When You Want to Give Up

So many reasons to give up. And they all make perfect sense, but something will not let go. Something holding you up. A voice calling you onward. Calling you to your future. The place where the dream in your heart is realized. The deep longings of your heart that yearn to be tasted and held. These are the promises that cry out.

They hurt so bad because you haven’t held them yet. But they live. They breath. They speak. They move you. Forward. Onward.

GLITTER- PROOF (When Your Past Chokes the Light Out of Your Future)

As I opened my eyes this morning and slumber left my soul, these words spoke silently to me: “Glitter- proof”. Now, I don’t normally think about glitter or work with glitter nor have I been near anything glittery for years! Except at Christmas time, hanging tinsel or lights. Ah, there was that Christmas decorating project last week. However, my fascination with glitter at the time was not even engaged. I appreciated the beauty of it, but its impression was not lasting.

When Men Despise Your Worship

d3d45f5874282946e7222ba0a8e66897The anointing at Bethany.

Many believe the woman who entered the room was Mary, the sister of Lazarus. The account in John 12 identifies her as such. The other Gospel accounts don’t mention her name and it says they were at the home of Simon the leper. Details for a scholar most likely, but our focus is not the who or the where but the what.

What Will “They” Say About You When You’re Gone and Why it Matters

I received a phone call in early September that after 10 years of fighting brain cancer, my sister, Teresa had passed away. 564700_401085669903779_1135600353_nHer journey over the last few years had been especially challenging and I hated that I lived so far away from her. Please continue to keep our family in your prayers and her immediate family, especially. They are dear and experiencing a tremendous loss and time right now.  Thanks for all your love and prayers.

Where is Worship in the Midst of Trials?

Never is the heart and soul of our worship more challenged than when we are in the middle of trials and tribulations. When all hell is breaking loose in our lives and we are surrounded with chaos, the hit to our relationship with God can be significant. But this doesn’t have to be if we keep ourselves abiding in the Word and in  fellowship with God.

Thoughts for those Lost at Sea….Just Keep Swimming

Sometimes, you are dealt such a devastating blow, that recovery is not even on the radar.

Sometimes, your ability to see the light is swallowed up in the blackest darkness.

Sometimes, your heart is breaking in places and for reasons you didn’t even know existed.

Sometimes, the road you choose for yourself turns out to be the darkest night of your life.

Sometimes, There is no one on the shore throwing out the lifeline.

In times like these, we only have one choice….JUST KEEP SWIMMING.

 

FACING DISAPPOINTMENT. ….When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Planned

By this time in my life I imagined I’d be making lots of music, touring the world and writing books. But instead, I am lying in bed with who knows what going on in my body, hardly able to function at times because of dizziness that doctors have no answers for. I’ve been stuck with needles more times than I can count, had test after test and spent money beyond what I even want to look at, to no avail. My hope wavers with varied degrees of exhaustion that I experience weekly depending on the severity. This situation has been going on, not for weeks or even months, but for years with this current episode being the longest and most unrelenting.

The Church is Alive & Well!

My hope was renewed today as I looked out over a congregation of believers from the choir loft! “What Love is This”, by Kari Jobe had just been ministered by our Performing Arts department and I’d venture to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including mine. I pondered the morning’s events in my heart. This was my first time singing in choir in over two years. My body was racked with pain as I debated staying home. I had even texted our Worship Ministry leaders to let them know I was not going to make it.