A Music Lesson

A Music Lesson

In writing musical compositions, a composer will sometimes insert a mark called a rest. The dictionary defines a rest as an interval of silence between tones, marked with a symbol. Several signs are used and each one corresponds with a note value to indicate the length of the pause, in other words, a silence of a certain duration.

In the perfection of the composition, the rest must be observed, during which the beat still continues. After the rest, the next note is played right on time and the music resumes. The break is a part of the arrangement; nothing is lacking. On the contrary, interest and attention are heightened.

Each instrument must be played according to the timing and notes written for it for the melody to be evident. Though the composition for each instrument is different, each note written for that instrument must be followed in order for the conductor to orchestrate the harmony.

David knew his compositions needed these pauses, these rest periods, and sprinkled them throughout his psalms. The word is selah, which, in Hebrew, means suspension or pause, to lift up or exalt, a technical musical term possibly showing accentuation or interruption.

God writes a composition for each of our lives for His purpose of alignment, direction, and harmony. And in His design of things, a rest is occasionally necessary.

When some conflict, some heartache, interrupts our lives, it is as the pause in the composition, a break in the rhythm of things, and, if we are attuned and fitting into His timing and His plan, the sweet melody of life will play on. Each trial or heartache has its own length of duration, during which time, God continues to conduct the rhythm of our lives. And the beat goes on.

As His instruments, we rest in His timing, His direction, stopping to pay attention to every stroke of His Conductor’s baton and following every note (as every command) of His Composition (His Word). When the hiatus is over, the harmony of life begins once again.

God uses the instruments in tune with His great purposes. Those sensitive enough to know the tune He wants them to play. Beautiful melodies come from these.

Each of you is a special instrument being fine-tuned for great service, to play beautiful music for the Master Conductor.

God says, “My harmony is the sweetest when played on the instruments lying closest to My feet.”

The greatest joy, success, achievement, and satisfaction can only come when we learn our music lessons and allow God to conduct our lives. That we might make melodious harmony before His throne.

“All these were under the direction of their father
for the music in the house of the Lord.”
(1 Chron. 25:6a NKJV)

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

Room at the Top

Room at the Top

Who do we make room for in our heart’s home? Do we make room for the Lord in our heart as the Shunammite woman and her husband did in their home for Elisha?

“One day Elisha went to Shunem. A rich woman lived there. She urged him to eat something, so whenever he passed by, he would stop in to eat some food. She said to her husband, “Look, I know that he is a holy man of God and he passes by regularly. Let’s make a small room on the roof. We’ll set up a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp for him there. Then when he comes to us, he can stay there.” (2 Kings 4:8-10 CEB)

The word used to describe the Shunammite woman, rich woman in the verse above, means great in any sense, as one of great means, importance, or distinction. She so desired Elisha’s company and his return visits as a guest that she made accommodations for him at the top, in an upper chamber or upper room.

According to definitions, there was a bed, a table (defined as that used for a king’s table for private or sacred use and, by implication, means meal), a chair (covered as a canopied throne, as a seat of honor, royal dignity, authority, and power), and a lamp or lampstand, which was a menorah.

All prepared for comfort, furnished to make the man of God feel welcomed and at home. Suitable for divine use.

When Elisha asked what he could do for her, she did not wish anything in return from him. He insisted on blessing her, but she would not receive it. She had built a dwelling place for the man of God and just having him in her house was blessing enough.

At the wife’s suggestion, Mr. and Mrs. Citizen of Shunem built a room at the top of their home, preparing a place for the man of God, making room for his presence, adorning it to be fit for him. Through the woman’s efforts, God would later meet her needs.

The story goes on but we’ll stop here.

Our heart is as that room at the top.
We prepare it as a holy place for the Man of God, Jesus. We adorn it with all that makes it a fit place for the King of Kings to dwell, making Him feel welcomed, comfortable, at home.

Is Jesus’ presence within you a blessing to you?
Do you make your heart a suitable place for divine use? When you make room for Jesus, He will meet your needs.

Your heart is His home. Adorn it beautifully for Him.

 

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Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

 

God Does Not Need Me…Or Does He?

God Does Not Need Me…Or Does He?

I’ve been curious about something lately. Yeah, I’m always curious about something or other!

I keep reading about and hearing people say, “God doesn’t need us.” “God doesn’t need me.” And “God doesn’t need man. Man needs God.” Well, of course, we need Him! That’s a blown-out understatement!

But I agree. God is God; He doesn’t need anything.

Luke said this about God in Acts 17:24-25, “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since He is Lord of heaven and earth, He doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve His needs—for He has no needs. He Himself gives life and breath to everything, and He satisfies every need.” (NLT)

Everything is God’s; He has no need. Psalm 50:10-12 tells us, “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness.” (NKJV)

However, I still wonder…

*…if He doesn’t need me, why does He ask me to do certain things?

God doesn’t need my works. But my neighbor might, a stranger might, a family member might. So while He doesn’t need it, He needs for me to do it! Yes, He can succeed whether I am obedient to His plans or not. He can always get someone else if I choose to disobey.

So, I wonder…

*…how would others be reached with the good news of the gospel if God didn’t need me (or you) to spread the Word?

*…how would others’ lives be changed if they did not see me (or you) living for the Lord?

But why is my service necessary? Okay, let’s ask Billy Graham and Mother Teresa. Why is and was their service necessary? Because of all those who have received Christ as their Lord and Savior or been shown the love of God through kindnesses to them.

So, I wonder…

*…how would others see the Lord’s love in action if I (or you) don’t supply them with the things they need or give to those who provide for them?

God doesn’t need my money. But what of all those around the world who need to be fed, clothed, given clean water to drink, have schools, homes, and churches built for them? None of this just pops into being.

I continue to wonder…

*…will God come down Himself and do these things if I (or you) don’t? Didn’t He do that already? And now, doesn’t He expect me (and you) to do these things?

I guess I am naïve in thinking that: how will God’s will be accomplished if there is no one to do it? Well, yes, God is God and He can do miracles. However, He doesn’t normally work that way.

He doesn’t need us as though He lacked something. But He needs us to be His workers in the field for Him, as Paul said, “He has given us the work of making peace between Himself and others…For we are God’s fellow workers.” (2 Cor. 5:18b CEV, 1 Cor. 3:9a NIV)

Doesn’t this troubled world need the Lord? Don’t broken hearts need the Lord? Doesn’t God call us to be of service to others? Isn’t this His will and purpose for our lives? Why would He call us if He didn’t need us?

Maybe He doesn’t need us and maybe He does.

From His feet, Lynn

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Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com

What Kind of Father?

What Kind of Father?

Have you ever noticed the difference in parents that attend a child’s ball game? Let’s look at four very different dads that have taken their son or daughter to the ball field…

1. One stays in the car, reads a book, and pays no attention to his child.

2. One sits in the bleachers with his back turned to the field, disinterested, chatting with other parents.

3. One sits in the bleachers, arms crossed, watching every move the child makes and shaking his finger at the child; then paces up and down the fence, fuming and yelling that he or she is doing it all wrong.

4. One sits, perched on the edge of his seat, his eyes focused on the son or daughter that is so dear to his heart. He fervently watches the whole field to see how the game is going. With earnest vigilance, he scans the other players to make sure no one does anything to bring harm or is unfair to his precious child.

He is ever prepared to spring to his feet, jump up and down with total delight, and scream as loud as he can in utter enjoyment when his son or daughter makes the most incredible catch or tries to inch his or her way closer to home plate.

When the game is over, win or lose, the father puts his arm around his child, pats him or her on the back, and says, “Good job!” Then, he proudly takes the child out for a treat as the reward for a great performance.

Now, let’s compare these four dads to our heavenly Father. Which one sounds like the image you have of your heavenly Father…

1. He is in heaven involved in other things. You wonder where He is; you can’t seem to find Him.

2. He leaning over the side of His throne, paying more attention to others than to you.

3. He sits rigidly on His throne, arms folded across His chest, sternly watching every move you make, ready to point His finger at you and to whack you with His rod. You wonder if you will ever do anything right in His sight.

4. He sits, perched on the edge of His seat, His eyes focused on you, His child that is so dear to His heart. He fervently watches the whole field to see how the game is going. With earnest vigilance, He scans the other players to make sure no one does anything to bring harm or is unfair to His precious child.

He is ever prepared to spring to His feet, jump up and down with total delight, and scream as loud as He can in utter enjoyment when you make the most incredible catch or try to inch your way closer to Home plate.

When the game is over, win or lose, the Father puts His arm around you, pats you on the back, and says, “Good job! I give you your reward.”

If you have never pictured God as being actively involved in whatever you do, begin now. He is ever ready to jump to His feet in pure delight over each step of your faithfulness and obedience. Let His joy be your comfort.

My prayer for you: May you know the precious, forgiving, and joyful love of the Father’s heart.

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LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

God, Are You Listening?

God, Are You Listening?

You pray and pray. Exhaustive prayers. You whisper to yourself…

When will the answers come? Does God even hear me?

So, you think your prayers go unheard, unanswered, or forgotten?

Not so! What does Scripture tell us? Our prayers are…

*…not unheard…

Peter tells us our ‟prayers…have not gone unnoticed by God!” (Acts 10:4b TLB)

David said, ‟The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” (Ps. 34:15 NKJV) And Peter agreed with David’s sentiment, ‟For the Lord is watching His children, listening to their prayers.” (1 Peter 3:12 TLB)

I love the way the Amplified ends Psalm 18:6, ‟…and my cry came before Him into His [very] ears,” and the Good News Translation as well, ‟…He listened to my cry for help.”

He not only hears our prayers, He listens to them! As if He has cupped His hands over His ears, straining to listen to our pleading voices of distress.

Therefore, we can say as the disciple John said, ‟Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15 NKJV)

*…not unanswered…

All prayers are answered: either with a yes, not now, or no!

If Scripture says we have the answer, then why don’t we see the answer?

Because we are not on the same timetable as God. We receive our answers on HST..Heavenly Standard Time.

*…not forgotten…

Those savory requests and pleas of our hearts rise as fragrant incense before the Lord and settle at the foot of His throne, filling His presence with a sweet aroma. David said, ‟Let my prayer be set before You as incense.” (Ps. 141:2a NKJV)

Those aromatic prayers are never forgotten; they are preserved in bowls before the Lord as a constant remembrance before Him. John the Revelator tells us, ‟Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” (Rev. 5:8NKJV)

*What did Jesus say?

After telling a parable one day, Jesus said, ‟So don’t you think God will surely give justice to His chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will He find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:7b-8 NLT)

How many will be acting in faith? How many will be praying in faith?

What is our conclusion?

Praying…to be heard, to be listened to, to not be forgotten….according to God’s will, in faith, and in Jesus’ name, all bring needed answers, in God’s timing.

God is listening…are you praying?



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At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.