Category Archives: Good Listen of The Day

MORE THAN A SONG 

Refresh tonight for me personally was amazing, much needed and very eye opening. Last Saturday we went to Outcry Tour which is a huge concert with various artists, and then Sunday going off of Saturday night my sermon was on worship and today our bible study and discussion was focused on worship.

Worship and praise is a very essential part of Christianity but since it is such a foundational element of our faith many times it is overlooked. So tonight we had a big group discussion answering questions like what worship is to us personally, common misconceptions of worship, and why it is so important and necessary. Also we looked at what the bible said and how scripture defined and described worship. The verses we looked at were: Romans 12:1-2, John 4:23-24, Isaiah 25:1.

During our discussion and hearing the hearts of our brothers and sisters really helped me look at worship in ways I never have before. It was so beautiful to see how everyone views it through a different lens and understanding but at the same time all have a common root.

We sang the song “Heart of Worship” together and the lyrics of that song really touched me. Even though I have sang that a million times, tonight God revealed to me so much about what worship truly is through that song.

God has been encouraging me after tonight to live a life of worship and not only wait for Sunday or Wednesday to do so. Worship is much more than music and singing but it is an action of the heart.

I saw God today.

Did you?

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

BACK TO THE BASICS

After seeing Hillsong Worship this last Saturday I have been listening to their albums on shuffle on my Spotify. While driving home the song “This I believe” started playing. They performed it on Saturday as well. So I listened to it on repeat so many times and the lyrics really moved my heart in a unique way.

The lyrics are extremely simple and display our fundamental and core beliefs as Christians. Almost Sunday school like teachings. In the last when I heard this song I didn’t think much of it because I didn’t think it was deep enough for me or as “advanced” I guess.

But today these words truly touched my heart. It took me back a couple steps and helped me just be reminded about what it truly means to be a follower of God. Revealed to me once again what my core beliefs should be. Also that being a Christian isn’t as complicated as what I make it to be at times.

It comes down to just believing and knowing the essential things. The trinity, what Jesus has done, the power of God, and the strength that is in the Holy Spirit.

Many times I get caught up so much in ministry and being a leader and a biblical studies student that I tend to overlook these simple truths. But today I was reminded that it comes down to being able to confess these things.

This song truly humbled me and helped look at my faith in a simple and refreshing lens.

I saw God today.

Did you?

Tagged , , , , , ,

FROM A DISTANCE

As I was scrolling through Facebook today  I saw a YouTube video pop up of a brother of mine in Hawaii. It was a video of him singing a song that he had made. It was the same song that I used to love singing with him when I was in Hawaii doing missions a few years ago. Being able to hear that song again sung by him really blessed me.

While doing outreach in the city of Hilo this brother was someone who I met that really impacted my life. The funny thing is the first time we met he sang us this song so it was really nostalgic being able to hear once again after such a long time.

He was someone I really connected with. While I was there God had put him in my heart continuously and therefore we were able to form a great friendship. He was always open and vulnerable to me. I remember two key things about him. First, that he was truly hungry and desperate for God. Second, he loved music and had a talent.

To see that throughout all this time he is still using his talents and hunger to praise God was really moving. A couple years ago I was ministering to him but now he is ministering to all. That is a blessing.

Seeing that video today, over 2 years after I have left that island, has given me proof once again that God moved during my time there. To see continuous fruit is so amazing. Even though I am now miles and miles away from that place, to know there is someone like this brother doing God’s will brings a smile to my face.

I saw God today.

Did you?

Tagged , , , , , , ,

I WANT TO BE A DEER

Recently God has been continuously moving in my heart through music. I spend a lot of time driving and being in my car is one of my most peaceful times of the day. It’s when I let go of all my worries and just listen to music, praise God, talk to Him or just adore nature. But recently He has been revealing Himself to me in specific songs through the lyrics.

Today, on my drive to school and back home I had the same song on repeat. The song was “As The Deer” which is one of my favorite hymns/classics. A couple weeks ago I found a very good rendition of the song but haven’t really been able to listen to it since finding it. So today I listened to it about 30+ times (not exaggerating lol).

These lyrics just really rang in my heart today. This song just kept bringing me to a place to think about my faith and how I approach my relationship with God. The word that stuck out to me every time I listened was the word “pant”. I kept on contemplating what this word meant to me personally and how it applied to my faith.

As Christians we are always praying and worshipping while proclaiming that we desire, hunger and thirst for God. I feel like in my own life I am constantly saying that I want more of Him in my life. But what I came to think was if I am truly desiring Him or if it is just a thought or a mindset.

But what this word “pant” opened my eyes to was that it is an action. This word is a verb. It is something that is done. So I asked myself, “am I panting for God?” “am I truly desperate for Him?” “am I intentional in trying to fulfill my desires in my relationship with Him?”

God has challenged me through this song as well as encourage me. To not just think about thirsting for Him or just have a desire in my mind. Instead, to live it out through action. To be intentional.

As the deer I want to pant for Him like He is water. I want to search far and wide with all my strength to find Him. I want Him to be the only thing that will satisfy and fulfill this desire in my heart.

I saw God today.

Did you?

Tagged , , , , , , ,

HOW DID YOU START YOUR DAY?

I went to bed super late last night after studying all night after Refresh for a big exam I had this morning. I was only able to get a few hours of sleep. I woke up a little earlier than usual so I could go to school a bit early to study before my exam. As you could imagine I was not in the greatest shape when I woke up this morning after only 3 hours of sleep. I felt extremely groggy and grumpy. All I could think about was how I wanted to just get this exam over with.

I got in my car and headed off on my commute. I had one of my playlists I usually listen to on shuffle when a song that I haven’t heard in a while came on. It was “Thank You” by Jake Hamilton & Kim Walker. As soon as the song started the lyrics began to really hit me and give me revelation.

I was feeling super down this morning and not in the greatest mood, but this song and the lyrics were exactly what I needed to hear. One of the verses states, “thank you for the pleasures, thank you for the pain”. Throughout the song they sing about all these things to be thankful for but not just the typical things but things that we usually wouldn’t be thankful for too.

The revelation I received was how I need to be thankful, humble and optimistic in all circumstances. While listening to these words while driving to school my eyes began to be open to many things. I was able to realize that there was no reason for me to be in a bad mood but rather be thankful and positive for all things.

This song was able to fill me up with this amazing sense of optimism which led me to be motivated for my day. To be able to remove all my negative emotions and feelings and just strive to be happy and joyful as much as I can. That positive vibe really fueled me for my entire day.

As soon as I got to school I went to the library and I felt extremely focused and motivated in my studies. And when I took my exam I felt very confident and believe that I did a pretty good job. After my exam I decided not to go to my other classes for the day because I had two papers I needed to write by today that I wasn’t able to start on due to studying for this exam. I emailed my professors and both of them were so understanding and encouraging towards my situation. Which put me in even a better mood. So I went home and ate lunch real quick and then headed to Starbucks to work on my papers and somehow I was able to knock them out pretty quickly.

For a day like today where it was filled with just things to do, the usual me would be discouraged, whiny, unmotivated and negative all day. But because of that song this morning and the motivation and joy it gave me I was able to go through today with a positive mindset which led to productivity.

What I have come to know today and realize is how important it is on how you start off your day. The way you prepare yourself and the mindset that you have when you begin your day truly effects the whole momentum and trajectory of the outcome of your day. I am so thankful and humbled that God has revealed this simple truth to me.

I saw God today.

Did you?

Tagged , , , , ,

CRY IN MY HEART

There’s a cry in my heart
For Your glory to fall
For Your presence to fill up my senses
There’s a yearning again
A thirst for discipline
A hunger for things that are deeper

This is the first verse of the song “Cry In My Heart” by Starfield. This has been a song that was shown to me a few weeks ago and it has continuously been on my heart. For some reason I couldn’t stop listening to it today and I had it on repeat earlier and probably listened to it about 10+ times.

Every time I listen to this song the first verse always speaks to me. And today God really spoke through these words when I was in need to hear His voice.

I have realized that these lyrics in the first verse are words that I want to be able to say to God every day. I want to be able to live a life where my heart is crying out for more of God. Where I am yearning for Him but also pursuing discipline in my faith. And ultimately hungering for a deeper and wider relationship with God.

This song is a constant reminder of how I should be living my life today and tomorrow. Where my heart should be.

Today was not the most exciting day. For some reason I just felt really lazy and tired during classes and when I got home I took a really long nap. Then afterwards I had a couple things to do and went to church to practice for a praise night but it ended up being canceled so I just came back home. To be honest it was a day where I didn’t feel as motivated to seek God in the way that I have been.

But through this song God reminded me that I’m not just supposed to seek for Him when circumstances make it easier to. Instead it should be something my heart is always doing. Every day. No matter the circumstances. Seek for God.

I am so thankful that God gave me a simple reminder and some encouragement to seek Him. Seeking God is not just an action but it is a state that your heart should always be in. Thank you Father for reminding me of that today. God is good 🙂

I saw God today.

Did you?

 

 

Tagged , , , , ,

Good Listen of The Day

It’s so hard as human beings to believe that things can just be simple. Many times they can not be. But our relationship with God can. This song reveals what it looks like to approach God in simplicity. Something that is so encouraging to me personally, hope it encourages you all as well!

Good Listen of The Day

Stumbled upon this song on Spotify the other day. Her voice is just great. This song in itself is so simple but the lyrics really are applicable and heartfelt. Hope you all enjoy!

Thank You- Jesus Army

good listen of the day

These lyrics really embody my motivation for this journal and in my daily walk with God. Hope this song can bring you encouragement and courage like it does for me!

 The More I seek You – Kari Jobe