Back To Periscope!

Happy 2017!  Can you believe we are in the year 2017?  I am really having a hard time coming to terms with this.  =)  Well 2016 was a good year, full of learning experiences and rest.  God was faithful and a good, good Father and I know He will continue to be this year!

Through prayer, I am starting back up on Periscope again in a more focused and structured manner.  I really feel led to broadcast about things that I am passionate about.  So I am including my schedule on this post for those of you who would like to join me in the broadcasts that matter to you! periscope-broadcast-sheet

We will begin our study in the Book of Matthew today at 9am p/t.  Then, I will teach a vocal class at 11am p/t.  Lastly, we will have some casual worship time at 6:30pm p/t where I will lead you in worshipping the Lord through song, with prayer time at the end.  It is going to be a good day!

Hope you will be able to join me on Periscope.  Here is the link to my Periscope page: https://www.periscope.tv/LaraMarriott/1yNxadnkyBXJj

Blessings to you as you go into this year.  It is my prayer that God’s Holy Spirit will draw you closer to Him.

Lara~

 

I Want Your Peaceful Heart ~

August 12, 2011 – The Spirit said again, “I want your peaceful heart.”

Me- How do I get a peaceful heart? (I was a worrier by nature and this concept sounded totally unattainable for me to achieve)

Spirit – Enjoy where you’re at. Enjoy what you have. Come spend time with Me. I am your Creator. I love you. I will take care of the rest. Trust me, my beloved. I am your Father in whom you can trust your life to. Now rest in my promise. Rest and find your joy. I have a lot to give you. Rest.

When I decided to do this fast I made a promise to myself that I would obey whatever God asked of me. I would be completely open to His leading. With that determination I tried to do exactly what He asked me to do to find a peaceful heart. I started crocheting because I love to do it, but never feel like I have enough time. I started enjoying my home by decorating a bit and tidying up so that I could invite others and enjoy their company. I connected with friends when the kids were in school. I was reading a great book called, “Redeeming Love.” Amazing example of what God’s love is like towards us. I played the piano. I listened to music. I sang. I felt like I had God’s permission to take time to do these things and I started to find my joy again. It was awesome! Oh and I was able to still find time to do my jobs, so it became a win/win.

August 13th, 2011 –

Spirit – Whenever you are anxious or distraught, rest and trust that God will lead you through.

Jesus Calling “Learn to enjoy life more. Relax, remembering that I am God with you. Matt 1:23; John 10:10-11

Spirit – If you want to serve others, serve your children, serve your husband. There will be a time when you can go serve in other places.” This hit me hard because I was feeling guilty about not having enough time to go serve others in need. It is something I am passionate about. I almost felt like God was disappointed in me because I wasn’t doing this. So to hear Him say this to me through His Spirit, helped me relax and realize this is just a season and to not neglect those dearest to me. They need me to serve them.

August 14th, 2011-

Last night I finished a book called, “Redeeming Love,” by Francine Rivers. I am writing this down in my fasting journal because the book described God’s love as relentless, never-ending, powerful, full of compassion, full of affection, and loving. I thought it to be that the Holy Spirit guided me to read it during this time. The book has been collecting dust for over 5 years and it was now that I decided to read it. I believe God is showing me in tangible ways how much He loves me. I am overwhelmed by the thought of it. The beautiful part is I realize how amazing it is when I am quiet and the distractions are minimal. Thank you God for loving a wretch like me.

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

The Next Couple Of Days ~

August 8th, 2011 continued-

God showed me through a hummingbird that His creation was extraordinary. And when we take time to be still we can see and experience amazing things. Journal passage, ‘A hummingbird startled me as I was reading. I covered my mouth with my book because it was so close to me (I could almost reach out and touch it). It saw me and stopped to look me straight in the eye. Wow! (for about 10 secs)

I was impressed to read I Thess 5:16-17, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I wrote down the top things that were important in my life:

1) My relationship with God
2) Loving Brian
3) Valuing Hannah and Josh
4) Being faithful
5) Enjoying my life
6) Bless Others
7) Love
8 My Extended Family
9) Our church community
10) Ministering through my voice and songs

Before, I had slowly placed “Ministering through my voice and songs” at the top of the list. I definitely needed to be re-calibrated.

August 9th – I wrote, ‘I’m tired God, I don’t want to be in charge of the kids today. Please help me with Your Spirit to walk through this day.’ I was impressed to read Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for You declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. To give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me.”

Jesus Calling said, “As your trust in Me goes up, your fear and worry automatically goes down. Time spent with Me not only increases your trust; it also helps you discern what is important and what is not.”

Ephesians 5:16 “Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days.”

August 10th & 11th – Jesus Calling “I will show you how to spend your time and energy.”

Now there are some things that God spoke to me about that were specific to me and my circumstances. I will share with you some of them so you can see I am human too. lol., but with others I will keep them private. Here is one of them that is kinda embarrassing, but you might be able to relate. God’s Spirit said, “Watching Damages doesn’t provide peace. Reading your book Redeeming Love before bed doesn’t bring you peace. Spending time with Me brings you peace. (He said this after I awoke from the second nightmare the night before).

Jesus Calling “My love can’t be explained, but it can be experienced.”

God’s Spirit said, “Rest in My love for you. You are my child. I take care of you. I love you. I will let you know what you should do next. Don’t worry. Trust in Me. I love you and want to use you. Hold fast my precious child. You are special to me. It’s your heart I’m after, your peaceful heart.”

You see, I was wrapped in anxiety and worry. Certain negative characteristics of mine were bubbling to the surface and I was having to face them. But the cool thing was I was facing them as God was speaking love and comfort into my heart. He was teaching me about His immeasurable love while at the same time showing me what it meant to rest and trust in Him completely.

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

What Do I Want To Write About?

Well, my website is back up at www.laramarriott.com.  I had fun designing it, but man did that take A LOT of work and time.  And it probably could be better.  I tried creating a wordpress.org site, but my mind could not wrap itself around “code”.  I tried probably 5 to 10 times to do it and couldn’t figure it out even with wordpress.org’s fool proof (until I came along lol) 5 min download and set up instructions.  I just had to laugh.  I admire those of you who write code.  It is truly a gift from God that should not be ignored.  You are blessed. = )

My compilation cd that I am selling right now is helping to fund my next project!  I can hardly believe I am moving forward with this debut album.  It is truly an answer to prayer.  Thanks to all of you who have purchased a copy of it.  Your support is helping me afford the costs of having it professionally recorded.  Thank you.

As I am looking at this new project, I could go back and see if there are any songs I have written that I would love to hear done right and choose those for the album, but I feel led to go in a different direction by tying all of the songs together with a theme.  You see, this year I was challenged by a few conversations I had with some of my friends about God, about faith, and about the meaning of life.  I am finding that there are apathetic Christians in the church.  There are Christians who are avoiding the church.  There are some who have walked away from their Christian roots.  There are some people who believe in a tolerance mindset of loving everyone and living in harmony.  And there are those who are just fed up with their lives and are finding little to hope for.  These conversations have challenged my faith and are making me research what I believe in and why.  I want to write songs that address some of these issues with scripture.  I want to find answers to some of the questions out there about God. I want to sing about hope.

I have started writing a song with all of this in mind.  It has been so freeing for me.  Because I have been busy working on the website, recording songs, leading a songwriter’s group, being a mom, teaching voice lessons, leading worship and being a worship directors wife, I have had little time to devote to songwriting.  I have been scared actually to start writing again fearing I wouldn’t be able to write anything good.  This is a normal feeling to have I am finding out from other songwriters.  So to actually sit down and be creative again has been very fulfilling.  It helps me to process my thoughts and conversations with God.  It is a great outlet for me.  I am also doing some research right now by reading Phillip Yancey’s book “Soul Survivor” -How My Faith Survived The Church.  He is a well respected Christian author who is discussing how 13 renowned spiritual leaders helped to strengthen and shape his faith in God.  I am hoping to find new insight to apply to the songs I am writing for this project.

So those are the latest updates for right now.  Happy New Year!  May God bless you in 2011 ~

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes