Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Why can't I dance?

I'm beginning to question my music standards. I just kind of adopted the belief that "worldly sounding" music, and dancing were bad. But I never actually had any beliefs on the subject of my own. I've heard sermons on how "Christian rock" is bad and how "our music" shouldn't sound like the world's and I agree with that, BUT does that mean that we can't use certain instruments? Does that mean that a song that has an energetic beat is wrong? I'm thinking no. I think YHVH loves to hear us lift up our voices in songs of praise. 

“Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.” -Psalm 47:6
"Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.” -Psalm 68:4
 “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” –Psalm 100:2
Those are just a few of the times that singing unto the Lord is mentioned in Scripture. So now that we have that cleared up. When I sing, I sing with my whole body. I sway, move my arms, or I may even be led to bounce around. Of course this is in private! :o) But singing praises to YHVH is not just moving my lips. It really takes my whole being to praise HIM! But in most conservative Christian circles dancing is seriously frowned upon. So is any music that has too much of a beat to it (meaning drums are out).
Now I don’t think that the music needs to overpower the message in the song which happens all too often, when we focus too much on the beat, or when we remake songs of the world and give them “spiritual” lyrics. But what’s wrong with a simple melody that has a variety of instruments (not just a piano) and it leads the listener to DANCE? I say nothing BUT what do the Scriptures say?
“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” -Ecclesiastes 3:4
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”-Psalm 30:11-12
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.” –Psalm 150:4
“Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry” –Jeremiah 31:4

I’m thinking there is nothing wrong with dancing to praise YHVH. In fact I think that if we are dancing with a pure heart that is truly praising HIM then it’s a good thing. There's nothing wrong with singing Psalms and hymns, but I'm finding there's nothing wrong with other songs either. Now I have to go find some good worship music! :o) 

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Covered Birth

            During this pregnancy I was in so much pain, I just wanted to have the baby and get it over with! In the last two months I started having contractions off and on and it was really getting to me. I kept thinking is this it? Ok now is this it? I was timing contractions like a mad woman! Through all of this YHVH was working on me in some other areas and I was learning and being convicted about different things. One of those things was headcovering. I have been back and forth over this issue a million times, but it seems like it kept coming up in my personal reading and study time. Even my husband couldn't deny it was a recurring theme. I asked him to pray on it and see if he felt as strongly about it as I did. I really haven’t gotten a definitive answer out of him BUT he agreed that I could cover in the house, while he was at work.
                Covering at home led to not only more prayer time, but more FULFILLING prayer time. I found that after awhile I couldn’t pray without having something on my head. I also found myself getting lost in prayer and really pouring out my soul to YHVH. I couldn’t believe how much of a blessing I was receiving. It was like YHVH showed me how to come to Him, in a way that set me free. Having my head covered gave me a freedom I never even knew existed, a feeling of real closeness and intimacy with God.
                It was during my prayer time that God showed me that I didn’t really trust Him with my pregnancy and birth. I had said a million times that I trusted Him, but I wasn’t. I was trusting man. I was constantly timing contractions and calling the doctor. Finally I gave up timing contractions and I actually let go. I began spending time in prayer for the little life in my womb. I spent time focusing on the time I had left to enjoy being part of a miracle. Then it happened, I went into labor!
                I was only 38 weeks along. I had completely given up on having the baby early and settled on the fact that God willing come February (I was looking far ahead) I would be holding a baby. So on New Year’s Eve when the contractions started I had no idea what was about to happen.  I had been really sick for hours. I spent  the whole day in bed or in the bathroom. My poor husband had to deal with lots of a mess. But he’s so good about taking care of me when I’m sick. I really thought I had eaten something bad. Then at around 10pm it happened. I started having contractions. I just ignored them the best I could while I went on watching movies in bed. The New Year came in and hubby came and gave me a kiss, then I went to bed. I woke up at around 3am in serious pain. I tried to go back to sleep but the pain was really getting to me. I managed to get a little sleep in between contractions, and around 9am I was shaking my husband letting him know something was seriously going on. I asked him to help me get in the tub, at which point he insisted on timing my contractions. I had given up on timing them so I told him I didn’t want to know how far apart they were.  So he timed them and I sat in the tub trying not to get my hopes up.  After about an hour with nothing getting better, I called the doctor and insisted they let me come in.
                I tied on my headcovering before leaving for the hospital and I felt a certain strength come about me. It was the first time I would be covering outside of my home. I didn’t realize how much it would be a blessing. We left for the hospital and at this point I couldn’t walk or talk through my contractions. When we arrived at the hospital it seemed like no one believed that I was actually going to have my baby, but I just left it up to YHVH.
                Throughout my whole labor and delivery I prayed. I prayed for my labor to progress, to be able to relax through my contractions, for the health of my baby, and anything else that came up. I felt so unbelievably close to YHVH. It was like He was there with me holding my hand through it all. When I thought I couldn’t go on I was able to call on His strength. Only in His strength was I able to labor naturally up until I reached 10cm and it was time to push. I got an epidural at the last possible minute but my doctor turned it off before it could take full effect. About an hour later our second daughter was born.
               This birth was so different from my first. I felt so close to YHVH, I felt so much peace and comfort from my heavenly Father. I felt so incredibly loved. I truly believe that is the power of following Him. When we really seek YHVH, He is faithful to show us love, and mercy. 

"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." -Isaiah 40:31
"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" -Micah 6:8
"I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah." -Psalm 61:4
"He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler." -Psalm 91:4


Tuesday, January 11, 2011


So the challenge is over! How did it go? I definitely felt like I grew closer to my husband during this time. Being in prayer for him daily really made a difference to our relationship! I plan to continue to pray for him daily and specifically. It's one thing to make mention of him in my prayers but a whole other thing to set a side time to only pray for him and his needs. I also wanted to add that if you aren't married you could still benefit from this exercise, just think how blessed some young man would be by the prayers of his future wife :o)

In other news, I had my baby!!! We're so very excited. I may be away for a little bit but I plan to get my birth story up soon as well as what's been happening with me regarding headcovering! YHVH has truly been working on me. In the mean time you can find out more about the last few weeks of my pregnancy and the baby at my other blog: My soul waiteth...


Friday, January 7, 2011

Day 31- The Last Day!

Pray that your husband will recognize the lies of the Enemy in his life. Pray that his attitudes and actions will be guided by the truth as he brings his thoughts into captivity to the Word of God.

"4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
 5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" -2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 30

Pray that your husband will serve God and others with pure motives. Pray that he will obey the Lord from his heart, and glorify Him in everything. 

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." -1 Corinthians 10:13

"23And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
 24Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ." -Colossians 3:23-24

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day 29

Pray that your husband will surrender his time and talents to the Lord. Pray that his spiritual gifts will be manifest in his career, at church, and in your home.

15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." -Ephesians 5:15-16

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 28

Pray that your husband will be a man of prayer. Pray that he will seek and pursue God in purposeful quiet times. 

"And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation." -Luke 22:46
"Pray without ceasing." -1 Thessalonians 5:17

Monday, January 3, 2011

Day 27

Pray that your husband will understand the importance of taking care of his body—the temple of the Holy Spirit—for the glory of God. Pray that he will practice self-control by making wise food choices, and get sufficient exercise to stay healthy.

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." -Romans 12:1-2

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Day 26

Pray that your husband will discover and live his God-given purpose. Pray that he will offer all his dreams to the Lord, and pursue only those goals that will bring God glory and count for eternity.

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." - 1 Corinthians 10:31

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day 25

Pray that your husband will be courageous in his stand against evil and injustice, and that he will stand for the truth. Pray that he will protect you and your family from Satan’s attacks.

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." -Ephesians 6:13
"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD." -Psalm 31:24


Instead of making a New Year's resolution 
Consider committing to a biblical solution 
Your promises are easily broken 
Empty words, though earnestly spoken 
But God's Word transforms the soul 
By His Holy Spirit making you whole 
As you spend time alone with Him 
He will change you from within 

- Mary Fairchild 

I pray that you will seek YHVH's will during this new year, and follow the path He has for you. Wishing you all a very happy and blessed new year! 

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