About Last Night…

So on Friday evening, a missions organization in Baltimore, Ywam (Youth With A Mission) Baltimore, hosted a worship session. In this session, unlike anything else I’ve experienced, praises arose from locals and visitors from all over with a spontaneous flow. There was no agenda, no tedious schedule, and no program. Just pure, authentic worship from the heart of believers.

As we gathered, we greeted one another with smiling faces. The atmosphere was warm as the lights glistened above the platform. What I love about the location is it’s rustic nature. The building is old but has beautiful elements that have been enhanced by co-founders Devon and Kristin Potler.

The band featured was the Water and Fire band, a young boy group consisting of two guitar players and a drummer.

What I loved about the Water and Fire band is not only did they minister through music but also spoke encouraging words and scriptures over us as they continued throughout the set.

Our praises filled the air as we sang songs to the King of Kings. As we lifted our voices with the band, each person worshipped in a different way. The spirit of freedom was there.

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 NLT

The whole night was bountiful as we embraced conversations, laughs, and hugs with each other. But one thing that really stuck out to me was the hour we sang songs from heaven.

During the end of the set, the worship leader concluded that although we get caught up in the busyness of life sometimes we must not forget to be still in God’s presence. The music stopped and voices echoed across the room with small pockets, of adoration.

I caught myself envisioning being with Jesus and casting down fear in an ocean before us. Jesus shared that He was with me; that there was no need to be afraid. The worship then began to arise with “oo’s”, heavenly language, and tunes never sung before. It was sensational.

We then retreated in singing songs more recognizable like “Good, Good Father” and “How Great Is Our God”. Take a look at more footage from this holy encounter. I’m truly grateful for the experience.


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The Heart of Worship

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 KJV

Worship is a total experience. Once the music starts, the whole atmosphere changes. Voices raise, hands stretch out, feet are swayed on. Everyone comes together in expectation waiting to experience God’s presence.

Worship

  1. to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power
  2. to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion

20170519_130338Worship is not just a gathering with others. Worship can become a lifestyle. On the morning commute to work, take time to reflect on God’s goodness. How immeasurable is His love and how faithful He has been to us. My gratefulness and worship now expand beyond Sunday service. I’ve caught myself worshiping in the market, in the car, on the job in the bathroom, and many other various places. I get so filled just thinking of how bound I was by fear and how free I am now by Christ’s love.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name”

Psalm 100:4 ESV

You don’t have to perfect yourself. Let Christ’s love do the work.

20170524_084617Take the first step in your transformation process. Once we experience God’s presence we go on a clean sweep rampage. We tend to try to clean our own lives and fix everything including those around us. God admires our zeal, but it is not our job to be the quicker-picker-upper.

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other , and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7 NLT

The truth is we all have had moments of worship in our lives. It is through dancing. It comes with singing. Through ministering before others. Worship comes from the heart.

Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV

Whether that’s singing, teaching, fasting, modeling, dancing, constructing, cleaning, typing, styling, or anything else; do it in love.

We can’t worship in spirit and in truth without love. No matter what you do may your heart be humble. Give your burdens over to God and reach out to Him. He’s waiting for you.

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Thank you Father for your love. Thank you for giving me access to your amazing grace. Your peace is like none other. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. I can come freely to you, knowing that you will not judge me but you will embrace me. I appreciate your ultimate sacrifice. I appreciate your guidance. I surrender to you. Every pain, every scar, every thought, and every intention. Cleanse me for only you can. Heal me and I shall be healed. I receive your gift and I choose to worship you with a heart of gratitude. Forgive me for ever doubting you. Forgive me for ever thinking my plan would be better than yours. Make me over. Change my walk, my talk, and my thoughts so that I may please. With you, I am free. No more chain hold me down. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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Peace and Blessings!

Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

Life Happens

I am so happy and filled with joy!  I’ve had days of feeling down and days of pure delight but all of my days have been GOOD days. I’ve come to a place where I understand that situations change but you can still make the most of them.

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Maybe you’ve had a rough day, week, or even month but just know that life happens.  Keep focusing on the light in your life and surround yourself with positive people. If you can’t seem to find the light then pray or meditate. Such a small outlet can have a great impact on your life. Cheers to a happier,  healthier You.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -John 14-27

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

Click here to check out my cover of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams!

Today

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Today is the perfect day to be a great day. Today is a day that’s here to stay.
Wash away the residue from yesterday’s past.
Remember the Lord your God today.
Don’t waste time on negative thoughts, words, or deeds.
It’s time to sow a seed.
A seed of productivity.
A seed of creativity.
A seed of joy.
So let today be your best day.
With all your might let your mind excite.

This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24 NLT

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Be blessed and live your best life 🙂

Should I Walk by Faith?

It is often stated that we walk by faith and not by sight. The passage comes from 2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV). Many are adamant about “walking” in faith. But I’d like to share how walking is not enough.

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What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? – James 2:14

As a saved woman I have learned how to operate in faith. There have been days when I’ve sat around in procrastination. Just “walking” in my faith and expecting miracles. But when I saw the results  were not coming, I decided to analyze my level of expectation and actions toward my so called “faith”. What I realized is that I had unrealistic expectations and no investments toward my goal. Would someone just come up to me and give me a job? Would the rent money come in a package from nowhere? I have now seen results by using my hustle & faith.

Hustle & faith means I’m gonna show God how bad I want [his results]. – Marcus D. Wiley

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What the world sees as a definite loss, I see as a possibility of greatness; an opportunity for God’s gain.

So lately I’ve been doing a lot of sorting and thinking. Trying to conjure up an explanation for why I am in this current season. Trying to figure out where to go from here.

I don’t know where I’m going but I know that God is taking me there. – Marcus D. Wiley

I have asked God for many things in the past. A certain type of profession. Husband traits.  Home architectural properties. God has blessed me with some things I said I wanted. Sometimes I wonder if I should have asked to be a music teacher. Life can throw you curveballs and make you question if this is what you really wanted. But then I remember the lives that have been touched and the sacrifices made that have brought a sense of fulfillment and completion.

My journey is far from over. I am on God’s GPS accelerating to where He is taking me. He knows the destination. My hustle and faith rejuvenate me along the way.

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Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. – James 2:15-17

I encourage everyone to purchase Marcus D. Wiley’s book titled Hustle & Faith.

Check out my singing cover of Fight Song 🙂

GOD IS WITH YOU. NOW BE BLESSED…