worship and the value of the fight

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I know this isn’t easy. But it is, oh, so important.

I am walking, mid-morning light on my face, bag slung over one shoulder. I speak to remind sisters what I need to remember too: we battle to receive Life, and this battle requires our full attention. We cannot afford to sleep; we must attend to our hearts; we must call our spirits to awake. Come on now.

I spend my early morning playing worship music over myself. Earbuds pressed in, my legs pushing out, my arms pulling the handles of the rowing machine we keep in the studio behind our house. Through dark windows I watch dawn kiss the air outside. Wake up, Wake up. There is light coming.

We wait, expecting, watching hope give birth again. Come, Holy Spirit, fill us up. We need you.

My heart is raw, hungry. And I want to keep it this way. More of God means more of the real us, a daughter who knows who she is and who connects with her Father . . . which means we get more of Him. A win-win.

In worship, Father reminds us what is true. He shows us who He is. And in that truth we know who we are. And then we can declare truth–over ourselves, over our hearts, over our minds, over our bodies, over our family, over our home, over our relationships, over our work.

This is the the act of worship–and where we want to stay. So we pray: Keep me raw. Keep me true. Keep me hungry.

This is not passive listening. This is a choosing–a surrendering of a rebellious heart to gain a heart of hope. Father, shine your light in.

We let our Father love us, and, through His love, we are able to love ourselves and love others–a task that means life and death. A task that is the most important thing we can ever do.

So, girl, come on now, we need to fight for our own hearts. We need to recognize our own desperation for God. We need to stand up and claim our place–daughter, beloved one–and do whatever it takes to wake ourselves up to worship the One who is worthy.

There is nothing more vital to our lives right now. More essential than our beating heart, the accomplishment of our wildest dream. All goodness comes from the Father who loves us. Let’s not forget to tap into His truth today.

We are made to worship. We are made to turn to the One who made us and give him glory in all things.

The One who made us shows us how to love Him so we can receive the love He has to give us. And after that, nothing is ever the same.

What is one thing you do every day that turns your mind and your heart to God? How has this changed you? What is your favorite way to worship Him? (*And here is the link to the video of me declaring aloud this truth.)

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  • I truly feel like when I read the words written from your heart that I am walking and surrendering more to Father. This really encouraged me today!! Thanks so much!!

  • Worship music is one of the best ways to give our Father glory, honor, and praise. I worship God first thing in the morning by, reading His word, praying and I journal. When I’m journaling, it’s like I’m writing and talking to Him at the same time.

  • Thank you so much for that encouraging word. In our home we worship Father with praise at different times of the day there is praise and worship in our home and we love it..In the car when my grandsons are with us in the shower, at breakfast in the garage on the running machine wherever and whenever.. praise the God of my salvation

  • Thanks for the encouraging word I love to worship the Lord. I haven’t got the best of voices but it doesn’t mater as God loves us with or without a good voice lol. I can get so close to the Lord in praise and worship. Just listening to the lyrics can speak to me. In most of the worship songs today is a lot of healing, encouraging and strengthening. God is Love and he show us through is word and worship.

  • Thank you for the encouragement….so true…I have two ways of starting each day to live in victory everyday and that is to anoint myself and my husband every morning as soon as I am out of bed and before I get out of bed I put on the armour of God! What a victorious life we can have through Jesus Christ our Saviour !

    • I work at a very large company and when I walk through the door in the morning nothing exists except my tasks and interactions for the day. I never had even a second to stop and think about God. The first thought as I walked out the door every afternoon was that I had not thought or spoken to My Lord once all day. It saddened me so and I so desperately wanted Him to be on my mind all day, I missed Him so much.

      I began to look for ways to put Him in my day, to stop my brain for just a few seconds at some point during the day to think of Him. He has been my friend and companion for so long It hurt to not have Him on my mind all day long. I put alarms on my phone and computer, but most of the time I would be in a meeting, on the phone or with someone and would not be able to stop. Couldn’t stream music due to firewall protection. Everything I tried seem to fail.
      Finally, I found a way and it has turned out to be a good way to share my faith with others as well.
      I printed bible verses on paper and cut them into slips of paper kind of like fortune cookies and I have them under my monitors. I carry them in my laptop bag, my purse and my car. Between tasks, while I’m waiting for a meeting to start or my computer to load I pick one up and read it and pray a little prayer.
      People always ask me what those are so I get to share. I have even given a couple to people when they come into my office or while waiting in a meeting if I feel led by the Lord.
      It is funny how God works. I have been trying to figure this out for almost a year and all the sudden this idea came up and the impact is much larger then me bringing God into my work days, it is bringing God and the word of into many people’s lives.

  • I have a 40 minute commute to work every day. Especially on the way in the morning, I like to listen to a worship CD. Even if I’m not entirely awake yet, just singing the words out loud is like preaching to myself. Even if I’m not paying attention to the words, I am making muscle memory, which is heart memory, too.

    Thank you so much for your writing. Your writing and your audio recordings (that I first found on YouVersion’s Bible app!) have been such a help and encouragement. So often it’s just what I needed to hear. Keep up the Good Work! You are a vessel that He loves to use, and uses well.

  • Hi Jennifer
    I find tremendous inspiration from all your writings/emails/etc. and agree that it really sets the tone for the day to start off tuning in to God on waking in the morning. He is calling us to wake up, rise up out of the dust, crawl out of where we are “hiding” and start afresh, renewed, revived, in his Spirit.
    I live in South Africa, in a city called Port Elizabeth on the east coast. It is wonderful to be part of a global community of women. Thank you for your words. Love, Patsy

  • I am trying to conceive of the idea that God delights and rejoices over me, that His love quiets me, that He refuses to remember my sins as I confess and repent. As little girl, I was not delighted in. Thank you so very much for this post!