Worship Wednesday…Our God Is With Us

When found in the ashes, we still have a chance
Where there is mourning, don’t forget to dance
Cause our God is with us, our God is with us, he will never leave
Our God is with us, our God is with us, he will never leave
He does not forsake us, hate us or make us walk alone
He is always right there, stays where he can see the storm
We just have to hold on, stay strong, know he has our best in mind
Our God is with us, our God is with us

 

Where there are shadows, he becomes the light
If we go into battle, he will win the fight
Cause our God is with us, our God is with us, he will never leave
Our God is with us, our God is with us, he will never leave

 

He is for us, no one can stop what he’s doing
He is with us, and we will see all that he promised
He is for us, no one can stop what he’s doing
He is with us, we will see all that he promised
He is for us, no one can stop what he’s doing
He is with us, and we will see all that he promised

 

He does not forsake us, hate us or make us walk alone
He is always right there, stays where he can see the storm
We just have to hold on, stay strong, know he has our best in mind
Our God is with us, our God is with us”

 

By Rita Springer and Nicole Binion

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Growing through Conflict and Misunderstanding

Being misunderstood and judged is one of my worst fears. I pride myself on being forthright and direct in what I do and say, so when someone misunderstands my motives, I am at a loss.

Not too long ago, I had an amazing experience at church — an ordained moment that surprised and encouraged me. It filled me with such life and hope that it felt as though I were on cloud nine. But soon afterwards, someone approached me and questioned my experience. I was taken aback by her words, and I tried to explain myself while holding back tears.

Though her intentions weren’t meant to offend me, her words still hurt, affecting different areas of my life, my thoughts, and my emotions. We prayed together over the situation and over my heart, and I was grateful for those prayers.

When conflict and misunderstandings come my way, I need all the help I can get. Usually when it happens, I tend to over-tell my side of the story so the other person could hopefully know where I’m coming from. And once the shock of being misunderstood wears off, I become angry — angry for having my motives questioned, angry at the whole situation. But that experience and in the days following it, the Holy Spirit reminded me of this truth:

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
James 1:19-20 (ESV)

 

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