Hand Raising Worship by Comedian Tim Hawkins

Tim Hawkins Hand Raising Worship

I was introduced to Tim Hawkins during one of our weekly devotions at work. The coworker that shared this video was unsure about the group’s brand of humor, but everyone was laughing at the end.

This video is a humorous way to break the ice when it comes to expressing our adoration unto God. After the video, the group had a more serious and empowering discussion about worshiping God.

This clip is by no means intended to degrade or mock how anyone praises God. If I believed that this was the case I would never post it.

When it comes to praise, some are like David and some are like the woman with the Alabaster box. I am a mix of both. (Smile)

There is no single scripted way to praise and worship God.

We must also remember that our greatest worship is our obedience to God’s Word. Let our praise and worship come from the heart, and let it be pure and honest.

If you praise God standing still but would really like to raise your hands, there is nothing wrong with that.

Watch this comedic advice from Christian Comedian, Tim Hawkins. It just might help someone get over their shyness when it comes to hand raising worship.

If you are looking for something on a more serious note, check out my links below for resources on worship and praise.

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! (Psalm 141:2 ESV)

Have a beautiful and blessed Friday Women of God! I love you to life!

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Overcoming Sorrow Day 5 – Dance Like David

Welcome to Day 5 of my 30 day blog series, “Overcoming the Sorrow of Being Single.” {Weekly blog postings will start again in February}

Dance Like David

Singing and dancing are a part of worship at many churches. But you don’t have to be a part of a dance ministry to dance before the Lord. You don’t even have to wait until you get to the house of the Lord to praise His name in the dance.

Let them praise his name in the dance; let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. (Psalm 149:3 KJV)

Find some open space or push your furniture back. Grab your ipod or your favorite Christian/Gospel channel on Pandora.

Let your head nod to some upbeat inspirations by Kirk Franklin or Jeremy Camp. To whatever style of music suits you, raise your voice, lift your hands, and dance. Crank up the stereo and rejoice!

How does praise heal our sorrow?

We were made to give God praise. It is our rightful place, so when we get there, we feel the comfort of home.

Praise creates a divine connection between us the presence of God. The tears fade away because He takes up residence in the midst of your praise. (Psalm 22:3) God makes your praise His throne.

Dance Like David 2

When we praise Him (in dance, or hymns, or adoration), we draw God near to us. Drawing God close also draws near His joy, His healing, and His deliverance. 

Even in times of war, the children of Israel’s army where led by the singers and the musicians. Human reasoning can’t understand it, but as long as God’s presence is near, great things will happen

And David danced before the Lord with all his might…. (2 Samuel 6:14a ESV)

There is always an occasion to dance like David danced. David declared to Michal, who despised him for dancing before the Lord,  “It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord-and I will celebrate before the Lord.”

When today is filled with grief, give Him praise, and let His powerful presence  heal your soul.

Watch Eddie James below and for 8 minutes and 32 seconds dance the dance of freedom with me! 🙂

Companion Scriptures
2 Samuel 6
Psalm 150

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Afraid of Being Alone?

Are you afraid of being alone? Does your relationship status, finances, health, or family cause you to be anxious and afraid? Take a look at an email I received today. Some of you may have read this before, but it is very profound and worth a second look.

“Recent scientific tests revealed something totally consistent with the Bible.  They studied fear and anxiety.  What they found was that it’s pretty impossible to be thankful and fearful at the same time.  If you’re giving thanks from your heart, you wont’ have anxiety or fear.  Thanksgiving is an antidote to fear and anxiety.  They don’t go together. 

If you’re living in fear and anxiety, you’re not going to be living in thanksgiving.  And if you’re living in thanksgiving, you’re going to have the power to overcome fear and anxiety.  So the Word of God, says, over and over again, “Do not fear.”  It also says, “give thanks in all things.”  The two go together. 

If you live a problem-based life, you’ll have anxiety.  but if you live a  blessing-based life, you’ll have peace and joy.  As it is written, perfect love casts out fear.  SO make it a daily habit and discipline, to spend time, not dwelling on any problem, but just on the blessing of God, and give thanks.  For it’s a lot better to live in blessing than in fear.”

{Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety: Becoming a Woman of Faith and Confidence}

Psalm 69:30

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

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I Almost Shut the Door in His Face

After a long dry dating season, things began to pick up for me on the social scene. I was networking more and meeting people via my podcast. It was an exciting time because I felt sure the one God was keeping for me would soon be coming into my life. The thought of it had me ready to bust with joy! Hooray for me! My Boaz was coming! My Boaz was coming!

I have heard the phrase, “Don’t wait until the battle is over; shout now.” This means that even though you are even now struggling, waiting, and enduring, you should give God the praise in advance for your victory. It means that you keep believing God and live joyfully as if God has already answered your prayer because you know He will.

The lesson of this blog – I did not do that.

I believed my battle is over. All these wonderful men of God I’m meeting, I know I don’t have to wait much longer.

But sometimes our time isn’t God’s time.

And that truth is perfectly okay because as I always say, He knows what is best for us. And that was the kind of heart I needed while waiting on my love to come. I needed the mindset that if I meet my true love today, all praises be to God! And if I don’t ………..all praises be to God!

So one evening while waiting on a date to pick me up for dinner, I had the horrible attitude that it was all or none. If this guy wasn’t everything I wanted and everything I dreamed about, then that was it. I was finished and there would be no more hope for me. Poor guy, if he only knew the pressure he was really under. Now this man was kind and attractive. I’d known him for a little while but something came over me when he knocked and I opened the door. It’s difficult to put into words exactly what I was feeling at that moment. He was standing there with an optimistic smile, looking forward to finding love himself. But when I fixed my eyes upon him it was as if I were gazing at the most gruesome looking creature imaginable. No, he wasn’t Freddy Krueger’s twin. No, he wasn’t the spitting image of a naked mole rat.  

It was worse. Much worse…

He wasn’t the man I was going to marry!!!!!!!!!!

You know how sometimes you just know? Especially as you get older… you’ve seen and heard it all. So with some men, it doesn’t take long to figure out that flickers of romance just aren’t there.

I saw him, knew our fate, and I wanted to slam the door right in his face.

Yes, I know how cruel that sounds. I’m embarrassed that I felt that way. But it was out of a feeling of defeat that I wanted to slam that door. I was panicked inside. I was weary. I wanted to run. My heart knew that this wasn’t my love. This wasn’t my soul mate. This was not the man that I would love and cherish for a lifetime. This was not the man I had already waited so many years for.

I screamed inside, WHEN God? WHEN?!!

Instead, I should have had praise for God no matter what. I should have been grateful no matter what. God had already given me everything I needed according to His riches and love. But I allowed myself to get caught up in selfishness and thoughtless thinking. We must be careful how we idolize the blessing above the One who gives the blessings. That is Jesus.

You can probably imagine how the rest of the evening went. How do you tell a nice man that arrived at your door, “You know what? This really isn’t going to work and I am very unhappy about it. God bless and good-bye.”

Now, of course I didn’t slam the door in his face. I smiled politely and got in his car, but I made the date miserable because of my self-pity. He was no doubt sorry he ever met me.

It was no big deal that he wasn’t my Boaz. If I had to go back I would and have a fun time with a friend. That’s how I approached future dates from that point on.

A bad date or a series of meeting the wrong guy can be discouraging, but soon I learned to take on a new attitude. No longer did I put so much pressure on a date with someone. This guy was funny, handsome, and a faithful Christian.

This guy was great, but not meant for me. And that is okay, because he was created for someone else …and someone else for him.

Praising God in the battle,

Miss Love in Waiting