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And All The People Said AMEN!

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Give thanks to the LORD for His love never ends!

Happy Monday!  I haven’t done a song in a while and if you’re like me, Mondays I could always use a bit extra encouragement.  We’ve been loving this newer Matt Maher song lately and even been ending our prayers with the chorus of this song.  It has such a good message that I wanted to share to anyone that needs a little extra push this Monday morning.  (For another Matt Maher favorite and constant prayer of mine – check out Lord, I Need You.)

Simple message – yet so profound and a great reminder each and every day. “We are all the same in need of mercy, To be forgiven and be free, It’s all you got to lean on, But thank God it’s all you need.”

The Lord’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. Lamentations 3:22 (NCV)

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:19 (ESV)

That’s it for today.  Short and sweet.  Meditate on it, share it, live it!  Enjoy your week!  Amen!

“All The People Said Amen”
Matt Maher

You are not alone if you are lonely
When you’re feeling frail, you’re not the only
We are all the same in need of mercy
To be forgiven and be free
It’s all you got to lean on
But thank God it’s all you need

And all the people said Amen, whoa oh
And all the people said Amen
Give thanks to the Lord for His love never ends
And all the people said Amen

If you’re rich or poor, well it don’t matter
Weak or strong, we know love is what we’re after
We’re all broken but we’re all in this together
God knows we stumble and fall
And He so loved the world He sent His son to save us all

And all the people said Amen, whoa oh
And all the people said Amen
Give thanks to the Lord for His love never ends
And all the people said Amen

Blessed are
The poor in spirit who are torn apart
Blessed are
The prosecuted and the pure in heart
Blessed are
The people longing for another start
For this is the Kingdom
The Kingdom of God

And all the people said Amen, whoa oh
And all the people said Amen
Give thanks to the Lord for His love never ends
And all the people said Amen

Praise the Lord! He is good.
    God’s love never fails.
Praise the God of all gods.
    God’s love never fails.
Praise the Lord of lords.
    God’s love never fails.
Psalm 136:1-3

One last shout out for the day – Happy 1st Birthday to Evergreen Church.  Amazing accomplishment and a great church home in the Peachtree City GA area.

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Whom Shall I Fear? (Happy Hump Day)

Happy Wednesday aka Hump Day!  Anyone else notice the increase in camel pictures on Wednesdays?  Maybe it’s just my FB friends, but I swear the last few weeks I see at least 2-3 camel pictures on Wednesday – new trend?

That all being said, I’ve strayed away from my typical Sunday posts the last few weeks.  And thought I would try to post when I felt most inspired, or when I need it the most, and today that just happens to be on a Wednesday!  I will try to post weekly though as it helps me and hopefully some of you!

I have been encouraged by many songs this last week, particularly some of THESE AWESOME ONES, but I’ll save a post on one of those for another week.  This past week at church we sang this one – Whom Shall I Fear – and I also hear it daily (maybe hourly) on the radio.  It seems those are the songs I’m drawn most to posting about, but when I think that through, it makes sense because it gives the song time to sink in and after a few (hundred) times hearing it, it’s made an impact.

This week at a couples bible study we were discussing two types of Facebook posters.  One was deemed the overly, happy almost fake sounding, that only posts about good things.  The other is the opposite, using it as a platform to complain to ask for sympathy.  No one wants to raise their hand for either, but if I had to label myself it would be the positive one.  I hope not fake, but my Facebook friends (be them real or virtual) don’t need to see that side on my life, so I’m guilty of only posting happy things.  Not that I want to be a negative poster, but I save my issues for my friends and family off-line.  Neither of these is right or wrong or healthy or not (I’ll leave that for you to decide).  I do believe by airing grievances, you may find sympathy and/or support, and definitely get some extra prayers.   But is there a point where it is TMI or you’re just boasting (if it’s on the positive side)? Which one are you?  (And I’m sure there is an argument in here that’s anti-social media, a highly debated topic in many of my groups – but we’ll save that for another day!)

That being said (yes I know I already started a paragraph with those words – it’s my transition today!), things aren’t always happy and shiny in my life.  These last few posts (Here and Here) focused on great things that we did.  I need to do that sometimes (often) to refocus and spend time praising God for the good things in my life, which there are WAY more than not.  But other days, and more this past week, I’ve been consumed with panic and fear.  Of unknowns and of trusting God.  And this song – Whom Shall I Fear – always brings it back into focus for me.  Who should I fear when I have God – the God of Angel Armies albeit, by MY side?  I love the imagery of that.

Here is what Chris Tomlin says about the song:

The Scripture really came to life for me after we wrote the song. I may have read that Bible passage from 2nd Kings before, but my eyes weren’t really open to the story. When Elisha is told about the army camped outside the city, and sees the fear in his servant’s eyes, he tells him, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then he prays for the Lord to open the eyes of his servant. Then he saw the angel armies all around their enemies.

Remember that if God is for us, who can be against us? We raise our hands to celebrate and in surrender. We can lift up our hands in confidence to God and know that His mercy is unfailing. His love is never-ending. He is our refuge and our strength. God’s ultimate will is not to bring affliction upon people, but to restore us so that we may experience His unfailing love.

May you always remember that you believe in God – the God of the Angel Armies, and that He’s got your back.  Always.  Amen and Happy Hump Day!

Whom Shall I Fear
Chris Tomlin
You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
 
Whom shall I fear
 
You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my Sword and Shield
Though trouble lingers still
 
Whom shall I fear
 
I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always on my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
 
My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory
 
Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear
 
And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding onto Your promises
You are faithful
You are faithful
You are faithful
 
I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always on my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
 
The God of angel armies is always by my side

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Through the Storm, He is LORD!

Happy Tuesday.  Yep, I’m late for my Sunday post.  I’ve just been tired lately.  Maybe a bug, maybe my kids not wanting to sleep (teething, bad dreams…), maybe stuff on my mind, maybe dogs waking up early to enjoy the cooler, almost fall weather, who knows.  Blogging just hasn’t been high on my list.  Even today I’m struggling to be encouraging, uplifting, positive.  Nothing is wrong, I’m incredibly blessed, just tired.

My heart is heavy with yet another shooting yesterday.  I pray for the victims, their families, the shooter, our country.  Such tragedy, but God will prevail if we have our anchor in the right place.

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil”
Hebrews 6:19 (KJV)

So I’ve had this song on my mind this week “Cornerstone”.  And the verse “My anchor holds within the veil”  Our “anchor” is God and our hope and trust in him.  And the “veil” is God’s inner sanctuary (I saw somewhere where the impossible becomes possible).  I’ve googled this verse and song could go much deeper, but I’m leaving it at that for today.  It’s simple, keep anchored in God and He will prevail.

Listen to the song and really meditate on it.  The last verse gives me goosebumps.  “When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found; Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless stand before the throne.”  It’s what all of this (life) is all about.  As God as our cornerstone, we will survive (even thrive) and be better for it!

I pray for those grieving this week and those celebrating this week.  Wherever you are in life, as God as your anchor and your trust in HIM, you can’t go wrong.  Amen.

Cornerstone
Hillsong United

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus nameMy hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus nameChrist alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

When Darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all
He is Lord
Lord of all

Christ alone
Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless stand before the throne.

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Stay at home, Mother.

Hope everyone is having a great week!  If you’ve been around for awhile, you know that songs speak to me.  Particularly on Sundays – as I do a post each Sunday and include a particularly inspiring or timely song.  Today I’m driving with the kids and I hear this particularly timely and relevantly titled song “Stay at Home Mother” by Sheryl Crow.  AND I’m super excited because it just was released on Tuesday – so for once I can kind of claim to be in-the-know!  (I tend to discover songs about the same time as they are in every commercial and overplayed!)

I heard it on “The Highway“, one of my favorite SiriusXM radio stations and heard a brief clip (very brief – like pulled into the garage, kids screaming to get them out) where Sheryl was being interviewed about her new album “Feels Like Home” and particularly this song.  Saying it is a true story and she wishes things were different (what the songs says too).  It’s a play on the title many of us claim as a “Stay at home mother” (SAHM), from her daughter’s point of view saying “Stay at home, mother!”  Strong words and message if I do say so myself.

It just got me thinking a little (as many songs do), but this particular topic is such a widely debated one with some very strong opinions.  I’m curious to see if the song gets a strong response.  I’m not getting on a soapbox or even making an opinion on this topic of this song.  It’s a good song, catchy, and I think will evoke strong emotions in many.  It touched my heart and solidifies decisions I have made in my life and makes me think about the future. “I wish some things were different, Doesn’t change one memory” (full lyrics below)

BUT that is not to say all mothers should agree.  I think we all do what is best for us and our families.  For some it means staying home, others working full-time, and even more a combo of both.  Some do it by choice, others because they have to.  I think we all need to do what we need to do and be confident in that.  No one knows you and your family and what is right for you other than YOU.  Love your kids, make the most of any and all time you have with them.  In a mom-to-mom bible study recently, we discussed the time you spend with kids, and how it should be quality over quantity.  This song hits that dead-on with the lyric “She could have a house and couple kids, and never have to be involved, as a stay at home mother.”  You could be home all day, but do you make the most of that time?

So just a quick post for all the moms out there –  listen to this song, I think you’ll like it and I think it will get you thinking.  Keep on keeping on, loving God, loving your kids, loving your husband (if applicable), and not caring what anyone else thinks or says.  YOU ARE THE BEST AND ONLY MOM YOUR KIDS WILL EVER HAVE – make it count! (Again not on a soapbox, I’m writing this as a reminder to myself more than anything!)

Amen – have a great day!

Sheryl Crow
Stay at Home Mother

Riding in the backseat, sipping on a Pepsi
Looking out the window, driving to the bus stop together
I tell her only three sleeps and I’ll be right back
And then we’re gonna have a good time when I come together

And I call her every single night
I’ll miss her every day
And if she kissed me and waved goodbye
I could hear her say

Stay at home, mother
Stay at home
Stay at home, mother
Stay at home

I’ve been working late nights making up for the times
That I wasn’t in the crowd cheering out loud at our school plays
Tickets to a circus, maybe a new bike
I just want her to know that I love her more than working all day

But the price will never measure up
To what’s inside a box
While I run along around the world
She tells me to stop

And stay at home, mother
Stay at home
Stay at home, mother
Stay at home

We could play house and pretend
That tomorrow you won’t be gone
Stay at home, mother
Stay at home

I wish some things were different
Doesn’t change one memory
My little girl grew up
While I was too busy to see
That she’s become the one thing
That I could never be

Stay at home, mother
Stay at home
Stay at home, mother
Stay at home

She could have a house and couple kids
And never have to be involved
As a stay at home mother
Stay at home mother
Stay at home….

IMG_3681Couldn’t do a mom post without a picture of me with my babies.
Another good lesson from bible study this week –
ALWAYS MAKE TIME TO LAUGH (and be silly!)

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