Music Mondays- In This Place by Taya

Wherever we are, whatever situation we are in, we can say about God- surely you are in this place as In This Place by Taya proclaims.

I found have that to be true in so many different ways in my life such as my trips to other countries, the time when I was sick and almost died in the 1990s, during COVID, in downtimes and good times. I know God has been with me in every place I have been and every situation.

May this song help you experience his presence in the situation you find yourself in.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- All Eyes On You by Taya

Blessed, Son of God
You’re with me in this place
Seated so far above
Yet with me in this place

I love the lyrics All Eyes On You starts with. Jesus is both on his throne in heaven and with us here at the same time. Because he is seated on his throne, He is Lord of All and can help us in any situation. Because he is with us in the here and now at the same time, we never go through any situation on our own.

Jesus is not some distant deity we hope to appease. He is Immanuel-God with us. He is always with us and yet always on his throne. We can look to him in times of trouble, times of confusion, times of despair, We can look to him in every situation.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Believe For It by CeCe Winans with Lauren Daigle

With CeCe Winans and Lauren Daigle singing together, one would expect a powerful song and Believe For It is exactly that with lyrics like:

We’ve heard that there is no way through
We’ve heard the tide will never change
They haven’t seen what You can do
There is power in Your name
So much power in Your name

When it seems there is no way through, we can look to God to make a way for us. He is the God of the impossible.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Lunch with My Pastor- Waymaker Sung by Iveth Luna

I had the blessing of having lunch with my pastor yesterday. We ate at a restaurant called East Oven which serves food from India. It was an hour of wonderful fellowship and great food.

As we ate, we shared a lot about what is going on in our lives and our backgrounds. As I shared about how Jesus has worked in my life, so many memories of how Jesus has made a way for me when there did not seem to be any way came to mind.

One example is the time I left Minneapolis where I was studying for ministry to return to Lincoln. At the time I was sick and could not finish the semester. I had a full tank of gas and only ten dollars in quarters and yet I made it home. I prayed and asked Jesus to help me make it to Lincoln. I made it back. I shared about it more fully in 10 Dollars in Quarter, An Old Chevette, and 430 miles to go.

So many times Jesus opened opportunities for me that only he could have arranged. So many times as I look back, I see God’s grace in my life.

Jesus is truly the way maker as the song Way Maker proclaims.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

In You by Iveth Luna

I love this song by Iveth Luna. We can look to Jesus in any situation knowing he has the power to help when things seem hopeless. I just listened to it and did not want to wait for Music Monday to share it.

She has a beautifully powerful voice and sings in English and in Spanish which I admire. May it bless you as much or more than it did me. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- The Well by I Am They

There is mercy that won’t run dry
There is a kindness that never dies
It is deep, it is wide
There is mercy that won’t run dry

As we go through life, we hit dry times, rough patches, and trials that can drag us down. The good news is that Jesus is ever present offering us mercy, kindness, and renewal of our strength. We can come to Jesus anytime to find that mercy that won’t run dry.

The Well by I Am They is a wonderful reminder that we can come to Jesus anytime. Jesus is waiting for us with open arms. May this song bless you as much or more than it did me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Same God by Elevation Worship

I don’t know about you, but I have never been placed in a fiery furnace, placed in a lions den, come to the Red Sea with nowhere to go while being chased by chariots, faced a giant, had a wife give birth at the age of 90, or any of the other wonders that God worked for people in the Old Testament.

When we read those accounts, they can be encouraging for our faith but perhaps a bit difficult to relate to. However, the same God who performed those wonders is the great I AM. He has all power and loves us deeply. When we pray, we are praying to the same God who did all of those miraculous things in the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Acts of the Apostles.

I will always remember the summer of 2020 during the height of the pandemic and being told classes I had taught at the college in the evenings for 20 years were permanently canceled. I had no way to seek out anything in the midst of the pandemic to replace the lost income I depended on for the summer. I heard Lauren Daigle’s song Rescue and prayed-Jesus I need you to rescue me. I had shared with a few people about my problem, but could not have anticipated what would happen. In the following weeks, I received enough money each month to make up for the lost income most of it anonymously.

Whatever situation we face, we can pray to the same God who performed the miracles we read about in the bible.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Getaway by Taya

And you can say what’s on your heart
I already knew it all
Doesn’t matter what you say
Come and getaway with Me
I know where you are
Where you’ve been, what you’ve seen
Doesn’t matter how you come
Come and getaway with Me
Getaway, getaway with Me

I love these lyrics in Getaway by Taya. They remind me of what Jesus said in Matthew 11:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”

Jesus wants us to come him. He wants us to give him our burdens. He wants to partner with us as we journey in this life with all of its up and downs.

We can be honest with him about where we are at, how we are feeling, everything, because he already knows and loves us deeply. He came to die on the cross and defeat death for us because he wants us with him.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Nineveh by Brooke Ligertwood

Jonah was sent by God to Nineveh because God wanted the people to repent and come to know God, but Jonah did not want to go. Jonah only saw them through his own judgmental eyes not understanding that God wants all to come to know him and God sees only two groups of people in the world, those who know Jesus and those who do not.

Who are the people around us that God wants us to reach out to? Are we willing or dragged into doing so? Do we see people through the lens of Jesus’s point of view? as being those who know Jesus and those who do not? If they do not know Jesus, are willing to reach out in friendship?

In the midst of these times of uncertainty and unrest, are we willing to be the hands of Jesus?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.