While My Soldier Serves: Memorial Day Encouragement, Giveaway, & Monday Music

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While my soldier serves.

That doesn’t apply to me. But wait, actually it does.

Neither my husband nor children serve in the military, but my soldier does.  

Your soldier is my soldier.

I owe my freedom to every American soldier who’s served so that I can live free.

Every soldier is our soldier.

We should pray for them as if they were our very own son, daughter, husband or wife. 

I can’t begin to match the tremendous sacrifice our soldiers have made, but I do have three gifts to offer: Encouragement, a Giveaway, & Monday Music. [Read more…]

Praise Picture ~ Be Still, and Know That I Am God.

Praise Picture ~ Be Still & Know That I Am God -- Psalm 46:10

Be Still & Know That I Am God — Psalm 46:10

 

Just because life gets crazy, doesn’t mean we have to.

We can enjoy a quietness of spirit even in the midst of chaos because God is still God.

Take a deep breath, cease striving, and know that He is God. 

Amen!

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What verses speak to you and quiet your soul in the midst of chaos? Share them in the comment section. Thanks!

If this verse encouraged you, I hope you’ll share it with others. 

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Monday Music ~ Broken Hallelujahs (The Afters)

Click to watch "Broken Hallelujah" by The Afters

“Broken Hallelujah” by The Afters

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Some days all we can offer is a broken hallelujah.

While God’s mercies are new every morning, when we awake to the same heartbreak that dripped tears onto our pillows a few short hours before, God receives our broken hallelujahs as a precious offering.

God sees, and He cares.

Give Him your broken hallelujahs.

He’ll give you hope.

Don’t let pain steal your praise.

Yesterday I watched a dear friend of mine offer a broken hallelujah. [Read more…]

Monday Music ~ Through It All (Andrae Crouch)

Monday Music ~ "Through It All" by Andrae Crouch (Click the photo to view the music video)

Monday Music ~ “Through It All” by Andrae Crouch 

Our loss is heaven’s gain. 

On January 8, 2015, Andrae Crouch went home to be with the Lord at the age of 72.

Growing up, I knew Andrae Crouch’s name and his smooth voice, but I didn’t know his story.

Did you know he stuttered?

Have you heard how his astonishing music career started?

It’s surprising.  [Read more…]

In the Middle of the Storm “I Am” (by Crowder) ~ Monday Music

Click to view music video: I Am by Crowder. (In the middle of the storm I AM holding on to you!) "I AM everything you will ever need for every moment!" ~ God (Exodus 3:14-15)

In the middle of the storm,
this I know . . .

The Great I AM is holding on to me!

 

What does that really mean?

I’m glad you asked! 

The One who met Moses from within the burning bush and revealed His great Name, I AM, is holding on to me.

The One who brought the Israelites through the Red Sea and into the Promised Land is holding on to me.

The One who raised Jesus from the dead is holding on to me.

In the middle of the storm,
I AM Holding on,
I AM!

This is a powerful truth which will, sadly, not make a single bit of difference in my life at times — even when I’m longing to be held by The Great I AM

Why?

Unbelief!

Unbelief kept the Israelites out of the Promised Land — the land of rest and peace which The Great I AM promised to them.

Unbelief keeps me out of the rest and peace Christ bought for me with His blood.

Believe!

“I AM everything you need for every moment.” ~ God

When our son Bobby was young, the deep end of the pool terrified him. He could swim well and Larry, his strong father, was right there with him, but he wouldn’t jump in.

He didn’t believe he wouldn’t sink to the bottom and drown.

Larry did what any caring father would do.

He threw Bobby into the middle of the deep end. 

Bobby quickly resurfaced, beaming with shock and excitement.

“I popped back up!” he exclaimed to me.

Bobby is now a certified rescue diver who holds records among his friends for being able to hold his breath the longest under water.

He once held his breath so long during a lifeguard training class that the fellow student who was assigned to “rescue him” panicked. As Bobby lay peacefully on the bottom of the deep end, she thought she’d taken too long to rescue him and he’d drowned.

Bobby flourishes where others fear to tread, and it started because his father threw him into the deep end when he didn’t want to go. [†]

Sometimes God throws us into the deep end, but we never need to fear.

In the middle of the storm,
or the middle of the deep end,
I AM Holding on,
I AM!

Believe!

 

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Enjoy this short video of David Crowder sharing the inspiring story behind the band’s song “I Am.”

“No matter where you are in life, you live and breath in the very presence of God. . .  The Creator of the universe has given access to us. That’s gorgeous! But so many times I forget about that . . . in these moments when we feel the desperation, this clinging . . . we find that He’s actually holding us in His hands much more intensely than we could hope or dream.” ~ David Crowder

 

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[†] Sometimes we believe and tragedy still strikes. When that happens, remember that God didn’t fail you and neither did your faith.

The Great I AM is still holding on to you, and His perfect purpose for letting tragedy strike will be fulfilled for your good and His glory.

His purposes are beyond anything we can fathom, but He’s always good and always loving. Always. Believe. I AM is holding on to you. He won’t let go.

When God called Himself “I AM,” He was saying, “I AM everything you will ever need for every moment.” (Exodus 3:14)

(For more encouragement see the following verses. Hover your cursor over the verse to see the passage: Isaiah 55:8-9Romans 8:28, Psalms 145:9Psalms 100:5, 2 Corinthians 4:17, Jeremiah 29:11)

 

 

Monday Music — “Glorify” Performed by Crystal Lewis (Written by Linda Barnhill)

Click to listen to "Glorify" sung by Crystal Lewis (written by Linda Barnhill) via www.JeanWilund.com

 “Glorify” sung by Crystal Lewis (written by Linda Barnhill) via www.JeanWilund.com

Glorify Your Name!
Father, glorify!

As John Piper has said, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

How do we do that?

How do we become most satisfied in Him? [Read more…]

Monday Music — Enjoy One of the Best Hymns — “His Eye is On the Sparrow” by Anja Nissen

I first fell in love with the song “His Eye is on the Sparrow” while watching an episode of Quantum Leap —  one of the best TV shows ever produced, by the way.

Tammy Townsends’s performance took my breath away. I rewound the scene over and over and over, performing the song with her. 

I’ve never heard it sung so breathtakingly again . . . until now. 

Anja Nissen, wherever you are — BLESS YOU!!!

Anja’s performance matches the power of this song.

As you listen, let me share with you the story that inspired it:
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Want More Control In Your Life? Try the Moses & Morton Salt Method

When It Rains It Pours - Morton Salt

When It Rains It Pours – Morton Salt

When It Rains It Pours.

In 1911, Morton Salt made this phrase famous when they added magnesium carbonate to their salt to make it flow smoothly — even in rain.

We want our lives to flow smoothly, too — especially in rain. [Read more…]