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Sav

Waiting On The One  

I normally am not one to talk about my love life on social media. I hardly ever share the memes, the quotes, the wishes. I try not to make posts about how I feel emotionally, but for some reason I have felt led to write about something that I usually stray from. If you know me, you know that I am terminally single (insert laughter here). While that may not be true, the fact is that I have not dated in a long time. My friends make jokes about it, even my Pastor pokes fun at my singleness. I join in on the laughter, I make jokes myself, but if we're all honest, we know that when you are single you have a desire to find The One

Now, we all know what we want The One to be: dreamy, tall, talented, funny, strong, smart, and most importantly they love the Lord. I have watched and learned that we become so obsessed with finding the idealistic The One. We watch other people and scream #relationshipgoals when we see that cute post or that perfect photo. We have to realize something important though, and that is this: When you look through a #relationshipgoals lense, you create an unrealistic expectation of what love is. Now, I'm not pretending to be the innocent party in this. Trust me, I've made my fair share of #relationshipgoals comments, but we have to start forgetting about the perfect photo and remember that hard work and effort goes into a relationship. 

 

I mean, take Jacob for example. In Genesis 29:20 it says, 

So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

Think about that for a second. Jacob served SEVEN YEARS. Can you imagine that? Falling in love with someone, but then being told you'll have to work for seven years before you can marry her? Some of us can't even handle waiting a week to start dating someone, give or take marry them. You have to see that Jacob saw what God intended for him, knew she was heaven sent and served those seven years because Rachel was worth it to him. We think Nicholas Sparks is romantic, but I look at this story and can almost see Jacob working all those seven years just to be with Rachel. He even said himself that those years only seemed like a few days because of how much he loved her. Finding The One takes hard work, sometimes even seven years worth, but in the end it's obvious that it was meant to be. 

If you continue reading in Genesis 29, Jacob goes to retrieve Rachel. I mean, he is ready! He has worked seven years, he has spent all that time just imagining their life together, preparing himself to be her husband, and then on the night of wedding, Rachel's sister Leah is brought to him. He wakes up in the morning and realizes that he's just spent the night with a woman whom he was not promised. Can you imagine how he must've felt? He confronts Rachel's father and says, "Why did you decieve me? I worked for Rachel?" 

Before we keep digging through this scripture, think about this for a second: Jacob could have woken up, seen Leah, and settled with her merely for the sake of having a wife. I cannot tell you how many times I have just settled for a guy! God has given us a picture of The One. He has placed those desires in our hearts and just like how Jacob had to work for Rachel, we have to work for The One. However sometimes, a Leah comes into the picture. Someone who isn't terrible, but also isn't what God has intended for us. And if we aren't strong enough, we will settle because someone is better than no one. I am here to tell you: that is so not true. 

So continuing on in the story, Rachel's father tells Jacob that it isn't customary for the younger daughter to be married before the older, so Jacob has to finish a week of marriage with Leah, agree to work seven more years, and then he would be given Rachel as his wife. Now lets think like regular humans for a second: If I had literally just worked seven years to be with my husband, been given my husband's brother and then be told that the only way I would get the husband I wanted was to work for seven more years, I would be tempted to just say, "Forget it!" and move on. That would have been such an easy out for Jacob. But, the thing is, Jacob didn't even hesitate on his answer. Jacob immediately knew what his answer would be because he knew that God had promised him Rachel. After he agreed, he was given Rachel as his wife. Finding The One is not an easy task. Sometimes it takes years of hard work, but just like Jacob said: it will only feel like a few days because of our love for The One. 

Now, you could be sitting there reading this thinking, "How can Savannah talk about marriage and relationships like this? She isn't engaged or married, so how could she really have an opinion on the matter?" While I have not been engaged or married, I have read what the bible has to say about love, marriage and how we are called to love our spouses. I have learned that the best relationship advice comes straight for the word of God. We have to stop relying on other peoples relationships to shape our own. The best way to have a successful, loving, and righteous relationship is to know what the word says about them. I have learned some pretty basic relationship guidelines that I would love to share with you. 

  • We have to realize that we both need and should help each other. 
    • "The Lord God said, "It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." Genesis 2:18
  • Sometimes alone time is okay, but never let it become permanent. 
    • "Do not deprive each other, except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control." 1 Corinthians 7:5
  • We will have bumps in the road, but patience is our greatest strength.
    • "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2
  • ​​​​​​​Husbands, this next one is pretty self-explanatory, but, love your wife as Christ loved the church. That means, love her with a passion so true that you would lay down your life for her sake.
    • "Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her." Ephesians 5:25
  • ​​​​​​​Wives, let your husband be the head of your household. That doesn't mean you aren't both strong individuals, but allow him to be the provider for your family, allow him to love and protect you. 
    • "Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives." 1 Peter 3:1-2
  • ​​​​​​​Above anything else, always love one another. 
    • "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.." 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

While I am a single 21 year old young woman, I can still prepare myself for The One. The word says that God will grant you the desires of your heart and I have no doubt that if your desire is to be a wife and make a family, then that will be granted to you. That doesn't mean the road will easy or short, but it does mean that it is there. Eventually down the road of our life, The One is there. I've been told my whole life from several people that, "it happens when you least expect it". If that is the case, then I need to become the woman I want The One to fall in love with and I encourage all of you, whether you're a man or a woman, to not worry about The One and who they might be, but instead focus on becoming The One for someone else. Believe it or not, you are someones The One! So when you begin to feel like Jacob, tired from working for so many years, just remember...when you do meet The One​​​​​​​ you will say to yourself, "It was worth the wait." 

 

Call Me A Millennial 


Lately, I have been thinking about a lot; most of those thoughts pertaining to my generation. You literally cannot scroll down your facebook page without seeing a status talking about "whining millennials" or "lazy millennials". Truthfully, there are whiny, lazy people in every generation, not just mine. There seems to be a lot of negative thought towards my generation and sometimes I think we might be looking at separate generations. Christian Millennials are changing the world at rapid speed. 

Crazy, right? Because, trust me, I get what a lot of people think. There are whiny millennials. There are millennials who just want everything handed them. There are millennials that don't want to work for anything. But, I think we are choosing to ignore a huge chunk of millennials who want to see the culture of our world shift. Speaking as someone who is a millennial, I desperately wanted to shed some light on the good of this generation. 

Now more than ever young people are devoting their lives to Christ and taking action. For so many, our walk with Jesus started and ended in the altar. A life of complacency takes root and we settle for being in the same place for the rest of our lives. However, something incredible is happening in this millennial generation that is shaking the nations: Millennials are ready to change the world. We grew up in a war. We witnessed 9/11. We witnessed Sadaam Hussein's death. We have first hand experienced the fear of terroristic threats. We have seen injustice. We have felt unsafe. Our whole lives up to this point have been filled with so many atrocities that some of us have been permanently scarred. I have to say, though, that something incredible has birthed out of our experiences. There is a ridiculously strong desire to bring change to our world. 

We know that change is scary. We really do, but change can be a blessing. Ecclesiastes says it perfectly in my opinion when it says, 
 
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
 
There is a time and place for change and I can assure you that the time is now. I believe that so deeply that my soul shakes when I think about it. The resurgence of faith in Jesus and following him has set kingdom plans into motion and we are lucky enough to be witnessing it! 

We are connected to the world in a way that past generations never imagined. With how technology has advanced since the early 90's, millennials have been given a tool that literally connects them with people from all over the world at the click of the mouse. 

"This generation is the most globally engaged generation that we've seen. They're the most cross culturally prepared generation, many would call them the first "Global's Generation." Two out of three of them have passports already by the time they're university students...They're so globally engaged already they're ready to answer the call to missions and to go,"
-Tom Lin

 
Because of this global connection, there has been a revival in the missions field. Every year more and more millennials are accepting the call to let the story of Jesus be shared with the farthest corners of the world. 

"Millennials care holistically about communities and so not just bringing the message of the Gospel or message of Christ, but living it out. So it's both word and deed. We're seeing Millennials much more interested in committing to these types of holistic mission,"
-Tom Lin
 
We believe that our relationship with Jesus is so much more than the dogma of religion. For most of our lives, we have seen things done a certain way because "that is how it has always been." That doesn't just apply to Christianity, it really applies to everything. And let's be honest with ourselves, some things that have always been done a certain way have impacted the world negatively. This doesn't mean that there is a resistance to tradition; in fact, most millennial Christians respect tradition. We don't think that we should just leave the older generations behind, instead we are striving towards what has been coined, "generational synergy." 

We crave a multigenerational revival; we want to see Heaven here on Earth alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

While attending RUACH 2016, I learned something important. The Church's mission will only be accomplished when the generations work together. I'll admit there have been times when I just didn't quite understand why some older generations were so disinclined to change, but Pastor Kevin Wallace helped me gain perspective. In John 20:3-8 it says, 

"So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there, but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen that had  been wrapped around Jesus' head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally, the other disciple who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed."
 
In this excerpt, we know that the other disciple is younger than Simon Peter. We read as the young disciple and Simon Peter begin running towards the tomb, but the young disciple outruns him. Even in those first few verses, we are reminded that no matter how old or young we might be, we are running towards the same goal. 

We continue reading and see that when the young disciple reaches the tomb, he does something that one wouldn't expect. He waits for Simon Peter. The young disciple respects Simon Peter; a seasoned believer who has seen Jesus' story play out. He respects him enough to wait for him. We respect and trust our elders. Just like our generation has been through trials and tribulation, so has the generations before us. There is wisdom that has cultivated over years of experience that is waiting to be poured out into the millennial generation. Our vision isn't to destroy anything about "traditional church". Our desire is to shift the culture and see God pour out his spirit again across all generations. That culture shift is only possible when the older generation understands that millennials will run faster; we will run hard towards to a vision. That culture shift is only possible when the millennials understand that there is so much to be learned from those that came before us; the way-makers and pioneers. When we all understand that we can run together, the kingdom will be made. 

We sing in the past, present and future tense. As a worship leader, this is what I love the most about millennials in the ministry field. Now more than ever, worship music is significantly impacting the world in a way that can only be described as a divine move of God. Over the last 30 years, worship music has changed. Worship has become such a personal moment and that is reflected in the songs written. Yes, a lot of this generations worship songs are repetitive. They are simple chords. They have simple harmonies. But, difficult chords, intricate harmonies, and poetic lyrics aren't what make a song spirit filled. There is something about worship being stripped down to the essence of what it is: praising God for his love and truth. That's why songs like "To Worship You I Live" resonate so well with the Church: it is simply saying the truth. The verses, while simple, capture what worship should be: 
 

Away away from the noise 
alone with you 
away away to hear your voice 
and meet with you 
nothing else matters my one desire is 

 

This doesn't mean that we completely toss other worship music to the side. It has been seen that the number of hymns being revived in worship sets has greatly increased over the last 10 years. Hymns have withstood the test of time for a reason. Millennials don't want to erase those songs. We don't want the older generation to be fearful of losing songs that maybe saved them, rededicated them, or even changed their life. Instead, we believe that there is place for every song in worship. We believe that the songs of old hold just as much importance as the worship songs being made now. 

We are ready for the challenge. We are. I truly believe that God has equipped this generation with the tools necessary to see a kingdom culture shift. 

 

 

I Still Believe  


Recently, especially over the last few days, there is a song that has been stuck in my head. It's one of those things where no matter what you do, you find yourself humming that song. It's almost like your subconscious is like, "Savannah, there's a reason that this song is stuck here. Listen to it, look at the words." So, today I did just that. Tears started gathering in my eyes as I read the lyrics of the song that had overcome me. The first verse says:

Your blood makes the deaf to hear right now, 
your blood takes away the curse right now, 
your blood heals every disease right now, 
your blood sets the addict free right now.

 
That verse alone is enough to send chills down your spine. We are taught our whole lives that we are covered in the blood, but I feel like sometimes we don't really believe that. I mean we read about miracles taking place in the Bible and for some unknown reason we think that miracles can't happen now. I can, in full confidence, tell you that that is just not true. God is and always will be an able God. He wouldn't lie about his grace! That first verse of the song reminds me of Psalms 33:4-6. It says, 
"For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all he does. The Lord
loves righteousness and justice; The Earth is full of his unfailing love. By the word
of the Lord the Heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth."

 
It point blank says that the word of the Lord is right and true. So when we sing out, "Your blood makes the deaf to hear right now" then we can know that our God is faithful in all that he does. Miracles can and do happen every single day. 

The chorus of the song is what sends me into a moment of hopefulness and faith. It's such a simple chorus, but I have come to find that worship songs aren't about the prettiest lines or most poetic way of saying something; It's singing to our God. It is acknowledging who He is and how glorious He is. God never required that we approach him eloquently in perfect poise. God's best work is done when we are completely human in his presence; a broken soul that is longing to become whole again. God created us and for that reason he understands our humanity. There is something amazing about being completely and utterly human at the feet of an amazing God. This chorus sings, 
 
I still believe your the same yesterday, today and forever
I still believe your blood is sufficient for me 

 
There's no pretty way of saying those lines. The author didn't try to make it ornate or grand. Those words call out to God; sing directly to God. They are words of affirmation to our God; proclaiming that we still believe that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Shouting that we still believe His blood is sufficient for us. "But now in Christ Jesus you who were formerly far off have been brought near by the blood of Jesus Christ." Ephesians 2:13.  We have been brought near by the blood of Jesus Christ. His blood is sufficient for us and it always will be. I find myself singing this song as I am writing this blog and I truly can't stop. We have to stop half-heartedly believing in God's promises. If he has ever promised you anything, know that it will come to fruition. If there is anything in this world to wholly rely on, it is our Lord. He has proven time and time again that His faithfulness is never-ending and His truth never fails. 


Your the higher power, darkness cannot stand 
no longer bound to sin, I am free

 
Can we just take a praise break? I mean, seriously, read those words! We've gotta stop living as people bound by sin. It is by the blood of Jesus that we are set free! There is so much liberation in saying that our God is the highest power and darkness cannot even stand! We are no longer bound by our sins, by our past, by our addictions, by our insecurities, by our doubts, by our fears; we are free! 

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed"
John 8:36

 
If you take anything away from this blog, take this away: We are free indeed. Jesus' blood covers our lives and if we can find it in ourselves to truly believe in His goodness and faithfulness, then miracles can and will happen. 
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Dream Big and Watch God Dream Bigger  

I always love when I find a moment to sit down and reflect. It is a luxury that I don't have too often, but today is one of those days where I can sit behind my keyboard and let my thoughts run wild. For some reason, I could not get something out of my head today. See, a year ago I went to a Women's Conference and truly went not expecting anything to happen to me. Sure, I knew I would get something out of it and I believed God would reveal himself to me, but I had no idea that something amazing would happen to me. I had no idea that God had a specific word for me that would change my life. Why was I reminded of this moment months later? Because I am in even more of a trial right now in my life than I was then. I won't go into the gory details, but at the time of this event I had some big things coming up that I was excited, scared, and anxious about. I thought this word was talking about the tasks I had ahead of me and I believe in a way it was, but now that I see the stage in my life I am at presently, I know that this word was meant even more for now. 

A lot of times we think we can finally understand God's timing in our lives. I have had things happen recently where I remember thinking, "Okay, God! I've made it now! Here's your promise and now I know that I have MADE IT!" I haven't made it. And quite frankly, I don't think any of us will ever make it because God's plans for us are so much more than we could ever imagine? How could we let ourselves think that we even understand a little of what God has in store? I can say that now because I see where my timeline and God's timeline were two completely different things. Especially over these last few months I have felt like the word that was spoken over me had begun to lose its power. I had been in a slump like I hadn't felt in years. It is so frustrating when you know what you God has promised you and you can't see the fruition of it. But, a friend I hold very dear to me gave me advice that has rung in my ears ever since she uttered the words: Sometimes the biggest blessings are the waiting. In that moment she shared those words with me, I said the normal, "Yeah, you're right. I know, I know..." But I really didn't. I couldn't think of how this situation would bless me, but then something dawned on me. 

I was reminded of a time when I wasn't at my home church. I had been on a worship team and committed to a year of being there. I remember being 17 and thinking "I've made it now!" (you'd think after saying "I've made it" so many times I'd get the point) Sadly, I had to suffer hurt feelings, betrayal, and dishonesty. It wasn't fun. It wasn't easy for me as a teenager to be the adult in those situations. I remember walking away from that church and feeling so disillusioned and upset because I felt like I had wasted a year. My attitude changed when I sat with my parents and they said, "Savannah, don't you think for a second that you wasted any time at that church. Do you know how many people you ministered to? How many people found salvation under your leading? How many students developed a culture of worship because you were an example to your peers?" I hadn't wasted anything. I've come to realize that nothing is wasted when you are following kingdom plans. Nothing. 

We fast forward back to where I am now in my life. Frustrated, confused, and anxious. I had to remember that nothing is wasted. I had to remember that "all things work together for the good of those who serve him." (Romans 8:28) I had to remember that God had and still has a plan for me. I had to remember the word that was prophesied over my life. 


"I see you leading in a different capacity. Get ready for different kinds of venues.
Open up venues she could never imagine! For the psalmist: 
Prophecy! Prophecy psalmist! Prophecy psalmist!"

 
The word of God has dealt with the subject of prophecy several times, but one in particular comes to mind. 

"For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."  2 Peter 1:21

Sometimes people are iffy about prophesies being made and trust me, I've had my doubts in my life, but I look to this verse and feel 100% that those words are true and prophetic. The text says that no prophecy was produced by the will of man; that it was carried by the Holy Spirit. See, this woman had no idea who I was, anything about my life or my calling. That's how I know it was a God moment. She was reading my mail! 

So here I am. I know what the word of God says. I know literally what God has declared over me and I know where I am physically in my life. I am sitting here at a desk fervently praying, worshipping and seeking God every day. I am in a transition time. I am unsure of what is to come. However, there is one thing that I am sure of. I am sure that my calling does not stop here. I see myself just as God sees me. Leading in a different capacity in venues I could never imagine. I see myself as the psalmist God designed me to be. A psalmist that prophesies into the masses. There is not one place in the Bible that says we should not dream big. I believe that the Bible fully supports the act of dreaming. The Lord is the one who paints our dreams across our eyes. He planted our desires and dreams within us. If God had not given me a gift to sing then I would not be where I am. My life would be so different if I had not dreamt. I recall Ephesians 3:20 where it says, "Now glory be to God, by his might power at work within us is able to do far more than we could ever dare to ask or even dream of-infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes." And even on to Jeremiah 32:27, "I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?" 

When you look at the fact that not only has God created this desires and dreams within us...he even plans to go beyond our dreams. His word says that he is able to do far more than we could even dare to ask! What a God we serve! A God that says, "Is anything to hard for me?" It's one thing to trust God, but it is another thing to trust God with your dreams. And after this incredibly dry season I've been in, God took a miraculous moment to remind me that my dreams are still alive in him. I don't want to say too much, but this last weekend, God showed up big time. Not only did he make some incredible doors open, but he reminded me of the words that were spoken over my life: "Venues she could never imagine." 

I feel fresh; renewed. God is so good to us and if you find yourself reading this, please take away this: "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity" 1 Timothy 4:12. Believe in your calling and believe in your dream, not matter how old or how young. God's timeline doesn't always match ours, but I can tell you right now that his timeline is so much better than our own. I am living proof of that. 

Dream big and watch God dream bigger. 

 

The same yesterday, today, forever... 

Wow. It has really been a while since I uploaded a post to the website. It's mostly because I waited a bit on renewing my payment for the domain name, but I finally renewed it and we are back in business! So much has happened since the last time I wrote a blog and I wish I had the time to go fully into detail about everything, but I don't :-(

What I can say, however, is that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God is so faithful to us if we serve him and guys I really just want to encourage you to serve him. There are things that have happened in my life that would've had no possible chance of happening had God not made a way. Hebrews 13:8 is so straightforward when it says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." The Jesus Christ that died for your sins yesterday is the same Jesus Christ who rose to life and brought you to life as well. And the Jesus Christ that brought you to life is the same Jesus Christ that will walk alongside you the rest of your days.

God does not waver, falter, or second guess. Remember that today. Our lives can move up and down the spectrum all day, but God will remain God throughout it all. Thinking about that gives me so much peace and assurance that my God will always be the same loving, kind, just, powerful, mighty, and sovereign God forever and ever.

The Upper Room  

The day is here! I am so excited to see what God has in store for us tonight. After a powerful evening yesterday with the team, we are all ready to open the floodgates and let the spirit of God flow freely. We believe that tonight is the start of something new and I am grateful that I get to share this experience with everyone who attends! Come expecting!

The Upper Room
6:00 PM
334 Broadstreet

BIG NEWS! 

Wow! It has been a WHILE since I've had the chance to post a new blog. To be honest, time has gotten away from me and I haven't spent as much time on my website as I had been, but I am here now and I have news that I am so so excited to share!

For a few months now, I have had a stirring in my heart to bring people together in worship. I wasn't sure how I was going to accomplish that, so I kept the thought to myself. I began praying that God would orchestrate things to where at least having a night of worship was possible. As the months went on, my desire for creating an atmosphere of worship in our city began growing and growing. It had gotten to the point where I knew that I had to make this happen and with God being the center of it I knew that it was possible. 

This is where it gets really cool. Through a friend of mine, I met his roommate, Abraham. The funny thing is that Abraham and I followed each other on Instagram before we even met each other in person, so when Lucas introduced us we were like, "Hey...You're vivalavannah/abraham_arts aren't you?" Little did we know that God had ordained us meeting.

The desires in my heart for a night of worship were still growing, but I kept it to myself because I had never planned something like that before and wasn't really sure on how to even begin to make that happen. On a Wednesday night as I was preparing for the service that evening, a new idea came to mind: Abraham. I knew that Abraham had a building we could use to hold a night of worship and I felt like Abraham would be all for hosting something like that, so at that moment he and I had our first discussion about this night. We both discovered that we had both been yearning for an awakening for young people in our city and we knew that if we worked together we could make a night of worship possible. 

And I thought it would stop there, but God had something else planned. As ideas were being exchanged for the night of worship, the stirring in my heart didn't stop. There was no relief from it, instead there was a building anticipation, like there was so much more that I hadn't even fathomed yet. God began impressing on my heart that it needed to be more than just one night. Hearing that scared me. Never in my life had I started a ministry and again I was caught in a place of not knowing how to make that happen. I was nervous, but after a prayer I called Abraham and told him, "Look, I know we're only talking about one night right now, but I truly think that this needs to be a more than once sort of thing. I really think we can change our city." I was so relieved when Abraham told me that he was thinking the same thing. So, we began planning for a new ministry for college age/young adults in our city. 

If we didn't know it was God thing yet, this is what would've done us in: The Lord gave us the same name for the ministry. I remember Abraham and I both sitting there in amazement over the phone when we both said we thought it should be called "The Upper Room". 

As Abraham and I were discussing what exactly The Upper Room would be, we came to the realization that it is this: An atmosphere where you can bring your gifts to God. We believe The Upper Room will be a place where freedom is personified; where God is alive and where worship thrives. The Upper Room will have worship of every kind imaginable. Your worship is painting? We will have canvas available for you. Your worship is dancing? You will be free to dance. Your worship is praying? We will have prayer teams and people who will believe in prayer with you. We encourage you to bring your gifts to God no matter what they are. 

Abraham Carillo, Caleb Pena, and I have put together a team of people who have a heart to see our city change. A worship team has been assembled that yearn to usher in the spirit of God with every gathering. We have a prayer team that is ready to watch God change hearts and situations. We have a team of encouragers who will speak the living word of God into our gatherings and equip us for making a change. 

Our desire for The Upper Room is that it brings an awakening to our city. In Acts 1, we read about The Upper Room where the believers of Christ were praying for the Holy Spirit. They knew that Jesus had to ascend into heaven and they knew that he said he would send a comforter. In Acts chapter 2 something incredible happens. 

"When the day of pentecost came, they came together in one place. Suddenly the sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them." 
Acts 2:1-4

After the Spirit fell on the people, the bible says that the people of Jerusalem were astonished, because the followers of Jesus were Galileans, yet they were speaking in the native tongue of the people in the city. While some were met with amazement, others dismissed the happening as the followers of Jesus having "too much wine." 

In verse 14, Peter adresses the crowd in Jerusalem and says, 

"In the last days; God says, 'I will pour out my spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the Earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and the glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Acts 2:17-21

At The Upper Room we have a desire to see the spirit of God fall on the young people in our city in a way it hasn't before. We believe that God is going to pour out his spirit upon all people and we believe that bringing the people of our generation together in worship can start a change. That it won't stay locked up in the room, but that the spirit of God will overflow into the streets around us. That we can boldly walk into our city speaking in the tongue our city will understand. God has a plan for Rome, GA and The Upper Room is ready to put that plan to action. 

Our first gathering will be on August 6 at 6:00 PM. There is no definite ending because we will stay in the presence of God as long as we need to. I encourage you all to come and worship with us.

If you are interested in being apart of The Upper Room team, you can email me at: savannahcrabbemusic@rocketmail.com

God Bless. 

-Sav

 

#BVOTW 

Hey everyone! I know it's been awhile since I wrote a #BVOTW. To be honest, I've been in a rut. An emotional, spiritual, and physical rut; And that is what I am going to talk about today. 

This time, I'm sharing two verses with you guys and by the end of this post you'll understand why. The first verse comes out of Psalms.

"My soul is weary with sorrow, strengthen me according to your word." 
Psalms 119:28 

For a couple of months now I have been very weary. I've let myself kinda fall off the face of the Earth and disappear into false content. I've always liked to envision myself as a pursuer. Now mind you this, I have not always been the best pursuer and a lot of times, it takes an abundant amount of focus and dedication for me to be an active pursuer because it honestly is a challenge for me. But to be very open with you all, lately I haven't been pursuing anything. I've been content with where I am spiritually. I stopped pursuing not only my career, but my calling, and I have been complacent in surviving day to day rather than truly living as God desires me to. And to top it all off, I have torn my rotator cuff in my shoulder which has caused extreme discomfort, pain, and has stopped me from being able to play music like I love to do. See, I'm facing a triple threat. The pursuit for my calling has been moved to the back burner, the pursuit of my Father has become stagnant, and the pursuit of basically using my right arm has become a painful challenge. I'm in a rut and I have been the psalmist who exclaims, "My soul is weary with sorrow! Strengthen me according to your word!" But, I've let it stop at "strengthen me". I haven't made an effort to ignite the pursuit again. Sometimes in our lives, God is waiting on us to move. God's blessings come like waves on a shore. We stand on that shore and wave after wave crashes onto us, enriching us and giving us strength. However, there is a time when the tide goes out and the waves aren't crashing on the shore anymore. The blessings are still there, but if you are complacent with sitting on the edge of the shore, you won't receive them. Sometimes, you have to step outside of a comfort zone and go claim your waves. Pursue the waves. 

I've reached a milestone in my life. I am 20 years old and I know my calling, yet I find myself settling for mediocrity. I don't want to settle. I want to be that pursuer that my heavenly Father desires me to be. I can be that. I have the will power to be that. And the Lord is the supplier of my strength and even if no one else believes I can achieve my destiny, he believes in me! He is the one who planted that desire deep within my heart and is He is on my side, then who can be against me? 

The second verse I want to share speaks volumes to me. 

"But, flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness." 
I Timothy 6:11 

When reading these verses, I view the commas as somewhat a period. Now, I know that isn't grammatically correct, but hear me out. Each phrase in this verse is separated by a comma. I believe that they are separated because each phrase contains a truth behind it specifically for that phrase. The first phrase is already getting me fired up because it claims deliverance free of charge. "But, flee from these things" There is no "to flee these things, you must..." or "if you do this, you can flee from these things". It point blank says, "flee from these things". What does that mean for us? It means that we can, no strings attached, truly flee from evil. The next phrase says, "you man of God". It is reminding us that we have an identity in Christ. It doesn't just say, "you man". It reminds us of the being who all honor, glory, and power belongs to. So, at so early in the verse we are told we can flee from sin and we are reminded that we are a child of the King. It goes on to say, "and pursue righteousness". The greek word for righteousness is dikaiosune, which means: righteousness of which God is the source, a divine righteousness. We have the opportunity to pursue righteousness, to be "perfect and holy". That pursuit is the pursuit of Jesus, the one who shed his blood for our sins. We have this incredible opportunity to pursue the man who is righteousness personified. The verse says, "pursue godliness". We have the chance to pursue a christ-like life. We can replace the ways of old and find new life in following Jesus and doing our best to be a light to the world. "Pursue faith". The greek word for faith is Pistis: faith, belief, trust, confidence... We can be strong enough to pursue someone we can't see. We can recieve the incredible gift of faith in our Father, believe that Jesus came to Earth and died for our sins, have trust that one day he is coming back and confidence that we know where our final destination is. The verse goes on to encourage us to "pursue love". How insane is it that we have been given the opportunity to pursue tangible love. The love that gave his only son is the same love that found us in the dark; the same love that took nails to the hands is the same love that stirs our hearts and draws us to the Father. We have the chance to walk in love, live in love, and truly experience what love really is. Finally, the verse ends with this, "pursue perseverance and gentleness". Perseverance is defined as: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. The fact of the matter is that living a life of pursuit is not easily done. Pursuing righteousness, godliness, faith, and love is not easy. Trust me, I know how hard it is to persevere. I know that no matter how hard you try, life is going to happen and you are going to have that mental battle of, "is this really worth it". Friend, it is worth it. The thing is, we can't do it alone. There is a Father who gives relief despite difficulty. He doesn't leave us when we stumble. There is no delay too long for God to meet us right where we stopped walking. He gives us a glimpse of success. He gives us a vision of our destiny. Our calling may seem far off in the distance, but the beauty of that is we still have our eyes on the horizon and as we continue to persevere, as we continue to walk with Christ, our calling will become clearer and clearer. "Pursue gentleness". Gentleness can be translated to meekness which means: power with reserve, gentle strength. The body of Christ is often referred to as warriors engaging in spiritual battle to spread the name of Jesus and that is very true. But, I am here telling you, we are to pursue to be warriors of love. Warriors of peace. Warriors of gentle strength. We are to leave a mark of love on this world rather than hate. Jesus was not judgmental. He was not a warrior decorated in a breastplate, shield and sword. He was adorned in peacefulness and compassion. He had power with reserve. He practiced gentle strength and if we are called to be Christ like, we are called to adorn ourselves in peacefulness, humility, compassion, power with reserve and gentle strength. 

Finding myself in this rut I have been in was a lot like pursuing perseverance. I'd hit a road block, but finding that verse in I Timothy has opened my eyes. It has given me the strength to boldly pursue my calling and my Father. One of the most powerful worship songs I have ever heard is The Pursuit by Daniel Bashta and Kim Walker. It says, "Open my eyes, search me inside, I can't live without your presence." I can't live without His presence and the only way to be in his presence is to pursue his presence. That is what I plan to do for the rest of my life and wherever that pursuit takes me, I'll know that it is where He desires me to be.

A New Year is Coming 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to get back into the regular swing of things. Along with the end of December, we find ourselves at the end of some habits. January, a new year, gives us a chance to make positive changes. I've got some changes I need to make myself and I am so looking forward to putting those changes into motion. Now, making changes in your life can be frightening, but Philippians provides us with the encouragement we need to move forward. 

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
Philippians 4:6

Good luck with your resolutions everyone!

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Previous events

Coffee House Night @ The Rome Dwarf House

The Rome Dwarf House, 264 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA

So excited for The Rome Dwarf House's Coffee House Night THIS THURSDAY from 5:00-7:00 PM! Come hang out with me and my guitar for some smooth sounds and enjoy a hot cup of THRIVE Coffee! You don't want to miss it. :-)

Jan3

Savannah Crabbe @ New Hope Chapel Baptist Church

Come join Savannah at New Hope Chapel Baptist Church for a morning full of worship and a great word!

Dec13

Savannah Crabbe @ New Generation Christian Church

So excited to be worshipping with New Generation Christian Church again! It is sure to be an awesome morning with a great word!

Dec11

Savannah Crabbe @ Chick Fil A Dwarf House

Join Savannah for a coffee night at Chick Fil A for some cool Christmas tunes.

Dec6

Savannah Crabbe @ New Life Church of God

Come join Savannah at New Life Church or God for a wonderful morning of Christmas music and celebrating the reason for the season.

Savannah Crabbe ft. Viva Student Band Ezra EP Release Party @ North Rome Church of God

North Rome Church of God, 1929 N Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161

So excited to announce the release of Ezra! Come hang out with me and some friends Wednesday night, November 11, in the Family Life Center at North Rome Church of God to enjoy some awesome music, great food, and an opportunity to snag one of my EP's! :-)

Oct11

Savannah Crabbe @ New Generation Christian Church

11 Kirby St. , Summerville, GA 30747

Tomorrow morning will be a morning full of praise and the word of God. So excited to be worshipping with New Generation Christian Church!

Sep20

Savannah Crabbe @ Jesus In The Park

Ridgeferry Park, 363 Riverside Drive Southeast, Rome, GA 30161

Trinity United Methodist Church announces the return of its annual ministry, “Jesus in the Park,” on Sunday at Ridge Ferry Park from noon until 5 p.m. This event, started by the youth of the church, has grown to include volunteers from many area churches and community organizations, and aims to bring a fun afternoon of fellowship to Rome.

Sep6

Savannah Crabbe at New Life

210 East 18th Street, Rome, GA

Join Savannah at New Life this Sunday for an awesome morning filled with worship and a word from Pastor Zach Belcher!

Jun6

Third Day with Harvest Parker

6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097

I am so humbled to be able to say that I have the opportunity to sing with an incredible choir led by Harvest Parker and to worship with the incredible group Third Day! You do not want to miss this awesome night of fun and worship!