Dance in the Rain

What I really wanted

Is to dance in the rain

Holding nothing back

Everything to gain

 

But that’s not what happened

As the downpours came

In the midst of the storms

I just crumbled again

 

As I cried out to You

My tears fell like the rain

I stumbled and fell

My heart full of shame

 

But You never leave me there

Crumpled on the floor

 

No, You never leave me there

 

You pick me up

And say you’re OK

You say “Trust Me now,

I’ll never leave you

And I’m right here, 

Child, I’m right here

 

Be still My Child

It’ll be alright

Cause I’ve got you now 

And I’ll hold you tight

 

Give it all to Me

I want everything

I paid the price

To set you free

Let go of the shame

And give Me your pain

I’ll work it out

It’ll be all right

Just wait and see

And leave it to Me

 

Dust yourself off now

And remember you are Mine

You’re never alone

Remember you are Mine

 

Dance like you want to

Praise, come what may 

You’re getting stronger 

You can dance….. 

Dance in the rain.”

A Key for Breakthrough

“a key to breakthroughbe persistent, and even brave enough, to move forward in your ‘assignment’ (task at hand) even if you don’t feel up to it, or qualified. Learn to discern the times God is telling you to pull back, but learn to also recognize when it’s the enemy trying to push you back. As you maintain forward movement, not only do you break through the hindrances set up against you, you may very well be surprised to find the others who are coming through with you, or behind you in the process. What you’re going through may seem crushing and impossible to overcome – but going through will have a farther reaching outcome than sitting down, bowing out or walking away. He who is in you, and with you, is far greater than he who is in the world. Love Him right where you’re at and keep reaching!!”

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This was my Facebook status that I posted today… gleaned from yet one more set of circumstances; both adverse and advanced (thank God for the prophetic word!!) with the advanced equipping for the adverse, making a way for a great outcome!   🙂

Since this lesson learned seemed to have touched a needed place in several, I thought maybe it should be shared here as well. If it’s for you, be blessed, stay in Hope, and keep pressing in and pressing on.

Follow up to Crossing Over

Well, this “crazy” week is just about over. I was given the immense pleasure of helping a dear friend with worship at another friend’s house where she would be hosting a prophet I know who has been in the area on one of his trips. I was also asked to lead worship for the next morning’s service at a small local church. In the week leading up to last weekend’s activities, ‘life’ got ridiculously challenging. 

Once dates were added to this week’s schedule as well, also with the same minister, that’s when the bottom started give out. Those events  are some of what I wrote about in my last post. I chose though, to stay with the schedule, even while looking forward to the ‘rest’ afterward. I believed that God had some big things planned in this region and for the people who’ve been in the trenches. And because this was, for most of the past week, in my ‘backyard’, I was refusing to let the enemy knock me out-of-the-way. I did not want to miss out on any of what God was about to do.

My main purpose in this follow-up, is to attempt to convey the concept I was trying to convey in the Crossing Over post. It’s not just about Crossing Over, as in passing from death to life, or even going through the trials vs avoiding or looking for the easy way out. But it is more about the belief that God is a rewarder.  I fully believe there are times and seasons, where family is to be first priority. But then there are times, this week having been one of them, when even family trials and tragedies must be set on the back burner. Where emotions must be relinquished unto God, either permanently or until another time. Where we need to hand Daddy all the grief, the fear, the anxiousness, the uncertainties and certainly the circumstances so far beyond our control in which worry can only do harm.

A funny thing happens when we pick ourselves up in the midst of the turmoil and complete what He’s set before us to do. Like praising instead of sulking, or hiding. Like ministering to others while our own hearts are breaking. He shows up in ways he may not have otherwise. I guess it’s because we’re walking in a new level of trust, and/or because when we are ‘weak’, He really is strong on our behalf. All I know, is that I’m glad I did not let the events and struggles of the past couple of weeks cause me to sit down and back-up. 

Most of today was a beautiful ending to schedule of meetings and services. Daddy God answered a few prayers His little girl didn’t expect Him to answer, at least not yet. It was a dear privilege and an honor to get to minister with this man of God  that I have such deep respect and affection toward. Have the trials disappeared? Haha.. not a chance. But instead of wallowing, or feeling utterly defeated or completely depressed, I had the satisfaction that came from pressing through to be a part of God’s plan. There’s my joy. It’s not about ‘works’, but being part of what He is doing brings more satisfaction than just about anything I can think of. It’s a love thing.  🙂

Don’t get me wrong. I’m still exhausted. I don’t know how some, like this particular minister, can travel from meeting after meeting after meeting for as long or in as intense an atmosphere they often minister in. I had a blast while it lasted, but I’m ready for my Sabbath rest. Next week starts a whole new leg of the journey as well as a funeral that I don’t think any of us are really looking forward to. I’m not complaining. 🙂 

Lord, grant us the wisdom, to recognize your timing; when it’s time to put aside ministry for you in order to be there for our families, and when it’s time to let nothing and no one stand in the way of what you desire to do in us and through us, as well as the rhythm of running and resting.  🙂