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The Christmas song I decided to use for today’s post is O Come Emmanuel. I really like this version by Shane & Shane, the acoustic version they play is so simple but so pretty. Hope you enjoy this great Christmas song!

O Come Emmanuel by Shane & Shane

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” Psalm 36:5 (NIV) 

Today as I began looking for a song for today’s post I came across this video. This is not the first time I have seen this video. I have seen it several times, I love this song! Here’s the thing, as you know normally I post the lyrics too for those who want to read them. Well, I can’t find the lyrics anywhere. I laughed and told my husband “I guess the song doesn’t exist.” haha. Regardless of having the lyrics to post I decided that the song was just to good not to use. It has such a great meaning and its a song that you will probably find yourself humming later in the day. “There is a love, there is a love, and the love breaks through from above.”

There is a Call by Robbie Seay Band

The last couple of days have been a little busy, which is why I haven’t had the chance to make a new post. My husband works for Lifechurch.tv and it was the annual family reunion where all the staff and spouses come together to fellowship and worship God, it was great! So glad I was able to be there. If you have followed some of the latest posts a continuing theme that has started in my family is the calling God has placed on our lives to be debt free. This is an overwhelming and in a way scary thing because we really don’t know exactly how that looks for us. How He is going to make it happen. But, I know that it will. Between last weekend at church and then this week at the family reunion there are two key points that have been placed on my heart. The first is that God is in control no matter what! The second is that we dream to small! God can do far more than we could ever dream! Chase and I dream to be debt free, not only that but we dream to do this in five years. We have no idea how that will happen, but He does because His dreams are far bigger than ours! We sang this song last weekend at church after a long conversation Chase and I had about our finances. I could not get past the first verse before breaking into tears! It truly said what was on my heart. The first video is how the song was written and the second is the full song.

God I look to You by Jenn Johnson

God I look to You, I wont be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God I look to You, Youre where my help comes from
Give me wisdom; You know just what to do

I will love You Lord my strength
I will love You Lord my shield
I will love You Lord my rock forever
All my days I will love You God

Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns forever
All my days Hallelujah

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NIV) 

I believe everyone struggles with worry on some level, just some people more than others. Several months ago I sat down and really tried to figure out what was the trigger for why this was such an issue for me. See, I grew up in a great family, good home and there was not really anything traumatic that happened. My grandma died when I was in the 8th grade and that was hard on me, but that was honestly the only thing I could pin point that was traumatic… because she died unexpectedly. But, I still was not a worry as a teen, this was something that came about as I have grown up. Then I think I figured it out. My aunt died when I was in college, very unexpected and she was young too. I think that really hit home for me. Its like I always knew that our life was a short span of time, but when my aunt died it just clicked! My grandma had heart issues and there were speculations that my aunt  had heart/health issues that caused her death. I think I allowed this to really freak me out because it is something beyond our control and I hate not having any control. My worry really improved during my pregnancy when I read the book I have talked about before, Praying Through Your Pregnancy. But, then at church things really came together…. what our preacher said that really hit home for me during a series called I Quit. This particular week was I Quit Living in Fear, he said that “whatever you fear the most you trust God the least with.” What a realization! After that things have been so different. I do my best to live a healthy lifestyle but beyond that my health is not in my control. I must give it to the One whose hands I am in! What a freeing feeling it is to live with out the extra weight of worry. So… the question is then, what is the root to your worry? What are you going to do about it?

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 (NIV)

To many times we believe that we can not change the world and we allow ourselves to get caught up in the routines of life and the “normalcy” that we all believe we want. As Christians are we truly normal or even supposed to be? To be honest my husband and I began praying while I was still pregnant that we would not raise our children to be “normal” as considered by society’s standards. Raising passionate, Christ following world changers means in today’s world that you do not raise “normal” children. You raise weird kids- but in a God kind of way– the most amazing way! I believe that my son can and will make a difference in this world. The first step in raising him so that he believes this to is for me to no longer strive for the “normal” life, but the God kind of weird. Raising by example! Our family has decided that “normal” is just not good enough, it will not do! During Easter weekend at church this video was played. What a truly inspiring point it has! The sermon was inspired from the book Weird by Craig Groeschel. Let’s all take a step back and realize that we were not placed in this world to strive for the comfortable “normal” life we all tend to aim for. Let’s strive for God’s weird that impacts the world!