And a light came on….

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So I’ve always thought of myself as a tech savvy kind of girl. If I didn’t know how to do something techy I’d contact a friend or google it. Simple right? Well apparently I’m not in college anymore surrounded by my Engineering techy guys and the people I know who are tech savvy speak in a totally foreign language to me nowadays. Hi my name is Julie and I’m techy like my Grandmother these days. I really should learn to warn folks before asking how to do something with electronics.
So here I am with the iPhone, heralded as the most user friendly data phone of it’s style and I was utterly lost.
Swear words were involved.
 Keep in mind the very nice, 21 year old (if she’s lucky and totally foreign speaking with her electronic knowledge) girl at the cell phone store had already set everything up for me and told me “just click and download the songs you want from the iTunes list”.
Yeah right millennium girl, simple. I mean please, I’ve studied Engineering Technology, given birth….pfft to the fact that I can’t make a pot of coffee anymore I was certain my inherent electronic skills should kick in. Nope.
So I reached out to friends and after some emails back and forth I got very detailed instructions and managed to download a FANTASTIC song that I want everyone to check out. I first heard it at church last week, Chris from Canada is our worship leader and he blogs about it there. It’s called Awake O Sleeper, of course the first time I heard it Chris was performing it with the worship team but Chris heard it from Ike Ndolo at a conference.
That Sunday at church I was loving the music as usual but this song moved me immediately. So I was quite pleased with myself when I had FINALLY successfully downloaded it.
I am a creature of repetition and have been listening to it a lot. I am driving hubby nuts with it now which is another little victory in itself ;)
Head over to iTunes and download it, this song is wicked good.

Lyrics

1. In the darkest times of life,
when our lights refuse to shine:
you are there, you are there.

2. When our hearts become like stone,
when we live without hope:
you are there, you are there.
Don’t let your hearts be troubled;
don’t let your hearts be troubled.

Refrain
Awake, O sleeper!
Arise from slumber!
Christ is calling your name!

3. In the midst of life’s decay,
when our lives become like graves:
rescue us, rescue us.
Don’t let your hearts be troubled;
don’t let your hearts be troubled. (to Refrain)

Bridge
Awake! Arise! and follow the light!
Awake! Arise! and follow the light!
Awake! Arise! and follow the light!
Awake! Arise! Christ is calling your name!

The whole song speaks to me but when Chris sang the refrain it was like someone had hit a tuning fork and a light came on. Like I’m blind enough that God will take the time to share with me in a really obvious manner. So I cannot miss it.
Anyone whose read a bit of my blog knows that I grew up attending church and that I’ve always believed in God but I had no idea how to live in a relationship with Him or even what that would be.
I’ve strayed off of the path, experienced many things I wouldn’t have wanted to and am truly grateful now to be in the relationship with God that I am.
I never want to fall into slumber like that again. Each time I think that I am living with my eyes open wide and a true awareness of God’s presence He guides me or moves me in a way I just cannot ignore anymore. Sleeping through life just doesn’t work anymore for me and I hope it won’t for you either.
I never want to feel like I’m too weak to shine, to forget that He can carry me when I cannot walk. That His strength is enough.
I didn’t have to live in fear, shame or insecurity about my life.
I never will again and hope that just one person will hear this song and feel the Love of God and his Grace like I have.
Ephesians 5:14 NIV
“for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Oh and as if I haven’t linked enough today, check out this one which I found through Facebook. 40 Days of Kindness or the Facebook page 40 Days of Kindness Facebook
Basically as of March 9th rather than giving up something for Lent they’re proposing 1 random act of kindness per day for someone. Then documenting your reactions and the other persons.
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  1. says

    Hi Julie. I found you on Old Geezer's blog and I'm sure glad I did. I loved your post on the IPhone… I can feel your pain. lol. Now I'm going to go check out the facebook page… thanks for sharing this. Blessings to you.

  2. says

    Julie my dear your blog is amazing. Man, imagine the people you can reach out to from where you have been an where you are now. Never thought God could use a blog to minister to people. Keep it up. I was truly inspired. Love ya girl!

  3. says

    Hi there Bobbi, welcome to my rambling blog!! I'm glad you're here.Thanks Jess ;)Kristin I do like the slogan Keep it Simple ;)HIya Lorie, thanks so much honey, love you too.

  4. says

    I will check out the song, I love the words. yes, truly having a one on one realtionship with God makes all the difference. Many people can go to church, can go to bible study, can believe in God, but how many have a relationship with him. He is my closest confidant, knows all my secrest, and still loves me just for who I am. I'm not techy either, my oldest just rolls his eyes and does it for me. Part of it is laziness on my part, and another is that I don't care to know everything. Many years ago after I suffered a miscarriage and my husband lost his job, all within a week, I was so bummed, and a good friend of mine said, "When life is at it's darkest that is when God comes and walks beside you". Many times those words have given me comfort….

  5. says

    someone recently told me, once you know, you can't go back to not knowing. though i grew up in church, i too, fell off with my relationship with God. i don't think either of us have to worry about falling far from His grace again.those lyrics are great!

  6. says

    Lots of beneficial reading here, thanks! I was checking on yahoo when I identified your publish, I’m going to add your feed to Google Reader, I look forward to much more from you.

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