Music Monday ~ Cast My Cares and Believe!

music monday1Happy Music Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and are well on your way to having a great week.

I had a pretty good weekend.  I didn’t do a whole lot other than I spent my weekend relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having here in Missouri.

On Saturday my husband and I went for a drive to see the beautiful fall colored leaves. For lunch we stopped at a small pizza restaurant in Ste Genevieve call ‘Sirros‘  and then after lunch we went ‘Sweet Things‘ candy store for chocolate covered pretzels, some amazing caramel, and salt water taffy.  Ya I know it was a dieters nightmare, but well worth the extra calories!

After our day of driving and eating we came home and I turned on my TV. Me being not being much of a TV watcher I find it interesting that several hours later I realized that I had been sucked into the Hallmark channel and had watched one make that two ….well… um…. the truth is I watched THREE movies back to back!  And while I am at it I will go ahead and admit more truth… I really enjoyed just vegging’ out and watching movies all evening!

When it was bedtime, totally exhausted (sarcasm) from my busy day of relaxing I soon found that I went fast asleep… make that I found myself WIDE AWAKE.

All night long I lay in bed tossing and turning… wondering if I was ever going to go to sleep.  I think the last time I remember seeing the time before finally falling asleep was about 4:30 am.

In the morning when it was time to get up I was so tired I wanted to just stay home and sleep instead of going to church which I will admit I almost did but at the last minute I decided to drag myself out of bed and soon found myself in church about 10 minutes late..

I soon realized it was a good thing I decided to go to church, because the sermon was one of those sermons that I could tell God had hand picked out for me to hear.

Lately I have had a whole lot of big things going on in my life but I realized that this time last year I had a really big thing happen in my life.  Last year I had a macular hole in my eye and it was about this time last year that it went away… Healed with no medicine or surgery used, for the hole to go away all it took was the power of my amazing God.

When the hole first came in my eye it was sudden.  I was sitting on a beach and suddenly noticed I was missing the center of the vision in my left eye.  No matter how horrible or scary It seemed like I should have felt, I wasn’t scared. Instead I was at peace about it, because after the initial realization that I had part of my eyesight missing God spoke peace to me telling me that He had everything under control.  And  I BELIEVED with all of my heart that what He said was true and that everything really was going to be okay. In only a short amount of time I had a miracle when the hole went away. To the surprise of my doctor, God’s healing power is all it took to make my eyesight return.

The scripture for the sermon in our church this Sunday was

Matthew 9:27-31  As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”  But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

It was about believing in God’s power and suddenly in the middle of the sermon God reminded me of how much I had trusted and believed Him last year about my own blindness and suddenly it occurred to me that this year I should BELIEVE and trust Him even more because I had seen His power first hand! Somehow I had allowed worry about things in my life I have no control over to fill me full of anxiety instead.

Suddenly I realized I have no reason at all to have allowed those feelings to enter my thoughts and it was time to depend on what I know is true!

I BELIEVE and I am so glad I got out of bed and went to church!

After church I visited my parents and then I came back home and soon found myself sucked into another round of Hallmark movies. 😀

I have had a whole lot going on in my life lately and it just felt good to do nothing but spend a few days doing nothing. The troubles of this world can feel really big at times but my God is much bigger.

This week’s Music Monday song is ‘Cast My Cares’ by Finding Favour

I hope you enjoy the song, its a good one.

When fear feels bigger than my faith
And struggles steals my breath away
When my back pressed up against the wall
With the weight of my worries stacked up tall
You’re strong enough to hold it all

I will cast my cares on you
You’re the anchor of my hope
The only one who’s in control
I will cast my cares on you
I’ll trade the troubles of this world
For your peace inside my soul

Do you have a song that moves you today?  If so write a blog post about it and come back and add your link to the link- up below. (make sure your link is to your song post or a song. I am sorry but all others will be removed)

And now Cast your cares on God today because He IS the one who is in control!

Have a wonderful week!

Terri Siebert

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Music Monday – Holy Spirit ~ Don’t Hold Back, Be Strong and Courageous, and Bold!

Music Monday -Holy Spirit - You are Beside MeI awakened to the sound of my Lord calling to me, the words, “don’t hold back, be strong and courageous, and bold!” were flowing through my head.  A rooster crowed as I pulled the blankets tighter around me, the window had been left open from the night before, allowing not only the sounds of the outdoors to come in, but also the coolness of the morning air.

During my sleep I had forgotten where I was, but it was only an instant before the sleep was lifted to the sound of the rooster crowing once again and once again the words going though my head, don’t hold back, be strong and courageous and bold!  and also the realization that I was not in Missouri today.

Today I had awakened in El Salvador.

‘Don’t hold back, be strong and courageous, and bold!’

I had done it and now I was really here right in the middle of where God had called me to be and as I lay there listening to the sounds of nature, the memories of the past two days flooded my mind. Plane rides, a spectacular sunrise, bus rides, new friends, a spirit filled church and new Compassion center ‘Casa de Pan‘ and their leaders Carlos and Candy, a powerful prayer, an afternoon in the home of Elba and Nelson and so much more.

Feelings of joy so filled my heart and a little while later as I went for a walk it struck me that though I was far away from my home in Missouri for some reason I still felt as if I were somehow at home in this place too. Maybe it was because as I walked this morning I knew that I wasn’t ever walking alone because I had Jesus walking along beside me. He had brought me here and now He was showing me the sights, sounds and people of this beautiful place. He was also showing me that no matter where He leads, He will go with me giving me the amazing peace of being at home as I rest in Him.

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After my walk as I returned to my room I saw some of the ladies outside on the porch, each of them sitting in their own private presence with the Lord. Suddenly the thought occurred to me that though each lady sat alone, they were not alone at all.  It struck me that He was with each individual lady and yet He was still also here with me. Somehow I felt united with them and somehow also a part to their own special time with the Lord, even though it was still private to each one of us in our own individual way.

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It also stuck me that we had all came to this place strangers but yet now we were like a family, how is it that I felt comfortable with a bunch of strangers as if I had known them forever? It could only be because we were all sisters in Christ.

When I reached my room, I sat down on the porch and I opened my Bible, it just so happened to open to the page that held this scripture – Romans 1:11-12 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.

When I saw those words suddenly I was reassured of what I had know all along…I knew God had this whole trip planned out and I knew that we were all here because we were each brought here by Him.  I also knew that I was prepared because He had prepared me and I knew without a doubt that I was ready to totally dive into whatever God had planned for this day.

‘Don’t hold back, be strong and courageous, and bold!’

This is the day that the Lord has made…I am so glad as I rejoice in it!.

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My journal entry made me think of the song by Francesca Battistelli called ‘Holy Spirit’ So today I am sharing it for Music Monday.

There’s nothing worth more that would 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,
When 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.
Your presence Lord

What song moved you this week?  Write a blog post about it and then come back here and put your link in below.  Have wonderful week!

Terri Siebert

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Music Monday ~ Same Power

Hey Everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and are off to the start of a really great week. This week’s Music Monday song is ‘Same Power’ – By Jeremy Camp.  

The same power that commands the dead to wake

Lives in us, lives in us

The same power that moves mountains when He speaks

The same power that can calm a raging sea

Lives in us, lives in us

He lives in us, lives in us

We have hope

That His promises are true

In His strength

There is nothing we can’t do – (Jeremy Camp)

Those words are true ya know….

Whatever you face this week remember those words and know that In His strength there is nothing we can’t do.

Greater is he that is living in me…

Have a great week!

Terri Siebert