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In The Valley (Original Christian Worship Song)

By December 12, 2017 Worship songs

In the Valley- Chrissy Kertscher

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I have been going through an incredibly rough time recently. Everywhere I turn, Satan is trying to mess things up for me. Right now, I am in the deepest valley of my life. I have felt hopeless, lost, and like there is no way out. Every time I have been about to get out, I fall right back in it, flat on my face. A lot of times, people can get to a place where they doubt God, where they stop praising God, or start asking Him why He’s doing this.

Why I wrote It?

I wrote “In the Valley,” as my response to God as I face some of the hardest trials in my life. Our first reaction to hurt, pain, trials, and struggles should be praise. Just like Job did at the beginning. Even after losing everything, his response was worship. I know that God is helping me. He is fighting this battle for me.

A song that has been my go to song when I am on my knees before God, is a song called, “This is How I fight my Battles” by The Upper Room. I added this at the end of my song because it is so simple yet it means so much. It says, “It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by you.” Those words alone overwhelm me.

I hope and pray that this song means as much to you as it did for me while I was writing it. I know, that even in the valley, God is before me and behind me. God placed me on the mountain… I worshiped Him. Then, I was placed in the valley… and I continued to worship Him.

Lyrics:

Verse 1

I’ve been walking for a really long time in the valley, You hear my cry.

It’s been painful but you see me here and You’re fighting all my fears.

Pre- Chorus

Even in this hurt, and when I can’t sing, I’ll praise you. I will Praise you.

Chorus

I’ve been on the mountain before. I worshiped You then and I will worship You now.

And now as I’m in the valley give me strength and test my faith.

I’ve been on the mountain before. I praised You then and I’m not going to stop, now.

And now as I’m in the valley, lift up my head to where I only see you. Be my joy when I don’t have hope.

Verse 2

As I go through this trial I’ll wait, wait upon You Lord.

As I fight this battle, You are helping me and I am down on my knees.

Bridge 1

I would have never chosen this for me You know what I need better than me

Bridge 2 (This is How I fight my battles/Surrounded- Upper Room)

This is how I fight my battles

This is how I fight my battles

It may look like I’m surrounded

But I’m surrounded by You

 

I hope you guys like the lyrics. Check out the video here if the one on this post doesn’t work! Let me know what you think!

 

 

 

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The ‘Like Jesus’ challenge: Week 5 (Spending time with God)

By September 4, 2017 Like Jesus Challenge
Week 5:spending time with god

Hey guys!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend. How did you do on last weeks challenge? If you haven’t done last weeks challenge, click here. If you would like to start the challenge from the beginning, click here.

This week, we are going to be focusing a little bit more on the time you spend with God. So, if you are listening to the instructions, I continually tell you that you need to be spending time with Jesus in order to actually have a relationship with Jesus. Praying and studying the Bible are important in your walk with God. You can’t have a relationship with someone you don’t talk to. You can’t worship someone you know nothing about. That is why it is so crutial that you read your bible and pray as much as you possibly can on a daily basis.

Whenever I went a few weeks without reading the Bible, I was a brat. I had an attitude and really, I was just overall mean. Some of my friends can testify to that. Reading the Bible and spending time with God helps you grow your fruit of the spirit. If you apply the things to your life, you will continue to get more joy, kindness, etc.
week 5 of the like Jesus challenge will be about spending time with God. You read for it?

Week 5: Each day this week, after spending time with God, send your notes to 3 friends and remind them to spend time with Jesus as well.

If you do not take notes, I highly encourage you to. If I didn’t have my notes, I wouldn’t remember anything. When I take notes, I can actually go back and reread them if I needed to. For me, I have to take notes. My accountability partner and I send each other our notes every day so we can make sure we’re spending time with God and even learn about what they are reading or see a certain passage from a different perspective.

If you don’t have an accountability partner, you should really pray about getting one. They can help you to stay encouraged, remind you to spend time with God, and be a helping hand to you in your walk. You aren’t supposed to do this alone. Don’t. So when spending time with God each day this week, make sure you send an accountability partner your notes and remind them.

Remember, stay smiling! Memorize more bible verses! Keep doing all of the past challenges and let God change your heart. I hope you all have a blessed week

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The ‘Like Jesus’ Challenge: Week 4 (Self-Confidence)

By August 28, 2017 Like Jesus Challenge
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Welcome to Week 4: Self-Confidence!

The challenge I am about to ask you to do this week might be especially hard for some people. I know I struggled with this for a long time and still do on occasion. This whole week, you need to do this one simple task to help with your self-confidence. It won’t take any longer than a couple minutes of your day.

The Challenge

All of week 4, I want you to look in the mirror at some point through out the day and tell yourself 5 things that you like about yourself. You can say it in your head or even out loud but if you’re in public, some people may think you’re crazy. Hey, who cares! As Christians, we are supposed to stand out. So if you want to talk about all the things you like about yourself out loud, DO IT.
You are beautiful.

Personally, if someone told me to do this every day for a week about a year ago, I can positively tell you, I wouldn’t be able to find one feature that I liked about myself. This is something I really struggled with. Every girl that would cross my path, I would instantly point out to myself how pretty they were and it would make me compare myself to them. I’m so glad that God worked on that with me because I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have the self confidence that I have now while I’m going through what I’m going through.

Comparing

If I’m being honest with you all, I have been going through a  pretty rough breakup. I’ve had to watch him bring girls to church and watch him flirting with them and laughing with them. God has been working in me so I don’t get jealous but it takes me quite a bit of self confidence to not start looking at all my flaws when he’s bringing all these beautiful women to the church. I still find myself comparing myself to them sometimes but I am going to continue working on it. You should too!

You are so beautiful in the eyes of God. He made you look just the way He wanted you to look. He looks at you and sees no faults. God doesn’t look at all your flaws; He looks at all the beautiful. You look exactly how God wants you to look.

So everyday, look in the mirror. Tell yourself you like your hair. Say that you love the clothes you wear. Share about how beautiful the color of your eyes are! There are so many things that you could say each day. God did not make junk when He made you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14). You’re shaped the way you are for a reason. You have the voice you have for a reason. The facial features you have, God designed perfectly the way he wanted. Quit looking in the mirror and thinking bad things about yourself. Ultimately, what you are saying is, “God, I know you made me the way you wanted but I don’t think you did good enough.”

Don’t let the world define beauty

Stop letting the world decide wether you are beautiful or not! The world does not know the true definition of beauty, they have a twisted, unrealistic version of beauty. So if you are a Christian, go to Gods word. See what He has to say about how beautiful. I promise, you will not be disappointed. God thinks highly of you; He doesn’t want you looking in a mirror bashing yourself or comparing yourself to other people. There is only one blueprint for you, as my pastor would say. You are one of a kind. You’re a snowflake.

You can’t change who you really are; you can’t change the way you look. So stop trying to fit in when you were made to stand out. If you can’t change how you look, why get upset about it, you have to deal with it anyways.

I wish I could change my voice

This is something I used to wish every day. Then I realized that I was telling God He didn’t do a good enough job. If God called me to lead worship, then why don’t I have a voice like Lauren Diagle or Steffany Gretzinger? God spoke to me and removed these thoughts from my head. An old pastor of mine once said, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” I could compare my voice to other singers and say how much better they are then me, but where does that get me? No where. Because in the end, my voice is still the same, but now I am just thinking my voice isn’t very good.

I’d much rather remember that God has placed a calling on my life to lead worship for a reason. What if me having a better voice would have made me get big headed and proud? What if that made me prideful? There is a reason for everything. God hears my voice. He hears me singing to Him, whether I am singing like Kari Jobe or like someone who can’t even stay in key. I have learned to love the voice God has given me and that has allowed me to go way further than I ever thought I could.

Never in my life would I have thought I would go from turning my piano all the way down so no one could hear me in a worship band, to being a worship leader, playing guitar (an instrument that isn’t even my main instrument) and singing. God can take, even the things you think aren’t good enough, and use them in a huge way. So as you go through week 4, try your hardest to boost your self-confidence.

Self-confidence is attractive

I don’t know if you know this or not, ladies, self-confidence is so attractive. Now hear me out, don’t go all crazy boasting about how beautiful and awesome you are. Don’t be prideful about it. Just being able to take compliments and walk confidentially makes you a thousand times more beautiful. You don’t need to go fishing for compliments when the Bible has plenty of those for you from someone far greater than anyone walking this earth. Know what God says about the way you look. Don’t look in the mirror and bash a beautiful thing God has made.
So, for all of week 4, say 5 things about yourself that you like. Don’t do this half-heartedly. Seriously try to be more confident in who you are, you aren’t changing that. So accept it and realize how beautiful you are! Self-confidence is waiting… your move.

Reminder:

Just like I say at the end of most of these challenges, make sure you continue doing the past weeks. Keep smiling and remembering bible verses. You want to continue doing these things as much as you can until it becomes more natural to do them. Your heart and attitude will change. But only if you are in the word of God daily and spending one on one time with Him because ultimitely, we need to be growing deeper and deeper into our relationship with Jesus. Good Luck!

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The ‘Like Jesus’ challenge: Week 3 (Memorizing Scripture)

By August 21, 2017 Like Jesus Challenge
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Hey there again!

Glad to see you reading this for week 3 of the like Jesus challenge. How did last week go for you, smiling at everyone? I hope it went very well. I’d love to hear about it! Today, I will be sharing with you what you will be doing all of this week (week 3). Are you ready?

Week 3: Memorize one bible verse and find a way to use and apply it each day this week.

It’s one thing to know the scripture but it’s a game changer when you are acting them out and actually doing what they say. Take some time today to find what scripture you want to learn this week and start memorizing. Learn it so well that when you hear the reference, you can quote it without any hesitation. If you have never learned scripture before or aren’t really sure how to, click here to read my post about memorizing scripture.

It is important for us to be learning scripture as Christians. We don’t always have a bible with us. It can be very beneficial to have some key verses in your mind and heart. Go back to the bible verse you choose as often as you can this week. Look at it or say it multiple times a day. Say it to a close friend; say it in a prayer.

Why?

Learning scripture can be super encouraging for you and others around you. If you are trying to take action in the Bible verses rather than just reading or memorizing them, you are going to make a huge impact in your life and in many others around you.

If you want to follow Christ and be (humble, kind, forgiving, etc) like Him, then memorize scripture. I promise, if you do rather than just read it and forget about it, your heart will begin to change. Your attitude will move out of the way to make even more room for God in your life. But if the extent of this is just memorizing or reading a scripture, you are not going to get what you are wanting out of this challenge.

Apply it.

Matthew 18:21-22 says, “Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” If you were to memorize this verse, it does you no good unless you apply it to your life. You shouldn’t be memorizing this bible verse but holding a grudge on Susan from a year ago when she stole your $1.50 that you were going to buy a Spongebob ice cream with.

I know when your brothers and sisters sin against you, it may be a bit worse than stealing $1.50 from you but regardless of the situation, the Bible says it plain as day. Forgive. Even when you don’t want to. Even when you’ve given them more chances than you think appropriate.

The point of me saying all of this is, don’t learn the scripture and then not apply it to your life. Learn it and then let it change you because it will, if you let it. So for this whole week, take out some time to learn one or two scriptures really well and try your hardest to apply it to your life each day this week. It may be hard at first but I promise, you will get the hang of it!

Don’t forget!

Do the other weeks challenges as well. Continue praying for others. Continue smiling at people. Use these challenges to form healthy habits that will brighten your day and your walk with God. Let these challenges allow God to change your heart and attitude. Make sure you read your bible every day this week as well! You have to be in the word if you want an attitude adjusment. Good luck this week!

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Medium Song: Give Me Faith by Elevation Worship.

By August 18, 2017 Worship songs
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Give me faith

Elevation worship is one of my absolute favorite worship bands. I love their music. Most of the time it is super simple and repetitive so if you don’t know it, you can still easily sing along. We just recently did an event at my church and right when I heard the theme, which was ‘reset’, I was quick to go to this song. Let me share the words with you.

Verse 1:

I need you to soften my heart
And break me apart
I need you to open my eyes
To see that You’re shaping my life

Verse 2:

I need you to soften my heart
And break me apart
I need you to pierce through the dark
And cleanse every part of me

The verses are us in need, asking for Him to basically change our heart, open our eyes, and let others see Him through us. I know I’m not the greatest person all the time. I used to have a really bad attitude. Singing this puts a smile on my face because that should be our prayer. We should want our heart to be softened so that we can show others the love of Christ.

God has His plans for us. That doesn’t mean we have a plan for us. He knows what we need, even when we think we do, He knows better. His ways are higher than our ways. His thought are higher than our thoughts. He is shaping and molding our lives into what He wants. We see a jumbled mess, while He is looking at the greater picture. He is taking our success and our failure and molding them to fit into the big picture. That’s why I love the line “to see that you’re shaping my life.”

I know that right now in my life, I see it. It excites me. I’m ecstatic because I see what He is doing and although I don’t know exactly what He is doing, I see that He is at work, shaping my life.

Pre-Chorus:

All I am, I surrender.

Then the pre-chorus says, “All I am, I surrender.” What a proclamation. Don’t say this if you don’t mean it. These are words you should not haphazardly say. We’re all sinners. We all deserve death but because of the highest price that Jesus paid on the cross, we get to live. We’re not worthy but God sees we are worth it. We see failure. He sees success. I have nothing good to offer to the unconditionally loving God that I serve. Although we don’t have much, we should be giving Him everything. We should be surrendering everything that we are. Those are some powerful words.

Chorus:

Give me faith to trust what you say
That you’re good and your love is great
I’m broken inside, I give you my life

The chorus is asking for Him to give us faith to trust what He says. When God tells us something, and then things aren’t going the way we planned, are we quick to question it? Or do we trust it? Without going into detail, He told me to pursue something almost 5 months ago. It has taken a great amount of faith and trust. At first, I kept getting every reason in the world on why I shouldn’t pursue what He told me to pursue and everything in me wanted to give up. But there was one huge reason that I shouldn’t.

That was because He told me to. Knowing it was Him telling me this, as a Christian, I needed to be obedient. I have been and I’ll continue. The road that I’m on right now is full of rejection and hardship and I’m not sure why but I still have many reasons to be joyful and thankful in this season. Without Him, I’m nothing and I’m broken. That’s why we need to give him our lives because we aren’t anything without Him. There will always be a God-shaped whole in our heart that only He can fill.

Bridge:

‘Cause I may be weak
But Your spirit strong in me
My flesh may fail
My God you never will

Now the bridge… I can’t even begin to explain the strong feelings I have for this part of the song. I’m joking around but at the same time, I’m not. This is my favorite part of the song.
We are weak but His spirit, that is living inside of us, gives us strength. And even though we fail every single day, we serve a God that never will! That’s something to sing about!

It is pretty simple to learn. It only took 10 minutes to teach my youth band. The song is originally sung by a guy, which is no capo on the chart you will receive in your email. If a girl is leading, try capo 2 or 3. Subscribe below for the chord chart to this song!

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The ‘Like Jesus’ Challenge: Week 2

By August 14, 2017 Like Jesus Challenge
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Hello, Welcome to Week 2!

This is week 2 of the ‘Like Jesus’ challenge. I hope everyone did good on week 1. I hope you are ready to jump into week 2. This weeks challenge is super simple. Notice, I said simple, not easy. There is nothing easy about the challenge I am asking you to do this week.

Smile at everyone you come in contact with.

Like I said, simple. NOT EASY! Taming your words is hard but it is easier than controlling your facial expressions. Often times, you don’t even notice you have an unwelcoming expression. It is wise to be slow to anger and to think before you speak but another thing that would be wise would be being more careful with your expressions.

You may be saying nice things but your face may be saying, “get out of my face; who gave you permission to speak to me.” You know what I mean? Another thing I am really bad about is rolling my eyes after I turn my back. This is not the attitude of Christ. So we need to be trying our best to remove it.

So rather than making a facial expression, smile. Just smile. Don’t have any other emotion showing on your face other than a huge smile! Smile at everyone you talk to. Even short conversations. Sometimes, when I have a really bad day, just someone smiling at me genuinely can make a world of a difference. Seriously, try it. Do it all week.

Be Joyful

Besides, you have so much to smile about. You have so much to be thankful for. Smile because you are a Christian, forgiven, and free. Smiling can even up lift you. If you smile, I promise, it will become natural. This small thing can make an impact on your day. As Christians, we are supposed to be joyful. Let me tell you… nothing says joyful more than a big ol’ frown. Kidding. Be joyful and smile. For every one reason you have to frown, you have a dozen reasons to smile. The bad doesn’t outweigh the good, even if it seems that way. So just smile for week 2. You have so much to smile about.

Don’t forget!

Make sure you spend time with Jesus every day this week. This challenge will not be as beneficial if you are not in the word. If you need help, contact me; I gladly will. Make sure to being doing week 1 throughout the week too. Continue these things so that they become a habit! These things are odd for us, that’s why we have to keep on!

Good luck smiling this week! Make a difference with something as smile as your beautiful smile! Be ready for next week!

Have a blessed day everyone.

-Chrissy

 

 

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3 Reasons why you should I be memorizing scripture

By August 11, 2017 Devotionals
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Memorizing scripture

Memorizing scripture definitely does not lack effort. I used to try to memorize a new scripture. I learned it and could say it for a few days but then I completely forgot them. Zack and I learned a bunch of scriptures. The first one we learned was Proverbs 3:5-6 and the second one we learned was 1 Corinthians 10:13. Those are literally the only two I remember fully without hesitation. Now that I am even more in the word than I was at that time, I put more time into memorizing scripture for many reasons, which I will gladly share with you.

Reasons why you should be memorizing scripture…

1. It helps you

On many occasions, I have used the verses I memorized just to simply encourage me and help me remember what God says about what I’m going through. For example, when I am going through a trial, I can be quick to say James 1:2-3 in my head. Knowing that verse, I can quickly remind myself that there is a reason I am going through what I am; when my faith is tested, it produces perseverance and steadfastness.

I also love having a constant reminder of how deep God’s love  is for me, that God keeps His promises, that I need to go to God in prayer in every situation and be thankful for it, rather than being anxious, etc. See there are so many bible verses that could just change my overall attitude throughout my day and help me in my walk with God. Let bible verses and passages be in your heart and in your mind.

It really helps me to “do what Jesus would do” in every situation. As Christians, we are called to strive to be like Jesus.I don’t think the bible meant eat the pages when it said to have the word inside you. 1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way he walked.” Notice it says walk in the same manner. We are never going to be anything like Jesus. Although we try to walk the same way He walked, we aren’t perfect like Him so we can’t but we need to be doing everything to try to. We need to try to be humble like He was, loving like He was, patient like He was, etc. (Take the “Like Jesus Challenge” with me!)

2. It helps others

Having the word in your heart and your mind could really help others if you let it. If you see a brother struggling or in need, you could quote a scripture or give him the scripture to look up for themselves to encourage them or even point them in the godly direction. I remember, my freshman year of high school, I had a girl that wasn’t a Christian in my gym class that I hung out with every day because I didn’t know many people (I was a weird, ugly freshman, scared to even speak to people). Every day, she would find a way to discourage me by being rude or mean to me. I’m not sure if she meant to do it but every day, after P.E., I would be in a horrible mood.

Not knowing what to do…

I went up to one of my favorite Christian friends that I highly looked up to as a newer Christian, K.C., and was just complaining about the situation to her in the lunch line. I remember her writing a scripture on my hand. It was Matthew 5:38-44. She basically just explained not to let anyone discourage me; I needed to turn the other cheek, go the extra mile for those who try to bring me down, and love and pray for the people that persecute me. I could never thank K.C. enough for giving me that scripture that day, I’d helped in a way she could never imagine. It stays with me and I use the lesson she taught me often.

If that simple scripture did what it did for me, imagine what you could do for others using scripture. Even though you may not think much of it or think it is that big of a deal, it is. It was a big enough deal to me that I am writing about it in a blog post almost 6 years later. Be an encouragement to others through the word. God gave it to us for a reason.

3. You may need it and not have it

I know this generation is filled with technology that can serve as a way to read the bible without having a bible with you. Sometimes, you won’t have that. You can’t always have a bible with you or have your phone out. What if you needed a scripture at work, while you’re with your friends, at a dinner, or a meeting? For me personally, sometimes God tells me to say a bible verse during worship. I can’t have a bible in my hand, searching for the scripture, while playing guitar. That would definitely be hard.

Rather than having to stop playing and getting out a bible, I could quote the scripture that I already have memorized. At my church, we have these small groups after service, and I am quick to quote scripture while talking about the service and what I learned. Sometime’s you need scripture but don’t have it with you or aren’t in a place where you can get to it.

How do you memorize scripture?

Well, everyone’s different. There are many ways to effectively memorize scripture. My best friend and I started learning scripture together; we learn a verse or two every week. I send her any new scriptures that I learn and she does the same for me. She constantly sends me a reference from the list and then I quote it back to her without looking. Like I did with Zack, we learned them good for a few days but I never went back to those verses so I forgot them after a week. If you are going back to these scriptures, it helps you to keep them in your heart and mind. The bible verses I am now learning with my best friend are verses I can say without hesitation or questioning if I said it right because I am always saying them.

When I memorize a verse, I write it in the back of my prayer journal with the reference and verse so that I can look at them after praying. Then, on another page, I just put the references so I can quiz myself.

Here are a few ways you can learn scripture better:
  • Set the verse as your lock screen and read it every time you open your phone.
  • Write the verse somewhere you’ll see it every day (On your mirror or in your locker).
  • Quote the scripture to a close friend every time you see them.
  • Write it on your hand
  • Read it 5 times, say it 5 times, then write it.

See, there are many ways to memorize. Those are just a few, I would love to hear what you do to memorize scripture. If you don’t memorize scripture regularly, I highly encourage you to. If you need any help, email me (icametoworship@gmail.com).

Love ya’ll!

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The ‘Like Jesus’ Challenge: Week 1

By August 8, 2017 Like Jesus Challenge
WEEK 1: PRAY FOR THE FIRST 5 PEOPLE THAT COME TO YOUR MIND

Week 1

Thank you for joining me on this journey. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to. We are just starting week 1, hop on board! One of the greatest things you can do in your relationship with Jesus is… praying. Prayer is a very intimate thing you can do to grow in your relationship with Jesus and it is vital that you do it. How can you have a close and personal relationship with someone without talking to them? Through this challege I will be stressing the need for prayer. A lot of weeks, you will be praying often.

But I’m not good at praying…

You aren’t? Wow, I’m just ashamed of you. KIDDING! A lot of people are not strong in the skill of praying. When people used to be like, “Alright Chrissy, pray,” my heart would skip 30 beats. I’m not very good at talking in general. There is something about the room being really quiet that makes my skin crawl. Every time I prayed, it would be a 10 second prayer. I would have like 15 words between ‘Dear Jesus’ and ‘Amen.’

When you say I don’t want to pray or I’m not good at prayer, someone always likes to call you out. I used to hear, “Well, if you don’t pray in public, you don’t pray in private.” Hearing that made me so angry. I prayed all the time in my personal life… but I prayed in my head. It is different talking out loud or in front of people. I used to get so discouraged when people would ask me to pray. I’d either refuse or say a ‘bad prayer.’

No prayer is bad

I cannot tell you how many times I would place my prayer in the ‘bad’ catergory. Listen. No prayer is bad. I used to hear everyone else pray and they would pray for like 5 minutes using big words and creative sentences. That was discouraging to me because I wansn’t ‘good’. I did not understand why I wasn’t good at praying. I did it often. I was tired of refusing to pray. I knew I had to change this because I know God has called me into some sort of minestry. I’m going to have get better at praying out loud.

Pray out loud

This has helped immesnly. At first it was a bit awkward and I felt like I was talking to myself. Start praying when you’re alone, out loud. It will help. I started off with short prayers but now I can pray out loud for hours. Praying this way allowed me to get closer to Jesus because I talk to him now like I’d actually talk to a best friend. Which He is and He always has been; it’s just hard to be best friends with someone you don’t spend time with and don’t talk to. You feel me? Dedicate a specific time to praying but still pray as much as you possibly can throughout the day. Just use those specific times as your prayer time regardless of what is going on because sometimes our minds go crazy through a busy day.

I chose to pray anytime I am driving and showering (like once every three weeks, just kidding, probably). More times you could pray is when you wake up, before bed, while brushing your teeth, everytime you pick up your phone, etc. There are many times you can dedicate to prayer. I promise, having this time set aside specifically for prayer will help you get in the habit of praying often. So try devoting some time to praying.

The Challenge: Week 1

So each day this week, pray for the first 5 people that come to your mind. It can be the same people every day or it can be new people. Just make sure to do it each day. It doesn’t have to be a 4 hour long prayer but actually relax and take a few minutes praying for the people that Jesus lays on your heart. This not only helps you to get closer to God but it is also a great way to humble yourself before others. You don’t have to tell anyone you are praying for them unless you feel God telling you to. So make sure you pray for at least 5 people each day through the week. I’d write it down in a notebook so you can just keep track of your prayer life.

Why am I praying for others?

week 1I love those two verses because a lot of times, we are focused on us. When we pray, we say God, do this for me. Make this happen for me. I thank you for what you're doing in my life. It is important be praying for your prayers to be about you. Change my attitude and my heart, guide my footsteps, help me. Not only should you pray for yourselves, you need to be humble enough to step past praying for only yourself. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for your lost friends. Pray for others. This is a true step of humbleness. Christ give's us a great example of humility. Alot of times, we are focused on us. When we pray, we say God, do this for me. Make this happen for me. I thank you for what you’re doing in my life. It is important be praying about yourself, of course. Change my attitude and my heart, guide my footsteps, help me, but not only should you pray for yourself, you need to be humble enough to step past praying for you alone.

Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for your lost friends. Pray for others in general. This is a true step of humbleness.

Christ give’s us a great example of humility in Philippians 2:3-4.

Remember, like I said in my post Monday (Read here), you need to be reading the bible and spending one on one time with Jesus all through out this challenge. Make sure to do it every single day this week. If you have never spent time with Jesus or aren’t really sure how to, email me below. Good luck on week 1 of the ‘Like Jesus’ Challenge!

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Jesus, Reset my________

By August 4, 2017 Devotionals
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Jesus, Reset my ________.

Wow, this week has been absolutley crazy. At my church, we had this small event (Pulse Week 2017) that made a huge difference in a bunch of peoples lives. Youth gave their lives to Jesus and allowed Jesus to reset something that has been getting in the way of their walk with Jesus or reset something they put on the throne before God. I was completly in awe of the amazing things Jesus was doing within our youth. Leading worship for this event was very stressful at first.

With the limited time we prepped, it caused a lot of chaos each day before service. I had the attitude of ‘this is about to be horrible’ at the beginning of the week. By the last day, I had a complete heart change and reset. I just focused on worshipping rather than if people were playing the right chords. Worship was going to be just fine regardless. Worship is not a show, which is something I already knew, but it needed to be reimplanted into my brain. It is not a conerct. Sometimes, I just enjoy stopping all instruments and just have all the voices in the room to sing as loud as they can. God really moved through worship. I felt Him in the room and He was all over the place.

I loved leading worship this week. Simply because, regardless of the preparation, God still used us in a mighty way. I loved watching as of the students worship with all of their heart. I could see true, authentic worship. It was beautiful. Breathtaking. All through the services, I was smiling from ear to ear because of what Jesus was doing in my own heart.

For a while, I have been trying my hardest to “reset” my attitude and my heart (That is what the Like Jesus challenge is all about) for the longest time. I can honestly say I have been doing really good. Not because of anything I was doing but what Jesus was doing in me and inside my heart. The theme of Pulse Week was “Jesus, reset my_____.” I was so energetic and extatic because in this week and I really got to acknowledge all that Jesus has been doing in my heart.

My attitude has been different and my overall heart. I am so overjoyed with everything that I have been seeing Jesus do in my life and in my friends life. During worship, I loved doing the fast songs. I used to just raise my hands and worship during those fast songs, which is fine, but it is so much fun to jump around and act a fool praising Jesus. I got the honor of watching a bunch of teenagers jump all over the place, unashamed, praising God. Going crazy with them was so fun. Jesus didn’t make us to fit in and just clap to the beat. Let loose. Get crazy.

Fill in the blank.

jesus reset mySay, “Jesus, reset my _____.” Fill in the blank. What did you put in that space? Jesus reset my heart (mind, thoughts, relationship, voice, etc) What did you fill in there? Say it out loud. Ask Jesus to reset it. Give it to Him. Let Him reset something you need fixed in your life. Often times, we put other things on the throne that God is supposed to be on.

Can you think of something you are putting on that high place in your life. Sometimes you don’t want to admit it. In fact, sometimes you don’t even realize you put something else on the throne. Or maybe we ask God to scoot over so He can share the throne of your life with _______. (Your partner, your job, your family, church, etc.) Jesus doesn’t want to share the throne! He wants to be over your entire life; He wants to be your entire life.

How can you put only Jesus on the throne right now? How are you going to let Jesus reset _______? The way I am letting Jesus reset my heart is by reading the bible as much as I can, spending more time talking to God than I spend talking to anyone else, and by memorizing scripture.

So what are you going to do? Find a way to focus on God and keep Him on the throne. Keep your eyes on Him. His eyes were on you when He died on the cross for you. He can fix your heart, your mind, your relationship, and your voice. You have to let Him. You have to devote yourself to actually doing something about it.

Spend some time in prayer and talk to God about some things you could do to reset whatever you filled in that blank. Get into the bible and see what God has to say about what you are resetting. Give this to God, He will gladly take it. Nothing is too big for God. Give it to Him. Looking back, I laugh. I was at a place where I felt hopeless in my bitterness and in my thoughts. I never thought I could get away from it. Now that I let Jesus reset it, I’ve have never been so happy and energetic. Not today Satan!

It may feel hopeless right now but you need to remember who has you in the palm of His hands. Rather than falling backwards, fall forwards into the hands of God. He has your back. Don’t think you can’t do it. If you can’t, He can and He will gladly take your _______ from you and reset it. Give Him the chance to do it. Soon, you too will look back and smile. You will be able to say, “Jesus, thank you for being on the throne and for resetting my _____.”

Start the process of letting Jesus reset it.
AND GO!

 

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The Like Jesus Challenge

By July 31, 2017 Like Jesus Challenge

The Like Jesus Challenge

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So, you’re wondering… what is this crazy challenge you are talking about girl? Maybe you aren’t; maybe you’re just trying to figure out how to get off this page. Since, you are, indeed, reading this, I am going to share a little about this challenge.

We as people, can sometimes act like total, well, humans. For me, I can catch myself with an attitude, getting a little angerier than I should, or getting jealous.  And trust me when I say this, people will notice. Our ultimate goal is to look in the mirror and see Jesus. If there are parts that do not belong or do not look like Jesus, we need to cut it out of our lives. God wants us to be his masterpeice. There are so many things that God wants us to work on.

I’m going to name off a few things that God wants us to work on. If you see any of these in your life, then I want to challenge you to do this challenge with my friends and I.

Do any of these attitude related sins apply to you?

  • Comparing ourselves to others
  • Lying, cheating, and lust
  • Anger, resentment, and unforgiveness
  • Jealousy, bad attitude, and impatience

Now I’m sure at least one thing on that list is something that is floating around in your life, making circles around your heart. I know there is a lot more things I could have listed, so if you can think of something else that you struggle with, that is all the more reason to take on this challenge. I suppose I should tell you what the Like Jesus challenge is, huh?

I was needing an attitude adjustment

One day at work I was think of ways to fix my whole attitude (which involves quite a few things on that list). I needed a lot more than an attitude adjustment. I came across a picture online that was challenging people to go day by day to change how they look at themselves. One day may be looking in the mirror and saying 5 things you love about yourself, while another day may be to go outside and get active. It was a week long challenge with a new activity for you to complete everyday.

I loved the idea and it really got me thinking. After lots of thought and prayer, I came up with the ‘Like Jesus’ challenge. I started sending a challenge to my friends and posting on facebook about it for anyone that wanted to join me. All it is, is doing simple, short activites daily to help you in with any attitude related sins like I listed above. Some days are more challenging than others.

There are a few important things that you need to remember while taking this challenge

  • You need to be reading God’s word and spending time with Him every single day because ultimatley, there is no amount of good deeds or attitude adjustment challenges you can do that will change your heart the way God can through His word. Reading the bible is a must with this challenge. If you are a christian, you should be doing this anyways. So if you are not, you need to start. (If you don’t know how or where to start, email me icametoworship@gmail.com.)
  • I will most likly be posting one new challenge a week, rather than daily. So your job is to make sure you do that throughout the week. The goal at the end of this, is that you start doing the challenges on your own, naturally. You should just wake up and be like, I need to call my friend and pray for them. I should thank my mom for being awesome today. Today while I’m at work/school, If I think something mean about another person, I am going to think of 3 good things that I like about them. You should get to a place where you don’t need the challenge anymore because your heart is changing so much.
  • Since I will only be posting one challenge a week, you can redo past challenges or make your own through out the week. You should be doing at least one a day. When all else fails, learn scripture, if you can’t find or thing of a challenge for that day.
  • Email me if there is anything that you need!

Are you ready to take the Like Jesus Challenge?

Do you want to take this challenge? Lets have a heart and attitude change together so that we can make a difference for Christ. Changing your heart and attitude will help you in more areas of your life than one. It can help you in your relationship, in arguements, at work, in school, etc. So this will really help you in more ways than one. Take this Like Jesus challenge with me, I dare you. Even if you think your attitude and heart is in a good place, these challenges will help you in your walk as well. Good luck; I will be posting the first day very soon!

-Chrissy

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