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How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #233843] Sun, 04 March 2007 02:22 Go to next message
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How do you relate to God emotionally?[ 27 vote(s) ]
1.Something else (please describe) 6 / 22%
2.Through enjoying Creation 1 / 4%
3.Through communion 2 / 7%
4.Through reading the Bible 2 / 7%
5.Through silence 1 / 4%
6.Through prayer 3 / 11%
7.Through music 12 / 44%

I've just come home from church today, and realized that I miss having music at church. We don't have many musicians, and most of them have been on summer holidays, so we haven't had music at church for a few months (apart from CD background music).

I think the thing I miss about music is that it helps me connect with God emotionally. Sure, I like talking and teaching and reading the word and everything, but it doesn't reach me on the same emotional level as music.

So how do you all relate to God emotionally? Maybe I can find something to do without music!


Your sister in Christ,

Elizabby

Evie is six, Zoe is four, and Benji is two!

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Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #233846 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 05:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Musically, as well. I have always been very musical so for me (my Dad *made* me learn to play the accordion when I was in grade school Rolling Eyes which thankfully then progressed to the piano), it's very important and I would miss it terribly if it were not included in a big way in the church I attend.

I know some people that don't really care about the music at all, and looking at them, they just don't like *any* music. They probably would not be the type to even play a radio in the car as they were driving, etc. So I'm sure it depends a large part as to what a person's natural temperament is.

BTW, do you sing or play an instrument, elizabby? Just curious. Smile


Michele
Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #233850 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 07:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I voted "other" because my answer would be "All of the Below"!

Elizabby, do you have any music at home? I started out by downloading iTunes (free) and buying some songs that I love ($0.99/each). Dh got me an iPod for Christmas and even though I'd never thought to want one before, I LOVE it. I download sermons, too, which are so edifying to listen to in the car (we can play the iPod through the car speakers) or on the slopes. There's a huge library of Christian music in the iTunes store. ITA with you about music! It makes a big difference in my daily devotionals, too, as worship music definitely puts my heart in the right place to connect with Him.

Jenni

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Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #233851 is a reply to message #233850 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 07:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I would say all of the above, too. If I had to pick one- hmmmm - Creation or music, well maybe reading His Word - I guess I can't pick just one. Smile


Carrie

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Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #233857 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 07:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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All of the above but music is a very important part for me as well!! Very Happy


Your Sista-Chick in Christ and Friend


Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #233864 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 08:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I relate to God emotionally in probably all of those ways as well. I will say that my leading from God to bring my small children into church has been hardest during the music part of the service--when they tug on me or need correction during the music, I find it irritating--music during the service is vitally important. Unless God was clearly leading me to a certain church, I don't think I could choose one that didn't have music.

But in the case of being there already, I'd say to do as Jenni does: if music isn't in church, make it a big part of the rest of your life, and it should balance out somewhat.


Blessings,
Lisa R.
ALL OF THE ABOVE! [message #233872 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 09:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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In His Joy and Grace,

Kate

Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #233881 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 10:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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All of the above for me too. But music is HUGE.


Lisa

It is a work in progress . . . much in need of repair [message #233893 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 11:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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elizabby wrote on Sun, 04 March 2007 01:22

I've just come home from church today, and realized that I miss having music at church. We don't have many musicians, and most of them have been on summer holidays, so we haven't had music at church for a few months (apart from CD background music).

I think the thing I miss about music is that it helps me connect with God emotionally. Sure, I like talking and teaching and reading the word and everything, but it doesn't reach me on the same emotional level as music.

So how do you all relate to God emotionally? Maybe I can find something to do without music!

How do I relate to God emotionally?

In all the ways you cited – and I agree that music is a masterful way He touches my emotions – so too sound preaching often stirs my emotions.

The problem is my emotions are so unreliable! (Jeremiah 17:9-10) At the same time tears can be streaming down my face, (some called such tears the spilling out of the selfish will) – the my mind can be formulating little paths of rebellion – excuses!

That’s why I love what Paul wrote in Romans 7:22-25:
Quote:

I truly delight in God's commands, but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.
(from THE MESSAGE)


How I (long to) relate to Christ the Lord, and Lover of my soul – as Lover, Husband, Companion, Friend, Husband and Father – I thank Him for all the means He has so lavishly give in me through the church (the building and Internet)

And I pray He quickly restores your church’s music program! While you wait – get a hymnal and sing! http://www.cyberhymnal.org/


You can't run away from trouble. There ain't no place that far. ~Uncle Remus

bwsmith
Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #233896 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 11:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Music, in general is powerful in how it can stir up emotions. Imagine watching an opera without it. Well, since not many people watch operas anymore, imagine this......
You see a meadow in the distance...the sun is rising and the beams slowly hit the morning dew and set the field aglow. Now, is this a peaceful moment where you will soon see two newlyweds, or is it a frightening moment where you will soon see the after-mass of a battle? Without the music it is hard to get in the mood.

Some people feel that if they aren't "moved in the spirit" that they have lost their relationship with God. This is becoming a huge problem in today's church, because people are basing their faith on how they feel more so than on the facts. God exists wither you feel the Spirit or not. I believe that I am "preaching at the choir" but I want to stress that point because (especially as women) we tend to fall into that trap.

You must be careful of your feelings, because they can be deceiving (sounds like some Jedi talk Smile , but you get the point )


I serve a Risen Savior.

Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #233905 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 11:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Mostly through music for me, but I have found walking on the beach, or looking over a breathtaking Mt overlook can have the same emotional effect.


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Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #233909 is a reply to message #233905 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 12:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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All of the above apply, but what really makes my heart feel like bursting wide open in awe of our awesome God is when I am in church signing to praise music. We now have a third sign language interpretor. He is fully ASL which is a very expressive language. He is also blind and wow the joy he has in his heart that is so visible on his face is soooo unmistakable. It is an awesome thing to see. I cant even begin to describe what it is like. Often times people actually stare in amazement, never taking their eyes off us signing till the song is over. It is an awesome way to worship and I dont feel like I am missing out at all by not being able to sing anymore than others are missing out on not knowing how to sign to praise music. We sometimes have hearing people who want to learn sign come worship with us through our hands. They are more than welcome! 'Shout To The Lord' is such an awesome song to sign to! We have to be careful not to bump arms and hands though! Smile

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music and all the others. nt [message #233928 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 13:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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[Updated on: Wed, 07 March 2007 20:46]


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Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #233942 is a reply to message #233909 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 14:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Emily~Anne wrote on Sun, 04 March 2007 10:35

All of the above apply, but what really makes my heart feel like bursting wide open in awe of our awesome God is when I am in church signing to praise music. We now have a third sign language interpretor. He is fully ASL which is a very expressive language. He is also blind and wow the joy he has in his heart that is so visible on his face is soooo unmistakable. It is an awesome thing to see. I cant even begin to describe what it is like. Often times people actually stare in amazement, never taking their eyes off us signing till the song is over. It is an awesome way to worship and I dont feel like I am missing out at all by not being able to sing anymore than others are missing out on not knowing how to sign to praise music. We sometimes have hearing people who want to learn sign come worship with us through our hands. They are more than welcome! 'Shout To The Lord' is such an awesome song to sign to! We have to be careful not to bump arms and hands though! Smile

We went to a church where the lady who did the signing was just beautiful. I would weep watching her.


God is Love.
Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #234074 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 17:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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All of the above. We don't have a lot of music at our church, so I get my fill via CD's at home. It's amazing how a song that I've heard over and over sometimes will just "hit" me in the heart and worship happens.


Linda
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Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #234098 is a reply to message #233909 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 17:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Emily~Anne wrote on Sun, 04 March 2007 12:35

All of the above apply, but what really makes my heart feel like bursting wide open in awe of our awesome God is when I am in church signing to praise music. We now have a third sign language interpretor. He is fully ASL which is a very expressive language. He is also blind and wow the joy he has in his heart that is so visible on his face is soooo unmistakable. It is an awesome thing to see. I cant even begin to describe what it is like. Often times people actually stare in amazement, never taking their eyes off us signing till the song is over. It is an awesome way to worship and I don't feel like I am missing out at all by not being able to sing anymore than others are missing out on not knowing how to sign to praise music. We sometimes have hearing people who want to learn sign come worship with us through our hands. They are more than welcome! 'Shout To The Lord' is such an awesome song to sign to! We have to be careful not to bump arms and hands though! Smile


This is one of the most edifying things imaginable! I love to watch sign singing, but have to force my eyes open because I just want to close my eyes in worship; and if they're open, they're filled with tears as Denise mentioned. I love this, Emily, and wish we had an interpreter at our church.

Jenni
Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #234109 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 18:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I listed prayer, but that was a difficult one to choose! I relate to God emotionally in many ways:
through music, through prayer, through silence, through Bible Reading, through nature and so forth. The Lord has met my emotional needs through many areas and I just can't name one. I have discovered over time that the Holy Spirit uses many many things as long as you are open to letting the Lord relate to you in the different areas.
I would highly recommend buying some worship CD's of your own and really listening and playing them at home every day. Many times I have experienced a better worship service on my own than in church. I have long learned that I can't rely on my church to provide the type of experience I long for with my Lord. The kids and I turn up the volume and dance unto the Lord. We are far less intimadated in the privacy of our own home to be free with God than at church. However, I have also discovered that the more free I am with God at home, the freer I have become at church because my relationship with Him has deepened and I don't care what people think.
Some of my favorite worship CD's include any of the WOW worship CD's, Terry MacAlmon, Matt Redmond, or Chris Tomlin. I have also enjoyed just plain inspirational instrumental music.
Just some thoughts,
Eve
Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #234117 is a reply to message #233843 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 18:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Music would be my first choice but other than that I would say hearing testimonials from my fellow Christians. Sharing what God has been doing in their lives. Hearing how others came to Christ. These things are very emotionally uplifting to me.



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Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #234161 is a reply to message #233846 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 19:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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MicheleB wrote on Sun, 04 March 2007 21:37

BTW, do you sing or play an instrument, elizabby? Just curious. Smile


I love singing, but don't really have a good voice. I like singing in groups or choirs but not "leading" singing. I co-ordinated the church choir at one point. I also play the piano very badly! Rolling Eyes I can pick out a tune, but not really "play" well enough to accompany anyone, and I can't sing and play at the same time.

My sister is the musical one in the family - trained opera voice! So I know exactly what a good voice *should* sounds like! I can't wait until she comes home from Germany at the end of the year!


Your sister in Christ,

Elizabby

Evie is six, Zoe is four, and Benji is two!

Not online as much these days, contact me through email or my blog if you want to talk to me!
Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #234163 is a reply to message #233896 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 19:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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hoosiermommy wrote on Mon, 05 March 2007 03:25

God exists wither you feel the Spirit or not. I believe that I am "preaching at the choir" but I want to stress that point because (especially as women) we tend to fall into that trap. You must be careful of your feelings, because they can be deceiving (sounds like some Jedi talk Smile , but you get the point )


I completely agree, and it is a point well worth making. Emotionality is not enough to live a whole spiritual life and grow a faith! But the reverse is also true. I get a lot out of sermons, but *just* sermons doesn't make for a balanced spiritual life either.

We have had NO music since Christmas! Sad I hope we soon find someone who can help us to worship in this way. In the meantime I am playing praise CDs in my car (don't have an iPod).


Your sister in Christ,

Elizabby

Evie is six, Zoe is four, and Benji is two!

Not online as much these days, contact me through email or my blog if you want to talk to me!
Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #234181 is a reply to message #234163 ] Sun, 04 March 2007 20:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Elizabby, if you think about getting an ipod, look at Apples refurbished section at their website. Several of us get our 'stuff' there. THe price is great, and you get the same warranty.


God is Love.
Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #234261 is a reply to message #233843 ] Mon, 05 March 2007 07:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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NO music for over 2 months! Shocked

ummmm, why don't you all just pick up the hymnals/chorus books and open with song some morning?

You might all squeak and screech, but atleast it's a start.


I serve a Risen Savior.

Re: How do you relate to God emotionally? [message #234296 is a reply to message #233909 ] Mon, 05 March 2007 09:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Emily~Anne wrote on Sun, 04 March 2007 12:35

All of the above apply, but what really makes my heart feel like bursting wide open in awe of our awesome God is when I am in church signing to praise music. We now have a third sign language interpretor. He is fully ASL which is a very expressive language. He is also blind and wow the joy he has in his heart that is so visible on his face is soooo unmistakable. It is an awesome thing to see. I cant even begin to describe what it is like. Often times people actually stare in amazement, never taking their eyes off us signing till the song is over. It is an awesome way to worship and I dont feel like I am missing out at all by not being able to sing anymore than others are missing out on not knowing how to sign to praise music. We sometimes have hearing people who want to learn sign come worship with us through our hands. They are more than welcome! 'Shout To The Lord' is such an awesome song to sign to! We have to be careful not to bump arms and hands though! Smile


You know, that's fascinating...along with all the comments on this post. We have a woman who signs in our church. No deaf people, but she signs in worship right in her pew. I've seen people waving their hands and doing various body movements as part of their worship, and it rarely draws me in...but whether it's because the signs have particular meanings that are expressive or what, I find it incredibly moving to watch her worship in that way--and it increases my focus on the Father as well.


Blessings,
Lisa R.
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Thanks for a moving word picture of worship nt


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