Overwhelmed by You

Hey everyone and happy Monday to you!

I started my Monday off by receiving a surprise gift when I opened the curtains.

Not only did it snow again but we also had visitors.

There’s something extra peaceful about freshly fallen snow.  Couple that with a family of deer and I would say that God was giving me the exactly what I needed today.

An overwhelming dose of peace.

God alway seems to deliver just what is needed and He always seems to overwhelm me with his perfect timing.

Today’s Music Monday song is Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave.

Have a fabulous week!

Terri Siebert

Music Monday ~ Ever Be

 

music monday1I seem to be at a loss for words to write today but I do have a song I’ve been singing all weekend that I’d like to share with you.

“Faithful you have been, faithful you will be”

What song have you been singing lately?

Have a great week!

Terri Siebert

A Song in My Heart

psalm 98:4-6I hear you calling softly,
a mix with melody.
Love notes of peace,
say, “my child come to me.”

Your voice,
afloat on sweet whispers of Lyrical art.
Beautiful solo,
a song of tranquility to my heart.

In Your arms I lay my burden,
tomorrow’s worry lost.
Rescue in harmonious tempo,
my life was found when you paid the cost.

Beautiful, forever love of my life,
My everything.
Sweet words of your love song,
in my heart will forever sing.


 

It’s been a really long time since I’ve shared a poem here.  The other day I was reading another blog that I enjoy which is filled with some of the most beautiful poems I’ve ever read and it made me realize I never share my own poems anymore. I’m not really sure when I quit sharing them but now I see that somewhere along the line of writing this blog I quit sharing my most favorite thing to write which is poetry.

I guess maybe I started sharing only what I thought people would rather read when the truth is I really have no idea what people really like reading or how many people actually read what I write anyway.

What I do know for sure is there is one person who reads everything I write and that person is God. When I first started this blog the whole reason I started it was for Him and I think its time to get back to sharing the me that He created me to be.  It’s not that I haven’t been me, with my other posts, its just that I’ve been holding back on sharing what I feel most passionate about writing the most, which is poetry.

I may not be a fancy poet or even have a clue about how poems are supposed to be written, but I love writing whatever kind of poem that it it is that I write, and I am pretty sure that is what you may be seeing a lot more of from me in the future.

If poetry isn’t for you then I guess you’re reading the wrong blog today. And that is perfectly okay 🙂

Oh, and while I am at it, I also love music and I love taking pictures…. sooooooooo…. below is a video I put together of pictures I have taken.  They are pictures of some of the beautiful gifts God always gives to me on a daily basis.  I put them along with one of my very favorite songs which I think goes well with the poem.

I hope you enjoy You Are so Good to Me by Third Day, with pictures by Me 🙂

Have a blessed day,

Terri Siebert

Sing a Song

I heard this song on the radio this afternoon and suddenly my whole mood changed.  I am pretty sure it was one of those God sending me the right song at the right moment kind of things and I soon found myself singing along.

Listen and I am pretty sure you will find yourself singing along too.

I want to sing a song for You, Lord
Lord, for You I want to sing a song
And I want to lift my voice to Heaven
And listen to the angels sing along

A song of Your faithfulness
A song of Your grace
And of Your loving kindness
To the glory of Your name

With everything that’s in me, Lord
Listen to me say
I want to sing a song for You
I want to sing a song

Words by:  Third Day – Sing A Song Lyrics | MetroLyrics

God is faithful and good, and with everything thats in me, Lord, I want to sing a song 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend,

Terri Siebert

 

Music Monday ~ My Broken Hallelujah

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Two days ago I almost had a catastrophe.  I had just finished my shower and as I stepped one leg out of the bathtub suddenly my hip on that leg popped loudly and a stabbing pain shot through my body,  At the same time my leg gave out seeming to just fall out from under me, sending me tumbling out of the shower.  My body slammed against the cabinet and somehow I managed to tumble across the room but yet stay in and upright position until I fell against the bathroom door with one of my hands landing perfectly on the doorknob. Thankfully I was able to latch on to the doorknob and keep myself from hitting the floor.

I remember just standing there frozen in shock realizing how bad hitting the floor could have been.

It seems like all I have done for the past month is try to keep myself in an upright position.  That is because for about a month now physically I have not been doing so good.  It started with an allergic reaction to a malaria drug I took for a trip to Haiti. During the reaction not only did I break out in itchy hives everywhere, but my joints all became severely inflamed.  Gradually over the past 3 weeks most of my joints have settled back down to their normal morning achiness but my hips have gotten worse and have become very stiff.  My left hip is extremely painful and keeps locking up.

Also this past year I keep having Episcleritis flare-ups in my eyes. This makes my eyes red and they feel as if I have eyes full of sand.  I have been dealing with this on and off all year and the past couple of months it seems like I have had it a few days out of every week.

This month has been very painful for me physically.  I really don’t like telling people my problems but the truth is…  My hip hurts, my eyes hurt, my knees are bone on bone from arthritis and walking is getting harder for me each day.  Lately I have had to work really hard to convince myself to get out of bed in the mornings.  I go to work where it is even painful at times to just sit. When I am at home I lay around on the couch all the time or I just go to bed. I am not much of a TV watcher but I think over this past month I have watched every Hallmark and Lifetime movie ever made! I have read a ton of books to the point I am also tired of reading.  Plus sometimes by evening my eyes are so irritated I just want to sit with them closed.

Even though a lot of the time lately I feel as if I am struggling I still am trying my best to keep my eyes on Jesus, and trying to look towards the good stuff. Even though I am trying hard to keep my eyes on the good stuff some days I feel like I may have hit my breaking point and lately its feeling that way more and more often.

I really am not sure what the next step is going to lead… my Rheumatologist gave me some pretty rotten news a couple of weeks ago which is just too much for me to write here at the moment and as of last week she has now referred me back to an orthopedist. I feel like I am bouncing from doctor to doctor to test to test. We have a diagnosis for some of it but still nobody can seem to help me. The biggest thing I wish is that someone could do something about this pain. It’s really starting to exhaust me.

This weeks Music Monday song is “Broken Hallelujah” by The Afters

Sorry if I seemed to be a downer today, I really do not mean to be that way.  I think maybe it just time for me to go ahead tell people how I feel because at this point I really could use a few prayers.

Also even though this is exhausting right now I am still going to keep looking up and thanking God for what is good, because through all of this there really is still so much that is good and so much to be thankful for.

I am not ever going to give up on looking up.

As for you if you are going though a rough time, try to remember whatever you are going through, Jesus knows how you feel and He really does care about you and love you so much.  Don’t give up and keep looking up!

Terri Siebert

 

Music Monday ~ ‘Forever’ – Worship Like Nobody’s Watching

“Everyone raise your hands, close your eyes and lets sing to the Lord,” said the worship leader.  Everyone closed their eyes and began singing, every hand in the room lifted in praise while singing in adoration of Jesus.  The woman joined in, holding nothing back.

In another church the worship leader said, “As we sing this next song, if you feel the Holy Spirit move you, raise your hands in the air and worship, our Lord Jesus Christ,” Everyone began to sing but only a few hands were raised in the air this time.  As the song progressed a feeling of wanting to lift her hands in praise came over her, but instead of raising her hands, this time she held back, worried, ‘what people would think if she raised her hands. Would they look at her and think something is wrong with her?’

The song continued  and the struggle went on inside, the feeling of wanting to raise her hands growing stronger… Raise your hands! No don’t do it! Yes do it! No! Yes!

Suddenly her hand went up and then the other, soon it felt as if there was nobody in the room but her and her Lord. As she sang to the One who had given her all she soon became lost in the moment and at this very moment He also had her all.

When the song was over she collapsed to her chair and she wept. The struggle that had went on for so long seemed exhausting and now she felt somehow relieved but at the same time she felt ashamed of her actions. She wasn’t ashamed because she had raised her hands, but instead she felt ashamed of the times she had not raised them and once again she had almost allowed her fear of what other people may think get in the way of something that was nobody’s business but her own and God’s.

Jesus went to the cross, to take everything for her.  He had went unashamed and He never worried about what other people thought. He had stood up for her to save her! How could she have ever considered not raising her hands high in the air in worship and praise for Him? 


 

Today is Music Monday and this week the song that moved me is ‘Forever’ by Kari Jobe.

The first time I heard this song was about 2 months ago at a concert.  At that concert as she sang this song, everyone around me had their hands raised up high in the air, some were even crying tears of adoration as they worshiped. It was one of those moments that I too lost myself in the worship, and yes my hands were raised high in the air

I will admit like the woman at the beginning of this story, hand raising is really hard for me, but at that concert everyone else was raising their hands too, so it was easy to raise my hands up high.

It’s always easy to do something if everyone else is doing it, but what about if nobody else is doing it and you’re the only one?

I was not raised in church so I haven’t been in a whole lot of churches, but in the small handful of churches that I have I attended not a whole lot of people have raised their hands during the music. I am now about 5 years into my church life and I will admit, I still find myself holding back when it comes to the hand raising in church.

I’m sure if you pass me in my car you will most likely see me with a hand in the air because I am always driving down the road singing.  My hands in the car are always flying all over the place. Sometimes I have to be careful because I realize I not only raise my hands but I also point my finger and that sure makes for an uncomfortable feeling when you realize some guy in another car is staring at you thinking your having a fit of road rage 😀

Though I am a regular hand raiser when I am by myself, when I’m in church it’s a totally different story, I freeze up if the hand tries to slip in the air.  Something I have realized in the past few weeks is that I don’t want to be that way anymore. I just want to live full out where ever the spirit leads, because its not about what anybody else thinks. It’s truly only about what God thinks!

As I write this I worry that I may get some flack for this post and want you to know that If you are not a hand raiser, please know I am not saying there is anything at all wrong with a person not raising their hands in worship.  Each person worships in their own special way and this is not a blog post telling people how they should worship. That is between each individual and God and there is no right or wrong way to worship.  All I am saying here is that we should not hold back from going to those places that the Holy Spirit moves us to be. For some it may be hand raising while for others it could be just sitting quietly listening as the music plays.

If you feel the nudging of the Spirit, no matter what it is or where you are just do it!

Also remember if that feeling is the urge to raise your hands and you choose to sit on them instead you’re most likely going to be missing out on a wonderful blessing.

Also remember, God’s opinion is the only opinion that matters!

Forever He is glorified

Forever He is lifted high

Forever He is risen

He is alive

He is alive!”

The words to this song not only move me but also watching Kari as she sings it is moving too. Though she is on stage in front of hundreds of people she looks as if she is singing as if no one is watching.

Her hands are lifted high as she sings, “Forever He is glorified, Forever He is lifted high, Forever He is risen, He is alive, He is alive!”

Happy Monday! Enjoy the song and while you listen worship like nobody is watching!

Have a great week!

Terri Siebert

 

 

Today we are doing a link up. If you have a song that moved you this week write a blog post about it and then come back and link up by clicking the blue button below.

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I Find It!

“I find it! I find it! I find the giraffe!”

My 3 year old grandson squealed those words in delight on our visit to the St. Louis Zoo last Monday as he ran towards the giraffe he had just spotted.  As he ran he kept turning back to us saying, “A giraffe! See?!”  On his face he wore a huge smile of  joy as if finding a giraffe were the greatest thing in the whole world; And he wanted to make sure grandma and grandpa did not miss out on seeing his big find!

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Aren’t they just beautiful??!

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We didn’t make it through the whole zoo that day because unfortunately grand-kids, okay make that Grandparents… tire out after a few hours at the zoo.  But what we did get to see at the zoo was really beautiful!  I am in awe of the the detail that God put into each animal that he created and this is only a small handful of the animals on earth.

The trip was made even more amazing when looking through the eyes of my grandchildren.  I love how children see everything with amazement and excitement that sometimes us grownups have lost over the years. It makes me wonder why we lose that excitement in the process of growing up.

I have seen these animals a lot over the years but not like I saw them this time. Why is his neck so long?? Why does he have stripes? Why is his feathers sticking out on top of his head? Why, why why ?? I don’t know why, but the whys are what makes each animal a unique creation.  Can you imagine if zebras didn’t have stripes or giraffes necks were short?

I think a person could live on this earth for a thousand years and never have a day go by that there would not be something beautiful and unique to see.

Another thing that happened that day was we went into the bird house.  When we went in my grandson started covering his ears and became extremely scared.  He kept saying “I don’t like that noise!”  The thing is it was completely silent inside of the birdhouse. The birds were not singing and actually it was so quiet it felt deafening.

I call it silence but my grandson was saying, “I don’t like that noise!”  How odd that our world is so noisy that total silence would be like a sound to a child and to think that the sound of silence would frighten him kinda puts things into perspective as to just how noisy our world really is.  The complete silence sounded beautiful to me! I don’t think I would have noticed it had my grandson not brought it to my attention.

I wonder if I have became immune at times to noticing the beauty around me just because I am a grown up.

I want to be like my grandson really hearing and seeing the world around me and pointing and exclaiming “I find it! I find it!”

Terri Siebert

 

 

P.S. For the grammar police…. I was quoting a 3 year old in the beginning of this post… or maybe I really do have bad grammar  😉