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You Are Like My Life January 18, 2013

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Swinging

 

Like a child on a swing
Your love makes me feel free.
In you alone I trust.
To feel safe to fly, I must.

Like a dog in the car,
I’m free in who you are.
Look up and feel the air,
Knowing that you are there.

God, you free me and let me soar.
But you also draw me close to you.
You’re the one I’m living for,
Because I know you’ll hold true.

Like a young one deep in love,
I trust you, God above.
What evil shall I fear?
My love, you’re always near!

Like an adult with a lot on her mind,
I spend a lot of time looking behind.
When my past will not relent,
Please keep me in the present.

As an old man knows his wife,
I know you hold my life.
Whatever will happen to me,
You’ll thus within me be.

 

Shout for Joy! December 21, 2012

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“Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! (Zephaniah 3:14 NASB)”

As we near the end of the third week in Advent, I remember the above Bible verse from Sunday. The theme for the third week in Advent is joy; that’s why the candle for this week is pink instead of purple. Purple is usually associated with repentance.

God sent His Son into the world to redeem us. Isn’t that amazing? He was brought low so we could be lifted from the grave! That is why I say to shout for joy. Even better: sing with gladness! Really. A song in your heart can bring a shot of gladness to your day!

•JFG

 

Drawing Jesus October 30, 2012

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Jesus came to my pencil as a sort of a rugged-looking guy today, more than a bit physically flawed though.

I’m glad that Jesus isn’t always depicted as being this hunky dude (Malibu Surfer Jesus, anyone?), because I think I’d find an overwhelmingly perfect guy sort of intimidating. Imagine that you meet someone with a spotless record, a gentle voice able to silence the greatest of religious leaders while healing the lowest of sinners, and astoundingly beautiful physical features? I’d shrink back faster than you could say “transubstantiation” (which, I suppose, would give me a lot of time, but I digress).

Jesus may have been God, but he was human, too.

It’s okay to approach Him with anything. He understands it all.

•JFG

 

What God Does for Me October 16, 2012

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I find that I get a lot of help from God. Countless times a day, He gives me another breath with which to work to His glory. But I’ll try a list . . .

What God Does for Me:

    Gives me strength to live day to day.

I’m not just talking about the “give us this day our daily bread” thing. There are some days where there’s a bunch of homework, my muscles are stiff from running, and my sister gets really mean. Whenever I feel like I want to go home and just sleep until Sunday, all I need to do is remember how amazing God is, and that no matter how many bad days I have, nothing compares to God’s beautiful embrace.

    Works in my life.

Divine intervention? Not always. He mostly works in subtle ways, ways that you might not see. But we know that God works out all things to our good (Romans 8:28). To understand this, I’d recommend thinking about treatment for a broken arm that’s out of place. The doctor might end up making your arm hurt for a bit, putting your arm in a position for it to heal well. Does is always feel like it’s going to turn out for good? No. But will a well-healed arm turn out for the better in the end? Sure. You end up with a healed arm and a renewed sense of caution.

    Opens my eyes.

There’s a reason that I’m blogging. When I made my first Instagram account, I felt Christ working in me to spread the Gospel message all over the internet, even if it would be extremely difficult. Not being able to go out and evangelize in person very much, the internet has become my second sidewalk on which to proclaim God’s love.

I know, it’s a short list. The reason it’s so short is that I have to go to Greek/Organ lessons now. Peace with with you all, then.

Go in his peace; you are free in Christ!

–The Jesus Freak Girl

 

Affirmation October 15, 2012

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Time for an affirmation. I’m going to talk about who I am in Christ. As a Christian, I accept God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, all of that. But what do I believe I am?

In Jesus . . .
I can move the mountains with which God wants me to work and climb the ones with which He wants to work me.
I am able to gently touch the world while the world slaps me in the face, because God’s healing hand on me cures every wound.
I can see visions, I can dream dreams. And even if everyone laughs at them, I will not give up the world of God within me.
I accept that I can reach for the stars without ever being able to touch the sky.
I am a jar of clay, set apart by the potter for a special purpose.
I find myself drowning in His love, and I look to Him whenever I’m drowning in anything else.
I scream to the world that I am a Jesus freak and love it.
I ring out with praises to Him, while His Word rings out liberty with each toll.
I giggle and blush every time I think about that special guy who died for me.
I thirst for nothing else but to see God, and am satisfied.
I can live a PG rated lifestyle and want nothing more.
I know that whatever happens, there is no random.
I can pour out my heart, turning everything back to God, even when the first word of every sentence is “I”.
I proclaim: Jesus saves, God you reign, I love you Lord, endless hallelujah!

•The Jesus Freak Girl

 

My Favorite Christian Song October 6, 2012

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My favorite Christian song is “Love Song for a Savior” by Jars of Clay.

The song’s first verse is about a girl who runs to Jesus, her love. She will some day understand God’s love.

The chorus is our cry to God: “I want to fall in love with you!”

The second verse talks about a church where the sermon falls on deaf ears and the people “stare into nowhere and can’t feel the chains on their souls.”

After another chorus, the singer debates in song what to say to God to show how much we are devoted to Him. What words are better than “I want to fall in love with you?”

Let this be your prayer to God. Because being in love with your Savior is an amazing experience.

•The Jesus Freak Girl•
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"She thanks her Jesus for the daisies and the roses, in no simple language. Someday she'll understand the meaning of it all."

 

My Testimony October 3, 2012

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I suppose this is the point where I tell my story about how I became a Christian.

Can you tell I’m excited? 🙂 Here goes.

I’ve been a Christian all my life. One of my earliest memories involves Veggie Tales, and one of my favorite parts of preschool was Jesus time. However, it wasn’t really until about two years ago in school that Jesus became the absolute center of my life.

During Passion Week, my teacher was telling the class about the Passion of the Christ. What really struck me in the face was that Jesus died just for us. I remember the teacher telling the class, “I was sitting there, only thinking that that was my sin that killed him.”

From that point onward, I gained a greater appreciation of Christ’s sacrifice. Then comes the “Intense Faith Journeys” part, in which I started attending the contemporary service, and in turn joined the worship team.

Now comes chapter three, starting with September. Last month, I started confirmation. Already I’ve started wondering whether my revised opinions on God were really correct. In confirmation, the pastor asks a lot of questions that make me think, so I hope that God will give me a spirit willing to learn and think critically. Will that result in stronger faith? Definitely.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

•The Jesus Freak Girl

 

Intense Faith Journeys August 2, 2012

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I was reading one of my favorite blogs earlier and found this article.

The question at the end of the article is: When have your expectations about God, religion and/or faith been changed? And how?

I decided it would be a really good idea to write my own blog post in response to the question, lest CampHappens would have a novel on their hands for a comment. 😉

The Story

I’ll save my long-version testimony for another day. But right now I’m going to just talk about the last year or so.

A little more than a year ago, I stepped foot into my church’s contemporary service, by myself, in June. The thing I remember was the reality of Christianity. Up until then, I had attended traditional services, organ, hymnal, vestments, and all. Now I was being thrown headfirst into the applied part of faith. The band played well, and the praise team people had personalities that could immediately put you at ease, which definitely helped the Gospel-ful atmosphere. I think that it was awesome, having experiences where I could see faith in action, and in people.

I had been attending those services for about six months (now we’re in November) when I was talking to one of the guys on the praise team about a piece I was learning on the piano.

What I said: “I’m learning classical music on the piano. It’s really fun.”

What the worship leader heard: “Hey, I’m here to fulfill the prophecy of having a keyboardist on the praise team. Why not come ask me point-blank if I’d like to play with you guys, and then watch me blush and manage to stammer that I’ll ask my parents?”

Two weeks later, I started playing keyboard at church. The praise team people had random God-based conversations, and I started thinking about what it really meant to live in God.

I had started questioning everything I had previously done. Was it okay to recite prayers? What about prayers to the saints? Eventually, I decided to go with what I felt, and freestyle prayers with the Lord’s Prayer as a guideline.

God went from The Big Guy in the Sky to the one of my dreams, to the present, the past, and the future.

I guess it’s a hard thing to describe, that I just kept “getting” more into Christ, and I realized that what makes a Christian is the applied stuff that they have in their hearts. They don’t always know so much Bible, but they know the Gospel and live it out day-to-day, in such a way that one can see the change in them. And one asks that Christian for the reason for the Hope that they have, then they share the Gospel!

To sum up the above:
God: Became so much more centered and real in my life.
Religion: Every human system is fallible. That means religion. Jesus is my savior, not my religion.
Faith: Has gotten stronger. I went from sort of “meh” passive faith to this intense passion for God!

I’m a lot like this tree that growing on the rock of the island . . . 🙂

—The Jesus Freak Girl

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My Guard July 17, 2012

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God is my light, my strength, my song,
He is so good to me!
He’s sent me a messenger to help me along,
Traveling through the world I see.

I really, truly do love my guard,
How can I not?
They help me when being nice is hard,
And tell me to give people all I’ve got.

Even though I can’t see the guide,
That doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
So I’ll keep on enjoying the ride,
With my guardian angel fair.

 

The Deal with Praise Music Songwriting June 26, 2012

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Mood: Sent on a mission!

By the title, you can probably guess what I’m going to write about today: songwriting; praise songwriting in particular. It’s holy music, Batman!

Many people like the idea of songwriting, and many take up the endeavor. But very few people actually finish writing their songs. Why? It’s easy to get discouraged, because, let’s face it: songwriting is hard, especially because you’re trying to create your own melody based off of lyrics (or the other way around).

And how do I know this, you ask? Because I’m trying to write one at the moment. So, here are a few tips:

• I find that it helps to pray before you write. For some reason it gets me thinking more about God.
• Try to make sure that the lyrics make sense. This is why I write the lyrics, then the music.
• The instrument choices should match the feel of the song. Unless you’re going for some irony in your music.
• Make it yours. Even if someone likes to listen to only country music, that doesn’t mean that they won’t write some pop or rock songs. Let your music be free from the labeling. Unless, again, you’re going for irony.
• When I write praise music, I like to use bible verses as inspiration. I’m currently trying to write a song for the Nativity of John the Baptist (I had an interesting conversation with some friends about John the Baptist), so I looked up as many verses as I could about his birth and the prophecies surrounding it.
• Make sure your songs have a steady rhythm to them. Many songs have been ruined because their rhythm was terrible, thus, they sounded like a jumbled mess to the ear.
• Have fun with it, and speak from the heart. The most heartfelt songs have been written and performed by those who have experienced the feelings about which they’re singing. But then again, that can make a song borderline sappy.

Sweet. God Bless you all.

Spiritually thirsting for more? Read Psalm 95:1-7.

In His Love,

The Jesus Freak Girl

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV184).

 

 
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