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My life’s theme song February 29, 2008

Posted by theregenerateme in Thoughts that sanctify.
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Well, this is a “light” post, in terms of context…which I guess is unusual for me. I just stumbled on this song the other day, and I LOVED IT! There are a few other songs like this in the Christian world of music, but this is the only one I have found so far that’s by a woman artist. It’s danceable and fun, and gets me all pumped up and thankful to God for my new life! I guess she doesn’t have a music video for it yet, but I found this on youtube, which is better than nothing…plus you can see the lyrics! Enjoy!

Worshiping Him in song,

Lauren

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Who do you live for? February 25, 2008

Posted by theregenerateme in Thoughts that sanctify.
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Okay, so if you know me, either by way of friendship, family, or just through the Internet, then you probably know that I am passionate about one thing……evangelism. I think about God, His grace, my faith in Him, my church, my friends and family in regards to Christianity, and spreading the Gospel-pretty much all day long. I’m not kidding. I remember asking my husband a year or so back, “how often do you think about God?” I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I do remember telling him that for me it was (and still is) 24/7. I think about how humbly blessed I am that God picked me out and saved me. I think about how unbelievable the whole concept of grace is. But more than those, I am constantly thinking about how I can witness to someone. What can I say? How can I say it? When do I refrain and pray, and when do I open my mouth and hope the Holy Spirit does the talking? Then this passage came to mind…..

“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void. ” (1 Cor 1:17)

Well, for several weeks, if not longer, one question has been echoing in my mind and heart. It’s this; “Who do you live for?” I really have grown to love this question because it starts the domino effect in a conversation. I have turned to myself and my own life with this question, and the question that naturally follows, and here’s what I got;

1. Who do I live for? God.

2. How do I live for Him? I live for God with my voice-by praising Him with worship, by laying all my burdens at His feet through prayer, and by talking to my husband, friends, family, and strangers about the Good News.

I live for God through my hands-by my fingertips to the keyboard, by serving my church family and others, and by using my hands at home for His glory-whether that be housework or cooking.

I live for God with my heart-by always asking God to cleanse my heart and give me His desires, by being passionate about my faith, by feeling heartbroken for the unsaved, and by loving one another in a way that is pleasing to God.

I live for God through my marriage-by using it as a ministry, by honoring my husband through submission and obedience, by sharing my testimony in effort to give God glory for a transformed relationship, and by teaching our children the spiritual tools they need to equip them for a Christian life.

I live for God by means of an obedient lifestyle-by staying in fellowship with a church body as He has called us to do, by spreading the Gospel with every chance I get, by standing firm in my faith and not being afraid of the persecution of man, by keeping His commandments, and by loving my husband and honoring our marriage.

I hope as you read this, you will take the time to look in the mirror, and ask yourself the powerful question, “Who do you live for?” If you don’t like your answer, then maybe it’s time for something radical to happen in your life, namely God!

Living For Him,

Lauren

My theme is Prayer February 20, 2008

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Really since the beginning of this year, prayer seems to be the hot topic of my spiritual life. With every situation, I’m reminded either from The Holy Spirit directly, or through a Christian friend (or even awesome sermons at CBC), that I must go to the Lord in prayer. I have learned to appreciate prayer and the power in it, more and more as I walk with Jesus. I have enjoyed reading books like “The Power of a Praying Wife”. I have even seen the mercy of God by answering my prayers. Not that God owes us any sort of validation or confirmation, but when I see what a tool prayer really is, it certainly does strengthen my faith.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil 4:6)

 Every time I read this passage, I am reminded of two things. 1.-God calls us to pray–not to worry, stress, fret, gossip, consume, or be ridden with anxiety over something. He wants us to fall on our knees, cry out to Him, surrender the burden at His feet, and trust His Sovereignty.2. God calls us to be deliberate and consistent, without wavering. We don’t pray for something one time, but over and over, with a consistency and trust for His timing in all things. This is something I had to learn through different trials. But God is so gracious to me, and lovingly taught me to just keep coming to Him with my burdens. And I praise Him for that!

I can’t help but think of my past in relation to prayer. You see, I used to “pray to God”–but he didn’t hear my prayers;

“He who turns away his ear from listening to the law,
         Even his prayer is an abomination.” (Prov 28:9)

Yes that’s right, an abomination! If you aren’t truly a believer, a child of God, then when you pray, you are praying to a false God. One that you have created in your mind of who you think God is. A God of this world, not the true God found in His Word. And that’s exactly what I was doing. I had claimed to know God, therefore I knew who I was praying to. But it was in vain. It was idolatry. It wasn’t praying to my Heavenly Father, who calls me by name…it was praying to, nothing. God has pruned me so radically, that I am now seeing and understanding the fruitfulness that will bear from prayer. Even still, I need to be (constantly) reminded to go and seek Him, pray with a fervent heart, and be devoted and committed to Him in doing so. I challenge the same thing for whoever reads this. If you already know God, the True God, then be reminded today to seek Him first, to have a strong prayer life, to give Him thanks and praise when praying, and to be patient for His Sovereign timing in all things. If you think you know God, but aren’t sure, then fall on your knees and cry out to the Lord. Confess and repent for your sinfulness (we all are fallen, and always will be), and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Then He WILL give you the desire for prayer, and so many other things! The Holy Spirit is an amazing, supernatural being that will reside inside of you, and transform your life! Just fall down and ask Him for help!

As for me, I really mean it when I say that prayer is my theme right now. It will always be an incredibly important tool in my Christian life, but for some reason only God knows right now, He is really teaching me to just…pray pray pray! With that said, what better time to do just that;

My precious Lord and Savior, I praise your name. I thank you for giving me the gift of Your Holy Spirit, that resides in me. I know this was not a gift that I earned or ever could, but a free gift of your grace. I boast in you Lord Jesus. For your transforming power in my life. For the work you are doing in me everyday. Oh God, for the awareness and merciful reminder to me that I must come to you in prayer. I desire that through my prayer life, I will know You more, seek You more, and love You more. I thank You for Christian friends Lord. Specifically for Ali. Lord I cannot thank You enough for her friendship, love, and Christian accountability. I praise You Jesus for allowing her and I to make time to come together in prayer. I ask that You will strengthen my desires to start our prayer time again, as we have let that slip. I love You so much Lord God, and thank you for sending Jesus to take on the judgement that was intended for me. I know that hell is what we all deserve, but because of Your grace, I will meet you in heaven! I can’t wait to see Your face! In Your name I pray, amen.

Prayerfully His,

Lauren