Thursday, December 18, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Adore

I'm very excited again this week to join a talented group of women bloggers in an online, unedited flash mob free write. This week, the word-prompt given to us by our fearless leader Kate Motaung (whose wonderful blog can be found at katemotaung.com) is "turn". My timer is set for 5 minutes; ready, set, 

Adore

Of course, with Christmas less than a week away, my first thought was "O Come Let us Adore Him", a beautiful Christmas hymn.

Adore

It's an interesting word, one I don't hear as often as I used to. Now it's simply "love". We love our dogs, our children, our favorite television show, and on and on.

But adore goes beyond love; it's love seasoned with worshipfulness.

Sometimes my worship -- my adoration -- is somewhat formal. Take church worship, for example. My denomination is known for its very low-key worship style. While I don't know for sure, something tells me we may have been the very last hold-outs against contemporary church services.

My worship style varies much more outside the walls of the church. I sing along quite energetically to the contemporary Christian music on my favorite radio station. I pour my heart out quite expressively in my prayer journal. I laugh out loud in adoration of the beauty in the world around me.

I may be wrong, but I imagine that God doesn't care about the style or outward expression of the adoration.

I believe that instead, God looks at two things. Of course, it's important that I adore the right thing, that I not worship anything or anyone other than God. The sincerity behind the adoration is also key.

And that,

 

10 comments:

  1. I love that you mention worship styles! I know that my worship style and the worship style of the church I attend aren't a perfect fit--but that's ok, because it gives me impetus to worship outside of church--and that's a good thing, right? To worship and adore 'just because'?

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  2. That's right!!! Don't matters your worship style, what really matters is what we worship and what we follow as our guide... God bless all his children that adore Him... May Gog bless you

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  3. Yes worship styles are not a permanent marker of our attitude towards God. Our worship goes beyond the church service and flows through every aspect of our life. Great reminder!

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  4. I love that you talk about love vs adore. It is so true. "Love" has become a word we use far too often for too many things. It isn't as sacred as it used to be and should be so it is wonderful that the word "adore" is able to step up and express that extra bit. Thank you for sharing how you worship and how you express your adoration for Christ!

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  5. Visiting from FMF.

    As you say, God, who sees into the heart, isn't strictly looking at outward expressions, nor even verbal ones. He sees our true selves and true intentions, and our actions.

    Have a Wonderful Christmas.

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  6. I love that you said we can adore outside in response to God's creation... I do this all the time but never realise I'm worshipping!

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  7. Oh, what a wonderful point about worshiping outside of church. And that is a wonderful thing! :)

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  8. Thank you for stopping by, Sandra, and may God bless you as well. :)

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  9. Thank you for stopping by, Marisa!

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  10. I find that the slower I go, the more I notice what God has blessed us with in the natural world and the more I remember to thank Him.

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