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Here is just a quick update: yes, I am in Iceland now. I arrived in Reykjavik this past Sunday, and this week has been a time of readjustment, settling down, and getting some rest as well. I played electric violin with a tight worship team at the local House of Prayer (ICE-HOP ) on Sunday night, and the presence of the LORD came in a powerful way. Hallelujah! I am looking forward to more wonderful worship times and just God-times here in Iceland, among friends. Let His kingdom come and His will be done here as it is in heaven.
As I mentioned earlier, I will seek to post fresh contents to Love’s Rest regularly from Iceland. I have great internet connection here, so uploading to the web shouldn’t be a problem. God is good. Amen!
Julie True is one of my favorite soaking worship leader. Read her description of soaking below. You can check out her music at her website.
Soaking can encompass many things. It’s a time to quiet the soul, but to be awakened in the spirit to hear the heart of God in that moment, and to interact with Him in a very personal way. Soaking time for me is always associated with music. It can be music that is sung, or music that is instrumental, but it is always music that comes to life because of what Holy Spirit is doing in that moment.
Music that is birthed in the Presence of God without having been previously composed, is typically referred to as a “spontaneous song”. A spontaneous song is music that has never been heard before by anyone, including the one who sings or plays it.
Soaking music takes us outside the boundaries of traditional worship music. It is a time of total freedom to express my love for my Father God, and for Him to express His love for me. My expressions to Him can encompass many things……………praise, adoration, intimate worship, joy, celebration, thankfulness, composed songs, spontaneous songs, with words, without words…..
Above all, soaking is a time of connecting spirit to spirit and heart to heart with the one who loves us like no other, and who created us to have relationship with Him. Soaking is an authentic interactive experience with God that has no expectations or limitations typically found in our modern worship meetings. What I mean by this is that most worship experiences in the modern church are made up of singing songs that have a couple of verses, then we sing the chorus a couple of times, end the song, and go to the next song.
In a time of soaking we might sing the same song for 20 minutes as we “soak in” and receive new depths of connection with the words we are singing. It’s an expansion of expression that permeates traditional lines that have been drawn in defining what worship is, or should be.
Soaking is a time of total freedom in the spirit…..a time to make time to be saturated by the Presence of God…..a time to breathe Him in and soak Him in to every cell of our being. It’s a time to be still and know that God is God……a time to cease striving in any way and to lay my burdens at the feet of Jesus. It’s a time to receive fresh healing in my body and soul, and to fix my eyes on Jesus…..a time to rest in the shadow of God’s wings, and to know His peace that passes understanding…..a time to hear His whispers of love for me and to allow time for that love to completely overtake me.
I bless you with entering into a deeper rest in Father God this year. May our Lord draws you into greater intimacy with Him, and may you experience more of His love, His grace, His peace, His joy, His abundance, and His presence!
I’m spending this week up here in Toronto, Canada, attending the first ever TACF School of Missions with John Arnott, Duncan Smith, and Heidi Baker, and the Realms of Glory conference with HB, Joshua Mills, and Alberto and Kimberly Rivera.
We have just completed the Missions School, which was fantastic! Being my first time here at TACF, I am experiencing and receiving fresh impartation of God’s love, power, and Spirit. Praise the Lord! Now, we are moving on to Realms of Glory. interestingly, the first session of the conference will be a live soaking session with Ruth Fazal on the violin!
I have soaked to Ruth’s CDs over the past years, and it will be my first time seeing her play live. We are in for a great time in the presence of God! The Riveras will be here tomorrow, and I am excited to be able to see them again.
Blessings from Toronto!