Praising Him in Times of Trouble

Hey, there! It’s Maddi!

Earlier this year, my family had a VERY tough time. My Mom had to have brain surgery in Long Island, New York. Twice. Then she had to have emergency tests on her kidneys, liver, and pancreas because of all the fluids they gave her. She almost died. My siblings and I had to stay with our cousins for many weeks. They prayed with us and they were with us along the way. One night in particular, my uncle did devotions and talked about how God doesn’t allow bad things to happen for no reason. Actually, they might seem bad but they are good! He wants to strengthen our faith because He loves us so much! My uncle also said that we should always be thankful no matter what. Praising Him, no matter what! That night I was emailing a wonderful friend that I had met during my stay with cousins. I was telling her what I lad learned and I actually thought about what I learned. Then a few seconds later I felt the most AMAZING feeling wash over me. It was peace and ahhh…rest! The peace and rest I had prayed for. The only true peace and rest. It was from God. I knew it as soon as I felt it. Then a few more seconds later God gave me joy! A new perspective! I wasn’t scared or sad anymore. Instead, I was so filled with joy! I thanked God because I finally KNEW why God was allowing that storm. He wanted to strengthen my faith. I thanked and praised Him.

I knew I wasn’t alone. God was there, holding my hand that entire time! He promises to NEVER leave you and me. He’s ALWAYS with us! Whatever you might be facing right now, just know something. God allows those things to happen for a good reason. He wants to see your faith get strengthened because He loves you! More than you will ever know! So you don’t need to be sad or worried. God’s got this. And since He is strengthening your faith, you should be thankful. Praise Him in the storm.

Listen to Steady My Heart, Joyfully, and I Am Not Alone, by Kari Jobe, when you get the chance.

Jesus loves you!

maddibutton

How Worship Should Be

Hello, readers! My name is Maddi! It’s my very first post on this blog so I’m super excited to get started! 🙂

I’ve noticed in my church that a lot of people sing with a blank stare at the screen ahead. When I’m singing on the stage it’s fairly easy to notice. What I’d like to get at today is we have to remember who we are singing to and for. We are singing to God, a God so BIG and so strong, powerful and mighty. He’s majestic and beautiful. He deserves our praise and worship. And Jesus, our sweet, sweet savior died for us so that we, sinners, didn’t have to. That’s a HUGE sacrifice, people. He loves us that much. So I believe that true worship should be intimate, Holy Spirit-filled, and Jesus-centered. A giant thank you moment to Him. A moment when we don’t care about what others think about you right then because your hands are in the air and you’re all in.

For me, worship is how I can truly connect to God. I get so into that moment when I can actually feel Him with me in that room. His presence is so beautiful and I find that it’s super hard to sing through tears. I cannot explain the feeling. It’s like, the best feeling ever. Enough for me to be in a full out cry! Every night in bed I listen to my favorite singer, Kari Jobe, in my headphones. I’m always sobbing by the time my clock urges me to close my eyes and get some rest. A few of the songs by KJ I listen to every night are Be Still My Soul (In You I Rest), My Beloved, How Majestic, Forever, Joyfully, One Desire, Keeper of My Heart, Lord Over All, Look Upon the Lord and Steady My Heart. I love them all!

Kj yellow and teal

I love my Kari!!! 😀

I really hope that this post inspired you. Sometime I’d like to share with you my dream career!

 

Have a peaceful evening!

maddibutton

 

Music Isn’t Just An Obssession-It’s My Passion: Q&A

 

 *credit to the owners of the above images*

For me, music isn’t just an obsession.  Music is my passion and something I treasure!  I am going to do a little Q&A with myself so that you guys can get an idea of how I look at the world of music. 🙂  Here we go!:D

What instrument(s) do you play?

I play piano, and have been taking lessons for a little over two years.  I also plan to start teaching myself guitar soon.

What other instrument(s) would you like to play?

I am dying to play violin!  I also have my heart set on playing harp, and of course, guitar!:D

Do you like to sing?

YES!!!  I am OBSSESSED with singing!  It’s my dream to become a singer, or to at least make CDs in the future, if it’s the Lord’s will.  Though I am planning on getting a degree in nursing first as something to fall back on.

Do you take vocal lessons?

Not currently, but I’ve been starting to talk to my mom about it, and she said eventually I should be able to, just not quite yet. 😉  I’m super pumped at the thought of it though!:D

Have you written any songs?

Yes I have!  Four completed songs, and some bits and pieces of others.  One, called Battered, I’ve put to music on the piano.  One of my best friends and I wrote a piano duet together called Prima Luce(Latin for “at dawn” or “first light”), though it has no words to it.

What is your favorite music genre?

My church mainly sings hyms, but my favorite genre of music is Christian contemporary. 🙂

Who is your favorite artist?

I have several that I love, though my top favorite would definitely have to be Kari Jobe(SHE IS SOOO AMAZING)!!

What are your favorite songs?

What Love Is This by Kari Jobe

Steady My Heart by Kari Jobe

Forever by Kari Jobe

We Are by Kari Jobe

I Am Not Alone by Kari Jobe

If We’re Honest by Francesca Battistelli

Be One by Natalie Grant

Oceans by Hillsong United

Thy Will by Hillary Scott

Move by Toby Mac

Feel It by Toby Mac

I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me

Beautiful Scars by Amy Shreve

Hope In Front Of Me by Danny Gokey

Yes, I have WAAAY too many!:D

 

Well, that’s about it for now!:D  I hope that you all enjoyed this post!

• LAINEY •