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I love how the old testament has so many things that happen in real life that picture something supernatural and spiritual.

Take for example when the Israelites were in the wilderness, fleeing from exile, heading towards the promised land and they were hungry.  Their reaction always amuses me – they were slaves in Egypt, treated terribly, forced to work in extreme conditions, oppressed and persecuted, yet here they complaining and wishing they were back in Egypt where I quote “here we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”  Now from reading previous chapters of the conditions they faced I’m not sure their filter was accurate.  They’re painting their past like it was satisfactory and forgetting that they belong to the God of miracles who split the sea to set them free.   And I confess I have read it and gone silly Israelites, you are so stupid, how could you forget your God, oh ye of little faith.

Until God reminded me, that I too am like a silly Israelite, forgetting my God, oh me of little faith.

We have moments in our life when the journey when hardship comes from left field, or things aren’t working out like we expected and we forget that the God who does miracles is with us and for us and at work doing a zillion things behind the scenes but we might see only 3 of them.

Gods solution to their complaining met their needs on a practical level but also on a spiritual level.  God provided manna that would fall every morning – like a supernatural bread that would appear around them – that they were to gather every day.  They were to gather just enough for that day for themselves or their families.  There were of course some that tried to hoard but when they went to open their manna pantry the next day their manna had rotted and was filled with worms!

Everyday they had to gather the manna for that day.

Everyday they had to find their satisfaction in God.

Everyday they got a tangible reminder that God is with them and for them.

Everyday they got a reminder that they are special to God.

Something in real life that reveals something supernatural and spiritual.

Everyday we have to gather the manna for our day.

Everyday we have to find satisfaction in God.

Everyday we need that tangible reminder that God is with us and for us and that we are His children and that He loves us with a never ending love.

Now we’re not heading out the backdoor to the lawn to pick up the days kai, our manna is time spent with God, in His word, in prayer, in worship and its not filling our bellies but filling our spirits and souls with peace, hope, grace and wisdom that being in God’s presence gives.

Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 that we do not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from God.

The passion bible puts it like this: Bread alone will not satisfy,[d]
but true life is found in every word,
which constantly goes forth from God’s mouth.”

 

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So the first reason I ever went to youth group was to meet boys.  Yup, seriously.  I had moved from a little town called Gore where they wear purple work shirts and close the curtains and use words with extra RRRRRs where I went to a school with 350 kids, guys and girls, from year -13.  We moved to Blenheim and my new school had 1500 kids… only girls!  Culture shock!

I was in my classics class one day and the girl next me just turned and said “do you want to come to youth group on Thursday night?”  Literally my first response was “are there boys there?”  She was like “um yeah”.  And so I went.

The first time I went I had no idea what was going to happen.  What did they even do at youth group?

So I was a little bit unsure, freaked and awkward when they said they were going to have worship.  Worship was something you did at church, and this youth group met in someones house, and it was something you did with an organ and hymn books.  That was my limited understanding from my limited knowledge of church.

A guy grabbed his guitar and prayed, “hey God……”  and then began to play.  People closed their eyes and raised their hands and I was like okay, different.

This was like nothing I had seen before.  It looked like for these people that worship meant something to them, that they connected with it, that it was meaningful…. Instead of boring and irrelevant.

In that moment it was like my eyes were opened that God was really really real.  And that I could know Him, that I must know Him.

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I love when a song just randomly comes on the radio or spotify and it begins to stir your heart.  It’s like listening to it for the very first time.

This song has done that for me today.

If you’re a reader here you’ll know of my fondness for a well crafted lyric video.  Yes seriously.  Something just ticks the boxes for me with a beautiful lyric video.  It makes my heart happy.   Here is one that does it for me.  And has a brilliant message too!

 

No matter what we face, God is with us.

In the storm.  In the raging wind.  In the hurricane of life.

In the fire.  In the pain.  In the trial.

In the tension.  In the unknown.

He is there.

Be still and know, really know to the core of your being, that He is God.

He is the One who created every wave, every mountain, every valley, every sunrise.

He is the One wiser than all human wisdom.

He is the One who loves with a love beyond description and measure.

Take heart.  Hold onto His truth.

I love good kiwi (and australian) homegrown music.  Worship Central AUNZ is a collaborative collection of worship leaders and musicians from both nations who came together to write and record music that reflects our heartbeat.

I also love songs about the mercy of God.  I am so thankful for His grace and mercy so abundantly lavished upon me.  In my flaws I am covered by mercy.  In my sin I am forgiven by mercy.  In my everyday His mercy is there.

I confess I got really excited about a new Kim Walker Smith album.  She has the most amazing voice and I just love her heart for Jesus!  I love this new album – love its musicality and heart.  Is very much an album that will stir your hunger and desire to see more and know more of God, to know Him and make Him known.

 

It’s good to have fast fun songs to worship Jesus with!  They stir the heart and get the blood pumping and get lift you out of a funk!

I am a huge fan of Kim Walker Smith.  I love her voice and her style but most importantly I love how true worship pours out of her.  I had the privilege of seeing her worship lead and speak at a conference about 8 years ago and I was delighted to see that whether she was singing, speaking or just connecting with people who came to the conference, that she was the same person with the same great love for God and His people.  Be it on the stage or off the stage she radiated worship.

 

I love the heart of this song.  God invites us, He calls us, to draw near.  He invites us to find Him and to find all we need in Him.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Ephesians 3:12

 

A few weeks ago a situation arose that made me hit the wall.  I felt like I was drowning and didnt know which way to swim for answers.   The situation directly wasnt involving me but involved those I love dearly and deeply and there was no win, for anyone.  My heart was crying out for wisdom from God and the miracle that only He can bring.

I went to bed at the end of the week with a heavy heart.   Popping my earbuds in I flicked on the new Elevation Church worship album – There is a cloud – and hit random.

Now I love it when God does this.  HE selected the song, I am sure of this.  Within 4 lines my heart was at peace and I knew He was speaking.

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