Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sunday

It was wonderful to get back in my church Sunday. Somehow it made me feel that life could get back to normal now. God's Spirit was evident during the worship hour. There is nothing like being able to sing and praise God no matter what is going on in our lives. I felt so unburdened and free--lifted up and encouraged. I wasn't the only one. Several people in the sanctuary lifted up their hands as we sang, "All hail, King Jesus! All hail, Emmanuel! King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Bright Morning Star. And throughout eternity, I'm going to praise Him. And forevermore I will reign with Him." Let me tell you, seeing that many hands in the air was unusual for my church--Southern Baptist--and unbelievers would think it was most unusual for people who have just gone through a hurricane with damaged property and lives (or having relatives with damaged property and lives) singing praises to their King and Creator.

I was convinced once more that no matter what happens to us or around us, nothing can take away our joy and confidence in Christ Jesus. We may not understand all that He allows to take place, but we can be assured He is in control and is on our side. That He will listen to our cries and prayers and will help us. Hebrews says He ever lives to intercede for us. How I love Him!

I praise you, Lord! I am so grateful to You for Your love and support. Forgive me for not taking the time consistently to sit before you in praise and adoration, for not seeking Your wisdom and guidance before heading out and doing my own thing. For trusting in my own judgment and agenda and not waiting patiently to hear Your Voice speak to my heart. It's a lesson You've had to teach me over and over again. I'm sorry I'm such a slow learner!

2 comments:

Jill said...

AMEN!!!!!!
Thank you sooooooooo much for sharing this Joni!!!

Huge Hugs!!!
love ya :)
jill

Sheryl said...

Amen! Love what you said "I was convinced once more that no matter what happens to us or around us, nothing can take away our joy and confidence in Christ Jesus". You are so right. Our problem comes when we allow it to. It is our choice to remain full of joy and confidence. I need to be working on that myself.

Love all the hands raised high in church (southern baptist and all, ha)

-Sheryl