Sincere Praise! .. Leads to Worship!

I was recently in a worship service – a church service – that had me in a place of worship to Him so real that I forgot where I was. I was with Him, near Him, could feel His presence. I had only experienced this a few times, to be honest, in a church service setting. I was thinking about how in that service, the praise to Him was sincere. No performance, no desire to be heard by the congregation … only led by hearts that just wanted to give God true praise. Well … don’t we all want to? Don’t we at least THINK its what we want?

I’ve learned for myself that when we human beings that believe and trust in God have experienced His hand in our lives … there is something in us that just wants to dance and scream and jump and just cry out our love for Him all of the time. And truthfully, there is not even one of us who has not experienced the amazing power of His hand in our lives. Just think about it … Have you been healed? Have your needs been met? Has he sent you a God committed spouse? Have you had children when doctors said no way? Have you understood completely your life purpose? Have you been given strength to endure difficult things? Have you been forgiven for much that you’ve engaged in? Praise Him!!!

Praise means that you thank Him and affirm that He is The One who has carried out all good in your life. Your praise should move you to worship Him. Worship is submission of yourself to Him. Worship is when you humility, surrender, adoration and reverence. Worship is what makes you bow before Him and give yourself to Him completely. Just Think About It!

I was reading Revelations and when I looked at chapter 4, it just gave a beautiful picture of what happens in glory. The heavenly creatures, who have never lived on this earth, praise Our God. And the praise of these creatures leads to worship in its highest form.

They worship The One who sits on the throne because He is both Holy and Worthy. For them, none of that is in question at all. The beauty and synchronicity is not coincidental as these heavenly beings bring before Him what He is due. The creatures are obviously beings that have not lived among men on earth. Their purpose from eternity past is to give glory, honor and thanksgiving. They live out their ONE purpose to praise Him!

Well, what’s our ONE purpose. I thought deeply about those who walk down here – among men – who have an understanding of God’s gracious lovingkindness toward His creation and are competent to worship. It should be that way here on earth.

The saying is that everyone with any knowledge can give Him praise. It doesn’t take any theological knowledge, we have daily experiential knowledge to understand that glory, honor and thanksgiving are due Him! Anyone who believes in God can do that! Even if we think about the beauty of our salvation from sin alone!!! (Don’t miss your shout cue!) But as those beings in Heaven do what is natural to them because eternity is in their hearts … it should move those of us with the knowledge of Him in our lives and in our hearts to a place of high worship. Oh Lord You Are Worthy!!

Father, as we judge the church, or brothers, for their shallow praise or what seems like a lesser praise to us – convict our hearts! For every “HALLELUJAH!!” we hear — move our heart to worship. For every “GOD IS GOOD!” we hear, please Lord – move our hearts to worship You. Because You are worthy, Our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and praise, for you created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being. For You created each on of us …. Oh, Lord!! The praise, glory and honor that we are able to give will never be enough!!!! Help us Lord to praise You in real way

Leaving on a jet plane …

Guess what? I’m sitting in the Nairobi, Kenya airport right now!!! It has been 9 months since I have been approved to travel to Africa, and now I’m back to work fully. Friday morning I had my 6 month follow-up with the neurosurgeon, Dr. Tandon. He says that the MRI is Perfect!! EEG is Normal!! Dr. Tandon and the entire team was overjoyed that I was getting ready to travel. They found it so funny – and in line with my new personality – that the flight was leaving just hours after I left the office. 🙂 AND … they have freed me! I don’t have to visit the neurosurgeon’s office again!!!! I do have more followups with the neurologist, Dr. Hope, and with the neuropsychologist, Dr. Brier. But I Am Feeling Healed and Delivered!

Y’all … God is So Amazing!!! Amazing Healer! Amazing Way Maker! I have not sang in almost two years because I wasn’t able to remember lyrics, but I’ve been singing and worshipping even on the plane! I’ve been singing this song most …

Lord, I thank You for Your mercy; and I thank You for Your grace; for all You’ve done for me – I could never repay! But here’s all I am, please use me! I’ve been created for Your glory. And with my whole heart I’ll worship You all of my days. For You are Faithful! So Faithful! All my needs You never fail to provide! So underserving, You still adore me! So with my whole heart I’ll worship You all of my days!!

Pray with & for me. I’m out of of the USA from April 6th – May 11th. Back just in time for Mother’s Day!

  • Kenya (Malindi, Mombasa & Nairobi)
  • Malawi (Lilongwe)
  • South Africa (Kempton Park)

I’ll send pictures as I am able.

O, Lord, I know that I am blessed because I have learned to praise you with passion and strong reality. I walk in the light of Your presence, desiring to feel you with me each and every day. I rejoice in Your name, O God, every day and all of the day. I exalt in Your righteousness. Through Jesus, Your son, I will continually offer to You a true sacrifice of praise with my own lips, so that my thanks, yes my gratefulness, will lift You up in a way that everyone can see!

Encouraged … believing the healing is coming

When dealing with this kind of healing – a situation where my salvation in Christ and my strong dependence upon the Father and my strong listening to the Holy Spirit is real – there is just no way for me to be in fear.

My rules from the doctor in these first two weeks is quite real – I have to study regular language; I have to practice the names of my family; I have to rehearse and reintroduce the names of my friends, neighbors, and others that are in my regular community.

I’m enjoying hearing from people that love me deeply and who just want to be close and understand the journey! I haven’t been able to see everyone physically, but it has been amazing joy knowing that they’ve come by or called.

I’m enjoying the beauty of waking up each day desiring my Father; my Savior; and the Spirit that works in me in amazing ways!!!

It’s only week one – but I’ll be great! I know the survived Jan be used in amazing ways by the God who called me!

Keep praying!

Christ I have nothing but encouragement from being united with You, my Savior I have no doubt at all that Your love is comforting me. I have no doubt, that my Father is ensuring my connection with the Holy Spirit. Father God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit I have no doubt that depending upon you means that I will be like-minded with you, that I will be having the same love that you have placed in my heart and that I will be one in spirit and one in purpose for the sake of my belief in You!! (Philippians 2: 1–2)

Just Be Grateful!

If we If we would all wake up daily just grateful!

  • Grateful that we are alive
  • Grateful that we are living somewhere
  • Grateful that we are on some type of electronic device
  • Grateful for our family/friends
  • Grateful for jobs
  • Grateful for something to eat
  • Grateful for salvation
  • Grateful for mercy
  • Grateful for grace

You add to this list things you’re grateful for personally.

As for me I would add to that list so much more! I’m grateful for a joyful marriage, for a 91 year old mother that’s in great health and has a good mind, grateful for sons that know and love Jesus: for a home that lets me minister to others; for an incredible church family – more than I could list here, He has been so good to me!

If we spent our time thanking The Almighty for all of the things we are grateful for, maybe we’d have less time to participate in the foolishness of the flesh. You know what I mean? When I say foolishness of the flesh I mean – desiring someone that isn’t your spouse, hanging out with your friends in places that expose you to immorality as a normal thing, joining in conversations that belittle people, using our mouths to speak things that dishonor the God who blesses and keeps us – You Know What I Mean.

I encourage you to take time daily and throughout each day to keep in your mind how good God has been to you. I guarantee you that it will refocus you and turn your heart and mind toward things that bring Him honor!

Lord, please help your children live without even a hint of depravity, or any defilement or covetousness, because it is not befitting our commitment to You! Help us, Father, not to be vulgur; help our words not to be stupid.  Help us not to find laughter in things that are lowdown and dirty.  But instead let our minds, our hearts, our souls be in the habit of giving thanks to You!  You are so worthy! 

(Ephesians 5: 3–4)

Sacrifice of Praise

Christ has offered the greatest sacrifice that could ever be offered … His life! And what does God require of us? Acknowledgement of the gift through prayer, praise, and adoration to God alone. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

Truth is that our hearts often turn in worship toward many other things – much like our Old Testament brothers. Material things, the world’s success, etc.

If you want to give the sacrifice of praise, you can’t wait until you get to church – you have to do it every day from your heart! Give God praise in the name of Jesus as you work in your office; as you wash your car; as you care for the children; as you drive … all day!!

He deserves it!