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Mercy Comes in the Morning

Mercy Comes in the Morning by maloriem

Uh. Maze. Ing.

This is crazy...what are the odds that the very first football game would be against SJSU...MY college?!?!? It is a sign from God...I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Another sign of fate...one of the girls that used to be on the team at the Basement has recently moved to Nashville to work on song-writing. I saw a picture of her on FB and recognized two of the people she was standing with. None other than the producers I met two summer's ago at GMA's Immerse 2009. Jennie Owen's is one of the producers that I met with and fell in love with her and her husband! I promised not to forget them when I began recording my first album, and they vowed the same to me. What are the odds?!?! No coincidence that they are now connected...linked to the Basement in more ways than one...me included : ) Last night was amazing and anointed. I got to love on little Braxton (Amanda's yorky who looks just like my little Rexy). This totally filled my love cup. As if that weren't enough (and it was) but God kept pouring blessing after blessing on my last night through Amanda and Haley and Amanda's sweet family. They welcomed me into their home and just loved on me, and fed me an amazing home cooked dinner before the football game began.
It is a crazy full day event...these football games, and people here are HARDCORE about their college football. In fact, it is one of the very first questions you are asked when arriving in Alabama....not "what's your name?" or "How are you?" the first question reflects the southern culture quite well "Alabama or Auburn?" Haha. It is usually asked with a finger pointed at you. WoW! The next question is of course "How are you? Why'd you move from Cali to Alabama?" And they lay it on real thick with the southern charm...lots of love as they wear their hearts on their sleeves around here. I see why football days are soo fun now...we get to fellowship all day...root for our teams together, unite with a common interest, eat good food and bond over it all. It totally makes sense, and it makes a real tight-knit community. I hate to admit it but Haley and Amanda and I ended up going out on the patio with Braxton and talking most of the time (true to form). However I am proud to say that we spent the whole night talking about the word of God, worship, music, love, the Basement and Unashamed and what God is about to do with the girls in this ministry. God is about start a revival like no man has ever seen, starting in Birmingham, Al. They call it "burning-ham" because people are so on fire and in love with the Lord. Once He truly unites us all-like-minded and in HIS perfect LOVE, nothing can stop the revival...no man, no enemy. Submit to God and the enemy will flee...I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. If it is God's will its Gods bill...and where HE guides HE provides.

I am convinced that the girls have been going through a season of such hardcore attacks because the enemy is so threatened by what is about to happen. Once we really unite, the way the Lord has intended us to and created us to (pre-ordained even), our partnership with God will be and is unstoppable. And His blessings and Holy Spirit and favor will be all over this revival. We got to talking about sisterhood and how crazy it is how God will connect hearts. Birds of a feather flock together. God knows our heart more than anyone else could, and He also has pre-ordained our destiny's. So He connects the hearts that are on the same paths, that have the same God-given desires and dreams.

Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires.
Philippians 2:13

He connects our hearts with like hearts (akin to our own), and then we have our inner circle. Just like Jesus had his inner circle (12 disciples). Those 12 then poured out onto 12 of their own who poured out to 12 of their own..."Go out and make disciples" the Lord commands. God is prepping and equipping our hearts for HIS plans and purposes. He is connecting them with similar hearts so that we have strength in numbers and in unity. We must have unity. What was intended to harm us, God is using for good. The enemy has been trying to attack all of the girls hearts with our worst fears and insecurities, but God is using it to strengthen our faith and our relationship with Him. He is using it to bring each and every one of us closer to Him, so that the foundation we stand on during this revival is unshakeable. Christ is the cornerstone, the solid rock to stand on...all other ground is sinking stand. So God being the ultimate architect and builder, is starting from the ground up. Breaking our hearts down to build them back up-strong and mature in Him. If He is going to use us to do something this BIG, He knows He has to get us ready for battle.

Exercise for the soul...

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1 Sam. 16:7

How we look on the outside is not nearly as important as how we look on the inside. God looks at the heart. "I want to be beautiful, make you stand in awe. Look inside my heart and be amazed." How much are we willing to sacrifice to have a beautiful character? First exercise our spirit and soul then our bodies. If we will keep coming back to God for spiritual character enhancement, He will "inject us with the kind of loving gentleness, merciful patience, unselfish kindness and unity of spirit that will beautify our lives." Don't look in the mirror for your self-worth, look in the Bible-injecting ourselves with character building verses and with the Truth about how beautiful God see's our hearts. If we strive to be better inwardly as much as we did outwardly, think of how much God could transform our hearts into something more beautiful. "Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised and honored." Proverbs 31:30 That is beauty that won't fade, character is the everlasting beauty from within. The times that I truly feel beautiful are when my heart is I am imitating God's character, reflecting His glory-not my own. When I am walking like Him and loving like Him, I get a glimpse of Him at work within me. I am a carrier of His presence, the beauty is in me. It is when I release that beauty to others by treating them the way He would treat them, that I truly feel beautiful. He is the good in me, Jesus is the only good part of me, every good part there is comes from Him. When I let Him shine in me- then I am fulfilled and feel beautiful. I heard someone once say, "we get our self-worth, not by how we are treated, but how we treat others."


"Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self; created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." 22-24

Daddy

It is the anniversary of my dad's death...17 years ago on Labor Day weekend. It is always a sad time for me, but I am accepting the new season in my relationship with God -as my Father. This is a good time of reflection to honor Martin McKenna. I can't believe that the guitar my dad left behind was and is truly meant for me. Now as I write and play and sing songs over his life, celebrating His life...a special piece of him is unlocking these melodies hidden in my heart. It is hard to be so far from home this weekend...I would love to go to his grave and leave flowers. But that is just his earthly body...his spirit is still with me. It is an ever-present guardian and warring angel...I am convinced of this. I talk to him often...not as much as I talk to God, but quite a lot. I used to feel really stupid when I would still cry about my dad...years after his death. Thinking to myself "you are a big girl now, its been a long time, you should be over it by now." This is wrong thinking, deceptive in fact. For God wants me to continue the mourning process as long as I live, until I am reunited with my father in heaven. He wants to keep my heart soft and connected to my dad, for our relationship is far from over...in fact, it will continue in heaven for eternity. It should also continue as I am on earth. God does not want my heart to harden and forget...no no. I will celebrate and honor my father's life by staying connected to him, continuing to love him as God keeps my heart soft.
Meanwhile it has been super busy. Last night was the second Unashamed college ministry in Tuscaloosa, and Tuesday night was the Basement's big service. Both were incredible! I feel so blessed to be a part of this family and ministry. Tuesday was long as I arrived around 5 to help and didn't leave until around 10:30 and last night got home around midnight. It is so worth it though and it always is! I got to be on the frontline of worship both nights, which totally restored and rejuvenated my strength and energy. The presence of the Lord is my refuge, where I find peace and the only place I feel whole. Things are gearing up to be even busier around here as Unashamed Birmingham kicks-off on tuesday night, Prayer Bible study on tuesday afternoons, so excited about small groups on wednesday evenings and sunday evening at Mountain Top, Unashamed Tuscaloosa on thursdays, meeting saturday mornings, sunday morning church. Linda and I have some exciting BIG projects we're working on and now Connie as well. WOW! God is giving me a full life and doing a major shift in my routine, which is exciting for me! He always shifts things right in His perfect timing, when He knows I am ready and He has hidden me and equipped me for the next season of my life. Lots of healing has been going on within me...more than I can even explain. Let's just say that God can do anything and heal any wound from your past and completely transform and reshape your heart for His glory. Incredible! I have to do the footwork though, I cannot just sit around and wait for Him to heal me. There are actions and spirit led steps that He guides me and shows me and when I obey, my life and my heart are forever changed...more like His Son. That's the goal, until my work on Earth is done. : )