…An Embrace of Freedom

i am free

My prayer, today, is that we embrace the freedom we’ve been given, as a gift, in Christ. May we boldly receive His forgiveness, declare “I am free”, live in it and love one another through it. Press play to hear the song on my heart.

You’re the reason I have hope / You’re everything I need and more / You made me / You made me free 

Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. Galatians 5:1 (MSG)

…Maker of Beautiful Things

beautiful6

Last month, Gungor’s new album I Am Moutain reached top 10, overall, on iTunes!  Although I love their new single (here), one of my favorites – an “old school” Gungor – reminds me that He makes beautiful things…out of the dust; out of us.

Press play. Be encouraged. You are made beautiful.

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8

…Song on My Heart

Heart for Music

In July 2010, I began attending “Foundations classes” at my now church home, to better understand the foundations,   beliefs and expectations of the church I was considering becoming a member of. I, along with the other attendees, were asked to take the time to write down our “story”, sometime between the first and fourth class. The story that I told (via email), began like this, and I quote:

Since I received this “homework assignment” about a week and a half ago, each time I take a moment to think about what “My Story” is, the following song lyrics come to mind (and I’m grateful):

As I look back over my life, I can see how Your love has guided me.
Even though I’ve done wrong, You never left me alone, but You forgave me, and You kept on blessing.
This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. It’s because of Your mercy, that we are not consumed.
Because Thy compassions fail not, they are new every morning.
Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness.

I was reminded of my love for each and every word of this song, a few weeks ago, after listening to this sermon. Since, my hubs and friends who’ve also listened to the sermon have had this song and the faithfulness of God imprinted on our hearts.

Please press play to listen. He’s truly been so faithful.

Thanks KD & SH.

 

…Life With You

jesus is the way

In random conversation with my friends, I constantly find myself saying “I can’t” with them or with something hilarious that they’ve said! Now, this song reminds me of what I really cannot do without.

Please press play to listen.

Be encouraged to give up the control. Be encouraged to depend on Him. Be encouraged to live life with Him.

…Place to Anchor My Soul

hope anchors the soul

God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure… Hebrews 6:18-19

Press play.

Be encouraged to anchor your soul in the hope and confidence we are able to have in Him.

…Reminder that You’re Big Enough

god is big quote

I’m thankful that God is omnipotent and with Him, all things are possible. He is big enough. Therefore, let’s choose not to limit Him. Don’t box Him in.

Press play. Be encouraged.

…An Omnipresence

Jesus is Everywhere Map

There are so many times and, frankly, seasons in our lives when we may feel that God just isn’t there; when we feel as if He doesn’t hear us; that He doesn’t respond to us; nor that He’s near. This may not be the case for some of you out there, but I sure know that I’ve felt this way before and that friends of mine have expressed the same. Thankfully, these “alone-moments” have proven to become periods of character building, strengthening and an increase in thirst for Him.

In any of your alone-moments, please remember that that nothing is new under the sun and accordingly, He is growing you and has reassured you that “…never will [He] leave you; never will [He] forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5). He is omnipresent.

Press play and please be encouraged.

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…I will not leave you…” Genesis 28:15