10 Songs That Lead Me to the Throne

Hello friends,

I hope that you each had an amazing weekend & a Happy Monday. My day was productive, blessed & filled with music. I’ve been listening to my favorite praise & worship songs for most of the day and I wanted to share some of them with you. These are the songs that place me before the throne and usher me into His presence. If you are looking for some beautiful songs to play during your time with the King, check these out.

1. The More I Seek You – Steffany (Frizzell) Gretzinger

“The More I Seek You” is one of the most touching songs I’ve ever heard. It’s lyrics are about having a real intimate relationship with God, and Steffany Gretzinger’s love for God pours out all over this song.

2. Love Medley – God’s Chosen

“Love Medley” is a compilation of a few of my absolute favorite gospel songs about the true love God offers. And the ladies of God’s Chosen sing the song with such meaning in their voices. It’s almost impossible to not want to worship with them.

3.  The Anthem – Planetshakers

“The Anthem” is just what the title implies. It’s a true anthem of Jesus’ supreme power as the One who conquered the grave & made eternal life possible for us. “Death could not hold you down/You are the risen King/Seated in majesty/You are the risen King” is my favorite line in the song.

4. Alpha & Omega – Israel & New Breed

If you haven’t heard this song, y0u might live under a rock! 🙂 Just kidding, but it’s a very popular worship song for good reason. Israel is an anointed worship leader & it’s evident every time he leads a song. “Alpha & Omega” is a beautiful song uplifting our God because He is worthy of all the praise. The song is also an anthem of sorts; an anthem for people all over the world to fall to their knees and worship our Father.

5. Forever – Jaye Thomas

Jaye Thomas is a phenomenal worship leader/intercessory missionary at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. Jaye is so anointed and he truly lives to glorify God. This is the 5-minute version of “Forever,” but Jaye sings this song for up to 20 minutes at IHOP in their prayer room. This song stirs my soul in a beautiful way. Also, check out Jaye’s testimony if you get a second.

6. Great & Mighty – Byron Cage

I really don’t have too many words for this song, but the first time I heard it sang it moved me to tears. I was in church trying to hold it together. This song is so simple but it declares the greatness of our God! “Great and Mighty is our Savior!” O/

7. Only You are Holy/Agnus Dei – covered by many but my favorite is Donnie McClurkin

“Only You are Holy/Agnus Dei” are two beautiful songs that lead me to worship. I don’t know what happens when I sing these songs, but I am so enthralled by the reality of who Jesus is. His magnificence overtakes me and I become complete engrossed in His spirit. These songs are amazing.

8. 10,000 Reasons  – Matt Redman

“10,000 Reasons” is my favorite song by Matt Redman. It’s featured on the Passion 2012 cd and it reminds me to bless the Lord, even with my soul.

9. Wonderful – Christy Nockels

Christy Nockels is a woman whose heart for Christ truly shines through. I love “Wonderful” because she sings about how truly amazing our God is and how she wants her life to shine for Him. This is a beautiful song & Christy truly ministers through it.

10. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – Hillsong

“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” is a sweet hymn that I pray during my prayer time. I can sing this little song to myself and be reminded that nothing in this world compares to my Savior.

I hope that these selections bless you & add something special to your praise & worship time with Christ. If you have any songs that you’d like to recommend, paste them below in the comment box. As you can see, I listen to a wide range of Christian music so don’t be shy ;).

Thanks for reading & blessings,

Brittany

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“He’s not good enough for you…”

Hey friends,

I hope that you’re all doing really well. I wanted to come share my thoughts on some things again. Right now, it’s 2:31am and I pulled out my iPad to write this so it’s clearly pretty important to me. Just like my last post, it won’t be well-written, but these are my raw thoughts.

What is it with man slander in the Christian community? Why is it so common and accepted? Granted, I believe that men should be Godly and pursue God, but what kind of men are some Christian people expecting women to marry? Do you ever notice that it’s always those that are already married leading the “don’t marry him if…” brigade too. But I digress…

I have thought about the conversations that I’ve had with friends about men.

He’s not spiritual enough.

He doesn’t pray that well.

He cares too much about other things.

I think I’m spiritually stronger than him.

What would people think about me if I was with him?

Am I the only one whose heard or said these things? These things sound ridiculous and they are.

All Christian women want to marry a guy who loves Jesus, can pray well, studies the Word, will provide, be a great father, respect her, honor her, work hard, etc, but think of the men you know who fit this description and consider their age.

I’m really guilty of looking at men who are well older than me and thinking, “wow, where are the men like that who are my age?” There may be some but they’re very few. Everyone needs time to develop spirutually, especially young adult men. Being a young adult man who strives to honor God right now? I would not want to trade places with them. I know it’s tough!

Also ladies, when we look at the men, are we considering our own spiritual state? Not even just spiritual state, but overall state. We think of ourselves as being more together and more righteous than we are, when in reality, we’re probably not that together and our righteousness is that of filthy, disgusting rags. We have high, lofty standards for a guy because we forget our own hang-ups. I create extremely high standards but I forget that I suck at budgeting money, hate to exercise, don’t always pray for everyone who asks or forgive people who wrong me. I forget that I still have a temper, buck up against God at times and even judge others. I forget these things when I’m telling God everything that a man that comes my way should be. How dare I be so demanding when I’m a sinner too? Here’s a real question.

Ladies, have we forgotten that we’re imperfect sinners?

If you have, here is your reminder. 😉

None of us are in a position to tell God what we deserve. NONE of us. We are deserving of death, but Christ gives us good things out of the abundance of His love. We can make requests to Him, but we should never tell Him what we think we deserve.

I’ve had people point out all the things that a Christian guy isn’t, but what about the things that he is?

Is he respectful?
Does he love and honor his parents?
Does he love The Lord?
Is he compassionate?
Does he serve?
Is he making a conscious effort to know Him?
Does he study and/or work hard?

Don’t these things count for something? Even if he isn’t tweeting scripture everyday and leading the Bible study, are these things not evidence that He loves The Lord, is pursuing Biblical manhood and is striving spiritually? Plus, who knows where he can be in a year, five or twenty-five? The Tim Kellers, John Pipers, Francis Chans, Carlton Byrds, Billy Grahams and Paul Washers of the world were not the men that they are today when they were my age.

Remember too, marriage is about holiness and happiness is a by-product. So essentially, our goal should be to link ourselves to another sinner who with their whole heart is dedicated to becoming more like Christ themselves and helping you to do the same.

Please don’t let people tell you everything that they guy you date should and should not be. What works for one couple may not work for another and God doesn’t write all of our love stories the same way. Also, don’t covet the guy that another woman is dating or married to. What God has for her is for her; what He has for you is for you.

At the core, this blog post is about grace. Grace that God gives and the grace that we should extend toward others. Please don’t think that I’m saying date and marry an unbeliever, or even a Christian who has no fruit…but please understand that we’ve got to have grace for those around us as it pertains to their Christian experience too. God moves in a mysterious way and you never know how He may be working in the life of that guy in your Bible study that you think is a joke. Because when it comes down to it, I really just want to spend my life with someone who is imperfect but who loves Jesus like crazy and can help me love Him more too.

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And if you don’t know, now you know…

Brittany

Godly Men

Hello friends,

Today, I am feeling completely compelled to write about why I love men who love Jesus. In my own life, I’ve been blessed to meet more men who wholeheartedly love Christ and I am so thankful for their presence. Please forgive me for the lack of cohesiveness found in this post. This post comes straight from my heart.

There’s something special about a man who surrenders His life to Christ. Something beautiful, captivating and lovely. I know that there are all words that one would not generally use to describe men, but they are powerful words that describe something that few words can, so  to me they are fitting.

Men who love Christ are peculiar. They are the opposite of everything the world portrays as manly. These men are those that will protect you, care for you, look out for the best interests of those around them and use self-control. They value you for heart and your brain, and not just your shape. They are loving, prayerful and fair. Their love for Christ spills out into their love for others and it’s a wonderful thing to be surrounded by men like this.

I love men who love Jesus because when I’m with them, I know that I’m safe. I know that if I need them, they’re coming to help me. I also know that if I need prayer, they’ll do that for me. Even deeper than that, they want to please Christ and encourage you to do the same. They are the ones who will encourage you to read your Bible, pray, study the Word and stay faithful to God.

When I think of Christian men, I think of Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into slavery, thrown into dark dungeons, offered sex by a woman who was married and ran, then later served in Egypt and helped save thousands of lives from hunger.

I think of Abraham, who walked when God told him to go to a place that He would show him and who served as the father of a great nation.

I think of David, who served God in his youth, lead the Lord’s people and although he sinned, he repented and moved forward. He also supremely loved God more than anything in life.

I think of men who marry, stay faithful & sacrificially love their wives, disciple their kids and provide for their families. Men who serve their churches and communities faithfully, as serving the Lord.

I think of the pastors who visit the members in times of need, keep their churches running, love their families and have a burning desire to see souls saved.

I think of young adult men, who choose to stand up for right even when their friends around them choose the way of the world.

I think of men who mentor and care for young children without fathers.

I think of men who love God more than anything else.

Men of God, I know that we (women) are hard on you sometimes, but it’s only because we know how dynamic you can be for God. We know that you can literally set the world on fire for Him. We want you to lead us. We want you to be men of character and integrity. We want to look at you and see Jesus’ reflection.

But more than anything, I encourage you. I encourage you to keep trusting God, keep following Him and to dig deeper. Seek Him more than you seek a wife. Seek Him more than you seek a career. Draw nigh to Him and He’ll draw nigh to you. Even if that means you have to be different, it’s okay. Great men usually had to separate from the crowd. Anyways, thank you for loving God. It encourages us to love Him more too.

Signed,

A Thankful Christian Sister

The greatest want of the world is the want of men-men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall. -Ellen White