We had a powerful time on Sunday. We introduced “How He Loves” and the people responded. I led at our Syosset campus and we had an extended time during that song where the Lord gave us Psalm 46:10 (Be still and know that I am God). A hush came over us and it was so sweet to just stand for a few moments in His presence as children of the Father.
Here are the songs:
Sing, Sing, Sing (Carson, Gilder, Nunn, Reeves, Tomlin)
I had Monday off and Olivia did not, so I took one of our Chihuahuas, Belle, to my very junky office and we cleaned it out. It was a treasure and trash trove. I found a complete drumset, a set of handbells (with the white gloves!), even an ice scraper for the car :). It’s so clean and big now…it’s Olivia’s turn to make it look good:).
It was nice today to actually work in there. There’s plenty to do. I’m looking forward to a place where people want to hang out.
Great moment in a creative meeting today. We had much discussion about how to approach someone with an issue…different angles, multiple perspectives. But then our senior pastor did something that should be normal. It was so profound I got choked up. He said, “let’s hold up on talking to them…let’s pray right now that God would show them what is right and appropriate.”
Just a few hours left of 2009 here in New York City. We’re going to celebrate with friends in Queens. I was thinking today as I drove back from the church in Syosset how many things changed and happened this past year.
When the year began we had only moved to the city a couple months earlier. Neither Olivia nor I had a job yet and our savings were pretty much gone. I had interviewed at on church, but it didn’t work out — all we could say was, “Lord, do what You will.”
Olivia got a job at a doctor’s office almost right away. I interviewed with another church (that one wasn’t it either!) and got ready to do some temp office work. In the meantime I walked pretty much all the neighborhoods in New York just praying and trying to hear what He was saying for us. (This was one of the most wonderful seasons yet in my walk with the Lord:) I finally got a temp job at an office and then another at the NFL.
Olivia found a new opera coach that turned out to be a great help to her as she gets ready to go to the next level in her career.
I went back and forth as to what the Lord wanted from me…did He want me leading worship in a church?…did He want me to go back into songwriting?…did He want me to pursue business at the NFL and lead worship part-time?
Towards the end of 2009 the Lord revealed what He had here for me. I was called as the worship pastor of Shelter Rock Church on Long Island. I started a couple weeks ago and He’s already doing wonderful things.
So, here comes 2010. I’m beginning to see that I need to stop making all these elaborate plans and just follow Jesus. The Spirit will order my steps. He will lead me on a an adventure that I could never come up with on my own.
Lord, I give You 2010. It is Yours, I am Yours. I rejoice in Your presence and Your ways.
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