7.4.14 – hey everyone, hope your week is going well & you have an amazing 4th of july. i wanted to take a few minutes and recap our week in PA, Ocean City & Swedesboro NJ, such an amazing week, so many amazing events & things happened, 9 kids were sponsored, lives were saved, hearts were softened and eyes were opened. i was updating the facebook community with morning updates each day and wanted to share those updates & a few comments here. let’s start with that:
Day 1 of 7: Today begins 7 days of worship for the me and the band. I wake up this morning to travel to PA to lead worship at a backyard worship and BBQ service for those in recovery. Prayers up that God would move through the blue skies and sunshine and show these people the hope of Jesus in their lives. #worship
Day 2 of 7: Today I wake up still amazed at what happened yesterday. Absolutely amazing afternoon. Tears fell, hands were raised. 1 man named Chris gave his life to The Lord, 3 kids were sponsored via @worldvisionusa. Today we head to Ocean City, NJ. Worship concert tonight at 7:00pm at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Pray for the high schoolers that will be there, some hearing worship for the first time. God move in all of us again.
comment: May God continue to bless you this week as you are truly His hand, feet and voice. Have a great day in OC and beyond.
Day 3 of 7: I wake up this morning exhausted. We left so much on the stage last night. God tore down walls, some that have been standing for decades. Our prayers are with Lynn, who has suffered more than anyone should. Our prayers are with so many last night that experienced God in a whole new way. New life, awakening, rebirth, we pray for all of these things. 5 kids sponsored via @worldvisionusa, so many lives changed. Prayers for today that God would change us more, open our eyes more so that we can dig deeper.
comment: Dave, You , Jeff, Tommy, Stepan and Frank are an inspiration to Me. The work You all do for the kingdom is incredibly powerful ! I thank You for all You do! You are all the definition of “Walking the walk”! God Bless Bro!
comment: Awesome night of worship!! You are a blessing to so many! Praying for your time in OC this week!
Day 4 of 7: It slowly begins to sink in. Worship changes things. I wake up this morning, changed a little more. We led last night for just about a hundred high school kids. By the end of the service, we could feel God’s presence stirring in the room. How he loves us indeed. Worship changes things. Worship chips away at walls, at pride, at doors that are closed and begins to gently pry them open. Gently revealing our need for a Saviour. Our need for God. Our need for Jesus. Prayers today that these kids would continue to sense that need stirring in their souls. That we all would feel Him drawing closer to us as we draw closer to Him through our worship. Spirit lead us. Worship changes things.
comment: Awesome! Heavenly Father, we pray that you continue to work mightily in these young lives. May you continue to do His kingdom work and bless many with the words and music that you share Dave.
Day 5 of 7: God is asking us to dig deeper, to explore the reason for worship. I’m talking a little bit this morning on what worship is, why we do it. Brennan Manning writes this: “If you want to benefit from worship, you have to allow yourself to be loved, as you are, not as you should be.” Yesterday was amazing, again. Worship started the day, worship ended the day. It will be the same today. This constant push towards drawing closer to God continues to change all of us. These kids that we’re leading are asking great questions, wanting to know more. I’m asking more questions, trying to find more answers. God, our prayer today is this: In the midst of our humanness, of our faults and our messiness, You are here. Help us to love ourselves as we are, not as we should be. Help us to let down our guard, drop our egos, our fears, so that you can show us your incredible love for us. Take us deeper, draw us closer.
comment: Allowing ourselves to be loved as we are is a key to life that opens the the door to greatest adventures
comment: Worship is a great way to start the day. Even if you’re simply walking the dog and singing praise worship by yourself.
Day 6 of 7: I wake up this morning still in awe of the way God moved last night. It is a night that I will remember for the rest of my life. So grateful to actually have been a part of it. Tears fell, hearts were opened, decisions were made and lives were changed. When God takes hold of you, things change. When you allow God to take hold of you, things change. I still really can’t put into words how amazing it is when the Holy Spirit moves through a room. To hear over 100 voices in unison sing “hold us Jesus”. To hear the cries of hearts longing for Jesus to take over leaves me speechless. Worship changes things.
Day 7 of 7: I wake this morning a little disappointed that we’re not leading worship until this evening in Swedesboro, NJ. It’s so amazing to start and end your day in worship. God continues to stir my soul towards Him, towards the idea that worship is indeed a daily need, a daily honor. As you go through today, worship, thank Him, praise Him for what you have, for what He’s done and will do in your life today. Focus on today, tomorrow will take care of itself. This week has changed me, God continues to change all of us.
comment: beautiful Dave- when focusing on the present, we are able to allow God’s truth of who we are pour into us.. soothing us, healing us…that is where worship brings us… when we sit in front of papa God and he whispers to our soul all of the beauty that we are… we are healed and made whole. Thank you for your obedience in bringing the greatest gift of love to people- God’s presence
Day 8 of 7: Another great night of worship last night. We never know how God uses our talents. The words we say, the music we play, all that we do, He uses in ways that we can’t imagine. I’ve started getting feedback from the week, kids reaching out, wanting more, needing more worship, more Jesus. So great to hear. I’m encouraged. As tired as we are, we could keep going, keep pushing the message. Jesus changes things, worship changes things. Today, through the sunshine and the blue skies, take a moment to look up, thank Him, for the good and the bad, it’s all part of a larger plan. Father, continue to change us, move us and draw us closer.
So as you can see, absolutely incredible week. If you’re still with me here and reading this, thanks. I can’t really put into words the week, because that’s how God moves. He does things that change us without us even knowing, He pushes us gently, sometimes not so gently closer to Him. The key is that we have to want to be drawn closer, we need open hearts & minds as we seek Him. He continues to reveal Himself to us. So amazing, Matthew 6:33, seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you”. That’s one of the first verses i taught my kids. It’s all about seeking Him, wanting more of Him in your life. God, my prayer is that every person in the sound of my voice during this week heard Your voice louder. That every person was moved by You and drawn closer to You through the worship that was given to You. God continue to move in all of us. Worship changes things.