Finding God in Choir Practice

By Lane P. Jordan:

It may seem strange to be “finding” God in a choir practice!  Isn’t He supposed to be there all along?

 

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But tonight, as I studied the songs, practiced the notes and thought about what I was singing I suddenly sensed His divine presence.

Yes, I was in a very large auditorium.  Yes, the flood lights were in full “light” mode.  But the sweetness of the moments as I sang praises to the great I Am made me fully aware that God is real.  He really is with us.  He really loves us.  And He inhabits the praise of His people!

Even though I was doing a “church” activity, I could put self aside and be able to just worship and praise our God.  He is mighty to save and mighty to serve.  Oh how I hope each person who does a task in church, whether it’s sitting in a pew or serving, finds God.

And that’s all He wants.

@Lane P. Jordan.  Lane is a bestselling author, national speaker, singer, certified life coach and contributor to the Finding God Daily blog.  Visit Lane on her web at www.LaneJordanMinistries.com 

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Find God in Silence

By Lane P. Jordan:

Sometimes we find God best in silence.

 

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Today was like any other day at church.  We sat in our usual spot.  We sang songs.  The collection plate was passed around.  And then nothing happened.

No one went up to the platform.  People moved uncomfortably in their seats.

And then, on the big video screens, were words.  Words typed into the system by the pastor.

He started typing the sermon he wanted us to feel, not hear.

You see, we all have too much noise in our life, he wrote. Too much going on.  From work to chores to school to family to drama to problems, our lifestyles cause us too much noise.

We need to ask ourselves:  Are we so busy that we can’t find God in our daily lives?

Are you so busy that you are missing the voice of God?

How are we going hear God when He speaks if we aren’t listening?

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

God tells us to be still.  To be quiet.  So we can hear His voice.

This Sunday, I found God in that silence.  And what was even more remarkable, I found joy coming out from my Spirit.  It was as if all the unimportant things stopped and the important part of being with God was heard and felt.

Why not stop right now and listen for the voice of God in your life?

Enjoy this video with Dr. Charles Stanley, on how to teach yourself and your kids to listen to God:

@Lane_Jordan.  Lane is a bestselling author, national speaker, singer, certified life coach and contributor to the Finding God Daily blog.  Visit Lane on her web at www.LaneJordanMinistries.com

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Find God in Grief During Christmas

By Lane P. Jordan:

Can we find God in grief at Christmastime? Is it possible for us to still feel joy in the true meaning of Christmas this year?

 

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I am so overwhelmed with the Sandy Hook shootings that I haven’t been able to write this blog.  I keep thinking of what to say to you dear readers and then I just cry again.  Of course, I had planned on writing about Christmas and all it means to us. Well, maybe I still can.

The answer everyone asks when something this tragic occurs is “Why?” “Why did this happen.  Why didn’t God stop the shootings?”

My pastor on Sunday talked about this question too.  And his reply was excellent!

We were created perfect in the Garden of Eden:  In a perfect environment with perfect relationships between God and us and each other.  But when sin came into mankind, it destroyed this perfect harmony.  God still wants to give us the perfect world so in order to do that, He knew He would have to send a Savior:  a perfect substitute for our sin, a perfect bridge from sinful man to holy God.

But there were many consequences to the sin that invaded our world and our bodies.  And the first sin reported was murder. Cain killed his very own brother, Abel.

God, in His love for us, gave us free will. So humans have free will in a world that has the tension of evil at war with good.

Remember this verse?

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8).

When we remember this verse, we remember that evil is alive and well, working daily to in filter the hearts and minds of people to destroy everything that God made and holds dear.

And do you remember the verse that said, “Jesus wept.”?

He knew He had the power to raise the dead but for God’s Glory and revelation to the people, Jesus allowed his best friend, Lazarus, to die. He later raised him from the dead.

Yet when Lazarus died, Jesus wept. I know that Jesus wept when those children died. I don’t know why He didn’t stop it from happening, but I do know that God is God. And that God is in control.

We just have to stand firm, “firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.  And after you have suffered for a little, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

So why can we celebrate Christmas? Because God sent his Son to save us from the sin that is in this earth! And when we celebrate Christ’s birth, we celebrate all that God did for us and will do for us in eternity when the chains of evil will be broken and we will once again live in perfect harmony with our God.

And while we are thanking God for His Son, we must continue to pray for those families.  From Psalm 130:1-2, we are shown that God knows we have prayers from the depths of despair:

“Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord.  Lord, hear my voice!  Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.”

And as we pray, we are given great comfort so that we can then, in turn comfort others.

 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”  2 Corinthians 1:3-7

May you have the joy and the comfort of Christ this Christmas.

©Lane Jordan. Lane is a bestselling author, national speaker, singer, certified life coach and contributor to the Finding God Daily blog.  Visit Lane on her web at www.LaneJordanMinistries.com  or on Twitter at @Lane_ Jordan.

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