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Have you ever noticed that we treat our friends, family and coworkers and even people at church, differently, depending on which group we are around? Have you ever noticed how differently you treat certain people depending on where you are? Have you caught yourself saying or doing certain stuff you shouldn’t? Have you caught yourself acting certain ways around your family one day and then acting different another? Have you wanted to say things to your co-workers that you know you might regret?
At work you do your best most days to not show an ounce of ugly in your demeanor. You smile around those you can’t stand, or those you have problems with. Around your friends, you often talk horrid and gossip about anything and everything, not to mention everyone. In church you can talk to the talk, but are you really walking the walk as a true Christian? The truth is, that absolutely none of us on Earth are perfect. Only God is completely perfect. We all realize time and time again, that, we all fall short of the mark. We as human beings, fill our minds and heads with filth and our words aren’t always Godly either.
Around our families, we often let our most ugly side show without a second thought. We treat them the worst because we expect them to automatically forgive us, no matter how we treat them or how we react to them. We are then being expected to react the same way towards them, whenever they do something bad or say something bad to us. We expect them, and they expect us, to accept what goes on and never say how we truly feel about the way we are being treated by them. No one in our families really expects a fight. We all expect everyone to just take attitudes and outbursts that happen with a grain of salt.
Newsflash- not everyone can take their family members angry outbursts or irrational thoughts toward them. One day I guarantee you, somebody will go too far in their words towards you, or you will go too far in your harsh words towards them. Then one of you, will not be able to hold back, and you will finally let all the anger that you’d been holding in, come to the surface. You’ll snap.  It is not a good feeling to let anyone, especially those you love, see your dark side. Granted, everyone has that dark side and their breaking point with that darkness inside of them.  God blesses us though because we get through some of our lives without having to face it. Remember, once the words and the actions are out, we can’t take them back, we can only ask for forgiveness.
As much as we hate it when our families ridicule , critique and attack us, we also can’t keep treating our families like dirt and then expect them to keep letting it happen. Vice versa for them- they can’t expect us to not get even a little upset after something goes down, no matter how stupid the argument might be. The important thing is to remember to take time away from them and cool down before returning to talk about the situation. As hard as it is, try to react with calmness towards the other person.
Another newsflash- if God had that attitude with us, we’d all be pretty much damned into Hell for our words and actions towards our families and any other group that we are in. If God felt the way we do towards others or if He acted the way we act, none of us would be saved by the cross. He would have just said “ok, if that’s the way you feel, then I’m leaving.”
The biggest question that has been on my mind recently, is how come we treat our families so much worse than any other group of people? We treat them horribly and we constantly get away with it. Why? Think about it- these are our family members, the people we are supposed to love no matter what, unconditionally. So how come we mess up so badly in that area? Yes, it is because of sin, and because of Satan messing with us. Because of sin, this world will never be perfect. But the other reality of it is, we must keep looking at ourselves and know that we are the ones causing the problems in our families and must work to change ourselves. It doesn’t matter if the other people who hurt us, don’t change. What matters is how react to them and how we change within ourselves. The change must happen for us and within us first. Once we look inside ourselves and ask for help from God, He can help us change our outlook in dealing with people, especially within our families. Only then can we start to notice a change in how we speak and act around others. We also must be willing to change ourselves for the better too. We can’t expect others to change if we don’t change our attitudes too.  The change starts with us. Be the bigger person and make a better life for yourself and the people around you. Be able to see the areas where you need to make changes and be willing to try them. It may not always be easy, but with God there is nothing you can’t do.
Ask yourself and reexamine yourself and ask what could be causing the tension with people in your different circles and especially in your family. We all don’t always like taking responsibility for the things that have happened, and it is sometimes even more painful to be the bigger person and make a sincere apology to the person we hurt. We want to always think that the other person that we got into an argument with, will come to us first begging for forgiveness, instead of us having to suck it up and ask them for forgiveness. More than that, we often think that they should come to us first, especially if the argument was started by us, because our pride tells us that we didn’t do anything wrong.  We always want to let our anger, not to mention our own egos do the talking and shouting and say that we are right, and the other person is wrong. That is normally how the arguments start, because of different opinions about things.
It takes a lot of guts to be the first person to tell someone else that you’re sorry for how you acted. It also takes integrity to admit that you were the one that was wrong. Pray about the things that are going on in your family and with anyone else in your life. Ask God to help calm anything you might be feeling and for you to figure out how to control your tongue even when it’s difficult and even when it’s the very last thing you want to do in that moment.

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MercyMe is one of my favorite artists. The way Bart Millard sings, never ceases to amaze me. Their song “Word of God Speak” has always resonated with me. It almost always brings me to tears.  The lyrics are as follows:

First verse: “I’m finding myself at a loss for words. And the funny thing is it’s OK. The last thing I need is to be heard. But to hear what you would say. Chorus: word of God speak. Would you pour down like rain. Washing my eyes to see your majesty. To be still and know. That you’re in this place. Please let me stay and rest in your holiness. “

This song allows us to pour our emotions into a prayer. We are allowed to feel overwhelmed by God and by being in His presence. It can pour over us like rain. Let God speak to you and speak to your heart, soul and mind. This song is a prayer to get to know Him on a deep personal level. Ask Him to come into your life and ask Him to speak His life and His words of wisdom over you. Ask Him to wash your eyes to see His majesty in every aspect of your life. He tells us to be still and know that He is everywhere with us, and that He has never left us on our own is an amazing feeling.

Second verse: “Finding myself in the most of you. Beyond the music, beyond the noise. All that I need is to be with you. And in the quiet, to hear your voice. Chorus: Word of God speak; would you pour down like rain. Washing my eyes to see your majesty. To be still and know that you’re in this place. Please let me stay and rest in your holiness.”

When we find ourselves in the midst of God’s presence, whether it is through song or through prayer, we are often moved to be still. We often are at a loss for words because we know that He is there within our hearts and within our midst. We realize that a relationship with Him goes beyond the music and beyond the noise. It goes beyond spending time with Him every week in worship and beyond being around other fellow believers. It goes deeper than just praying “Lord help me” when things aren’t going your way.  All that we need is to spend time with Him every day. Just listen, in the quiet you will hear His voice. It may take time for his answer, but He will answer you.

Chorus: “Word of God speak. Would You pour down like rain. Washing my eyes to see Your majesty. To be still and know. That You’re in this place. Please let me stay and rest. In Your holiness. I’m finding myself at a loss for words. And the funny thing is it’s OK.”

We will always have moments where we’re at a loss for words in God’s presence. It is ok to be overwhelmed by God’s presence. It is often the best time to take God in for all that He is. He is the only person and being that we can never have full understanding of. But we can have the unending desire to get to know Him.  The song is literally asking God to pour over us like rain, washing the guilt, sin and other things from our blind eyes. It is asking Him to show us His mercy and grace and His love. It is a prayer for God to be revealed to us through our eyes being opened. Allow Him to open your eyes and to spread His love around you and around everyone else in your life.  It is ok to be at a loss for words when it comes to God. It is a completely natural feeling to be unable to speak sometimes when God moves you. Don’t ever be ashamed of being at awe of the Lord. It only shows your true devotion and not to mention the adoration that you have for Him as your Lord and Savior. Share this song with others in the hope that they will feel God’s presence through it as well. God’s love and His word are meant to be poured out by His followers and for them to be unafraid of bringing the gospel to others unapologetically.  It is honestly ok to be stunned into silence when the spirit of God moves you. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, because the spirit can hit you at anytime, anywhere. Maybe it is through this song on the radio. This song reminds us of how important He truly is in our lives.   MercyMe and Bart Millard remind us of that.

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“Breathe” is one of the most well-known songs from the 90s. It was written by the Christian singer, Michael W. Smith. It is sung in churches all over the world. I first heard the song when I was a little girl and have been singing it ever since.  I love to sing it with the other members of the praise team at my church.  It captivates many people with the lyrics and sound of the music. Although it is quite repetitive, there could be a reason or many different reasons for that. I like to think of it as a prayer or a call to God asking Him to show His glory to us and have His presents alive within our spirits. The lyrics are as follows:
First verse: “This is the air I breathe. This is the air I breathe. Your holy presence living in me. This is my daily bread. This is my daily bread. Your very word spoken to me. And I I’m desperate for you. And I, I’m lost without you. “
We really do have the Lord’s holy presence within us and living within us. Sometimes we may even feel His presence stirring within us in order to help us make changes in areas of our lives that we may have become blinded to. We are only alive because of God’s mercy and grace towards us. We never know, and we never will know when our last day on earth will be. We breathe every breath because of God.
He gives us the breath we have in our lungs and the feelings we have within our hearts souls and our minds. Every day he gives us everything we need to support our body and need. He knows exactly what we need when we need it. We just must be patient and wait for His timing to fall into place. Although the waiting can often be the hardest part, whether it is day to day living or in any aspect of a long-awaited break from any sorrow we may be dealing with, God never turns away from us.
His very words are spoken in the Bible. We can always make the time to read His word, just as He made time for us on earth and by dying on the cross for our sins. He always wants to hear from us whether in prayer, through reading of His word in fellowship or in silent prayer.
Second verse: “This is the air I breathe. This is the air I breathe. Your holy presence living in me. This is my daily bread. This is my daily bread. Your very word, spoken to me. Chorus: And I, I’m desperate for you. And I, I’m lost without you. This is the air I breathe. This is the air I breathe. Your holy presence living in me. This is my daily bread. This is my daily bread. Your very word spoken to me. Chorus: And I, I’m desperate for you. And I, I’m lost without you. This is the air I breathe. This is the air I breathe. Your holy presence living in me. This is my daily bread. This is my daily bread. Your very word. Spoken to me.  And I’m desperate for you. And I’m, I’m lost without you. I’m lost without you.”
We are often desperate for God to show up in some way or another in our lives. Often times, we are just about to give up on Him ever possibly showing up, and then He shows His face clearly. Or He whispers softly to our hearts. We most often only seem to call on Him when we are desperate. We are desperate for Him to help us through our struggles, our sorrows and we are desperate to know that He still cares enough about us. We are desperate to know that He hasn’t left us to carry the burdens of this life on our own. The good news is that He has never left us and that He never will. No matter what we do or have done in our lives, we can always call on God and ask for forgiveness. His word is also spoken to us by the pastors through the sermons and confessions of absolutions in church.
God’s word is also spoken by our family members and friends when we need it the most. If we listen closely we will even hear His voice speaking directly to us through reading the scriptures ourselves and through prayer. Cry out to Him and say that you are desperate for Him. He always hears your cries for help. It may not be in the form you are wanting, but God will eventually answer you and help you through things in life. Breathe and try to enjoy the life that He gave you. It is too short to not catch your breath and marvel about all the good things that are happening because of Him being in your life.

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Reba McEntire is one of the world’s best country singers. She is also a devote Christian.  She recently came out with the song, “Back to God”. It is a song about how we all need to turn our eyes and our lives back towards Him and pray that this entire nation turns back to Him. He is the only one who can help us. She wrote it after many of the devastating events that have occurred recently in our world, such as the ongoing drug epidemic, suicides, terrorist acts, hurricanes and floods, as well as the mass shooting in Las Vegas Nevada. She wants this nation to turn back towards God and to become the nation that believes in the words, in God we trust”, again.  We should all take a good look at ourselves in the mirror and figure out how we can be that change and help turn this nation back to the Lord. The lyrics are as follows:
First verse: Oh, have you looked around. Have you heard the sound of Mama’s cryin’? Or do you turn away. When you see the face. Of the innocent dyin’. In these darkest days. Are you not afraid. That it’s too late. You gotta get down on your knees, believe. Fold your hands and beg and plead. Gotta keep on praying. You gotta cry, rain tears of pain. Pound the floor and scream His name. ‘Cause we’re still worth saving. Can’t go on like this and live like this. We can’t love like this. We gotta give this world back to God.
These lyrics really hit home for all of us. We’ve all looked around and heard the sound of people crying and seen the innocent get killed for not good reason. We ask God why these things happen and many times we don’t end up getting the answer we want. In these dark times how can we not be afraid of even stepping outside our homes for the fear that might grip us, what if we are next to go? Do we turn deaf ears and blind eyes to the ones who need our help the most or do we get down on our knees and truly believe that we are receiving the prayers that we pray each night? We often beg God to turn towards us and help us through our toughest days. It gets even harder when we can’t hear Him or see Him. It makes it even harder when we choose to not listen to Him and not to do what He’s asking of us.
Don’t be ashamed or afraid to get down on your knees and believe that what you are praying for, you will receive. You can fold your hands and beg Him and plead with Him to save you and the ones you love as well as this world, because we all know this world is worth saving. You are completely allowed to cry and rain tears of pain, be angry enough to pound the floor and scream His name. We can’t go on in this world without Him. That is the ultimate truth and harsh reality, that we are nothing without God. We as a nation have turned our backs on Him and have taken Him out of every aspect of our lives. We are now suffering the drastic consequences of those choices. We have only one answer: we have to give our lives and our world back to God. He is the only reason why this nation is even still standing.
Second verse: Have you lost a love? Do you feel like givin’ up? Has your heart been broken? Are your kids okay? Will they come home safe? Do you lie there hoping? You can make a wish, you can knock on wood. Oh, it won’t do no good. Chorus: You gotta get down on your knees, believe. Fold your hands and beg and plead. Gotta keep on praying. You gotta cry, rain tears of pain. Pound the floor and scream His name. ‘Cause we’re still worth saving. Can’t go on like this and live like this. We can’t love like this. We gotta give this world back to God. You gotta get down on your knees, believe. Fold your hands and beg and plead. Keep on praying. You gotta cry, rain tears of pain. Pound the floor and scream His name. ‘Cause we’re still worth saving. Can’t go on like this and live like this. We can’t love like this. You can hope the best. Make a wish. The only answer is: we give this world back to God. Oh, give it back.
The second verse of the song asks the uncomfortable, not to mention scary questions of whether we have given up, lost a love and whether our kids will even be okay and make it home safe at night. Do we lie there hoping and praying that the people we love are okay in this world and that nothing happens to them. Would we even have the chance to tell them that we love them one more time or to put our arms around them and ask for their forgiveness? It could also stem from the fact that this world also has a horrid drug epidemic and there isn’t enough being done to stop it.  It goes on to say that we can make wishes, hope the best, and none of that will do any good unless, we pray for our friends and family members’ protection. That God protects them with His mighty power, grace and love. We need to start praying for ourselves to be the change that this world needs in order to turn this world towards our Savior once again. It is the only way and it starts with you. One person at a time can make all the difference in the world. With everything that has been happening lately, going back to the foundation of faith is the only way to make this world a better and safer place for everyone.
Listen to the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9q-08aTNh8