Hello! I pray that this update finds you well! It has been raining all day here in Nashville, but I love it! It’s very relaxing : ) We just got back this past weekend from an awesome ministry trip to KY! In between dates I have been back in the studio recording as well as getting ready for our next cross-country tour. This weekend we will be down in Cleveland, TN and then back on the road for about two months straight. All of our dates and locations will be up very soon on the website calendar. Be sure to check it out at: KathleenCarnali.com To give you an idea of some of the places we will be going… the band, Brett and I will first be heading up to Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, over to Wyoming, out to California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and finally back up to Tennessee. We will also be releasing “Oh, Oh Lord” to radio this month. So now is the time to start calling your local stations requesting it. : ) I hope to see you on tour!
Right now I am reading through the book of 1st Samuel. The more I read, the more I am just blown away at all that the Lord has done and how much we have to learn from His word. If you have never read Samuel chapter 1-4, I highly recommend reading it soon. Here is a piece: “…My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.” (1 Samuel 2:2-3) Awesome, huh!
There is so much to take and eat from this book. It is also very timely and prophetic. Samuel’s mother Hannah dedicated him to the LORD from his birth. As a young child Samuel began to serve and minister in the temple under Eli, the High Priest. Now Eli was very old, and heard about all the sins that his sons were committing. They also were priests and were supposed to serve God in the temple. However, their lives did not honor God, they committed fornication and did vile things which dishonored the Lord. Eli addressed these issues with his sons but did not take any action to stop them. They did not repent and continued in their ways. Soon enough, God spoke to Eli asking, “…why have you honored your sons above me? …and make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?” Then he went on to say… “I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father’s house…” Soon after this the Lord told Eli, “I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.” This is where little Samuel comes in. God began to raise up Samuel and even use him to speak to Eli once again, warning him about the conduct of his sons. Our Lord is so longsuffering. However, this was the last warning. Then God spoke to young Samuel saying, “I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.” After reading this I stopped. It hit me differently than ever before. God was obviously upset because of the things that his sons were doing, but also because their father restrained them not. This is definitely something to consider and learn from. It is so easy to struggle with being man pleasers rather than God honorers. I can’t even imagine how scared Samuel must have been to have to tell The High Priest Eli, the word that the Lord delivered. But, he overcame his fear of man and was obedient to God. May the Lord raise up more Samuels today! …men and woman, young and old, that will stand as faithful priests in this generation to do according to that which is in God’s heart and mind. For the Bible declares that those who are in Christ, are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light…” (1 Pet 2:9-11) This is what we have been called to. So shine bright, serve and honor the LORD above all, and reflect his amazing light!! Love you and hope to see you soon! : )
All love and hope in Christ,
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