

Which leads me to one of my favorite Bible verses-

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10

 I don’t want to just look clean, I want my heart to be clean before God.  It is even more important that we take care of our “deeper cleaning” and make sure our hearts are clear before Him each day.   Just as I need to take an extra minute to read the laundry bottles, I need to also take those few extra minutes throughout my day to pray and  read God’s Word.

Lord, help me to mind the “small print” on the laundry bottles and in Your Word, to take the time to pay attention to details, and to continue to see You in all things.  May You help me to laugh more, get frustrated less, and to find peace and joy in You!