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Worship

Is it a PRAYER Problem or a PRAISE Problem?

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Ever feel like you're in the thick of the battle...praying your guts out yet not seeming to find any relief? Gosh, I've SO been there! Many times....

May I suggest that it may be a shift of focus from prayer to PRAISE...

Sing for Joy

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. Psalm 98:4 (NASB)
 

Turn your prayers into praise and watch how things begin to shift! Peace and relief are on the way when you turn your prayers into praise...

Instead, glorify his mighty works, singing songs of praise (Job 36:24)

 


Dance

For real. Try it. Crank up some music and just go all out in worship. I assure you, it will be nearly impossible to stay down when your arms are raised and your dancing before your King! 

The young women will dance for joy, and the men- old and young-will join in the celebration. I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing. - Jeremiah 31:13)

And for you research nerds like me, here's an awesome article I found from  Harvard Neuroscience Institute's article "Dancing and the Brain." . Check it out!  


Take a trip down memory lane

Look at your HIStory...He has never left you! Meditate on your HIStory and recall all the times you felt downright down and out in despair or depression and remember how He brought you out. Start THANKING Him for His provision, deliverance, healing, breakthrough and peace you have experienced before and believe He's at work on your behalf. Don't let the devil deceive you into believing you're outside His grace. Refute those lies and begin decreeing and declaring with your God-given authority with boldness and audacity! 

I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. - Luke 11:8 NIV

God will not violate His own promises.

Seek the Lord in prayer and ask God to help you recall promises in His Word that are specific to your need. If you are new to the bible, that's okay! My favorite tool is the YouVersion Bible App and Connect with me on there! --You'll get to see my raw, real, unfiltered study notes and highlights and join me in some amazing daily devotionals! Use the search and type in a keyword relative to your request (examples: healing, relationships, wisdom, breakthrough) and find verses that resonate with you.


Pray scriptures over yourself

Write them down and put them in plain view. Stop and reflect regularly to get out of the spin and find rest in Him.

Make it personal. Claim the promises by shifting to a personal pronoun. (See what I mean in the bold words below.)

Here are some beautiful blanket promises to get you started:

  • God has never and will never leave me or forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)
  • God works ALL things together for my good because He loves me. (Romans 8:28)
 

Tip: Ask Siri to remind you at a certain time of day to have a "Selah" moment. A chance to pause and ponder in meditative prayer. Sit and seek what the Lord is saying break in the day! 



I'd be honored to stand with you in prayer and praise.  

#FridayFaves | Summer Worship Jams

For today's edition of #FridayFaves I bring you my top 5 Summer Worship Jams. Hope they minister to you as much as they do me! 

Btw, did you catch last week's #FridayFaves | Podcasts?! 

1. Love Won't Let Me Down | Hillsong Young & Free

Love Won't Let Me Down

Hillsong Young & Free

 

2. Tremble | Mosaic MSC 

Tremble 

Mosaic MSC

 

3. Shadow Step | Hillsong UNITED

Shadow Step

Hillsong UNITED

 

4. This Is How I Fight My Battles + Surrounded | Upper Room Music

 

5. After All These Years Instrumental | Brian & Jenn Johnson

After All These Years Instrumental

Brian & Jenn Johnson

This has been my nightly lullaby that I let usher me into a prayerful soaking and rest. Amazing! 

What are YOUR favorite worship jams this summer? Share in the comments below! 

When You Don't "FEEL" Like Working

We've all been there...that moment when you just don't "FEEL" like working...especially on a Saturday...or a Monday...

Soul Check! 

Hey, look...I get it...some days it's hard to be excited about #adulting...but I want to challenge you with some thought-provoking, mindset-shifting things to consider about your job, your workplace and your assignment: 

Work is a form of worship

It's not just about serving and worshipping on Sundays...it's a 24/7, 365 mandate!

Honor God through your work, it's is a form of worship! Cursing your work is dishonoring your assignment.

WHATEVER you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. - Colossians 3:23

Operate with excellence and integrity, innovation and creativity! You are an ambassador of Christ! You've been created in the likeness of His image, equipped and empowered with gifts to share. This glorifies your Maker. 


You are the Salt and Light

(Matthew 5:13) Salt purifies and preserves. Let the light of the Lord illuminate the spaces you enter. Even if it seems you're in a "dark" place, when you allow God to shine through you, darkness flees! It is illegal (against natural and spiritual law) for darkness to snuff out light. Don't limit the work Jesus wants to do through you by checking Him at the door. Invite Him into your workplace! Watch the atmosphere transform around you.

Pray over your office, leadership, coworkers, clients and customers. Stand in intercession and pray blessings over those you work with...that's right...even those that are hard to get along with! 

If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!  -Luke 6:32 NLT

Honor your assignment

Thank God for the place of influence you've been entrusted with. You've been chosen, commissioned and commanded by God. For what? To love God and love others. 

I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, IF you have love and unselfish concern for one another. - Jesus (John 13:34-35 AMP)

You are set apart

This may mean you don't participate in the same behaviors as those around you: complaining gossiping, slander, malice, undercutting, or stealing. Don't conform to those around you to fit in. Peer pressure is prevalent in the workplace. Watch your words and check your motives. Learn to embrace your identity in Christ. Arise and take your place. As an appointed one of the Most High God, speak words of life and love; edifying, encouraging and uplifting those around you.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.             -1 Thessalonians 5:11
But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.                     - 1 Corinthians 14:3

Obedience precedes blessings

Want increase, favor, and promotion? Understand the power of reaping and sowing. Even when it seems hard to understand what's happening around you. The politics and policies may not make sense in the natural. Ask God to reveal what's happening beyond the natural and understand that because you have the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead living and dwelling within you (Romans 8:11), you have the empowerment (authority) to transform the world around you. When you start approaching issues from a Kingdom perspective, expect to see things begin the shift in your favor in the natural. 

If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities. -Luke 16:10 (NLT)

Be encouraged today. You matter. You make a difference! 

I can't tell you how many times I've had coworkers reach out to me to share their struggles, fears, challenges, and hardships. It's an honor to be a Marketplace Minister. In our day and age, often times pastors aren't available for midday counsel...but YOU are! I assure you, it will bless the heart of our Father and those around you knowing that you are a person of faith, strong and secure, unwavering in trials and approachable for prayer! 

Do you have a testimony to share? Tell me about your Marketplace Ministry experience in the comments below!