Sunday Encouragement-Let’s Thrive!

I love how God’s word always speaks to me. I read this passage in Romans from the New Living Translation. It simply states what we need to be doing.

Sunday Encouragement-Let's Thrive!

I love this entire passage but specifically, “Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Do you have something today that troubles you. Let me remind you, KEEP ON PRAYING!!

We heard Casting Crowns in concert a few months ago. This is one of their newer songs, Thrive.

 

We were made for more than ordinary lives!! We were made to Thrive!!

Have a blessed Sumday!!

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Sunday Inspiration-Hope

One of my daughter’s favorite words, has always been HOPE. Some of her favorite scriptures are about hope.

Sunday Inspiration-Hope

No matter what you’re going through today, I hope you know you always have HOPE.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

About a year ago, I was asked to write a testimony for a book called Joy In the Journey. It’s a book about 12 different women with different journeys and how we each found joy and hope through our experiences. I share my testimony about losing my Mom.

If you need some encouragement this book is filled with it, you can go here for more information.

Sunday Inspiration-Hope

I recently heard this song about hope and thought you would enjoy it!

 

Have a blessed day!

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Sunday Inspiration

Happy first day of June! Wayne and I are not only back from New York but we’re back from his sabbatical. Today, we’re headed back to our church. I’ve missed our church family and can’t wait to worship with them today.

Last Sunday, Wayne and I worshipped at The Brooklyn Tabernacle. We’ve been there before and to be honest, unless you go, it’s hard to explain.

I don’t think I can adequately describe what worship is like at The Tab (that’s what they call it).

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The choir is amazing and if you’ve ever read anything about the choir, the testimonies that many of them have are unbelievable.

On the flight home, I read Carol Cymbala’s book, He’s Been Faithful. It’s an easy read but she shares several testimonies from the people at The Brooklyn Tabernacle.

She also shares about the choir’s purpose, “Our ministry is to lead people to an encounter with Jesus Christ. For us, performance would be a giant step down.”

Believe me, you can tell they’re not performing. They mean the words they are singing.

If you ever have the opportunity to go to the church, I highly recommend it!

Of course, I thought I’d share a song from The Brooklyn Tabernacle choir. I love this song. No matter what comes our way in this life, let’s not lose our praise!

 

I’ve lost some good friends along life’s way
Some loved ones departed in Heaven to stay
But thank God I didn’t lose everything
I’ve lost faith in people who said they care
In the time of my crisis they were never there
But in my disappointment in my season of pain
One thing never wavered one thing never changed

CHORUS
I never lost my hope
I never lost my joy
I never lost my faith
But most of all
I never lost my praise

I’ve let some blessings slip away
When I lost my focus and went astray
But thank God i didn’t lose everything
I’ve lost possessions that was so dear
And I’ve lost some battles by walking in fear
But in the midst of my struggle, in the season of pain
One thing never wavered, one thing never changed

CHORUS
I never lost my hope
I never lost my joy
I never lost my faith
But most of all
I never lost my praise

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Encouragement-Time Is Precious

This past week has been a reminder for me that time is precious. A 19 year old young man in our community died very suddenly. Although I can’t imagine what his family is going through, I know that they are devastated and so are the many young people who knew him.

Time is Precious

It’s tragic, I have no words that can comfort, no words that will take away the pain. But I do know the only one who can comfort in a time like this, and His name is Jesus.

I cling to Revelation 21:4, “he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”

Let me encourage you to make today count! Love those around you, and hug them tight. We are not promised tomorrow.

But, if we know Jesus, we are promised heaven and this song reminds me that those loved ones that have gone before us are seeing things that we can’t  imagine.

You Wouldn’t Cry by Mandissa

 

All you saw was pain
All you saw was rain
But you should see me now
Moments filled with tears
Lasted all those years
Disappeared somehow
You never said goodbye
On your knees you cry
You’re still asking why, but

Blue has never been bluer
True has never been truer
Honey never tasted so sweet
There’s a song in the breeze
A million voices in praise
A rose has never smelled redder
The sun has never been brighter
If I could find the right words to say
If you could look at my face
If you could just see this place
You wouldn’t cry for me today

What you think you see
Isn’t really me
I’m already home
You’ve got to lay it down
‘Cause Jesus holds me now
And I am not alone
Your faith is wearing thin
But I am watching Him
And He’s holding you too, and

[Chorus]

What may seem like years will just be a moment
Oh, the day will come when I’ll show you where you’re going
I can’t wait to show you that

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Inspiration-He Restores My Soul

I can’t believe this is the last Sunday in April! It’s been a fast month and I’m ready for May. Actually May is a big month for us.

Sunday Inspiration-He Restores My Soul

Wayne and I have been at our church for a little over 5 years. In case some of you don’t know, my husband is the senior pastor. I’m telling you this because every 5 years we get a month long Sabbatical.

A Sabbatical is a time of rest and refreshment. Today Wayne is preaching but will not have to preach again until June. It’s a much needed break and we are so thankful our church gives us this time away.

This past year has been a stressful year for our family and I know it’s been difficult for Wayne as he tries not only to minister and comfort our church family but truthfully he’s had to minister to us too.

So what will we be doing during his Sabbatical?

Well, we’re going to spend some time together! Yay! Ministry is draining and we both need some time “off”.

Sunday Inspiration-He Restores My Soul

Wayne has a stack of books he’s going to read, he’s going to fish and spend as much time outside as he can.

We’re also going to be visiting other churches. (We might be coming to your church! Ha!) It will be so nice to sit with my husband at church. It’s the little things.

We’re heading to New York to go to the Brooklyn Tabernacle church. Jim Cymabala is the pastor there and is a mentor to Wayne.

So that’s about it, I’ll still be blogging and I’m speaking to a group of women about inner beauty on May 17th.

I hope this didn’t bore you but it’s what’s going on in our life so I thought I would share it. :-) Do you have any big plans in May?

I’ve been listening to this song by Citizen Way. It’s a contemporary version of Amazing Grace. Can we ever have too much Amazing Grace?

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Inspiration

Most of you know, I lost my Mom in 2009 to gastric cancer. I miss her terribly but I was telling my Dad that spring is especially hard.

Mom loved spring and she would have a million projects planned around the house for her and Dad to accomplish. She loved planting flowers and watching everything bloom around their yard.

I think I miss her this time of the year because of Easter and Mother’s day. Mother’s day is still hard for me.

I was looking at some of my books recently and I noticed I had a book on George Muller. I think I’ve quoted him several times on my blog, but I didn’t know I had a book about him.

Sunday Inspiration

Of course, it was Mom’s book. I know this because when I opened it up, there was a sticker on the inside cover. I had to smile, Mom is still reminding me to cultivate my relationship with Jesus.

Sunday Inspiration

I also smiled because of Mom having those stickers, she always had cute things like that, but I hadn’t seen these before.

I’m so thankful Mom is still reminding me to cultivate my relationship with Jesus. It’s the perfect message to begin Holy Week.

I heard this song this week, and I can’t get it out of my head so I thought I’d share it with you. In this crazy world we live in this is what matters, Just Give Me Jesus!

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

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