Song: For All Seasons ‘Give Me Faith’

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Scripture: Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

I’ve been out of action for a while now, mainly due to being busy, but somewhere in the midst of my little disappearing act I realised that there was a lot that I was not happy about in my life, and the main cause of my disenchantment with my life was my job.

It was not particularly rewarding, it was extremely stressful; and I found myself constantly complaining to anyone who would listen about how awful the job was. Then suddenly the penny dropped and I thought, my life is going to change because I am going to change it! I had been working at the same place for a year and some months and 90% or the time I was miserable.

I prayed and began searching desperately for jobs and then made the drastic decision that I would hand in my notice regardless of whether I had found another role to move into. Friends and family tried to convince me to reconsider my seemingly irrational decision but they were not with me on my frequent ‘toilet breaks’ crying out to the Lord in anguish. I refused to budge, though deep down I was terrified, however I chose to view the decision as a step of faith.

I chose 30th June as the date I would hand in the notice and began counting down to that time. During this time I created a playlist on Spotify called ‘Make that move’ and the song I listened to most from this playlist was For All Season’s ‘Give me faith’. The song became my mantra. I would just meditate on the words that I needed to have faith and trust in the Lord and I was so pleasantly surprised by the outcome I had to share this with the world!

On the 30th I told my manager I needed to have a word with him 15 minutes after arriving into work. I did not want to wait in case I chickened out. I delivered the news at 9.45 AM and felt relieved but nervous. I went about my day as normal and then checked my personal email at 2.15 PM and to my great joy, relief and surprise I had a job offer.

Relaying the story to my friend she commented. ‘This is the thing, we don’t give God the room he needs to operate’ and I can’t help but feel as though she is right. We let fear and worry get the best of us, but if we ask the Lord to give us faith and wisdom and then use that faith and wisdom to govern our next step we will be surprised by the outcome. So go ahead, add a bit of faith and a large helping of prayer to that wild dream that you have and I guarantee you, you will have a recipe for success!

 

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Song: Loud Harp – ‘Always with you’

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Scripture: Deuteronomy 3:16 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them. For the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

On a daily basis doubts, fears and worries creep into our minds. We wonder will I be able to do what I need to? Will they like me? What if this project turns out to be a disaster? The list, I am sure you will agree, goes on.

To ask such questions is human and is in a way a good thing since we are acknowledging our own weakness rather than being filled with pride and confidence in our own ability. However we must never forget the Lord’s promise never to leave or forsake us. Our confidence should come from the fact that the almighty Lord our God is always with us. Loud harp’s atmospheric worship song ‘Always with you’ does a great job of reminding us of God’s promise to us.

Starting off quietly and almost as though unsure, the same simple lyrics are repeated over and over, while different musical elements are added in with every repetition. As the song builds up you get the feeling that each time Asher Seevink and Dave Walton who make up Loud Harp sing of God’s promise they grow in their ability to overcome any nagging doubts. This simple worship song is beautiful and a wonderful tool to use to meditate on God’s promise never to leave nor forsake us.

Remember He is with us ALWAYS!