Sunday, December 30, 2012

God's Love Is Louder

Sometimes the heart needs to speak. Sometimes it must verbalize things unspoken and unknown. And sometimes the heart even longs to sing a not-so-pleasant melody of what we once experienced in our lives. Painful experiences. Experiences we've not dealt with, fully acknowledged, or healed.

It seems the longer we put off allowing those painful melodies their expression; the louder they get.

But giving voice to those places isn't always so easy to do. We don't often know what needs to be released or where to begin. It all seems to be hidden somewhere deep; tucked away in places we don't really explore.  

Perhaps we've found traces of memories long forgotten, unexpressed grief, silent disappointment, expectations once hoped for, or dreams unfulfilled. Perhaps we've sensed something unsettled, untapped, or unresolved. And perhaps we don't know what to do with any of it.

Or maybe the truth is we're afraid to go there. We're afraid of what we might find in those ugly, painful, broken places; in those locked up, sealed off places.

It's probably all better left undone anyway. 
No need opening a hornet's nest. 
Just leave well enough alone.

Or so our mulled thinking goes.

But like a closet stuffed full of junk, it won't go away or get cleaned out on its own. Somebody has to do it.

As difficult as it might be, as unpleasant as it is, leaving injured places of the heart unattended can actually be more harmful to us. It can cause a great deal more damage. And it's cumulative.

Still, we can feel threatened by the very thought of opening that door, especially to the unknown. We'd almost rather take an extended detour as to walk that way.

Maybe we don't understand the toll those places are actually taking on us. Perhaps we don't realize our hearts are suffering from suppressed pain or angst. Maybe we're not fully aware there's something wrong in the first place.

But if left unchecked, that bill will eventually come due. 
Regardless.


I've learned it's necessary to open the door to those places in order to walk in the wholeness and fullness of who God created us to be. It is necessary for our own well-being.

Many times we have to ask God if there is anything in our hearts and souls that need our attention. If we genuinely want to know, He will surely show us.

Yes, we might need help from someone who knows how to traverse such places. And the Lord will lead us to those right people at the right time who can help us. He, in His love, will give us the grace and courage to walk through it, but we must ultimately make the choice to open the door.

If you're lost in the noise of the past, or even if you don't know how to hear it, know His love is loud enough to lead you through.


God's love is louder than the painful places your broken heart utters to you. 

God's love is louder than the voice of the enemy who lies, accuses, condemns, shames, and slanders you.

God's love is louder than the actions of those who've hurt you, betrayed you, abused you, neglected you, injured you, rejected you, or mistreated you.  

God's love is louder than all your doubts, questions, and fears rolled together.

Open the door and allow that song from the past, whatever it is, to play. Allow God to help you through the healing process. And remember, no matter how awful it might sound, no matter how difficult it is to listen, no matter how loud the noise is; God's love is louder. 

And He wants to sing His everlasting love over you so you'll know His love is your enduring song. 

Always. Always.

Michelle Holderman
Copyright © 2012


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Why The Weary World Rejoices

I've been pondering yet again the account of Jesus' birth. The many prophecies that preceded it; how it unfolded; how it all went down. And I'm thinking to myself, Why did you do it that way, God? 

I mean a baby?

Really?!?

How small. How fragile. How helpless. 

The Savior of the world came down in a baby boy by way of a virgin. The Son of God birthed in a simple manger surrounded by straw and animals. The Prince of Peace entrusted to two young, inexperienced parents. The divine announcement made to lowly keepers of sheep.

Shepherds in the field.

Angels in the sky.

Star beaming down.

[Jaw drop. Shaking my head.]

Have you ever noticed how very opposite God's ways are from ours?

I mean this is the King of kings and Lord of lords we're talking about here. 

If I had been in charge (indulge me for a moment)...

I would have arranged for Jesus to be born at the Bethlehem Ritz-Carlton of the day. Or at least the local W hotel. And I would have had that sacred star beaming down brightly on top of that big W. As in come and Worship Him...here at the W.

A ginormous choir of angelic host would have filled the sky belting out a multitude of heavenly harmonies. O Little Town Of Bethlehem. The First Noel. O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Joy To The World. O Holy Night. And last but certainly not least, The Hallelujah Chorus.

For the sake of understanding this in modern day terms, lets say there was high technology involved. OK. I would have had every major news agency and all social media networks present. 

And bloggers. 

I would have had lots and lots of bloggers blogging their little bloggy hearts out about the Good News that had just arrived.  

And you know Apple would have definitely been there with special limited edition solid gold iPod's to mark the holy occasion. iPod's that were preloaded with worship songs to worship Christ the Lord - you guessed it - at the W.

And tea. I would have served delicious hot tea only because I love it so much. Perhaps something along the lines of Comfort and Joy Blend (The Republic of Tea), which would have been quite fitting for the occasion, don't you think? 

I would also have sent everyone home with gift bags full of wonderfully unique keepsakes to remember this monumental, life changing event. Keepsakes like digital photo albums and beautifully handcrafted nativity ornaments to hang on all our future Christmas trees as a reminder of what went down. Or rather who came down.

Yuhuh, I would have done something crazy, ridiculous like this; although the real account doesn't seem too far off in a way. 

But I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I'm still truly in awe of how the Father chose to deliver this Gift of all gifts to humanity.

Instead, Jesus came humbly and silently into the world; although profoundly.

There were no grandparents, aunts, or uncles present.

No pics being instagrammed, tweeted, blogged, or posted on Facebook timelines.

No iPhone or Android ring tones sounding with the exciting news. 

Only angels and shepherds and a few animals. 

Only Joseph and Mary.

Only God the Father, who made His announcement by way of the heavens using angels and a supernaturally lit star.

I've always been quite intrigued as to why The Great I AM made His announcement first to shepherds. But knowing everything God does is purposeful and intentional, I happen to believe there was a perfectly good reason for it.

These are my own thoughts but I think this most holy announcement made to the keepers of sheep might have cast a prophetic shadow of how Jesus would one day be the Great Shepherd to His own sheep. Our Shepherd.

And perhaps God chose to first reveal His gift to the shepherds ~ the most humble of hearts  ~ because their hearts were a prophetic reflection of this newborn King's heart.

Nevertheless, this biblical account of the birth of Jesus tells me something about God; about the Father's nature. It tells me something of why He chose to do it the way He did. And it tells me these are often the ways through which He still operates; yes, even with us in twenty-first century life.

I think it speaks of how much God values small, humble beginnings (Zechariah 4:10).

I think it speaks of how He sees us by the truth of our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7).

I think it speaks of how His ways are totally unlike ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Of how His purposes always prevail (Proverbs 19:21).

Of how He entrusts us with important work and revelation (Deut. 29:29; Matthew 22:37-39; Matthew 25:35-36; Matthew 28:19; Luke 1 26-38; 1 Thessalonians 2:4).

I think it speaks of His deeply passionate and radical love for us (Romans 5:6-8).

Of how He reveals Himself to us (Colossians 2:9).

And I think it speaks of what only He can give us (Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 12:21; John 3:16-17). 

Ultimately, it's what the birth of Jesus brought about and secured. 

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It's what we all desire.
It's what we all need.

Hope.

Jesus is a sure hope.

It's the reason He came.

It's why the weary world rejoices.

~ Michelle

Copyright © 2012 Michelle Holderman

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Daughters Of The Most High God


Daughters of the Most High God,

The Father is pouring over your hearts a new level of grace to open up those places you've discarded and not allowed Him to go. Why is He doing this? It is to show you how much value He has placed upon you. And His value is ripening those places that are slow to grow.

Give your whole heart to Him now and allow Him to uncover that which He specifically placed inside of you for the coming move of the Holy Spirit.

Your value is of great worth to the Almighty. But many of you are feeling unworthy, lost, broken and cast aside. Now is the time for the revealing of all God has kept disclosed until its appointed time. Now is the appointed time.

Rise up, oh Daughters; He’s calling for you to find your place in His Kingdom. Do not walk in your own understanding but allow the Father to show you His Heart towards all He has called you to do.

This a time unlike any other. For the Word of the Lord is going out unto its appointed place and retrieving all that has been lost or stolen not only by the enemy; but by other people.

Your words are of utmost importance. Guard your tongue. Guard every word you speak. For there is a sure hope in His Word.

There is a sound from Heaven the Father is releasing specifically for His Daughters

You are His sound in the earth. Listen for His sound in your own heart.

You are His expression in the earth. Let Him take you where He wants you to be.

Do not mistake what He is doing. He is allowing this time of exposure in order to ready all the Saints. 

Nevertheless, trust in what He is doing. 

For you were destined for greatness all along.

Shalom. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Tidings By Linus The Evangelist


Monday, December 3, 2012

Jesus, Prince Of Peace


"For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6

Saturday, December 1, 2012

You Will Find Me By Andrew Ripp


You Will Find Me

[1]
When your souls weary
When you find doubt
When you can't hear Me
Lay your troubles down

In your dark moments
When your hearts weak
Bring yourself broken
You will find Me

[Chorus]
Who wrote the rain
Who wrote the sun in
Who called your name
Where are you running
I'm gonna be there near or far
I'm gonna meet you where you are
Who wrote your name
Who wrote the sun in

[2]
When you come thirsty
When the wells dry
When your souls dirty
I am by your side

When your faiths broken
When you can't see
With My arms open
You will find Me

[Bridge]
You carried all my shame
When You called my name
I am not the same

[Chorus]
Who wrote the rain
Who wrote the sun in
You called my name
I'm tired of running
I'm gonna be there near or far
I'm gonna meet you where you are 
Who wrote the rain
Who wrote the sun in

You will find Me

By Andrew Ripp




Friday, August 3, 2012

The Process of Healing

If there's one grace of chronic illness, it's perspective. It offers a deeply unique look into ones overall life; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, relationally. That might not make sense to everyone but I think anyone who lives with illness, or anything that's dramatically changed ones way of living, will clearly understand what I mean by saying that. And in this perspective, we learn a lot.

I have found that healing from a chronic illness is a process and oftentimes a long one. It's not always black or white either but usually many different shades of gray. 

Unfortunately, delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis are big issues for many of us and greatly feeds into the dissemination and progression of the pathogens, which subsequently leads to a lengthier, more complicated healing process. So an accurate and timely diagnosis is vitally important but regrettably not always the case.

I have also found that healing from a chronic illness isn't just about healing the physical body alone. Believe me, it certainly is that. It's also about healing on every level of who we are ~ body, soul and spirit. So when we engage in healing we must understand the process is inclusive of all three of those levels; it is a multi-layered process.

The body, mind, and spirit will make known what they can no longer tolerate; be it poor eating habits, old infections, toxins, unrelenting stress, lack of sleep, toxic thoughts, unresolved emotions, spiritual issues and voids, etc., as well as the primary or dominant pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites). Whatever is in need of being repaired, restored, rebuilt, and/or released is what will be made known in order for healing to take place.


However, this process of healing is truly unique for everyone because every person is biologically different. One can have the same illness or experience similar injury or grief but be affected very differently by it. This brings up a most important and complexed topic concerning healing in general. There are no one-size-fits-all-cookie-cutter healing regimens. Period.


Furthermore, what might apply in theory doesn't always necessarily apply in practice. We are each unique individuals with a unique overall make up. This is another key component in the comprehensive process of healing. I could write an entire post about this alone but for the sake of writing about other relevant issues; I'll move on.  


I think people in general can oftentimes be dismissive of the process of healing. Please notice I emphasized the word process, as in a series of actions, changes or functions bringing about a result, progress or passage. I'm not saying we never want to embrace healing. I'm saying we don't always want to embrace the whole process. After all, it can be long, painful, arduous (yet rewarding) work. That's a hard sell for a fast-paced society that wants quick or instant fixes. I think we would just rather pop a pill or have God step in and take care of it all for us. Sometimes God does do that. A lot of times He doesn't. And as far as super pills go; I certainly don't know of any. 


I do believe healing can come in a variety of ways. For instance, through various modalities of medicine (nautropathic, homeopathic, biological, nutritional, botanical, chiropractic, osteopathic, allopathic, etc.); through various therapies (music, massage, lymphatic drainage, crainosacral, myofascial, and other forms of body work.); through prayer ministry; or a combination of these. 


I believe that God can and does heal miraculously; supernaturally. I've been a witness to this. I also believe healing can come quickly, if not instantaneously. 


However, we often have to walk through the process of healing and I believe it's because this is the most beneficial for us in the long run. Everyone might not agree with me about that, but this has been my experience as I know it has been for many others. 


I certainly don't have all the answers but I do see the wisdom of God in the path He has me traveling. I'm not saying it's easy or simple; far from it. I'm not even saying I understand everything; I don't. I am saying it is purposeful. And I trust where the Holy Spirit is leading me. 


Through the process of healing we can learn and discover many things. Even about ourselves. Perhaps even who we really are. We can learn what works and what doesn't. We can gain greater insight and understanding into what we need and function best with, like healthy lifestyle choices as well as the treatments and therapies that specifically aid our body's ability to heal (it's different for everyone).


We can also learn how to live our lives in healthier balance. How to work without overkill; eating healthier, whole foods and getting better nutrition; taking care of ourselves properly; setting appropriate boundaries; resting; feeling and dealing with our emotions and not suppressing them or staying stuck in them; spending time with the Lord and spending time in quiet reflection (especially in the midst of busyness or chaos); sharing meaningful time with family and friends, etc. 


We can also become more attuned to the signals our bodies often send us. Sometimes those signals are purely about the physical body itself; what's going on cellularly or in a particular organ or system. Maybe it's a signal that support or action is needed physically. Sometimes the signals about what's going on emotionally inside of us. Perhaps things we're not even consciously aware of but needs our attention. And sometimes we're getting signals straight from our spirits calling us to look for higher and deeper truths.

A wise and trusted therapist friend once told me that any new, fresh grief can restimulate old grief. And I have found this to be true as. This is actually true of many things. 

If, through the process of healing, we discover we are holding onto anything unresolved - grief, trauma of any kind (physical, sexual, psychological, etc), guilt, rejection, bitterness, depression, unforgiveness - whatever it is - we must acknowledge it and then deal with it in the right way. 


There can be a link between what we feel physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We are interconnected. This is how God created us. What we experience on one level can and will flow over and affect us on other levels.


I absolutely believe the wisdom of our bodies can help us understand what is in need of healing. This shouldn't be too shocking. After all, we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14) by our Creator. So why would it be surprising that we have an innate ability to heal given the right support and environment?


I need to say that I believe whenever God allows us to journey this way, we must understand in and through it all; He ultimately wants us to know Him more (no matter where we are with Him, there's always more). And I mean to know Him in a deeper way; not just know about Him. We can know a lot about people but that doesn't necessarily mean we have a close relationship with them. So it is with Him. I believe among the many things the Lord desires to be accomplished through our healing processes, this is always at the top of His list ~ for us to really know Him.

Ultimately, love is who He is; it is His very nature (1 John 4:7-12). And knowing His love anchors and shelters us in a way that nothing or no one else can. Again, I don't mean simply knowing about His love but rather being intimately familiar with His love. It is, in my opinion, the key to truly knowing Him. And as we come to understand more of His love for us; we learn even more about who He really is.

I believe if any healing process is going to be successful, then love must be at the core of it. This is one commonality we all share. If we do not feel loved and supported, the overall healing process will be more of a struggle. Or if we don't feel inherently loved or have not dealt with heart issues that might contribute to this, then at best, we can only heal moderately.

God's love does us good. Truly, He loves us personally, unconditionally, and infinitely. And each time we choose to function in His agape love, we are reflecting His very nature. Jesus even gave us a commandment to love each other as He loves us (John 13: 34-35). 

Love is serious business. Love is God business. And it's very healing.


As much as I've personally learned through my own chronic, debilitating illness and ongoing healing process, I know there's more. There's always more. 

I do know there is usually a process of deeper growth taking place within us as we journey through the very process of healing itself. I understand it can be hard to look at it like this at times, especially when feeling so physically bad or discouraged or frustrated or brokenhearted. Yet it still remains true. And as we embrace this process of healing and growth on every level; we embrace the possibility of great transformation.


There is still so much that could be said, but as I have attempted to put into words what I believe to be some necessary keys for healing, as I've come to know and learn myself that healing truly is a process, I see how much we need to love and support one another through such processes. And I also see the importance and value of helping each other get where we need to be. We truly need each other.

I want to encourage you, whatever kind of healing process you might be going through right now - be it your health or the health of a family member, the death of a loved one, a fractured relationship, a traumatic experience, or any number of things - know that it's okay. 

Its okay if you have no words; tears and silence speak their own language. It's okay that it's a marathon and not a sprint; this takes time. Its okay if you feel lost; God's not lost you. 


Just keep seeking and trusting Him. And keep walking. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and allow the process to take you where you need to go. 

Know you're not alone. 


Know there is hope. 


And above all, know that you are deeply loved.


~ Michelle


Michelle Holderman 

Copyright © 2012 


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Sunday, July 22, 2012

There's Still Hope


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Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Healing Has Begun By Matthew West



The Healing Has Begun

(1)
You've carried the weight of your secret for far too long
Thinking if there is a place called forgiveness you don't belong
Oh, but freedom can never be found behind those walls
So just let 'em fall, 
Just let 'em fall

(Chorus)
Oh, the healing has begun
Oh, the healing has begun

(2)
How long has it been since you felt anything but shame
Child, lift up your eyes cause mercy remembers your name
And those tears you been holding back, let 'em fall like rain
Cause today's the day, 
Yeah today's the day

(Chorus)
Oh, the healing has begun
Oh, the healing has begun

(Bridge)
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Just lift your eyes
Lay it down
What once was lost
Has now been found

(3)
There's a world full of people dying from broken hearts
Holding onto the guilt, thinking they fell too far
So don't be afraid to show 'em your beautiful scars
Cause they're the proof,
Yeah you're the proof

(Chorus)
The healing has begun
The healing has begun
I believe
The healing has begun

By Matthew West

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

To My Chronically Ill Friends

I know you.

I know how sick you are. I know how hard it is. I know the crazy roller coaster ride you're on. I know how getting out of bed is more than you have energy for on many days. I know you push yourself to do even the simplest of things.

I know you're investing everything you have, and even some of what you don't, to get well, feel better and take your life back. I know you never imagined it would be like this. I know the obstacles seem insurmountable. I know people don't understand.

I know the frustration of not being heard; of being dismissed, overlooked and misunderstood. I know the discouragement of doing everything right and still seeing little to no improvement. I know the ups and downs. I know the heartbreak and disappointment you've felt. I know the struggle. I know the mess.

I believe you.

I believe what you say. I believe the unbelievable things you've been experiencing in your body. I believe how surreal it all is. I believe how very hard you work to get well. I believe how much you try to balance everything. I believe you try to be strong for your loved ones. 

I believe you're caring, competent and capable. I believe your ability to persevere through such extreme hardship speaks volumes about who you are. I believe you inspire others. I believe you are making a difference. I believe your story matters. I believe you will overcome this.

I feel you.

I feel your inner struggle. I feel the burden you carry. I feel the aching and longing for change; for something lasting and better. I feel the deep seated determination you have to see this thing through.

I feel the utter disbelief and outrage at the ignorance and insensitivity within certain aspects of the medical community. I feel your growing desire to escape it. I feel your drive to educate them. I feel your compassion and empathy for others who are also sick, in pain and struggling with their own circumstances.

I understand you.

I understand the depth of what you go through. I understand the undercurrent of emotions. I understand that you've lost so much along the way. I understand not everybody can see it.

I understand how very different life is now. I understand your uncertainty. I understand those moments of despair. I understand the limitations and how frustrating they are. I understand the loneliness. I understand the brokenness. I understand the words that are often left unspoken.  

I understand the need for retreat. I understand how you want to get away but can't. I understand the times you need to be alone. I understand your silence. I do. 

I understand the need for total diversion. I understand how getting out is not necessarily about physically feeling better but about doing something just for you. I understand your desire for simple joys.

I see you.

I see your true colors. I see what you go through. I see your resiliency. I see your courage. I see the love you lavish on other people. 

I see the hopes and dreams and wishes you still carry in your heart. I see the depth of wisdom and knowledge you've gleaned through the many long years of suffering. I see how you willingly share it. 

I see how you take the time to listen to others, even when you aren't feeling well yourself. I see that you're going through more than anybody else really knows. I see that you're hurting.

I see how easy it would be to give up. I see how you've held on. I see how you've stood your ground. I see the deep faith that sustains you. I see, though your body is weary, just you how very strong you really are.

I hear you.

I hear your cries. I hear those held back tears you shed when no one else is around. I hear your heartfelt and gut wrenching prayers. I hear your prayers for others; how you ask God to help them hold on too.

I hear your words of support and encouragementI hear you cheering others on. I hear how you rejoice in another's health victory; how it's really a victory for all of us. 

Though buried beneath the exhaustion of illness at times, I still hear your passion for life. I hear the inner hope with which you speak. I hear your unique expression. I hear the truth of who you are.

And you are beautiful!

I love you, friends. 

You are not alone.

~ Michelle

Michelle Holderman
Copyright © 2012


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

God Bless America


God Bless America

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair
As we raise our voices in solemn prayer

God bless America
Land that I love
Stand beside her
And guide her
Through the night with a light from above
From the mountains to the prairies
To the oceans while with foam
God bless America
My home sweet home
God bless America 
My home sweet home

By Irving Berlin

Happy 236th Birthday, America!

There's a cost for freedom.
Remembering our founding history.
Remembering those who serve and served our country.
And thanking Him for His love and goodness.
Happy Independence Day!

~Michelle

Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Deliverer By Rich Mullins And A Ragamuffin Band


My Deliverer

(1)
Joseph took his wife and her child
And they went to Africa
To escape the rage of a deadly king
There along the banks of the Nile
Jesus listened to the song
That the captive children used to sing
They were singing

(Chorus)
My Deliverer is coming, my Deliverer is standing by
My Deliverer is coming, my Deliverer is standing by

(2)
Through a dry and thirsty land
Water from the Kenyon heights
Pours itself out of Lake Sangra's broken heart
There in the Sahara winds
Jesus heard the whole world cry
For the healing that would flow from His own scars
The world was singing

My Deliverer is coming, my Deliverer is standing by
My Deliverer is coming, my Deliverer is standing by
He will never break His promise
He has written it upon the sky

My Deliverer is coming, my Deliverer is standing by 
My Deliverer is coming, my Deliverer is standing by
I will never doubt His promise
Though I doubt my heart, I doubt my eyes

My Deliverer is coming, my Deliverer is standing by 
My Deliverer is coming, my Deliverer is standing by

He will never break His promise
Though the stars should break faith with the sky

My Deliverer is coming, my Deliverer is standing by 
My Deliverer is coming, my Deliverer is standing by 

By Rich Mullins 

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Journey: Right On Time

"Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don't think that you've lost time. It took each an every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time." 
~ Asha Tyson 

I saw this quote recently and it really caught my attention; especially right now. And it really reflects how I feel.

Sometimes our lives can be so difficult and challenging, it often leaves us wondering if we're on the right path or not. It's filled with terrific highs and lows; ups and downs; twists and turns; valleys and mountains; tragedies and triumphs. And sometimes it seems our dreams get smashed under the weight of life itself. But the longer I journey through life, the more I see it is just that ~ a journey. 

Sometimes the journey is beautiful, sometimes it's messy, and sometimes its a beautiful mess.

Yet as a believer, as a disciple of Jesus, I know life is not merely happenstance. We've been given the gift of choice. We choose how to live our lives. We make decisions everyday. Still, at the end of the day, I believe there is a God in Heaven who is ultimately in charge; who leads and orchestrates the plans He has for our lives. 

I believe all those moments in life that seem coincidental really aren't; they're pointing us in a certain direction.

I believe we each were created for a specific reason; that we have a unique God-given purpose and destiny to fulfill. 

I believe He weaves it all together through Christ and His order. 

And I believe there are those wonderful times that we get a glimpse of it all. 

Now I don't know about you, but those sweet little glimpses help me keep going! 

I once heard it said that the two most important days in our lives are the day we were born and the day we find out what we were born for. There is so much truth to that statement! Yet oftentimes getting there is a long, challenging process and our life experiences can shape the process itself (I personally believe the best way to come into that understanding is to come into relationship with the One who created us). 

But no matter what, I believe our experiences in life are never wasted. And I'm not just giving lip service to this. I really do believe that for myself as well. Whether they be good or bad, fair or unfair, expected or unexpected, I believe our experiences can ultimately help us become who we were created to be and point us in the direction we need to go. If we let them.

And I also believe as we seek Him along the way, the Lord will give us direction and assurance through the Holy Spirit. However, I've learned that doesn't automatically mean it will be easy or simple. In fact, it usually isn't. The powers that be always try to fight what God is doing. 

But regardless of the setbacks, oppositions, or hardships we might encounter, we can know, just as David penned in Psalm 23, that "He leads me beside still waters" (waters of peace and rest) and "He guides me in paths of righteousness for His names sake" (the right paths that honor who He is). 

In the end, you can trust that He will lead you right where you need to be. And that means you can trust you'll also be right on time. 

He's got you.

~ Michelle 

Copyright © 2012 Michelle Holderman

Friday, June 22, 2012

I Will Be Still By Young Oceans

I absolutely love this new modern worship album by Young Oceans. It's beautiful, reflective, meditative lyrics and music are spot on and it's what's hot on my iPod. I truly believe God is transcending worship to a whole new level in His people. Freely download the album here (look under Loaves & Fishes). Or check it out on Amazon or iTunes. 

Peace to you. 

~ Michelle


I Will Be Still

(1)
Though the earth give way
Though the mountains fall to the sea
Though its waters roar
I will cling to Thee

(2)
Though the nations rage
And creation yearns for the Lord
Though the earth may melt
I'm forever Yours

(Prelude)
There is no fear
As I look upon You

(Chorus)
I will be still
I will be still
And know
And know You are God

(Bridge)
Forever my Refuge
Forever my Strength
Forever my Helper
Forever my Friend

(Chorus)
I will be still
I will be still 
And know
And know You are God

By Young Oceans