Thursday, September 27, 2007

Wednesday's Ways...

It has seemed like a long
and physically exhausting week
but, oh, how worth it

to be in God's house so often,
hearing God's powerful Word being preached,
seeing the Holy Spirit convict, challenge, and encourage,
with an additional blessing of

beautiful, Christ-honoring music
and sweet fellowship with like-minded brethren!
It has been a wonderful week during this revival
and my heart has personally been revived!
What a way to bring our revival services to a close
by sharing the precious and powerful message
of God's abundant, yet undeserving, grace!

The main text from the sermon:
"All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD hath laid on him
the iniquity of us all."
~ Isaiah 53:6

Such a powerful Scripture
that we should meditate on often.

He broke this verse down into four segments:
1. The waywardness of man
2. The willfulness of man
3. The wickedness of man
4. The Wonderful Savior of man

A simplistic, yet powerful message.
And the special music set the tone for the message,
which was an additional blessing.
I just love how the Lord orchestrates!
Let me explain...
This week, Ally was not feeling well
and was unable to play our special music

that we had planned for Tuesday evening,
so we planned to do it Wednesday instead, Lord willing.
Because she had not been feeling well,
she was too weak to play the song we originally planned
because it was a little too intense to play
while she was feeling weak
so I chose another song the Lord had laid on my heart.
I wasn't sure if it had a whole lot to do with
the particular topic of revival (at the time)
but the Lord used it in my own heart last night
and it just so "happen" to be the same 'theme'
as the evangelist's sermon.
My heart was so stirred.
What a blessing it is to have your heart stirred!
(The song we did was a different arrangement of
"Amazing Grace" with "Grace Greater Than Our Sins")

After the service, we stuck around for
wonderful food and sweet fellowship.
Did I mention that we love fellowships?!
It's such a blessing to fellowship with our spiritual family!

We had lots of yummy food! Mmmmm!

Ally was particularly excited!
Our visiting evangelist was an additional blessing to us,
as he fixed/replaced the string on Ally's violin,
tuned it for her, and gave her some tips
(as well as one of his violin arrangement books for free!).
What a blessing that was!
She was so thrilled to play it, again...

The younger ones were tickled to watch him
as he emptied his musical glasses...

I think there were a few splashes here and there... ;o)
And they were thrilled to help by carrying
bowls of water to the bathroom sink to empty.

Will was delighted to help the men-folk
as they cleaned up the evangelist's other instruments...

We, eventually, made it home around 11:30. ;o)
But it was worth it!
And when we arrived home, we had a package
containing our 'official' first school book of the year
(we received a few more today, too!)
and a box from Gramma
with gifts for Beth's upcoming birthday.
Woo hoo! Gotta love mail. ;o)

What a delightful and blessing of a week we've had!
I hope y'all have enjoyed yours, too.

In closing, I thought I'd share a little video
of our evangelist encouraging Ally
that her violin is, indeed, capable
of playing beautiful music
(and can, also, be used as a fiddle). lol
I particularly liked Ally's reaction
But that's just the mama in me. ;o)


Pam said...

I'm so glad you got a video of that! Her reaction was splendid, I had goose bumps and laughter! The fiddle part always brings out my mountain roots! (W. Va.) Mr. Evangelist is a very talented man it seems.

But Ally's giggles and hand claps were the best!

It blessed my heart to see how good God has been to you all this past week.

Madeleine said...

Oh how wonderful!!!

I always wondered what it would be like to go to a revival. I've not heard of them coming around here.

I love the story of the piano piece. Its amazing how God works even in the little parts of our lives to show us HE is here!!

Thank you for sharing!

Tracy said...

I'm so thankful that you had a wonderful revival week. I'm glad that your heart was stirred, and your soul refreshed. May the Lord continue to bless you sweetly!

Karen said...

I'm sorry that Ally wasn't feeling well enough to play your original song, but isn't it a blessing how it all worked out?!
I especially enjoyed her expressions with the "fiddle music"!
I'm sure you're all tired, but filled to overflowing at the same time. ;0)

Alesha said...

After seeing "still" photos of Ally, it was so nice to see her "in action" on the little video. What a sweet spirit she shows forth! You all are doing a wonderful job nurturing her into young adulthood.

Thank you for sharing. It was a joy to watch.


Pam--in Jerusalem said...

I followed you over here from Heather's place at Just Laugh---Hi!
It sounds like you had a wonderful time of revival and such blessed fellowship too! I miss that the most about living overseas. :( Thanks for a lovely post!

Amy/BookLover said...

Alexandia plays the violin? I have two sisters that play the violin. They both have a blog:
Alison is older and she is teaching "carrotlover"
I LOVE yoy blog!

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine,
I have thought about you alot this week. My dh has been on work assignment and I have felt lost. Like a ship without a captain. I know it is only by God's grace you get through deployments. It is not fun being with our leader. I feel for you. You have inspired me this week when I felt I wasn't going to get through the day.I so enjoy coming here to visit. You are such a blessing.

Heather said...

What a wonderful day of fellowship. I love seeing your beautiful family-what a blessing. Your blog is a picture of what it is to put Christ first in all things. I continue to pray for you-Heather

Our Family Journal said...

So glad to hear your Revival services were a blessing. It's exciting to be a part of something where the Holy Spirit is moving in hearts. May it continue in the hearts of the people.

You have a sweet family.

Eph 3:14-21


HsKubes said...

Pam ~ I'm glad you enjoyed the video. I sure did. ;o) It tickled me to see her laughing like that. ;o) Mr. Evangelist was quite a talented man. It was a real blessing to have him here.

Madeleine ~ I'll research to see if I can help you find a good, Bible-preaching revival in your neck of the woods. What a blessing they are!
Yes, it is amazing how the Lord orchestrates the details of our lives.

Tracy ~ Thank you. ;o) This revival week truly was a blessing.

Karen ~ Thank you for your concern. We hope to see Ally feeling better soon. We think it's just a cold or allergies. But, yes, it was a wonderful blessing how it all worked out!
Her experessions delighted me, too. I'm so thankful I was able to get it on video.
Yes, we are tired and filled to overflowing! The Lord is Good.

Alesha ~ Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the video. It simply tickled me!

Pam in Jerusalem ~ Thank you so much for visiting! ;o)
We surely did have a wonderful time of revival and sweet fellowship. I look forward to visiting your blog. ;o)

Amy ~ Yes, Ally plays the violin. She is in the beginning of teaching herself. She is enjoying it very much. How nice your two sisters play. It sounds like y'all have a very musical home. What a blessing!
Thank you for your kind words. I enjoy hearing from you.

Elizabeth ~ The Lord is so Good. I already posted on your blog but I sure love how the Lord works. As you were thinking of me... I was thinking of you. ;o)
Thank you for your kind words.
It truly is by the grace of God we get through difficult times. ;o)

Heather ~ Yes, it was a wonderful day of fellowship. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. They are a blessing to me. I am thankful it is a blessing when you visit. ;o)

Jill ~ Yes, it is very exciting to be where the Holy Spirit is moving! Thank you for your kind words. Thank you, also, for sharing that passage of Scripture. What a blessing that was to look up!
"For this cause I bow my knees
unto the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Of whom the whole family
in heaven and earth is named,
That he would grant you,
according to the riches
of his glory,
to be strengthened
with might by his Spirit
in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell
in your hearts by faith;
that ye, being
rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend
with all saints
what is the breadth,
and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ,
which passeth knowledge,
that ye might be filled
with all the fulness of God.
Now unto him that is able
to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think,
according to the power
that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church
by Christ Jesus
throughout all ages,
world without end. Amen."
~ Ephesians 3:14-21

~ Christina


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