Sunday, January 25, 2009

Linger... in Melody

I can't think of anything better than hanging out with my girlfriends. And is there anything better than Lingering for just a few minutes with our Father - together? Transparent conversation and open hearts. How I thank God for each one of you.

Today, I want us to Linger a little differently here. I know you have the time, or you wouldn't have ventured this way to begin with. The reason I want to use this form of media to Linger this week is because we posted about music as being a source of saturation from the Lord. Would you find time (daily) this week to hit the play button and interact with the message that Kari Jobe brings from the Lord? In fact, listen for glimmers of the Word in the melody she sings.

And Linger...





Are you still thirsty? Or did He fill your cup? Will you share? In fact, will you share each day as He offers something new? I want to read words from your heart. Words He's given you as you as you've Lingered with Him through song.

Day after day, you'll become more acquainted with the lyrics and melody; and you'll find yourself singing easily along. Enjoy, relish, Linger in His presence. Let Him wrap His loving arms around you. It's just a few minutes each day. You can. And I'll join you.

10 comments:

Tracey Bateman said...

Wow. Right now I'm just a little overwhelmed. To explain would be more than anyone wants to read about. Let's just say that getting off the treadmill, disapointed, tired. Then I remembered I had promised to come to your blog. The moment the music began God met me, reminding me why I'm weak, why I'm pulling out all the stops to seek Him right now, to draw close and change into that person I know is inside.
It was a good thing to post this. A God thing. Thanks

Sharen Watson said...

Tracey... Gosh. God never ceases to amaze me. That we would just so happen to chat momentarily over Facebook today... that this song would just so happen to minister so profoundly to you today... ... Yes, a God thing, Tracey. I pray you meet Him just as profoundly each day this week. I look forward to hearing what He has to say to you through the next 7 days if you feel free to share.

I've been Linger-ing with this song for nearly 3 weeks now, and each day, I've drawn closer and closer to the Lord. And precious time with Him has multiplied beyond the listening.

Thank you for your transparent post. Praying for you as you seek Him... as you draw near and allow Him to change you from the inside out.

Jan Parrish said...

Ah, yes, I felt it. The peace. The presence. Such a perfect time to breath in.

Nancy Williams, LPC said...

Sitting here, lingering with the words of that song...considering how, when I take time to linger at Jesus' feet, my cares, fears, hurts, my own plans and ideas seem to melt away ... just a time to empty out and let go, to be still and then allow him to fill me with his thoughts and his desires for me. Peace. Just what I needed on this Monday morning when demands are knocking at the door. Thanks, Sharen, for sharing this song.

Sharen Watson said...

Jan... And you know as well as I, there are so many amazing worship songs out there. Songs to be still with, songs to rejoice with, songs to lament with, and songs to praise our Lord and King. This one is peaceful, isn't it? And it speaks what Linger is all about. Time with the ONE Who loves us most.

Nancy... I'm so happy to see you here. And so glad that this song ministered peace to you too. It's important, isn't it? If we can't take and hour, we can take a few minutes to be with the Lord. And is it "quiet-time?" I believe it's more than that. It's concentrated moments and being with the Lord like this that readies some of our days.

Further... If you have an hour, I DO recommend it, but if you just don't (and I suffer time crunches like each of you), please don't let your day go by without spending some concentrated time with Him... In His Word, in music, in prayer. It's my gentle challenge to you.

Next week, after you've Linger-ed with Him daily with the tool of a song, we'll go further with the concept of Linger, and I can't wait to hear what each of you have to say.

Robbie Iobst said...

Sharen, Thank you for the beautiful song. I am lingering and soaking up Jesus. Right now I am listening to God as He says to sit at His feet and soak His love in. And then...and then...STAND! In His Armor, not as a victim of circumstances but as a warrior in His love. The same love I get to soak in as I linger and sit is the same love that gives me strength as I stand!

Sharen Watson said...

Robbie... YES! YES! As a result of the sitting and soaking, our spirits are clothed in His armor.

"Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Ephesians 6:14-17

...and His Word has the final say for this comment. I agree... AMEN

Sharen Watson said...

I've been here daily, though I've not posted. I'm sorry for the neglect. God has ministered profoundly through this song, to you and to me. For me, in the few minutes it takes to hear (and pray) this song to the Lord, I am emptied of me. He, in return, fills me with Him.

Yes, His love is overwhelming. Impossible to contain. Which is exactly why He gives it to us. To share.

I love Him so...

Becky said...

Sharen, this is a LOVELY blog!! Do you know Catherine Martin of Quiet Time Ministries? We just had dinner with her and her husband and your heart and Catherine's seem very much alike. I think we need women like you both who take time to remind us to take time to stop, listen... etc.
Very proud of you.

Sharen Watson said...

Becky... Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. Love that about you! Yes, we DO need to take time to listen. And how does that look in a busy woman's life? This is just ONE aspect of many. Can't wait to share the rest over time... :-)