Dr. Johnson says, "When I was in college we had a saying, "We don't need no music." I remember that phrase, because at the parties I attended we said the same thing; except we added the words, "We don't need no music, we don't need no band." If the DJ's music stopped in the middle of a record change we still went on with our dance and chant. We we would break out with: "We don't need no music, we don't need no band and dance to our own singing. The recreation room or wherever the dance was being held was charged with electrifying energy, because each of us brought our own readiness to the party.
Let me pause here for a moment for a little sidebar comment: What would happen if our churches were charged with the same enthusiastic, electrifying energy, that we carried to the club, our college, or sorority/fraternity parties? Back in the day, nobody had to pump us up to shout and say all kind of crazy things like: "The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!..... " come on ya'll everybody in my listening audience wasn't saved in those days, and some of you need to get saved right now. I admit, that I shouted, danced, and partied like it was 1999 with the best of them, back in the day. LOL.
Even when I wasn't with the crowd and my favorite song came on the radio, I would begin to move some part of my body whether it was my head, or my feet. If I had room, I would dance around the room to the grove, rhythm, and beat of the song. I had my own party by myself; whether I was in my dorm room, my kitchen, bedroom, classroom, etc.
At church we experience wonderful times of worship and times of high praise. The Praise Team does a great job in some churches charging the atmosphere so that the presence of the Lord fills the temple. But we must be careful that we don't become so dependent upon the praise team or the choirs to energize us before we we engage in enthusiastic praise during corporate worship times. Our ability to praise will get us through the roughest days, when we let go and let God; when we realize that our relationship with the Lord is unique and personal. Yes, there are times when we are on the mountain, but there are more times when we are in the valley or in the in between places. When we find ourselves there; at the place where the door behind us is closed and the door in front of us is not opened; we must praise god and make a joyous noise to the Lord in the hallway.
Sometimes you have to create you own praise party and include other woman to join in the celebration with you. That is why I created the BFF (Best Friends Forever Celebration during the month of February. It is a time when women can get together to encourage, celebrate, applaud, and support other women. We have a great time of ministry, laughter, praise, and worship. It is easy for us to remain busy with our families, jobs, and in ministry. Often, because we are women, we are asked to fulfill ordinary mundane task on our jobs or in handling God's affairs. Even the most humblest sister can be uninspired to take on some menial jobs and still feel drained, unfulfilled, and unchallenged after completing them.
As leaders, sometimes we need to take the initiative to organizing retreats, praise parties, cruises, shut-in services that will minister to the needs of the women. All that is good, but don't forget to host your own personal praise party, where just you and the Lord can have a great time of fellowship, sprinkled with praise, worship, and thanksgiving. I love Donald Lawrence"s song: "Encourage Yourself." The words say: "Sometimes you have to encourage yourself. Sometimes you have to speak victory during the test. And no matter how you feel, speak the Word and you will be healed. Speak over yourself, encourage yourself in the Lord."
Why don't you try that wherever you are today. Speak over yourself, encourage yourself, in the Lord.
Have a Blessed Day and: "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers"