Welcome to Darling Downs Diaries and our new link up
I have been wanting to start something new on this blog and I definitely wanted it to be something that God was involved in, up against gardening and cooking, which God is also involved in, but I wanted it to focus on Him.
So I decided to start another link up, come discussion forum for certain topics. At the moment the link up will run for a month, beginning the 3rd Wednesday and that gives me time to get back to you and read your posts.
Also if you have no post to link up – I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic for the month in the comments section.
So this month’s topic is on… WORSHIP
So picture this…
Each morning I wake at 6 am before the rest of the family. I spend an hour reading my Bible and in prayer before starting to get breakfast ready. I prepare breakfast with praise and worship songs playing on our CD player.
The children wake one at a time and always enter into the kitchen with a smile on their face and joy in their hearts – ready to face a new day doing their school and other chores.
We are in a constant state of worship as the day continues. We always focus on God and what He is doing in our lives that day. Scripture is always on my lips when I need to correct. I speak gently and calmly always.
Is that what your day is like???? Well the truth of it is mine isn’t, that above is just where I would love to be but in all reality I struggle to get out of bed on these cold mornings and I struggle to enter into a time of worship before we start the day and I struggle with my patience or lack of it with the children.
What I am really trying to work out is how we come to a place of worship in our home in amongst my own attitudes and the children’s. How do we put aside these things and the stuff around us to come close to God in our homes???
Then there is Sunday morning, that for me is another time where I question my ability to worship freely. By the time we get up and get everything done and get out of the house in time there are always frayed tempers and nerves. We are not good at going to bed early on Saturday night so that makes it even harder on Sunday morning.
We don’t even have little children, ours are old enough to get themselves ready and sorted. Sometimes it is just dealing with attitudes before we even step out the door.
We attend a liturgical church and I sometimes find this limiting in my ability to actually sit in God’s presence and worship Him and thank Him for all that He has done for me. The service and liturgy seems to roll on and I can struggle with focus and not because of our children always, they behave really well in church, it is my mind that won’t sit still.
Now in all this I am not blaming my children or the church itself for my issues, I know that the blame lies with me and my inability to allow God to lead me to a place where I can just be with Him.
My husband had a minister tell him that the only time we worship God is on Sunday morning in Church. Now I know that isn’t true because it says in God’s word in…
1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.
Then I started to actually think about what does worship really mean. The dictionary definition states:
Worship as a Noun: the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.
Verb: show reverence and adoration for a deity.
Do I adore God, do I revere Him and do I do both these things as I teach my children, wash the clothes, cook the food and clean up????
So for this month I want to explore what you think Worship is, what it means to you, how it pans out in your daily life and then especially on a Sunday morning or whenever you go to Church.
How do you deal with the issues above if they relate to you and especially any scriptures that point us in the right direction.
I am excited about this link up and where it is going to lead us and what we are going to discuss over the coming months. I look forward to getting to know you all on a deeper level and look forward to sharing my heart with you all.
May God bless our time together and our thoughts, may they always point to Him.
Blessings to you all my friends xxxx
PS: I asked a younger friend of mine what Daily Worship means to her and here is her reply.
Daily worship for me starts I think as soon as I wake, what is my view of the day? Will I still praise God even if I don’t feel like it. Will I have my quiet time the same as usual? Am I willing to put aside me and what I want, to serve and love others? (it is good to do things for myself, but I shouldn’t get into the habit of doing it) am I living my life in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Do I give thanks in all things. Am I willing to go and follow wherever God is leading me that day. Of course there is prayer, singing, talking and just being with God it is all a part of worship. Are my thoughts and actions that of worship to God or are they for myself??? All these questions that I am constantly asking myself because I really struggle with honouring God with daily worship because of my sinful nature. The more I say yes to God the easier it is to say yes each time. Worship I think is being consistent in all that we do each day. It is not how much time or how good it was, it is having a time where you meet with God everyday and just be with him knowing that every moment spent with God is going to help you get through your busy day.
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