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Archive for the month “January, 2013”

Worship Artist of the Month

All Things Artistic Ministries, Inc. (ATAMI) is looking for worship artists who want to be featured on our website in our new Artist of the Month feature . We will present your profile and your artistic expression (video, song, poem, book, etc.). If you are an involved in worship arts or know someone else who you would like others to know about, share their name and contact information with me, Dr. Debby Mitchell drdeb@ataminc.com.

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Resisting Brokenness

There’s this pride in us that fights brokenness. It resists it to the end. It will not go away quietly. It kicks, screams and fights to reign. It rationalizes, judges, manipulates, twists and squirms, refusing to die.

Pride defends her actions, speaks of her rights, blames, accuses but doesn’t own up to who she is. She’s pride, the one who rebels against God, is self-centered and disobedient. She seeks her own way. She’s pride, the very one whom God resists.

She doesn’t rejoice in the truth, especially if the truth reveals her sin. She doesn’t suffer long, why should she?How dare they expect that of her? Pride keeps track of every wrong done to her. She is easily offended and yes she will boast of her accomplishments and let you know why she doesn’t deserve the treatment that she’s receiving.

She is blinded by her own ambition which is often thinly masked as doing the will of God. She’s always correcting, finding fault, fixing things, and needing to be right. She doesn’t even notice the bodies she’s left along her path. She simply steps over them, despising them for laying around when there’s so much to be done for the Kingdom.

Yes, she avoids brokenness at all cost, ignorant of the fact that God resists the proud but He gives grace to the humble (I Corinthians 13; James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5).

Rest: Have You Accepted The Invitation?

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” 

Have you accepted God’s invitation to rest? Yes, God invites us to rest. So why do we feel so guilty when we take time for rest and relaxation? God really wants us to rest.

In today’s society, everyone is so busy that rest is not on our agenda. Christian artists often find ourselves accepting more and more invitations to minister a solo, lead praise and worship, warfare in the dance, share a poem of prophecy or encouragement. But how often do we accept God’s invitation to rest? Yes, He invites us to a place of rest.

Take a moment and envision yourself laying down your burdens and cares at His feet. Now, imagine yourself crawling into Jesus’ gentle arms and laying your head on His chest; hearing the soft beat of His heart. You have found your  place of rest.

Accept God’s invitation to rest. He really wants to spend some intimate time with you.

Loving Me in 20-One Three (2013)

Praise the Lord for 2013! When God finished His creative work, He looked at His creation and saw that it was “very good.” As men and women created in God’s image, we are “very good.” If God so deemed us as “very good,” we should love ourselves as He loves us.

While driving to Detroit many years ago, my negative self was screaming comments about me that I dear not repeat. After receiving these devastating blows for several minutes, I said to that false self, “Shut up. I’m loving me. I’m loving me. Oooo, I’m loving me!” The words to a poem began to flow and I started writing them down as fast as I could.

Today, I am sharing that poem with you, “OOO I’m Loving Me”.  Listen to the poem and speak these words as a mantra everyday and remember you are carefully and wonderfully made by the Great God Almighty.

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