The following YouTube link is a great way to learn new hymns, I don't endorse YouTube fully for it is FULL of worldly and wicked things, however one who can decern things and keep from being tempted can find good things there. (NOTE: Please do not take this as an ok to "roam" around YouTube) But over at PraiseWorthy Things Jill published a post relating to OldSongsWithLyricsat YouTube. They play the piano and show words to hymns for a sing-a-long feel. The kids and I really enjoyed singing along with the piano this morning. We sing nearly everyday but mostly we just may joyful noise ourselves!
I know for myself this is not alway the easiest thing to do. I am ashamed that I often times close the doors that God presents before me. I try to remind myself that Christ died for all and that it is my reasonable service to share the good news with all that I meet.
I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. It's a hard thing to be overweight. I have done many fad diets, taken "diet" pills, read books pertaining to weight loss, but every time I have gained most if not all and more of my weight back. Within the last two years, I was successful at loosing nearly 60lbs and I would say that I am healthier and make healthier choices when it comes to eating but after another pregnancy, I have gained back 35 pounds. So here I stand once again looking at my need to loose weight. I have a lot of weight to loose and the thought of loosing my best friend from high school is just overwhelming to me. I look at the big picture and almost immediately say I can't do this it is too hard. So, as with everything, I have had to have the Lord push me into submission.
Recently I was in church and sat under some teaching and one of the points that was taught was about satan. Satan is always prideful in his responses and seeks to be glorified, but Christ Jesus on the other hand is humbled in his response and seeks to glorify his father. For example, Mat 26:39 says "And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." Even when faced with dying, Christ humbled himself to the will of God.
Now, how does that pertain to weight loss? Well after much prayer I am convinced that my weight problem is really a heart problem. How is that possible? Well recently I was reminded of the verses 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's". Now I know that these verses are talking about the sin of fornication, but in application can you not also apply over eating? Is not my body a temple to God in everything I put into it? Thus I also think of the verse Romans 12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." It is my reasonable service to keep my body pure as a living sacrifice unto God. Cain gave a sacrifice to God, but it was Cain's attitude that displeased God. What is my sacrifice? How is my attitude? Is not my God deserving of my best even as it pertains to what I put into my mouth?
So as Philippians 4:6 says "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." I will be praying for the strength to submit unto my God for that is my reasonable service.
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Worthy- greek: axios, ax'-ee-os , deserving, comparable or suitable (as if drawing praise): - due reward, meet, [un-] worthy.
Glory- greek: doxa, dox'-ah, glory (as very apparent), in a wide application (literally or figuratively, objectively or subjectively): - dignity, glory (-ious), honour, praise, worship.
Honour- greek: timē, tee-may', a value, that is, money paid, or (concretely and collectively) valuables; by analogy esteem (especially of the highest degree), or the dignity itself: - honour, precious, price, some.
Wow, when I look at these Greek words it opens up the meanings for me. I can recite this verse and even sing it with out even considering what it is that it is saying. My prayer is that I never forget that my creator is worthy! That I glory not in myself but give him the glory and honour. I can get so caught up in the dailyness of life that I forget (yes FORGET) to glorify and honour MY GOD! Shame on me. I praise my kids, and probably without even knowing it praise myself (and sometime with knowing it :] )! As if it wasn't enough to give me breath today I place meaningless or minimal tasks before him. My desire is that as I go forth I will not forget the sacrifice that was made on my behalf. That Jesus Christ would shine through me and maybe I might radiate even a tiny ray of his light into this world.