I have a faithful friend, given by the Lord,
who follows my Blog,
and makes encouraging comments,
but adds something unique when he replies.
In fact, every day since I started this #Write31Days Challenge,
he has added at least one, and sometimes two.
What are these unique treasures that he shares with me?
Songs of Worship
that take me to the heart of Jesus.
Such as this one, that my husband and I have listened to
multiple times now:
As I have found myself being led to a place of
while I listen to these songs,
I have pondered how Worship can lead me to a place of
How does that happen?
How is my heart softened,
and my hard shell of anguish
melted within me?
Some might say that music does that to a person.
It moves us more deeply than we can understand
on a rational level.
And I would agree with that.
Except that something even deeper than an emotional response is happening to my heart when I become involved
with a song
that lifts my heart to focus
on the things above.
Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV) Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
I know that when I begin to participate and join in with a
my heart is lifted to those
thoughts of Jesus
that are above the worries and fears
where my mind wants to carry me.
But in the lifting, another amazing thing begins to happen:
my heart longs to offer my praise to the ONE
who loves me like no other.
my soul wants to give to my God
the GLORY AND THE HONOR
that His Name is due.
Since this journey of Chronic Illness began, I have
continuously doubted my ability
to give my life
as an act of worship for my King.
I was oh so familiar with giving myself to my Lord
when my days were lively
and filled with serving and doing and working.
But how could HE want this broken body?
How could He look at me as anything more
than needy and aching?
Where is the offering when the sacrifice
is so far from perfect?
Once again, His Word pierced deep
and begged me to listen:
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
There is no qualifier attached to this verse.
He did not say to offer my body,
“when it is well,” or
“if you feel strong.”
No, the command is to “offer.”
From Strong’s definition, the original word is actually “present,”
with a meaning “to place a person or thing at one’s disposal”
even metaphorically “to bring into one’s fellowship or
And there it is again. Jesus desires to have fellowship with me,
to be in that place of intimacy,
as I offer myself to Him,
just as I am,
no qualifiers allowed.
In that place of WORSHIP,
when I offer my praise
and myself to Him,
He begins the process of renewing
And my ears are opened to hear Him speak,
when He leads me into
HIS OWN WILL.
I am grateful to my faithful friend, for the songs that he has brought to me. But my prayers are heavy today for all of my friends.
Have you been in that place of feeling
and the emptiness?
Have you felt that your offering
could never be enough
to be given to Jesus?
His Word holds true for each of us.
The command is just as solid for me as it is for you:
to the only ONE who truly loves you
just as you are.
This is Day 17 for the #Write31Days Challenge,
and my #31Days of Listening with Chronic Illness.
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