An Encouraging Word
Tune in weekdays at noon for An Encouraging Word. With Psalm 95:1 as her inspiration, Jennifer Alden uses her own private devotionals from her “Joy and Music” ministry as a way to connect the body of Christ together to celebrate and “make a joyful noise unto the Rock of our Salvation”.
|Posted on December 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
In a world full of expectations and deadlines, hurry, hurry, rush, rush seems to be all we know to do. We've got to get to that next appointment or that next big meeting... At such a fast pace, we can lose our focus; we can lose more time, and eventually, we may even lose our hope.
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed" (Mark 1:35).
Jesus made time for what He knew He needed to do...
First things, first.
He knew His purpose, and He knew what it would take to fulfill that purpose. Before He started His day, He went to God in prayer.
It's time to get a new perspective.
It's time to make a choice.
It's time to slow down and get some order back in your busy life.
Make time to get to that next appointment. Get up a little earlier, and manage your time more wisely.
Wake up, and make time to pray.
Organize your life in a way that even the unexpected can't cause a delay.
When life presents with order, there will be much more peace.
Remember..."Without order children, there will be chaos."
Alone time with God. A divine moment of solitude. A time to rest in Him, is time purposed for each one of us.
And when we do face a detour or a challenging side-road, please know that He's only trying to get you back to where He is.
Traffic jams, busy intersections, sitting at the light to no end...
This is all valuable time we can each utilize, in bringing us closer to Him.
|Posted on December 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
Philippians 4:6–7 says, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
How often have we allowed our own minds to wage war against our own thinking? We're determined to make mountains out of molehills. We over think our situation, as if we ourselves have the power to turn back time or somehow remedy all of the world's problems. We analyse it; we pick it apart, talking ourselves out of the blessings that He has already promised us. We lose sleep over whatever it is that ails us, and what we thought we could manage alone, we make ourselves powerless with exhaustion.
He said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27).
Whatever frustrations try to come your way, hold onto your peace. He is your strong tower in the middle of the storm. He is the ROCK that withstands all the winds.
There is a peace through the process, when we keep our eyes focused on Him.
|Posted on November 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM||comments (1)|
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." - Psalm 23:4
I read a quote recently, "God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him." I considered this, considering also my current circumstances, and the trials that the last seven years have brought me.
You see, I had given my life to the Lord when I was just a little girl (6 years of age); but, it was almost nine years ago when my husband and I surrendered our lives to the Lord, together. Two years later, I felt like that choice had been challenged. I was facing medical issues that had perplexed the doctors, and in going with their original diagnosis, and with the surgeries to follow, I was faced with a life and almost death experience that was truly the beginning of an even bigger change in me, today. It is a heart-change, and one that I can't deny. It is learning to love without conditions. It is sacrificing everything that I have in order to give to someone else, instead.
I literally gave up everything to live for the Lord, making a pact with God 'til the very finish.
When we're going through the trial, I've learned how important it is to maintain our peace. Doubt and unbelief is the one sure way to steal our joy, eventually stealing our hope, leaving us to die in a pit of despair, if we allow it.
Watching loved ones walk away from us is painful. Knowing that God's promises are true, holding out for the bigger picture, will be a testament to the trial.
Are the people in your life encouraging you to see it through?
Who is speaking this truth into your life? Who are the people you are spending your time with, as you wait?
Through thick and thin, and for better or worse, we'd hope to lean on our own family and friends in times of need; but, the flesh is just way too flimsy.
I have to admit, I get tired. I have to admit, I am weak.
My strength does come only from the Lord. I surrender again and again, vowing always to be no more than putty for His hands to mold me.
It is true...
God wants to do it His way, and in His timing.
God has a plan.
Let's do our best to get out of the way of that plan. Lay down, let go, and allow Him to move things around in your life.
Sometimes, He'll even bring them back full circle, and with necessary lessons in-between.
|Posted on November 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
One Jam Nation celebrates four years ON AIR, November 24, 2018!
One Jam Nation is a union of several parts coming together for the sum of one effect. In a world of what does appear to be dark and dying, it is a combined effort to instead be these agents of change. Synergy means that as a community coming together, working together, we will have increased effectiveness toward producing much better results.
Ephesians 4:16 states that "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love."
He does make the whole body fit perfectly together, and as each part does its own special work, it does help the other parts to grow. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything that we do. He keeps us in step with one another, so that the whole body is healthy and growing in love.
As one body of Christ with many working parts, it is very important that we must all learn to work together. We are only able to do so much for the sake of Christ's Kingdom on our own; but, when there is a corporate understanding and a vision of what can be done together, we can achieve so much more.
A big vision does need a big community to accomplish, and as we join forces, we can celebrate Jesus with "Joy and Music," all around the world!
|Posted on November 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
For the last four years, beginning with the radio show, One Jam Nation, it's been my heart to gather various ministries on the airwaves. I'd find the fruit of their worship, excited to share it with the world and then, invite each one of them ON AIR.
Initially, I did not understand this process of replanting. For me, it was as if a revitalizing process was taking place. It was getting people excited about the Church, as a whole, as well as their own individual ministries. In the creating of this "new" spark of worship, it was creating a very real bond of unity.
Are we, as a Body of Christ, willing to plant these seeds of confirmation in one another? Are we willing to sacrifice our own heart's desires, for His growing Church? Or are we watering our own church and only sprinkling a little water on other's seeds?
The bottom line for me is that even if they don't, am I willing to try?
Joy Lenton once said, "When we are in a season of challenge, it can be hard to see the growth that is taking place under the surface," and though this journey has been somewhat of a challenge for me, I do continue to see the growth that has taken place.
I have been in much contemplation, moving forward with the expansion of One Jam Nation.
How can we better continue to serve others?
I have learned that it is a matter of picking up the multiple puzzle pieces, one at a time, and learning to see the bigger picture.
It has been through this process of "growing together" that I do see what He is doing in me.
It is true, there will always be a season to renew, replant and in being hopeful for new life. Jesus died to make this possible, as His mercies are new each and every day.
Psalm 133:1 says, "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!"
I have learned, when we put our fruit together in one basket, we can spread a lot more seeds!
|Posted on November 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM||comments (2)|
Decide If You Can Follow Me?
Luke 14:25 states, "Many people were traveling with Jesus. He said to them, 'If you come to me but will not leave your family, you cannot be my follower. You must love me more than your father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters—even more than your own life! Whoever will not carry the cross that is given to them when they follow me cannot be my follower.'"
I've read through several different commentaries on this Scripture. I've gone down many different avenues in my own mind: personal ministry versus public ministry and ultimately, whose ministry? It was a stand that I knew seven years ago, I had to take. I desired a more personal relationship with my heavenly Father and in the varying degrees of discipleship, I knew that He was calling me. I knew that it was time for me to do more.
It was just three short years ago when my husband and I were considering a motorhome for traveling in this ministry. We were obligated to a contract on the home where we were living; so, naturally the Lord was not going to ask us to walk away from the responsibility of that debt. I knew in my heart what He was asking for me to do; but, I knew I had to trust in Him for it.
One year later, and without any effort on our part, the condominium did sell and we were relieved of that said debt. Unexpected doors have closed and new ones are opening. Choices have been made and many hearts are being revealed.
I'm sure that we've all questioned at some point in our lives, "Where is He calling me?" and "What is His will for my life?" I mean, what are we doing, if we're not serving Him?
I have learned that it is a personal choice how we choose to follow Him. Where your road of discipleship takes you, is between you and God.
We have come together on the airwaves. We have come together at concert events.
Sisters and brothers, I believe, it is time for us to come together to prepare for His eternal harvest...
For the harvest of the earth, I know, will soon be fully ripe.
|Posted on October 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
A good friend once said to me, "Step into your anointing!" This was during a time when the enemy was quite diligent in trying to sideswipe me and on every life-avenue, mind you. Life was happening and it was happening fast! It was all I could do to keep up with this new and not so improved, fast-pace...
You see, I was no longer the co-pilot in life; but, was, now, having to learn to fly solo. The better part of the last ten years had been committed to my family, and in doing this ministry. The changes that were taking place, were almost more than I could bear. I felt alone and afraid. My thinking was changing and it was all I could do to not stay focused on me.
Rick Warren shares, "When people are in deep pain they don't need explanations, advice, encouragement, or even Scripture. They just need you to show up and shut up. Just be WITH them. It's the healing ministry of presence." And although, we do always need Scripture, I do understand what he means.
There have been many life-transitions that have taken place, and most of which I would not have chosen for myself or for my family. In being submissive to the Holy Spirit's guidance, I've learned that who the people are in my life and where they're supposed to stand with me, is very important and all part of this very strategic process of enduring.
I have learned the necessity of practicing what is true and correct in the building of the Body of Christ on this Earth. I am learning what we must each do for these necessary building-blocks to be in-place, in hopes of ever reaching His eternal Kingdom.
Where we stand today, isn't necessarily where we'll be standing tomorrow. And the people who stand with us, is vitally important in who will be standing with us for all eternity.
Have you ever felt as if you are living out a season of nothing but testing?
It isn't often that we understand what is actually happening, as these doors of opportunity are being opened to us.
The definition of opportunity is a set of circumstances that make it possible to do something.
We are each being given a choice. When we are being guided into what seems to be a new direction, we can often stand in our own way. I know for me, change was never easy. Sometimes, it did require a forced-change to have taken place.
I have had the privilege this last few years of writing a three-part literary series that began the very special season of Lent (2015). I worked diligently beginning the first-part of this series, completing it on Maundy Thursday of that following year. A week later, and after feeling relieved to have finished this first assignment, I was then given another. This book was written through the season of Pentecost, We Have A New Position: Let us all, now, gather for the feast, and is also now complete.
As I reflect on all of these life-experiences that have led to this book series, and in the process of going through these many life-changes, I do believe He is showing me that it is time to complete the third and final-part of this series, A Portal to Where?
I believe that the world is in a period of reckoning. Decisions must be made for ourselves, what we're willing to believe.
If you haven't accepted The Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, then please consider doing so now.
We have all made mistakes. Not one of us is worthy of casting that first stone. He has forgiven you and He has most certainly forgiven me.
2 Corinthians 6:1 states that as God's fellow workers we are urged not to receive God's grace in vain:
"'In the time of my favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.'
I tell you, now is the time of God's favour, now is the day of salvation.
We put no stumbling-block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonour, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything" (2 Corinthians 6:2-13 NIV).
No matter what our circumstances may be, we cannot give up our own convictions...
It is true, we do have a new position; so, let us all, now, gather for the feast!