Friday, December 17, 2010

Heard this one this week and can't get it out of my head. I love the beat! Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season! See you on Christmas Eve!

Sweet Blessings,


Friday, December 10, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Stumbled across this one this week and fell in love with it! Listen to the words. You'll love it too!

Have a blessed weekend!


These are the lives of the rearranged
Scattered souls who've been displaced
Nowhere else to turn
Like Bethlehem we have packed the place
Human need fills ever space
No room at the inn

Still God found a corner,
Made a bed down in the hay
Could he reappear, make his advent here
Will he still draw near today?

My world is crying,
Crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure --
That our God is with us
We could all use a sign
A little glimpse of divine
For a world that still cries for Christmas

Feeding trough on a dirty floor
Unimpressive welcome for
God's Almighty Son
Are we as blind to incarnation
Daily proof of our salvation
Love's already come

We are not abandoned,
All alone in our despair
He who once came down, he can still be found
Every when and everywhere

My world is crying,
Crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure --
That our God is with us
Once a baby so small
Grew to die for us all
For a world that still cries for Christmas.

Jesus you are here, Jesus you are now
Jesus you are here, Jesus you are now

My world is crying,
Crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure --
That our God is with us
We can all be the sign
That his love is alive
For a world that still cries for Christmas

Friday, December 3, 2010

Then Signs My Soul Saturday

Wow, I can't believe it is already December! This year has really disappeared. For the past few years, I have said I was going to be done with everything for the holidays early so I could enjoy the Christmas season and not feel so rushed and crazy. I keep telling myself to focus on the reason we celebrate Christmas, but somehow I still seem to get trapped in the craziness that most have made of Christmas. I'm praying I will stop feeling so overwhelmed and pressured by the shopping, decorating, baking etc. and just focus on Him this holiday season. My focus for December is peace. This song makes me feel peaceful! I love it. I hope you enjoy it too!

Sweet Blessings,

Friday, November 26, 2010

Then Signs My Soul Saturday

We sang this chorus Sunday at church and it's been running through my mind all week. Very appropriate for the season. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

I'm most thankful for Him loving and setting me free, thankful He gave His life just for me!

Have a blessed weekend!!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Then Signs My Soul Saturday

Thanks to Carol last week for hosting. I was in New Mexico at the CLASS Christian Writers Conference and had no internet or phone service! It was fun but I'm glad to be home!

Love Jeremy Camp and this week's song. Hope you do too!

I'm so thankful that Jesus Saves!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Howdy friends! It's Carol from sheep to the right. Amy is in New Mexico at a writer's conference and asked me to step in for Then Sings My Soul. I was happy to oblige.

I've chosen the theme song to The Lone Ranger (William Tell). Amy and I are usually joined at the hip, so I tease that we are The Lone Ranger and Tonto. Well, this week she truly is the "lone" ranger, since she left Tonto back in Georgia.

I can't wait until Sunday until she gallops back home again! Enjoy!

Tonto a.k.a. Carol

Friday, November 5, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Strong Enough

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. I hope to post some more information and links to some epilepsy websites for you this month and hopefully post the video from the interview I did recently in New York for Women Succeeding with Epilepsy.

I thought this song by Matthew West was appropriate for how I feel sometimes when Spencer's seizures are out of control. Whatever your circumstance, know that He is strong enough for both of you.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

You must
You must think I'm strong
To give me what I'm going through

Well, forgive me
Forgive me if I'm wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

I know I'm not strong enough to be
everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up
I'm not stong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord right now I'm asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For the both of us

Well, maybe
Maybe that's the point
To reach the point of giving up

Cause when I'm finally
Finally at rock bottom
Well, that's when I start looking up
And reaching out

I know I'm not strong enough to be
Everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up
I'm not stong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord right now I'm asking you to be
Strong enough

Hope you have a blessed weekend!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Tenth Avenue North

Wow! I heard this one recently and thought it was so powerful! Hope it speaks to your heart as well! Have a blessed and safe Halloween weekend!


Monday, October 25, 2010


Lately my mind and my “to do list” have been focused on clean, clean, clean. You see, my house could use a good cleaning from top to bottom. Especially before we drag out all of the Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations and bring in a whole new lot of toys, games and clothes. Since both kids have birthdays near the end of the year and Christmas presents will be coming in soon, it can get to be a bit overwhelming. That’s why it especially struck me when twice this week, once in chapel at school with my kids and then at church, I heard the story of the leper Christ healed. (I have come to realize when I hear something over and over, it is often God trying to get my attention.)

Why did this story jump out at me and what does it have to do with a clean house you ask?

To read the rest of this devotion, join me at Five Minutes for Faith.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Hello Friends,
First of all I want to say thank you to all of you for always being so faithful to post and join in on TSMS Saturdays. And I want to say thank you for always commenting. I know sometimes I don't always get them up right away but I do read them all on my phone and sometimes I don't get back on the computer to get them posted. It's seems life has just gotten crazier and busier so I'm not having a lot of time to blog and read blogs but I love that you all still come by to visit me!
Also I wanted to thank you for all of the prayers and well wishes while I was in NYC last weekend. My trip was fabulous! The shows were wonderful and the taping went well. I will post the link to the webisode next month when it airs during National Epilepsy Awareness Month.
Thankfully the kids and Greg were fine while I was away but Spencer did have a seizure this week when I got home. At least it wasn't while I was gone!
Tonight we had Mary Lyndsey's birthday party. She had a pretend sleepover party from 4-9pm with 14 little girls. Needless to say, my head is spinning right now! I'll be sure to post some pictures this week. We had a blast.
Been thinking of this song today since Mary Lyndsey also had her first Praise Girls performance today at school and this is the song they signed/danced to. I'll have to post some pics of that too.
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Sweet Blessings,

Friday, October 15, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Hello Friends,
I hope you are having a fabulous weekend! I am really excited because I am in New York City enjoying all of the fun things to do here. I am probably sitting in "Wicked" on Broadway as this is posting since I have scheduled it to post on Friday night. I'm here filming a video about Women Succeeding with Epilepsy for National Epilepsy Awareness Month. I wish you all could be here with me!

Please pray that Greg and the children get along fine while I'm gone and for no seizures for Spencer!!

I'm not sure why, but I thought of this song when I was thinking about what to post while I was in the city. Hope you enjoy!

Sweet Blessings,

Friday, October 8, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday My Wish

I wanted to post this song last week too, but I was torn between it and the song I posted by Sanctus Real. Last Thursday was my daughter Mary Lyndsey's birthday. She turned 7! I can't believe it. Time flies by so quickly. I wanted to dedicate this song to her.
Happy Birthday Mary Lyndsey!

Sweet Blessings,

Friday, October 1, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Change Me

Have you ever gone through a period of time where you didn't like yourself very much? I know I am fearfully and wonderfully made, so that's not the kind of not liking yourself I'm talking about. I'm talking about knowing you should be doing more. Knowing you have somehow started to drift and now you feel lost and off course from the plan God has for your life. I'm talking about being frustrated for not having more self discipline. I think the feeling I have is what Paul was talking about when he said,

"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do." Romans 7:15

Anyone been there? I heard this song recently by Sanctus Real and it resonated with me. My prayer is that He would change me from who I've been lately into who He wants me to be.

Praying for you to have a blessed weekend.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Our neighbors on both sides of our home have trampolines in their backyards. This proves to be a great attraction to many of the kids in our cul-de-sac including my daughter. I don’t mind her jumping, but there is only one problem. One neighbor has a net around her trampoline and the other does not. So the rule is, you can jump on the one with the net, but not on the other. After all, I have to do as much as I can to keep her safe, right?

To read the rest of this devotion, join me here at Five Minutes for Faith.

Sweet Blessings,

Friday, September 24, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Tonight at our school's 10 year birthday party, two of our students sang this song. I had forgotten how much I love it. It brings me to such a place of worship. Hoping it does the same for you!

I praise Him and worship Him because of who He is.

Elohim - God, Mighty Creator
El Roi - The God Who Sees Me
El Shadday - God Almighty
El Olam - The Everlasting God
Yahweh Yireh - My Provider
Adonay - My Master
Yahweh Rophe - My Healer
Yahwey Nissi - My Banner
Yahweh Shalom - My Peace
Yahweh Tsuri - My Rock
Yahweh Tsidqenu - My Righteousness
Abba - My Father
El Elyon - The God Most High

Sweet Blessings,

Friday, September 17, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Found this song this week and loved it! Be sure to listen to the story behind the song.
Have a blessed week - and keep saying Hallelujah no matter what your circumstance.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Then Signs My Soul Saturday

I'm going back to one of my all time favorite groups tonight. I love Casting Crowns and this is one of my favorites!

He is always enough for me! I need to keep reminding myself of that sometimes.

Praying you have a blessed weekend and that you will find He is enough for you too.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Then Signs My Soul Saturday

Hello Friends,
I hope you have had a blessed week and that you have some great plans for Labor Day Weekend! We are planning for some much needed rest. The school year has gotten off to a busy start and we need a little break!

This past week I finally rented and watched the movie Letters To God. I really enjoyed it. Although I recommend a box of tissues if you plan to watch it.

This song was in the movie and it really spoke to me. I'm leading a Bible study by Kay Arthur on prayer right now and this song really expresses how many people feel about prayer I think.

Also there is some information at the bottom of this post about the NRB's call to prayer.

Hope you enjoy!
Have a blessed, safe weekend.

The information below is taken from TGIF by Os Hillman.

A CALL TO PRAYER--On September 1st, the National Religous Broadcasters (NRB) will inaugurate a 40-day prayer campaign called ?If My People.? There is no agenda, movement or march planned around this call to prayer. The instruction, command, and direction from God is simple and clear, taken from 2 Chronicles 7:14: ?If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.?

God moves in the affairs of men and nations, and critical issues face us today on every level: our families are broken; the social fabric of our culture that was once our strength is now torn and tattered; our government is unproductive at best; our educational system is misguided; our economy is crumbling; and even many of our churches seem weak and ineffective. These issues seem too complex to correct, and the spiral continues downward in all areas of our culture and society. The underlying causes of all these problems are spiritual, and only God can make things right.

One hundred fifty years ago, America faced similar problems. One man, Jeremiah Lamphier, was moved to action in calling others to prayer. The impact on our nation was historic, as men and women came to Christ, repented of sin, and turned their focus to God and righteous living. Will you join the effort to day, and accept the call to prayer, as instructed in 2 Chronicles 7:14?

Visit for more on this call to prayer, how you can pray, what to pray for, when to pray, and even how to lead a prayer group.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Something Holy

I heard this song on the radio this week and loved it. So many people are searching for something to complete them. What we don't realize is we were created with a space inside that only God can fill. I pray I allow Him to fill me completely! I want to be part of something holy.

Sweet Blessings,

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - My Own Little World

So sorry I'm late posting today. We had terrible lightning storms for hours last night so the computers and televisions were out. Still raining this morning, but at least the lightning has stopped for now.

I recently had a conversation with a girlfriend about how easy it is for us to get wrapped up in our own little world and not even recognize what is going on around us. Then, I heard this song and it was like God was speaking directly to my heart. Sometimes, I get so caught up in my own list of what I have to get done that day for my house, or my kids or their school, or my husband, that I don't take time to stop and ask what God wants me to do. It's hard because the outside world's problems seem so insurmountable sometimes. But, I'm praying for God to gently remind me each morning and let me see though His eyes. It's a little scary... but cool.
What's your world like?

Have a blessed weekend!

Monday, August 16, 2010

You've Got a Friend in Me

I'm over at Five Minutes for Faith today with a post on friendship. Come join me.
Sweet Blessings,

Friday, August 13, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Starry Night

I love the lyrics to this one! It makes me want to lift up my hands in praise and worship. Hope you a have a worship filled weekend too!
Sweet Blessings,

Friday, August 6, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Unredeemed

I was looking for a song to post tonight and my friend Janet suggested this one. I had not heard it before tonight, but I think it's one of the most powerful songs I've heard in a while.
Listen carefully to the words.
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I, whom you have redeemed. Psalm 71:23
You came near when I called you, and you said, "Do not fear."
O Lord, you took up my case; you redeemed my life. Lamentations 3:57-58

Have a blessed weekend!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Praying in Faith

I'm over at Five Minutes for Faith today with another post on prayer.
Do you see a theme emerging?

One of my recent Bible readings was Acts 12. In this chapter, Herod has put Peter in prison. Now Herod was arresting those who belonged to the church and had put James, the brother of John to death already, so it wasn’t looking good for Peter. The church was “earnestly praying” to God on Peter’s behalf.
To read the rest of this devotion, click here.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - There is a God

I heard this song on the radio this afternoon and I've been singing it the rest of the day. I love the words. Hope you enjoy! Have a blessed weekend.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

I pray the words of this song will always be my heart's cry!

"And the seed that fell in the weeds—well, these are the ones who hear, but then the seed is crowded out and nothing comes of it as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun.
But the seed in the good earth—these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there's a harvest."

Luke 8:14-16 The Message

Have a blessed weekend.


I am having technical difficulties. Video is not displaying. It's No Matter What by Kerrie Roberts. Will display asap.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Five Finger Prayer

I'm over at Five Minutes For Faith today with a post on prayer. Come on over and join me!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Heard this one on the radio today and now I can't get it out of my head. 
I love it. Hope you enjoy it too.
Have a blessed weekend!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

I'm so thankful we can come as we are and

that His mercy is greater than all of our wrong choices.

Thank you Jesus!



Sunday, July 4, 2010

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

My kids are super excited about the Fourth of July. They love the parties, the decorations, and the fireworks. They love that I pull out some red, white and blue craft for us to do. They love that we always buy or make a new patriotic shirt or outfit to wear. They love that we usually take a trip, maybe to the beach or the mountains. But I’ve been reflecting on why they should love the fourth.

Read the rest of this devotion here.

Happy Fourth of July,

Friday, July 2, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

I hope you enjoy these few patriotic songs and that you have a blessed and wonderful
Fourth of July weekend!

Don't forget to take some time to pray for our country and those serving in our armed forces this weekend.

Sweet Blessings

Friday, June 25, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - The Redeemer

I really like this song by Sanctus Real. On many days, I feel exactly like the lyrics to this song.

Sometimes I just wanna start over
Cause everything looks like a wreck
And I need the courage to carry on
Cause I can't see what's ahead

And there are places I've wished I could be
Battles I've wanted to win
Dreams that have slipped through my hands
I may never get back again

But I'm still a dreamer
A believer
Oh, I lost my faith in so many things
But I still believe in You
Cause You can make anything new

Sometimes I just wish we could say
All the things that are easy to hear
Ignore the injustice we see
And explain every unanswered prayer

But I'd rather speak honestly
And wear a tattered heart on my sleeve
Cuz in the middle of my broken dreams
Redemption is here

And I'm still a dreamer
A believer
Oh, I lost my faith in so many things
But I still believe in You
Cause You are the answer
The Redeemer
Oh, I've given up on too many things
But I'm not giving up on You
Cause You can make anything new

I don't have every answer in life
But I'm trusting You one day at a time
Cause You can make a weak heart stay alive
And this is where heaven and earth collide
I lift my hands, I give my life
This is how my weary heart stays alive

Oh, I'm still a dreamer
Still a believer
And You are the answer
The Redeemer
Cause You can make anything new
Yeah, You can make anything new

Have a blessed weekend.

Sweet Blessings,

Friday, June 18, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Oh friends... there is much excitement in the Wyatt household today. If I've been asked one time today, I've been asked 100... Is it time to go yet? My kids can't wait to go... to where you ask?

Honestly I'm a little excited myself! I feel a little like a kid again.
I wanted to put a trailer for Toy Story 3 up but all of them are disabled. This song makes me so excited. Let's just say... it makes my soul sing too.

Have a blessed weekend!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

I love Brandon Heath. This is one of his older songs, but one that really speaks to me. Sometimes it's difficult to pray for God to make me uncomfortable, but that is truly the only way He can stretch and grow us. He sometimes has to move us out of our comfort zone.

Have a blessed weekend!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Toby Mac

This one makes me want to sing and dance along! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.
Proverbs 24:16

Sweet Blessings,

Friday, May 28, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

This week's song is a little different from my normal post. I'm sharing it because sometimes laughter is good for the soul too.
Have a blessed weekend.

A cheerful heart is good medicine Proverbs 17:22a

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Audrey Assad

I stumbled across this song this week. I'd never heard it before but I fell in love with it. The artist is Audrey Assad. I've posted the lyrics below as best as I can figure them from the video. The words really spoke to me and echoed how my heart feels at times. Sometimes we are afraid to let our faith be real and we need to ask for His help to love Him and want Him. We sometimes have to ask for Him to help us fall to our knees. But still, I think He loves it when we are honest.

What are your thoughts?
Hope you have a blessed weekend.

I'm not afraid to be honest with you today.
The only thing I'm sure of is the view.
I never knew of grace before you called my name,
before you touched my face with your hand.

Even when I'm falling, confused and I'm frightened
and my faith is afraid to be real,
You know me, help me to want you, help me to want you.
You know me, help me to love you, help me to love you.

I'm not alone in this fight but I see .......
You are the rock I said I stand on
Oh I never knew about love before your healing touch,
You always hold that open door.

Even when I'm angry, hurt and broken,
won't you help me to fall on my knees.
You know me, help me to want you, help me to want you.
You know me, help me to love you, help me to love you.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Check out this band from Atlanta. You'll be blessed.
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Trust You Brandon Heath

Anybody else out there have control issues? Maybe it's my personality, but I like to be in control. I like to have things planned out and know what is going to happen before it does. So... you see where this can sometimes cause problems in letting God direct me and in trusting Him not just in thought but in action. The words to this song really spoke to me this week. I struggle when I don't know where God is leading me... but I'm recommitting to trust Him.

Sweet Blessings,

Friday, April 30, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

This week's song is Amy Grant's new release "Better Than A Hallelujah". It's one of those songs I heard on the radio and now I can't get it out of my head. I'm not crazy about this version of the video because you have to get through the advertisement at the beginning and I don't particularly think she did as good a job live on this show as the studio version, but I still love it.
I hope you enjoy it too!


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

HappySaturday Friends!

I am so excited because I was treated at the last minute to a ticket to the E Women Conference in Greenville, SC this weekend. Tonight we saw Chonda Pierce and Jeremy Camp. Tomorrow - Angela Thomas, Karen Kingsbury, Lysa Terkeurst, Matthew West and more! I know I posted this one a few weeks ago, but I love it so I'm posting it again. I hate that he didn't sing it tonight, but he was great!


Hope you have a blessed weekend!


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Hi Friends,

Just got in from driving my kids to visit with my mom for spring break. We got stuck in traffic driving home so we just walked in and we are exhausted. Sorry I'm late posting.

Hope you enjoy this one by Britt Nicole.

Sweet Blessings,


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

When I am facing the battles of this world and everything seems to be falling apart - He holds me together.

Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Psalm 24:8

Have a blessed weekend!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Seven Statements of Christ - part 5, 6, 7

The fifth statement Christ made was one of  IDENTIFICATION.

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." John 19:28

Christ was thirsty because he was not only God but he was fully human. Because he was fully human, he can identify with us in every way - with every need we will ever have.

The sixth statement Christ made was one of INVITATION.

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30

The job he came to do was complete.

The seventh statement Christ made was one of INVINCIBILITY.

Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

After Jesus paid the debt we owed, the Father embraced the Son and accepted Him for all eternity. 

Remember to celebrate the Risen Savior not just at Easter but everyday of the year.


Friday, April 2, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Happy Easter

This oldie is one of my all time favorites. I just had to post it for Easter Weekend. I'll be back tomorrow with the last three statements of Christ. Spending time with my family this Easter Weekend. Hope yours is blessed.

Sweet Blessings,


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Seven Statements of Christ - part 4

The third statement Christ made was one of ISOLATION.

From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi,lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27:45-46

At this point, if we consider the human side of Christ, it must have been almost unbearable to have been rejected and ridiculed in so many ways. The physical abuse aside, think about the emotional distress. Judas, one of his twelve has betrayed him, Peter has denied him not once, but three times, the disciples have abandoned him and scattered in fear - but at least He still has His Father. Then, when he has the sin of the world on his shoulders, His Father must temporarily look away too and Jesus asks "why have you forsaken me?" God could not look at the sin that was upon his son and Jesus feels completely forsaken.

Have you felt forsaken lately? Remember this, God has said, never will I leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5b) Your sin has already been covered by Christ, so Your Heavenly Father never has to look away.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Seven Statements of Christ - part 3

The Third Statement Christ made was one of INTEREST.

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," 27and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. John 19:26-27

Interest can be defined as a concern for a cause or responsibility. When Jesus spoke these words to John, he was showing interest in his mother and her well being. He did not neglect the responsibility of taking care of his family and He wants us to do the same. He also shows interest by caring for us and in being involved in every detail of our lives.

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Seven Statements of Christ - part 2

The Second Statement Christ makes is one of INTERVENTION.

Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:45

Intervention can be defined as coming, appearing or lying between two things. In this case, Christ intervened for the criminal on the cross by coming between him and what he deserved and giving him something he didn't - eternity with Him in paradise. None of us deserve heaven, but Christ intervenes on our behalf so that we can have paradise too.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Seven Statements of Christ part 1

This morning at church, our pastor Larry Wynn shared an incredible message about the crucifixion and the last seven statements Christ made while hanging on the cross. I thought I'd share some of his comments as well as some of my own here with you on this week leading up to Easter.

The First Statement Christ makes is one of INTERCESSION.

Intercession is defined as prayer or petition to God on behalf of another. 

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34

It's almost impossible for us as humans to believe one would be able to go through what Christ did during the crucifixion and still be able to love and forgive. He was able to because though He was fully human, he was fully God too. He loves us so much, He continues to forgive us when we don't know what we are doing and He is still making intercession for us day after day - every time we sin - all of our sin was taken care of once and for all when He died on the cross.
22Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
 23Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25Therefore he is able to save completely[c] those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

 26Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. Hebrews 7:22-27

Every morning when my kids pray on the way to school, they always say "Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for my sins." They remind me I can't say "thank you" to Him enough for the price He paid.

Thank you Jesus for interceding on my behalf. Have you thanked Him lately?

Sweet Blessings,

Friday, March 26, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Before the Morning

I can't describe in my own words why I picked this song this week, so I encourage you to go to this link and check out this video before listening to this week's song. It will say it all.

We serve a mighty God who heals and fixes broken hearts.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Getting Out of the Holding Pattern - Or why I want to attend the 2010 She Speaks Conference

Have you ever had a season in life where everything comes to a stop? Life gets messy and things get in the way of your hopes, dreams and plans. You desperately try to arrive to a destination you feel sure God has led you to, but you just can’t seem to get there. It’s so close. You can see it. It’s almost within your reach, but you haven’t quite arrived. You are just hanging out, waiting to land. That’s where I’ve been recently - in a holding pattern.

Several years ago, I clearly felt God was calling me to speak to others about the wondrous and miraculous things He’s done in my life. So, being the organized, methodical, take control person that I am, I began to research how to become a speaker.

Several training opportunities were available, so I signed up for them and off I went to learn how to become a speaker. One such opportunity was the She Speaks Conference which is part of Proverbs 31 Ministries. I attended the conference and was blown away by the teaching, encouragement and inspiration I received. The women who are part of the Proverbs 31 team share openly about their struggles and successes and offer friendship, advice and encouragement to the conference attendees. I came home and quickly put much of the information I learned to use, not only in speaking as part of a group I am involved with called Epilepsy Advocates, but sharing my testimony in many churches and women’s groups.

Then, life happened. Just as things were going really well, my son who has epilepsy (you can read more about his story here) began to have a great deal of health challenges. He made a trip to the hospital for about 17 months in a row with status seizures, so everything else sort of stopped. My speaking engagements stopped. My writing stopped. But, my desire to do those things didn’t.
So, I’ve been waiting and looking for opportunities to get back into the groove; to get excited again about what I know God has called me to do. So… when I read Lysa’s blog post about the Cecil Murphy scholarships that were being offered for the She Speaks conference this year, I thought “why not apply”.
Thankfully my son’s health is much better and we have much better seizure control for right now. So, I’m ready to move forward with whatever God has planned for me. The last time I attended the conference, I participated in the Speaker’s track. I would love to return to participate in the Writer’s track this year. I’m confident attending the conference would help move me out of my holding pattern to arrive at the destination God has planned for me.

If you would like to enter to try to win a scholarship too, you can click here to get the details and link up your post. To find out more about the conference, click here. To find out more about Proverbs 31 Ministries, click here.