The Power of Presence

All relationships experience ebbs and flows.

There are times of exciting discoveries about one another. The process of learning someone’s likes, dislikes, what makes them unique, laugh and feel loved.

There are fun times where time flies.

There are hard times and heartbreaks.

I have found that my deepest relationships are those that have stood the test of time and weathered life’s storms.

I feel known and accepted for who I am: no need for performing or pretending. Silence is comfortable and communication that transcends words is natural through the glance of an eye or the connecting of hearts.

This has been true of my relationship with God.

It has taken time to truly discover each member of the Trinity for who they really are and not my perception of them. I needed to move beyond theological knowledge, to knowing the actual Persons of the Trinity, all of whom are equally God.

It is a mystery and a marvel that it is even possible.

I once spent a lot of time anxiously pouring out my needs and struggles. Eventually, I also learned to really listen and just enjoy His presence. Our relationship is growing deeper.

He is enough.

His presence makes me come alive.

There is nothing like His love and acceptance.

The song, “Be With Me” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt has been a blessing to me. It puts words to my experience.

It helps me to slow down and focus on the presence of God and bask in His love. I hope you are blessed by it as well.

 Click to listen to “Be With Me”

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LYRICS:

The world falls away

When I see Your face

Jesus, it’s always been You

And I hear Your voice

Above all the noise

Jesus, it’s always been You

Jesus, it’s always been You

Be with me

I just want You to be with me

I don’t need You to do a thing

Your love is enough

There’s nothing to hide

I’m Yours and You’re mine

Jesus, it’s always been You

I am complete

What more could I need

Jesus, it’s always been You

Jesus, it’s always been You

In Your presence

I know where I stand

I know who I am in Your love

In Your presence

What more could I need

I know I’m a child of God

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Let’s pray.

Thank You for meeting us where we are and taking us deeper with You. Please help me discover even greater depths of Your goodness and love. Take me deeper into Your heart so we can connect beyond words and I can become all You created me to be for Your honor and glory. May it be so.

Have a blessed weekend and receive all He has for you!

 

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The Power of Declaration

Sometimes we find ourselves in impossible situations.

We reach an impasse.

Our faith is challenged like never before.
It is in these times that I pour out my heart to the Lord, and then worship with all I am to declare the truth of who He is.
As we remember who He is, our eyes are lifted above our circumstances and locked onto Him and we become anchored in the storm.
Faith begins to rise because we know that He is with us and He is working.
Never underestimate the power of declaring the truth of who He is.
Our declarations prepare the way for Him to manifest.

To watch and listen to “Way Maker”

Lyrics:

|Verse 1|

You are here, moving in our midst

I worship You, I worship You

You are here, working in this place

I worship You, I worship You

You are here, moving in our midst

I worship You, I worship You

You are here, working in this place

I worship You, I worship You

|Chorus|

You are

Waymaker, miracle worker

Promise keeper, light in the darkness

My God, that is who You are

You are

Waymaker, miracle worker

Promise keeper, light in the darkness

My God, that is who You are

|Verse 2|

You are here, touching every heart

I worship You, I worship You

You are here, healing every heart

I worship You, I worship You

[Verse 3]

You are here, turning lives around

I worship You, I worship You

You are here, mending every heart

I worship You, I worship You

|Refrain|

That is who You are (That is who You are)

That is who You are (That is who You are)

Writer:

Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu

#waymaker #bethelmusic

Have a blessed weekend and receive all He has for you!

 

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The Power of Perspective

Perspective is everything.

The two orphan kittens we rescued recently were understandably terrified when trapped with the aid of irresistible wet food.

They have no idea colder weather is coming.

There is no understanding that they now have access to an endless supply of wet food and warm living.

Once roaming the neighborhood, the restriction of a cage is foreign and comforting all at the same time.

Humans are suspicious rather than a source of provision and love. 

They don’t know how much love and fun awaits them as they learn to trust us.

Building trust takes time. Every positive interaction is building a bridge to connection.

We patiently reassure them and cherish every sign that they are less afraid and adapting to inside life.

They are starting to sprawl out in their cat bed and slow blink when we speak to them. They accept food from our hands and play with their toys.

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The confines are temporary.

Soon they will have access to the entire house with more places to run and play than they can imagine.

 They will learn the security of adoption with all of its rights and privileges………

 

……..just as I am finally resting in the security of my spiritual adoption in Christ Jesus.

 

Galatians 4:6-7 (TPT)

6 And so that we would know for sure that we are his true children, God released the Spirit of Sonship into our hearts—moving us to cry out intimately, “My Father! You’re our true Father!”

Now we’re no longer living like slaves under the law, but we enjoy being God’s very own sons and daughters! And because we’re his, we can access everything our Father has—for we are heirs of God through Jesus, the Messiah!

Let’s pray.

Oh Lord, I confess that I have a very limited perspective. Please help me to grow in my understanding of who You are and what You are truly like. Help me to see what You see and to trust You. Please help me continue to fully embrace my adoption as Your child and all that means in this life and for all eternity for Your honor and glory. May it be so.

 

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The Fragrance of a Heart Poured Out

I’m still learning to bring all of my disappointment and discouragement to the Lord and honestly pour out my emotions to Him.

After I feel like I have “gotten it all out” I choose to worship Him for who He is. I pour out my love for Him and my gratitude for all He has done in the past, is doing in the present, and will do in the future.

The song “Alabaster Heart” is one of my new go-to songs as I offer myself fully to Him and declare His worth.

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Watch and listen “Alabaster Heart”

Lyrics:

| Verse 1 |

So here it is, my alabaster heart

I’m keeping nothing back from who You are

No hidden treasure veiled by key or lock

You’re a lifetime worth of worship

And that’s only just the start

| Verse 2 |

Here it is, my every waking day

The minutes, hours, the years of endless praise

For You’re worthy far beyond all I could say

There’s a lifetime worth of worship

In the nuance of Your names

| Chorus |

Let it rise like incense

My whole life, a fragrance

Every ounce, here broken at Your feet

Every breath, an offering

My heart cries, these lungs sing

Over You, my worthy King of Kings

| Verse 3 |

There it is, Your alabaster cross

Giving all You are for all I’m not

I can’t believe that’s the kind of King You are

How could I not bring a lifetime worth of worship to You God

| Bridge |

All my love

All my love

All my love

You can have it all

All my heart

All my soul

All I own

You can have it all

| Alt Chorus |

Let it rise, like incense

My whole life, a fragrance

Every ounce, here spilled out at Your feet

Every breath is my offering

My heart cries these lungs sing

Over You, my worthy King of Kings

| Tag |

You’re worthy of it all

Written by:

Kalley Heiligenthal | Benjamin Hastings

 

Have a blessed weekend and receive all He has for you!

 

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Never Underestimate the Healing Power of Song

“Lean Back” from Capital City Worship has been such a blessing. Many of us have deep wounds in our hearts that He longs to heal. May we all stay still until the Father’s love sinks in and we truly believe His love is better than any other.

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“Lean Back” (lyrics)

You will never leave

Your love sustaining me

Before I even knew what love was

You’ve brought me here to rest

And given me space to breathe

So I’ll stay still until it sinks in

(Chorus)

I will lean back in the loving arms

Of a beautiful Father

Breathe deep and know that He is good

He’s a love like no other

(Bridge)

Now I can see Your love is better

Than all the others that I’ve seen

I am breathing deep all of Your goodness

Your loving-kindness to me

Click here to watch and listen to “Lean Back”

Have a blessed weekend and receive all He has for you!

Receiving When You’re Not Okay

Every one of Your godly lovers receives even more than what they ask for. For You hear what their hearts really long for and You bring them Your saving strength. Psalm 145:19 (TPT)

When I first became sick, all I wanted was to get better. I seriously wanted nothing but the pain and anguish to stop. I wanted to feel okay. I wanted to BE okay.

However, I had symptoms and a diagnosis that reminded me, that for right now, I was not okay. I listened to my doctor, who was hopeful and positive, yet insistent about the gravity of my condition and the need to follow her directions.

Thankfully, between my weakness and the medicine I was given to help bring stability, and ultimately healing, I slept a lot.

I have been through some hard times in my life, but this was so much different than anything I had ever faced. I had never been this incapacitated in my life. I was totally dependent on my husband and those the Lord graciously sent to help care for me.

I had no choice but to receive.

I couldn’t read my Bible or pray or journal.

I had to receive the Lord’s love and acceptance just because He loves me. There was no striving, earning or performing.

It was uncomfortable in almost every way, but I was just too weak. I surrendered.

I had a very strong knowing of His presence with me in the lowest of lows. I felt His understanding of and compassion for my suffering. He sat with me IN my suffering. He comforted me IN my suffering. He loved me IN my suffering.

As time went by, I still wanted to feel better, but I was okay because He was with me. I valued His presence and felt His love and that anchored me in the midst of the storm. I began to value Him more than my own well being.

He loved me back to health and life and became my saving strength.

Let’s pray.

Lord, I thank You for Your faithfulness to me during my darkest days. Thank You for always being with me and comforting me. Thank You for understanding my suffering in a way no one else can. Please help me to continually find comfort in You and the depth of Your love for me. Lord, I lift up my brothers and sisters who may be suffering right now. I lift them into Your loving care and ask that You would surround them in songs of deliverance and help them to receive all You have for them. Please help them to know that You hear what their hearts really long for and You are bringing them Your saving strength for the honor and glory of Jesus. May it be so.

The Song That Became My Lifeline

On Sunday, February 11, 2018, I wasn’t feeling very well emotionally and it became very clear that something was seriously wrong. My husband and I were scared, so I asked him to put on the Sunday evening service at Bethel Church that was just beginning.

I let the music wash over me in an attempt to calm my fear. The worship leader, Jonathan Helser, announced they had a new song to share that they had just finished writing. I listened to the story and the words and they touched me deeply. I didn’t understand why, but I knew this was MY song and that God was speaking to me.

“When the pressure is real, Your Presence is greater, greater, greater.”

That phrase was planted deep within me and would become a lifeline as I walked through the horror of those initial months. I reminded myself over and over that His Presence was greater than what I was facing no matter how great the pain and suffering.

“When the pressure is real, Your Presence is greater, greater, greater.”

The suffering and pressure I encountered was VERY REAL, yet I had to believe that His Presence was GREATER and would overcome any diagnosis, no matter how severe.

Then as the song was ending, Jonathan said the following:

“This is holy ground. This is holy ground. Just declare it over your life. It’s holy ground. Declare it over your trials. Declare it over your circumstance. It’s holy ground. What the enemy meant for evil the Goodness has overcome.”

AMEN! The blood of Jesus has overcome any evil facing you or your family and you will watch the victory unfold in His way and timing.

The link below should take you to the complete Sunday evening worship set. It will start with an ad and you can place your cursor on the white dot and slide to minute 56 where “Fourth Man” begins. You many also have to turn on the sound by clicking on the “speaker” icon if there is an “X” by it and the sound will turn on. I hope it works, because as far as I know, this song hasn’t been released yet and this is the only place to find it. 🙂

Click to watch “Fourth Man” performed at 56:00-1:07:00

Have a blessed weekend and receive all He has for you!