Repetition, repetition, repetition

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Crique de l’Anau, a cove at the neighbourhood of La Corniche, seen from the east and the Mediterranean Sea. Sète, Hérault, France. Photo by Christian Ferrer

Good morning, beloved,

Growing up in church, we would sing praise choruses. Not just hymns, this was the seventies and early eighties, people! I can still remember being the one who put on new slides overhead projector. What would drive me nuts was the repetition of certain  parts of the song. So I would be flipping between the clear pages, trying to figure out the mind of the worship leader. When I was in junior high, my family moved to Willow Creek church and these worship leaders would sing the choruses over, and over, and over. I would get so frustrated. Worship was frustrating to me.

Can you guess the problem with my frustration? Ahhh, worship was all about me. I worshipped for the emotional experience. When we would repeat a chorus, or the song, the focus tripped off the Lord and onto me. I’ve written before on worship..today, I’m all about repetition. I have changed my mind about repetition.

My kids were in a VBS this summer. Kingdom Rock, to be exact. The music, as usual, blessed me. I love watching my kids connect movement and singing together. They did, however, have trouble with the repetition of music. I tried explaining this was so little children could remember the songs and remember the truths behind the music. Uh, huh.

While on vacation, I began to get worried and stressed about the usual things. All of a sudden my two littles started singing one of the worship songs. I looked up, out of my fog, and the Lord used these lyrics to powerfully speak truth to my heart. The heart that used to get frustrated and distracted by repetition. (It’s a minute and fifty-second song…just click on it and listen..)

Don’t Worry About Anything

I sang with them. As the fears and concerns cropped up, I would sing against these thoughts. His Word would do the battle against the enemy and truly, my mind would clear and be at rest.  Interesting, the repetition not only helps the little kids but it helps me. I’ll bet it helps you. We need to remember His truths. We need to remember…His love continues FOREVER.

·Give thanks to [Praise] the Lord because he is good.
His ·love [loyalty] continues forever.
2 ·Give thanks to [Praise] the God of gods.
His ·love [loyalty] continues forever.
3 ·Give thanks to [Praise] the Lord of lords.
His ·love [loyalty] continues forever.

23 He remembered us ·when we were in trouble [L in our low condition].
His ·love [loyalty] continues forever.
24 He ·freed us from [pulled us away from] our ·enemies [foes].
His ·love [loyalty] continues forever.
25 He gives ·food [bread] to ·every living creature [L all flesh].
His ·love [loyalty] continues forever.

26 ·Give thanks to [Praise] the God of heaven.
His ·love [loyalty] continues forever. Psalm 136 EXB

His love continues forever. How did the Lord feel about the earth and all He created? God saw that this was good…

What did God tell Joshua? Tell the Israelites, over and over?

I will never leave you or forsake you. I count at least 10 times and I know there is more.

I’ve talked previously about my love of water. I love looking out over Lake Michigan and not seeing anything but water.

View of Lake Michigan Photo by Emily.frey


I love looking at the trees around my yard. They were there before me and will, most likely, continue on long after I’m gone.

Huge yew tree in the graveyard at Elmstone church Photo by Nick Smith

So, today, at church, I’m going to remember prayerfully…worship has never and will never be about me. The Creator God who made the lakes, the trees; who guided the pens of the authors of the books of the Bible longs to hear me, and you sing. Not to hear ourselves, but to join in the heavenly choruses and sing.



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Šmarjetna gora, view towards Škofja Loka, Slovenia. Photo by Mihael Grmek

Good morning, beloved,

I took a walk the other day, alone. Nothing too spectacular about this, other than as I was praying out loud, I was led to sing. So I began to sing, at first, self consciously. Then I began to sing from my soul, instead of my brain. As we (Starburst and I) turned the corner, I heard some birds singing along with me. I stopped to listen to them. And they stopped. So I began and so did these little treasures. I stopped. They stopped. And I was reminded, all the earth will sing Your praises. Some of the earth decided to join my worship.

I need to keep singing. I desire my mind to settle on Him, to bring my harried soul to rest upon Him. Can we do it? Rather than allow my prayers to be about me, worshiping first. Worshiping last.

So I begin today with thanks and praise. I have to, I have to put my mind on Him.

He put a new song [C celebrating victory; 33:396:198:1144:9149:1Is. 42:10Rev. 5:9;14:3] in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many people will see this and ·worship [fear] him.
Then they will ·trust [find refuge in] the Lord.

·Happy [Blessed] is the person
who ·trusts [finds refuge in] the Lord,
who doesn’t turn to those who are proud
or to those who ·worship [go astray to] ·false gods [L a lie].
Lord my God, you have done many ·miracles [wonders; great acts].
Your plans for us are many.
If I tried to tell them all,
there would be too many to count [104:24139:17–18John 21:25]. Psalm 40 EXB

Trust. Refuge. Worship.

Full rainbow taken in Clacton-On-Sea in Essex UK Photo by Danesman1

I see this rainbow and see God’s grace over our land. Undeserved, yet given.

My thankfuls today:

217. Thankful for God’s grace as my symptoms are returning.

218. Thankful for beautiful sunrises.

219. Thankful for groceries being delivered.

Pray for your Pastor and his wife…today I”m praying for strength in the day today, for His Spirit to fill these two precious people, for God’s blessing upon this family.

Pray on. Pray on. And worship. Worship Him!




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Seals on the way to Garinish Island by Florian Fuchs

Good morning, beloved,

Psalm 34:

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My life makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble andafflicted hear and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.

Medicine lake at dawn by Florian Fuchs

Psam 34:

I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked to Him and were radiant; their faces shall never blush for shame or be confused.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles

Shuswap Lake near Salmon Arm by Florian Fuchs


Psalm 34:

[a]The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe] and each of them He delivers.

O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him.

O fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear.

Scenic view of the Ring of Kerry, County Kerry, Ireland, south west by Florian Fuchs

Psalm 34:

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly] righteous and His ears are open to their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles.

18 The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humblyand thoroughly penitent.

Plain of the Six Glaciers near Lake Louise by Florian Fuchs

Psalm 34: 22 The Lord redeems the lives of His servants, and none of those who take refuge and trust in Him shall be condemned or held guilty.

Worship Him today. Or to steal my Pastor’s status:

The devil will say you’re too tired. He’ll say the music is loud and the donuts are stale. Kick him in the pants and go to church anyway. Dan Darling

Pray on. Pray on.