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Called me Higher

Today we sang a song in church that really challenged my heart. It made me think about all the times that I have wanted something to happen, but didn’t want to put the effort into seeing through; like self-sabotage. But then I also thought about times where I was feeling like I was supposed to sit and wait for His goodness and feel His presence. In the silence, he was revealing his plan. Times when He has told me to just stay where I am and eventually it would feel good again. But He is always changing me on the inside and I have obviously heard Him tell me to leave home (more than once).

The chorus sums up my life, He has called me higher, deeper and to go where He leads me. And I will be His for all my life and I really do want His mercy to shine a light onto the path that He is leading me to.

I am thankful for this message today! Artist-Sons and Daughters- “Called Me Higher”

Lyrics

I could just sit
I could just sit and wait for all Your goodness
Hope to feel Your presence

And I could just stay
I could just stay right where I am and hope to feel You
Hope to feel something again

And I could hold on
I could hold on to who I am and never let You
Change me from the inside

And I could be safe, oh
I could be safe here in Your arms and never leave home
Never let these walls down

But You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I’ll go where You will lead me Lord
You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I’ll go where You lead me Lord
Where You lead me
Where You lead me Lord

Where You lead me

And I will be Yours, oh
I will be Yours for all my life

And I will be Yours, oh
I will be Yours for all my life

And I will be Yours, oh
I will be Yours for all my life
So let Your mercy

Oh, and I will be Yours, Lord
And I will be Yours for all my life
So let Your mercy light the path before me

And I’ll go where You will lead me Lord
Oh, ’cause You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I’ll go where You will lead me Lord, where You lead me

Where You lead me Lord
Where You lead me
Where You lead me Lord

 

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“Be the Church”

Today was a great example of how amazing “the church” is. Flashback to 2008-2010 when we were first here in Uganda and I was seeking so much to find connection with fellow Christians. It was hard because we were the only missionaries in our area and to get to church with fellow missionaries meant we would need to travel to town, we didn’t have a vehicle and town was more than an hour away. When we decided to come back to live full time in Uganda I knew that life would have to look different. I knew we would need support from a solid church family that understood the stresses of being away from one’s home country and the tough ministry life.

It took some time, but we found KIC-B (Kampala International Church-Bugalobi). We found our church family that we knew we would need to help us when life gets tough. Today the pastor was preaching in Daniel and he had a “radical” idea, he asked his people to stand if they needed prayer, if this week didn’t go as planned. I stood and as uncomfortable as it is to be open and vulnerable it was freeing, because I knew one, I wasn’t going to be the only one that would be standing and two, I would be prayed for. What he asked next was that those around us would lay hands on us where we were and pray for us.

I thought back to a moment when I was first in Uganda and we went to Watoto church a “mega” church in Kampala and one Sunday we went when we had just been broken down and something similar happened a woman prayed for me. She had no idea what was going on in my life, but God did and used her to pray exactly what I needed to hear. God does that for us and it is so amazing! I can remember hearing the song “Stronger” that Sunday and thinking yes He is stronger and I will be okay.

This church family is from all over the world gathered together to worship and to be the church for each other. We come from all different backgrounds and religious groups, but one thing remains true is that we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. How amazing it is to go to church each week knowing that people have each other’s backs; that during the week I can connect with someone from church and they will offer love, support, prayer and just a listening ear. I am so blessed!!!

The ”church” is not perfect and maybe you have been hurt by the church; but I want to encourage you to find a place that is not caught up in the politics of church. I beg you to give it another shot, because when you find a place that feels like family, you can make it through all the crazy that life brings you. If you are a part of the body of Christ- the church I challenge you to pray for people when they need prayer and to allow yourself to be prayed for when you need it. I am so thankful that through-out most of my life I have had people from the body of Christ who have prayed for me. The power of prayer is unmatchable and amazing to give and to receive. Take time today to pray for someone or ask someone to pray for you. Let me know how I can pray for you, I promise I will lift you up in prayer if you just let me know how I can be praying for you.