Song of the Week 2

Usually, I like to tie in the Song of the Week to the Weekly Soap, but this time I feel led to do something different. Since it is the last week of January, I wanted to reflect on what has happened just in the first month of this year.

So… take a moment right now and thank God. Think about how great God is to have brought you this far! Think about where He’s taking you from here!

Sometimes, I realize that even the smallest things that we overlook, I can thank God for. With God, I don’t have to want for anything, because he has everything (Psalms 34:9-10). Even concerning my body, God protects that too (Psalms 34:20). That’s just how great God is.

So what does this have to do with the Song of the Week? Everything.

“Great Big God” by Lisa Knowles-Smith fully encompasses what many of us think about when we think of God. As the track begins, the upbeat tempo and high energy mirror the way we should describe God, with joy in praise and worship. As the lyrics follow, the songstress goes into detail about our “Great Big God” we serve and the things He does. That He is:

  1. ” He’s a Miracle Worker.”
  2. “God will ease the pain.”
  3. “God will be whatever we need him to be.”
  4. “God is peace in my problems.”
  5. “God has already won over the enemy.”
  6. “He is grace in decisions.”
  7. “All-Knowing God.”

The list can run on even further than that, but God is the “I AM THAT I AM” (Exodus 3:14). He is so mighty and powerful that the Avengers ain’t got nothing on Him (Psalms 18:47). So as you begin to listen to the song, don’t forget about the mighty God we serve and what He can do not just in your life, but the lives of others.


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Be Blessed!

Chan

Weekly Soap 2

Welcome Back to the Weekly Soap! This week we will dive into a passage that convicts me to be more aware of what I say. I remember when I pranked my parents into thinking I had received a speeding ticket coming back from work one day. Not knowing the importance of my words, two days later I was stopped by a sheriff and given a speeding a ticket. When I confessed to my parents, all they could say was “there is power in the tongue”. They used the Bible to always remind me of actions, but let’s see where we find it!

Without further ado, let’s dive into James 3!

(Note: I encourage you to read the entire chapter.)

Scripture: ” [5] Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. [9] With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. [10] Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and my sisters, this should not be.” James 3:5, 9-10 NIV.

Observation: James writes about taming our tongue or as my mother calls it, our “pink tornado”. He mentions that although it may be the smallest thing on our bodies, it can do the most damage as described in the verses following verse 5. James notes that how can we as humans praise the Lord, but with the same mouth curse our fellow neighbor. We cannot do both if we be in the Lord; “this should not be.”

Application: Often, we fail to recognize the weight of our words and what they can do to our friends, family, strangers, or ourselves. What comes out of our mouths not only has power but can cause things to manifest in our lives, both positive and negative. It reminds me of the phrase, “Do you kiss your mother with those lips?”. But I say to you, “Do you praise God with the same lips you curse people out with?”. Are we careful about the words we say? Are we being intentional about speaking life over ourselves and everything connected to us?

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for entrusting me with so much power in my words. Although I am not always aware of the words spoken in anger, malice, or bitterness, God help me be more mindful. Forgive me for all the hostile words that I may have said over myself and others. Lord, constantly remind me to speak life to all surrounding things. When I want to say something negative, correct me and turn it into a positive. Let me focus on you, God. In the name of Jesus. Amen.


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Chan

The Mind

In the Weekly Soap, we started out with a prayer to focus on the Lord and to have peace during overwhelming times. In the Song of the Week, I recommended a song that quieted storms for me, but now I want to explain why this has been on my heart.

As a young child (age 3 or 4 according to my mom), I remember having this vivid dream. I was in a dim room with a dark figure; I thought it was the devil himself. He had all these surgical tools laid out in front of me. With a marker, he tried to write a huge X on my forehead, like a surgical incision. Clear as day, the devil said, “I’m going to kill you, right there, in your mind”. All I can recall after that is pleading the blood of Jesus. Repeatedly. I did not stop until I was sure the devil disappeared. This brings me to my first lesson as a preacher’s kid.

God protects his children.

These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.” – Psalms 42:4

As I grew older, this dream replayed as my battles revolved around my own mental health. Diagnosed with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), I faced depression, low self-esteem, and indecisiveness; my brain was a battlefield within itself. Sometimes I’d question my own beliefs or wonder if God was still there. I convinced myself that I was too far off the deep end to receive help. However, I never forgot what I read in the Bible. I never overlooked what my preacher-parents had instilled in me since day 1.

And that’s the funny thing about being a preacher’s kid. Those Sunday morning services at church that overflowed with prayer, praise, and preaching carried over into the four walls of our home and the week ahead. God’s reminders of the faith-planted seeds in my mind were the encouragement I needed during these times of decreased faith. The scripture, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6), echoed in times like these. 

So, how did I know I was God’s child? How did I know his protection was over me?

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,” – Galatians 3:26

Before I even realized the depth of my dream or the scriptures taught to me in preschool, the word of the Lord had already outlined for me, for us, that if we have chosen and “clothed [y]ourselves with Christ” that we are God’s children (Galatians 3:26-4:7). How easy it is for us to know that if we choose God, we are in the family of Christ. Because we are his children and God is our Father, He hears our cries and rescues us in our time of need (Psalms 34:15,22). When I called him, God reached in to liberate me from the hands of the enemy and from the things that plagued my mind. “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart,” (Psalms 91:4). My parents encouraged memorizing Psalms 91 into my brain to know that God is our refuge and our protector (it is also the foundation scripture of their church).

Most importantly, I wanted you, who is reading this, to know that it is not some complicated process to be a part of the body of Christ. All it takes is a simple yes to the will of the Lord and to surrender all over to Him. I wanted you to know that although the worst punches may get thrown at our faces, God blocks the blows that can take us out. To know that we as children of God, although we may suffer, we also can rejoice in the glory to come (Romans 8:17).


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Be Blessed!

Chan

Song of the Week

Since the Weekly Soap last week followed overcoming anxiety, my music choices have followed this theme as well. During times of trouble, I find myself looking or searching for songs that I can relate to or share with others.

Recently, I took a deep dive on Spotify that led to several artists being added to my Gospel playlist (there are over a thousand songs already on it). As I went from song to song and artist to artist, I ran across a piece that spoke to me so clearly that I could not stop listening to it.

Jonathan Ogden’s “Slow Down” became my anthem after the first 30 seconds. With an ambient feel at the beginning of the song, I felt immediate peace. The lyrics that followed emphasized what I needed to hear at the moment. I needed to let God take control and slow down. I was reminded of Deuteronomy 31:8 and 1 Peter 5:7 as the song continued. God will never leave me nor forsake me, so what do I have to worry about? When I feel weighed down or overwhelmed, I can look to the Lord for help because He cares for me. I continued to listen to this song on repeat for hours. I was constantly reminded of how God is so patient with me and that I needed to be patient myself. I wanted everything that I prayed for immediately that I would rush to make it happen on my own. I would try to make my own vision the priority and not God’s will. I needed to slow down and let God work by surrendering everything over to Him.

Feel free to listen to the beautiful track in the link below. I hope you will be as blessed as I was.

Chan

Happy New Year!

Welcome to The Heart of a Preacher’s Kid, a new blog reflecting the contents of my heart as a PK and weekly posts on music, the Bible, and whatever else flows through this mind. So feel free to spend as much time as you like here. Get acquainted, look around, but most of all please keep an open mind.

To Kick off 2020, let’s dive into our very first Weekly Soap!

Weekly Soap 1

Scripture:Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

Observation: These verses fall at the end of Paul’s letters addressed to the Philippians. Paul is encouraging them to continue to press their way through and to not worry about the journey ahead of them as believers in Christ. In verse 6, Paul relays to the church in what seems like the easiest way to get rid of anxiety: by prayer, worship, and by “present[ing] (y)our requests to God”. Paul makes getting rid of anxiety as easy as pie! And it is! When we pray for the peace of God to enter our lives, it surely will come!

Application: As we enter into the New Year with new goals, a new mindset, and the unknown ahead, be reminded that the love of God covers a multitude of things. Remember this scripture when you fear what’s to come on a new project or a new season of your life. That God is bigger than anything that we face; He is always here for us. Be reassured today that when life gets overwhelming to follow these steps: pray, give thanks, lay it before Him, and He will take care of the rest.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the peace that you give to me. I thank you for protecting my heart and mind from the things that could possibly trigger me. I pray right now that in this new year, if I do become anxious or am overwhelmed, that I am reminded of who you are and what your Word says to me. Lord, forgive me for turning to others before turning to you. You have always been here for me and I should come to you first with whatever is troubling me. Lord, I thank you for taking on my burdens and caring for me. Keep my mind and my heart guarded. In Jesus name. Amen.