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Worship is Not Just for Sunday’s

I debated whether or not I wanted to share this picture with you all—as much as I openly share personal stories, this picture is a vulnerable one. There is a space, before my family wakes up, that is just between me and God. He is my safe place.

I get asked A LOT if I really am “good all the time” leaving people wondering if I’m lying, or they assume my life is just easy. Truth: my circumstances don’t have to be good for me to be. My lifestyle of praise—whether it be in the secret place, my car, while I’m doing laundry or out on my run, is why I’m filled with a strength, peace and joy that does not waver when life around me does.

There are many forms of worship; this picture captures one. 

Here’s a pull from my book, Life is Muddy that expresses what this picture reveals: 

“I don’t think we fully comprehend the power behind praise and worship, and too often it gets left for the carved-out time at church. We just go through the motions and the structure of a church service without the awareness of what we are actually invited into, and even more, what we can bring into our every day…

When my focus is on the bigness of my God, I can feel this warrior rise up inside of me as I take my position with a soldier-like stance. I can literally feel the armor of God stabilize me.

I cannot self-talk my way into this state of being.

…Because of what Jesus came to bring me, I can be really honest with how I am feeling to my Heavenly Father. As I limit my pity-party invite list down to just inviting Him, His Spirit inside of me shifts my focus to truth. As He does this, my heart turns into a heart of praise because of how good and faithful He is, and His love meets me right in the middle of the pain.

The peace that surpasses all understanding begins to take root inside of me. I continue to praise Him, declaring His life-giving truths over myself, over my circumstances and in faith, DECLARING MY VICTORY because my God is mighty and faithful to His Holy name. When I am calling upon the name of Jesus in my mud pit, everything that has a name must bow down . . .

Fear—bow down in the name of Jesus!

Depression—bow down!

Anxiety—bow down!

Mountains—bow down . . . walls crumble, and everything that was once overwhelming me becomes smaller as I lift His holy name high above it all!” —Life is Muddy 

I pray today’s post ignites a desire in you to make worshipping God a lifestyle that goes beyond the walls of a church service.

Much love,

 

 

Jillian Ahonen, Author, Speaker, Life-Coach, and Founder of Jillian Ahonen Ministries, has been a vessel in transforming lives through God’s truth, love and power for over a decade. Connect with Jillian daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Life is Muddy (book) available on every online book store!

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