Sunday, November 18, 2012

bless the lord, o my soul {on repeat}

grateful for the gift of attending church this morning.
even more grateful for the sermon given.
i'm extra super grateful because it stuck with me.

this morning i woke up in a terribly grumpy funk.
last night's tylenol pm seemed a great plan at the time, 
but this morning, i just wanted my bed.
in case you don't already know, grumpy me is a friend to no one. 
rejoice if you've never experienced me this way. 
well. my husband was stuck with grumpy me this morning. 

we were late to service, and i absolutely can't stand to be late. 
i completely soaked up that irritation and it managed to seep on in 
and nearly ruin my morning worship. 

maybe this is weird, but have you ever been in church, but not really been there
then you come home, fix meals, kiss the husband bye for work 
and settle in for a movie with the kiddo.

then it hits you. the worship you were just a part of but not really
it plays back, right there in your living room. the hymns, worship songs, scriptures read and preached from; 
all repeating themselves through a special second chance from the lord.

the message was from psalm 103, which has been my theme this week. except not this morning.
i mean, wasn't it just on thursday, and even yesterday! i was singing blessing to the lord?
how did a heart so filled with gratitude turn so easily into a chilly, annoyed sulking mess?
i'm human. and a selfish, grumpy-mood-chooser sometimes.

praise the lord bless the lord, o my soul! 
for allowing me to have another go at worship this afternoon. 
{isn't is wonderful, how he meets us anywhere?!}
beginning with asking for forgiveness for my poor display earlier. 
and, our gracious god, he in his great patience and deep love, he forgives. 
he shows me again and again in his word, his goodness. his truth. 
and i feel the gratitude coming in a flood back into my heart and mind.

bless the lord , o my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
 bless the lord, o my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

we sang this song together in church. 
now i'm singing it again for real, and hope you'll join me!

i pray the rest of your sunday is a joy!
we're having a treat.

gooey cheesecake 
{aka butter cake}

you will need
1 box yellow cake mix
8 oz. {softened} cream cheese
1/2 c. {melted} butter
4 c. powdered sugar
3 eggs

preheat oven to 300
mix cake mix, melted butter and 1 egg until soft dough forms.
press into a lightly buttered 9x13 pan.
mix sugar, softened cream cheese and remaining 2 eggs
until very smooth. about 2 minutes.
spread on top of crust/cake mixture.
{sometimes i add rainbow sprinkles on top!}
place in oven and bake for 40-50 minutes.
until top is golden brown.
remove from oven and let cool completely.
it will be gooey, don't bake it any further. just trust me.
cut into squares and enjoy.
store in refrigerator.
{my favorite way to eat these
is after they have been in the fridge overnight!}

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  1. Hey Hannah! It has happened to me too,and I love it when God allows the memories of the service to come flooding back and you can hopefully relive it and but this time, do it right.

  2. i love that song...and i realllly should not have read this recipe. yum!!

  3. favorite song right now... love it! we sing it at our homeschool co op during our worship time almost weekly. i cry almost weekly. my kids sing it all the time. so sweet!

    those bars look yummy!

    happy sunday sweet friend!

  4. That song gets me every time. It makes me stop in my tracks and really think about the words when it comes on. Praise God for his goodness to remind us of what we miss sometimes, right?
    And I MUST try that recipe. Simple, yummy=Im there.
    Happy Sunday

  5. you reminded me that I haven't been into the service for the last 2 weekends...haven't been able to leave the children's ministry building because of all the "stuff" going on there. I love my job, but don't love it when it gets in the way of my "going to church" experience. Gotta watch it online now...not the same, but thankful for it. and...we just read that psalm in our staff prayer time this morning. LOVE it.

  6. hannah, you're speaking directly to me here.
    i have been that grump SO.MANY.TIMES.
    God is so gracious and is teaching me to rejoice and reject that ugly on a daily basis!

    ps that recipe looks AHHMAZING! :)
    you had me at cream cheese!

  7. oooooooooo we sang that song at our praise service last night....lovelovelovelove!
    and i made your ginger sugar cookies from the other week...4 dozen made, 4 dozen consumed in less than 4 hours! deeeeeelish!

  8. I love this song & could leave it on repeat all the time. I hear ya, about the grumpiness some days. Praise the Lord for Grace & that he loves us no matter how we come to his house to worship. To be honest, I was in church this sunday, but not really there. Totally understand. Thanks for sharing.

  9. oh girl, i have SO been there!
    the enemy is always trying to bring us down and
    separate us from (by way of distractions or thoughts
    or funky mornings) our God.
    but you are strong girlfriend and wise enough to surround
    yourself with truth via worship and His word. hang in there!
    wowzers, this cake looks delicious!!

  10. Love that song! I recommend the whole cd. :-) I love your honesty and can totally relate. Sometimes God knows when we need a "do-over". Happy Thanksgiving!