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Worship is the movement from repentance to grace. It’s the movement from life-leaking “broken” to a life of beautiful brokenness before Jesus, using the broken things as trophies of God’s grace. Living broken is living in the past, with a focus on self, and pain, and woundedness. Living in brokenness is life in Jesus, focusing on joy, healing and the future. Before we can live in brokenness, Ego (pride, self-sufficiency, resentment, etc) has to die before we can ever find life in worship at the feet of Jesus. Everyone is broken, but we don’t always realize it. The more you can feel your broken, the more you’ll turn from what’s forever worth-less and towards what is worth more. Turning to Jesus in worship turns our useless and broken into a beautiful brokenness, surrendered to Christ. Bring your broken to the feet of Jesus and be forever forgiven.


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Life with God is life with faith, and faith over feeling every time. While worship often involves feelings, many of the deepest moments of worship are those that involve choosing. The deepest choice of life? Will I turn to God or away from Him in my pain and confusion? Which story am I going to believe? The one my pain writes, or the one Father has revealed in Jesus?

True worship involves the soul deep choice to submit the reality we can see to the one we can’t—to turn to God in faith in spite of pain!

Every time we miss the turn to worship, we crash into worth-less…

Where we go with our pain, what we turn to in despair decides everything in life….

Learning to worship through lament:

  • Get’s you “unstuck” from the past.
  • Gives you peace in the present.
  • Makes you unstoppable for the future.

Worship: Choosing the Story of a Greater Glory Over the Story of My Pain.

  • It’s all about “worth.”
  • We’re making turns all the time, to worship what’s worth more—or what’s worth less….

Lamentations 3:1-26

Face pain.

Face God.

Throw your pain at God.

Remember the resurrection!

21 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion;

therefore I will wait for him.’ 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

Choose the bigger story—

  • Jude 25 “to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”

  • Joshua 18:3 “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land (inheritance) that the LORD has given you?”

  • 1 Peter 5:10 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

To Find Peace (in Hope) Face Pain (in Faith!)

  • Live right-side up: “I” over “E”—intellect over emotion.
  • Choose the hopeful truth of Jesus’ story above the hopeless emotion of your pain:

“If you (choose to) hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31b-32

I feel ____________. (Fill in the blank with the truth your emotional storm, of how you feely deeply. Must be an emotion, not an analysis.)

I choose ___________. (Fill in the blank with a decision to trust the Truth of who God

is and how He loves in Christ; must be an action.)

Further Resources:

We understand that processing through the difficult parts of life is not a one-time and done thing. So here are some starting point resources for you to continue your turn towards worship.

General Options:

Schedule an Appointment with one of the Severn Run Pastors

• Consider meditation with an App like Calm

• See stories of others who have overcome grief, addiction, loss, self-hate, and more.

Recommended Local Counseling Offices:

Centerpointe Counseling

Christian Counseling Associates

Resources for Processing Grief:

The Book of Psalms (being surrounded in any Scripture can help)

Grief & Loss Support Group at Severn Run (new session beginning this Spring)

Notes from the Margins and Comparing Notes by Alane Pearce

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy by Bill Dunn and Kathy Leonard

Grieving with Hope by Samuel J. Hodges IV

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

Resources for Facing Addiction:

Celebrate Recovery at The Transformation Center

The Pink Cloud App - find AA and NA Support Groups

Addiction Resources of Anne Arundel County

For Depression & Anxiety:

NAMI Anne Arundel County

Patients Like Me

Crisis Text Line

TalkSpace App