Posts Tagged ‘worshipping’

PostHeaderIcon SPIRITUAL INTIMACY AS A COUPLE

By Vernalee

mid adult couple holding hands and praying

mid adult couple holding hands and praying


Now that you have defined yourself as a couple, what’s next.
Your couple closeness should begin with spiritual intimacy.
Worshiping together is a great beginning step. It is also a reminder and an invitation to make God the center of your relationship; the stronghold within your storms.
It’s further recognition of the fact that God will help us through anything and everything.
Keep God first!
Take a moment when you get into your church service to quiet yourself in God’s presence. Take a deep breath.
Then when it is time to worship, hold hands. Let each other know that you are there to support the other. Show and enjoy closeness while worshipping and learning about our amazing God!
Coming together in prayer, reading the Bible together, and worshipping together are key components of our spiritual intimacy.
Let’s see how we can get even closer.
1. Have a prayer to invite God’s presence before the Bible is opened for worship.
2. Read through a devotional book together.
3. Start worship by telling each other the good things that happened to you during the day or what your blessings were.
4. Set a specific time for worship.
5. Write appreciation notes to each other. Read what the Bible says on the topic of “love”.
6. Invite another couple to have worship with you.
7. Thank God for answered prayer before the prayer is answered.
8. Pray out loud for each other after each identifies his/her needs.
9. Prepare a “Thankful List.”
10. Hold hands and face each other when you pray.
11. Ask for forgiveness for specific mistakes.
12. Have a telephone worship when apart from each other.
13. Have your favorite scripture; memorize it; encourage one another with words from God.
14. Have your favorite hymn. Sing it; play it; let the sounds uplift you.
15. Discuss how to improve certain character traits. Read what the Scriptures say about them.
There are so many varied forms of spiritual intimacy; too many to elaborate.
Do what works for you as a couple to stay grounded in the Word. There is strength in numbers. Sharing in worship helps you to tackle and solve your problems. Your foundational anchor in our merciful God will always be your saving grace.
Happy Sunday!
Blessings!
Photo credit: www.exitchuchianity.com Source: www.ted.adventist.org; www.forgodsbest.wordpress.com; www.onefleshmarriage.com

PostHeaderIcon Reflections on a Sunday morning

By Vernalee
new day church.infoStart your Sunday with worship by being thankful; remaining prayerful; and by giving your all to God! Ask for forgiveness of your sins; we all have them! Bury the ill will of the past and ask God to guide you and order your steps so that you can walk in goodness and righteousness! Praise him! Happy Sunday!
”To God be the glory!”
Photo Credit: www.new-day-church.info

PostHeaderIcon Come all ye faithful!

By Vernalee
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Come go to church with me! I want to take you this first Sunday to a country church in the Mississippi delta. Folks are dressed in their “Sunday go to church” clothes. Only the best for God! The choir stand is rocking as it has Mahalia Jackson type of talent. The traveling choirs go from church to church singing to the heavens. The pianist who can’t read a chord of music plays by ear so magnificently that even you believed that the sounds were produced by a trained classical musician. There is a resounding reverence as the singing preacher brings the house down with his James Cleveland’s rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Standing in the pulpit, his pastoral message is so intense that you feel that he is talking directly to you. Communion is ceremoniously served; petitions are quietly whispered. The congregation holds hands as they seemingly pray your troubles away. You feel the Holy Ghost spirit and an incredible closeness to God! Exiting your spirituality propels you to sing “Let everything that has breathe praise The Lord!” As my pastor would say, “God is able!” Happy Sunday!
Photo reprint: www.blackartdepot.com

PostHeaderIcon Roll call / Get your spiritual house in order

By Vernalee
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When I left my Mississippi home in my twenties to explore career opportunities, I excitedly eloped from the cotton fields and the country landscape to the skyscrapers, bright lights / big city surroundings. My résumé was figuratively glued to my hand; ready to be presented in a jack flash minute. I was as thrilled about the geographical change as I was about the career opportunities. As I pondered what position would be worthy of my talents, I couldn’t wait to establish roots.

My Mother was eager for me to be a productive contributor to my life’s expenses as well. Encouraging me to explore the secular world, she gave me stimulating, unforgettable admonition on another front. “Make sure that you join church up there. Everybody needs their name on a church’s roll.”

After I became a productive member of the work force, she routinely reminded me of her spiritual advice. “If you can get up and go to your workplace five days a week, it would be sinful to sleep in on Sundays. Get up and go into the house of the Lord. Child, I don’t want to get to Heaven and not see you there!”

Thank you Momma for annoying me! You definitely made me a better person in so many areas. I joined church in Cleveland, Ohio and I am there (God willing) every Sunday just like you taught me.

Unbeknownst to me, I found myself providing the same admonition to my children. Distinctively in 2002, before returning to Cleveland, I remember telling my daughter when I dropped her off at college in Atlanta, “Remember what I taught you. Do the same things here that you did at home. You went to church at home, do the same here.” My daughter joined church in Atlanta; she attended religiously. Recognizably similar, those were the same words that my Mother told me; just uttered differently. Wow! We do become our Mothers, don’t we?

Photo Reprint: Bethlehem No. 2 MB Church, Shaw, Mississippi; Photographer – Tom Rankin.

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