I wrote this post while in the shower. On Pandora, I could hear “… here in the love of Christ I stand”.
Which ironically is the first words on Part 1.
My best ideas come to me in the shower. I’ve joked that I need a recorder built in the wall. Maybe John Taylor can make that happen. As you know, I’m reading Jen Hatmaker’s book 7.
She shares that she came up with the idea of 7 in the shower. As I’m writing this post…in the shower…I’m somehow feel like I’m now part of some cool writer’s club. I mean, this is going to be good stuff people. I’m so excited to share. And although John Taylor keeps thinking I’m taking a 20 minute (or hour) long shower to
get away from the kids
have some time to myself, it’s really because I come up with my best stuff in the shower! He may think we’re eating roman noodles and Cheerios due to the fact he’s unemployed, but it’s really because we need running water, not for obvious reasons but for my writing career…of course….
Today I want to share with you about a 30 day challenge I did last January. I’m going in chronological order people, just FYI. If you’re new here, welcome! And, there are links to Part 1, 2, & 3 at the bottom of this post.
Last January I heard of a 30 day challenge. K-Love, a radio station, was challenging listeners to listen to only God’s Word in Christian music for 30 days. Fasting secular music, huh…I was doing 7 before 7 was cool!
I loved Christian music, and that’s usually all I listened to in the car already. But, I decided to really take the challenge. No secular music for 30 days. At all. Not only that, but I would play Christian music on K-Love, Pandora, or iTunes during times that I usually didn’t — during morning devotion time, while I was blogging, in the shower, getting ready, etc. It’s amazing what God’s Word will do in your life when you hear it, sing it, let it.
In case you haven’t noticed, Christian music is simply scripture. And, the Word of God is living and active…sharper than a double-edged sword…it judges the attitudes of the heart…. (Hebrews 4:12) Maybe that’s why my attitude starting to change drastically by the end of January 2010….
By the time we had moved back to Birmingham, I couldn’t live without worshipping. Now, don’t misunderstand….I’m not against secular music. And hey, I’ve been known to jam out to some Christina, Dave Matthews, Faith, Avril, Rusted Root, Jewel (Oooo, love my Jewel), Sheryl, and the occasional Nelly during my jogs. Old school, I know. I’m also not saying to burn your secular CD’s and your husband’s. He might not be too thrilled. I’m just saying it changed my life. This is our story I’m sharing and that’s part of it. I’m also saying that worship is a huge part of being a Christ Follower and I didn’t even know it.
Have you ever read the book, “The 5 Languages of Love”? Well, worship is sort-of God’s Love Language. “If we’re going to love God, we need to know His love language.” (Pastor Chris Hodges)
A couple of things I realized about worship:
1. The world has led us to believe that drums, bands, and hand rasing is “contemporary” and head down, body stiff, hymnal open is “traditional”. But, it’s actually the other way around……(hear me out) The Bible, in Psalms, uses the word praise, but translated there are actually several different words used when speaking of praise and worship:
HALEL : to rave, boas, celebrate
YADAH : to acknowledge in public
BARAK : to bless by kneeling or bowing
ZAMAR : making music to God with strings
SHABACH : to address in a loud tone
TOWDAH : to lift hands in adoration
TEHILAH : exuberant singing
2. We can’t go into church service worshipping because we like the music. Yes, it sometimes so easy to thing this fabulous concert is ALL FOR US! No, it’s all for Him. Worship is giving, not receiving. This is hard for me sometimes. “If worship is love expressed, it can’t be based on what we want, but what HE wants.” (Pastor Chris Hodges)
God’s Word says to love the Lord with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, and all our strength (Mark 12:30). It wasn’t until I let go of what the world thought about worship and started letting God’s Word through music move me. That is when life change happened for me. “God is on everyone’s list somewhere…salvation is putting God on top.” (Pastor Chris Hodges)
At the end of that 30 day challenge, I saw my situation in a whole new light. I was able to face the day with a whole new attitude. I was a different person in a different place. I truly believe it was because God’s Truth was being spoken and sung over me and I was not only seeking Him, I was worshipping Him. I was giving Him my all, not my left-overs. I was loosing myself in Him and His Word to find life in this life and world. I am now one of those who can’t help but worship with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength because I have a deep desire to. It’s funny how just a little 3o day challenge I wanted to do turned into the best worship experience ever. Not only that, but God working in my life through changing me from the inside out.
This point in our story marks a huge turning point for me. I was relying on God more than ever and His promises were ringing true….even if I didn’t feel Him there all the time, He was there more than ever. Next time you’re in “contemporary” worship and you feel funny raising your hands towards the Heavens and giving God all you’ve got, just think of this picture:
People don’t think twice about the act of worship during a football game. Is it really so silly to worship the True and Living God in which we live to serve and our salvation depends on? Kind-of puts things in perspective for me…..
Part 1 (a)
Part 1 (b)