What exactly is A Beautiful RAWR? A catchy name or a silly expression? Quite the opposite actually. A Beautiful RAWR is a Real Amazing Woman Representing. That’s you and I friend, and the beautiful creator and owner Linh, wants all of us to know that.
In the midst of a busy day, this song has been on my mind. Remember, our God is greater!!!
John 14:2 (NKJV) In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Today is our final day of vacation, and it’s a bittersweet feeling. I’ve had an incredible time with my family, (and friends ;)) and my mom and stepdad bent over backwards to make their house a home for us. I barely spoke to my mother over these last 8 weeks, because her days and nights were spent painting, sanding, organizing, installing, repairing, and a host of other DIY projects she was determined to complete before we arrived. I told her repeatedly that all of these preparations weren’t necessary, and as able-bodied adults, my husband and I could help. I encouraged her to put us to work, but she refused to listen. “It’s your vacation.” she would say, “I’m the mom and I want my children to be able to settle in and be comfortable.” I’d roll my eyes on the other side of the phone, because I didn’t like the thought of her stressing over us. I thought she was being stubborn and trying to “do too much”, but the truth is, she was simply being a wonderful mom. For her it wasn’t about bending over backwards, late nights, or those pull-your- hair- out moments. It was about giving us a place where we’d always feel welcome.
Over these last 12 days my mom has seen her dream realized. Her house was the gathering place for our 25 guests on Thanksgiving, and our room looks as well-lived in as it does at home. 🙂 It’s a joy to know that my parents would go to such great lengths for us, and I’m reminded that the Lord goes “all out” for us each and every day.
He will welcome you into His presence, His company, and His love. He is our Father and our friend, and His home is waiting for our arrival. As He prepares for us, let us also prepare to be with Him, and thank Him always for His care.
Psalm 23:5-6(NKJV) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
Are you at home in Christ?
Psalm 9:2 (NKJV)
I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High
Don’t you love to praise the Lord?! This past Sunday I heard a wonderful message that served as a much needed reminder of the importance of praise and worship. A great deal was shared, but one thing that stood out to me was this:
Praise is our response to God’s character. Worship is your conduct in response to God’s presence.
As a praise and worship leader at my church I would often struggle with thoughts of stage fright, or fear of judgment, if I didn’t hit the right note or sing in the perfect key. I realized that for too long my focus was on pleasing man, rather than praising the God of My Salvation and the Savior of My Soul!! Today when I praise, my desire is to go forth in excellence in order to honor God first and foremost. I also hope to be a part of leading the people into their time of worship, and when I begin to feel unsure of myself I re-direct my focus to making a joyful noise unto the Lord! He always deserves our very best, and my prayer is that we’ll all sing to Him today!!
Psalm 100 (KJV)
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Have you praised our Mighty Father today?