Hello Sweet Cheer: February 2012

2.25.2012

Karar

Karar - to whirl, to dance (hebrew)

Remember that instance in the bible (2 Samuel 6) when King David dances before the Lord?  This passage never really made too much sense to me growing up but now I'm starting to really understand how David felt in that moment. 

"Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets. As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart." 2 Samuel 6:14-16

King David danced before the Ark of God in his undies.  David was a King. He was well respected and held with high regard in his community.  And he was so overcome by the Spirit that he literally danced in his truest form in worship to the Lord.  Incredible.

The story ends like this:

"When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!” David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” 2 Samuel 6:20-22

Are we willing to do that?  Are we willing to be completely UNDIGNIFIED for Jesus?  When you're at church on Sunday morning, are you worried about the person next to you hearing your off key singing voice?  I'm convicted of that.  Why do we concern ourselves with what people might think? 

Tonight at worship they played a song I had never heard.  The lyrics say:

If He goes to the left then we'll go to the left
And if He goes to the right then we'll go to the right
We're going to jump jump jump jump in the river
Jump jump jump jump, everybody
If He goes to the left then we'll go to the left
And if He goes to the right then we'll go to the right
We're going to dance dance, dance dance in the river
Dance dance, dance dance, everybody
If He goes to the left then we'll go to the left
And if He goes to the right then we'll go to the right
We're going to shout shout shout shout in the river
Shout shout shout shout in the river, everybody



I had SO much fun jumping and dancing with JOY for Jesus!  I was just dancing around without a care in the world about what other people thought of me.  It was exhilarating!  I just felt undignified for the Lord tonight and it was FREEING!  Moral of the story here, there is freedom in dancing for Jesus!  You should try it sometime :)


Peace & Blessings!

Mere

2.20.2012

Jesus refines

     This weekend I went on Spring Retreat with the Wesley Foundation at Texas Tech.  It was held at Ceta Canyon in Happy, Texas just about 2 hours from Lubbock.  This was my second SPRING Retreat & my fourth retreat with Wesley.  I have an INCREDIBLE community.  The Lord has blessed me abundantly with people who love, encourage & genuinely care about me.  Not only do they care about me but they care about my soul.  They care about how my relationship with Jesus is going & want to know what I'm going through.



     When we arrived at Ceta on Friday I had no idea what the weekend held.  I was ready to see God move & excited for a relaxing weekend.  For some reason I tend to go into these kind of things thinking I've got everything figured out.  That's my flesh talking.  The thing is, Ceta Canyon is a significant part of my story.  My testimony consists of a time when I was taken advantage of by someone in the church.  Unfortunately, this time of my life began at Ceta.  It will forever remind me of the beginning of a dark, secretive, destructive time of my life.  I hate that a place like Ceta has to be associated with darkness.  Ceta Canyon has been around for years & many of my friends have accepted Christ there, been counselors there for years, encountered the Holy Spirit there, etc.  I KNOW in my mind that this place is good.  I know the Lord works here.  I know it does not represent my brokenness.  So why is it that the first worship set on Friday night I am UNCONTROLLABLY bawling?  Memories are flooding back, I'm replaying moments in my head, & tears just won't stop coming down.




     This weekend was tough.  A lot of pain resurfaced.  In my mind I had washed my hands of the situation & moved on.  My life would not be defined by the sin of another.  I am strong.  I will leave this in the past.  I realized this weekend that I am still in the middle of the healing process.  I realized that I am still dealing with this & there isn't an end in sight just yet.  I also realized that's okay.  I realized that sometimes it takes time.  I realized that healing isn't always at the blink of an eye.  In recognizing all these things Jesus showed me that although I was suffering He was using it to refine me. The word refine is defined as "to remove impurities or unwanted elements from".  As I relived things I had blocked out for years, the Lord was working.  As feelings of unworthiness, uncleanliness & inferiority came flooding back into my heart, the Lord was working.  As tears rushed down my face & my breath shortened, the Lord was working.  As I suffered, my God received Glory!  You know what though, the reality is that it HURTS.  Being refined is PAINFUL.  But I know that the Lord is in control & has a future plan for my past suffering.  Through being refined not only does God receive glory, but I begin to know Him more intimately.  He refines my heart & my heart knows Him more.  I better understand His character, learn His scent & better recognize His presence.  What could be better!?

No matter the circumstances in our lives, our God is good.  He is true & worthy of our praise.





     I am so thankful for these retreats we take each semester.  God shows up BIG & I love it.  He spoke to me through multiple people & showed me He cares.  He showed me that I'm not forgotten or unworthy.  He showed me that He LOVES me, through the good and bad.  This weekend was definitely through the bad.  My Jesus is never failing.  His love and grace are unending and I pray that whoever might read this blog from week to week would experience that!

     Peace & blessings, friends!



Stay tuned for a book review over "Completely His" by Shannon Ethridge coming soon!

2.09.2012

shameless plug

Oh hey guys! Two days in a row, I'm on tops of things right?! Not really... haha

So today's post is basically so I can tell you all about my upcoming trip to Haiti!




     I am incredibly excited for how the Lord is going to work in my life, the lives of the freshman going on the trip, and the lives of our sweet Haitian friends! I had the opportunity to go to the Northwest region of Haiti last Spring Break with the Wesley Foundation. It was life changing--and that's putting it lightly. The second I got home I was ready to go back! Thankfully, I have the chance to go AGAIN this Spring Break! I am super excited about reuniting with the people I became friends with last year while we were there and also about making new friends, forming new relationships. The people I met in Haiti have forever changed my heart.





     On the trip last year we held a youth conference for the students in town. On the last day of the conference we gave a sex talk. We spoke about what the Bible tells us about sex, how it is to be viewed and valued, the sacredness of the marriage bed, etc. Right after this we broke up into guys and girls to further discuss what we had heard. In this time I got to share my testimony with the Haitian girls. Through a translator I shared how I had been betrayed by the church, taken advantage of by an employee of the church, and broken to the core. Now, if you've never heard my testimony please don't jump to conclusions and if you'd like to hear the details just ask me, I'd be happy to share the story God has given me! Anyway, these girls saw my sincerity and began to see me as human just like them, rather than some perfect American girl (that's generally their view of us). My vulnerability broke down walls and allowed me get real with the girls. I didn't know it at the time, but this among other things was leading me to hear the calling God placed on my life. About six months after the trip the Lord called me to girl's ministry. It is CRAZY how God works. He was preparing me for ministry for years and I had no idea.



I share that to portray just how remarkable this trip was and how God used it for His glory above all else. Now for the shameless plug...

     The trip costs $2000 and so far I have raised about 35% of that. We leave in TWENTY-EIGHT days (AHHHH) and I'm stoked. I am fully trusting that the Lord will provide my way for this trip! With that said, I'd be honored if you would be able to financially contribute to my trip! If you are interested in donating you can go to this link www.ttuwesley.org/meredith-moorman-donate/ and contribute online! If you'd rather write a check or send cash, comment below and I can get the information for you! Thank you so much for even reading all of this! I wouldn't be able to go on all these mission trips without the support of my friends and family!

     Lastly, whether you are able to support me monetarily or not, I need your PRAYERS! Please please PLEASE be in prayer for me and my team! Specifically pray that we would not stand in the way of what God wants to do in Haiti and that we might be apart of what He is doing!! Thank you so much!



Peace & Blessings!

2.07.2012

kids these days

     This weekend I had the incredible opportunity to help lead a disciple now here in town. It was a joint retreat with St. Luke's UMC, Wolfforth UMC and Aldersgate UMC of Lubbock. I was assigned to Wolfforth's high school girls. They were SO cool. 

     When I was in high school, I loved my youth group. I had great friends there, I learned a lot about the Bible, I practiced going out to the community and serving, but the one thing I'm not sure was portrayed to me is the following question: What does it mean to have a PERSONAL relationship with Jesus Christ? I've mentioned this in earlier posts so I'm not going to go into great detail.

     What I do want to say is that whatever these youth programs in Lubbock are doing is working. These students LOVE and KNOW Jesus Christ. They are listening for his voice, they know his fragrance. I was completely blown away by them. To look around during worship and see 10th grade boys raising their hands in worship without a care in the world for the people around them was life changing. To look around and see 7th grade girls praying over each other and crying with each other was mind blowing. These youth are on fire for Jesus. Just hanging out with them and getting to know them made my heart happy.

     But if I'm going to be real with you guys, the real subject here is Jesus. These youth kids blew my mind, but JESUS folks, HE is the one who blew me away this weekend. The Lord is doing HUGE things in Lubbock, TX, on the campus of Texas Tech, and in the YOUTH GROUPS in this city. I'm not sure if it's just me or if others see the BIGNESS of that statement. There is a revival beginning in youth groups that consist of 14, 15 year old high school students. 

How AWESOME is that!?

     On Saturday night we went up to the top floor of the tallest building in Lubbock (which is only like 20 floors). We could see the entire city and it was incredible. We had worship and prayer that was extremely powerful. There were students interceding for one another, students interceding for the lost at their schools, in their neighborhoods, etc. It was an awesome night of prayer and I could feel the presence of the Lord. As I stood by the window looking out over the city at all the lights, I could pick out where certain things were. I could pick out my street, Tech campus, Buddy Holly street, the Wesley, etc. As I laid my eyes on each location I prayed over it, prayed over the people who would be there and the conversation/activity that would take place. It was POWERFUL to say the least.

     Okay, I've bragged on these awesome youth, I've bragged on Jesus and what He's doing in Lubbock, and I want to brag on my friends a bit. I seriously have the BEST friends in the whole world. I know everyone says that, but I realllllly do have the best friends. I have girls in my life who love me and know my heart. They ask me how the Lord is working in my life and keep me accountable. These girls are genuinely interested in my closeness with Jesus. On the other hand, I have awesome guys in my life who assure me of my worth, beauty, and value. They love on me and demonstrate the role of godly men in my life. I couldn't be more blessed in the way of community. These people love me and take me as I am.

Boom. I have cool friends.



Peace & Blessings!