Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Song of the Day by DJ Sister P.

Hey Saints... how is everyone doing today? I'm hanging in... I was listening to this song this morning by Switchfoot... I heard it before, but for some reason, it just stuck out for me this morning...

Lord, "Let my shadows prove the sunshine"... the shadows in my heart, the failures, inadequacies and the flaws... All of these shadows that fill my heart Lord, let your light shine through the crevices, breaking forth in power to show your glory through my broken life... I humbly come before you Lord and confess my failure to be all that I can be for you... I bow before you, with all that I am,the good and the bad Lord and ask that if you will restore all that the devil hasmeant for my destruction and use it for your Glory oh Lord... Please restore to me the years that the locust hath eaten... Joel 2:25.

I pray this today and thank you Lord for loving us all unconditionally. Praise your holy Name, forever and ever, Amen!

"The Shadow Proves The Sunshine"
Sunshine, won't you be my mother Sunshine,
come and help me sing
My heart is darker than these oceans
My heart is frozen underneath

We are crooked souls trying to stay up straight,
Dry eyes in the pouring rain
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine

Two scared little runaways
Hold fast to the break of day light were
The shadow proves the sunshine
Oh Lord, why did you forsake me?
Oh Lord, don't be far away away

Storm clouds gathering beside me
Please Lord, don't look the other way
Crooked souls trying to stay up straight
Dry eyes in the pouring rain
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine
Two scared little runaways
Hold fast to the break of day light were
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine

Yeah Yeah, shine on me
Yeah Yeah, shine on me
Yeah Yeah, shine on me
Yeah Yeah, shine on me
Crooked souls trying to stay up straight
Dry eyes in the pouring rain
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine
Two scared little runaways
Hold fast to the break of day light were
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine
Yeah Yeah, shine on me
Yeah Yeah, shine on me
Yeah Yeah, shine on me

Shine on me,
Let my shadows prove the sunshine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypSz8WqRc_M

In His love,
Sister P.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Here in My Life...

Goodmorning Saints,

I was listening to this song this morning... this prayer set to music and thinking about Jesus.

I was meditating on the fact that Jesus spent the majority of his time loving the unlovely; thebroken, the poor in spirit, the demon possessed, lunatics, orphans, widows, prostitutes... Jesus was criticized by the Pharisees because He was eating with publicans (tax collectors) and sinners... Matthew 9:11... But I love how Jesus rebutted them by saying in Matthew 9:12, "They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick."

I started to think about how many times I haven't gone to Jesus because I felt I was unworthy, not measuring up or failed Him in some way. Why would He waste His time with me when I constantly mess up... why would He use a person like me, if I don't have my stuff together and I'm broken...

However, I'm slowly realizing that He isn't looking for perfection, but honest humility, as He gives grace to the humble. He says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

The Pharisees were constantly nit picking Jesus, pointing out something they thought wasn't right or something they thought needed to change... They probably thought, why would the Messiah be hanging out with these low life sinners and not us? The Pharisees thought highly of themselves, so much so, that they walked around acting like they were gods.

They were good at pointing out the defects in everyone else, but not in themselves. They could tell others that they should be doing, but they themselves weren't practicing what they preached. Hmmmm... I wonder how many of us do the same thing? And, how many of us love the unlovely in others? I can admit that I'm guilty as charged as I'm selective. (smile)

However, what if Jesus was selective and excluded me? What if He decided I wasn't good enough to love the unlovely in me? And trust me, there is plenty not to love about me, just ask my husband LOL!

Where would I be today if He didn't accept me a sinner? Or If He didn't want die for me? Thank you Jesus for loving me inspite of myself...

Here in My Life by Hillsong United: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc0r_0Af4FU

Have a blessed day.

In His love,
Sister P.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The man with the withered hand...

Hello Saints...

I was talking to my brother for a bit yesterday and, I don't recall what exactly we were discussing, but I began to make reference to the parable in Matthew Chapter 12:9-13, of theman with the withered hand.

9And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
10And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
11And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
13Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

Now, picture this, you are growing up around these self-righteous, critical, religious people that will judge you for the slightest difference you have. This poor man had to grow up surrounded by these supposed perfect pious people... I'm sure he felt the inclination of hiding his hand from the scorn, ridicule and shame all his life... He knew he was different from the others, he had a disability; his withered hand.

So along comes Jesus... (smile)... it's the Sabbath, noone is suppose to do anything on the Sabbath, much less heal anyone! The man with the withered hand had to make a choice... either to risk exposing his withered hand so that Jesus could heal him or not...

I'm sorry, but that had to be difficult for him... all the old voices rising up in him, the fears of exposing his withered hand once again in front of his critical peers... and then, the doubts rose up, in that he thought of the possibility that what if his hand wouldn't be healed? I can just imagine what must of been going throughthis man's mind... But when Jesus said, "Stretch forth thine hand", he stretched it forth and Jesus healed him!!

Wow!!! That must have been such an amazing thing to witness, I wish I was there... as a matter of fact, I can't wait to talk to him up in Heaven and asked him how he felt and what it was like when Jesus healed him.I'm going to interview him up in there HA HA HA!

All joking aside... don't we all have a withered hand we are hiding? I know I do... which is why this parable touched me so... Jesus wants us to risk being vulnerable and exposed, so that He can ultimately heal us. It's like when you have an infection, if you cover it and don't expose it to air and such, it won't heal but get worse!

Jesus is our Great Physician and He longs for us to expose that "thing", whatever it is we've been hiding, so that He can heal it once and for all.

I end this meditation with a song I was listening to this morning by Sara Groves called, "It's Going to be Alright"and it is...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9yNZ17j8Fg

Have a blessed day and weekend!

In His love,Sister P.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Second Chances

Second Chance, sung by Monique Walker (Hezekiah Walker's wife)

I was walking this morning and meditating on how awesome God is to give us second chancesin life, not only does He give us second chances, but third, fourth, fifth... you get the point... I remember listening to this song years ago, over and over again... it deeply touched me asI prayed for God to give me a second chance... and He's given me more chances that I can't even number (smile).

I just want to encourage you today, that if any of you are struggling with feeling you arenot worthy to go to God because you failed Him in some way... I am here to tell you, thatHe forgives you and loves you unconditionally. Come as you are, He accepts you justwhere you at... and He's waiting for you...

Have a blessed day... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guoYLH-z2u0

In His love,
Sister P.