Monday, November 30, 2015

Singing Over Me

Is it just me, or is anyone else struggling on this fine Monday morning?
I mean, I had my "Spark" and read my Psalms...
I fed the dogs, the children, and myself, and got everyone out the door on time.
But when it came time to go into my study and get in my Word, I kept getting distracted. I was trying to clear my space so that I could just sit down and focus.

Focus on HIM.

Focus on the special word or instructions that He had in store for me today.

But everything I picked up to put away, spurred me to take some other kind of action.
A box from Amazon.com... "Oh, I need to wrap that present."
A note from school... "I gotta get that date on my calendar."
A child's folder... "Let me put that in his book bag.  Lord have mercy! Let me clean out his book bag!"
And on it went.
Finally, I sat in my de-cluttered space to get into some scripture.
I looked at the clock...  "Well, there goes my morning, but I am determined to get this study in today, even if I do NOTHING else."

Yes, Friends.  It's THAT important.

Cue music.  (I always have some worship music playing in the background to set my mind on Jesus before opening His Love Letter.)  Today, it's Christy Nockels singing, "Everything Is Mine In You".  I picked up my book.  The current study I am going through is Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan for Specific and Strategic Prayer.   The focal passage for today came out of Ephesians...
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms... Ephesians 1:17-20
That's when it happened.

Jesus SHOWED UP and SHOWED OUT!!!

(Seriously, y'all, I am getting goosebumps as I type this. You better believe I got me some MAJOR goosebumps at the time!! Not just goosebumps, that's not strong enough imagery.  Let me say it like my youngest, Sam, used to say, "My chill hairs are popping out!" ;-) )

As I read the words on the page, the verses of the song were echoing the very same thought.  Do you get what I'm telling you?

God gave me his word in STEREO!!!

Here's what I'm talking about... As the lesson writer went on to focus on Paul's prayer for the Ephesians (and for you and me, too!) I was taking notes.  As I wrote down a line, I heard the song say something similar, or at least something I could apply.  Don't believe me??  Here's the proof.

My Notes... (Song Lyrics are blue).
Paul wants us to...
    1. Receive a spirit of wisdom  - Even when my heart is breaking, even when my hands are empty, I can trust you with my longing....
    2. Be enlightened to grasp the "hope of his calling"  - Against all hope... help me hope.  Against all fear... draw me near.  I will hope!  I will draw near!!!
    3. Recognize the "riches of the glory of His inheritance" - You are my inheritance, and in You I have everything I need!
    4. Know the "surpassing greatness of his power" toward us - You are Master over all...
    5. Realize that we are seated with Him in the heavenly places - And you are seated in the heavenlies... 
    6. Understand that even though we were "dead", he has given us life -  Everything is mine in you... past or present, death or life....
Yes, friends.... Jesus knew my scatterbrained self was having trouble staying focused on Him today, so he sang over me.  The very words of scripture that he wanted me to study, were blessing my ears in song.  

HOW. COOL. IS. THAT!?!?!?!

The point of all this - other than the fact that when Jesus does stuff like this I just HAVE to share it - is to show you that He knows what we need.  And when we come to him with a sincere heart, seeking his presence and desiring his truth, HE. SHOWS. UP!!!

He didn't just sing, y'all... He totally ROCKED MY FACE OFF!! 

I am still in awe of Him.  Of His grace and mercy.  Of the fact that even though I am small, and I am focused on my little "to-do" list, He is GREAT OLD BIG and HE... the master of the universe took time to SPEAK TO ME!  
Pry our fingers from the earthly, Oh, let us love your glory...
Just as these lyrics filled my ears,,, His presence filled my soul.

Thank you, Jesus!!

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