Thursday, September 16, 2010

Praise...Maasai style...

Praise the Lord.
Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be gland in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing & make music to him with tambourine & harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation.
~~ Psalms 149: 1-4

Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp & lyre,
Praise him with tambourine & dancing, praise him with the strings & flute,
Praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
~~ Psalms 150: 1-6

I read these scriptures the night before my 1st church service in Kenya (this time around) at the university near our apartments. It made me smile as I was seeing it lived out in front of me:) I think I have some things to learn from them! I wish I had taken a video of it, but I didn't.'s a video from the village church I visited 5 years ago...I hope it makes you smile, too:)

My Cup Runneth Over...

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
~Psalms 23:5

A friend of my used these words to describe her feeling as she was preparing to head to the mission field. These are the words that come to my mind, too. The weeks before I left for Kenya, I was completely surrounded by love & prayer in such greater ways than I ever expected. I’ve never felt so filled by love, support, encouragement, & prayer. It’s hard to even find the words to describe it. Overwhelmed comes to a good way:) I am blessed that these things have been present throughout my life already, and are magnified even more right now. All of this love & support made it that much harder to leave, though. Like water pouring from an overflowing cup, the tears have been abundant. At the same time, I feel so strengthened by that love to do this task God has sat in front of me…well, all of us. This calling extends to those closest to me, and even out to some I hardly know that are a part of my support team. I have been incredibly blessed by the people in my life, so I know God has some big things planned to have pulled me away from them for this time. If those plans are at all close to the dreams He’s placed in my heart over the past couple years, I’m excited:)