Capture God’s Heart
January 23rd, 2012: Capture. Women of Hope’s Event at HCKB.
Monday night was an amazing women’s event at Church. Oh man, it was really fun and well done and I feel like the message taught went straight to my heart.
The night started out with some really good worship jams. I walked in and heard the band playing and I said to a friend, “oh man, they sound so good!” And she was all, “what, they regularly don’t sound good?” And I was all, “you know what I mean.”
So we sit down, Ola gives some announcements and then they played a commercial for Women’s Retreat (the first weekend in March, holla at me for info).
you can totes skip this next part, it’s totally a tangent:
I bring up the commercial for one reason, and it’s totally vain. I was in the commercial. In fact, I was happy and blessed to be a part of it; I got so much out of camp last year, I was really super glad to tell others how good it is. My problem is that I looked TERRIBLE in this commercial. Like crawl under the table and die kinda terrible. I’m still rolling in mortification over here.
It was HD. And the camera was lower than me and I was all acne and jowls. I didn’t even know I had jowls until Monday night. So anyways, I was super duper embarrassed. Afterwards people kept telling me what a nice testimony I gave about camp, and so on, but really I just bee-lined it to my car to get out of there.
I’m a little sad that I let it get to me so much. I’m pretty sure this is some sort of lesson in my vanity. Which I know is up there, I’m way too vain.
But really? Ugh. Why must lessons be so painful sometimes? I’m trying to not let it be my focus and weigh me down. So moving on..
The actual start of the post:
Tami started the event beautifully. She let us in on one of the ways she prays to God. Tami asks Him, “let me see the way you see.” What a totally beautiful thing to ask God for. She’s so sweet, I really love and admire Tami’s heart.
The enemy loves distraction.
So by keeping that in mind, the theme of the night is capture – to capture God’s heart, to capture those moments when you see His beauty and you feel His love.
Tami: “We aren’t here by mistake. We all have people to reach; so focus in, and capture. We believe there’s a movement and He’s calling His daughters to rise.”
And then she prayed for all of us, and if you’ve never had the pleasure of being prayed over by Tami, you are sorely missing out. She is an epic prayer warrior, and she so speaks to the hearts of women and just emotes out these lovely, heartfelt prayers.
“Holy Spirit come and capture us.” was the last line of her prayer (I can’t take notes while praying, yo. It’s bad enough I was trying to “check-in” during praise and worship. oopsies!)
The Kanani came up to teach the lesson for the evening.
“Jesus didn’t go looking for fights, or telling people how broken they are. Jesus didn’t point out flaws… He just loved. He loved the broken.”
Kanani opened by just speaking to us about brokenness and how Jesus isn’t the type top kick you when you’re down, or suss through your problems, your flaws, and point them all out to you. He’s was an uplifter. He was a positive speaker. He spoke life and love.
Just like Instagram captures the moments of our lives, in pretty pictures. (Instagram is an iphone app that everyone is totes obsessed with).
“You’re never too young or too old to capture Jesus. Take pictures of your life; you can see the beauty in so many things…
God is causing a seismic shift; there’s a groundswell for Jesus.”
Its like when you’re surfing, and you’re waiting to catch a wave and you feel that little pull back … God is tugging at us to catch this wave.
sidenote: my elementary school motto was “catch a wave with the braves” and I always think of that every time I hear the phrase “catch a wave” used in any sense other than when I’m physically surfing. haha. random.
Back to Kanani’s teaching:
NOTHING can separate us from God’s love. No one, no event, nothing can get between you and His love.
No higher price has been paid for you!
For He so loved the world… HE SO LOVED US.
He gave up Jesus for us, and through His blood we are bought and claimed!
“the Most High has summoned you into His presence… so what do you do?”
The rest of the teaching was on Psalm 34, as it’s written in The Message. It’s just amazing. For this blog post I typed it out myself, and I was so blessed to go back through it and read it again. How have I never focused on this gem before? It’s seriously epic and touching and beautiful and it’s such a love letter.
Okay, read it. Really, read it!!!
Psalm 34 (The Message version)
I bless GOD every chance I get;
my lungs expand with his praise.
I live and breathe God;
if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:
Join me in spreading the news;
together let’s get the word out.
God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.
Look at Him; give Him your warmest smile.
Never hide your feelings from Him.
When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.
God’s angel sets up a circle or protection around us while we pray.
Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see-
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
Worship God if you want the best;
worship opens doors to all his goodness.
Young lions on the prowl get hungry,
but God-seekers are full of God.
Come children, listen closely;
I’ll give you a lesson in God worship.
Who out there has a lust for life?
Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty?
Guard your tongue from profanity,
and no more lying through your teeth.
Turn your back on sin; do something good.
Embrace peace – don’t let it get away!
God keeps an eye on His friends,
his ears pick up everything moan and groan.
God won’t put up with rebels;
he’ll cull them from the pack.
Is anyone crying for help? God is listening,
ready to rescue you.
If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there.
If you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.
Disciples so often get into trouble;
still, God is there every time.
He’s you bodyguard, shielding every bone;
not even a finger gets broken.
The wicked commit slow suicide,
they waste their lives hating the good.
God pays for each slave’s freedom;
no one who runs to Him loses out.
Does it get better?
There is so much in there, and Kanani really went verse by verse, and I took like eight pages of notes. So let me see if I can point out some highlights here.
Kanani showed us some slides of her sister, a woman who literally blesses God everywhere she goes. There are all these pics of her out on the beach, out anywhere and she’s just hands up saying “hi” to God. It’s amazing! She sees God everywhere, she recognizes and thanks Him for the beauty all around us.
My own words here… Ever since I was little I remember by mom always saying things on a super beautiful day like, “how can people not believe in God?” Like when we’d travel and step out into a gorgeous scene, she’s always be in awe of God and His creations. I think her reverence for His masterpiece has really set into me, and that’s just something I’ve done all my life too.
Now living in Hawaii, it’s so easy. I mean, really! The views, the mountains, the clear water, snorkeling on beautiful tropical reefs, hiking through lush jungles. Waterfalls, sunsets and sunrises over the water. I see it all. DAILY.
No wonder so many people out here love God! Hawaii is such a strongly Christian state. (And it’s a blue state, just sayin).
It feels so easy to love God here, because even the rainy days are gorgeous. There’s a rainbow every two feet.
So back to what Kanani was saying…
“Have a passion for everyday, have a lust for life.”
when you step out and see God’s love, capture that blessing in your heart and thank Him. Talk to Him, praise Him for what you experience. Keep Him with you, and be close to Him always.
Never hide your feelings from Him. If you’re in a tight spot, call out to God. Cry out for Jesus!
“Even when your life is a wreck, He hasn’t abandoned you; God is in you.”
We should be declaring the praises of our sister instead of tearing her down. We should be speaking victory and life. Use your mouth to say nice things, don’t talk stink.
“God is there when your heart is breaking. If you took a picture, you’d see God in there. He’s right there.” – then she was speaking to different kinds of heartbreak, not just romantic. And I know that when I lost my baby last winter, that was heartbreak. My heart was shattered.
And it was God who pulled me through. He dragged me out of the sadness and pain and into the sunlight. Literally and metaphorically, and spiritually. God was there right with me.
“We’re here to save souls, to connect with our sisters, putting God first.”
In the middle of a busy situation, be the one who notices the person having a hard time or who has a sad look on their face. Be the one to not worry about the mainstream and go over to the one who needs some love and give them that love. Be like Jesus!
“No one who runs to Him will be turned away.”
Preach by living. Worship by living. Have joy in your life!
Okay, then there were some snacks and chatting, and the prayer team was there (which I took advantage of, and I got some prayer to seriously help me get better. Amen!).
And they had this photo booth set up with all these frames so you could “capture” yourself and your friends… (ugh, but after that vid I was so not into being in front of a camera, let’s not kid).
But mostly what I walked away with was this call to arms to live a happy life. To use my voice to speak kindness, and to help others be happy and to always praise God. Just to put Him first, and then to love others like Jesus did.
I feel compelled to rally up my sisters and bring them with me on this movement.
And to notice the moments as I go. To take pause when I see God’s wonder, and say, “yo Daddy God, thank you! This is amazing! I love you!”
I mean, my blog here is happy hippie rose… and well, what’s better to make one happy and to be a hippie than to be kind, love on others, help those in need, and to appreciate what we have. Be grateful, love this earth and all its beauty and everything God has provided us with.
I feel like Psalm 34 is totes the happy hippie rose anthem. Totes!
So go out, have a lust for life! See beauty and be grateful. And when you need God, call out to Him! When you don’t need Him, still call out to Him! Run to HIM! He will never turn you away, and nothing will ever come between you and His love. Blessed are those who praise Him, so sing His praises all day long.
as always, thanks for reading! xoxo, hhr