It's OK To Cry During Worship

I Want To Feel God So Strongly That I Can't Do Anything But Cry

I never want to stop getting overwhelmed by God.


I want to cry during worship. I want God to overwhelm me so much so with His presence that I can't help it but to just cry. I want Him to break my heart like His.

A couple weekends of go, my school had a city-wide worship night, led by one of our band teams. During that time of worship, my friend who was leading spoke on how broken our city was. She said how we are the lights that are going to reach them, and that the people of our city may not even realize what they're missing until they see how we are different.

That hit me hard.

Immediately, I couldn't stand. My knees grew weak and I feel on my face, sobbing. I was a wreck.

And I realized at that moment just how long it had been since I had really cried during worship. I used to cry during times of worship every. single. time. Kind of like clockwork. But then, I was hurting more. I needed God to change me.

Now, I'm not saying that stopped. I am still a broken person who needs God's relentless Grace and Love. I need Him to change me every single day.

The thing that did change, though, was that I grew complacent. God took away my hurting and I came to a good place in my life. I stopped hurting and didn't need to cry out for God as I had before.

I stopped crying during worship.

This recent worship night where I fell on my knees sobbing reminded me of how God uses broken people. He uses those who are broken to reach those who are broken.

If you're hurting, you're not going to take advice from someone who has their entire life figured out. You will, however, listen to someone who has been kicked down, bruised and stood up for more.

It also reminded me that I cannot be complacent. I cannot grow stagnant in my worship of God. I cannot become bored, simply just singing the songs and going through the motions.

I need to own my brokenness, letting God use that to move me to tears. But I can't let it stop there, either. Once He's moved me to tears, I need Him to push me to action.

Use my brokenness, Lord. Move me to a puddle of tears.

So, I want to cry during worship. I want to be so overwhelmed that I cannot do anything else but cry out to God, tears pouring down my face. I do not want to grow complacent. Ever.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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If You Want Proof That God Exists, Just Look Around You At The World He Created

None of it is an accident.


It has always baffled me that people can truly believe the world was created by accident. It's like saying that Leonardo Di Vinci closed his eyes, tipped over a few cans of paint, and miraculously created the Mona Lisa. Nothing that beautiful is an accident. I believe that the truest and rawest testimony to Christianity is the universe itself. A proclamation of its creator.

When I need to be reminded how great our God is, I simply just look around me.

Romans 1:20 says, "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God."

The Bible is telling us here that everything has a purpose. The world is not this beautiful by accident. Every purple sunset was intricately designed. Each rise and fall of the tide was crafted by the creator.

Look around you.

The Northern lights are not simply a coincidence. It is no accident that people's hands are gifted with such divine talents to create wonders like the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal. There is a reason that your favorite song has such transcendent and heavenly beauty, as it escaped from the lungs that God created and gifted with talent. It is all of him; it is all from and for him.

He doesn't make mistakes.

There is a reason that we yearn for these beautiful things. That we long to glimpse sunsets and travel the world and hear beautiful music and see beautiful people. It is because we are heavenly creations, and seeing these marks of God's wonder bring us closer to him and remind of our true and divine pace in his kingdom. These beautiful things are little marks of God's divinity, and they remind us where we belong.

They are the reason our hearts constantly ache for something more.

And you are a mark of his beauty as well. The fact that of the billions of trillions of atoms that make up the matter that make up the universe were brought together in an intricate and perfect enough way to create a unique human being who could never be copied are replicated. You are a miracle. And your very body and soul are living proof that God exists. Nothing is an accident. Nothing.

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