After a long day at work and normal exhaustion, I found myself sitting in a church to worship at a Kari Jobe concert. My children were so excited to be there. Honestly, I was excited to be there but I was done, raveled, and a tad fed up in some areas. I had an attitude. The hardest place to be when you are feeling this way is around people who seem to have it all together–church. The night unfolded and God taught me through hands on experiences how to move past “self” and worship where you are–“Come as you are”.
Kari reminded us of the fact that if a microphone was passed around the room imagine all the stories we would hear–we are all connected in our struggles and suffering. The songs focused us on Jesus’ love and His never-ending presence in our lives.
The More I Seek You–Kari Jobe
The more I seek you,
The more I find you
The more I find you, the more I love you
I wanna sit at your feet
Drink from the cup in your hand.
Lay back against you and breath, feel your heart beat
This love is so deep, it’s more than I can stand.
I melt in your peace, it’s overwhelming
Embracing where I was in the moment and fervently praying for my job, my children, my husband, and family, I heard the sweetest sound–my children worshiping beside me. God’s Word shares there is “no greater joy than to hear our children are walking in the Truth”. There is no greater joy than to hear the name of Jesus spoken from the mouth of your child and to see them with hands raised, tears flowing, and an earnest seeking of the Lord. I remember when we bought the Kari Jobe CD. My oldest was travelling to college each day, and she would worship to the song – “You Are For Me”.
I know that You are for me
I know that You are for me
I know that You will never
Forsake me in my weakness
The song that challenged all of us was to trust God for the impossible–to go deep into the waters and ask Him to show you how to walk upon the waters! Lord, where do you want us to grow and be uncomfortable so Your amazing work can be done in our lives?
How fitting for her to sing, You are never alone, shortly after we sang about the impossible. He goes before us! We sang over and over again–I am never alone.
The next morning at work I was cleaning out my computer bag and look what I found for confirmation. This was colored by my child years ago and God brought it out at the proper time:
You never have to be alone because God is there.
You never have to be afraid because God is there.
You never have to be embarrassed because He’s there.
Most of us know the song “How He Loves” by David Crowder. What struck me as we sang this song was the few lines in the song:
And heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way
Oh, how He loves us, oh
Oh, how He loves us, how He loves all
How He loves….
When we worship we don’t have time to maintain regrets! Lord open my heart all through the day to Worship You!
Video: My youngest singing her VBS song!