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Sunday, April 27, 2008

a breath of fresh air

Recently, my handsome hubby and I went to a Casting Crowns concert. It was incredible!! We didn't know the two opening bands very well (Leeland and John Waller) but Casting Crowns made up for it.

I think the reason I enjoyed it so much was because it wasn't fakey -- the lead singer, Mark Hall, is authentic. He shared with us about how he struggles with dyslexia and ADD and even forgetting the words to the songs he wrote himself! He was honest about his shortcomings, and praising God for choosing to work through him.

Not only are they very talented musically, but they also write solid lyrics -- choruses that focus on Christ as our purpose in life and the motivation behind all that we say and do. I never feel like I have to "translate" their lyrics because they were being poetic and vague. They say what they mean and they mean what they say. I like that.

One of the coolest things of the night, though, was when all the forband members came out to pray the audience. They spoke of how they had spent time earlier that afternoon praying over the seats in the auditorium, trusting that the Lord would work in people's hearts that night. They each took a seat on stage, and proceeded to pray, one by one, very specifically, for the audience. One focused on praying for all of the men, that they would be godly leaders in their homes and communities. Another prayed for all the married couples, another for any mothers or mothers-to-be, another for anyone struggling with addiction and finally one concerning all of the ministries represented in that room. It was so precious. I didn't expect to be prayed for and ministered to so intimately that night. What a blessing....

After praying for each of those things, Mark Hall then presented the need each person has for Jesus. He prayed for those who may not know Him intimately and that they would see their need for a Savior. It isn't often that bands take the time to present salvation to their audience, though I wish it was a facet of every Christian concert.

I left that night feeling refreshed -- like I had really worshipped the Lord and fellowshipped with like believers, even though the only other person I knew in the room was Joe! How refreshing...praise the Lord!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

just a little update...

In my last post, I mentioned that I had received a flower and sweet note unexpectedly from my husband on Monday. Well, something's gotten into him, because I have received a fresh red rose and an accompanying sweet note every day since then. I think I'm getting spoiled!!

Last week, he brought me chocolates and a card to work. For no apparent reason.

I think he loves me. ;)

It has been such wonderful timing, because every day something has happened at work to make me feel like a failure. And I slept through my alarm today. Again. So the encouragement has been very timely, and I love him so much for it!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

a little something

Some days the Lord encourages you in little, unexpected ways. Like today, for instance. I had finished my day at work yesterday in an irritable mood, due to a conniving customer that had really irked me. And then this morning, I had the privilege (sarcasm intended) of being totally chewed out by a disgruntled customer. And I only called to get their change of address.


However, the Lord used my sweet husband to lift me up. Last night, for no apparent reason (by that I mean birthday, anniversary, holiday, etc.) there was a single red rose with a simple little note waiting for me when I got home. And then today, on my lunch break, I arrived home to yet another red rose and another sweet note, telling me why He appreciates me and loves me.

It's amazing what such a simple little act of love can do to melt away the tension and stress I was dealing with related to work.

And also, a great opportunity for me to remember to be an encouragement to others, as well as to pray for those who really just IRK me. I think I need some help on that last point, but I'm a work in progress, and the Lord is faithful. He is, after all, the God of second chances!!