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Nuggets from the Basement

Okay wow that Basement just keeps getting better and better...because GOD is the BEST!!!! He is being glorified more and more each time!!!! I have to share some "nuggets" from last night's service! Whatever is not in "quotes" is my added commentary and thoughts from the service...enjoy!!! All for God's glory!


"Passion is your voice! Courage is your hands!!! A little bit of courage everyday and you'll be unstoppable!"-matt pitt.
He said this during worship. Passion was/is our voice rising, singing out and worshipping God...we were united as one voice for Him! It was beautiful to hear everyone singing. Then to see all the hands raised up to God. That's the courage. Our voice was the passion, our hands the courage. It takes courage to stand unashamed and raise your voice and your hands for God. Especially when the world is watching. When there are many skeptics, people questioning, doubting, persecuting you for your belief in Him, making fun of you or calling you a 'crazy christian.' What a gift to give our God, to stand firm anyways, regardless of the opposition, and raise our hands no matter what! For HIM, for His glory. All you need is a little courage, a mustard seed of faith. Don't be afraid, God is with you and for you, who can be against you? Who wants to go up against God? God is on your side!


"The cure for everything is God"-Matt Pitt


"God's gonna do it, you just get to help Him"...whatever it is you are afraid of. Whatever it is God has instructed you to do...that you feel you are 'not good enough' to do...you don't have to do it...God IS going to do it regardless. You just GET to help Him. You get to be a part of it, partnering with Him! He will do it, just take the first step, the leap of faith...He'll take the rest. He'll carry you!


"We are HOPE dealers, bringing the Good News!" We are dealing HOPE to the world!


**God's LOVE is infectious!!!**

"Passion! What if God depends on us, on our passion? It's contagious. It changes everything. Infect others with HIS passion!!!!"


"God's not mad at you, He's mad about YOU! He loves you no. matter. what." Nothing can separate you from the Father's love!
"The Lord is like a Father to His children, tender & compassionate to those who fear Him" -Psalm 104:13
We can't bargain with God, where we come from we don't have enough to bargain with...that is why God sent His son to die for us. The ultimate bargain, the ultimate sacrifice! You cannot mess up grace or mercy! Just humbly receive it, with a thankful heart, one day at a time...no matter what! It's a gift!!!!

"Worship refuels you!" It doesn't have to be all day, but everyday...YES! Everyday...just a little, or a lot...once you start you don't wanna stop! You start worshipping and you feel refreshed, renewed, refilled, re-energized! Take it back to basics...keep it simple. One day at a time, everyday! Stay connected to the Life source. A flower out of its soil and water will wither and die, but in its life source-sun, water, soil...it will flourish...live...grow. God wants to sustain you that way, everyday!

There is more...I will write another blog soon! If you didn't get to watch, hope you can next time : )










WHITEOUT...the week leading up to it

The Basement WHITEOUT is tomorrow night! I am so pumped!!! It has been one crazy week...thats for sure. As some of you may know, my mom fell down the stairs on Fathers Day. It was terrifying because she is already disabled. To see her laying there at the bottom of the steps was definitely shocking at first. Once I realized she was okay and coherent I calmed down quickly. I was able to remain calm and be present to help in any way I could. I know it was the Lord doing it through me. We took her to the ER and were there until a little after midnight. She broke a couple bones in her ankle/foot. We got her home and back up the stairs and from that point on I basically became her full-time caregiver, and running the house, keeping up the garden, grocery's, laundry, dinners for her & my stepdad, cleaning after our guests...just the usual upkeep of a home. Boy do I have sooo much respect for moms! I feel like I am a mom or a 'momager' mom manager of the house and the puppies...etc. Plus I am kind of my moms mom right now too, taking care of her.
My stepdad is gone during the days, so I took that shift. My Aunt lisa and cousins Hayley and Chelsa came into town sunday night as well, with Chelsa's two little babys (so precious). They came over monday and spent the day with us as well as tuesday. Mom couldn't do much because she has crutches and can't get up and down the stairs, so I def. got a workout : ) Wednesday morning mom had surgery to remove the fragmented bones that were floating around from the break. She did well but had to stay overnight two nights because she is so susceptible to staff infections. She was in a lot of pain but she prayed her way through it all and said the rosary. I am so proud of her. I wish I could have taken the pain away myself, but I knew God had her in His hands and He was with her every step (or mis-step) of the way...lol!
I also have been taking care of her puppies for her while she was away. That's just the tip of the iceberg, but you get the drift. All I can say is God gets sooo much glory this weak. What He pulled us through, and still is pulling us through is just amazing. In our weakness He has been so strong, and in Him I can do all things! I haven't slept much, but again God gets ALL the glory here, because He is giving me strength, energy and the ability. I love being able to be of service, so it has been such a blessing to be here esp. during this time for my family.

Needless to say, I am soooo looking forward to the Basement service tomorrow!!! Mom and I are going to watch it here together! To pray for others and be of service when you feel you barely have much to offer, that is God's grace shining through so brightly! Whatever we are lacking HE makes up for, so if we are lacking a lot, we are even stronger in Him.
This is my prayer:

"Lord Strengthen those who have tired hands & encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those afraid, 'Be strong & do not fear for your God is coming' Isaiah 35:3-4

Isaiah 35:3-10 is amazing!!!! Read it!!! So encouraging! Restoration, healing and replenishment to all of God's children, His servants, to the whole world!!! "Grant your strength to your servants" Psalm 86:16.

"Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow." Is 1:18

Watch tomorrow night online www.thebasementonline.com at 4:45 central time 6:45 eastern time













Letters of HOPE-tornado survivors

So I just wrote a letter to a survivor of the tornados, that was left fatherless. I wanted to share it with you guys in hopes that maybe God would move you to write one too. I did it for this organization called "Letters of Hope 4-27-2011" I put their information under my letter...you can handwrite one or email one...or even handwrite & scan & email...
Here is my letter:
This letter is to the fatherless on this Father's day. If you have recently lost your father, let me encourage you...there is HOPE! You are not alone! You see, I lost my father when I was just seven years old. I never thought I would heal or be whole again. I felt lost, alone, abandoned, scared and so sad. The pain of losing your own father feels unbearable at times...it comes in waves. Sometimes you feel as thought you cannot breathe, the pain is too deep. That deep place where it hurts, is also where the healing begins. As you feel the feelings, God is healing. He reveals that pain and brings it to the light so that He can heal our hearts. I was mad at God when my father passed away. I kept asking "WHY, God, WHY?" I thought if there was a God, then He must not love me or maybe he is punishing me. At that age it is too hard to wrap your head around...even at the age of 25 (which I am not) it is too hard to understand. For God's plans are far above my own, and His ways I cannot comprehend because He is God and I am not. I am just human, mere mortal trying to make sense of things. Getting angry with God was part of my grieving process. Grief is one of the hardest things to walk through. But it is possible to walk through it...I am living proof. Nothing is impossible for God. The last stage of grief is acceptance, I have accepted my fathers death and know that I will see him again in heaven. I know that God must have thought I could handle losing my father, so he must think I am pretty strong. God has SO much faith in YOU. At this very moment He is looking at you, His loving child, and wanting to Father you! Our heavenly Father is the best daddy in the whole wide world. God gave us our earthly fathers on loan for a time while we are here on earth. This is our temporary home, just preparing us for eternity. There was no guarantee how long we would have either one of our parents, but they were gifts to us for a time. Vessels that brought us into this world, and although their fragile earthly vessels may have passed, their spirits are very much alive and well! God is your Father, He loves you unconditionally and wants the VERY BEST for you. He will NEVER leave you or forsake you. He is always with you even when you cannot feel Him. He holds your every tear in the palm of His hand. He knit you in your mothers womb, you are fearfully and wonderfully made...created in His image. I had to wrestle with this truth for many years, wrestle with my "common sense" and my need to figure everything out logically. Once I finally surrendered all of that, in that moment of pain and fear...there was the hope...waiting for me all along. Hope can be found in moments with no light, moments of despair. That surrender gave way to hope which gave way to faith. Faith in something far greater than myself. There is no pain or loss to great for God to heal. I began to see that God must have really thought I was special, for Him to give me this specific journey in life. What an honor that God would give me the gift of empathy for others who have lost a father. A gift that cannot be bought. Only my own loss could give me such compassion in my heart. He has a purpose for you, a destiny that you cannot even imagine! You have been purposed for this very moment. The bigger the mess our lives seem to be, the more God can use us. The more strength He can bestow on us...His strength. He truly is the most tender and loving Father you will ever know. His love is abounding and matchless in every way. There is absolutely NOTHING that can separate you from the love of God. That is a promise! That is the Truth! Once I realized that, and it went from my head to my heart, I was set free. Free from so much fear and pain. Perfect love casts out ALL fear and God IS love. I reached out and began to experience God more and more, I invited Jesus into my heart and He is my best friend. Even in my darkest moments, and I know I am not alone and there is still hope because there is still Jesus. No matter what my circumstances, Jesus never changes, He remains the same forever. He is stable and steadfast and true. Lean on Him beloved, He wants to give you strength. He wants to comfort you and pour His peace on you like you've never known before. Just ask Him to come into your life, into your heart, reach out to feel Him. Cry out to Him He is listening. Ask Him to prove Himself to you, Oh HE will! I pray this for you my dear friend. That the peace of God is guarding your heart and your mind, right now. That Jesus is your Lord and Savior and He is your Heavenly Father. That He is making all things new and His love and mercy and grace is enveloping you as He wraps His arms around you forever. I know your scared, I know it hurts, it feels like you will die of a broken heart...I know. You are not alone. Cry, its okay, just cry...you are beautiful, you are precious in God's sight. You are soooo courageous and strong, there is more strength that lies within you than you even know. You are safe, God is your protector and defender...He will not let anything or anyone harm you. Death has lost it's sting because eternity has been bought for you my dear. I love you, I am your sister in Christ and I love you with HIS love. This letter is God loving YOU through me. I am just the vessel. I am just a little pencil in the hand of a writing God. Sending His love and truth to the world...to YOU.

Love in HIM, Malorie M.
INFORMATION "LETTERS OF HOPE"
To preserve and gather letters from people all over the world for the survivors of the 4/27/11 tornadoes. We will never ask for anything more than a letter, card, poetry, art or any other form of media that is encouraging, inspirational and will symbolize your idea of "HOPE" to be mailed to us for preservation. Every prayer, every letter or card, every word of encouragement is a piece of hope the survivors can cling to when rebuilding their lives. While material things are an immediate necessity, nothing can provide a sense of peace quite like a letter of hope!


Address:

Wolfe Orthodontics
Attn: Letters of Hope/ Dawn Draiss
500 Riverwoods Court Suite B
Helena, AL 35080
Email:
lettersofhope4.27.2011@gmail.com

Matt Pitt

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Matt with former Alabama running back and NFL star Shuan Alexander!!












Matt with Florida Marlins Jason Standridge












Matt with Javier Arenas #28 Alabama...Roll Tide!
















Matt Pitt hanging out with Billy Graham...no big deal! Fire!





















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Don't miss the WHITE OUT service on June 28th...watch live online at www.thebasementlive.com

Also catch up on other services anytime here:

Prayer

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be
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May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing,
Dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.


Oh my goodness!!! This is the sweetest little video that my niece Elizabeth made for me...she is precious & very creative!!!!


Plans, Shmans!!!

Its funny because we make plans and then they don't always happen. Our intentions are good, motives are pure, hearts in the right place...and still nothing. Then after all is said and done...we realize "oh, I guess THIS was the plan." It was the plan all along, we just couldnt see it at the time. Like the mom that got stuck in traffic on her way to the airport, where she would have boarding one of the planes that hit the twin towers on 9/11. But the traffic kept her on the ground. I should say God kept her on the ground. It was His plan all along. But to the human eye wouldn't it look like a nuisance, a missed flight, a hassle, a frustrating traffic jam, a bad morning, maybe a bad day...where nothing is going YOUR way. Well thank God it isn't going OUR way and it is always going God's way. If everything were going OUR way, we would be running the show, running the world...we would be in control. I am thankful that God is running the show. He is in control, and things always go according to plan, according to His plan. What a relief! Takes a big heavy burden off of our shoulders, that doesn't belong there in the first place. So when you start feeling like nothing is going your way, the whole world is working against you, your plans are being ruined...say the Serenity Prayer. And remember that our plans sometimes are not in alignment with Gods plans, so we just yield to them no matter how bad or far off they look...and trust in Him. We might not get what we want, but we always will get what we need.


Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to ACCEPT the things I cannot change
Courage to CHAGNE the things I can
and the WISDOM to know the difference.


Acceptance is the answer to all our problems today. Accept His will. Accept that He wants the best for you : ) It takes more faith to believe that when everything is not going "your way" or according to the plan...but then ask yourself...whose plan am I following...my own? or God's?

For you have placed eternity in the hearts of men.
And now I know that whatever God does it is final. Whatever He does, He does forever. Ecclesiastes 3:11,14

What God does, He does forever. What He promises will happen. He cannot change, He remains steadfast and true. This world is ever-changing and the people in it. We come and go like dust in the wind. "This world is crazy, can't wait till I make it home. Then I can be w/ Him who I adore. When I'm in the battle He's my shield & sword...the One that showed me Love like I've never known before. Gotta give props to my Lord. My Lord is my everything. He's all I ever need. My Lord is the best."





SIng, sing, sing!!!


Okay so the video quality is not the best, but it wasn't about the video...I was making it more for the vocals. I've been worshipping nonstop lately. Night & day...writing, recording, worshipping...its been amazing! I just decided to turn my MacVideo on last night for a bit while I was in it...just for fun...enjoy!


Tornado Care kits-Heart to Heart.org

***WAYS TO HELP***
Every item in the Heart to Heart Care Kit will be used to bring comfort, health and peace of mind to those who receive it. We rely on our growing volunteer movement to acquire, prepare and send the kits, which are shipped from our Global Distribution Center in Kansas City. Below are simple instructions on how you can participate in this worthy cause:

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CARE KIT ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Place all items in one zipper-seal bag, seal it, place the top of the filled bag into the bottom of the second bag and seal the second bag.
  • Collect banana boxes from a local grocery store, place cardboard or a paper bag in the bottom and place 10 completed Care Kits in each box.
  • Complete the Care Kit Information Form (see link below), insert it in an envelope with financial support for shipping (suggested donation: $1.00 per kit) and place the envelope in the box.
  • Secure each box with packing tape and mark the outside of the box “10 Care Kits.” (If sending multiple boxes, please mark box "Form Inside" to ensure that we collect your information efficiently.)
  • Add necessary shipping information and mail to our warehouse:
Heart to Heart International
1021 Pacific Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102


CARE KIT CONTENTS:

  • One new hand towel
  • One new washcloth
  • One wide-tooth comb
  • One 10-15 oz. bottle of shampoo
  • One new individually wrapped toothbrush
  • One 4-6 oz. tube of toothpaste
  • One individually wrapped bath-size bar of soap
  • Ten (10) adhesive bandages
  • Two (2) one-gallon-size, zipper-seal plastic bags

Highlight from the Basement

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The Basement May 31st was Amazing!
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Here are some highlights from The Basement Service that was held May 31st. We saw many lives changed at the event, as well as testimonies through our facebook page, and there is no telling how many lives were impacted through the livestream on the internet. We had a youth pastor that traveled 16 hours from South Africa just to experience The Basement live. He has been watching The Basement and modeling his youth service after The Basement and Matt's messages. His youth service has grown from 80 to 800 students weekly!!! That's a single testimony of what God is doing through The Basement as it is broadcast all over the world! Click below to see a youtube video of that youth group in South Africa that you helped inspire!

South Africa Youth Group Inspired by The Basement!

Below are a few highlights from the basement service:

  • Over 50 different youth groups registered and attended the service live. We are unifying the body of Christ!
  • Over 5000 computers tuned in to our live feed on the internet. (We know of a few gym size groups that live feed it into their own service, so 5000 is a bit misleading! There are many more people included in that 5000.)
  • Among those 5000 17 countries are represented.
  • 7000 different page views on our website from 26 different countries that day.

Sanctifying Surgery



I got second & third degree burns last week...they are hidden under clothing, other people do not see them, but I can feel them & they more painful than I could have imagined. This almost took me out of commission completely as far as being able to do the things I usually do. The things I oft take for granted. But did it take me out of commission for God? No Way! Never!!! In fact in my weakness He is super strong! He uses me even more in my trials and pain. He also uses it to cultivate a very specific empathy and understanding that I would not have had without the pain. Humility is not a lesson that you can learn from a book. Only God can teach you that lesson, one on one, through testing and through pain. Consider it pure JOY. I am not saying that God wanted me to get burnt, but I am saying that He allowed it. He is and does use everything for good. How else is He going to make us more into the likeness of Himself? We can use everything we experience as a teacher. Yesterday is todays pupil. God is the Divine teacher.

I am not going to say it was not hard, especially not the first couple of days. Yes, I complained and felt sorry for myself...but then God helped me to snap out of it. He would only allow it for an hour or so and then He would show me how He was using this for good. My perception started changing, deep within my heart. Only God could do that. No matter what anyone said to me, or even I said to me...He is the only one that can change & shape & move in our hearts like nothing else can. I took this experience as a time for more prayer, more worship, more gentle self-care, more reading and writing, more fellowship in different ways. I had time to work on mission media stuff with the Basement. It truly is a blessing in disguise. It humbled me on so many levels. Talk about surrender and powerlessness. I am powerless because I am not God. He is the power, ALL power. He gives me power and authority through and with Him, but He is supreme sovereign authority. He is the alpha, omega, first and last. Nothing is out of control because God is always in control. I am so grateful for this last week. Even my perception toward my body. Accepting and receiving God’s unconditional love for me, which is endlessly & always available. He does not see outward appearance as man does, He see’s the heart. He has been doing a holy open heart sanctifying surgery...”I know the Spirit is purging me of everything that is hurting me.”


My life verse is in action again...”What was intended to destroy me, God is using for good for the saving of many”-Gen. 50:20. My body is a living sacrifice of praise and worship to the Lord and for His holy purposes...Seen & unseen.

Pain & gain

When you avoid something like the plague...it is usually because there is something BIG there. Something BIG and buried deep beneath the core of who you are, the core of your feelings. It is aching...you avoid the hurt, but the more you run the more it hurts. Its almost like when you have a bad neck and it kills to turn left, so you avoid it...but the longer you keep looking right, the worse it will get. The avoided stretch and pain, only magnifies the stiffness and the suffering. You gotta get to the root of it, the source of the pain, dig it up, bring it to the light so that God can heal it. He wants to heal you, He wants you to be whole and complete in HIM. So the Holy Spirit spotlights our heart...the deep dark crevices that only He can see. Painful, yes...but its worth the healing! I notice that the longer I am trying to avoid something the more pain must be buried beneath that I am afraid to look at or feel. It is a good indicator a red flag that there is something God is trying to show me, tell me, spotlight. He uses pain as a megaphone.


When you hear voices in your head...which one do you listen to? Do you listen to your own voice, the voices of other people? The voice of lies? Or do you listen to God’s healing voice of truth? Take captive every thought...it can be very overwhelming for a highly sensitive person with racing thoughts. I am always hearing God’s voice...so loud...but I am also hearing lots of other voices trying to drown out His voice. Of course the more loudly and clearly I hear God...the more the other voices want to turn up and tune Him out. “I count it all as loss if I can’t hear Him, feel Him, because I need Him. Cant walk this earth alone. I recognize I am not my own, so I live to make my boast in Him alone.” People say that they do not believe in God because they cannot see Him. Can you see the wind? Can you see pain? Do you still feel the wind, do you still feel pain? You experience pain and feel pain but cannot see it. I experience God and feel God but cannot see Him. So I let my faith be my eyes, believing & hoping in what is unseen. He is SO REAL! Experience HIM daily, moment by moment, He is all around!!! Speaking ALL the time!!!