Tag Archives: Praise

RAVISHED

These past couple of days I have been feeling the battle between me and stress/anxiety increase. I have really tried to overcome these feelings but it’s getting more and more difficult and today I found myself at the verge of hitting my limit and really getting burnt out. It’s been an internal fight, fighting against my own self and let myself get the best of me. This isn’t my first rodeo when it comes to trying to balance ministry and school, but this time it feels like all the heavy stuff is piling up at one time. 

To be honest it took a lot of leaning on God today and finding peace from Him to get through everything at church. When I got home I was feeling extremely fatigued and drained, but my day just begin, because we went to Outcry concert tonight. Usually I would be super excited and thrilled for such an opportunity of worship but today I wasn’t feeling up to it but didn’t have a choice to go. 

But oh boy am I glad I went. Worshipping with Elevation Worship, Lauren Daigle and Jesus Culture was absolutely unreal. It was exactly what I needed and I believe it was a gift from God. While worshipping tonight I felt true freedom, experienced my chains fall off and the peace and joy of the Lord flow within my soul. I’m so thankful for this privilege tonight, for this blessing God has given me to find healing and restoration. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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COMFORTED

We had our monthly praise and prayer night tonight for Refresh, but we did it differently than usual. It was a real intimate time where we all sat in a circle for worship and spent the rest of the time just sharing about how we were all doing and prayer requests and then laying hands on each person who shared and prayed over them. This is exactly what I needed. 

I’m beyond thankful I had this opportunity to talk about some things that were on my chest and receive prayer. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in that position to receive and really be vulnerable. Also it was a huge blessing to pray over our members and hear their stories and how they were all doing. 

All in all I believe nights like tonight I am reminded what the body of Christ and the Church is all about. A community of brothers and sisters there for each other helping one another draw closer to God. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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WINDING DOWN

It’s been a good day. Nothing out of the ordinary or too exciting, but able to find beauty in that. Enjoying a nice chill day, no stress and quite peaceful which is pretty rare for me lol. But days like these God is teaching me to lay my worries down and embrace every moment with a smile. 

After a long day of classes I was able to come home to an amazing dinner cooked by my mom. Simple things like a delicious dinner is what I’m really trying to be intentionally thankful for and not take for granted. 

After dinner and filling my tummy the food coma hit and I was getting extremely sleepy and was feeling the laziness. I told myself I would shower but ended up laying down for 30+ minutes doing nothing. That’s when I felt the urge to watch some YouTube videos of one of my favorite worship bands; United Pursuit. 

As I was laying there in a state of peace and singing along I couldn’t help but smile. What a nice way to end a day. Singing to the Lord with a warm heart filled with joy. I cherish these simple and needed moments God provides.

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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COME TOGETHER 

For the last few years now annually our church and two other church youth groups come together for a praise night and that was tonight. I had plans that went longer than expected before the praise night so I ended being really late. But when I walked into the sanctuary I was taken back to see so many kids there. 

The time of worship really blessed me. I had a proud older brother type moment seeing two of my youth girls who I’ve known almost all there life now grown leading worship. In that moment, being led by them in worship, I saw seeds planted in their hearts from many years ago blossom into fruit. 

What else truly blessed me was hearing how loud the congregation was in worship. These kids singing out their hearts overpowered the praise team. It was extremely powerful witnessing children of God from different churches, backgrounds and denominations joining hearts and voice to bring praise to the Lord. 

The reality is we have differences amongst the churches. Different styles and ways in which we worship, preach etc. but to me seeing diversity in worship is beautiful. Witnessing multiple shades come together to paint a beautiful picture before the Lord. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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WORSHIP IN SPIRIT

It has been one crazy week so far and it’s only Wednesday, but at last I was able to finish all my heavy assignments today. It was especially nice getting everything out of the way before Refresh tonight. With it being the start of Lent today we had our praise and prayer night, focusing on Jesus. 

I had so much in my plate this week I wasn’t able to really think too much about praise and prayer but God definitely did the unexpected. Our worship leader and I were planned to lead tonight but we had a meeting before the service which went longer than expected so we had no time to practice. Also right before we started one of our members walked in with his cello (he’s a cello major and didn’t want to leave it in the car) and we asked him if he wanted to play. We didn’t run through a single song together and just decided to go with the spirit and it all worked out. 

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​It’s obviously good to practice and prepare, but moments like these when God leads us spontaneously is amazing. It’s been a while since I’ve played the cajon and I had my worries but tonight I felt genuinely free in worship. God moved in my heart personally to really set my eyes upon Jesus and give Him all my worship. 

It’s amazing how the spirit truly moves. Tonight I was able to experience the Holy Spirit in action and the living God do His works within our congregation and in my heart personally. God really set the tone for me tonight for this Lent season. To seek Him completely. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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JOYFUL NOSTALGIA

It’s only Tuesday and I have been slammed this week with loads of homework to do. It’s been a tad overwhelming but I’m getting through everything pretty well. Even though I try to stay positive stress does seep in to an extent. 

As I was driving to the chiropractor after class I had the radio playing instead of my usually Spotify. I haven’t really updated my playlists for my worship songs and since I listen to them every day I kind of wanted a break. But as I was driving listening to the radio God convicted me of getting back to worship. I didn’t know what to listen to and that is when I remembered seeing a post on Facebook from a worship leader Rick Pino stating he released a new album, so I turned that on. 

The first song that came on was “Lift up your hands” which was actually a song that I saw him perform live when I was at DIscipleship training school in Hawaii. I haven’t heard the song since, which has been 4 years now. The moment I listened to it I was filled with joy. It was extremely nostalgic. 

I could remember being in the Ohana courtyard with about a thousand other brothers and sisters worshipping to this song. Goin back to that memory brought back many emotions, one being true joy and happiness. I could remember that exact moment. Standing in the congregation shoulder to shoulder with my friends, with shorts and a tank top and no shoes, jumping up and down with my hands up praising God. 

I’m glad God brought me back to that time of my life through this song today. I was reminded of a season of my life where I felt free as can be and joyful beyond measure. But what God reminded today was that I can have that heart of worship and be that way here and now. It doesn’t have to just be a past season but I can make it be a current season as well. God has convicted me to be joyful, passionate and free. To not be constrained by my current stresses but rather be free in Him. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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HEARTSONG 

A few months back my social media was being lit up by my Korean Christian friends of this African American guy singing Korean worship songs on the streets of Korea. That first video I watched really moved me so I searched him up. His name is Joseph Butso and he is actually from Ohio and went to OSU. He has a calling to travel throughout the streets of Korea using his God given talent of singing to spread the gospel. I’ve been following him ever since that first video. 

I came across a recent one a couple weeks ago but didn’t wasn’t able to watch it at that moment. Today I was waiting in my car going through Facebook as my sister and aunt ran into the store and that’s when I came across the video again. I watched it and in that moment I had goosebumps that I haven’t felt in a long time. I rewatched it multiple times and sang along, and those words became my worship. 

Joseph Butso truly inspires me. He is a true missionary in my eyes. Doing what He loves, singing, with the talents god has given Him, ina foreign land to share the love of Christ. His passion and his heart is truly worship. 

This song I listened today really struck a chord in my heart. The lyrics are based upon going through the wilderness and how in the wilderness and through difficult times God is good and He is there. To lay oneself down in humbleness and allow Jesus to be number one in all circumstances.  One of the last lyrics states: 나를 통해 주님만 드러나시기를 which in English translates “through me may only Jesus be revealed”. I hope that these words can be my confession and what I pursue, for Jesus to be revealed through me and only Him, not myself. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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HOUSEFIRES

I don’t hate many things but one thing I do hate is waking up in the mornings. I don’t do mornings. I am not a morning person whatsoever. Thankfully this semester I don’t have any early morning classes. That’s the greatest gift for me 🙂 today I didn’t need to go to class until 12:30 so I was able to wake up without being in a rush, take a shower eat and relax a little before heading off to school. 

I woke up in a very good mood today and on my way to school I had the urge to worship. So I opened up Spotify to see if anyone released some new music and I found that Housefires put up an album on Spotify that I have been desperately waiting for. While going to school I listened to one of my favorite songs at the moment Build My Life multiple times. I literally sang my heart out and God gave me the heart of worship to start off my day. 

I was at school from 12:30-6, it was a long day but a very enjoyable day. I think I enjoyed the day because I was able to start it with worship and with the right heart and attitude. As I was driving home I turned the Housefires album again and a song came on that I’ve never heard before, On and On. 

As I was listening I couldn’t help but start singing along and the lyrics really moved my heart. God put me in a place of worship once again while I was driving. I was overwhelmed in God’s love and embrace driving in my car. 

I realized how beneficial and important it is to start and end your day in worship. Worship is not designated to church but it can be done and lived out wherever you are. I’m thankful God gave me the opportunity to look upon Him throughout my day today.

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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A SCHOOL THAT WORSHIPS

This winter break I have honestly been dreading going back to school. So my biggest prayer this whole break has been to receive motivation and excitement to study and get back to school. I am expecting to graduate this winter therefore I really want to finish strong and I want to start now during this next semester. Thankfully God has been answering my prayers. I start tomorrow and since a couple days ago god has been giving me motivation and excitement to go back. 

What really put the cherry on top for me was stumbling upon a video on Facebook today that my school posted. It was a video of our house band performing a worship song. While watching the video God reminded me of how thankful I should be. Thankful that I go to a school that worships, a school that doesn’t only want to encourage academics but pour into my faith. 

These past 3 years I haven’t valued that. I looked at my school as just school. A place to learn and study and further my education. But with it being my final year here I want to take advantage of the opportunity that’s before me. To get deeper in my community of brothers and sisters in Christ at school and worship together. 

I am genuinely excited to see what God has in store for me during this next semester and this final year at CCU. I am finally learning to be thankful and appreciate the privilege of being a part of my school. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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VOICE LOSS

What a truly blessing and privilege it was to be the speaker for our youth winter retreat. It’s funny how God made this happen. After 4 failed attempts in getting a guest speaker we resulted in myself being the not-so-guest speaker. The moment our youth pastor asked me about the position I really believed that there was a reason God opened this door and made it to be this way. Since knowing that I honestly was a little anxious and nervous because I wanted to do the best of my ability. 

Starting the first service on Monday all the way until the last service today, God lifted all those burdens from my shoulders and really spoke His heart within mine. Throughout this whole retreat I was able to witness God moving within the youth group but also within my own heart. I was able to really have confirmation once again that preaching and serving the younger generation is my calling. I was also able to rekindle my passion for sharing the word of God. 


What really touched me was experiencing pure joy throughout serving. Every moment, every message, every prayer was fueled by overwhelming joy. That’s when I realized once more that serving God and His people is when I’m the happiest and that there is literally nothing else in this world that I would rather want to do. 

After last night’s service that lasted about 5 hours my voice was gone. Preaching, worshipping and praying for 3 days in a row had me voice less. This mornings service was a slight struggle trying to speak through the squeaks and raspiness, but it worked. After my message we went into our final time of worship before we departed the retreat center. 

I really wanted to sing but my voice wouldn’t allow it so I just sang within my heart and listened. That’s when God really ravished my heart. As I was standing there in a circle hearing the voices of our kids singing out to God tears started to well up in my eyes. I could heart the pure and desperate hearts crying out to God and proclaiming His name in worship. 

That’s when I knew without a doubt that God has done His works throughout our retreat and that His works are just beginning in these hearts. Breakthrough has happened and transformation was happening. All praise, glory and honor to our Father for bringing His children to His heart. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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