Gethsemane, Where Heaven Met Me 

“Knees to the earth that You breathed by Your word
As You watched the darkness come
Crushed by the weight of the cost as You prayed
Not my will but Yours be done
Gethsemane, where heaven met me
Redeemer, crowned in endless praise
My Savior, name above all names
King Jesus, take the highest place…
Oh the power of the cross
Oh the power of Your blood”
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The song Oh the Power by Kari Jobe has really been on my heart lately. Every time I sang or listened to this song, one particular phrase stood out to me. Gethsemane, where heaven met me. 
The song details the power of Jesus being on the cross and what He did. It begins by talking about when Jesus and the disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane. The story is something I have heard all my life…but today this one phrase has really hit me.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was anguished, broken, and asking God to take this cup from His hands…only if it were His will. Jesus, in a moment of complete distress, met with God. In enough distress to sweat blood, Jesus prayed even more earnestly the scripture says (Luke 22) and God met Him.
Luke 22:43 says, 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.” This is where the phrase Gethsemane, where heaven met me led my heart. Thinking about Jesus in the garden and all He was facing. And in that moment…heaven met Him. It met Jesus in His anguish and distress. It met Him in the frantic prayers He called out. In the place that signified the beginning of the end of His life here on Earth, heaven met Him.
God sent His angels to comfort and assure His Son that He was there and in control. God was there when He needed Him…just like He is for us. The God that met Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane is the same God that meets us in our cars, on our beds, and in our most frantic and lonely moments.
As a worship leader, I saw glimpses of what heaven will be like as I watched crowds of people worshiping and calling on the name of Christ. And I have been met with heavens love and comfort many times in my life. I may not have seen an angel appear before me but I have felt God’s presence.
None of us have ever felt the amount of anguish Jesus felt in that moment in Gethsemane but we have had our own versions. And in those moments, have we allowed heaven to meet us?
This post has taken me weeks to finish; for some reason, this phrase has just been really influencing me and I’ve wanted to articulate it as best as I can. I want you to understand that God meets us where we are. He is not a distant God but a relational God.
In Gethsemane, with His death hours away, Jesus met with His Father. In a secluded garden where He would be betrayed, He cried out in pain and sorrow but also pleaded for GODS will alone. While Jesus prayed and felt God’s presence many different times and probably every moment of the day…on what would be His worst day, Heaven met Him.
Jesus fought to bring us those moments. Jesus died to allow us those moments where Heaven could meet us. Because of Jesus, we can now say that Heaven has met us if we are saved and one of Gods children.
That night in the Garden of Gethsemane, Heaven met Jesus. The angel appeared and strengthened Him. While I have never had an angel appear, I have had moments where Heaven met me, where God met me where I was and strengthened me. On my strongest days, on my weakest days, Heaven has met me. 
I am so thankful for my Gethsemane moments. For those moments when everything seems to be crumbling and falling but God meets us and strengthens us. It is all because the power of the cross and the power of Jesus’ blood. 
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Have you let heaven meet you where you are? Do you know the power of the cross and what this day represents? I pray that you have had those moments where heaven has met you and strengthened you. I pray that you take time to really ponder the days leading up to and the crucifixion today on Good Friday.
Let heaven meet you and strengthen you today.
Listen to the song HERE
 

February Favorites 2017

Welcome to March! I cannot believe this year is already flying by so fast. How is your month going to far? I hope well.

Today I am sharing my favorites from February! There isn’t very many…I feel like I was sick the whole month so I haven’t been using many products. But, as always, I found a few things to share with ya’ll.

The Garden // Kari Jobe

I have been LOVING this album all month. I listen to it constantly. It is my favorite album to bible journal and worship to. I won’t say too much about the album because on Wednesday…there will be a full review up! But it has definitely been something I have loved and listened to all month.

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Lipsense // Cappuccino

I am slowly falling in love with Lipsense. I bought two new colors this month and Cappuccino is one of them! It is a perfect light and everyday nude. It gives your lips a little color without being to obvious or bright. You know I love a bold lip, but sometimes I just want a lip color that I don’t have to constantly pray is all over my teeth. Lipsense is a brand I am still new too but so far, I am liking it. The colors don’t stay on my all day…but definitely MUCH longer than any other lip product I have used. The swatch is less than great…I was having some major lighting issues! But watch on my Instagram for a full swatch!

L’oreal EverFresh trio system

*I received these products free from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own*

This three step system is for balancing hydration if you suffer from dry scalp or dandruff. The Anti-dandruff Shampoo, Balancing Conditioner, and a Pre-treatment Micro-Exfoliating Scrub are the three steps. The shampoo and conditioner has Indian Lilac in it and the scrub has Apricot Seeds.  All of them have these amazing qualities:

  • sulfate free
  • gentle on color
  • natural botanicals
  • no harsh salts
  • gentle on the scalp
  • paraben free and vegan

My scalp is always peeling and dry so I was thrilled when I received this from Influenster! I have used if for a few months and I am loving it. It’s pretty much all I use now. I use the scrub once a week and I must say it is my favorite part of the trio! I do wish the smell was a little less natural, but that is just my taste. I was pleasantly surprised by how foamy and how well the shampoo suds up even with being sulfate free. I am loving this whole system!

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MAC Pro-Palette

I finally purchased an empty MAC pro-palette for all my single pan shadows. I went ahead and bought one without the insert and am using magnetic tape that way I can put all different brands in it! I am loving it so far! It is roomy and so nice to be able to have somewhere to actually put all those single shadows that I tend to lose. I highly recommend it! MAC shadows are already magnetic and just add a little magnetic tape to any other brand and you are good to go!

Crossway Single Column ESV Journaling Bible

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I have been Bible journaling and painting more and more lately. I wanted to share my favorite journaling item: my BIBLE! This is a single column ESV hardcover version. It has just enough space to write and doodle in without making the script too small. I love the hardcover because it is much more durable and sturdy to write on. I highly recommend this one; I truly use it all the time and love it.

Mardel sells it and you can grab it HERE.

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A glimpse at the single column!

What products, shows, or songs were you loving this month?? Let me know in the comments! I would love to know! See ya Wednesday friends! XO

I am not alone

In a world full of people, it is still easy to feel alone. People let you down, family moves or passes away, you name it. Loneliness is a hard emotion to feel and sadly it happens so often. Do you ever feel alone? I have a song for your.

There is good news for those of us who have felt alone…even in our darkest moments and deepest valleys God is there. 

I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

I believe that there is something extremely comforting in knowing that the God of the universe, creator all things, the God who hears every prayer from every person…never leaves us. He walks before us in the valleys, He doesn’t leave us in the darkness, and He is celebrating with us on the mountains. 

We should never feel lonely because we never are. God is all we ever need and He is the one thing that will never disappoint us or leave us. The Bible talks about this throughout all the books.

Deuteronomy 31:8, The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.  “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Joshua 1:5, No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:17  “The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.”

Hebrews 13:5  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 

I have this theory that when something is repeated throughout the Bible that God is trying to tell us something. It is apparently important enough to keep repeating so we understand. He longs for us to know that He is there!

In a chaotic world, He should be our constant. How comforting is it to know that He is waiting for us to call on Him. We turn to everything in this world but Jesus when He is the one thing that won’t let us down.

I love that He goes before us in those moments where the darkness seems to thick. He walks before us making the path straight and light. Hold onto Him today.

Rest in His arms knowing He doesn’t leave. Rest in His presence and thank Him for being constant.

5 songs for the weary 

One thing I love about music and worship is the fact that songs allow us to be refreshed, encouraged, and sit in Gods presence for a little bit. On our most weary days, God is there; and one way He can encourage us is speaking to us through a song.

Today I’m sharing 5 songs for the weary. These are ones that I clinge to when I’m just worn out and in need of Jesus’ strong presence. Word are powerful and sometimes certain worship songs are just exactly the words you needed to hear in that moment, these are those songs for me. 

Impossible by Meredith Andrews 

I stumbled upon this song on accident one day (well, not an accident, Jesus lead me to it I’m sure!). This song is all about reminding us that it’s impossible for God to fail; impossible for Him not to go before us.

In a world that constantly fails and let’s us down, knowing God never does is a huge comfort. I don’t think we dwell on that thought enough. On our weariest days, God is there and walking with us. No matter if we’re in the valley or high on the mountain God is there is nothing sweeter than that. Listen here.

“It’s impossible for You to fail me
There’s not a day that You won’t go before me
Even when I’m at the end, I will not forget
It’s impossible for You to fail.” 

Find you on my knees by Kari Jobe 

Kari Jobe is known for writing worship music that is for the broken and the hurting; music that encourages and uplifts. Find you on my knees is a song about finding God on our darkest days and in the weakest moments.

The Bible says that the Lord is closest to those with broken hearts. This song is a proclamation that we will find God no matter where we are; and sometimes where we need to be is on our knees at our end with nothing except for a longing with God. This song is incredibly powerful and anointed- I could talk about it for days. Sometimes all we have to offer God is our brokenness and that exactly what He wants. Listen here.

“But I will find you in the place I’m in,
Find you when I’m at my end,
Find you when there’s nothing left of me to offer you except for brokenness.”

Come to the River by Housefires II

When we’re weary, what we need to do is come drink from the river of life. We need to soak up Gods presence and love. Our soul needs to be filled with His word and His love. He is always ready to give us fulfillment we just need to com and receive.

Come to the River is a call for us to come to the river and take in what Jesus offers; for us to taste and see. So that our soul can rejoice and not be weary. Listen here.

“Those who are weary, those who are needy
Come receive
Come to the river, come to the river
Taste and see.” 

Deeper by Meredith Andrews 

Deeper is an upbeat and exciting song that is a call to rejoice in every situation. Our valleys will make us lift our eyes up, our sorrows make our joy grow deeper, and our our giants are calling out the fighter inside of us.

Even when we are worn out we don’t give up because even at rock bottom God is working and moving in our lives. He’s taking us deeper and our love for Him grow deeper every trial and valley. This song makes me want to dance and praise because it has such encouraging words in it that my weary heart needs to hear. Listen here.

“Thrown down but not defeated
I’m worn out but not giving up
I’ve hit ground but even at rock bottom
I’m just getting started, yea, I’m just getting started.”

Fighting for Me by Warr Acres 

Restlessly. God is fighting for us relentlessly. Warr Acres writes such incredibly deep messages in their songs. This song is all about knowing that even when we feel the waves crash over us, Jesus is fighting for us. His love is chasing us.

When we are weary, it’s probably because  we’ve been trying to do and handle everything on our own.  But even in those moments when we get ourselves into those pits and swells: God never stops for fighting for us. There’s nothing more comforting. Listen here.

“Buried beneath the waves, my heart was fading                                                                 calling me from a grave, Your love was waiting                                                                 though I fight against You, You will never stop fighting for me. Relentlessly, Your love is chasing. “

What songs do you listen to when you are weary? I really encourage ya’ll to go listen to these!

5 albums every worship lover should hear

  
Welcome back to Worship Wednesday!! This is definitely one of my favorite days of the week. I could talk about worship and Jesus all day long. What has been your favorite post so far?

Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite worship albums. These are albums I believe every worship lover and leader should listen too. I feel like people often talk about either specific artists or songs but rarely talk about the whole albums, so I wanted to share a few good ones that I have found.  *These are purely my opinion, I have not been hired to endorse these artists or albums*

  1. The Union, Volume II- by Mat and Nicole Crisp                                                                       I recently wrote a review of this album for worshiplinks.us. and also put it on here for last Worship Wednesday. I only found this album because I write the reviews for this website, but I am so glad I did. This album is incredible. If you are looking for a new album that is full of well written worship songs that are beautifully performed, look no further!  This EP includes a rendition of the beloved song “I Stand Amazed” and then four original worship songs. Honestly, these are some of the most refreshing and real worship songs I have heard in a while.
  2. We Will Not Be Shaken (Live)- by Bethel Music                                                                          Some of my favorite worship songs are on this album including “No longer slaves,” “Ever be,” and “You don’t miss a thing.” Bethel is a fairly charismatic worship team, and I absolutely love their worship songs. These songs are performed live and they are very real and you can feel the spirit from the first song to the last. Bethel songs always seem to paint a picture with their lyrics and I love the heart of all of these songs.
  3. Majestic- by Kari Jobe                                                                                                                  If you haven’t noticed, I love all things Kari Jobe. I am a big supporter of her ministry and all of her albums. Majestic is no different. This album includes a great range of songs that make you want to dance for joy and songs that lead you to fall on your knees at the feet of Jesus. A few of my favorite songs from this album are “Forever,” “Only your love,” and “Hands to the heavens.” I encourage any worship leader to spend some time worshiping with Kari Jobe, she is definitely anointed.
  4. All Sons & Daughters-by All Sons & Daughters                                                                          This album is a beautiful mix of impressive harmony and spirit filled songs. ASAD is one of those groups whose talent is beyond incredible but their heart and spirit for God is so much more impressive (and that is saying something because they are so talented). One of my favorite songs from this album is “Great are you Lord.” I am sure many of you have heard this song, but go check out the whole album! All the other songs are just as good.
  5. Hope will rise- by Warr Acres                                                                                                     I can almost guarantee many of you have never heard of this band or this album. This is a local group from Victory Church here in OKC. BUT, I really want to encourage you to go listen to this album. It is by far one of the best worship albums I have ever heard (and I listen to a LOT of worship music). These songs are all original songs and are completely centered on Christ. I honestly don’t have words to convey how much these songs have impacted my life. Title track “Hope will rise” is all about hope coming from everything we face. You will fall in love with this group and these songs in an instance!

I hope you go and check out some of these albums. These are specific albums that have really impacted my worship time and I wanted to share them with ya’ll. If you are looking for new worship music to help bring you further into the presence of God…things albums could help. These albums include songs I lead but also songs I just listen too and sing over myself in my personal worship time. Tell me what albums you check out! Enjoy!

 

Majestic (Revisited) Review

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If you are familiar with worship music at all, you will most likely be familiar with Kari Jobe. She is one of the most well-known worship leaders of our generation.  Kari Jobe recently released her hit album Majestic but with a different twist—Majestic (Revisited) is all the same songs that the original Majestic album had but these songs are amped up and bring us a whole new feel.

One thing that is for sure about Kari Jobe, her lyrics are always full of truth and realness. Majestic (Revisited) brings us the incredibly powerful worship songs we may have known and loved from Majestic, but with a fun synthesizer and almost techno feel. The arrangements of these songs give them a new modern feel.

While the songs are remixed, the one highlight through every song is Kari Jobe’s strong and beautiful voice. The songs do offer music breaks that hold a very modern and synthesized feel, but center stage in every song is Jobe’s voice and the lyrics that are the true heart of the song.

This album is great for people searching for modern sounding worship music or worship music that is a little more exciting for daily listening throughout the day. While they hold the same lyrics that make these songs such popular worship songs, this album is much more “car dancing friendly” than some worship music.

“Only Your Love” offers listeners a fun upbeat song that could result in some dancing. This song is a great work out, driving around, or dancing in the joy of the Lord. The excitement and beat builds all through the song.

When you are searching for a solemn and heartfelt worship song, Majestic (Revisited) has songs for you. Songs “Forever” and “I am not Alone” offer melodic harmonies and a soft new twist to the original songs.

The greatest thing about this album is that it incorporates Kari Jobe’s strong voice, heartfelt lyrics, and new, exciting versions of songs many have grown to love. Majestic (Revisited) is a reminder that worship music does not have to be just slow guitar and piano music. Worship music is about the lyrics and the heart of the song. This album is an example of worship music that can be exciting and different but still completely centered on what worship is all about.

Kari Jobe’s album is available on her website, karijobe.com and itunes. You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

My Favorite: Worship Songs (at the moment)

FullSizeRender (5)As a worship leader, even when I am not leading weekly, I still search out new worship songs {and old ones that I can fall in love with again}. It’s funny how a certain song can seem to say exactly what is on your heart at the time. Worship songs for me are much more than the key, rhythm, or the style—the words are what pull me in. I love poetic worship songs that cry out to God and have a way of pulling us deeper into the presence of God. I have been listening to the same songs the majority of the time lately, so I thought I would share them.

  1. Ever Be by Bethel

This song. This is an incredible anthem that proclaims that God’s praise will ever and always be on our lips. This song played in my car at a moment where I didn’t really feel like praising God, and this song came in all its conviction and I just wept and worshipped. Even when things aren’t going our way, we should praise Him. And when things are wonderful, we should have His praise on our lips. Lord, let this song be more than words…let this be our hearts cry.

If you haven’t heard this song, check it out here.

  1. On the Throne (Featuring Kari Jobe) by Desperation Band

I love Kari Jobe and Desperation Band—put them together and you can’t go wrong. These worship leaders know how to write songs that are full of truth and heartfelt proclamation to Christ. One thing I like about this song is that it’s urging us to praise even through the valleys because Christ is higher than the mountains that stand before us. The bridge of this songs is all about Christ and who He is {magnificent, sovereign over all}. Sometimes I think the best worship songs aren’t even talking about us and what Christ does for us but God himself and this bridge does just that.

This is one you want to check out, watch it live here.

  1. You Don’t Miss a Thing by Bethel

This is a song that I had heard before and then one day, the power of it just hit me! My favorite line in the whole song is, “in a crowd of ten thousand, you don’t miss a thing.” Wow. It’s easy to feel like we are alone. And it’s easy to feel like God doesn’t have time for us. But guess what? He hears you, He sees you, and He is always there. This song makes me think of the story in the Bible when the bleeding woman touches the hem of Jesus’ garment and He feels it. If you remember, Jesus was surrounded by a lot of people that day, yet He stopped and knew that this woman had touched him…even among probably multiple other touches. Just like that woman, God knows us. Even among all the world, God doesn’t miss anything in your life. If that doesn’t make you feel loved, I’m not sure what will.

Listen to Amanda Cook sing it here.

  1. God with us by All Sons and Daughters

If you haven’t ever listened to ASAD, do yourself a favor and look them up. Their songs are full of honest truth and words that are easy to step into worship with. This song in particular is one of my favorites right now. There is so much I can say about this song, yet even as I listen to it now, I seem to be speechless. This is a song that makes me just want to fall to my knees and worship. I am so thankful that God is with us and this song is a way to thank God for that.

I promise you will love it, here is ASAD singing God with us.

  1. Nearness by bethel

This song was such a Godsend. Literally. I only found this song because I saw a lyric picture of it on Pinterest and loved the few words I saw and went to listen to this song. I am a very anxious person, and this song is an anthem for my heart. “and my heart will stay steadfast, I know that You are good.” Amen. This song reminds me to find God in the stillness and that He alone can keep my heart and life steady. I want to remain steadfast in His presence. I hope this song reminds you that Christ is always near and that He is always good.

Jenn Johnson leads this song with Bethel, check it out here.

What are your favorite worship songs right now? I would love to hear!