The Loud Little Voices (#jammed daily devo, day 318)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 318: Thankful for singing kids.

This is the truth: unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3

Watching kids worship is soul filling. As our little worship team takes the stage each318 month, their elementary smiles looking back at me as we try to remember all the movements we put to the words. It fills my heart to the brim.

“That was awesome!!!” I called out, and caught my breath between songs.

It’s God’s extravagant blessing on my life that two of those sweet smiles are that of my daughters. They look up at me for assurance, not knowing how much I look back at them for the hope.

Children teach us, if we’re humble enough to look and listen. Adult life is busy and rushed, but childhood is wide open. Even for the kids that have suffered so much injustice and heartache in their little lives, they possess a resilient, God-given innocence that shines through so to meet us when we invest our time in their lives.

God places us to make a difference, but also to absorb a lesson. Where children are, there is always much to learn. Especially when it comes to worship. They aren’t embarrassed to jump up and down and try silly dance moves. They yell and sing and praise God and thank Jesus.

We all need to be in the presence of God … to sing loud …jump up and down …and have faith like a child.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for our children’s worship team! Thank You for placing me in the presence of kids that help me learn more about who I am in You. Help me to honor You always through my ministry to them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Learning,

Megs

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The Night In. (#jammed daily devo, day 230)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 230: Sometimes …just stay.

When I learn to rest and truly trust Him,August 18
He sends His help. This is why my heart is singing!” Psalm 28:7 (VOICE)

The time I look forward to the most are Friday night’s, when my little girls can’t wait to giggle and talk to me about whatever they can find to talk to me about until they can’t stay awake any longer. I cherish those moments I get to look upon them, sleeping so peacefully within reach. I know those days are fleeting.

Family game nights where we argue over who’s turn it us and who skipped who more than we play the actual game. Movie nights or “Fuller House” nights, when my girls line up their favorite chairs next to our couch. Sundaes on Sunday, when we settle in after a busy day of church and dance, to relax in the home we’ve been blessed with and enjoy each other’s company.

We are not immune to meltdowns and hard times, but I cherish all of the time I get with this family I prayed so hard for since I was a kid. Answer to prayer isn’t always easy to live out, but we can trust that He hears and answers.

Today’s verse reminds me to rest and trust Him. It’s easy to fear the future as the days slip by quicker and quicker …and bad things seem to happen all around us …and to us …more frequently. But knowing Christ means realizing we are always loved.

“That is why my heart is singing!”

Jesus is the reason my heart is singing. Jesus is the reason my heart is content.  Trusting in Christ isn’t expecting an easy life, but knowing Who to navigate it with. The more we follow Him, the less we care about going outside of His will for our lives, and the more we cherish and praise Him for what we have within.

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Father, Praise You for blessing us each with life. Thank You for creating each of us with special and divine purpose. Forgive us for taking credit for the good in our lives, and assuming fault for the bad. Though sin is consequential, You do not always provide a direct answer  for the hardness we are promised in this life. Help us to follow you ardently in gratitude each day we are blessed to live, knowing You have a job for us to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Sundaes on Sunday,

Megs

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The Harmony (#jammed daily devo, day 153)

June #jammed: Under the Blanket of Grace.

Day 153: Grace is always in tune.

“We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”2 Chronicles 20:12b (NLT)June 2

 

My Dad always sang along to the radio. Never the main melody, but the harmony. He
found a different way to sing a song. Make it his own a little. I’m sure he didn’t realize that his little girl was listening as intently and I was.

When I stand to worship in church, I too, relax into the harmonies as I let God grab me into His presence. In a sea full of voices, it doesn’t really matter how off-key I am. There’s something surreal about a big group of people that are all looking to be in the presence of the same, great God.

The harmony lets me wrap around the melody …He is the stable tune. Today’s verse reminds me of that search for harmony within the melody. I come to church every Sunday looking for Him, unsure of how to handle so much of  life …but completely trusting Him with mine.

This verse is a piece of Jehoshaphat’s prayer. He was “described as a king who ‘did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”” (New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters.) Interestingly enough, despite his good efforts to do what was right, he was riddled by his alliance with a wicked king.

We are all susceptible to forming alliances that throw us off-key. The deceptive reality of the spiritual war we’re immersed in is the slight way in which we are pulled aside from what we’re meant to accomplish. When we listen attentively to the main Melody, we can keep our harmony in tune. But if we drift to far from it, we fall out of tune. We lose our way. We’re suddenly stuck in unhealthy situations, watching ourselves lose control …so unexpectedly at times!

Today’s verse reminds us that even when we think we know what we are doing …we do not always realize the error of our choices. It’s important to stay close to the Author of the song, and keep His voice louder than all others. It’s easy to become entangled and blinded by life, and that’s why Jesus died to give us the grace to endure it. When we fall, we can come to Him and He will forgive us, every time. He is our Savior because He saves us from ourselves.

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Father, Praise You for music, and the depth to which we feel Your presence when we worship You through it. Thank You for creating so many of us with artistic talents and creative outlets. Your glory shines through Your creation. Forgive us for overlooking the true Source of all beautiful sounds, and help us to hear Your voice louder than any others. Wrap us in Your melody. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Harmonizing,

Megs

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