So on Sunday, our pastor gave us some “homework”. We were given the above card to take home and pray over. He asked that we not make the decision lightly, but instead, make a vow (and make a firm vow) that we would serve the Lord. He also suggested we get a plaque with this verse in it. Why? Well, when you see this displayed, prominently, in your home, it will remind you that you have made a vow to serve the Lord. It also is loud voice to all who enter your home and see the plaque that you and your household have made the decision to serve the Lord. Our pastor showed us his plaque and said while it is quite large, it is displayed in the smallest, most used room in their home – their main floor bathroom. What a great idea! We spend a decent amount of time in the bathroom, as parents. If I’m not escaping there (just kidding), I’m in there helping my child go potty, bathing him, brushing my teeth, brushing my hair, grabbing fingernail clippers, washing hands, etc. It is quite a popular room, huh? 🙂 I have been really thinking and praying on this homework assignment, and while doing so, the song “Holy Spirit” sung by Francesca Battistelli (YouTube link here) hasn’t left my mind. Such a powerful song;
There’s nothing worth more that will ever come close
No thing can compare, You’re our living hope
Your presence, Lord
I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone
Your presence, Lord
Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
I’ve tasted and seen, of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free, and my shame is undone
By Your presence, Lord
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness
There’s something so freeing when we WELCOME the Holy Spirit into our daily lives, because that’s what it means to serve the Lord, right? It means we welcome Him into every single minute of what we do.
Now, I should share that there is something that has always rung true for me – I am the sort of person that really feels music, especially worship music. That’s how I am “ushered” into the Lord’s presence, so to speak. I don’t know if this is because of how I was raised – listening to my parents, aunts and uncles playing their instruments and we all sang? I do believe that had a huge part of it. But I also believe that this is how the Lord made me. Music is huge to me. I LOVE worship music. It has carried me through the roughest time in my life. Prayer is my first line of communication with Jesus, but if I don’t have the words? I sing. I turn on my worship music and I sing my heart out. I love to hear choirs, I love to hear children sing, and I know this is strange, but I love when even off-key people sing worship. Mainly, because when people are singing loudly, it’s normally because they are singing to their Creator, free of inhibitions – they are singing His praises! And this song is one of those that I belt out – it’s a song, yes, but it’s also a conversation, a statement to the Holy Spirit.
“Holy Spirit – You ARE welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere.” What better and more welcoming home/car/area than the one where the Holy Trinity is dwelling? Have you ever been around someone and you just FEEL the peace? It’s the best, isn’t it? There’s a joy there, no matter the situation. There’s peace. Why? Because they KNOW that no matter what, it’s all covered. It’s been taken care of long ago. When I’m able to settle all the noise and I calm my human brain – I remember that whatever is going on at that moment? Jesus has it. God covered it. The Holy Spirit says “hey, Mandy? I’ll lead you.” The peace that follows surpasses any feeling that this world could offer.
“Let us become more aware of Your presence” – that’s my prayer. I want to be ever aware of His presence. Why? Because “There’s nothing worth more that will ever come close, No thing can compare, You’re our living hope, Your presence, Lord.” I know this – I’ve experienced life walking away from that presence. It’s not fun. It’s hopeless and worthless. When you’re in the presence of the Lord? Suddenly there’s so much more hope and worth to be found in even the smallest thing!
Because of all this – because of His presence, because of His faithfulness and His love – I say
AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.