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More Icing

“Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.
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Did you know that God’s agendas are never ours?  Do realize that when God has something planned it’s almost completely opposite than we expect?  If I have to say it a million times even to myself then I will, “God has it planned out already.  Believe in Jeremiah 29:11 and begin to ask God for the next step rather than trying so hard to figure out what to do next.”
So often we have ourselves so wrapped up in the “what do we do next” mode that we miss what God has for us already.  God has a perfect plan and purpose for our lives and if He just opened up the book and showed it to us we would run so fast in the other direction we would be a distant shadow of what God intended for us. If only we would stand still and listen to that still small voice directing us, we could stop trying so hard.
Just today I caught myself doing this.  Why am I trying so hard to make sense of my job or my dance group or what to do with my aging dad?  All I need to do is crawl into my prayer closet and curl up in Daddy’s lap.  What do I do instead?  Come up with grandeous ideas and things to do to get God to work in my life.  I sometimes just shake my head at myself.  It’s like  I can blog all these great things that God can do, yet I don’t apply it to my life.  It’s frustrating sometimes because I know that I know that I know that I KNOW it’s as easy as a simple prayer, “God…What’s next on the agenda?”
I think I shared that when I started this dance group I argued with God.  “When will I have time?  No one is going to show up.”  The Devil tried to get me to quit.  Next I injured my back and missed a practice.  THEN, I was healed on Sunday and my back is better than new.  So tonight when we were practicing the pastor came to us with a proposal and in that tiny moment of time I knew God had something so big in mind for our little group that it would be almost surreal.  The funny part in all of this is that it’s not about our group.  It’s not about our insecurities.  It’s not about performing.  It is all about advancing His Kingdom.
I am excited to see what God is up to.  We are about to step into something we never saw coming.  My spirit is excited to experience this next adventure with God.  I know that I will not be able to figure out the steps on my own and I will need to seek Him more strongly than ever before.  I will need to be quiet and stand still even when I want to run ahead.  It is His plan, not mine.  I challenge each of us this week to stop trying to frost our own cake and allow God to cover it with so much icing we can’t move!  Surrender is the word.  Not moving is the game.  Peace is the prize.
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Held Hostage

I recently ran across some old writings and I thought I would share some as I am busy trying to finish the 3rd book….Enjoy!

By Brenda Marie Czarniak on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 3:56pm

“Just take a look at Zion, will you? Centering our worship in festival feasts! Feast your eyes on Jerusalem, a quiet and permanent place to live. No more pulling up stakes and moving on, no more patched-together lean-tos. Instead, God! God majestic, God himself the place in a country of broad rivers and streams, But rivers blocked to invading ships, off-limits to predatory pirates. For God makes all the decisions here. God is our king. God runs this place and he’ll keep us safe.” Isaiah 33:22 MSG

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Today church was just real.  Ever been in a service where you just knew God was there?  A moment in time where nothing seems to really make sense?  A feeling of a call to enter into what He has planned instead of the agenda in the bulletin?  A chance for the congregation to unite and become one living body to honor our God?  A slight glimpse of what is to come perhaps, a closer look at what God desires for us at a church gathering.

 

 

Today there was no sermon.  There was devotion.  There were announcements and worship was a gateway to the heavens.  Soon pastor was inviting the church to the altar and one thing led to another and we stood in love, singing songs, praying and wiping tears from our faces.  Wow, what a rush!  What a revival to the soul.  How humbling to the spirit that we could gather around the throne of God and worship, not worried about not receiving a word from a sermon.  God spoke in the tears.  He whispered how much He loves us in our ears.  He rendered our spoken words life!  He gave us scripture as He placed it into the pastor to speak.  God moved among us and we knew He was there.

 

 

I wish this happened more often.  Think of the pressure it would take off from the people who are responsible for Sunday  services.  If they would just come in and yield to the Holy Spirit and let Him run the ENTIRE show.  How much more healing could happen?  How much more free could God’s people become?  Getting lost in worship and leading the people of God right to the throne room where God could flood us with love and mercy.  Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with tradition and we need to be fed the Word, yet we need to be prepared to move in a different direction of God wants to do so.  We need to be open to the possibility that God does not want us to learn on a particular Sunday but to receive what He has for us simply by being obedient and surrendering.

 

I guess realizing God truly is in control makes more sense when a worship service goes like it did today.  I felt freedom.  I felt healing.  I saw peace show up.  I could sense a release happening as it swept through the congregation.  God is real and He wants to move among His people so that He may be seen and not just spoken about.  He longs for us to see Him in all His intended glory and if it takes moving the people out of there seats to stand at the altar for 45 minutes instead of listening to a sermon, then so be it.  God is God and that my friends is never going to change, what needs changing is our worldly views of what church is:  three songs, offertory, prayers, sermons and a dismissal.    Lately at my church even the Wednesday night services have been going late into the evening, being led by the Holy Spirit. Healing is taking place.  People are being changed and minds renewed with the right thinking of the things of God.

 

I pray your next service at church is taken hostage by the Holy Spirit and you begin to feel captured by what God wants to do.  Trust me you will come alive again with a renewed spirit.  I cannot convey in mere words the joy which is radiating in my heart from just coming from such a service.  God is not a boring God by no means, He spoke life therefore He desires to see life!  Dance before the Lord and make rejoicing noises, be free to sing and dance, after He created you for such a purpose!