~ Darlene Schacht ~
“The Mom Complex”
The world is pulling me away……..last week we were so close but lifehas just taken over since I have been home from the Worship Conference in Edmonton. I know that it can’t be that way all the time but I sure would like it to be…….pure, simple, uninhibited worship. Every day in the last week has just dragged me down and sucked the life & passion out of me once again……it’s so frustrating! I know that He is walking this road with me so I am not alone but it sure feels alone. One of the worship leaders at the conference said something that really struck me, we as a collective church don’t want to hear each other’s bad stuff.…..the valleys, we only want to hear the great stuff that God is doing, so when teenagers come into the church they become disillusioned with God because they feel God only wants the good stuff, not the bad stuff, and let’s face it…..teenage suicide rate is on the rise big time! I heard somewhere that teenage suicide is the #1 killer of teenagers now. It’s our fault…..We only want happy songs at church, happy stories, not songs or stories that lament and ask God where he is. I’ve even been told as a songwriter….don’t write sad songs……it’s so depressing but then I misrepresent who God is………and that sometimes life just sucks. We are human and he is God and unlike most people think……..He wants to hear about what is going on in our life, good & bad…….He wants us to praise Him, even when the no one understands what we are going through……listen to David in Psalm 13
1 How long, O LORD ? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, O LORD my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
4 my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the LORD,
for he has been good to me.
There is the key……..but I will trust……it’s a decision of our will…….not our feelings! I will … sing…..even when the clouds loom overhead………..even though there is more snow falling and I am in need some warm weather & sunshine…….it’s the only thing that comforts me when I am in a valley…….singing brings me peace…….so if you are having a valley moment like me……join me in singing Psalm 13 and feel the loving arms of our Father wrap Himself around you……and just rest!
Please visit Iris @ Sting my Heart & read her take on this weeks quote.